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Update about Tristan Anderson's condition
by Mahtin
Saturday Mar 14th, 2009 7:36 PM
Here is an update that I received from Tristan's family
Hello Friends and Family,

THANK YOU to all of you who have emailed, called and are holding Tristan and our family in the light. It matters tremendously as we all hold faith for Tristan to recover and return home.

Here is the update for today. Andrew from the US Embassy in Israel called. He had just seen Tristan in person along with Gaby (Tristan's girlfriend)...

Tristan is stable. He is still unconscious and they are keeping him that way for several more days as it helps with the healing. They are closely monitoring the fluid levels in his brain. Tristan is under 24 hour monitoring and is receiving the best possible care. Trauma care in Israel is done following the same protocols as the U.S. Tristan has been transferred from Emergency Care to the Neurological ICU. This is great news as it means he was stable enough for them to move him. This IC specializes in neurology so Tristan will be getting focused, specific care.

I will continue to send updates as we hear more. Please continue to keep Tristan in your thoughts, prayers, and light.

(His parents) are en route to Israel. His mother has been and will continue to be checking her email. She's finding the supportive emails very comforting. Comments posted here will be sent to his parents (or may be seen by them).

Again, we are deeply grateful for the outpouring of love and support for Tristan and our family.

Most appreciated,

Tristan's parents and sister

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by max
Saturday Mar 14th, 2009 8:17 PM
There was a really nice vigil for Tristan at the book fair. There was an oak seedling he planted and his water bottle was there for those that wanted to water the oak. There were posters of him around and people were sharing their grief and there stories of Tristan. There is a world of support for him and his courageous actions!
by Tatiana
Saturday Mar 14th, 2009 8:59 PM
I'm relieved to hear that Tristan is recovering and I am full of hope and prayers that I will see his smile again. He's a beautiful human and a courageous soul. I send love to him and his supporters everywhere. I know there are are many people ready to join together to create a web of support for him. Please let us know if there is an address where we can send letters to him and his companions as his recovery continues.
by Palestinian American
Saturday Mar 14th, 2009 9:17 PM
My prayers are with Tristan and your family. Tristan is an inspiration for everyone who seeks justice in the world. May God Bless him with a full recovery.
by Lisa
Saturday Mar 14th, 2009 9:21 PM
I am so glad to hear a glimmer of positives around Tristan's condition. Thank you. I have been checking google news obsessively for information. Keeping you all in my thoughts. With love and support...
by Todd Davies
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 12:43 AM
Although I haven't talked to Tristan for probably about a year, and don't know him well, I have long been an admirer of his. I think of his sly, friendly grin, witty comments, depth of character, and amazing daring. I've realized many things today through learning of this incident. It's humbling, mostly - I feel unworthy. It's also scary and empowering.

Please pull through, Tristan, so we can tell you these things in person.
by Carol Lipton
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 12:48 AM
Please send my prayers to Tristan Anderson for his recovery. He has my deep admiration for his courage. I am so sorry he has had to suffer and that Palestinians continue to suffer from this brutal occupation. Please keep the news of where to send cards or letters of support.

Carol Lipton
Attorney at Law
Brooklyn, New York

Member, National Lawyers Guild
by Maxina Ventura
( beneficialbug [at] netzero.net ) Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 2:08 AM
The terrible news yesterday was laced, too, with realizing Tristan's great vital force as even after he was hit, he was looking around and was gripping. He'll need that force to get through some hard recovery times, but if anyone can do this Tristan can. Everyone seems to know that.

I could hardly sleep last night and my little fellow seemed to know in his sleep that I could use a little comfort. He backed up against me and adjusted his head to be cradled in my arms, like when he was a baby. We slept that way the rest of the night.

Whenever I think of what is going on in Palestine, I think with sadness of the parents whose children are threatened or killed, and what is it to be a parent and feel you cannot protect your children? At the same time, I think of the Israeli parents whose kids have turned to killing. I wonder if they realize how much a part of the killing they are.

I appreciate that Tristan's parents raised a son who cares about children and parents and grandparents around the world. I think this is the greatest tribute to a parent a child could give for only a child who has been truly loved can look beyond her or his life to want to help others to have a happy and safe life.

I feel so sad not only for Tristan, but for his parents and family and of course all his friends.

I brought your update to The Long Haul tonight, Mahtin, as my kids were all at an overnight and I was not wanting to be alone now. This was the best news any of us had had today. One of Tristan's friends from their affinity group came up from Fresno with his friend. They had gone out to the bulb because Tristan likes to go out there to birdwatch.

He seemed very sad, but it was good to pass on at least better news than any of us had had earlier in the day.

Hopefully, Tristan will feel all the good thoughts and prayers, and all the positive stuff being sent his way and will recover well.

I know I am speaking for hundreds of thousands when I say: Tristan was out there for us when we couldn't be there in person. He spoke for us, he put his body on the line, and the Israeli government sent yet another message of killing and death. But Tristan's spirit carried him beyond that.

So where do we go from here?

Those of us raised Jewish know that the Israeli government is an entity of hatred which has nothing to do with most of Judaism which in fact has always been about cooperation.

Tristan's time in Palestine has been Tikkun Olam.... repairing the world.

Thank you for speaking for us, Tristan.

Max Ventura
by Gina Laliq
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 2:45 AM
Just to let Tristan's family and friends know, although we have never met him, we have heard of his very sad story and to let you know our thoughts are with Tristan. He is a very brave and concientious man and it is awful that this trerrible and unnecessary brutal attack happened to him. All our love from the UK.
by Andrew Stern
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 5:50 AM
Tristan, our prayers are with you. I spoke with Glass today and we reminisced about you recounting countless actions that we have all been at around the world with Brad- for both of you one your favorite things to do. You have dedicated your life to being there for every struggle for freedom and dignity that you could possibly be there for, no matter how remote or obscure (or famous or local) that struggle may be. You always made it there somehow. All of us here in New York who know you and even those of us who don't are sending you every bit of love and strength we can muster. And we want you to know that we are so proud of you, for having the strength and courage to stand in solidarity with all the Palestinians who have suffered the same fate or worse as you. You would have been the first to point out that the only reason this is getting such attention is due to it being an American citizen. We must take what has happened to you as a reminder that for every Palestinian something like this happens to, there is a story as deep and as crushing and as personal as yours is. We love you Tristan. I don't know your family, but to them I say- know that your son is a true warrior- and for what small comfort it may bring, know that this happened to him while doing the most noble thing a creature on this earth can do- fighting for what he or she believes in.
by G. Yenne
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 6:14 AM
Dear Anderson Family,

My prayers and thoughts are with you at this difficult time. My God touch Tristan's whole body and heal him completey.

As a Palestinian I am very touched that Tristan stood with our people in Ni'Lin. I hope that through his story the wold will see more and more clearly the brutality and inhumanity of the Occupation.

In Peace G. Yenne
by Diamond Dave
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 6:29 AM
Tristan patches at the Book Fair Today?
Love you Brother
with us always
by Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign
( global [at] stopthewall.org ) Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 6:53 AM
On behalf of the Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign and the popular committees that are struggling together against the Wall, I hope that Tristan will recover fully and quickly.

Before Tristan, four youth from Ni'lin were targeted, shot and killed by Israeli soldiers. Many, many more have been injured during Ni'lin's ten months of protest against the Wall, which will steal the village’s land olive groves while isolating it from the rest of the West Bank. Ni’lin is one of hundreds of villages to be faced with such a fate.

With the world idle, we have asserted the right to defend ourselves. Inspired by the American civil rights and South African anti-Apartheid struggles, we have taken to the streets and the olive groves. Together with activists like Tristan, we have obstructed roads to stop heavy machinery, blocked and disabled bulldozers and digging equipment, held strikes and hosted music and cultural festivals in the defense of our land and in an effort to make our voices hear.

Tristan has been injured almost exactly six years after Rachel Corrie was crushed by an Israeli bulldozer as she was attempting to stop it from destroying yet another Palestinian home. It is difficult for us to visit Tristan, as he has been brought to a hospital close to Tel Aviv beyond the Wall, but our thoughts are with him. As Palestinians, we deeply feel for Tristan's family and friends and their worries over his life and health. We are proud of his courage and commitment to justice. We sincerely hope that Tristan recovers and that a change in US and international politics comes soon enough to halt the Israeli shooting and the killing of Palestinian and international activists.

We are thankful that we can count on those brave American activists that are willing to stand with us on the front line. In Ni'lin and all over Palestine we know that we need strong, principled and courageous supporters in the US to ensure that the Obama administration will bring the change he promised.

