Walls of Racism and Oppression – Texas to Palestine and Beyond

Veterans For Peace Palestine/Israel Delegation Texas Tour:
WALLS OF RACISM AND OPPRESSION
– Texas to Palestine and Beyond –

WHAT: Presentation by delegates who have traveled to Palestine, Ferguson, Standing Rock, Jeju Island, and Okinawa – and will visit the US/Mexico border this Fall – to witness and support oppressed communities. (See bios, below.)
WHEN: Friday, October 20, 2017. 6:00 p.m – Veggie meal & schmoozing; 7:00 program followed by Q&A.
WHERE: Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 E. Martin Luther King Blvd, Austin, TX

Suggested donation $15 at the door; no one turned away. All proceeds go to Veterans For Peace.

A nine-person Veterans For Peace delegation visited Palestine/Israel earlier this year. While there, they met with Palestinian popular resistance leaders as well as members of the Knesset. They participated in nonviolent direct action and witnessed the resiliency, solidarity, creativity and courage of the Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation and the settlements that steal their land, water, and other resources.

Photographer ELLEN DAVIDSON, former State Dept official and USMC Captain MATTHEW HOH, former US Army paratrooper TARAK KAUFF, and filmmaker CHRIS SMILEY are touring Texas to tell us what they observed first-hand, using dramatic video clips of this eventful trip, soon to be made into a documentary series. Their experience helped them to see how Palestinian struggles relate to those of oppressed communities in Texas and beyond.

See a trailer for the documentary series at http://tinyurl.com/y9ucnhwk

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ELLEN DAVIDSON is a journalist, photographer, and longtime peace and justice activist. She is an editor of Peace in Our Times and of the New York City-based Indypendent. She has co-led Veterans For Peace delegations to the West Bank, where she has traveled extensively, and to Jeju Island, Okinawa and Standing Rock. She is the co-director of the VFP Chorus.

MATTHEW HOH is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy and former Director of the Afghanistan Study Group, advocating for change in U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. A former State Department official, Matt resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 over U.S. strategic policy and goals. Matthew served in Iraq in 2004-2005 in Salah ad Din Province and in 2006-2007 in Anbar Province as a Captain in the USMC. He has participated in VFP delegations to Standing Rock, Okinawa, and Palestine, and is a member of the advisory boards of Expose Facts, World Beyond War, and Veterans For Peace.

TARAK KAUFF served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper from 1959 to 1962. He has been a member of the Veterans For Peace Board of Directors for the past five years. Tarak has held a lead role in VFP’s Direct Action Team, organizing and leading actions at the National Archives, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and multiple actions at the White House. He took part in the Gaza Freedom March in Cairo. He is the managing editor of Peace in Our Times, VFP’s quarterly newspaper, and has organized and led delegations to Jeju Island, Okinawa, Standing Rock, and Palestine.

CHRIS SMILEY is a professional filmmaker and associate member of Veterans For Peace who filmed the delegation to Palestine and is in the process of making a docu-series about the trip.