Support the People of Yemen

دعم شعب اليمن

وقفنا مساندةً للشعوب العربيّة التي نهضت في عام ٢٠١١ ضدّ الديكتاتوريّات الظالمة وضدّ الفقر والفساد والدمار الناتج عن السياسات النيوليبراليّة والحروب الإمبرياليّة. كما وقفنا مع الشعب اليمني ضدّ الديكتاتور علي عبدالله صالح الذي وظّف اهتمام الولايات الأمريكيّة المتحدة في المنطقة لمصلحته. نقف اليوم أيضاً جنباً إلى جنب مع الشعب اليمنيّ، فقرائه وعمّاله وعائلاته الذين يستمرّون بدفع ثمن الحرب الإمبرياليّة المستمرّة والطائفيّة المتفشيّة. اليوم، تشن الميليشيات الحوثيّة، الموالية لعلي صالح والمموّلة من قِبله، حربا طائفيّة داخل اليمن في حين تقوم قوّات التحالف الذي تقوده السعوديّة وتدعمه الولايات الأمريكيّة المتحدة بشنّ الحرب على اليمن من الخارج

رأينا مشاهد كهذه سابقاً حين قامت الحكومات الظالمة مثل حكومة الولايات الأمريكيّة المتحدة واسرائيل والسعوديّة، سعيا وراء أهدافها الإمبرياليّة، بتموين الحروب اللامتناهية وتعزيز عدم الاستقرار في حين تدعم الديكتاتوريّات الموالية لها والحريصة على مصالحها

قمنا بالمشاركة بمسيرة في سان فرانسيسكو يوم السبت الماضي للمطالبة بالعدل من أجل قتلى الشعب اليمني الذين باتوا بالآلاف واللاجئين الذين تزيد أعدادهم عن ٣٠٠٠٠٠. شاركنا بالمسيرة للوقوف ضدّ الحكومة الأمريكيّة ودورها في خلق ودعم وتمويل الحرب على اليمن، والانشقاقات الطائفيّة، والنُّظُم القامِعة. شاركنا بالمسيرة لرفع شعار حقّ الشعب اليمني بالكرامة وتقرير المصير

تحتضن منطقة خليج سان فرانسيسكو إحدى أكبر الجاليات اليمنيّة في الولايات المتحدة وقد أدّى العنف المتزايد إلى التأثير على كلّ فرد من أفرادها. المركز العربي للمصادر والتنظيم AROC مستمرّ في النضال نحو حريّة كلّ شعوبنا من الولايات الأمريكيّة وصولاً إلى مواطننا في العالم العربيّ، نقف اليوم مع الجالية اليمنيّة وعائلاتهم وندعم الجهود التي تقودها الجالية لتحدّي الحرب وعنف مؤسسة الدولة

سنبقى مكاناً لخدمة جالياتنا ومركزًا للتنظيم. سنقف دائما إلى جانب الحريّة وضدّ كل من يحاول زرع الفرقة في شعوبنا. كما وقفنا صمودًا في ٢٠١١ إلى جانب شعب اليمن، نقف اليوم صمودًا مع شعب اليمن.

Support the People of Yemen

In 2011, we stood with our people in the Arab world who rose up against oppressive dictatorships, against poverty, corruption, and devastation due to neoliberal policies and imperialist wars. And we stood with the people of Yemen against the dictator, Ali Abdallah Saleh, who employed US interests in the region. Today, we again stand with the Yemeni people, the poor, workers, and families, who are continuing to pay the price for an ongoing imperialist war and rising sectarianism. Today, Houthi militias funded by and loyal to Ali Saleh are waging a sectarian war from within while a Saudi-led coalition with the support of the United States is waging a war from without.

This is a situation we have seen before as oppressive governments including the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia pursue imperialist goals by fueling perpetual war and destabilization unless dictatorships loyal to their interests are established.

On Saturday we marched in San Francisco to demand justice for the over 300,000 Yemeni people who have been forcibly displaced, and the thousands killed. We marched to stand against the US government for its role in creating, funding and supporting the war on Yemen, the sectarian divides, and oppressive regimes. We marched to raise the slogans of self-determination and dignity for Yemeni people.

The Bay Area is home to one of the largest Yemeni communities in the US, and they have all been impacted by the escalating violence. As AROC continues to fight for the liberation of our people from the US to our Arab homelands, we stand with the Yemeni community and their families, and support community-led efforts to challenge war and state violence.

We will continue to be a resource to organize and serve our community. We will always stand on the side of freedom, and against those who try to divide our people. Just as we stood with the people of Yemen in 2011, we stand with the people of Yemen today.

March and Community Forum: The War on Yemen and the Struggle for Self Determination

MARCH
Saturday, May 16th
12pm, UN Plaza

No to the War on Yemen!
No to Foreign Intervention!
Yes to self determination of the Yemeni people!

Stop the massacres and the Saudi bombing.

COMMUNITY FORUM
Sunday, May 24th
2pm, 518 Valencia St., San Francisco

A community forum on the social, political, and humanitarian impact of the US-Saudi war on Yemen.

Speakers:
As’ad Abukhalil
Ashwak Hauter
Adel Folly

With the support of the United States, a Saudi led coalition is waging a war on Yemen. The US is providing weapons, intelligence, and logistical support along with drone attacks. As a result, Yemen is facing a catastrophic humanitarian disaster. Many of the Bay Area community’s loved ones are at the receiving end of these bombings.

Join us for a discussion on the Saudi-led war and the ways for us to support Yemeni self determination.

Event will be bilingual in English and Arabic. Interpretation will be provided.

info@araborganizing.org
415-861-7444

Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, Author of Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee

Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Berkeley Methodist United Church, 1710 Carleton, Berkeley 94703

Friends of Wadi Foquin presents:
Hatim Kanaaneh, MD, Author of Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee

Friends of Wadi Foquin cordially invites you to attend a presentation by Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh about his work in Palestine and his new book of short stories, Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee, exploring the changing, precarious, and ever-shrinking world of Palestinians living in Israel.

As his village’s first Western-trained physician, Kanaaneh has had intimate access to his neighbors’ lives, which he chronicles in a fictionalized collection of vignettes that reveal the struggles, triumphs, memories, and hopes of indigenous Palestinians living in a state that does not acknowledge their past or encourage their future. The book, published by Just World Books, will be available to purchase.

Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh is a native of Arrabeh, in the Galilee. He completed his medical and public health degrees at Harvard in 1970 and returned to the Galilee, where he operated a solo physician’s practice while heading the region’s governmental health office. He is the founder of the Galilee Society, a nongovernmental organization working for equitable health, environmental, and socioeconomic conditions for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. He lives in Arrabeh.

3:00 p.m. Refreshments

3:15 p.m. Presentation & reading followed by Q&A

Donations and 40 percent of book sales will fund scholarships for Israel-Palestine trips led by Friends of Wadi Foquin, a partnership of Bay Area United Methodists and community supporters

working for justice and economic sustainability in the West Bank. www.friendsofwadifoquin.com

 

All out for Palestine! Sunday!

Israel has announced a ground invasion of Gaza!!
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All out for Palestine!!
Sunday, July 20th
3pm
Ferry Building, San Francisco
(Embarcadero Bart)

Within the past couple weeks the illegal, terrorist, and apartheid state of Israel have killed over 230 Palestinians injured and displaced thousands and is now preparing for an all out ground invasion of the prison otherwise known as Gaza. .

Join us to to stand with the Palestinian people, demand an end to US aid to Israel, and honor those who have passed as Israel continues its attacks on Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and occupied 1948 Palestine.

WE DEMAND THAT

End US Aid to Israel!
Stop the Attack on Gaza now!
End the Apartheid State of Israel!
Free all our political prisoners!
Support the Palestinian people’s struggle for liberation!

Flags, kuffiyehs, signs, banners, and voices are all welcome!

List of sponsors and endorsers:

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
Al-Awda Right to Return Coalition
American Friends Service Committee of San Francisco
American Muslims for Palestine
Anakbayan- Silicon Valley
Anakbayan- East Bay
ANSWER: Act Now to Stop War and End Racism
AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center & AYO: Arab Youth Organizing
Arab Culture and Community Center
Arab Talk Radio
Art Forces
BAYAN
Buena Vista UMC — Church & Society Committee
Cal Students for Justice in Palestine
Coalition for Palestinian Rights – SF
Code Pink
Community Futures Collective
Free Palestine Movement
Freedom Archives
FreedomWriters of Northern California
Justice for Palestinians
International Action Center
International Jewish Antizionist Network
International Socialist Organization
ISM-Northern California
League of Filipino Students- SFSU
MECA: Middle East Children’s Alliance
Northern California Friends of Sabeel
OMID Advocates for Human Rights
PAC Bay Area
Palestinian Youth Movement
Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism
Real Cost of Prisons
SF Women In Black
SFWILPF
Solitary Watch
South Bay Mobilization
United National Antiwar Coalition
USACBI – US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
USPCN: US Palestine Community Network
Workers World Party

Palestinian Queer Activists Talk Politics: Aswat & Al-Qaws Tour

aswat-alqaws tour

National Tour Comes to the Bay Area – February 15 & 16!

Palestinian queer activists will be touring six US cities for a series of open conversations hosted by
locally and nationally known US activists.
What does the Palestinian queer movement have in common with other LGBTQ movements worldwide?
How can we understand and work with issues of visibility and the notion of “coming out” within the Palestinian context?
What are the questions, goals, beliefs and dreams of the Palestinian queer movement?