Jamal Juma'
Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, coordinator
by jen.
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 7:28 AM
Tristan, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you and quickly guide you along the path of healing to the path of recovery with all speed. May God give your family and dear friends strength in this time of sorrow and anxiety and may they extend their energy to you and assist you in healing. May God watch over you and heal you. May God watch over your parents and your sister and give them strength. You are loved.

love and peace, jen.
by Barry
( whosbarry [at] me.com ) Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 9:44 AM
sending love and light to tristen and his family to gabby and everyone in Israel. everyone here at hellarity wishhes you get well soon tristen love you man
by m
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 10:09 AM
what to say about tristan, such a bundle of passion and energy and enthusiasm. i feel likei know few people who are so dedicated to making a freer and better world real, simultaneously so sweet and genuine, upbeat and always "soldiering" on for the cause. whatever happens he has already touched many lives in really positive ways and his courage and caring are an inspiration to us all.

fuck zionism, nationalism, all forms of fascism, all statist militaries and all their apologists. i hope the disgusting troll comments will be removed from this thread so that tris's paretns, or anyone else wont have to be insulted by their fascist hatefulness.
by waffle
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 10:38 AM
i slept one hour the night that i heard about tristans wounds I kept tring to think positive , though it was difficult . your son , brother ,has courage that often gains little respect .he challenges ideas and systems that few people want to talk about , let alone confront . seven weeks ago he was at my home in lake worth florida and upon his departure to palestine my housemate said to tristan "good luck, be safe " tristan replied "there is nothing safe about being in palestine"... i love you tristan. i love that you live a life that seeks a fair future and i love your strengh to over come .. It can be really trying to live a path of resistance deep into your thirties and beyond .. he has worked with and inspired soooo many people and will continue to do so. thank you for your son, and i want you to receive everything you need to make it through this horrific time. the community of lake worth is standing warmly beside you
Please know there are very many of us thinking of you and sending you healing thoughts and wishes for a great outcome. Your generosity in helping these people shows an inner goodness and strength I know will help in your healing. I am so sorry this happened to you,

With love,

Peacenik and Friends
by like mind
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 11:21 AM
thanks for posting the update and please keep them coming. thanks indybay for the feature.

tristan's an integral part of our community and we're all here, everywhere, to help him and his family and friends with great, unfaltering love.
by Anna-Marie
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 11:40 AM
My prayers are with you and your family. My partner and I have both spent time doing human rights work in Palestine and we understand his motivation and courage.
Take care,
Anna-Marie
by taiwan news snippit
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 1:12 PM
2009-03-15 11:22 PM "A hospital spokeswoman says Anderson is on a respirator but in stable condition. She spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because of the issue's sensitivity."

follow the link for the four other lines of an article. it's something on his condition.
by Serena
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 2:16 PM
Thank you for the update. I am glad to hear that Tristan's condition is getting better. I have spent time in Palestine and was a friend of Rachel Corrie's. I know this is a very difficult time for your family and I pray for Tristan's quick recovery. Know that there are many many people out there thinking of him and his family.

In Solidarity,
Serena
by Mahtin
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 2:35 PM
I'm sending Tristan and his family all my good thoughts and prayers. Thank God for Tristan's courage and his willingness to stand up for the powerless; his is truly a shining spirit, and I am praying for his rapid and complete recovery.
by Kris
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 2:43 PM
Thank God that we have among us people with Tristan Anderson's courage and integrity. How many of us have been willing to take a stand with the poor and dispossessed? How many of us love justice and mercy enough to risk our own comfort, let alone our lives? Tristan Anderson is one of the great few in our world, and his name will be spoken with honor and blessings for generations, when the rest of us have long been forgotten.

I am praying with all my heart for his good health and full recovery. His must be a wonderful family, to have produced such a hero!
by Ann
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 2:58 PM
Best thoughts and wishes for a good recovery! Thinking of Tristan and his family.
by Debbie
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 4:01 PM
It really is truly noble and selfless to stand up to these war mongers. I am so sorry Tristan paid a price and I pray he will have a full recovery and I thank him for being so brave.
by Ashley Nash
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 4:56 PM
I love you Tristan Anderson you are a brave American and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have thought about you since the violation occured and I will continue to pray for you until you are out of the woods. I know Jesus wil lhelp you heal, he loves you Tristan.
by Kirsten
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 9:55 PM
Like a candle in the darkness, we gather around Tristan seeking his warmth and light while sheltering that flickering light. May his goodness and connection to the people of Palestine shine in all of us as we pray for his recovery
by Peacenik
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 10:31 PM
Hope you are doing better today Tristan. We're thinking of you.
by annie robbins
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 10:55 PM
all my love, hold strong, praying for Tristan and you. all my blessings.

in solidarity,

annie
by Paula Marie
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 3:28 AM
I just wrote to the Department of State and asked them to please intercede on behalf of Tristan. I asked for his medical needs to be covered and for him to receive the best of care. I also asked them to please not take this matter lightly. I'm not sure they will listen, but I needed to do something after hearing of this. My heart is breaking ... Tristan seems like such a special, loving being ... He will be in the prayers of multitudes. Love, Paula Marie
by Carol Lipton
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 4:38 AM
To those who are engaging in "blame the victim" towards Tristan- this is the crudest form of jingoism and beneath contempt. The foundation of democracy is the right to political expression, association, and dissent. Those who believe that the punishment for the "crime" of exercising that right have no business calling themselves citizens, when what they advocate is the removal of democracy.

The writers who condemn Tristan apparently harbor racist and murderous instincts towards anyone who would take the time and effort and make the sacrifice to support the Palestinian people seeking to protect their homes. Americans, who value their homes so dearly, should think about the value of homes to Palestinians whose homes are being bulldozed. Someone else referred to an American, Rachel Corrie, who died as "Saint Pancake of the Bulldozer". The fact that people with such sick minds could debase the horrendous death of this peaceful activist is beyond repugnant. It is a sick mind who engages in such "damned if you do damned if you don't" rhetoric. They condemn the left of being violent or inflammatory. When progressives and leftists engage in peaceful, non violent acts, they are condemned for being peaceful, as if their nobility and sacrifice somehow shames these people.

Anyone who could express such brutal insensitivity to mock the murders of such peace activists has no right to beat their chest and "play the Holocaust" card. If you are no longer the innocent victim and pascal lamb led to the slaughter, then own what a brutal bully wannabe you have become.

The idea that someone could write such words when the family and friends of this man are reading these emails is beyond my comprehension.

With care and solidarity,

Carol
Brooklyn, NY
Member, National Lawyers Guild
Jewish Voice for Peace
by Kay Johnson
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 5:00 AM
My son, who lives in San Francisco and is a friend of Tristan's, sent us word on Sat. a.m. about this horrendous attack. I have shared the news with my church community here in North Carolina and we will all be praying for Tristan's recovery. He sounds like such a compassionate and courageous young man. May God give him and his family strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time.
by Linda Frank
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 8:51 AM
I hold you all in my heart, thoughts, and prayers.
by Tara
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 9:29 AM
I know you from when you visited London, you are such a lovely fun person to be around, you never take yourself too seriously and are so friendly , i look forward to seeing you soon xx Tara (from Peckham )
by Suzanne
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 10:19 AM
Dear Tristan,

I don't know you, but I am proud of your courage and compassion.

I have witnessed, first hand, Israeli soldiers come into Palestinian villages and shoot gas canisters, at short range, directly at children and young people, on more than one occasion. These are children of farmers, primarily. Their farms are being annexed by Israel and in most cases, there is nothing these Palestinian farmers can do to stop the losing of their land. They can protest non-violently, which they do every Friday.

I'm so glad you were there on Friday, Tristan. You stood in my place, this time. Thank you so much.

I look forward to meeting you in the Bay Area someday, when you give a talk about peaceful resistance to violent occupation.

Suzanne

by abbas
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 12:20 PM
i truly hope that everything turns out okay and tristan will be healthy soon. much love to you and your family.
by palestinian
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 12:26 PM
i am truly sorry that tristan has to suffer like this. my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family and i truly admire you for your courage in standing with the palestinians. you and your family will always be in my heart.
by semifrog
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 12:26 PM
Although I have never met Tristan Anderson, my thoughts are with him and his family. I was very sorry to hear about what happened to him; my only hope is that this tragedy will garner enough attention from the international community so that U.S policy makers will finally realize that the time to act is NOW in order to end this brutal and illegal occupation once and for all. I admire and respect him for his courage and for his humanity. May Tristan have a full and speedy recovery.
Peace,
Lea
by linda
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 1:43 PM
to the family of tristan,
gaby, whom i do not know, told me that you were coming to israel in order to be with your son. i met tristan only once, at the tent of um kamel. he bowed slightly, he introduces himelf politely and that was it. and then there was the israeli soldier, bored, overexcited who decided to shoot. just like that. just a last round. i was awfully saddened when i heard about it. so was um kamel and anyone who has met your son. it would be pompous and rather pretentious to say that i know what you must be going through. no child of mine has ever been hurt by the reckless policy of the israeli state, the everything goes mentality of israeli soldiers, or their careless attitude. but i have met your son, albeit briefly. and unfortunately i have a vivid imagination.
i do wish you well, i hope for tristan's recovery and i am thinking of your son's lover, gaby.
the bottom line is unbearable. but maybe you will allowd to ass a few sentences,
kindest regards,
linda
by Rula Borelli
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 1:57 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you Tristan, and with your family. I also pray for the Israelis to melt the ice that's around their hearts (and brains) and stop their horrific actions.
by Jan Hall
( janhall [at] onemain.com ) Monday Mar 16th, 2009 1:58 PM
I talked with Willow and with Sequoia this morning. We all (including Bill) send our prayers and hopes for the best outcome. I've been holding the Tristan I knew, lover of rocks and caterpillars, quirky and just 3 or 4 years old, in my thoughts. I know he is part of the committed adult Tristan has become. Please email me, parents of Tristan.
Jan
by Geri Stout
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 2:46 PM
Dearest Nancy, Mike, and Kendra,
Our sincerest wishes that Tritan will fully recover. He is a special young man. Stay strong in this trying time for all of you. Much Love, Geri and family
by Sky
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 2:58 PM
If only our hopes and prayers were enough.

Would it be possible to receive more information regarding the financial status of Tristan's condition? Is his medical support coming all from his family? Has there been a paypal account set up (it was briefly discussed at the Anarchist Book Fair)?

I am planning on putting on a fund-raiser for Tristan this sunday, the 22nd of March, in Olympia WA.

If you would like more information about this event. Please contact me sky.cohen [at] gmail.com


Although i have never met Tristan his courage is immensely inspiring.


In Solidarity
Sky with NWAPOC (North West Anarchist People Of Color)
by mary-j-59
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 3:46 PM
I am so sorry to hear Tristan was badly hurt standing up for peace and justice, and I want to let you know that I will say a special prayer for him and you tonight, along with Rachel Corrie and her family. I do hope his health continues to improve and that he will make a full recovery.
by Lawrence Black
( lawrence.black [at] gmail.com ) Monday Mar 16th, 2009 5:59 PM
Tristan and family,

My thoughts and love are with you during this difficult time. I am shocked and saddened that this happened to Tristan who is so full of love and good will. His exuberance for life, will hopefully sustain him at this time...I remember him so well jumping on the snow bent manzanita, knocking the snow loose and throwing him in the air, swinging from the wild grape vines over the yawning abyss, catching bull frogs while covering himself with mud..Never a better boy and the boy is father of the man. Oh man get well be healthy I love you.

lawrence
by Pat Phillips
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 8:49 PM
Paul and I and the Phiillips/Hartsough families are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for keeping us informed'
by JP
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 8:52 PM
We are thinking of your family at this terrible time, and keeping Tristan in our prayers. He is an incredible brave person and an inspiration.
by Annie Sauter
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 9:36 PM
please know that we are holding Tristan in light and love, and seeing him as a whole being wrapped in that light and love. Bless him for what he was doing for others. peace
The Sauter Family
Oneonta, NY
by C. Vester, Santa Cruz, CA
Tuesday Mar 17th, 2009 9:30 AM
I pray & hope for Tristan's recovery and honor his dedication to the sanctity of the environment & all the planets life forms.
by Joff
Tuesday Mar 17th, 2009 3:06 PM
So sorry to hear this news. Praying for a full recovery and peace over the family.
All strength and blessings to you, Tristan, and to your family and girl friend and those who were with you and all who love you. You have been sincerely growing peace in many places and ways you have given your attention. I spoke for you at the Unitarian Fellowship in Berkeley last night at a gathering remembering Rachel Corrie and seeing Palestinian farmers and fishers being shot at while they grow and gather food. I told how you made us long handled spoons on your father's lathe for our deep soup pots so the food wouldn't burn when we were cooking food to share with the hungry. I will continue to hold you and all who love you in mind until you have a full recovery. Peace and gracious restoration for all that has been injured. Nancy Delaney
by palestinian in the bay area
Tuesday Mar 17th, 2009 10:04 PM
Tristan, thanks for caring about people and trees. I'm sorry you got hurt and hope you get well soon. Love and peace to you and your family.
by Karen R
Tuesday Mar 17th, 2009 10:53 PM
Love and light to you Nancy, Mike, Kendra, and others who hold Tristan dear. He's been a special person his entire life. I'm awed by his passion and determination to speak truth to power. My heart is with you all during this frightening time and with all those who suffer in Gaza and with whom Tristan was standing in solidarity.
by KRIS KNIGHT
Wednesday Mar 18th, 2009 7:10 AM
Heard about Tristan's being attacked on DemocracyNow! Have young people myself and the courage and commitment of your son is laudable. Much healing is possible in these times, most esp. through your steadfast focus and concern for his highest good. ln every way possible, one must assume that he is surrounded by good and positive energies, seen and unseen. The latest post I find is Mar. 14th, so I do not know how he is today, Mar. 18th, in Wisconsin. I"ll try and find a more uptodate report...
by same
Wednesday Mar 18th, 2009 7:52 AM
Tristan is an example of what humans can be. He is a hero in the fight for justice!
by Libby Lloyd
Wednesday Mar 18th, 2009 7:26 PM
Tristan and you, his loved ones, are in my thoughts and tears. Why must we sacrifice our brave, passionate sons from distant lands, while the Hamas/Israeli men continue the madness? (my son who was an ISM volunteer at 20 years, now talks of working in Gaza). from an Australian mother.
by Fireball
Thursday Mar 19th, 2009 6:28 PM
It is my sincerest hope and belief that Tristan will recover and that the REAL perpetrators of this attempted murder will be caught.

I am a friend to both Tristan and Gabby, who participated with them during the Oak Grove tree sit. They have both helped me out numerous times and I desire to return their favors. If Tristan's family would like to discuss with me what's really going on, then I'd like to invite them to email me. I strongly desire to get to the bottom of this.

Fireball

Serve no master other than your own ambition!
by Laya
Thursday Mar 19th, 2009 6:41 PM
My thoughts and prayers go to your family and all the families of loved ones in Palestine. My tears are running dry as I have witnessed the current killing in occupied Gaza and the rest of Palestine. We must stand united and stop this madness.
by Fireball
( metropolis111111 [at] yahoo.com ) Thursday Mar 19th, 2009 6:45 PM
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and full support to the family of my dear friend, Tristan. Both Tristan and Gabby have had my back numerous times during the Oak Grove tree sit and I desire to return their favors to the best of my abilities.

I also want to invite Tristan's family to email me and discuss who was really behind Tristan being shot, as I not only don't believe this was an accident, but also that this act was actually attempted murder.

Again, my heart goes out to Tristan, Gabby, and Tristan's family.

Fireball

Serve no masters other than your own ambition!
by Rev. Ginny Vigrass
Saturday Mar 21st, 2009 6:16 PM
Please know that we are holding peace activist TRISTAN ANDERSON in our thoughts and prayers here in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Years ago,
I taught in the ( Quaker ) FRIENDS SCHOOLS in Ramallah, Palestine. I loved teaching there and came to know and
love the people of Palestine and their land. May there one day soon be a State of Palestine covering ALL of its lands
which I pray will be recovered ASAP ...
Many blessings, Rev. G. Vigrass
Northern Ohio INTERFAITH PEACE COUNCIL for PEACE in the Middle East ( especially Palestine/Israel)
by Rev. Ginny Vigrass
( gvigrass [at] yahoo.com ) Saturday Mar 21st, 2009 6:27 PM
Message # 2
PLEASE CONVEY TO TRISTAN ANDERSON THAT TWO OF OUR PRAYER CHAINS HERE IN CLEVELAND AND ONE IN CHAUTAUQUA
COUNTY, NEW YORK STATE, ARE HOLDING HIM IN OUR HEALING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE THANK HIM SO MUCH FOR HIS PEACE
ACTIVIST WORK IN PALESTINE. PLEASE TELL TRISTAN THAT HERE IN CLEVELAND, OHIO, THIS COMING FRIDAY, WE WILL HAVE
THE UN DIRECTOR FOR GAZA SPEAKING ABOUT THE SUFFERING THERE AND WHAT WE CAN DO HERE IN OUR FAMOUS LONG LASTING
CLEVELAND CITY CLUB.. ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, WE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HAVING PALESTINIAN LEADER DR. HANAN ASHRAWI
SPEAK TO OUR CITY CLUB HERE. SHE WAS A STUDENT IN OUR QUAKER FRIENDS SCHOOLS IN RAMALLAH WHERE I TAUGHT YEARS
AGO.. PLEASE TELL TRISTAN TO GET WELL QUICKLY. WE NEED HIM IN OUR PEACE WORK..

