The Ever-Evolving World Through Her Eyes

This is for Saying Yes
April 15, 2009, 1:50 am
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What else is there to say to this, other than I feel completely inspired and full when I listen to this. I want to embody this very poem because this poem embodies so much of how I feel and what I believe in. I hope you enjoy it. I hope it rejuvinates your day, or night, or week, or year. I hope you find hope in it.


COP 14 International Youth Delegation

So here it goes, the unveiling of the Global Youth Climate Movement’s work in Poznan, Poland, for COP 14 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

To Download this video click here. It’s the video labeled COP14 (Say What You Want).

And the other video:

To download this video click here. It is labeled COP 14 (teardrop)

In the Name of Love

Today, as I sat next to my parents, on our living room couch, eyes peering up at the television, we listened to Singers, Actors, and prominent American Figures, including the president-elect himself, on the “We Are One, Inauguration Concert.”

To be very honest, I voted for Ralph Nader, mainly because I do not believe in a two party political system, and Ralph’s policies were much more sound to me than Obama’s. But one thing I always knew was that this man inspired hope and change in the people who mattered most- you and I. President-elect Obama is always reminding us, even today, that we must get involved and stay active, keeping him informed of what we, the American people think, what we want to see as ‘the change.’

My eyes filled with tears on many occasions as I saw, these artists come together in a manifestation of what we want to see on a larger level, on a local level, ingrained in our every day selves. It is Love. While it was in the limelight, yes, and the world always shows it’s harsher edges after the glamor has faded, it was still something truly remarkable. And let me say this, it is beauty that never fades, it only changes.

I think the moment that caught me off guard, other than when Stevie Wonder came on stage and I jumped up screaming and dancing, was when Bono from U2 sang to the President. He sang his famous song, written in 1984 for Martin Luther King Jr, Pride. As the song neared it’s close he said these words.

“This is not just an American dream, but also an Irish dream, a European dream, an African dream … an Israeli dream and a Palestinian dream,” Bono said in the middle of U2’s performance of their 1984 hit “Pride (In the Name of Love).”

This was beauty. For so long, the issue of Israel and Palestine has been taboo, especially when any positive light is shown on the Palestinians. And, especially when the issue is in congress. It is time to stand up for justice, of our people at home who live in poverty and in the face of racism, and in the middle-east, where we have financed 1000 times over ongoing massacres in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories.

Tears streamed down my face as I heard, what Bono had said, and I looked over at my parents, my Lebanese mother and my European father; they too were crying. These two people who created six mixed babies, all of us trying to make this world more just, peaceful, and sustainable. I owe everything to them, and I owe everything to all of you.

2+2=4, Violence in Gaza= War Crimes

On the 22nd day of unabated violence in Gaza, with 1,203 people dead- including 360 Children, and 5,320 people injured of which are 46% Women and Children, Israel has said “The aims of our operation have been met.” Is that the sound of a ceasefire? Even after, Israel turned down Hamas’ deal on a Palestinian state of the 1967 borders, the deal that Israel said was the Palestinian people’s golden opportunity?

And, what were your aims Ehud Olmert? I’m confused because what happened over the last three weeks was not a nation protecting itself, but rather a government perpetrating fear within it’s borders, and the borders of a territory occupied and oppressed.

Frankly, I’m done with this, I am done hearing about the atrocities that you are committing, righteously, as if you were “entitled.” Entitled to violence, as if it were owed to you because of what your people have seen, and gone through. Let me say this, no one is entitled to violence, the history of people throughout this world is bloodied and conquered. When will it end?

Would the American government be so forgiving if African Americans rose up, took over New York or California, due to help from the European Union, and started perpetrating violence in the same ways that Israel does? While, the EU continued to funnel roughly 10 million dollars each day, even increasing funds while civilians were being slaughtered, as the US did a couple weeks ago. For some reason, I don’t think so. The institutions that are supposed to protect us, have been killing young black men for years. Look at the most recent cases of Oscar Grant and Adolph Grimes.

This is war crimes. In the “Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977” under Article 51, the protection of civilians Israel has committed War Crimes. According to Point 4 – the definition of Indiscriminate Attacks, section (c), Continue reading

Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh
January 8, 2009, 7:25 pm
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If You Live In DC – Gaza Memorial Service
January 7, 2009, 6:51 am
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Interfaith Candle light prayer, poetry, testimonies…
Saturday, January 10th, 2009
4:00pm – 5:30pm

All Souls Church
2835 16th St, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Funds will also be collected for the
Save the Children Gaza Relief Fund

Please RSVP by 2:30pm on Saturday at
Sponsored by
Coalition for Justice and Accountability

**Program will begin promptly at 4:00pm
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What Have You Done for Gaza Today?
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As I sit in upstate New York, Palestinians in Gaza are being murdered. What do the world governments do? People from all over the world are calling for a ceasefire in Indonesia, UK, France, Australia, Canada, and the United States just to name a few. But what are our leaders doing

The US is holding Hamas accountable for the continued violence, as current Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice issued a statement about the situation.

“The United States is deeply concerned about the escalating violence in Gaza. We strongly condemn the repeated rocket and mortar attacks against Israel and hold Hamas responsible for breaking the ceasefire and for the renewal of violence there. The ceasefire must be restored immediately and fully respected. The United States calls on all concerned to protect innocent lives and to address the urgent humanitarian needs of the people of Gaza.”

For more information on US statements about the crisis click here.

Although governments are calling for a ceasefire, Israel has rejected any pleas. The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, representing the European Union said, “We, Europe, want a ceasefire as soon as possible. Time is working against peace. The weapons must be silenced and there must be a temporary humanitarian truce.”

But the response from Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that they are not done, “We have hit Hamas hard, but we have not yet reached all the goals that we have set for ourselves and the operation continues,” he told a parliamentary committee.

Now what are Israel’s goals?
When we campaign on the environment or social justice, we have our internal goals and our external goals. So for example, when planning Power Shift 2007 our external goal for attendance was 2000-4000 but our internal goal was 5000 – 6000. This allows us room, to surpass our external goals and possibly our internal goals. What are Israel’s internal goals, if they have already killed nearly 700 people? When does it end, Israel?

We are all responsible. We all have a part to play in this. If you live in the US contact your congressional office and senatorial office today . Contact Obama’s transitional office as well. He needs to hear from us, we elected him on the platform of change and if he does not show us that he is different from his predecessor, than he is not fulfilling his rhetoric.

We must take lead from Israeli Youth, who are building a movement called Shminitism. They are high school seniors refusing to join the army and are going to prison instead.

There is an Avaaz petition that has over 200,000 signatures calling for a ceasefire, if you have not done this already please do so.

And finally but most importantly, click here to donate to Gaza. They are in need of food and medical supplies. More than 80 percent of Palestinians living in Gaza depend on food aid. Please donate to the United Palestinian Appeal.

Other organizations in the states that are doing good work on the issue in particular are Arab American Institute and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

To read more about the issue visit Robert Fisk’s page at