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.

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

Dignité on the last leg of voyage to Gaza

Written by Free Gaza Team | 19 July 2011 For Immediate Release Dignité on the last leg of voyage to Gaza: Small French ship carrying message that cannot be silenced [ ATHENS] The Steering Committee of Freedom Flotilla II: Stay Human can confirm, that after anchoring in international waters overnight, the French-flagged ship Dignité / Karama has … Continue reading Dignité on the last leg of voyage to Gaza

Re-interpretation of Civil Rights Act threatens free speech at UC Santa Cruz

Kristin Szremski, Special to the Mercury News, 05/18/2011 Free speech and the unimpeded exchange of ideas are under attack on America's college campuses. Federal funding for institutions of higher education, including moneys for research and academic conferences, may be hanging in the balance. In March, federal authorities from the Office of Civil Rights within the … Continue reading Re-interpretation of Civil Rights Act threatens free speech at UC Santa Cruz

US students face jail time for disrupting Israeli official’s speech

Nora Barrows-Friedman The Electronic Intifada 2 March 2011 Students hold a protest outside the offices of the district attorney of Orange County in solidarity with the Irvine 11. Photo: Craig Norris Eleven University of California students face criminal charges and possible jail terms for protesting and disrupting a speech by an Israeli official as the … Continue reading US students face jail time for disrupting Israeli official’s speech