One of our INTERFAITH COUNCIL members here Dr. Samir, M.D., will speak here on March 25th in suburban Cleveland to many
clery and parish people about the history and suffering of the Palestinian people . I, along with many others in our InterFaith
Council will be attending in support of Dr. Samir, along with his wife Marlene ( a Palestinian refugee who lost loved ones,including
her father, in the King David Hotel explosion by the Yahood / Jewish terrorist Irgun gang back in 1947 in Jerusalem, when well
over 100+ Palestinian diplomats were killed and over 40 + were wounded...an horrific, tragedy never forgotten... Pray for JUSTICE and PEACE for the Palestinians and the Israelis.

Many blessings, Rev. G. Vigrass, retired ( Faculty of the Quaker ) FRIENDS SCHOOLS in RAMALLAH, Palestine , and
Northern Ohio INTERFAITH PEACE COUNCIL for PEACE in the Middle East ( especially Palestine/Israel)
Member of our American Guild of Organists ( Cleveland Chapter )
by Dr Vacy Vlazna
Saturday Mar 21st, 2009 6:59 PM
Thinking of Tristan and ope he has a speedy recovery. My deep respect for his activism on behalf of Palestinian families.
Justice For Palestine Matters, Sydney Australia
by L. Carls
Sunday Mar 22nd, 2009 4:52 PM
Wishing Tristan and the family my sincere hope for a complete recovery. In Arizona, USA. and think and pray for you all everyday.
by Betty Silberman
( Betsilber [at] juno.com ) Sunday Mar 22nd, 2009 7:29 PM
I, and many Jews around the world, hope that brave Tristan will fully recover. All peace workers put their lives at risk, and this young man has paid a hefty price. People of all faiths must rally around him, not with hatred for the 'other' side, but with continued support for all those trying to create a better world. Sincerest, best wishes to Tristan, his family and colleagues!
by chiflito
Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 8:48 AM
(An English version will follow shortly)

A Tristan, su familia y a tod@s l@s que luchan:

Con este mensaje queremos expresar nuestro dolor y consternación por los atropellos cometidos contra tu vida, compañero; tanto como contra los anhelos de un Pueblo en la búsqueda de ser libre y vivir una vida que no signifique sentir el pecho apretado por tanto terror infligido.

A la familia de Tristan: Queremos extenderle nuestras humildes manos, también nuestras lágrimas ante la barbarie que intenta quitar la vida de su hijo. Sobre todo, queremos devolverles algo del coraje y la valentía que, felizmente, pudimos compartir con Tristan en la ciudad de Quito, Ecuador. Conocimos a su hijo junto con muchos otr@s compañer@s inconformes, todos nosotros diversos, veníamos de distintas experiencias y realidades. También, les queremos dar las gracias a Uds., su familia, porque si Tristán pudo demostrar los valores que conocimos, es porque tiene que haber aprendido de sus padres, también.

A Tristan: Desde que te conocimos sigues luchando, pero ahora por tu propia vida. Queremos sumarnos a la voz de tu compañera. Ella, a tu lado y al del pueblo palestino, gritó: "¡Dí algo, por dios, dí algo!". Sí, Tristan, tu voz de rebeldía se juntó con muchas otras en los últimos años, levantando el dolor y el sufrimiento para convertirlos en rabias, resistencias y dignidades compartidas. Ni tu, ni el pueblo palestino están solos. Sabemos que nuestros gritos duelen, a la vez que respiran aires nuevos, llenos de esperanzas, valentía y convicción de que este mundo pronto será diferente.

A tod@s l@s amig@s de Tristan, sin importar haberles conocido o no: Unimos a Uds. nuestra indignación y rabia contra los atropellos, constantes e inaceptables, cometidos contra la dignidad humana, tanto en Palestina como en otros lugares del mundo. A la vez, no olvidamos dónde estaba Tristan, al lado de quiénes estaba. Ni tampoco olvidamos, a aquellos que insisten en matar más, para seguir matando. Pues, cuando pensamos en Tristan, inmediatamente reconocemos y, de alguna forma, ingerimos las angustias y las dolencias de un Pueblo al que se le niega el derecho de existir.

