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andy and i were coming home from grocery shopping this evening and our street, right by our house was blocked off by at least 5 lapd police cars who had surrounded one of my neighbors, a young man; one of their favorite “usual suspects.” no one else was out on the street. a few cars were behind us, also waiting to get through. upon our approach, one of the police cars shined his light directly into our eyes and blinked the low beams. we were given no instructions. i got out of my car, sure to make both hands visible and walked toward the gathering of more than 7 officers. one approached me and told me they were having a “friendly chat” with my neighbor (stating his name) and that they were “old friends.” he continued to tell me that they weren’t arresting anyone and that nothing had happened.
“do you always handcuff your “old friends” when you chat with them?” i asked.

i stood on the sidewalk, watching (women can get away with this much more then men can– andy, 6 ft tall, and rather hefty, stayed in the car!)

when the officer came over to me and told me the street was clear, andy drove the car home, and i walked past the gathering of officers and neighbor, asked him if he needed anything, and stood at my gate. one of the officers suggested i move on. “i’m just hanging out in front of my home on a pleasant evening” i told him. i waited until my neighbor was released, i signaled to him and he followed me into our home until the danger was gone. we made sure he got to his home safely.

our security cameras of course, caught the whole thing!!!! (we installed them because of the political stalking we’ve experienced. it had never occurred to me that the cameras would also provide for the safety of the rest of the community under police siege.)

eight cops, 5 cars, and according to my neighbor, they told him they were introducing him to the new cops on the beat, and felt they needed to hand cuff him for their safety.

los angeles is struggling with a terrible financial crisis. is this an appropriate use of city funds? do the math. eight cops, at least a half hour of man hours each, to provide for a most unnecessary introduction, to create a most outrageous provocation, and establish a police presence on a street with almost no crime.

like most days, today, the helicopters continued over head regularly, including two military helicopters. often these ghetto birds pass so low, they shake the buildings. another neighbor says his daughters cry at night because the noise scares them.

rampart division of the lapd is one of the most brutal divisions of one of the most brutal police departments. most of the men in my neighborhood have been criminalized, either by discriminatory immigration laws or by a system that is unforgiving of the excesses of youth. these young men don’t have the lawyers or the connections of their counterparts in angelino heights, west l.a., brentwood. pulled over for walking down the street, frisked regularly as children, from the time their bodies took on a manly form, ticketed, taken in, penalized for the smallest infraction and set in the system for life.

i know these men. they are my neighbors. some have helped with the urban farm, others are construction workers who worked with me, transforming this old, neglected slum of a duplex into two beautiful homes. they watch over this street– a strangely peaceful place in a brutal large amerikan city. they aren’t who the police say they are. they aren’t the accumulation of whatever youthful transgressions they may have committed. they aren’t the sum of the limitations of options for city youth.

there was no cause for this show of force. there was no need even for the introduction. there was no legitimate reason to utilize so much of a failing city’s resources. there certainly was no explanation (beyond the daily harassment and the establishment of police presence) for shining the light into our eyes or closing off the street!!!!

on this street we look after each other. it isn’t safe to call the cops.

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we received more hate mail– snail mail to our home address – an anonymous letter, to andy, with an ann coulter article on torture. –someone letting us know, they know where we are. let them know, we have surveillance cameras and other security precautions.

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Emma’s Notes (Joaquin’s message to follow)

