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On August 4, activists in downtown Santa Cruz staged a second die-in as part of their ongoing protest of Israel's attacks on Gaza. Like the July 28 die-in, a rally was held first at the Town Clock, where many of the names and ages of Palestinians killed were displayed on name cards. Community members then marched to the Cooper House on Pacific Avenue where the die-in was staged. Individuals laid down on the sidewalk and their bodies were outlined in chalk as organizers read the names and ages of Palestinian children killed since the war began on July 8.
Wed Jul 16 2014 (Updated 08/21/14)The World Responds to Israel's Atrocities in Gaza
Wed Jul 16 2014 (Updated 08/21/14)Hundreds of Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Have Been Killed in Gaza Since July 8
Rallies have been held around the world in opposition to Israel's recent air strikes on Gaza and the collective punishment carried out against the Palestinian people living there and in the West Bank. In Northern California, demonstrations have been held in Fresno, Oakland, Palo Alto, San Francisco, Salinas, and Santa Cruz. According to the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC), as of August 17, approximately 1939 Palestinians, including whole families, have been killed since July 8. A total of 9886 Palestinians, including 2878 children, 1854 women, and 374 elderly, have been injured. 47 Israeli soldiers, most of whom were invading Gaza at the time of their death, have been killed by Palestinian resistance, and two Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinian shells.
Sat Jun 28 2014 (Updated 07/01/14)San José Protest in Support of Rasmea Odeh
Sat Jun 28 2014 (Updated 07/01/14)Activist Devoted to Empowerment of Arab Women Faces Deportation
On June 10, activists rallied in front of Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San José to protest the unjust prosecution of 66-year-old Palestinian-American activist Rasmea Odeh. Last October, Homeland Security agents arrested Odeh after the Department of Justice charged her with “unlawful procurement of naturalization.” The Obama administration’s filing of these charges could result in her being stripped of her U.S. citizenship and deported.
Tue Jun 3 2014 (Updated 06/04/14)Committee for Justice in Palestine Divestment Resolution Passed at UC Santa Cruz
Tue Jun 3 2014 (Updated 06/04/14)UCSC Students Move to Divest from Companies that Profit Off Israeli Occupation
At approximately 2:45am on May 28, the University of California, Santa Cruz Student Union Assembly (SUA) passed a resolution calling for divestment from companies that profit from Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians with a majority vote of 22-14. While official discussion of the Divestment Bill was scheduled at 11pm, a SUA member motioned at approximately 8:15 to indefinitely table the bill. The motion failed, and the Divestment testimonials were initiated at 11:30pm.
Sat Apr 26 2014 (Updated 04/28/14)Queers Say No to Pinkwashing at Commonwealth Club
Sat Apr 26 2014 (Updated 04/28/14)Activists Object to Using Israel's Liberal Policies on Sexuality as Smokescreen
The San Francisco Commonwealth Club hosted an event entitled "LGBT Rights in Israel: 25 Years of Progress and Challenges" on April 25 featuring Arthur Slepian, Executive Director and Founder of A Wider Bridge. Slepian's role is to go around promoting the idea that Israel is a progressive, democratic society because it has LGBT rights for Jewish citizens of Israel. Queer activists and Palestinian queers called it "pinkwashing".
Sat Apr 19 2014 (Updated 04/22/14)Israeli Military Is Largest Recipient of U.S. Military Aid, Behind Afghanistan
Sat Apr 19 2014 (Updated 04/22/14)Tax Day Protesters Oppose Sending Israeli Military $8 Million in U.S. Tax Dollars a Day
Community members gathered in downtown Santa Cruz on Tax Day, April 15, to protest the U.S. government's military aid to Israel. According to If Americans Knew, Israel has been the largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid since 1976, and in the last 20 years economic aid to that country has been slowly phased out in favor of military aid. Israel receives about $3 billion ($8 million a day) directly from the United States in military financing each year, which is about one-fifth of what is allocated for the entire foreign aid budget.
Sun Mar 23 2014 (Updated 03/24/14)Protest Inside and Outside Hewlett-Packard Shareholders' Meeting
Sun Mar 23 2014 (Updated 03/24/14)Palestinian Rights Groups Speak Out at HP Shareholders' Meeting
On March 19, a group of more than 60 protesters demonstrated at the Hewlett-Packard shareholders' meeting because of its business dealings with the Israeli military. They said HP is complicit in oppressing Palestine because it makes the technology for the biometric cards that contain large amounts of data on the card carrier. Those cards are used by Israel to segregate and discriminate against Palestinians.