Jennifer Bing, AFSC Chicago staff, passes along this good news from Loyola Students for Justice in Palestine. Chicago AFSC Middle East program staff and fellows provided resources and support on this effort over the past year.
"At approximately 6:30PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the Student Senate of Loyola University Chicago, the largest Jesuit University in the nation, voted to divest from the Israeli Occupation with a vote of 26-0-2.
Jennifer Bing co-directs AFSC’s Middle East Program. Along with co-workers Shirien Damra, Daniel Kaplan, and Darlene Gramigna (who has pulled together previous spring breaks), Jennifer organized the 2013 alternative spring break for Earlham College students in Chicago. The students organized a vigil on the campus of Illinois-Chicago to protest Israel’s continued demolition of Palestinian homes and to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death.
Q: Please talk about AFSC’s alternative spring break.
On a warm November day at the Mosque Foundation in Chicago, Muhammad Salah, surrounded by his friends and supporters, presented his wife with a single flower. What might seem the simple act of a loving husband symbolized new freedom for Muhammad and his family.
Up until that day, Muhammad could not buy flowers for his wife or food for his children. All of his assets had been frozen and his basic freedoms severely limited for the 17 years that the United States listed him as a “specially designated terrorist.”
Creating Connections, Renewing Commitments - AFSC Chicago Middle East Program Fundraiser
Honoring recipients of AFSC's "Inspiration for Hope" Awards
Alice Walker*, Anna Baltzer, Sami Kishawi - for their activism and commitment to a just peace in Israel and Palestine
Program will include a buffet luncheon.
Tickets $50/general admission; $25/student & low income
Seating is limited for this special event!
*Alice Walker's award will be accepted by Ali Abunimah on her behalf.
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