One of the most important lessons of my early activism: when i was 16, working in the dc boycott house, which attracted a number of activists from a variety of tendencies, came from a veteran black panther, named paul (i forget his last name.) he left the house one night when people started passing around a joint. — naive enough (and lucky enough) not to consider the consequences to the entire movement, had we been caught in the boycott house with that material. later he told me he left because it was his policy never to provide a pretext for the police. his advice really stayed with me and i am sure, in my years of activism has kept me out of a lot of trouble, including a recently served search warrant on our home, where no drugs, weapons or other evidence of illegality were found. (these intrusion have the chilling effect on one’s activism that they are intended to have, and at least in our case found a period of private reflection and isolation was necessary. we too have had to hold back from issuing a statement, but expect to very soon, necessitated even more by the gossip and opportunism of alleged progressives, who having found out about this very private experience, took it upon themselves to use our situation to their own small political advantage.) serious activists must practice revolutionary discipline, which i think is what joaquin means when he says he would not have a loaded gun, that that is what he would do differently. these are the small errors that can have huge consequences. not that he did anything ethically wrong, just that as activist, we are under such scrutiny that we have to maintain a level of legality (to the extent possible without compromising real struggle) that other citizens might not. (any difference of opinion i may have with him about the decision to use guns in his battle with the state, are tactical, not ethical. to consider it an ethical decision, is to ignore the immense power of the apparatus we are up against, and its incredible fire power.) we also experienced the betrayal of members of the movement: (an extension of the sell out to zionist pressure within the teachers’ union, several years ago.) to attempt to keep andy from speaking up for human rights, even when it raises issues (such as palestinian human rights) that make people uncomfortable or expose divisions and at the very lease, demand dialogue. it is truly the difference between liberal, feel good, guilt based politics, and movements for real and profound revolutionary change. it is a sad reflection on members of the “left” that they would determine their support of joaquin based on his decision to carry a gun, even more hypocritical since such a decision is also a constitutional right, a legal right. in a city where the police notoriously violate human rights, in a country, the belly of the beast, the most powerful military in the world, a left that repeatedly “honors the troops” finds fault with an activist for possession of one weapon, one legal weapon. it is the romanticization of activism, and an extreme double standard: the romanticization of armed struggle when it is far away, or in the past, or focuses on a cult hero. one wonders, do they forget that nelson mandela, che guevara, fidel castro, malcolm x all used and carried weapons? are malcolm and che more than t-shirt logos? it is a double standard to call for supporting the troops or celebrating and approving obama as commander in chief of the largest imperial military force the world has known, and simultaneously not support our own comrades in the streets of los angeles when targeted by the police state apparatus? if it was wrong for joaquin to carry a gun in his trunk, what about the weapons carried by the agents of repression that searched and seized his car and arrested him? what about the huge arsenals of the u.s. military, or the military power and brutality of israel, the largest client state of the u.s. empire? do these liberals underestimate, fail to understand the attack on our own communities, as well as indigenous communities around the world (including the palestinians, who not the cause du jour, were expendable when personal prestige and power would have been the only casualty to liberal activists?) the daily violence committed by the state against the people, on so many levels: health care, education, social services, incarceration, housing or that these deficiencies kill more than guns? is activism any more than a game of prestige, awards ceremonies and board of directors positions? do they understand that their petty gossip can cost lives, can also kill, their lack of discipline, of personalization becomes a powerful weapon too? -=in service to the state, the apparatus they claim they want to deconstruct? in solidarity,

Emma Rosenthal Cafe Intifada!

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A Reflection on “the Left” and my Arrest

by Joaquin Cienfuegos

I wanted to write this piece to update people on my arrest for the felony “Unlawful Possession of an Assault Riffle” case and to share with people my position on the entire matter. I wanted to send this out sooner but people would like to use this position paper against me, but I feel like the reflection is necessary regardless. I also want to take some time to reflect on other things that I’ve been thinking about regarding the movement as a whole.

 I am currently completing 200 hours of community service and one year summary probation (if I complete my community service within one year, otherwise I will do two years summary probation). Part of the deal they gave me was that they kept my legally purchased semi-automatic Bushmaster rifle, and destroy it. They also dropped my felony charge to a misdemeanor: possession of a loaded weapon. I took this deal due to the fact that there was a chance if I lost this case I would do 19 months to 3 years in a state penitentiary. Even though my position has always been that we need to organize where we are at, from the street block to the cell block, I have too many responsibilities in my community, including my priority at this point which is my family responsibilities. Therefore I rather not risk being captured by the state and go behind enemy lines in their prisons. I took this deal and I am continuing to organize with the Revolutionary Autonomous Communities and Cop Watch Los Angeles – Guerrilla Chapter.

