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Mirroring Hope: How to Support Peacemakers in Palestine
A Presentation by Morgan Bach of "Rebuilding Alliance"
Morgan will also screen a film called Jordan Valley Blues that ties in to her presentation. Jordan Valley Blues (42 mins) is a documentary produced by LifeSource that tells the story of Palestinian communities under occupation in the Jordan Valley, and issues they face like water/land confiscation, movement restrictions and demolitions.
Here's more info on the film:
Morgan has spent the last eight months volunteering as a teacher and visitor coordinator in Al Aqaba, a Palestinian village under demolition order in Area C of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. She's now on the Oh Say Can You ‘C’ Speaking Tour (http://www.indiegogo.com/osaycanyouc) to tell Al Aqaba’s story and share a new way of communicating with Congress to protect at-risk Palestinian communities in Area C. So far, her tour has brought her to Michigan, Illinois, Washington DC, Texas, Pennsylvania and New York.
Her presentation will cover her experience living in the Jordan Valley, steadfastness projects all over the West Bank, and a coalition-building project in Silicon Valley that brings attention to Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers on the ground.
Her presentation will take 45 minutes, and she'd love to answer any questions and have a discussion afterwards.
Powerpoint slide Presentation Outline:
-Introduction-I grew up in Taiwan, Japan and India and moved to the States before 9/11. My curiosity with nationalism led me to study the "other side," the Middle East, Arabic and Islam
-I traveled abroad to Jordan and learned more about the region and the conflict
-National Service-After college, I spent two years in New Orleans, volunteering to help hurricane victims return to their homes. I started to draw connections with Palestine there, and found an activist community, including Palestinian activists in New Orleans. I looked for a place to work in the West Bank, and found Al Aqaba, a village under demolition order in the Jordan Valley
-Time in Palestine-I spent eight months working in Al Aqaba, and traveling around the West Bank, meeting Palestinian, Israeli and international activists
-Since September 2012, I've been working with Rebuilding Alliances, talking about peace projects on the ground in Palestine, and mobilizing support for these projects. By the end of March, I'll have a page ready to show people if they want to help advocate for vulnerable Palestinian communities in the Jordan Valley and elsewhere...
My personal focus is on the Jordan Valley, because the communities there have been demolished very recently, to be confiscated by Israel for annexation (at least, for the possibility).
EVENT LOCATION WILL BE EMAILED THE DAY BEFORE
It's 4 blocks from the Asbhy Bart station in Berkeley.
CASUAL POTLUCK-bring something if you would like to share.