Next Meeting 2/15, Upcoming Events, Donate to Gaza

Next JVP-NC meeting is Sunday, 2/15 from 4-6 pm. Location TBA


Click here for more info.

upcoming events:

Tuesday, 1/20, Mirath — Lebanese Heritage film at NCSU
Friday, 1/23, NAACP Legal Defense fund at Duke law school from 9-3 pm
Thursday, 2/5, Steven Salaita at UNC
Saturday, 2/14, HK on J march in Raleigh
Sunday, 2/15, next JVP-NC meeting
Tuesday, 2/17 – Khalil Muhammed at Stone Center
Tuesday, 2/17 film on Palestine in Oxford, NC
to give $$$ to Gaza right now:
Donate to provide plastic sheeting, warm clothes, blankets, and heaters to families in Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon
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Dear [JVP],

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the terrible cold, wet weather in Palestine and neighboring countries.

The situation is very, very serious. Since the major assault in the summer, many families in Gaza are living in homes with missing windows, partial walls and leaking roofs. Some are still in shelters. And Israel is still not allowing building materials or enough fuel into Gaza. Some families have eight hours of electricity, some have just two hours, and some have no electricity at all.

Already, three infants in Gaza have died of the cold.

The refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon—where more than a million people have fled from Syria—are facing similar desperate conditions. They are living in tents or in schools and mosques, unprotected from the cold and rain.  Many left their homes in Syria with almost nothing.  No warm clothes, no blankets, no heaters.

If you need more information, please see the articles and videos to the right.  But the facts are simple.  And the solution is simple too, if we can count on your support again now.

Please, make a special contribution so that MECA can purchase and deliver plastic sheets to cover walls and roofs, heaters, baby blankets, thermal socks and underwear. Our staff and partners are on the ground talking to families to find out what they need.

The families in Gaza and the families who fled Syria have suffered so much terrible loss, pain and deprivation. Right now, we can bring themthe gift of warmth to help them survive this hard winter.

It is still very cold. Winter is always harder for families who cannot afford good shelter, clothes, blankets or heat. But, now, in this disastrous cold and wet weather, their suffering is so much worse.

Thank you so much for your compassion and your generosity,

Josie Shields-Stromsness
MECA Program Director
Bethlehem, Palestine

Happy New Year! + Updates and Events

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hi there + happy new year to all!
Thanks for coming out to our JVP-NC Chanukkah party in December! We raised $100 for Rasmea Odeh’s legal defense fund (read more on her case here.) If you’d like to donate, visit
AND the photo we tweeted out got re-tweeted by the Justice for Rasmea and the US Palestinian Network. See above.
 ***next JVP-NC meeting is Sunday, 1/18 from 4-6 pm at 204 Rigsbee Avenue Unit 201 in downtown Durham***
***Raleigh Friends Meeting and The Coalition for Peace with Justice invite you to a documentary film screening and discussion.

                    Thursday, January 15th, 2015  @ 7pm
     “At the Gate: Stories of Palestinian Non Violence:” a documentary that shows the largely unreported Palestinian tradition of non-violent resistance to the Occupation.Film producers,  Kathy Kamphoefner and Paul Pierce,  worked for many years with Christian Peacemaker Teams in Hebron, Palestine and served as American Friends Service representatives in Jerusalem, will facilitate discussion following the film.
Experienced trainers of nonviolence, conflict transformation, and human rights observers, they worked regularly with Palestinian and Israeli peace buildersFree and open to the public. Donations appreciated.
Thursday, January 15th @ 7pm,  (6:30 coffee/snacks)
Raleigh Friends Meeting house, 625 Tower Street, Raleigh 27607. Near Cameron Village.  Street parking.

sponsor: Raleigh Friends Meeting
co sponsor: The Coalition for Peace with Justice

questions:  919 914 9881  email

***from UNC-Students for Justice in Palestine
UNC’s MLK Memorial Lecture this year is featuring author and activist Angela Davis, and will be at UNC’s Memorial Hall on January 19th at 7:30pm. Her lecture is titled Racism, Militarism, Poverty: From Ferguson To Palestine.
If you’re interested in attending, please e-mail for free tickets.
There are other events planned throughout the week centered around honoring MLK’s legacy. For more info visit .