I should also start by thanking everyone who supported me in this legal battle, those who helped bail me out, and those who helped raise the money to pay the folks back that lent us money to bail me out. We were able to raise 2,000 dollars, thanks to individual donations from people, events at universities (like Cal State Northridge and Cal State Humboldt). We also thought that we would have to raise most of the money a the 1st Annual Los Angeles Anarchist Bookfair, but thankfully the funds were raised before then. The money raised at the bookfair went to the Southern California Library, the Bookfair Collective (for next year’s bookfair), Anarchist People Of Color in L.A., and to start a defense fund. Currently I’m still paying off my lawyer, and hoping we can continue to build on a defense strategy and fund, because we understand this is the nature of the state, and until we get rid of it, those with institutional power will continue to repress the movement. The majority of the support I received came from anarchists internationally, and that I am grateful for. Thank you for the world of support comrades. People of color in the U.S. as well gave a great deal of love, during the time of my arrest and legal battle.

 I think that my arrest raised a lot of important questions, and it seemed like the dividing line for some activists was the fact that I had a gun. The question was why did I have a loaded semi-automatic weapon on me. A lot of liberals did not support me because of this reason, but personally my life is more precious than the support of liberals and gun-control leftists. The facts were that the police stopped me because they profiled me, it is legal to carry a weapon in the trunk of your vehicle, I just happened to have it loaded. This is probably the only thing I would have changed, I would have kept the ammunition separate from the rifle. The police searched my car illegally, and try to put a felony charge on me (by saying that this rifle is illegal in California, even though it was legally purchased at a Outdoors’ store). They couldn’t pin this on me so they dropped it to a misdemeanor, “possession of a loaded weapon.” During the investigation they brought a weapons expert who had only looked at pictures and claimed it was an assault rifle and they tried to find out if I had links to any gangs in Los Angeles.

This really made me reflect on many things. I don’t think it matters if you say you’re a leftist, progressive, or whatever, if you intend to side with the state and do the job of the police. When there are people who are coming under attack, not just me, but all the other political prisoners who have done years and decades, and you have these activists siding with the state on whether they might have done something wrong. First of all, this is a settler-colonialist system, and doesn’t have the authority to try us because this system is not legitimate in my opinion. When in Los Angeles last year the law enforcement agencies killed over 40 people, we have to begin to realize that they have waged war on indigenous, people of color/colonized people, and this genocidal war has been going on for 500 years really. So when the police have the right to murder any of us and get away with it, how is it wrong for anyone to carry a registered weapon? So it doesn’t matter if anyone is from the left or from the right, what matters is who gets in the way of the oppressed when fighting for a better world, and in the way of the people taking their lives and communities back. There are many people who are doing the work of the police, snitching, informing, and straight just being busters by siding with the enemies of the people, who rather commit acts of violence against the people than defend them. That is what is now called horizontal violence, and this is something we have to deal with as well.

 People should arm themselves legally, politically, and with an understanding that we are trying not to create a culture of the gun, but this is only one tactic in self-defense of our people and our community. Unfortunately, it is a necessary element in the survival of our communities and peoples at this point. I have to agree with Franz Fanon, “Violence, is a cleansing force. It frees the native from his inferiority complex and from his despair and inaction; it makes him fearless and restores his self-respect.” Again, to me it self-defense is a necessary tactic in safe guarding our communities and our people from the state. When a community is building anything that poses a real threat to the state and the system, they will try to destroy it. So the communes will need to set up people’s militias and other mechanisms to protect itself from the fascists (learning from the Spanish Revolution, the Russian Revolution, and even just from our own experiences with the Counter Intelligence Program and the Patriot Act).

