Saturday, November 14, 2015

Every Evil You Oppose

Protest and defund every evil you oppose:  Use public transportation whenever you can!

Park your car for Peace, whenever you can, as long as you can.  It is up to us to be the change.

Every gallon supports every evil you oppose.  Don’t forget.    

If we work at it, we can all find ways to use less.


We are Praying for Peace.  Not just for a few, but for everyone everywhere. We are Praying for all those who are victims of violence, for those who are driven to violence, for those who feel violence is the patriotic or religious thing to do.

And we are praying for all of us who inadvertently support violence through our beliefs, spending habits, and our inattention to the suffering of others.  Suffering caused, not just by guns and bombs, but also by economic injustice, by rules of law that support the resource raiders, by the destruction of climate and the resultant hunger and homelessness:  All of which is rooted in or connected to the exploitation and use of fossil fuel.

We are all in this together . . .

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Speak the Truth

Change will follow . . . 

"Laws that allows us to diminish the humanity of anybody are not laws, they are frame works for crime."


In 1769, as the movies begins, Britain has a far flung empire and its economy is very much centered in the slave trade.  Dido Elizabeth Belle, the beloved and acknowledged mulatto daughter of Sir John Lindsay, was raised in high society by his uncle, William Murray,the Lord Chief Justice of England

"A land whose laws sanction, not control, the barbarous among its citizens; that is a country whose hope is lost." 

The story is richly and beautifully told with all the drama, romance, and heart break of those times.  Belle, through her eloquence and passion, along with the man who loves her "with every breath" influence her great uncle, the Lord Chief Justice, to do the right thing, simply by speaking the truth.  William Murray, in addition to the ruling depicted,made other rulings and is credited with helping to end the British slave trade entirely.  This movie, Belle, gives us hope and reminds us that change does indeed happen.   

The quotes above are from the movie, spoken by the character of John Davinier, Belle's beloved, who is portrayed as a passionate law student who aspires to change the world for the better.

A few key points for activists are well illustrated in the film.  1. Speak the truth, even if it is not well received.  2. Meet and brainstorm with like minded activists.  3.  Organize to bring your message to those who will help your cause, even if their reasons may be different than yours.  4. Don't give up, even though your heart may break.  5.  If you are in the right, justice will win.   

Worth watching repeatedly.  The emotional impact, the stunning sets, flawless acting, and the fabulous photography may overpower the deeper message, initially.  Watching once for the beauty, watch again, and rewind when necessary, to catch the deeper meaning behind the script and the action.

View the trailer here:

Available on request from most public libraries or where ever you normally rent DVDs.


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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Story in Film

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Understanding the Palestinian – Israeli conflict, surprisingly, can be easily achieved.  While there are many books, articles, and blog posts on the subject, through the medium of moving pictures we can take in a broad sweep of events in a short time.  The questions we are left with, of course, can be researched further in books and on the Internet.  Film, however, is the quickest way to begin to get a grasp of the issues and complexities behind and within the conflict.

We recommend starting with the video ‘The Land Speaks Arabic.’  The very idea of creating a modern, secular, geo-political Israeli State in Palestine is only a little more than 100 years old.  Our review as well as links to more information can be found on the post titled, ‘History.’

To begin to bring your understanding up to current times, our next film recommendation is ‘Five Broken Cameras.’  This film shows the landscape of Palestine, the plight of the Indigenous people still living on their traditional lands today, and their struggle against Israel’s relentless oppression and annexation.  Our review and links to more information can be found here:

Palestinian youth also have a story to tell. ‘Slingshot Hip Hop’ shares the story of their efforts to find their voice, not just among Palestinian people, but also in and related to the wider world where many of us are engaged in resisting racism and oppression.  In the film we begin to grasp the effects of Israeli ethnic cleansing on the families that have been displaced within Israel as well as in the West Bank and Gaza, and we get a glimpse of what it is like to live under the illegal Israeli occupation.  We get a good look at the separation walls, the check points, the lack of consistent electricity, and what the effects are on the people’s lives.  The Palestinian Hip Hop movement is traced from its infancy up to today, where it has become a powerful voice.  A powerful voice that is ignored by mainstream media.  

Slingshot Hip-Hop

"When delivering a message, art is more effective than violence.

I consider art to be the most important messenger.

Violence only breeds more violence and destruction."

The movie starts out in Arabic.  After the title shot, there are subtitles in English as well as versions which can be purchased with French of Spanish subtitles.  A portion of the music and discussion is also in English.  You can view the official trailer here:

"Tears can't extinguish hope."