Location Change for AFTERPARTY, now at PARADISO2272 Telegraph Ave at 23rd St, Oakland

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Tuesday, February 157pm
PUBLIC FORUM

Mission High Auditorium

3750 18th Street at Dolores, San Francisco
Parking available

MODERATED BY Cherríe Moraga

Wednesday, February 16

12:30pm
COLLOQUIUM

San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway, Ethnic Studies Conference Room,
Ethnic Studies/Psychology Building # 116
Organized by the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative’s (AMED) Gender and Sexuality Studies in the Global South: Arab and Muslim Communities Colloquium Series.  Co-sponsored by the Race and Resistance Studies Program and General Union of Palestinian Studies.


7pm
TALK

Pro Arts at Oakland Art Gallery
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland (Accessible off Broadway)

9:30pm
AFTERPARTY! at PARADISO

with DJ Emancipacion

2272 Telegraph Ave at 23rd St, Oakland

With hookah/arguileh lounge

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About the Organizations and Speakers
ASWATAbeer Mansour is a feminist Palestinian queer activist who is dedicated to promoting the inclusion of Palestinian queer women in Palestinian society. Abeer joined Aswat’s staff in 2008 as a resource development and networking coordinator. She represents Aswat in local and global events to explain about the multiple forms of oppression Palestinian queer women face: as a national indigenous minority living inside Israel, struggling for equal human and civil rights; as women battling for equality with men in conservative and patriarchal Palestinian society; and finally as queer women living in a heteronormative culture which is often extremely homophobic, fighting discriminization and marginalization. Abeer networks with partner feminist and human rights organizations to promote the inclusion of the queer agenda in their activism.

The mission of the ASWAT initiative is to serve as a Palestinian gay women’s group where we may express ourselves, discuss gender and sexuality, define our feminism, and address the conflict experienced by us between our national and gendered identities. The ASWAT group provides a safe space for any Palestinian woman who identifies as lesbian, bi-sexual, transsexual, transgender or inter-sexual, where we can break our individual silence through dialogue, self-education, healing and activism. In addition, we strive to generate social change in order to meet the needs of one of the most silenced and oppressed communities in Israel. We work to reach out to Palestinian and Jewish communities in Israel, and also to collaborate with other like minded institutes, groups and individuals in order to combat the multilayered discrimination we face and to promote women rights.

http://www.aswatgroup.org/english/

AL-QAWSSami Shamali is a 23 year old Palestinian queer activist with Al-Qaws working who lives in the West Bank. Sami joined Al-Qaws four years ago as part of Al-Qaws virtual Arabic discussion forums staff members. Currently, he is a member of the leadership group of Al-Qaws, and one of the main activists who are leading “West Bank house for activists” and the growing social change activism in the West Bank.

Al-Qaws for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society seeks to promote the development and growth of the Palestinian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) community in Israel and the Palestinian occupied territories. This process is inextricably linked with the larger mission of building an equal, diverse and open Palestinian society. Within this context, Al-Qaws is an enthusiastic partner in the development of a Palestinian civil society that respects and adheres to human and civil rights and allows individuals to live openly and equally, regardless of their sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Al-Qaws aims to achieve its mission through challenging attitudes, breaking social and religious taboos and norms, empowering, educating, developing leadership skills, and promoting social change and social transformation. Our mission is to create a safe and mature space to fertilize open and responsible dialogue at the societal level, promote diversity, meet the vast and differentiated needs of Palestinian LGBTQ persons and promote their well-being and capacity to engage in and contribute to the larger society.

http://www.alqaws.org/q/

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Please help to make these events accessible to those with chemical intolerance by refraining from wearing scented products.
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Co-Sponsored By:
Alliance of South Asians Taking Action
American Friends Service Committee-Pacific Mountain Region
Amor Sin Fronteras
API Equality, Northern California
Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, SF State University
Arab Cultural and Community Center
Arab Film Festival
Arab Resource and Organizing Center
Bay Area Jewish Voice for Peace
Bibi-SF
Community United Against Violence
Global Exchange
Global Women’s Strike
International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, SF Bay Area
Middle East Children’s Alliance
National Center for Lesbian Rights
NorCal Friends of Sabeel
Old Lesbians Organizing for Change
Omid Advocates for Human Rights
outLoud Radio
Palestinian Youth Network, Bay Area
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
Seventh Native American Generation
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Southwest Asian & North African Bay Area Queers (SWANABAQ)
TGI Justice Project
US Palestinian Communities Network, SF Bay Area

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For More Information: Arab Resource and Organizing Center, 415-861-7444, info@araborganizing.org, www.araborganizing.org