Articles by Debra Ellis

Debra is recently retired from University of California Santa Cruz. She received her MS from Florida State University in Counseling and Human Systems. She credits students, illegal U.S. military occupations, Palestinians, Iraqis, Native Americans, and a military family for awakening her to the plight of oppressed populations. She has engaged in extensive introspection, study and travel with her daughter Kali Rubaii to better understand violence, power, oppression, forgiveness and beauty. She has lived and worked in partnership with displaced families in Tibet, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Rwanda. Debra was one of many passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope, who attempted to break Israel’s illegal siege of Gaza. The principles that lead the U.S. to violate human beings are destroying nature, thus ourselves. Debra works to develop multi-generational reparation, learning from those we’ve oppressed, how to shift death culture to life culture. She is a co-founder of ISLAH (http://www.reparations.org/) an organization designed for those who feel they were/are complicit in war, occupation, and displacement and who want to take responsibility for harm committed in their name.

Violence on the Arts Campaign Makes a Difference

Update: Action Closed. All four men arrested have been freed! No serious charges have been filed! We are happy to report that as of this moment, all persons associated with The Freedom Theatre in Jenin have been freed from detention. As you will recall, two middle-of-the night raids by the Israeli military on the Theatre … Continue reading Violence on the Arts Campaign Makes a Difference

Tyndale Says "No" to War Criminal as Guest Speaker

Bush’s Toronto appearance canceled A poster was distributed by students of Tyndale University and Seminary opposing a fund raising event featuring George W. Bush. Tyndale is a non-denominational evangelical Christian university and seminary. Student voice and actions resulted in successfully keeping George W. Bush off their campus! Next week’s appearance by former U.S. president George … Continue reading Tyndale Says "No" to War Criminal as Guest Speaker

Woodstock to Gaza, with Athens In Between

Grass roots efforts abound. More and more individuals and organizations are raising awareness and challenging unjust U.S. policy at home and abroad. Few can match the efforts of two New York couples who joined with numerous other activists in purchasing, recruiting for, and launching an American boat as part of the International Flotilla II – … Continue reading Woodstock to Gaza, with Athens In Between

Israel Deprived of Turkey's Friendship

Press statement by H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, regarding Turkish-Israeli relations 2 September 2011 Distinguished Members of the Press, You all know very well the reason why I will deliver this statement today. Approximately 15 months ago on the 31st of May 2010, Israel carried out an … Continue reading Israel Deprived of Turkey's Friendship

They're Back! Ads Calling for End to U.S. Military Aid to Israel Come Back to Bart

Commuters in Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco stations will see Israeli and Palestinian grandfathers urging aid cut-off for the sake of peace and justice. Berkeley, CA – Eye-catching ads calling for an end to United States military aid to Israel will greet travelers on Bay Area transit systems beginning today. Part of a year-old national … Continue reading They're Back! Ads Calling for End to U.S. Military Aid to Israel Come Back to Bart

Violence on the Arts

Update: Action Closed. All four men arrested have been freed! No serious charges have been filed! With great relieve we are happy to report that as of this moment, all persons associated with The Freedom Theatre in Jenin have been freed from detention. As you will recall, two middle-of-the night raids by the Israeli military … Continue reading Violence on the Arts

History is Knocking, Will You Answer the Door?

Join concerned U.S. citizens on October 6, 2011 in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection, not war and exploitation. It is no longer possible to hide the truth from the people. We are aware that the earth has provided us with abundance. Resource … Continue reading History is Knocking, Will You Answer the Door?

Brave Enough to Make a Stand

“Perhaps we cannot prevent this world from being a world in which children are tortured. But we can reduce the number of tortured children. And if you don’t help us, who else in the world can help us do this?” Albert Camus Six brave congressional representatives heeded Camus’ call. Dennis Kucinich [OH-10], William Lacy Clay … Continue reading Brave Enough to Make a Stand