Ferguson to Palestine with Reverend Hagler

Reverend Graylan Hagler spoke in Rochester this evening at an event sponsored by Christians Witnessing for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace.  Reverend  Hagler is the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, immediate Past National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice (MRSEJ) and has served on the Steering and Administrative Committee of United for Peace and Justice.  Inspired by a visit to Palestine with an African American Delegation earlier this year, his topic was “Ferguson to Palestine”.

Hagler’s lecture was was deliberately sabotaged by two different Zionist groups in Rochester.   First, he received a death threat on the phone last week from an individual who identified himself as a member of a local branch of CUFI, Christians United For Israel, Reverend Hagee’s Christian Zionist church.  This threat was followed by the expression of a desire to ‘spit’ in Hagler’s face.   The barbarism of these attacks was actually rather shocking.  I mean, these are middle class folks from the local suburbs.  A day or two later, Colgate Divinity School, who were to host  the event, withdrew their invitation.   Another local group, Roc4Israel, defiantly claimed responsibility for pressuring Colgate to cancel.  A couple of days after that, the local NPR affiliate backed out of a planned interview with Hagler.

Reverend Hagler courageously decided to come to Rochester anyway,

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Asma Kaisi speaks with the Corries from Gaza

Asma Kaisi speaks with the Corries from Gaza just after the cease-fire has taken hold in the latest Israeli aggression against Gaza and the people of Palestine.  The conversation included Dr. Hakim Young with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul and was facilitated by Doug Mackey as part of the Global Days of Listening which occur on the 21st of […]

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Gaza to Kabul : Voices from War Zones

Asma, a mother of 3 daughters under the age of five talks to the Afghan Peace Volunteers with Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Sherry Maurin; with Doug Mackey of Global Days of  Listening and Judy Bello of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers International in this recording from the August […]

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A Voice from Gaza: Living Under the Bombs

The Afghan Peace Volunteers have a Global Day of Listening call on the 21st Day of every month.  People come on the call to network with other activists and people living in troubled areas around the globe.   People participate in the call, and others join through a live-stream feed.  The idea is to form a global network of people […]

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Gaza, Syria and Iraq, Wars Made in the USA

Gaza, Syria and Iraq, Wars Made in the USA   Upstate New York Tour with Judy Bello and Scott Williams *Connecting the Dots* ————————————— Israel’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza, targeting mostly children and civilians while destroying hospitals, schools, infrastructure and mosques, has been built and paid for by the US. On July 18, every single US Senator […]

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Free Free Palestine! Democratic Palestine!

I’ve put a gallery of photos from today’s rally and march below the text.- click on an image to see full sized. The incredible horrific slaughter of more than 700 people, mostly civilians, in Gaza, follows on a siege that imprisons nearly two million people in a small crowded territory without control over borders, without adequate water and food, without […]

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Netanyahu Says Hamas’ Rockets are ‘Nothing’

Today I thought I might take a break from the atrocities of imperialism and skip the news.  But I found myself drawn, perhaps by habit, and turned on Democracy Now! at 8:00.   And there he was, Benjamin Netanyahu, standing in Tel Aviv airport complaining bitterly about one small U.S. restraint in an atmosphere of overwhelming support. He’s mad because the […]

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Rally to Demand an End to the Massacre of Palestinians

At 5pm on Friday, July 18, there will be a rally at the Federal Building in solidarity with the people in Gaza who are being massacred and driven from their homes by the Israeli army.   Yesterday Israel began a ground invasion into Gaza.   The US government, our government, has professed full support for Israeli actions.   We are horrified by the […]

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Rochester Palestinians and Friends Come out to Support the People of Gaza

Once again Israel is slaughtering the residents of Gaza.    After 2 weeks of night raids and invasions of the privacy of the Palestinian people; after Israel had captured and incarcerated more than 250 men and boys without charge in vengeance for the killing of 3 Jewish boys from  Hebron.  Hebron is a boiling pot where Jewish Settlers regularly harass and […]

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