A Summer of Activism

Carlo and Erin protesting in solidarity with D.C. taxi drivers.

This page is a compilation of reportbacks from actions attended by the Peace Center's Peace Organizing Interns, Carlo Chavarria and Erin Riordan, Summer 2014. Thanks for all you do to further peace and justice!

May 28th
Author Event: Missing Class
Written by Erin Riordan

Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach presents “The Ghosts of Jeju,”

Date: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach presents “The Ghosts of Jeju,” an 80-minute documentary about the struggle of the people of Jeju Island, South Korea, at the Theological College Conference Room, 415 Michigan Ave. NE, WDC 20017. Use the Brookland Metro, located across from the Basilica. Enter via the front door. The film tells the story of the struggle of the people of Gangjeong Village who are nonviolently protesting the construction of a naval base to accommodate the U.S.

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An Evening with Norman Finkelstein

Date: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 7:30pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Description: On Wed., July 30 at 7:30 PM at Red Emma's, there will be An Evening with Norman Finkelstein—the longtime and consistently principled critic of the Israeli occupation of Palestine—for an evening of discussion on the politics of the Middle East. Finkelstein received his doctorate in 1988 from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

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Rally, March, & Vigil for Gaza Outside John Kerry's House

Date: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: In Israel's ongoing massacre in Gaza, over 1,000 Palestinians have been killed and over 6,000 injured, estimated 80% civilians. Israel has bombed over 50 schools, 7 hospitals, 500 homes, 60 mosques, several churches, and more.

Come and join CODEPINK outside of John Kerry's house, calling on Kerry to stand up for human rights, demanding that he tell his administration to STOP supporting Israel's massacre in Gaza.

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Candlelight Vigil for Gaza

Date: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 7:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, in conjunction with the Arab American Institute, American Federation of Ramallah Palestine, Bethlehem Association, Coalition of Palestinian American Organizations, and Network of Arab-American Professionals-DC, will hold a silent candlelight vigil in front of the White House to mourn the innocent souls taken by Israel's indiscriminate violence. As of this morning, over 1000 Palestinians have been killed, with thousands more wounded or unjustly arrested by Israeli Occupation Forces.

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Interest from All: Foreign States in Israel-Palestine Negotiations

Date: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Following the 1967 War and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a conscious effort began to create a just and lasting peace settlement between Israel and Palestine. Since the initial negotiations, the peace process has always involved outside actors, from the Arab League, the European Union and the United Nations to individual states and actors.

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Colombia Peace Forum

Date: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:00am
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: The Latin America Working Group Education Fund, Washington Office on Latin America, and United States Institute of Peace will be holding the Colombia Peace Forum--Peace Proposals from Victims of Colombia's Armed Conflict.

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Solidarity March with Gaza

Date: 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Description: The Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza has claimed1000 lives, while in the West Bank Israeli forces have fired on mass marches, killing and injuring Palestinians protesting the attacks. Come out again in solidarity with the Palestinian people, this time for a march from Penn Station to the corner of North Avenue and Charles St. The march will end before Norman Finkelstein's talk at Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse.

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2014 SOA Watch November Vigil at the Gates of Fort Benning, Georgia

Date: 
Friday, November 21, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, November 23, 2014 (All day)
State/Region: 
Other

Event Description: Close the School of the Americas! Resist Empire & Militarization
Converge on Ft. Benning, GA
November 21-23, 2014.

Join thousands for a rally at Fort Benning, music and street theater, an immigrant prison protest, nonviolent direct action, concerts, films, workshops & more.

For more information call 202-234-3440. 

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Protest for unity! Palestine and Syria protest in Washington, D.C.

Date: 
Friday, August 8, 2014 - 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: We all know the dreadful situations of the several countries in the Middle East. Especially Palestine and Syria at the moment. We're doing a protest to show our unity and support for those who who are being killed unjustly. It's in a Friday so we'll start with Friday prayer then a jenaza for those who have died. Followed by a peaceful protest and vigil in membrance of all the innocent deaths that have happened recently.

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Washington’s Role in Triggering the Child Migrant Crisis

Rare is the occasion that power systems voluntarily expose the true character of their policies. Mountains of disinformation and distortion are critical to keep the prying eyes of the public at bay. President Obama recently broke with this norm on the White House lawn. In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous he angrily denounced Central American parents for sending their children to the US border. “Don’t send your children to the border … they’ll get sent back,” he inveighed.

Crisis in Gaza: A Discussion on Context and History with Phyllis Bennis

Date: 
Monday, July 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Join the Institute for Policy Studies for an in-depth discussion on the underlying dynamics and root causes of the current invasion of Gaza. They'll discuss the latest news and developments and address questions such as:

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Baltimore Solidarity with Gaza

Date: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Description: The Israeli assault on Gaza has left more than 400 people dead. The killing is entering its third week, so come out on Thursday to demonstrate, show your anger and make sure Baltimore stands in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. Get there at 5:30 to hit rush hour.

More information and facebook event here.

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URGENT: National Day of Action for Gaza, 7/24

Date: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: As the violence in Gaza continues to escalate, CODEPINK is calling for all to take part in an urgent national day of action. Please join anytime during the day in Congress to lobby our representaties and senators to stop the bombing and advocate for the human rights of the Palestinians!

