The Wheels of Justice
Hedy Epstein, Henry Herskovitz, and Daniel McGowan are just some of the Deir Yassin Remembered people who are participating in one of the most exciting and effective Palestinian advocacy and outreach projects in the US. It is called the Wheels of Justice bus tour and can be found at http://www.justicewheels.org
Participants ride the bus for a week or two at a time during which they lend their good names and expertise to raise the profile of local peacemaking and war resistance efforts. Not only are participants there to further discussion and debate, but they are also there to offer alternatives. They are looking to bring their eyewitness experiences in occupied Palestine and Iraq to any communities seeking to learn more and to change our country's role in Mid East war and occupation.
The Wheels of Justice Tour moves slowly across the United States with education, outreach training, network building, and active non-violent resistance to the oppression of the Palestinian people. Participants have already spoken at over 3,000 venues in 48 states during the past four years. About half of their appearances have been at schools, colleges, and universities. The impact has been tremendous in reaching out to the US public and building support for local groups working for Palestinian human rights.
This fall (2006) they began in Chicago and will travel through Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, and New Hampshire. They are also looking for early bookings for the spring as they head back South and then West.
As an individual or a group you can help host and schedule a Wheels of Justice event in your area. Events can be in public parks, schools, universities, houses of worship, community centers, restaurants, pubs, and wherever else interested people are likely to congregate.
Organizational and individual support is welcome (financially or otherwise). Organizations that donate $50 or more will be listed in promotional material. To donate, go to: http://www.justicewheels.org
If you know others who maybe able to host or organize a Wheels of Justice event (e.g., school teachers, professors, organizers) please call them and forward their contact information to Daniel McGowan at [email protected] or to Mazin Qumsiyeh at [email protected]
FOR ORGANIZERS AND HOSTS:
GENERAL WHEELS OF JUSTICE EVENT GUIDELINES
1) For formal presentations at a public venue
LAST MINUTE CHECKLIST:
Have you arranged or considered —
1) Overnight lodging?
2) A place to park the bus overnight?
3) Media work and a local media coordinator? (put this person in touch with Mazin Qumsiyeh at 203-676-2986)
4) An honorarium if the hosts are campus/faith groups with a budget or some way to collect money?
5) Frequent contact with the bus to iron out specific details?
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