Tree of Life Courageous Women of Resistance Series Presents: Fayrouz Sharqawi

Posted by: admin


"When the book is written on the end of Apartheid in South Africa,a most importantchapter will be on the role of women in that struggle."

-Govan Mbeke, a co-leader with Nelson Mandela in the ANC resistance movement

The same needs to be said of women throughout the world who with courage and unflagging determination work for justice and human rights in their communities. In Israel and Palestine, in the refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank, in organizations such as "Bedouin Women for Themselves" and "Grassroots Jerusalem" women are helping to build a non-violent resistance movement.  By refusing to be silenced or compromised by the militarism of settler colonialism, these women are speaking truth to power and in doing so, they are helping to bring enlightenment and engagement in the struggle to build a better and more peaceful future for their children.

Fayrouz Sharqawi works as the Advocacy Coordinator at Grassroots Jerusalem, a platform for Palestinian community-based mobilization, leadership, and advocacy in Occupied Jerusalem. They believe that the challenges and responses of Palestinian communities must be articulated and led by them. They map and network in order for the Palestinian communities in Jerusalem to sustainably resist the Israeli policies of displacement, dispossession and dis-empowerment, by creating their own long term strategy, based on their defined priorities and needs. Fayrouz has been the Advocacy coordinator at Grassroots Jerusalem since 2012. Within this capacity she has led campaigns and supported community events and activities. She provides political analysis, and has a broad and experienced understanding of development and resistance to oppressive policies under the Israeli occupation. She has a BA in Journalism and English Linguistics, and a Masters in Conflict Resolution.

Upcoming Book Tour - Mya Guarnieri Jaradat

Posted by: admin

Please join us on June 20, 7 pm, at Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont, to hear journalist Mya Guarnieri Jaradat talk about her new book, The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel's New Others

Described as "essential reading" by journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich, The Unchosen provides an in-depth look at the often racist and exploitative treatment of African asylum seekers and migrant workers in Israel.

Guarnieri Jaradat's pioneering reporting has appeared in The Nation and The Guardian.  Her book calls into question Israel's claim that its mistreatment of Palestinians is based on "security concerns."

Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

Co-sponsored with Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights, Friends of Sabeel North America, East Timor Action Network, KBOO Community Radio, Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, Portland Rapid Response Network, and Students United for Palestinian Equal Rights.

JVP PDX Upcoming Chapter Meeting

Posted by: admin

Dear JVP'ers and newcomers to JVP,
With local chapters in 65 cities here in the US, Jewish Voice for Peace has  just come off a very successful National Membership Meeting in Chicago that drew more than a 1,000 people (see link to video presentations below). Here in Portland our Jewish Community Statement on Divestment from Caterpillar drew nearly 100 signatories in only two weeks, our chapter played a major role in the Occupation-Free Portland campaign, and the City Council voted to end its investments in corporate securities. We are also active in other local issues such as combatting Islamophobia and the struggle for immigration justice.
Building on this momentum, we invite you to help us go "all in" to bring justice, equality, and human rights for Palestinians.
Our next chapter meeting will be on 
Sunday, April 30,
from  3:00 to 4:30 pm 
in Muir Hall at Tabor Space
(5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland)
Please join us for planning new campaigns and building a stronger, more effective chapter here in Portland. It's been a while since we last held a chapter meeting.  All are welcome!
Here is our proposed agenda.  Let us know what you would like to see JVP doing and come prepared to share your ideas for moving forward in the struggle for justice in Palestine!  See you there!
In solidarity,
Carol Landsman, Michel Bolsey, Diana Spartis, Allen Menegay, Rod Such, William Singer
Proposed Agenda
1.  Introductions - all are invited to introduce themselves and say why they came and what their hopes are for JVP-Portland.

2. What to do next?

A. Recap of JVP national membership meeting.  Share videos of Linda Sarsour and Alissa Wise and comments from those who attended.   You can watch the full presentations from the Chicago conference here:
B. Group discussion:  What'd we like do in the next year?  Some issues may include:
Legislative lobbying
BDS campaigns
Fighting anti-BDS legislation
Combatting Islamophobia
Working on issues of Racist Policing
Immigration Justice
Other issues shared at this chapter meeting!
3.  JVP-Portland governance process proposals
4.  If there are enough folks, and enough time, break-out groups for different action committees (legislative, BDS, communications, etc.).  Otherwise, committee facilitators share contact information to schedule committee meetings/discussions.
5.  Set next meeting date.  Adjourn.

Page 1 of 2 > >>


JVP-Portland member Maxine Fookson was recently in Gaza with Physicians for Social Responsibility. Read her blog here.

JVP-Portland member Maxine Fookson and Mohammed Nabil co-host One Land Many Voices on community radio KBOO. For more info, click here.


Other events of interest going on in the Portland area: