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(en) US, Philadelphia, Thedefenstrator #30 - SUSTAIN Update By rafi and nijme

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Date Mon, 9 Aug 2004 15:29:44 +0200 (CEST)

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USTAIN ("Stop US Tax Funded Aid to Israel Now!") works to
support Palestinian self-determination by challenging the
dominant framework used to support the occupation. SUSTAIN,
a national, non-hierarchical organization, is "committed to
building a campaign against US military and economic aid to
Israel so that U.S. tax-dollars do not support the abuse of human
rights." Our basic principles are a) end to occupation of the West
Bank and Gaza, b) equality under the law for Palestinian citizens
of Israel, c) the right of return for Palestinian refugees, and d)
coalition politics.

SUSTAIN nationally is focusing its efforts in a direct action
campaign targeting the Caterpillar Corporation, which makes the
bulldozers Israel uses to destroy Palestinian homes, 10,000 since
the start of the occupation. Israel buys these weapons with US
tax dollars.

The Philadelphia chapter of SUSTAIN, which formed in March
2003, has focused its energies on raising awareness about the US
role in funding the occupation, as well as providing alternative
views of Palestinians. One of Philadelphia SUSTAIN's current
projects is a Palestinian film festival, which will be held in the
spring of 2005. Documentaries, short and feature length films, as
well as accompanying exhibits, performances, and speakers, will
provide a glimpse into the daily lives of Palestinians. Of course, it
is impossible to talk about Palestine without talking about the
occupation, and many of the films selected will be overtly about
the conflict in the Middle East. However the aim of the Film
Festival is to expose Philadelphians to the humanistic side of a
people usually displayed by the media under the framework of
terrorism. The films will include Palestinian, Israeli, and other
international directors, but the central focus will be Palestine. If
you are interested in helping out with the film festival please
contact us.

We are currently organizing a campaign to get PBS in
Philadelphia to broadcast the documentary, "Peace, Propaganda,
and the Promised Land," to coincide with the film festival. We
will be holding public screenings of the documentary over the
next few months.

SUSTAIN also meets regularly for "wall pop-ups." Last October
The Wall Working Group created large apartheid wall displays.
We continue to use these panels as a means to keep discussion
about the conflict going in public spaces, such as Rittenhouse
Square, in Philadelphia. We welcome new people to join us.

There has been an enormous show of interest for the work and
principles of SUSTAIN from various groups in Philly working on
civil and human rights The issue of Palestine, embedded as it is
with colonialism, imperialism, and racism, cannot be separated
from other struggles for justice in the world today. We work to
support Palestinian self-determination with the understanding
that a fundamental change in U.S. society will be needed to
support the liberation of people everywhere. Only by recognizing
the links between this issue and others will we be able to build
the alliances and a common analysis powerful enough to
eventually defeat the ruling elite.
"The Defenestrator - a newspaper of refusal and optimism"
"Us here at defenestrator don't adhere to a strictly defined
ideology, but we generally derive our ideas from an anarchist
or autonomist tradition, which proposes a revolutionary
transformation of society, the abolition of property and of
all hierarchies and coercive power."

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