Peaceful Protests in Ferguson, MO

“Unc” – A resident of Ferguson who’s been out protesting since day one

(Ferguson, MO) – August 20th, 2014 – About 350 protestors took the streets last night like they’ve been doing for the past 11 days. Stemming from the killing of 18-year old Mike Brown who was gunned down back Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. All and all it’s been quiet for the past two nights with a heavy police presence accompanied by the National Guard who had 3 LRAD’s (Long Range Acoustic Device). There was only one arrest that happened of a young black male, charged with “Unruly Behavior.

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National March on the White House: Stop the Massacre in Gaza!

A mother plays with her daughter near the end of the protest

(Washington, DC) – August 2nd, 2014 – Thousands of people from all over the country came to the nations capital to condemn the Israeli massacre in Gaza. They started out with speakers in Lafayette Park (across the street from The White House), as well as other activities that went on throughout the park. Prior to the march taking off there were a small group of counter-protestors via police barricade. They were escorted out shortly after. From there Pro-Palestinian protestors took the streets and headed towards the Washington Post.

When the protestors arrived back at The White House, there was a peaceful sit-in in the street on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Police forces brought in horses to break up the crowd. Some people got hurt during that time, not hospitalizations. Two arrests took place but as of right now one person is currently released.

In conclusion: Israel receives $4 billion in “aid” from the United States each year. This money is being used to commit war crimes against the Palestinian people in Gaza. More than 1,500 people in Gaza have been killed and more than 8,000 have been wounded from Israeli bombs and missiles. This has to end!

Counter Protest of Israel Solidarity Rally

(Pittsburgh, PA) – July 27th, 2014 – About 45 people came to protest the attacks on Gaza and the Palestinian people at the Jewish Community Center (JCC). In the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, about 300 pro-Israeli’s packed the JCC to support and hear religious and political leaders that support these killings. Not to mention Israel’s illegal usage of gases, the bombing of hospitals, schools, homes and UN shelters. As the death toll has reached 1,000 Palestinians in just under 3 weeks, activists rallied to demonstrate that public opinion has changed. They believe that the populous of Pittsburgh is educated and will be swayed no longer by Israeli hate and “self defense” rhetoric. While they pummel, rob, punish and suppress the people of Palestine.

Protest at the Christians United for Israel Conference

(Washington, DC) – July 21st, 2014 – CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace and other activists rallied at the first day of Christians United for Israel Conference (CUFI). CUFI is an extreme ring-wing neo-conservative group who bases their ideologies off of the Book of Revelations. Around 30 protestors showed up to show CUFI who the real oppressors are within this terrible conflict. They asked for an immediate halt to the Israeli bombardment of besieged Gaza and U.S. military funding to Israel.

That evening four people were able to infiltrate the CUFI conference to speak out about the atrocities happening in Gaza. They were met with “Mob Rules” type force. The protestors were choked and hit as well as detained.  This is minimal force if think about what Palestinians and Africans are being faced with on daily basis.

Pro-Israeli Counter Protest at Farragut Square

(Washington, DC) – July 17th, 2014 – CODEPINK, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and other activists counter protested the Pro-Israeli rally at Farragut Square. There were about 600 pro-Israeli’s at this event that was sponsored by Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and 50 other Jewish organizations. Tensions escalated when a Pro-Israeli protest attacked two Pro-Palestinian women. In a quote from one of the victims of the attack she stated on her website that the Pro-Israeli protestor “hit her so hard that her bracelet was ripped off of her wrist.”

You can read the article here: http://amaniandthecapitol.com/2014/07/i-was-physically-assaulted-at-a-pro-israel-rally-in-dc-and-the-cops-did-nothing/

D.C. Library on Wheels

Co-House Manager of The Peace House, Feriha, talking about the library

What is a library on wheels?

A bookmobile or mobile library is a vehicle designed for use as a library. It is designed to hold books on shelves in such a way that when the vehicle is parked readers can access them.

Long before Amazon was bringing books to your doorstep, there was the bookmobile! A traveling library often used to provide books to villages and city suburbs that had no library buildings. The bookmobile went from a simple horse-drawn cart in the 19th century to large customized vehicles that became part of their culture and reached their height of popularity in the mid-twentieth century.

The D.C. Library will be visiting different communities within the metropolitan area of Washington D.C. Provides books for different age groups, genres and hopefully helps to bring communities closer and encourage literacy.

This Free Project is organized by The Peace House D.C. and is completely run on a volunteer basis.

You are very welcome to keep the books you want to keep. A donation of your choice in exchange is appreciated.

We accept book donations for future library runs at The Peace House, 1233 12th st. NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Any and all ideas and suggestions are welcome.

http://thepeacehousedc.org

Die-In at The White House

With over 200 Palestinians murdered in Gaza and over 1,200 injured, the DMV Students for Justice in Palestine and other organizations stood in solidarity with Gazans and held the U.S. government accountable for providing the Israeli government $3.1 billion annually. The goal was to raise awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people and expose the atrocities committed by the Israeli Occupation forces in occupied Palestine.