Hace poco, en lo que hoy es Israel, otro crimen de lesa humanidad. Bombardearon la casa de un médico palestino cuyas atenciones eran tanto para judíos como para árabes. Él había enseñado a sus hijas a no odiar, a buscar siempre un camino hacia la paz y el entendimiento. Dos de ellas murieron en el ataque. Luego, en una conferencia de prensa, dicho médico fue agredido verbalmente por un grupo de israelíes quienes, por lo menos en su opinión sino en su actitud, representan a la población judía de Israel. El médico, quien ofreció cuidar la preciosa vida de judíos y árabes, quien había enseñado a sus hijas a no odiar, les respondió entre lágrimas: "¡No quieren entender! ¡No quieren entender!"

Tristan, tu sí quisiste entender y, al hacerlo, también quisiste ser consecuente con lo comprendido. Así ofreciste su presencia para acompañar a un pueblo bajo asalto militar permanente. Ahora, en este momento tu y tu familia nos necesitan. Tenemos que pedirte Tristan: “sigue luchando, sigue levantando tu voz, sigue apoyando a los pueblos en lucha mortal por su dignidad”.


¡Dí algo Tristan, por dios, dí algo!
¡Viva los que luchan!


Campamento House People, en el exilio.
by Marisa
Tuesday Mar 24th, 2009 7:44 PM
To my dear friends,
I am sending all my energy for healing, both to Tristan and all those who have been hurt in this conflict. I am inspired by your bravery and know that your message will be a spark for others to actively change this world. Gaby, I have not met many stronger women than yourself. My heart is with both of you.
With so much love,
Maple
by Dana Miller
( danamiller65 [at] gmail.com ) Friday Mar 27th, 2009 5:28 PM
Mike & Nancy:my dear childhood friends;
How shocked I was to hear about your dear son Tristan. My thoughts and prayers are with you and my love.
Dana Miller
by Merlin McDaniel
Saturday Mar 28th, 2009 10:38 PM
Mike, Nancy, Tristan, Gabby, and Kendra,
We are with you in Spirit as we hold fast to the belief that Tristan will soon fully recover. We've long displayed Mike's art pieces prominantly in our home but they take on new meaning as they remind us to pause in silent admiration of Tristan's tireless efforts toward achieving peace and justice in the world. Like an icon, carvings and stained glass in the windows remind us to hold you all in the Light.
Merlin and Cathy
by Michael Onewing
Sunday Mar 29th, 2009 4:38 PM
Streaming love your way. Our family watches for any news of Tristan, knowing that all is well. I heard a wonderful reminder this morning, "All that happens, all that is, is for us."
Let PEACE reign in our hearts, especially when we are sad and afraid.
Loving you and sharing this tremendous experience.

Michael Onewing
by Laurie
Monday Mar 30th, 2009 9:20 AM
I'm sorry this happened. I hope and pray he will he'll quickly.
God's Blessings, the Rich Family in California
by A Khirfan
Thursday Apr 2nd, 2009 1:36 PM
Dear Tristan, family and friends: I do not know Tristan, I only read about his story on line. I wanted to let you know that my family and I are keeping Tristan in our prayer. We believe his strong values and stand for peace and justice is the at most courageous and noble act a human can make. May God Speed up Tristan recovery and embrace you all with His blessing, patience and love.
All of you, and Tristen are in my thoughts. I'm here on this side for any way I can support, when all of you return.
by R.Manski
Friday Jun 5th, 2009 1:46 PM
The last few months, I am sure, have been a long nightmare. Never forget that someday the light will start to filter in one day and eventually the beauty in the world will once become as poignant as the brutality in the world is painful. Until then, we are with you!
by Lila
Friday Jun 5th, 2009 5:31 PM
My prayers are with Tristan. If I were 30 years younger and brave I would be out there beside all of you. God bless you all and don't forget you have people here who pray for peace and the toppling of that degrading wall. We are all behind you.
by Rabbi Brian Walt
Wednesday Jun 10th, 2009 1:35 PM
To the Family and Friends of Tristan Andersen,

I want to send my prayers and blessings for Tristan's complete recovery. He is one of those brave souls who stands with Palestinians in non-violent resistance to the Occupation. May he be blessed with complete healing and may the people in Bilin receive the justice they deserve. May God bless all those who join in the struggle for justice and peace.

In prayer and solidarity,

Rabbi Brian Walt