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.

Honor The Treaties

Patterns are as frustrating as The Yellow Wallpaper As elegant as Science As neat and tidy as Auschwitz and as current as they are past and future. ~ Kali Rubaii "The operations of General Hancock," Black Whiskers Sanborn informed the Secretary of the Interior, "have been so disastrous to the public interests, and at the … Continue reading Honor The Treaties

Protest for Irvine 11 on 10/11

Urgent Action Item Request by Stand With The Eleven On February 8, 2010 Michael Oren, Israeli ambassador to the United States spoke at University of California-Irvine. Eleven students interrupted his speech to speak against the injustices committed by the speaker and his government. The students who left peacefully upon request were arrested and threatened with … Continue reading Protest for Irvine 11 on 10/11

Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia Confront Police Violence

A violent confrontation occurred between Bolivian police and indigenous peoples from the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory (TIPNIS) who have been marching in protest against the construction of a highway through the heart of their Amazonian reserve. Police forces used tear gas, rubber bullets, clubs, and pepper spray on men, women, and children who were peacefully … Continue reading Indigenous Peoples of Bolivia Confront Police Violence

Stand for Justice ~ Stand with the Irvine 11

“Ordinarily, a person leaving a courtroom with a conviction behind him would wear a somber face. But I left with a smile. I knew that I was a convicted criminal, but I was proud of my crime. It was the crime of joining my people in a nonviolent protest against injustice.“ -Martin Luther King, Jr. … Continue reading Stand for Justice ~ Stand with the Irvine 11

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