 Also to speak to the fact that maybe we do pose a threat, not only to the state but to some organizations who are in bed with the state. This has become clear to me, on several occassions, which includes May Day 2007. Where some of those organizations came out and blamed Cop Watch L.A., the youth and anarchists, for the police repression, similar to the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886 (the first May Day, where eight anarchist organizers were blamed for police murder and repression). These organizations (mainstream non-profits and non-governmental organizations), play the role of house-slaves in the movement today. Their organizing is done in a way that is suitable for the state and poses no threat to the oppressive system as a whole. To keep their position and be in good with their masters, these organizations side with the state in isolating the more radical youth, anarchists, and “problem activists.” To keep their status as a large non-profits with good funding, they work with the state in keeping tabs on thes radical youth organizations. They speak of immigration reform that leaves out these same youth who are being targeted by the police, and work with the state as well as developers to further gentrify communities of color.

 I personally saw how the system works from inside the Los Angeles County Jail, and it was enough time to realize that we have a lot of work to do internally. This is a bigger challenge to me, than convincing people on why I had a rifle inside the trunk of my car. As a revolutionary I do think I have to be more careful, but to paraphrase Ricardo Flores Magon, “We Revolutionary Anarchists have to be Outlaws,” we have fight these injustices at all cause even and that means breaking the laws that are put in place to keep us in control and in check. Their oppressive institutions which have no place in our communities are also legitimate targets in my opinion. > This is a challenge on anyone who wants to create a better world.

Always in Struggle.

Autonomy, Land and Liberty.

All Power Through the People.

*Recently I was stopped by the North East Division of the Los Angeles Police Department for not having a light on the plates of my car, they pulled me out and handcuffed me and asked me if I had any M-16’s in the car. They then searched my car, and did not find any “drugs or weapons,” but told me they could arrest me. They released me then but impounded my car, even though I had an abstract from court saying I can drive. It seems like they ran my plates and saw my previous arrest, so they profiled me based on that. They did search my back pack, and saw fliers for the organizations I am part of. This happened on Wednesday, April 08, 2009

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-israel-holywar25-2009mar25,0,4876301.story

From the Los Angeles Times

Israeli army rabbis criticized for stance on Gaza assault

Some Israeli soldiers say military rabbis cast the offensive against Hamas rockets as a fight to expel non-Jews.

By Richard Boudreaux

March 25, 2009

Reporting from Jerusalem — The winter assault on the Gaza Strip was officially portrayed in Israel as an attempt to quell rocket fire by militants of Hamas. But some soldiers say they also were lectured about a more ambitious aim: to banish non-Jews from the biblical land of Israel.

“This rabbi comes to us and says the fight is between the children of light and the children of darkness,” a reserve sergeant said, recalling a training camp encounter. “His message was clear: ‘This is a war against an entire people, not against specific terrorists.’ The whole thing was turned into something very religious and messianic.”

As armies elsewhere use chaplains, the Israeli military inducts rabbis to serve religious soldiers. Their traditional tasks include ensuring that kitchens are kosher and religious services are available.

But soldiers now going public with allegations of misconduct in Gaza portray the military rabbinate as a corps of self-appointed holy warriors whose sermons and writings demonized Palestinians.

“The army itself is a battleground of conflicting ideals in Israeli Jewish society,” said Avi Sagi, a Bar-Ilan University philosophy professor who in the 1990s was a co-author of the military’s code of ethics, which obliges soldiers to avoid killing innocents.

On one side, he said, are universal values that call for respecting all human life equally and are largely shared by Jews who seek accommodation with the Palestinians. On the other side are more nationalistic passages of the Torah, cited by religious thinkers who liken the Palestinians to Old Testament invaders and place a premium on Jewish life.

In the Gaza conflict, the argument has focused on how to fight Islamic militants who for years have fired rockets indiscriminately at Israeli communities, causing scores of civilian casualties.

Maj. Avital Leibovich, a military spokeswoman, denied that the military rabbinate takes sides. Army rabbis violated a directive to “stay away from politics” in Gaza, she said, but they were few in number and acted on their own.

‘Well organized’

In testimony reported by Israeli news media and in interviews with The Times, Gaza veterans said rabbis advised army units to show the enemy no mercy and called for resettlement of the Palestinian enclave by Jews.

“The rabbis were all over, in every unit,” said Yehuda Shaul, a retired army officer whose human rights group, Breaking the Silence, has taken testimony from dozens of Gaza veterans. “It was quite well organized.”

