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Israeli and Palestinian Combatants for Peace spoke in Santa Cruz on Jan. 30th 2008
On January 30th Elik Elhanan and Bassam Aramin spoke to a crowd of about 80 people in the basement of the Vets Hall in Santa Cruz. They are both members of Combatants for Peace, an Israeli/Palestinian organization made up of former fighters that attempts to now use their experiences to bridge gaps in peoples understanding of the conflict and work for nonviolent, just, and viable solutions to the conflict. The following are serveral MP3's from the evening, presented in order, with everything edited and numbered for your convenience.
Chris Matthews, a member of the local Veterans for Peace Chapter and owner of the Poet and Patriot Bar introduced the evening and the two speakers. Donna Bransky Walker from the Rebuilding Alliance also spoke about their efforts to build a garden in memory of Bassam's daughter who was slain last year. Money was collected to support their efforts as well as to support the Israeli peace bloc Gush Shalom and their direct action emergency relief supply convoy. Money can still be donated to either of the two efforts via the Resource Center for Nonviolence. A brief question and answer section closed the evening. A big thanks to all involved who helped make it such a great event. The event was organized by the Middle East Education Program of the Resource Center for Nonviolence, and cosponsored by the Corrie Mizo Vets for Peace Chapter and the Rebuilding Alliance.
Both projects can still be donated to by visitng http://www.rcnv.org or mailing donations to RCNV 515 Broadway Santa Cruz, CA 95060 attention Abir's Garden or Gaza Relief via Gush Shalom.