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Local LA Area Events

Posted by uscsjp on March 22, 2010

EVENTS (Thanks to Jeff Warner of LA Jews for Peace for passing these along):

Wednesday, March 24, noon to 1 PM

Rick Chertoff (LA Jews for Peace) on

“New Opportunities for Palestine-Israel Justice and Peace”

Loyola Law School, National Lawyer’s Guild

Loyola downtown campus, 919 Albany Street, Los Angeles, California 90015-1211

*Free Admission*

Saturday, March 27 at 8 PM     &      Sunday March 28 at 3 PM

“The Einstein Plan,” an interactive play
An audience-interactive town hall meeting experience starring James Cromwell as “The Exile,” a character who engages the audience directly, inviting them to participate in their own political future.  Based on Einstein’s idea that if as few as 2% of the population engaged in non-violent civil disobedience, the government couldn’t operate as usual.  A different experience each night.

LA Theatre Center, Spring St. downtown.

$30 ($15 seniors)

Saturday, April 24, 2010, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

The Rebuilding Alliance 2nd Annual Peacemakers Dinner
at the Red Rock Chateau, Silverado Canyon, Orange County, CA

1   Cindy and Craig Corrie, Parents of Rachel Corrie, Advisory Board members
2   Congressman Brian Baird, Visited Gaza to see for himself, a clear advocate for Palestinian and Israeli human rights
3  Professor Richard Falk, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Palestinian Human Rights

Info and reservations: Mary Bentley Abu-Saba, Rebuilding Alliance Outreach Director


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The Russell Tribunal Takes Off

Posted by uscsjp on March 16, 2010

Electronic Intifada:

European Union found guilty at first session of Russell Tribunal

“The first session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine (RTP) was heard in Barcelona, Spain earlier this month. The RTP is a peoples’ legal initiative designed to systematically try key actors responsible for the perpetuation of human rights violations in Palestine.

In the frame this time was the European Union (EU). Two days and 21 expert witness testimonies later, the RTP found individual states and the EU as a whole guilty of persistent violations and misconduct with regards to international and internal EU law. These included: assistance in perpetrating the crime of apartheid — deepened in definition as applicable to the violation of the inalienable right of return for refugees and the collective punishment and ghettoization of Gaza; aiding the procurement of war crimes and crimes against humanity particularly with regards to Gaza; and violating the Palestinian right to self-determination, aiding illegal colonization, the annexation of East Jerusalem and theft of natural resources.

We may all know this, but knowing exactly how and through which laws and mechanisms allows for a water-tight case for justice for Palestine and the denormalization of Israel’s occupation…”

–The Electronic Intifada, 15 March, 2010

And from Democracy Now!:

Noam Chomsky on Obama’s Foreign Policy, His Own History of Activism, and the Importance of Speaking Out

“…In a wide-ranging public conversation at the Harvard Memorial Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Chomsky talks about President Obama’s foreign and national security policies, the lessons of Vietnam, and his own activism. ‘You just can’t become involved part-time in these things,’ Chomsky says. ‘It’s either serious and you’re seriously involved, or you go to a demonstration and go home and forget about it and go back to work, and nothing happens. Things only happen by really dedicated, diligent work’…”

–Democracy Now!, 15 March 2010

Also, from Democracy Now!:

7 Years After Killing, Family of Slain US Peace Activist Rachel Corrie Heads to Israel for Wrongful Death Suit Against Israeli Gov’t

“Rachel Corrie, a twenty-three-year-old student from Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington, was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer in Gaza seven years ago as she stood before a Palestinian home facing demolition. Today, a trial opens in Israel in a lawsuit brought by Corrie’s family against the Israeli government. The eyewitness testimony is expected to challenge Israel’s version of events with evidence that she was clearly visible to the soldiers, standing before the bulldozer in her florescent orange jacket. We spend the hour with Rachel Corrie’s family: her father Craig, her mother Cindy, and her sister Sarah…”

–Democracy Now!, 10 March, 2010

And Finally, Upcoming Events

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Norman Finkelstein At USC, Thursday, March 11th

Posted by uscsjp on March 1, 2010

Also, details for March 4th:


March 4, 2010 @ 3:00pm Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street Los Angeles, CA 90013

Come rally with the International Socialist Organization of Los Angeles as we join educators, students, parents, and community members in denouncing the budget cuts, fee hikes, school closures, service cuts, and school takeovers by corporate charter privatizers!

Schedule — Los Angeles Regional Rally
• 3 pm Rally @ Pershing Square (5th & Hill) in downtown L.A.
• 4 pm March from Pershing Square to the Governor’s office
• 5 pm Rally @ Governor’s office (300 Spring St.)

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