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Statement from the Family of Tristan Anderson
by Tristan's family via Mahtin
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 4:10 PM
We are deeply grateful for the love and support pouring in from Tristan's friends and fellow activists around the world. It is moving to see how many people care for Tristan and are moved by his work championing social justice issues. We are proud of Tristan's fierce courage, adventurous spirit, and his many travels to all corners of the globe.
FAMILY COMMENT

We are deeply grateful for the love and support pouring in from Tristan's friends and fellow activists around the world. It is moving to see how many people care for Tristan and are moved by his work championing social justice issues. We are proud of Tristan's fierce courage, adventurous spirit, and his many travels to all corners of the globe.

Tristan's girlfriend, Gaby, who has been tirelessly by his side, reports that he is doing much better. When the doctor asked him to put up two fingers he did so. Tristan recognizes Gaby and can squeeze her fingers in answer to different questions. He's started his moving toes and his torso around a bit. This is welcome and wonderful news! We understand things can go up and down, however we are deeply hopeful that Tristan will recover. We are looking forward to when he is stable enough that he can return home to the care and comfort of his family and community.

In the meantime, we are deeply appreciative of the excellent care he's receiving, the amazing support that Gaby and his friends are providing, and the thoughts and prayers of those around the world who are holding him in their hearts and minds. It matters tremendously as we all hold faith for Tristan to recover and return home.

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

Tristan's parents have gone to Tel Aviv to be with him. The family's focus is on Tristan's health, recovery and well-being. The family will not be making any further public statements.

For those who wish to learn more about Tristan and his activist work they can read articles he's written. He has been a regular contributor to Indybay over the years. For his articles go to http://www.indybay.org/ and type "Tristan" in the search field. Although the list will also include some unrelated posts with the name "Tristan" in them, look for the ones that say, "by Tristan".

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by Ben
Sunday Mar 15th, 2009 6:05 PM
Been so desperate for this kind of good news. Keep it coming!
by Andrew
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 12:35 AM
Tristan's courage to stand for his beliefs and to work towards a better life for other people is a huge inspiration. I will be sending my thoughts and hopes his way and I am looking forward to the coming days where I can continue to read about his recovery.

Stay strong and get well soon, Tristan. In the mean time, we will keep fighting your cause.

One world. One peace.
by deb
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 2:00 AM
so much hurt to so many gems....not surprising that gaza would be the place you got hurt. hugging your spirit.
by François JADOUL
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 8:17 AM
We are a small belgian non-profit association caring to collect and forward funds for palesinian students in need. We call ourselves Hope-Espoir-Hoop.

We are impressed by the courage and determination of Tristan. When there will be more guys like him in this world, things will start to change.
We wish you a good recovery, Tristan, and thank you for your dedication.

François Jadoul
by Brian McLauchlin, SVD
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 9:26 AM
To Tristan and Family:

You are all in my prayers. Recover well, Tristan.

Peace

Brian
by Stephen Goldstein
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 9:44 AM
My prayers go out to you and Tristan. It is a great injustice and sorry outcome to see the new administration in Washington lining up with the most reactionary voices of the American Jewish community and retreating from taking action to hold Israel accountable for its actions against U.S. activists for justice and peace like your son and Rachel Corrie and of course the Palestinian people living under occupation.
God help us all.
by Jon Jackson
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 9:54 AM
Hopefully it's not a cyber attack, but I hope the webmaster gets on it fast.
by Dragon
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 10:14 AM
We're all with you, love and sweet blessings,

Lesley
by Eyad Khalil
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 10:40 AM
May Tristan heal fast. My prayers are for him and for peace and justice for all people.
by Shira
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 10:53 AM
Blessings and healing energy to you, Tristan! And may your struggles lead to peace and freedom for the people on both sides of this evil wall.
by online
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 10:57 AM
Palsolidarity.org has already mentioned the following:

Website upgrades continuing
http://palsolidarity.org/2009/03/5209

The website went offline several days ago due to internal technology issues, not external attempts to remove the site. We have been working to restore the site and upgrade software to insure more secure service into the future. The site has been receiving heavier traffic following Israel’s invasion of Gaza in January and this may have contributed to the problems.

Thank you for your patience and continued support. Everything will be restored in the coming days.

International Solidarity Movement

Updated on March 8, 2009
by Andy Saadeh
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 11:00 AM
I hope Tristan will get well soon, you are such a brave person to stand up for your beliefs.God bless you and help your parents to be patient.It's so easy for Israeli soldiers to kill,they don't care for human lives.
by Ha Tcherkessi
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 11:28 AM
I have just returned from the home of Palestinian friends in Jordan who went through ethnic cleansing and expulsion that Tristan obviously is against. I talked of the growing support and understanding in the west and of good good people trying their best and risking all to help. They know.
by Lia
( lia [at] leadpipeposters.com ) Monday Mar 16th, 2009 3:38 PM
Tristan is such a sensitive, sweet and caring person. He was tirelessly dedicated to the Berkeley Oaks and I am proud to call myself his and Gabby's friend. Your courage yet gentleness is so inspiring to me! I'm keeping you in my prayers and am surrounding you with light in my meditations. Stay with us dear brother! We need you around!!
by Nishat Khan
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 3:44 PM
Tristan, my thoughts and prayers are with you brother. Get well soon, the world needs your courage and determination to see justice and peace on earth.
by Ramona Faraj
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 6:03 PM
God bless Tristan. I hope he heals well and bounces back soon. Please tell him thank you so much for his selfless efforts to make such a wonderful difference in an injust situation. Thank you so much.
by John Murphy
( john.murfs [at] gmail.com ) Monday Mar 16th, 2009 6:30 PM
Get well Tristan

Your actions, passions and convictions make the world a better place!
by Hally D.
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 8:31 PM
Tristan, Your fervor and commitment to social justice stand as an example for
others to follow. Thank you for all the work you've done. I too will surround you
with healing energy for this recovery...may it be speedy and soon....HDl
by There
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 9:02 PM
After the group of protestors had decided to march back to the consulate from Powell station, the SFPD had decided to attack the protestors for no reason but standing on the sidewalk near the constulate and around a get well card for Tristan. The cycle of violence against those who stand up and resist occupation, continued today. But it will not silence us and we only grow stronger!

by Redwood Mary
Monday Mar 16th, 2009 11:24 PM
So many people sending you prayers, healing energy and meditations for recovery.
Keep Calling the White House and your Senators and Congress to se-fund the CORPORATE Miltary Industrial Comp-lex! The United States is the main supplier of weapons in the world….
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arms_industry
Plain and simple-- Palestine was Occupied from the Get-go!
I don't care who is bombing whom.
The Occupation of Palestine was/is wrong and the genocide against Palestinians has to stop!
I am one generation from experiencing such. My father's whole family and village was massacred in WWII. Why can't we solve these issues without hate
WAR- Bombs and Occupation --- This is Insanity. No justification!
Most of us, ( Writes Eckhart Tolle) live on the brink of insanity. This is because our thoughts are running away with our lives: They have hijacked our consciousness, our essential being, and are miscasting us as an egos, as grasping, frightened individuals cut off from our quiet depths and battling with other egos for dominance in a never-ending war.

Most of us are trapped in past regrets and future anxieties. Note how your mind carries on as you drive to work. It’s always in the past or future. It’s regretting something that happened yesterday or anticipating an event that might not happen tomorrow. Worry, always worry. A mind spinning out of control, accountable to no one, living its own life, often in pain, while you, the real you, the part of you that should be holding the mind accountable and controlling it instead of its controlling you, is helpless.
If you are ever to be happy , Mr. Tolle says, if you are ever to live at peace with yourself and others, you must learn to live in the Now. This means that you must control your mind and deliver yourself from the slavery to past and future.

We must free ourselves from the slavery of hate and of war NOW.

and eye for and eye a tooth for a tooth-- when will it end -- a dead earth and stupid people
still fighting in the name of their God. Crazy! Insane. What God would want this?
by irlandeso
Tuesday Mar 17th, 2009 2:29 AM
Ever since I heard about Tristan being shot on Friday. I have thinking about him nonstop. Which is hard cause I am busy doing some amazing union stuff these days, and need to stay somewhat focused. But I can't think of many people that I love more than Tristan. I was blessed to be in his affinity group in Seattle(we were called the stupids). My memory is a little foggy about whether I knew him that well before Seattle. But because of our affinity, most likely through Longhaul and anarchist circles, we had each others backs for N30 and the next day in Seattle. Tristan got arrested on the Wednesday(day after the shutdown)...Before he got arrested though I had the honor of being with him and an amazing sister that we were lucky to have met up with...the 3 of us strolled down with others to the docks and went to the Steelworker rally...after the rally folks marched into the "no protest zone" and the riot goons proceeded to try to disperse us away from the WTO meeting towards the space needle. I remember having to take care of Tristan along with our friend cause he decided to slow down an armed personal carrier that was coming towards the crowd...Tristan took a large amount of pepper spray and was in pain for a while...But I think he slowed down the APC and allowed other folks to get away...My memory remembers Tristan almost wanting to be arrested so he could get some rest in the jail...but I think Tristan tells the story differently

Thats just one of the many amazing experiences I have had with Tristan over the years. On at least one other occasion that I remember he was responsible for stopping my head from being bashed in. I was so happy to see him in January at a Gaza solidarity rally in SF. I got to introduce a good friend of mine to him and got to talk about how much we loved being in the streets together.

I have so many amazing stories to share about Tristan...and I look forward to being side by side in the streets with him soon...

And oh yeah the other point of this post...

As I was sharing this story with some friends today I was thinking about how awesome it is that Tristan responded to the doctor asking him to hold up 2 fingers...

Then I thought...Tristan is used to holding up 2 fingers...He was flashing us the peace sign

not much else that I can say right now...more later

solidarity forever....irlandeso

ps - sending positive thoughts and prayers from Fresno...

by brooke nyc
Tuesday Mar 17th, 2009 5:51 AM
I remember being really touched and surprised at A16 when Tristan handed me all the money he had made selling patches in front of the convergence space and told me it was a donation for the Direct Action Network. Sending him all the healing thoughts I can. Staying positive.

Rally in NYC today at 5pm -- 50th and Park. Spread the word!
by Joanna
Tuesday Mar 17th, 2009 5:17 PM
I send my deepest sympathy and wishes for full healing to Tristan and his family. His most courageous stand is helping to turn the tide and bring much need justice to the Palestinian people. Thinking of you all with admiration and love.
by Jim Bettendorf
Tuesday Mar 17th, 2009 6:29 PM
We will pray for Tristan Anderson at our "Tears for Gaza" memorial service, tomorrow Wednesday March 18, 2009, at St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Garden Grove, CA.
by mbhall1949
Friday Mar 20th, 2009 9:55 AM
My best wishes go out to Tristan, Gaby, Tristan's family, and his friends. I pray for Tristan's recovery.

Mike Hall
Spring, Texas
by Abu Shufa
Friday Mar 20th, 2009 2:08 PM
Best wishes and deepest gratitude to the terrific doctors and medical staff for taking care of Tristan, and for the state of Israel for providing the very best in medical care for free, instead of shipping him back to the US like Canada did to Natasha Richardson.
by soul-weaver
Saturday Mar 21st, 2009 11:11 AM
may your suffering open the eyes and awaken the souls of billions!.....thank you for your active participation in something much greater than the self.....heal fast!...bless you !!!! soul-weaver.
by chrisgo
Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 11:41 AM
To Tristan - my thoughts are with you. Hoping and wishing as hard as i can that you make a full recovery. To your family, partner Gaby, and friends - my thoughts are with you too. Such a horrific thing to happen, and having been to the Ni'lin demos myself in January, it might my stomach turn to think about it. It could happen to anyone there. The soldiers really do not take care to avoid civilian casualties, and it is extremely difficult for me to believe that they even want to.
All the very best to you all. My thoughts are with you. Free Palestine!
by Hakeem
( hakeem.baig [at] gmail.com ) Monday Mar 23rd, 2009 6:05 PM
Tristan, you are an Angel of Love. You stood up for Peace and Justice! May God shower his blessings on you. I pray that you get well soon.
by Trina McDaniel
Thursday Mar 26th, 2009 5:29 PM
Mike, Nancy and Kendra, I am sorry it took me so long to find a way to get a message to you. I heard about Tristan about a week before I realized he was someone I knew, his name just didn't register. I'm so sorry, I've been thinking about all of you, our family is holding you all (and Gaby!) in the light. I don't know what else to say, it's been years since I've seen you, but I'm with you every day now in spirit. I'd send you a casserole if I could. I appreciate you keeping us all updated on Tristan's condition.
Love,
Trina (and Cathy and Merlin and Darcia send their love too)
by Mary Ellen McNish, Paul Lacey
( friends [at] afsc.org ) Friday Mar 27th, 2009 8:48 AM
We have learned with great sadness of Tristan's tragic wounding during a peaceful demonstration at the wall in Ni'lin. On behalf of everyone at the Am. Friends Service Committee, we are holding your family and Gabrielle in the Light. We can't imagine your struggle to balance the profound pride you are feeling for Tristan's work for social justice and the deep worry you are feeling for his recovery. We pray that the love and caring you are receiving from his friends and colleagues sustains you through this time, and that Tristan will be able to return home soon. In Peace and the Light, Mary Ellen McNish, AFSC General Secretary and Paul Lacey, AFSC Board & Corporation Clerk
by Amal
Saturday Apr 4th, 2009 11:21 AM
To the family of Tristan Anderson: My heart and my prayers go out to you as a family. I admire Tristan so much for following his heart and staying loyal to his beliefs. What he has had to endure for this is unimaginable. Although I cannot be with him in person to help him though his recovery, you can bet that my prayers and my soul is standing right beside him. The growing knowledge of the turh of the occupation of Palestine has become a part of so many all over the world. Tristan has become a hero in own right, because he has searched for the truth and and is sharing it with the world. Tristin, my love and prayers are with you and I pray that you will have a speedy recovery.
by emile
Wednesday Apr 15th, 2009 12:43 AM
Get well Tristan! I'm so tired of seeing people who work for social justice around the world getting disappeared, killed, or injured while the fat cats feast.
by Michael Radigan
Sunday May 31st, 2009 5:30 PM
I was shocked recently to read about what happened to Tristan. (The story is not being covered in the US, at least not as widely as Rachel Corrie's was). What has been happening in Gaza and the West Bank is truly appalling, and it is terrible that insane IDF violence seems increasingly unconstrained by legal, moral, or even common-sense pragmatic considerations.

I pray Tristan recovers quickly, and I hope there are more brave heroes like him to help non-violent efforts to overcome violence in Palestine, and to help end the mindless and cruel IDF siege against the innocent civilian population there.

Get well and God bless Tristan, my prayers are with you.