The army, which conscripts almost every Israeli Jew at 18, has been dominated for most of its history by secular officers. But over the last 15 years, as secular Israelis have soured on the occupation of Palestinian territory, religious nationalists have taken over senior positions in elite combat brigades.

With them have come hundreds of volunteer rabbis, who teach at pre-military academies for religious youths and serve side by side with the troops.

The rabbis’ role in Gaza came into focus last week along with testimony from soldiers who said that loose rules of war led to unwarranted civilian deaths and property destruction.

The testimony reported by two Israeli newspapers was the first such criticism to surface from within the army since the assault ended Jan. 18, leaving an estimated 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead. Most Palestinian casualties were listed as civilians.

The army chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, said Monday that he did not believe soldiers shot Gaza civilians “in cold blood.” He added that “isolated cases” of misconduct, if proved, “will be dealt with individually.”

Responding to newspaper photos, the army also condemned soldiers who wore T-shirts depicting a pregnant woman in a rifle’s cross hairs with the slogan “1 Shot 2 Kills.”

During the Gaza offensive, critics contend, rabbinical propaganda was part of a broader effort to legitimize Israel’s decision to use overwhelming force.

Legal opinion

Before the assault, the army’s legal office issued an opinion saying that Israel was entitled to use artillery against civilian neighborhoods from which Hamas was launching rockets.

And after the 22-day operation, a Tel Aviv University philosophy professor with close ties to the military, Asa Kasher, said the decision to shell Gaza’s cities stemmed from an anti-terrorism doctrine he had helped draft a few years ago. It stated that in Gaza, as in other areas the army does not control, there is no justification for endangering soldiers’ lives in order to avoid killing civilians in the proximity of targeted militants.

That doctrine appears to be at odds with the military code, which obliges the army to avoid civilian casualties, and it was never formally adopted. However, it was echoed in religious terms in literature distributed in Gaza by military rabbis.

“Our ancestors did not always fight with a sword and at times preferred to use a bow and arrow from a distance,” one text read.

“Actions must be taken from a distance in order to spare our soldiers’ lives.”

The reserve sergeant, an observant Jew who spoke to The Times on condition of anonymity, said that he and a fellow soldier in his 15-man unit were troubled by the “children of darkness” sermon, but that other troops seemed receptive.

In one of several postwar testimonies given at a left-leaning military institute, a squad commander identified only as Ram complained that army rabbis tried to press what he called a “religious mission” on his men.

“The military rabbinate brought in a lot of booklets and articles and their message was very clear: We are the Jewish people, we came to this land by a miracle, God brought us back to this land and now we need to fight to expel the non-Jews who are interfering with our conquest of this holy land,” Ram said.

As a commander, he said, he tried to explain to his men that “not everyone in Gaza is Hamas [and] wants to vanquish us [and] that this war is not a war for the sanctification of the holy name, but rather one to stop the Kassams” — a type of rocket fired from Gaza.

Danny Zamir, director of the institute that elicited the testimonies and leaked them to Israeli papers, was quoted in a transcript as voicing dismay that Israeli nationalists, like their Hamas enemies, are using faith to justify violence.

“If clerics are anointing us with oil and sticking holy books in our hands, and if the soldiers in these units aren’t representative of the whole spectrum of the Jewish people, but rather of certain segments of the population, what can we expect?” he said.

Ofer Shelah, military correspondent for the newspaper Maariv, said the rising profile of religious nationalists in the army has helped them in two showdowns with the high command.

After Israel withdrew its settlers and soldiers from Gaza in 2005, graduates of two pre-military academies associated with the settler movement said they would refuse to obey future orders to disband West Bank settlements. The army threatened to cancel its certification of the schools, then backed down.

During the Gaza assault, the chief military rabbi, Brig. Gen. Avichai Rontzki, was called in to answer criticism that his department was distributing war propaganda. He denied knowledge of it, and a subordinate was given “a slap on the wrist” by the Defense Ministry, Shelah said.