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Peace Proposals from Victims of Colombia's Armed Conflict

Date: 
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: In June, the government of Colombia and the FARC parties issued a ground-breaking declaration of principles on victims. They announced that they were inviting a delegation of victims to participate in the talks, and that other opportunities will be created for victims to be heard within the peace process. They requested that the United Nations and the National University convene a series of three regional and one national forum for victims to present their proposals.

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International Day of Al-Quds (Washington DC)

Date: 
Friday, July 25, 2014 - 4:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: On International Day of Quds, people of conscience gather to express solidarity with all the oppressed human beings of the world, and particularly the innocent civilians of Palestine who are victimized by the oppressive and racist zionist regime. All peace loving people are invited to voice their opposition to the unjust and illegal occupation of the great Al-Aqsa Mosque and the usurpation of the Holy Land by the Zionist regime.

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Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration

Date: 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 5:30pm to Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:00pm
State/Region: 
Maryland

Event Description: For the 30th year, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee will gather to remember the atomic bombings of Japan on August 6 & 9, 1945, which killed more than 200,000 people. Other organizations involved in this year’s commemorations are the Baltimore Quaker Peace and Justice Committee of Homewood and Stony Run Meetings, Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility, Crabshell Alliance and the Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore.

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Film Screening! Arna's Children

Date: 
Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 5:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Join the Lamont Street Collective for a night of music, movies and conversation as we partner with Party For Your Right to Fight to raise money to support capoeira & other psycho-social programs for Syrian children in refugee camps in Jordan, and for Palestinian children in refugee camps in the West Bank. All perspectives are welcome!

4 pm music in Mt. Pleasant Square
5 pm Capoeira roda in Mt. Pleasant Square

7 pm Arna's Children Screening at the LSC

***$5 donation strongly suggested!***

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National March on the White House: End the Massacre in Gaza!

Date: 
Saturday, August 2, 2014 - 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Join thousands of people in a National March on the White House on Saturday, August 2 at 1:00pm to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza. We are in the streets every day in cities around the country. What is needed now is a massive National March on Washington. Israel receives $4 billion in "aid" from the United States each year. This money is being used to commit war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza. Activists and allies are demanding that all U.S aid to Israel be ended now!

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Palestinian and Israeli Young Leaders-Forging a New Narrative

Date: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: New Story Leadership is proud to present our class of 2014, featuring inspiring presentations from young leaders from Israel and Palestine who are living and working together this summer in Washington, DC. Young voices throughout the world have decisively spoken up for change, demanding new leadership, greater freedom and the right to choose their own futures. Now the young generation of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict zone also want to act for change, and to engage you in this new conversation by sharing their stories and their hopes for peace.

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Al-Awda National Demonstration for #GazaUnderAttack!

Date: 
Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, calls for an immediate halt to the Israeli bombardment and further military invasion of besieged Gaza. Palestine; and an immediate halt to US military funding to Israel.After one week of an unprovoked military attack on the entire population of the Gaza Strip, which has left 171 dead, mostly civilians and scores of children, and over 1000 injured, it is well past time to end the Israeli genocide of Palestinians.

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Urgent call from Gaza Civil Society: Act Now!

Originally published in Electronic Intifada

We Palestinians trapped inside the bloodied and besieged Gaza Strip call on conscientious people all over the world to act, protest and intensify the boycotts, divestments and sanctions against Israel until it ends this murderous attack on our people and is held to account.

DIE-IN at White House for Gaza

Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: With over 170 Palestinians murdered in Gaza and over 1,200 injured, we must stand in solidarity with Gazans and hold the U.S. government accountable for providing the Israeli government $3.1 billion annually. Please come out to the White House at 6:00 pm to show your support of Gaza.

For this event, WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DIE-IN. Please RSVP ONLY if you can participate (rain or shine!!). We also need sheets, flags, and keffiyehs to help cover volunteers representing those killed by this lastest massacre in Gaza.

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Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: A New Path to Peace

Date: 
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: The 2005 call from Palestine Civil Society for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel has gained unprecedented momentum within the international community in recent years. Since 2005, universities, academic groups, banks and faith based organizations have all joined the BDS movement.

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Israel, Gaza, and the Potential for a Diplomatic Resolution to the Violence

Date: 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

On July 8th, the Israeli army commenced a military operation against Gaza with air and naval bombardments. Meanwhile, the military wing of Hamas has claimed responsibility for dozens of rockets launched from Gaza at Israeli civilian population centers all over the country, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

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EMERGENCY PROTEST Against the Bombing of Gaza!

Date: 
Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Get your Signs, Bullhorns and Voices ready! Join us as we rally in front of the White House, to raise our Voices in Solidarity against the recent bombing campaign of Gaza. Along with an end to the ongoing siege of Gaza, we demand an end to Israel’s raids, killings, beatings, and arrests in West Bank. Since June 12th, 2014 Israel has engaged in a brutal campaign of collective punishment against the Palestinian people. Bombing Gaza and raiding West Bank towns and villages.

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Bike Around the Bomb

Date: 
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 9:30am to 1:00pm
State/Region: 
DC

Event Description: Join on August 9th as Global Zero rides their bikes around downtown Washington DC, tracing the edge of a “small” nuclear blast. Together, we can remind our leaders that these weapons were designed to wipe cities like ours off the map.

Bike Around the Bomb (BAB) is a free event, open to the public, bringing people together to cycle the distance around a small nuclear blast. Held on the 69th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki, the ride will be a moment of solidarity and call to world leaders to ensure that it should never happen again.

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