National Day of Action in Solidarity with Ferguson, Saturday, August 16th:
Join with the Urban League of Portland and a coalition of community organizations as we stand in solidarity against police misconduct and militarization in Ferguson, Missouri and in our own communities in Portland.
Police racial profiling and excessive use of force has claimed the life of another young black man. We join with communities around the country to achieve justice for Michael Brown's family and community.
Portland Solidarity With Ferguson: part of a national day of solidarity and action, will take place on Saturday, August 16th, at Lownsdale Square (SW 4th Ave. & Main St.) in downtown Portland at 1pm.
Coalition members include the Center for Intercultural Organizing, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Portland African-American Leadership Forum, and the Urban League of Portland.
Enough IS Enough.
Since the horrific killing of well over 1,800 innocents in Gaza began on July 8, demonstrations have been held all over the U.S., including here in Portland.
Why, Bob Horenstein asks, aren't similar demonstrations organized for civilians killed in other conflict zones? The answer is simple: because we are complicit. It is U.S. political cover and the over $3 billion in military and economic aid we give to Israel every year that has been funding the destruction and genocide taking place in Gaza. In fact, at the same time President Obama was calling for a ceasefire, the U.S. released stockpiles of ammunition to Israel so that it could reload its guns.
So, yes, people of conscience around the country have come out by the hundreds and thousands not just to call for an end to U.S. support for Israel, but also to express our alarm at the way in which Palestinians have been dehumanized. Particularly offensive has been how the otherwise hamstrung U.S. Senate miraculously came together in a matter of hours to unanimously pass a resolution supporting Israel's "right to defend itself." Surely killing one child per hour each day is not how a country defends itself.
Read more: U.S. complicit in Israel's killing of Palestinians
Israelis killed, including 64 soldiers, three civilians including one foreign national.
People hosted at UNRWA, government shelters and with host families.
Schools (90 UNRWA and 140 government) have sustained damage.
Palestinians killed, including 1,417 civilians, of whom 458 are children and 238 are women.1
Homes in the Gaza Strip have been destroyed or severely damaged.
Help Requested! Lutheran World Federation's Augusta Victoria Hospital struggling in East Jerusalem
Call your representatives!
Dear Peace Not Walls Network,
I am writing regarding the cash crisis that Augusta Victoria Hospital is experiencing due to the lack of payments from the Palestinian Authority for the patients that the PA refers to AVH. Augusta Victoria Hospital is struggling to continue to keep the AVH doors open in order to treat cancer patients from Gaza and the West Bank, and now also wounded from Gaza. Your advocacy is needed!
USAID was very close in the spring to sending funding to the PA, earmarked for AVH and other East Jerusalem hospitals. However, at the last minute, the funding was halted due to issues with the peace process and the reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas.
We got some relief on July 26th when we received 9.5 million Euro from the EU. However, this only covered a portion of the PA's bills. The PA still owes AVH/LWF over 20 million USD, and, since the PA continues to refer cancer patients and others to AVH, the amount owed by the PA to AVH is increasing by over 2 million USD each month. This is not sustainable for AVH and the need for funding is urgent.
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