Sunday, January 18

Don't forget MLK Day candlelight vigil!

Hi folks. With all the recent events, this might be the biggest. Here's our official announcement, from the ad-hoc coalition Philly Gaza Action Group.

WHAT: Candlelight Vigil and March Led by Women and Children in Solidarity with the People of Gaza

WHEN: Monday, January 19, 2009 at 5:30 PM

WHERE: Gathering at Israeli Consulate (1880 JFK Blvd) and Marching to City Hall (15th and Market)

On January 19th, 2009, people throughout the United States will celebrate the life, legacy, and birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated on April 4th, 1968. Dr. King was one of the foremost leaders of the Black civil rights movement in this country, an organizer extraordinaire for peace and justice, and an eloquent orator who challenged racism, injustice, and oppression everywhere. Exactly one year before he was killed, in a speech entitled "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence," Dr. King called the U.S. government and military the "greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." These words are especially significant today, as the United States government continues its unequivocal support of Israel's criminal bombardment and massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

As people of conscience we call for solidarity with the people of Gaza who are suffering at the hands of the one of the most advanced militaries in the world today. Supported by the United States, Israel has imposed a near total blockade on Gaza since June 2007 which has led to a breakdown in basic services including water and sanitation, electricity, fuel and medical supplies. Two-thirds of Gaza's 1.5 million people are currently without electricity and the remaining one-third are limited to just a few hours each day. As a result of these illegal sanctions 30% of children under 5 years suffer from stunted growth due to chronic malnutrition and 75% of the population now rely on food aid.

Some 1100 Palestinians have been killed since the Israeli assault on Gaza began 20 days ago, with close to 5000 injured, according to Israeli newspaper Haaretz and the International Red Cross. Many of the victims are women as well as children, who make up more than half of the population.

Join together with the peace and justice communities of greater Philadelphia and across the country, as we do justice to Dr. King's memory, and the memories of others like him, by demanding an end to Israel's war on the Palestinian people and the support it receives from the United States government.






Event: Panel Discussion on Ceasefire

Here's another event in Philly, not sponsored by SUSTAIN but with discussion on the situation in Gaza.

What's Going on in Gaza? What's with the Cease Fire?

A Discussion by Three Activists
Followed by questions and discussion by attendees

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009 –2:00 pm

Corner Washington Lane and Greene, Germantown


Anan Zahr is a Palestinian activist in the Philadelphia area; a board member of the Ameriacan-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and of Playgrounds for Palestine. She teaches Arabic at Villanova

Janet Amighi is an anthropologist specializing in the Middle East, teaching at Montgomery Community College

Libby Frank is a member of WILPF's national and international Middle East Committees and the local WILPF branch

There's more than meets the eye and reaches the public from the corporate media. Come and participate and see if you're missing anything.

Sponsored by the Philadelphia branch of the Women's International League for Peace & Freedom

For further information, contact Heather Shafter


Wednesday, January 14

Panel Discussion & More on Obama Rally/Protest

Check out this event at Villanova, and look below for more details about the Obama train stop in Philly this Saturday, sponsored by World Can't Wait.

The Conflict in Gaza:
A panel discussion by members of the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies

Featuring professors Nasser Chour, Julie R. Klein, Marwan Kreidie, and Catherine Warrick, and moderated by Dr. Lowell Gustafson

Villanova University
Connelly Center Cinema

Thursday, January 22, 2009
4:30 pm

"From Guantanamo to Gaza, Stop the US War of Terror and Torture. The world can't wait!"

When Obama boards the Amtrak train to Washington D.C. from 30th street station tell him and the world that people living in the U.S. are fed up with war and torture for empire. On the heels of inauguration, we want the new president to know that we oppose Wars for Empire - from more troops in Afghanistan to legitimizing the massacre in Gaza in the name of security. Moreover, if you are horrified by what is going on in Gaza and Afghanistan or scared about an attack on Iran, make your voice heard on Saturday, January 17th at 30th street station. Although, we do not know what time in the morning that Obama plans on boarding, we are setting a tentative time frame and are planning on being flexible:

Saturday January 17th, 2009
30th & Market Street Corner

9am-Noon (Pending when Obama gets on the train and when he departs) Tentative Time!

sponsored by World Can't Wait


Tuesday, January 13

Additional Actions this week

Thursday, 1.15.09, Penn March for Gaza: 11AM - 1PM

March for Gaza from the Bridge to the Button with Penn for Palestine, leaving from the bottom of the bridge (in front of ABP on 38th and Locust) and marching to the Button in front of the library and back for two hours.

