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Democracy Now: Johan Galtung on the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mideast Peace Talks

We speak with Johan Galtung, known as a founder of the field of peace and conflict studies. He’s spent the past half-century pursuing nonviolent conflict resolution in international relations. Galtung discusses the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Mideast talks, why President Obama is losing his base, and much more.

Renewing Commitments Fundraiser

Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

We invite you to join us for an afternoon dedicated to Creating Connections and
Renewing our Commitments to Middle East peace and supporting the people of Gaza.

The event will feature recipients of AFSC’s Inspiration for Hope Awards.

The event will include a luncheon buffet provided by Hel’s Kitchen Catering.

Seeing the Reality of Palestine/Israel

An interview with Kathleen McQuillen, AFSC Iowa Area Program Coordinator

Jon Krieg: Kathleen, please tell us about your recent meeting with staff for Senator Tom Harkin. Who was involved and what did you talk about?

Gaza vigil in Des Moines June 2, 2010

Frank Cordaro at Gaza vigil

Frank Cordaro of the Des Moines Catholic Worker Community addresses a June 2, 2010 rally in Des Moines condemning the Israeli assault on an aid flotilla to Gaza.

AFSC's Middle East Program Fundraiser!

Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Come view a photography exhibit by Skip Schiel who is a frequent visitor to Gaza and who focuses in on the occupation through his camera's lense.  Alongside of the exhibit, Skip will give a photographic presentation on the theme of "Hope and Hopelessness: How Do the Residents of Gaza Survive Psychologically?"   We will also be honoring two local activists during this luncheon.

Film and Discussion: Budrus

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 4:00pm - Sunday, August 1, 2010 - 6:45pm

Budrus film

Budrus film

Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival; grant awardee, Foundation for Jewish Culture

2009 award winner.  Producer Ronit Avni in person at both showings: July 28 at SF Castro and August 1 at Roda Theatre in Berkeley.  Tickets $11 matinee, $12 general. 

ALSO: Thursday, July 29, 11:30 am at Castro, discussion (free to public): "Is Dialogue Possible?  How Films Help us Talk about Israel (...or not)"

Budrus film

Budrus film

Special Jury Mention, Tribeca Film Festival; grant awardee, Foundation for Jewish Culture

Films: Gaza's Winter, and Gaza-strophe: The Day After

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

GAZA'S WINTER, produced by Najwa Najjar, comprises 12 short films about Gaza and Operation Cast Lead.
GAZA-STROPHE, The Day After, by Samir Abdallah & Kheredine Mabrouk.  Films will be followed by discussion panel: Paul Larudee, Nadeen Elshorafa, Jess Ghannam, Michel Shehadeh.

Benefit for "American Arab"

Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Kartemquin Films and director Usama Alshaibi invite you to


Enjoy an evening of Music by Black Bear Combo,
Middle Eastern Food, Cash Bar*, Raffle,
Belly Dancing, Henna Tattoos, and the World Premiere
of clips from the upcoming film American Arab.


Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door.
*Ticket price includes one drink ticket.

Proceeds will support production of the film.



1 trillion

Trillion, directed by Sergio Rico, is a powerful film about a very large number. It will inspire you as well as inform you about the kind of world we live in today. On behalf of the Quaker youth program in Old Chatham, New York, we want you to know, that's all.

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