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'Slingshot Hip Hop' is an important part of the education of anyone who wants to understand the Palestinian - Israeli conflict today.  Available on request from most public libraries and wherever you normally rent movies.  Copies can also be purchased for home use, by educational institutions and libraries, as well as non-profit organizations.  For more information please see:


Image Credits:

The reel to reel film photo is from Wikimedia Commons
All other images are from Slingshot Hip Hop's web page.


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Confronting our Privilege

Araya, the film, is billed as high art and high cinema.  

It has much been reviewed to critical acclaim in this regard.  The film maker, Margot Benacerraf, in addition to thinking of this film as a ‘tone poem,’ also intended the film to be commentary on the loss of traditional culture due to modernization.  She glorifies the stark and impoverished lives of the salt miners and their families. The people she dehumanizes as gestural art worked relentlessly, from childhood to old age, and for many hours every day.  For this continual labor, they secured a marginal and bare existence, so that she and we could salt our food at extremely little cost or effort.  This is the privilege that is unmentioned yet front and center in the film.  This is the same privilege that ultimately took apart the traditions that Benacerraf found so quaint and artfully dear—not for the good of the people involved—but rather to reduce the cost of producing salt even further.  

While this film was produced in 1959, unfortunately, the lives of abject poverty depicted—where labor starts in childhood—are still common in many salt producing parts of the world.  However, we have a choice.  We can support ethically produced and Certified Fair Trade salt, and if we do the idea of fairness will spread.  In fact, when purchasing imported foods or other items, you are probably supporting corporations that degrade and devalue human life if you don’t insist on Fair Trade.  Salt, as it turns out, is still one of the worst offenders when it comes to child labor and other labor abuses.  And of course, these abuses are not art.  Other particularly egregious abuses in today’s world concern coffee and chocolate production.

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Meanwhile, educate yourself and your friends.  The film, Araya, is available through college, public, and school libraries as well as other video outlets, on request.  And while this isn’t our favorite film, it does help us all confront our privilege.

Check out our post on ‘Peace Making and the Power ofNarrative.’  It starts out with a short essay on privilege that we think is very worth reading.


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Monday, July 6, 2015

Not Just a Chosen Few

Get Onboard

Music for Peace Makers


The work of Peace Making requires music!

The album, Get On Board, by Eric Bibb, is both soulful and deep. It hints at the troubles of this world, with many reflections on the ideological solutions that we must embrace.  While serious, the music is fun and danceable. The lyrics are easy to learn. The songs definitely grow on you while helping you grow in Peacefulness.

In the first cut, Spirit I Am, Bibb expresses the core of his spirituality, "to assert my own identity with the whole, the oneness of all things."  He asks in this song, "Am I the change I long to see?"  A question that Peace Makers need to remember to ask themselves regularly.

God's Kingdom reminds us that "Peace is the way" and to "shout the good news till the walls tumble and fall."  "Not just a chosen few, but every one that’s true, God's kingdom is in us all." 

In Step by Step, he sings that we are "walking to freedom, on a rocky road that others have walked before." He also encourages us with the words, "brothers stay strong, sisters hold on."

Stayed on Freedom reminds us that we "can't hate your neighbor in your mind when your straight on freedom" and that we "love everybody in your mind" when you are "stayed on freedom."

While the album is very universal in its ideals, the music definitely has the flavor of Christian gospel, with a few love songs through in.  Bibb mentions the "promised land" in several of the songs. This  may be offensive to Indigenous people who have been deprived of their homelands based on invading people's claims that the land they have ethnically cleansed and now occupy was promised to them.  Bibb's intention, however, is clearly on the idea that we create the mythical land of promise right where we are, by our own peaceful and loving actions. 

We do think that most of our readers will enjoy Get on Board, by Eric Bibb.


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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Restore Funding to UNESCO


UNESCO is engaged in the important work of:

"Building peace in the minds of men and women."


The United States withdrew support for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in 2011, in response to the U.N.'s recognition of a Palestinian State.  As a result the U.S. no longer has UNESCO voting rights.   The loss of U.S. funding amounted to 22% of UNESCO's budget and has "plunged it into a funding crisis and forced it to cut programs."


 Sign the Petition to Restore U.S. Funding


The U.S.  withdrew $60 million from UNESCO, a U.N. organization that provides vital support to thousands of needy people around the world. This was because UNESCO voted to allow Palestine as a member, and an old U.S. law requires our government to cut funding from any organization that officially recognizes Palestine. Regardless of whatever feelings we may have about the Israel-Palestine conflict, we cannot allow innocent people around the world to become the collateral damage of that conflict. Please join me in asking Congress and President Obama to overturn this archaic law, and restore funding to these vital and non-partisan programs.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Petition: Drop Charges Against Activists

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On May 12, 2015, two Jewish anti-apartheid activists, Daniel Fischer and Gregory Williams, entered a fundraiser for the Israeli military at Temple Israel synagogue in Westport, Connecticut, and attempted to read testimony of a Palestinian woman whose son was killed during Israel’s 2009 massacre in Gaza.