Friday 1.16.09-Grandparents for Peace Demonstration at 19th and JFK from noon to one


Monday, January 12

More Philly Actions for Gaza!

We had a very productive public meeting yesterday to discuss actions in solidarity with Gaza and the Palestinians. This week, a series of events are being planned. Please see the below calendar, and don't hesitate to get in touch with questions.


Philadelphia Action for Gaza
· Monday 1.12.09- ADC National Wear-Your-Kaffiyah day

· Tuesday-1.13.09- ADC day of fasting

· Tuesday 1.13.09- panel discussion sponsored by IAC [contact Betsy,]

· Wed 1.14.09- 4:30-6 pm Rally Israeli Consulate, 19th and JFK. [contact SUSTAIN at]

· Fri 1.16.09- Consulate March/Rally planned by Arab community [contact Linda Hannah,]

· Saturday 1.17.08-Obama Protest, 30th Street Station [contact Koyuki,]

· Monday 1.19.08-Tables at Gallery, Rittenhouse, 69th Street, ect. [contact Betsy,]

· MLK Day Candlelight Vigil focused on impact on Women and children, 5:30, Israeli Consulate: [contact SUSTAIN at]


"Philly Jews Say: Not in My Name"

...Just one of the messages we sent out at the counter-protest to the Israel rally last Thursday. You can see photos here.


Thursday, January 8

Philadelphia & Gaza

This week, SUSTAIN decided to call a meeting due to the current crisis in Gaza and the momentum in Philadelphia around the issue. Please attend, and forward widely.

Calling All Activists Concerned With Palestine!

A public meeting to gather in person to plan more responses to the crisis in Gaza and future action in support of Palestine

Where: LAVA, 4134 Lancaster Avenue, SEPTA trolley route #10

When: Sunday, January 11, 2009, 3 – 5 pm

Recent action in Philadelphia to support the people of Gaza has been strong and unified. Let’s continue to raise our voices together to support a just and lasting peace.

Also, be sure to check out media coverage of last Saturday's Gaza demonstration at the Philadelphia Inquirer, and from CBS3 Video.

Dave Butler took some great photos available here.


Wednesday, January 7

Upcoming Action: March on Washington for Gaza

Here's a great action opportunity. We're not sponsoring but some of us in SUSTAIN will attend.

There is a march in DC on Saturday to protest the invasion and massacre of Gaza, and we want to have a strong Philadelphia presence. There are prepaid buses that will leave at 9am from in front of the Al-Aqsa Masjid 1501 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19106, returning by 9 PM on Saturday. If you would like to take the bus, PLEASE CONTACT Nabil 215-307-0167, Sonia 215-876-5427 or Rebhi 267-228-8448 as soon as possible.


Stop the U.S./Israeli War Against the Palestinian People

National March on Washington

Saturday, January 10

Assemble at the White House (north side) at 1:00 PM

Sponsoring organizations: Muslim American Society Freedom, Free Palestine Alliance, American Muslim Task Force, National Council of Arab Americans, Al-Awda - International Palestine Right to Return Coalition, ANSWER Coalition, and hundreds of others


Gaza Crisis Call to Action: Counter-Protest 1/8/09

Counter-Protest at "We Stand with Israel" Rally

Thursday 1/8/09 @ 11:30am

Where: Meet at 15th St. & Market St. by Clothes Pin Statue (we will move together to rally at Love Park at 11:50 am).

This is a call to the people of Philadelphia to mobilize a counter-presence at the "'We Stand with Israel" rally sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and others this Thursday, January 8th at 12:00pm. Co-sponsored by SUSTAIN and PJJP (Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace), we ask that you join us.

As a group of Jews and people of all backgrounds, we stand with the world majority-- including the thousands of Israelis who've taken to the streets to protest the actions of their government- in calling for an immediate end to Israel's current and devastating aggression in Gaza, for Israel to be held accountable for it's actions, and for our fellow Pennsylvanians to join us.

The "We Stand with Israel" rally sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and others is being held at Love Park on 16th St. and JFK Blvd. We will meet at 11:30am at the giant Clothes Pin statue on 15th St. and Market St and move to the rally at 11:50am. For anyone coming from West Philly, we will be gathering making signs at a home at the corner of 50th and Catherine St. at 10:00am (email for more details). We will then get on the 34 trolley at 11:04am.

Please wear black for cohesion and to symbolize loss.


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