2016 Atlanta Palestine Film Festival

Buy your Tickets and Passes at the Door:
Tickets $12 ($5 students) · Festival Pass $40 ($20 students)

Thursday, Oct 27, 7:30 pm


Atlanta Friends Meeting House,
701 W Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

idolDirector: Hany Abu-Assad. The Idol is based on the incredible true story of Palestinian singing sensation Mohammed Assaf, who went from being a wedding singer in Gaza to winning TV singing contest Arab Idol in 2013.Divided into two parts, the first half feels like a children’s film about friendship, ambition and understanding mortality, told in a heavily romanticised fashion. The second jumps to the months before the Arab Idol contest, during which the director takes a more mature look at the problems facing young Palestinians living in Gaza, and how Assaf refused to take no for an answer in his quest to be Arab Idol.

Sunday, Oct 30, 6 pm


Rush Center Annex,
328 Mell Ave, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30316
Director: Amber Fares. When one of the profiled figures in a documentary comments, “The smell of tear gas reminds me of my childhood,” it’s obvious that we’re not in Kansas anymore. The film details the myriad problems the women encounter while racing for the Palestinian Motor Sports and Motorcycle Federation, founded in 2005. Finding places to practice is difficult, with the team forced to train in a parking lot located next to an Israeli detention center. The races are held in such locations as a vegetable market and a helicopter pad, although in recent years they’ve found a home base in Jericho. Simply getting around is a logistical nightmare, with Israeli military checkpoints omnipresent.

Thursday, Nov 3, 7:30 pm


Unitarian Universalist Church of Atlanta,
1911 Cliff Valley Way, NE, Atlanta, GA

Director: Salim Abu Jabal. Roshmia is a film about an elderly couple that share a quiet, pastoral life until the municipality of Haifa decides to build a road through the valley to connect the Mediterranean to Mount Carmel. Their shack is slated for demolition, and the possibility of financial compensation from the municipality creates tension in the relationship between the couple and a friend who is serving as a liaison with the authorities.

Sunday, Nov 6, 6 p.m.


Rush Center Annex,
328 Mell Avenue, Suite B, Atlanta, GA 30316
Directors: Gabriele Del Grande, Antonio Augugliaro, and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry. A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria. They decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden, and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers, by faking a wedding. With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so Italian and Syrian friends as wedding guests, they cross halfway over Europe on a four-day journey of three thousand kilometers.

2016 Sponsors

Jewish Voice for Peace-Atlanta
Joining Hands for Justice in Israel & Palestine
Oakhurst Baptist Church Kairos Mission Group
Oakhurst Presbyterian Church Peacemaking & Justice Committee
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Glen Ford on election, war & antiwar movement –PLEASE SHARE

Visit Black Agenda Report at http://www.blackagendareport.com

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“Trump or Clinton: War on the Horizon”–TODAY

The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition is proud to welcome Glen Ford, founder of Black Agenda Report (BAR), to Atlanta where he will present on issues including:

A new cold war with Russia as NATO pushes ever closer to Russia’s boarders

A new cold war with China, as the US increases its naval power in the South China Sea

Obama’s request for $1 trillion over 30 years to upgrade and modernize US nuclear weapons

The atomic Scientists’ 2015 decision to move the hands of the Doomsday CLock from 5 miniutes to 3 minutes to midnight – closer to nuclear war than any time since the Cuban missile crisis.

The program will begin at 7pm on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 1st Iconium Baptist Church, 542 Moreland Ave Se (at the corner of Glenwood), Atlanta 30316.

There will be a Q&A discussion following his remarks.

There is a parking lot at the rear of the church building and the sanctuary can be accessed from the Moreland Ave entrance or from the rear ground level doors.

Sponsored by the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition. For additional information, http://www.GeorgiaPeace.org or 404.378.5424.
About the speaker:Glen Ford launched BlackAgendaReport.com (BAR) in October 2006. He was a founding member of the Washington chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ); executive board member of the National Alliance of Third World Journalists (NATWJ); national political columnist for Encore American & Worldwide News magazine; founder of The Black Commentator and Africana Policies magazines; and media specialist for the National Minority Purchasing Council. He has spoken at scores of colleges and universities.

Link to the Facebook page for the event:https://www.facebook.com/events/576274559246654/

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Trump or Clinton: War on the Horizon


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Many Rivers to Cross–Festival of Music, Art and Justice!

This weekend , a social justice music festival, initiated by Harry Belafonte, is taking place just west of Atlanta on a farm in Chattahoochee Hills.

The line-up of performers is long and varied, ranging from the Dave Matthews Band to Carlos Santana to Rebel Diaz to T.I.

Cornel West will be speaking also.