“We were there, first and foremost, because we are Jews,” Williams said, “and we wanted to take responsibility for the racism in our community that fuels Jewish American support for the Zionist Apartheid regime’s continued occupation of Palestinian land.”

Temple staff responded by throwing both protesters to the ground and filing a false police complaint that the two were armed. Yet Daniel and Gregory were arrested and charged with breach of peace and criminal trespassing in the first degree.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Warren, comfy in AIPAC's pocket

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Elizabeth Warren, in August 2014, " . . . steadfastly defended her 'pro-Israel' vote, invoking the politician’s platitude: 'We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.' " 

In response to questions about the $225 million she voted to send to the Israelis, she said:  "I think the vote was right, and I’ll tell you why I think the vote was right. America has a very special relationship with Israel."

Check out the details and the rest of her pro-Israeli dialog here:  Elizabeth Warren Sounds Like Netanyahu.


Excellent commentary on Warren's pro-Israeli dialog, which is quoted in the article linked above, can be found in this archive of the Kyle Kulinski show:  Sen. Warren Defends Gaza School & Hospital Attacks.


In November 2014, Warren visited Israel, and met with her hero, Netanyahu.  This visit is looked upon as evidence that Warren is in the Israeli's pocket, which is discussed and documented in the following article:  Elizabeth Warren Visits Netanyahu.


A visit, today, to Warren's website, clearly shows her dedication to Israel.  "I unequivocally support the right of a Jewish, democratic state of Israel to exist, and to be safe and secure."  To the uninformed, uneducated person, this may seem like a fair statement.  However, we must ask ourselves if a democracy can ever be founded on ethnic cleansing, discrimination, and breach of international law.

Ms. Warren goes on to state, "To me, it is a moral imperative to support and defend Israel, and I am committed to ensuring its long-term security by maintaining its qualitative military edge:"  This is a military edge, mind you, that is used to mow down, oppress, disenfranchise, and profit from Palestinian people and their land.

Please read Warren's full statement on Israel at the link below:


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Monday, June 1, 2015

Hungry for Sustainability?

The world hungers for sustainability, and yet we rarely seem to find it.  Meanwhile, we have an ancient and living model of sustainability within our reach.  Struggling to exist in the cradle of civilization, is a culture that has tended the land gently for thousands of years. (1)  Steadfast families still live in small villages, surrounded by fields, orchards, grazing lands, and woodlands that together supply nearly all the people’s needs.  But the world, rather than flocking to learn these ancient lessons of sustainability has turned its back.  These families, this land, suffers under grave and violent threat. (2) 

The photo is of a young man working in his family's field in the Palestinian village of Artas, famous for its Romaine Lettuce. (3) Israeli restrictions on travel to and within Palestine make it difficult or impossible for people to come to buy and trade from the source as they did decades ago. (4) Israel also controls all Palestinian business, the movement and sale of goods within Palestine, as well as imports and exports. (5)  This imperiled ancient culture needs our protection.  We hope that the more you learn, the more you will care.

(1)  The ancient history of this culture is well documented. “ . . . a Neolithic agricultural civilization arose  . . . perhaps as early as 7000 BC  . . . " E.O. James, Archeologist: 

(2) To learn about the on-going threat facing these families, we recommend the movie, ‘5 Broken Cameras:’

(4)  Scroll down to ‘For More Information,’ to learn more about the travel restrictions that Israel imposes on Palestinians:

(5) ‘Israel’s Predatory Economics,’ are covered here:  Be sure to read the article in comments as well. 

Be the Change!

The oppression and colonization of Palestine has been going on for over 60 years.  Powerful countries have failed to come to the aid of the Palestinian people, because what is being done to them is of benefit to large wealthy corporations.  It is up to us to be the change.  Please explore our boycott list to see how you may be supporting the erasure of traditional sustainable practices from the Holy Land:

We also encourage you to take additional nonviolent action in any large or small ways you can.  We have a list of letter writing campaigns and petitions you can sign, and we are starting to share other more involved actions as well.  Whether you have a few minutes or a few weeks, months, or years—there is something you can do! Check our blog every Thursday for calls to action:   Quick actions are also very easy to find:

Thank you!  It is up to us to create the kind of world we want to live in!



Boycott for Peace would like to feature an article or meme about Palestinian sustainable practices at least a few times a year or even once a month.  We need your help to do this. If you find articles that address Palestinian sustainable practices be sure to share them with us.  If you live in or visit Palestine and can take photos and notes relating to traditional food production, we can help you polish them up and present them to the public.  The wisdom we all need to survive is being imperiled.  Let’s let the world know!



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