October Events on Arab-Jews and Palestinians “They Were Promised the Sea” and Ladraa’s Walk to Palestine

The Atlanta chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace and 
Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine/Israel 
invite you to join us for a showing of the documentary
Arab Jews between Homeland and Promised Land
and a discussion with the filmmaker, Kathy Wazana
Park in the library parking lot
light snacks available
For more information or to RSVP, contact ilise.cohen@gmail.com or sarah.h.humphrey@gmail.com 
A lyrical, polemical, musical road movie on dispossession and exile, hope and the possibilities of coexistence

“… Kathy Wazana’s lyrical documentary They Were Promised the Sea slowly unfolds its tale of a Moroccan-Jewish history that combined a deep multi-century sense of belonging with a hasty departure under the shadow of the Israeli/Arab conflict. The film unveils a complex portrait of intimately connected Jewish and Muslim lives in Morocco. … The film celebrates the mutual Muslim/Jewish desire to revive a precious past that had been partially eclipsed but which, as the dialogue in Hebrew and Arabic in the musical finale shows, remains vital and vibrant.”

–– Ella Habiba Shohat, author of Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation

“[…] explores an important episode in the history of the Maghreb, Palestine and Israel. A necessary contribution […] controversial and thought-provoking.” –– Joslyn Barnes, Louverture Films, New York: The Time That Remains; The House I Live In; Black Power Mixtapes “A beautiful, passionate and probing look into the intertwined histories of Jews and Arabs in Morocco and Israel/Palestine, a look back that inspires hope for the future.” 

–– Richard Fung, Video Artist, Cultural Critic, Director: Dal Puri Diaspora

“Combining poetry, music and hauntingly gorgeous high definition images, Kathy Wazana has produced a film that offers viewers a journey of discovery and reveals a Judeo-Arab narrative that challenges the notion of an assumed historical enemy and the dominant view that Jews are refugees from the Arab world.”

–– Michael Ostroff, Director : Winds of Heaven, Canvas of War

“It’s the emotional, lyrical, and poetic quality of the documentary that shines […] a new way of looking at North Africa and Middle East issues.”

–– Barry Greenwald, director: Between Two Worlds, Who Gets In?

“… a splendid and deeply complex investigative exposé … brilliantly conceived and directed – so complex and wrenching … a prayer of hope.”

–– Evangeline Kim, National Geographic Music 

About the filmmaker, Kathy Wazana

Kathy Wazana is a Casablanca-born, Toronto-based writer, translator, editor, turned documentary filmmaker, whose current work focuses on Jewish-Arab relations in Morocco and in Israel-Palestine.

In recent years, Kathy has turned her attention to studying and understanding Jewish-Arab relations through the history of Jews in Morocco and her own identity as an Arab Jew.

Kathy has worked in politics and the labour movement, in educational television, publishing and advertising, in government, public and media relations, and in international development, in France and in Canada. She is a life-long peace activist and advocate for equity and human rights.

The rupture provoked by the partition of Palestine and the creation of the State of Israel is the subject of Kathy’s first feature, award-winning documentary They Were Promised the Sea / Pour une Nouvelle Séville.She has presented her film in Jewish Film Festivals, universities, all over the world.

Since 1994, she has spent several years observing and documenting the Israel-Palestine conflict and the efforts of Israeli and Palestinian women and men engaged in a variety of peace initiatives at the political, community, academic and grassroots levels, in Canada, Morocco and in Israel-Palestine.

In Canada, Kathy has spearheaded several joint Jewish-Arab community-building initiatives, including the Playgrounds for Peace Fund (1996), Cooks for Peace, the Just Peace Seder and Community Mimouna (2002-2007, 2013)*. In 2002 she led a Palestinian and Jewish Canadian women’s mission to Israel-Palestine, co-authoring and publishing the mission report Speaking Through Walls – Women Building Peace in Israel-Palestine**. This summer, Kathy was one of the participants on the Gaza Flotilla.

Kathy Wazana is invited to present at the Year of Morocco at Kennesaw State University in October 2018 and we are delighted to welcome her to the larger Atlanta community for a screening of the film and discussion with Kathy, the filmmaker.

Joining Hands for Justice in Palestine/Israel 
and the Atlanta chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace 
invite you to….
The commitment to justice for Palestine with Benjamin Ladraa
Benjamin Ladraa is a peace and human rights activist, walked from Sweden all the way to Palestine 
but was refused entry by the Israeli authorities
Monday October 29 at 7:00pm 
North Decatur Presbyterian Church
611 Medlock Rd, Decatur, GA 30033 
Benjamin will be sharing about his 11 months long journey and his commitment to raising awareness about human rights violations in Palestine. He walked 5000km (over 3100 miles) through thirteen countries. His walk took him through refugee camps, villages, deserts and meetings with parliament members.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact sarah.h.humphrey@gmail.com  or atlanta@jewishvoiceforpeace.org .
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Spread The Word! “FAHRENHEIT 11/9” Is Now In Theaters All Across The U.S. & Canada!

