by Stanley Heller, MECC
Ofra Yeshua-Lyth is a veteran journalist and author. She was a correspondent for Israel’s second largest news-paper Maariv in Germany and in the US. She’s a member of the Committee for One Secular Democratic State in Palestine-Israel. Her book The Case for a Secular New Jeruslaem is subtitled: “A Memoir.” Her grandmothers came to Palestine in the early days of Zionist settlement and her book is rich in personal stories.
An article about her on Mondoweiss is available at mondoweiss.net/2014/10/ofra-yeshua-israeli
Come meet her in New Haven Wednesday, October 29, at 7 p.m. in the NH Public Library, 133 Elm St.
Sponsored by the Middle East Crisis Committee
by Shelly Altman, Jewish Voice for Peace
On Nov. 1, 8 p.m. at Southern Connecticut State University, Charles Garner Auditorium, Engleman Hall (C112), join us for the one-night only performance of “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” a one-woman play about the American peace activist Rachel Corrie who was killed in Gaza in 2003 at the height of the Second Intifada while working with the International Solidarity Movement to prevent home demolitions. The play was a hit in London and New York. It is based entirely on Rachel’s own diary entries and emails from her mid-adolescence through her coming of age, to her untimely death.
by Judi Friedman, People’s Action for Clean Energy
This is an amazing free opportunity to learn more about marketing a non-profit organization! On Nov. 22 at 5 p.m., Brian Keane, author and president of SmartPower, will give a talk at the Friends Meeting House, 144 S. Quaker Lane, West Hartford. SmartPower has just been named “The Best Nonprofit Marketing Firm in the United States” by Wealth and Management.
by Stanley Heller, Bridgeport Act on Climate
On Monday, Oct. 6 bring signs to our press conference in Bridgeport City Hall just before a vote by the City Council on a resolution calling for the closing of the coal burning power plant in Bridgeport. The plant is a double menace. It excretes mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and microscopic toxic particulate matter into the local community of the South End, which is mostly low income and minority. Several years ago the NAACP reported that the plant was the tenth worst in the U.S. in terms of climate justice.
It also endangers the whole world by pouring 146,000 tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere each year. We’re on a path to climate catastrophe if we don’t stop those gases from warming the world much more than it already has. Read more
by Megan Fountain, NHLSCP
In 1979 after 40 years of a brutal dictatorship and additional years of a bloody insurrection, the people of Nicaragua vanquished the Somoza family and established a new government headed by the Sandinistas. The response of the Reagan administration was to accuse the leaders of being Communists, to justify covertly supporting the counter-revolutionary forces against the duly elected leaders of the country.
People from around the world, including the U.S., under the established vehicle of Sister Cities, began a non-violent movement in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua. In 1984 New Haven citizens became a part of that movement with the establishment of the New Haven/León Sister City Project (NH/LSCP). Read more
by Stanley Heller, Middle East Crisis Committee
Ofra Yeshua-Lyth will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in the Program Room of the New Haven Public Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven.
Ofra is a former correspondent in Germany and the U.S. for the Israeli paper Ma’ariv. She has written a book called The Case for a Secular New Jerusalem: A Memoir. She is a member of New Profile, an Israeli feminist organization. Venues have not yet been arranged.
On Amazon a reviewer says this about her book: “What is actually at the heart of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? Ofra Yeshua-Lyth, in a book that is as hard hitting as it is entertaining, makes the case that at the center lays the religious nature of the Zionist movement beneath its modern-secular veneer. She uses the stories of her grandmothers — women who immigrated to Palestine in the early days of Zionism from Yemen and Russia with high hopes, courage and grace — as well as other stories — to illustrate the implications of the Zionist failure to separate religion and State.
“While the Western world agonizes over Muslim fundamentalism in the Middle East, hardly any attention has been given to the Israeli adaptation of Judaism, which at its most extreme abhors any form of cohabitation with non-Jews.”
Watch for news about her appearances during the month at www.TheStruggle.org, or call (203) 934-2761.
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Read an article about her on Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/2014/10/ofra-yeshua-israeli
Sponsor: Middle East Crisis Committee