Archive: January, 2012

Alternatives to War: Diplomacy in Theory and Practice

An event to examine the ways in which individuals practice alternatives to war in their daily lives with Dr. Mohammed Abu Nimer on Palestine, Shahrazad Kablan on Libya and others

When: Sunday, March 4th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: Busboys and Poets on 5th&K

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Armed and Dangerous: U.S. Weapons Transfers to Israel

An event organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation featuring Josh Ruebner

From 2000-2009, the United States gave Israel more than $24 billion in military aid and delivered more than 670 million weapons, rounds of ammunition, and related equipment to the Israeli military. These weapons had, and continue to have, a devastating impact on Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation.

Drawing upon extensive original research on the quantity of weapons transferred, and the human impact and budgetary trade-offs of U.S. military aid to Israel, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will launch its first-ever policy paper, “U.S. Military Aid to Israel: Policy Implications & Options,” at this event. The policy paper lays out the human rights, legal, political, and economic rationales for ending U.S. military aid to Israel.

When: Tuesday, March 6, 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where: The Palestine Center
Click here to RSVP now!

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AIPAC drags Obama and the world towards war on Iran

Carlos Latuff | Latuff Cartoons

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Netanyahu and Obama approach war on Iran

AIPAC drags Obama and world towards war on Iran

Donate to Place an Ad in The Hill to Prevent War on Iran


Your donation will allow us to place a full-page ad in the influential Washington, DC newspaper The Hill, which is read by members of Congress and their staff. AIPAC lobbyists and AIPAC funds have been distorting our democracy for years, and right now AIPAC is pushing us towards a catastrophic war with Iran. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Help us tell Congress that AIPAC doesn’t speak for the 99%.

We need to raise $8,000 for the ad, and we appreciate any donation you can give. If you give $100 or more, we will add your name at the bottom of the ad (unless you tell us not to). Scroll down or click here to see the ad copy listed below.

All donations are tax deductible. You can also donate by sending a check made payable to CODEPINK AD to CODEPINK, 1247 E St. SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Roane Carey to Speak on Palestine

Roane Carey

We are excited to announce that Roane Carey will be joining the Palestine panel on Saturday, March 3rd.

Roane Carey, the current managing editor at The Nation, is a prominent journalist. Having spent significant time on the ground in the West Bank, Carey writes credibly on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Roane was the editor of The New Intifada and co-edited The Other Israel: Voices of Refusal and Dissent with Jonathan Shaini.

Carey has a new book scheduled for release in May 2012 entitled, “The Case for Sanctions Against Israel”.

No Comment Warranted on Commentary Blog

Josh Ruebner | Blog to End the Occupation

The neo-con rag Commentary had an especially tendentious post on its blog Contentions on Friday proving for themselves beyond a shadow of doubt that there exists a grand conspiracy between Marxism, anti-Semitism, the Occupy movement, and the US Campaign to “sabotage or at least overshadow the AIPAC event,” by organizing Occupy AIPAC.

Let’s leave aside for the moment the hypocrisy of a magazine formerly dominated by Communists (who then found the light in shucking for American imperialism) engaging in McCarthyite red baiting.  Um, dudes, the 1950s was like so last century.

I can’t figure out if this blog post is the result of sloppy journalism, or a hatchet job, or most likely a combination of the two.  First off, they give us credit for organizing Occupy AIPAC.  Thanks for the publicity, but we’re actually just one of more than 100 organizations endorsing the event and promoting it.  (As we mentioned in our email last week, we’ll also be doing workshops and organizing a Congressional Hill briefing for it.)

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Will You Occupy AIPAC?

Dear friends,

We are excited to announce that plans for OCCUPY AIPAC are under way and we hope you will join us March 2-6 in Washington DC.

With the Occupy movement that has swept the country demanding social and economic justice, many have concluded that AIPAC—the powerful pro-Israeli government lobby that distorts U.S. policy in the Middle East— is a mandatory “occupy target”. Adbusters, the magazine that issued the initial visionary call for the takeover of Wall St. on September 17th, has declared: “The time has come for the Occupy Movement to demand an end to the Occupation of Palestine… We need a hashtag, #occupyAIPAC” (Kalle Lasn).

Timed to coincide with the annual AIPAC policy conference in March 2012, the Occupy AIPAC summit will be a long weekend of teach-ins, cultural performances, protests and creative direct actions, and a sneak preview of the forthcoming film Roadmap to Apartheid. Co-sponsored by The Nation, the Institute of Policy Studies, CODEPINK and Just Foreign Policy, the Saturday conference will feature educational panels on Iran, Palestine, the Arab Uprisings and the Occupy Movement (see the list of speakers). The Occupy AIPAC summit is endorsed and supported by a variety of organizations including the Interfaith Peace Builders (IFPB), the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), Jewish Voice for Peace, Students for Justice in Palestine chapters, and over 120 other groups.

Right now AIPAC is trying to drag us into a disastrous conflict with Iran, just as they had pushed for the Iraq war. We must show our opposition by exposing AIPAC and standing against a war with Iran. AIPAC’s underhanded tactics and their manipulation of our political process destroys the possibility of a just peace in the Middle East. Recent public criticisms of the Israel lobby make the call to Occupy AIPAC all the more relevant.

Now is the time to make a large, people-powered push to show our opposition to the stranglehold the Israel lobby continues to hold over our government.

Register for the conference or support this summit with a donation. Your outreach and presence is critical to help us ensure a strong turnout, because now is the time to Occupy AIPAC, not Palestine!

In solidarity,
Medea, Rae, Alli and Sasha
The Occupy AIPAC team

In addition to peace and justice groups around the country, we are reaching out to Occupy communities for support and participation (see the Occupy AIPAC GA resolution). If your group would like to endorse or join this effort, please email

Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Palestine and the African American Experience

Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Palestine and the African American Experience
An event organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) and co-sponsored by Way to Jerusalem Mission Group as part of Occupy AIPAC

Join participants on Interfaith Peace-Builders 2011 African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel, as well as other prominent African American leaders in the struggle for a just peace in the Middle East. As AIPAC steps up efforts to court African American communities, many are standing firm and striking back. Participants on IFPB’s 2011 African Heritage delegation exchanged lessons learned from Black Power, Civil Rights, anti-apartheid and anti-racist struggles in the US with those waging similar campaigns in Palestine/and have returned to work for change here at home. Join them, and others, for a unique conversation regarding the historic role of the African American community in pursuing peace and justice for Palestinians.

When: Sunday, March 4th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Ave)

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AIPAC: What it is, who its allies are, why it’s dangerous and how to stop it

AIPAC: What it is, who its allies are, why it’s dangerous and how to stop it
A workshop with dinner included organized by Council for the National Interest (CNI), If Americans Knew, and Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) as part of Occupy AIPAC

Participants in this working dinner will receive:

  • Knowledge of AIPAC’s history. Where AIPAC came from, how it works, and where it’s headed now.
  •  How AIPAC fits into the Israel lobby ecosystem: How it interacts, coordinates and channels the collective might of a larger network of US and foreign organizations and institutions.
  • SWOT: What are AIPAC’s relevant strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
  • Moving from AIPAC policies toward a just and peaceful foreign policy: Non-violent tactics for exposing, challenging and eliminating AIPAC over time.

When: Saturday, March 3rd, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Ave)

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Why I Am Going To Occupy AIPAC. Won’t You Come Too?

Lisa, Codepink Maine coordinator | Went 2 the Bridge

I am going to occupy AIPAC in solidarity with my sisters who were assaulted last year: Rae Abileah in Congress during Netanyahu’s speech, plus four activists inside the AIPAC gala.

What is AIPAC? An acronym for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful lobbying group that makes sure $3 billion in U.S. aid to Israel (the 5th wealthiest nation in the world) continues every year, pressuring Congress and the White House on various foreign policies by means of campaign contributions and other inducements. AIPAC could be the poster child for the baneful effects of money on government decried by the 99%.

I am going to occupy AIPAC because my government targets people organizing to bring attention to apartheid and injustice in Palestine, harassing activists by means of search warrants, theft of their property, grand jury subpoenas, and terrorism charges; and that makes me scared, but I am inspired to face down my fear.

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