From the Meeting Agenda:
Alliance for Water Justice in Palestine - contact person: Sara Driscoll
The Alliance is focusing its attention on federal legislation. We are just in process of strategizing, with a phone call helping us with that today with the US Campaign; in MA, the same legislator who initiated the anti-BDS bill that was killed in committee has attached it as an amendment to the budget that is up for tote, so we have work to do to get it killed there, as well; we held a demo re: Gaza at the Israeli consulate, which included a die-in. There are images on our FB page and the website. We had a stand-out and forum on World Water Day, March 22nd. The forum was really great with people from Standing Rock, Gaza, Nidal Al-Azraq from 1for3.org, Deeper than Water, and Grassroots International. The next event is the Walk for Water on April 28 in Boston.
Palestine Education Network (PEN) – contact person: Carolyn Cicciu
Much work being done on writing and publishing in the on-line magazine Connector (on Ahed Tamimi), in The NH Gazette (on Sen. Hassan's "secret"trip to Israel), and in the Concord Monitor (on condemnation of Israeli violence). We responded with rebuttals to negative comments that were posted in response. Members continued to post articles and photos on Facebook. We wrote a letter to the Platform Committee of the NH Democratic Party asking that they protect the right to free speech and not allow bills in the legislature that curtails that right. We are sponsoring Norman Finkelstein's presentation in Brattleboro, VT, and promoting/sponsoring the Combatants for Peace tour in New England; the representatives from that group will present at three locations in NH. We have written emails and called Congressional offices about the Israeli military's attack on peaceful protesters and their lack of courage in not signing on to resolutions and statements that criticize Israeli actions and not initiating an engagement of the Leahy Law after Israel bombed Syrian targets and open fire on the people of Gaza. We are asking people to support lyad Burnat's appeal for help with fines assessed against three teens in Bil'in. One member made presentations at Concord Friends Meeting and UCC Women's Conference. The next event is a vigil for water justice in Palestine, in solidarity with Boston's Walk for Water. We will be asking passersby for their reaction to the percentages of water: World Health Org recommends 100 litres/day/. Israel used 240-300 liters/ Palestine is allowed 73 liters.