Rabbi David Hartman, a leading Jewish philosopher who has lectured thousands of officers at his Shalom Hartman Institute, said the religious nationalist belief in holy war is still a minority view in the army.

“But it has to be fought with a rational religious ideology that takes into account the living reality of two peoples,” he said. Otherwise, he added, “you have these rabbis volunteering in the army, and it’s not necessarily the people the army wants. There’s a vacuum, and it gets filled by crackpots.”

boudreaux@latimes.com

   

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ALL OUT For Tomorrow’s Mass March in L.A.
“LET GAZA LIVE!”
National Day of Emergency Action 

Saturday, January 10, 12 noon
Westwood Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles (at Veteran)

Click here for map and directions  
(Updated carpool, parking & other logistical info below)

Momentum is building for L.A.’s Regional Mass March and Rally to Let Gaza Live. Help us show the most solidarity we can for the Palestinian people.Please bring friends, family, coworkers, students and everyone who believes in justice to march together in L.A. for Gaza. Read this email for updates, logistical information and more.

People will gather at the Westwood Federal Building in Los Angeles at 12 noon. The Federal building is the seat of the U.S. government in L.A., the same government that supplies $15 million per day of military and economic aid to Israel. 

At 1pm, there will be a mass march through Westwood. The march is fully permitted. Families and people of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Tomorrow’s march will be a strong expression against the U.S.-Israeli massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. There will be a children’s contingent to represent the hundreds of children who have been killed by Israeli bombs.

There will be a funeral procession with coffins draped with Palestinian flags, along with asymbolic die-in to illustrate the carnage inflicted by the U.S.-Israeli war machine. We will march by the headquarters of Occidental Petroleum, an massive oil corporation that has strong economic ties to Israel. After the march, a rally with speakers will begin back at the Federal Building.

Carpools are coming from all over Southern California to the march and rally. See a partial list below.

Now two weeks into the murderous U.S.-Israeli assault on Gaza, the wanton destruction of Palestinian life continues without pause. While the world responded in outrage to the Israeli bombing of a UN school in Gaza, which took the lives of dozens of children, still more atrocities continue unabated.

A U.N. agency said Israeli troops forced 110 Palestinian civilians to move to a house in Gaza City on Jan. 4, then shelled the building 24 hours later, killing 30 people. Although the Israeli military has imposed a complete media blackout, and is now firing on media that dares to report from Gaza, chilling photos have still made their way to the web, showing what the grotesque invasion really looks like on the ground. These photos make it clear that the entire Palestinian people, not just Hamas, are under attack.

We stand at a critical moment in history. For all people who believe in justice, there is nothing more important than joining the National Day of Action to “Let Gaza Live” in Los Angeles tomorrow.

Please make a donation to cover the cost of the event. Click here to donate by credit card through PayPal. You can also make credit card donations over the phone at 213-251-1025.

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Read Below for Logistical Information 
For Saturday’s March & Rally


Endorse & Volunteer
     Download Jan. 10 Flyer
    Transportation Form

Directions & Transportation to the Rally
Parking Information
Volunteers Meet at 11am
Sponsors and Endorsers
Donate to Help Build the Jan. 10 March

Directions & Transportation to the Rally

Driving Directions

The Westwood Federal Building is right off the 405 Freeway Wilshire exit going East. Click here for a map and directions. 

From 405 going North: If the Wilshire exit is closed (it should not be), take Santa Monica going East. From there, make a left on Westwood Blvd. and a right on Wilshire to get to the Federal Building. You can also do this from the 405 going South.

From the 10 Freeway (going East or West):Take the 405 North and exit Wilshire going East. The Federal Building will be on your right hand side directly off the Freeway.

From the 101 Freeway (going East or West):Take the 405 South and exit Wilshire going East. The Federal Building will be on your right hand side directly off the Freeway.

Carpools & Public Transportation

Los Angeles
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Visit http://www.mta.net, enter your starting point in the “From” box and enter “11000 Wilshire Blvd.” in the “To” box on the top right-hand side of the page. Buses regularly run down Wilshire to the Federal Building location.

