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 http://www.stopfbi.net/donate
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  contact@peace-with-justice.org

***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 laylakquran@gmail.com for free tickets.
There are other events planned throughout the week centered around honoring MLK’s legacy. For more info visit diversity.unc.edu/mlk .

Linking Liberation Struggles: The Quest for a Just Peace for Palestinians and Israelis

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The Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (AIME) will present a forum that explores the connections among Jewish, Palestinian, African-American, Latino, and Native American liberation struggles. While distinct, these struggles share many similar dynamics.

The forum coincides with the onslaught of alarming events in Israel-Palestine: unprecedented destruction in Gaza with thousands of shocking civilian deaths and injuries, and hundreds of thousands displaced, and Israel’s announcement of a massive expropriation of Palestinian land in the West Bank and more illegal settlements in Arab East Jerusalem. Israel’s third and most brutal attack on Gaza since 2009 has prompted new waves of solidarity among peace activists with the Palestinian people. What can we learn from each other about our experiences with oppression from dominant power, dispossession, propaganda, incarceration, and dehumanization?

AIME and 14 co-sponsoring organizations present four nationally-known and respected speakers: Rabbi Brant Rosen (Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council), Yousef Munayyer (Palestine Center of the Jerusalem Fund), Ajamu Dillahunt (Black Workers for Justice), and Gabrial Camacho (National Latino Organizer for the American Friends Service Committee).

WHEN: Sunday, October 26, 2:30 – 5:30 pm 

WHERE: Fed Ex Global Education Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus (301 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill 27516). Free parking on site.

No admission charge. Donations gratefully accepted.

Great Sukkot! Next Meeting 10/19!

Sammy and Baez shaking the lulav and etrog! Photo by Dannette Sharpley-Truong.

We had a wonderful Sukkot celebration last night with great turnout! Good food was eaten, songs were sung, and a few cool drops of rain were felt.

The next JVP-NC meeting will be on Sunday, October 19 from 4pm-6pm at

First Presbyterian Church 305 East Main Street, Durham NC 27701

What to expect:
-exciting updates on national member meeting
-exciting updates on drop g4s campaign
-exciting updates on leadership transition
-exciting updates on upcoming events

Looking forward to being together on Sunday!
Also, don’t forget about the upcoming Linking Liberation Struggles event – Sunday, Oct. 26, Chapel Hill, NC
For more info, please contact ncarolina@jewishvoiceforpeace.org .

Plow, Sow, Reap: an Interfaith Sukkot Gathering, Oct. 10

Sukkah by Beth Bruch

Sukkah by Beth Bruch

During the holiday of Sukkot, Jews across the world celebrate by building a temporary shelter called a sukkah — usually a little hut in the backyard made of wood or grass, decorated with flowers and paper. The sukkah’s origin is in the temporary dwellings that agricultural workers lived in during autumn harvest seasons in the past.

This year, we invite you to celebrate Sukkot by joining Jewish Voice for Peace – North Carolina for an interfaith, inclusive gathering.

Friday, October 10th, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
1107 Ninth Street (near Club Blvd) in Durham – come to the backyard to find us in the sukkah!

All are welcome!

We have chosen to come together this year across faiths, cultures, and traditions to reflect not just on Jewish people’s liberation and livelihood thousands of years ago, but also on the struggle for liberation happening today in Palestine. We’ll draw on our many faith and spiritual traditions to support an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

We invite you to join us so we can learn more about each others’ faith traditions and commitment to social justice.

If you are able, please bring a potluck dish to share. If you are not able, please come anyways and eat anyways. As part of the gathering, we will invite you to share a blessing, rooted in your faith tradition or your family or a spiritual practice you have claimed – so please bring something!

Questions? Call Jade at (831) 588-3463