Melissa McEwan @ShakesTweetz taught me intersectionality, the process of being an ally, and corrosive nature of privilege

I attended the Georgia Regents University 4th Biennial Women’s and Gender Studies Symposium “Mobilizing through the Media: Social Justice and the Digital Frontier” on March 7th, 2015 in Augusta, Georgia, USA. Melissa McEwan of Shakesville gave the Keynote Address entitled “Natural Allies: Building Bridges between Marginalized Communities.” Continue reading

The Cost of Compassion: Why Masajid Turn Their Backs

Justin Norman wrote a profound article on how most churches rejected his attempts to educate their congregations on the United States’s torture of detainees in the Global War on Terror. He listed the four most common objections, the bottom line of all of which was the financial health of the church institution. Continue reading

My Mixed Feelings about Chapel Hill Shooting Vigils

Craig Stephen Hicks (46 years old) killed Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23 years old, his wife, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Yusor’s sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by shooting them in the head execution style in Deah’s and Yusor’s condominium. Hicks was their closest neighbor. You can follow updates on Twitter using the #ChapelHillShooting hashtag. Continue reading

Goal of BDS is Ending USA Complicity in Zionist War Crimes

This is a comment I submitted to an article in Inside Higher Ed reviewing a book criticizing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement to end USA support of Israeli apartheid in Palestine.

Assuming this review is accurate, it amazes me that Zionist critics of BDS never acknowledge US support for the Zionist movement. So they act like BDS activists convincing a grocery store not to carry Strauss Group hummus is a direct threat to world Jewry and ignore the actual damage that $3 billion annually of military aid to Israel does to Palestinians. Or when BDS activists object to a relationship between a U.S. university and an Israeli university which furthers the Zionist colonization project in Palestine is a “threatening ideas” while the Zionists prevent Palestinian scholars from traveling all the time. The object of BDS in the United States is not 1-state or 2-state: it’s ending our complicity in Zionist war crimes.

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Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area interact with Hewlett Packard shareholders

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At HP’s annual shareholder meeting in Mountain View, CA, activists from the Stop HP Coalition and member group Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area were able to interact with shareholders on their way into the meeting and were also interviewed by local media.