Ojai
CARPOOL: Meet at 9:30 am at Full of Beans parking lot on 11534 N, Ventura Ave, Ojai. Will be meeting up with stops in Ventura and Thousand Oaks. Contributions toward gas appreciated.
Contact Code Pink Ojai/VC Stop the War at 805-421-9708 or hola2tanya@yahoo.com

Ventura
CARPOOL: Ventura, 10 am at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 4360 E. Main St. corner with Telephone Rd. 
Contact Ventura County Stop the War Committee at 805-641-1789 or iso.ventura@yahoo.com if you are interested. No calls, no ride! 

Thousand Oaks
CARPOOL: Thousand Oaks, 10:30 am at TO Trans Center, Rancho & Hwy 101
Contact ANSWER Ventura County at 805-241-0708 or 
answervc@riseup.net
 for more info.

Riverside
CARPOOL: Meet at 10:00 am at the corner of University Ave. and Iowa Ave. (behind the Spanish Book Store)
Contact Riverside Area Peace & Justice Action at 951-275-3501 for more info.

San Diego
TRANSPORTATION INFO TO LA: Contact Al-Awda at 760-685-3243zahi@al-awda.org or Free Palestine Alliance at 619-980-0677yabudayyeh@sbcglobal.net.

Parking Information

Best Parking Option: Lot C directly behind the Federal Building (off of Veteran) will be open for parking. The cost is $3. It is the most convenient parking in the area.

Street Parking: There is street parking along Veteran Ave. and in the blocks near the Federal Building south of Wilshire. Click here for a map of the area. If you are parking on the street, please read all parking signs carefully. Parking in a lot will most likely be easier and more convenient.

Parking Lots: Several blocks away in Westwood there are many parking lots which average from $6-8 for the whole day. Some of these lots also take 15-passenger vans. Click here for directions to parking lots in the area.

Bus Parking: If you or your organization is bringing a bus, call 213-251-1025 for drop-off/pick-up and parking info.

Volunteers Meet at 11am

To make Saturday’s March and Rally a success, dozens of volunteers are needed to help out in many areas. If you would like to volunteer, fill out the online volunteer sign-up sheetHelp is needed for security monitoring, handing out literature and placards, holding banners and more. On the day of the demonstration, check in at the ANSWER volunteer table (on the corner ofWilshire and Veteran) at 11:00am. If you arrive later and want to volunteer, check in at the volunteer table when you get to the march. Volunteers will be needed before, during and after the march.

Sponsors & Endorsers

Los Angeles action sponsored by: The Free Palestine Alliance; Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition; ANSWER Coalition, Palestinian American Women’s Association, National Council of Arab Americans, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Muslim American Society Freedom.

Endorsers include: Students for Justice in Palestine UCLA, National Lawyers Guild, USC Justice for Palestine, Musilm Student Association-West, Muslim American Task Force, Office of the Americas, Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid-Southern California, American Muslims for Palestine, American Muslim Alliance, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Former Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, Cindy Sheehan, historian Howard Zinn, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Code Pink, Libyan American Community of Southern California, ANSWER Ventura County, ANSWER Orange County, Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, KmB Pro-People Youth, Puerto Rican Alliance, Mindanao Bangsamoro Caucus, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Global Women’s Strike-LA, All African People’s Revolutionary Party, Conspiracy of Thought, Addicted to War, Muslimah Writers’ Alliance, The National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, Voters for Peace, Code Pink, Action Center for Justice, Orange County Peace Coalition, Palisadians for Peace, Out Against War: LGBT & Friends Coalition for Peace & Justice, San Juan Capistrano Against Racism, GABRIELA Network USA, International Action Center, Riverside Area Peace & Justice Action, FMLN Los Angeles, Comite Che Guevara, Comite Miguel Marmol, Comite Feliciano Ama Fellowship of Reconciliation-L.A., Union Del Barrio, Frente Contra las Redadas of South Central LA, Southern California Immigration Coalition, American Indian Movement-West, 14 Friends of Palestine, Tendencia Revolucionaria de El Salvador, Montrose Peace Vigil, Patrick Henry Democratic Club of America, Close the School of Americas-L.A.Chapter, Frente Unidos de los Pueblos Americanos, International Socialist Organization, Frente Amplio Progressista Los Angeles, Cafe Intifada and the L.A. Palestine Labor Solidarity Committee; Rev. Jerald Stinson, Senior Minister, First Congregational Church of Long Beach; Freedom Socialist Party, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Peace and Freedom Party and hundreds more. Add your name or organization to this list by clicking here.


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Join LA Jews for Peace in a 
Demonstration to 
Protest the Israeli attack on Gaza and Siege of Gaza

    This Sunday, Jan. 4,  2-4:30 PM 
   Next Sunday, Jan. 11,  noon-2:30 PM 
    
Westwood Federal Building (Wilshire & Veteran; 3-hour visitor parking in the Federal Building lot).  

    As you know, the situation is Gaza has been intolerable, but with full support of the U.S. government has gotten much worse.  Israel has attacked the Gaza Strip continually since Sat., Dec. 27 with a massive air and naval attack that killed almost 400 people including at least 60 women and children.  This attack was carried out using American supplied F-16s, Apache helicopters, and guided missiles.  Now besides a blockade causing shortages of food, medicine, fuel, electric power, and commercial goods, there has been a massacre.  The UN Secretary General, the Swiss government, and other groups have called the situation a humanitarian crisis and a violation of the 4th Geneva Convention.  It is surely a violation of Jewish and international law.

      The massacre and blockade are not only cruel and inhumane, but also counter-productive in that they fuel violence against Israel and works to undermine efforts to achieve peace through negotiations throughout the region.
   
     LA Jews for Peace urges everyone to speak out against the attacks and blockade, including our own government’s support of it.  We call for an immediate cease fire and a resumption of shipments of food and medical supplies to the people of Gaza, a hold of U.S. aid to Israel until the blockade is ended, and admittance of journalists to Gaza to report on the desperate conditions

 

        Join LA Jews for Peace in a protest
   Sunday, Jan. 4; 2-4:30 PM,  Westwood Federal Building
LA Jews will have signs and banners; bring your own; but no flags please since our message is internationalism and humanism, not nationalism.

 

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 DEMONSTRATION!

STOP THE COWARDLY MASSACRES!

STOP THE BOMBARDMET OF GAZA WITH

AMERICAN MISSILES AND PLANES!

BREAK THE SIEGE OF GAZA NOW!

END THE OCCUPATION OF ALL OF PALESTINE!

IMPLEMENT PALESTINIAN RIGHT TO RETURN!

Many thanks to all who joined us in the Emergency Demo for Gaza in Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 30 at the Zionist Consulate.

BUT THE BOMBARDMENT CONTINUES AND ISRAELI TANKS ARE SITTING AT GAZA’S BORDER READY TO ATTACK. THIS HORRIFIC SITUATION DEMANDS THAT WE TAKE ACTION AGAIN!

PLEASE JOIN US THIS FRIDAY 2nd JANUARY 2009 @ 4:30 PM

at the Israeli Consulate: 6380 Wilshire Blvd

SHOW YOUR OUTRAGE!

Sponsored By: Al-Awda Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Chapters, Free Palestine Alliance, Palestinian American Womens Association, National Council of Arab Americans, Arab Community Center of the Inland Empire, General Union of Palestinian Women, Palestine Aid Society, Palestinian American Congress, ANSWER Coalition, International Action Center, Free Iraq Now, Orange County Friends of Palestine, Campaign to End ‘Israeli’ Apartheid, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, Women in Black Los Angeles, Middle East Fellowship of Southern California, Friends of Sabeel/Los Angeles, Students for Justice in Palestine at UCLA, Students for Justice in Palestine at California State University of San Bernardino, Muslim American Society, The Islamic Center of Hawthorne.

 

Bring your Palestinian Flags and Signs, and tell your Friends and Neighbors

 

For more details and to add your organization to the sponsors list please email mahmud@al-awda.org

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