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Decolonize Puerto Rico- Week of Action Sept 20-27

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From Atlanta to AFRICOM: Resisting the Global War on African/Black People

Black Alliance for Peace is hosting a panel discussion
“From Atlanta to AFRICOM: Resisting the Global War on African/Black People”
Thursday, September 20, 7-9pm.
Morehouse College, 830 Westview Dr SW, Atlanta, GA 30314, Wheeler Hall, room 214-F


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Atlanta People’s Climate Summit on September 8

Atlanta People’s Climate Summit

September 08, 2018  10:00-4:00 PM

Flipper Temple AME Church & Cleopas R. Johnson Park 580 Fair Street, Atlanta, GA 30314

 CONTACT INFO: Tom Thrasher, 706-669-8102, tomt@350atl.org

Bring your voice, claim your power and celebrate on this September 8th Rise for Climate national day of action! Bring your voice to the Flipper Temple Forum at 1:30 pm led by leaders of housing, jobs, energy and political justice. Claim your power at the 3:00 pm Rally as we together read our Declaration of Just Demands and sing joyous songs of justice and love. Celebrate in the Park all day with music, art, and action tables. Bring your friends, your family, your neighbors!


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A teach-in in support of the 2018 National Prisoner Strike on Sun, September 9

Atlanta Prison Strike Solidarity Committee will be holding a teach-in in support of the 2018 National Prisoner Strike and to commemorate the anniversary of the Attica Uprising on Sunday, Sept. 9, 3-6:30pm at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 48 Martin Luther King Jr Dr (across from Fulton County Courthouse)
Speakers, discussion, information tables
Potluck dinner 5:30-6:30pm

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Prison Strike Solidarity Rally on Tues, August 21


Prison Strike Solidarity Rally
Tuesday, August 21 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Atlanta Detention Center
254 Peachtree St SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Prison labor is slave labor. We cannot allow this inhumane system to continue. Beginning on August 21st and continuing into September, incarcerated laborers from across the nation will be joining forces by way of a labor and huger strike. Here in Atlanta we will stand in solidarity through a series of actions dedicated to supporting incarcerated workers and raising awareness about the atrocious conditions they face. Join us on the first day of the strike outside of the Atlanta City Detention Center to stand in solidarity with strikers from across the United States.

Link to the Facebook page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1815372958547706/


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National Prison Strike from Aug. 21 to Sept. 9

A core group of organized inmates have issued a call for a national prison strike from Aug. 21 to Sept. 9.

August 21 is the anniversary of the assassination of Black Panther Party Field Marshal and prison activist George Jackson in 1971. September 9 is the anniversary of the Attica Prison Rebellion, which erupted two weeks after Jackson’s assassination.

Prison strike demands and support:

  1. Immediate improvements to the conditions of prisons and prison policies that recognize the humanity of imprisoned men and women.
  2. An immediate end to prison slavery. All persons imprisoned in any place of detention under U.S. jurisdiction must be paid the prevailing wage in their state or territory for their labor.
  3. The Prison Litigation Reform Act must be rescinded, allowing imprisoned humans a proper channel to address grievances and violations of their rights.
  4. The Truth in Sentencing Act and the Sentencing Reform Act must be rescinded so that imprisoned humans have a possibility of rehabilitation and parole. No human shall be sentenced to Death by Incarceration or serve any sentence without the possibility of parole.
  5. An immediate end to the racial overcharging, over-sentencing, and parole denials of Black and Brown humans. Black humans shall no longer be denied parole because the victim of the crime was white, which is a particular problem in Southern states.
  6. An immediate end to racist gang enhancement laws targeting Black and Brown humans.
  7. No imprisoned human shall be denied access to rehabilitation programs at their place of detention because of their label as a violent offender.
  8. State prisons must be funded specific­ally to offer more rehabilitation services.
  9. Pell grants must be reinstated in all U.S. states and territories.
  10. The voting rights of all confined citizens serving prison sentences, pre-trial detainees, and so-called “ex-felons” must be counted. Representation is demanded. All voices count!

Inmates ask for solidarity through various actions, such as contacting relevant “local, state and federal political representatives” about their demands, especially that prisoner votes be counted.

They ask that financial boycotts of services to prisoners be based only on the stated wishes of those inside.


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Make a Pledge of Support Today

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Cover History: The Great Speckled Bird 1968-1976

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