GPJC will have a table in the Social Justice Village, giving us an opportunity to engage with thousands of people potentially.

We will have a variety of literature including a flyer about the upcoming Oct. 13 program with Black Agenda Report founder, Glenn Ford, analyzing the real danger of expanded war under Trump or Clinton.

We encourage you to check out the website for Many Rivers to Cross and join us at this multi-faceted progressive event.Here is the link to their website: http://www.manyriversfestival.com

And please stop by the GPJC table and say hi (or volunteer to help staff for a while).

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Why We Must Go to the Pentagon on September 26, 2016

A call to action from the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR):
As people of conscience and nonviolence we go to the Pentagon, the seat of the United States military might, to call for an end to the ongoing wars and occupations waged and supported by the US. War is directly linked to poverty and the destruction of the Earth’s habitat. The preparations for more war and a new US nuclear arsenal are a threat to all life on the planet.

This September as we observe the United Nations International Day of Peace, the great many actions around the country for Campaign Nonviolence, and the “No War 2016” conference in Washington, DC we call upon our political leaders, and those at the Pentagon to stop the planning and waging of war.
September 11, 2016 marked 15 years since the Bush regime used the criminal terrorist attacks as an excuse to wage a series of unending wars and occupations continuing still under President Obama. These wars and occupations waged by the US are in fact illegal and immoral and must end.

We demand that the planning and production for a new nuclear arsenal stop. As the first and only country to use nuclear weapons on civilians, we call upon the US to take the lead in real and meaningful nuclear disarmament initiatives so that one day all nuclear weapons will be abolished.

We demand an end to NATO and other military war-games around the world. NATO must be disbanded as it is clearly hostile to Russia thus threatening world peace. Military plans commonly referred to as the US’ “Asian Pivot” are provoking and creating ill will with China. Instead we call for real diplomatic efforts to address conflict with both China and Russia.

We demand that the US immediately start closing its military bases abroad. The US has hundreds of military bases and installations around the world. There is no need for the US to continue to have bases and military installations in Europe, Asia, and Africa while expanding its military alliances with India and the Philippines. All of this does nothing to create a secure and peaceful world.

We demand an end to environmental ecocide resulting from war. The Pentagon is the largest single polluter of fossil fuels in the world. Our dependence on fossil fuels is destroying Mother Earth. Resource wars are a reality we must avoid. An end to war and occupation will lead us on a path to saving our planet.

We demand an end to US military and foreign aid and support for proxy wars. Saudi Arabia is waging an illegal war against the people of Yemen. The US is supplying weapons and military intelligence to this corrupt undemocratic country ruled by a despotic and extremist royal family which oppresses women, LGBT people, other minorities, and dissidents within Saudi Arabia. The US gives billions of dollars in military aid to Israel where the Palestinian people have faced decades of oppression and dispossession. Israel has continuously used its military might on the unarmed Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank. It imposes an Apartheid state and prison camp conditions on the Palestinian people. We call on the US to cut off all foreign and military aid to these countries violating international law and human rights.

We demand the US government renounce regime change as a policy against the Assad government of Syria. It must cease funding Islamic extremists and other groups attempting to overthrow the Syrian government. Supporting groups fighting to overthrow Assad does nothing for peace and even justice for the people of Syria.

We demand the US government support refugees fleeing from war-torn countries. The unending wars and occupations have created the largest refugee crisis since the last world war. Our wars and occupations are causing human misery by forcing people to leave their homes. If the US cannot bring about peace in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and the Middle East then it must withdraw, end military funding for proxy wars and occupations, and allow others to work towards stability and peace.

Since September 11, 2001 US society has seen its local police forces become militarized, civil liberties attacked, mass surveillance by the government, the rise in Islamophobia, all while our children are still recruited in the schools by the military. The path to war since that day has not made us safer or the world more secure. The path to war has been an utter failure for almost all on the planet except for those who profit from war and the economic system which impoverishes us all in so many ways. We don’t have to live in a world like this. This is not sustainable.

Therefore, we go to the Pentagon where the empire’s wars are planned and waged. We demand an end to this madness. We call for a new beginning where Mother Earth is protected and where poverty will be eradicated because we will all share our resources and redirect our economy towards a world without war.

To join us, sign up at http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016
We will also be delivering to the Pentagon a petition to close Ramstein Air Base in Germany, as U.S. whistleblowers and Germans together deliver it to the German government in Berlin. Sign that petition at http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12254

The event at the Pentagon at 9 a.m. Monday, September 26, follows a three day conference, with a planning and training session at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. See the full agenda:
No War 2016 Agenda – World Beyond War

For more information click on the following link:http://worldbeyondwar.org/must-go-pentagon-september-26-2016/

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