Thanks to you generous donors out there, my delegation fees and airfare from DC to Tel Aviv are paid up. My cousin Marilee made the deal-sealing donation today and joked on Facebook about singing “Hero” by Mariah Carey. Well, sometimes dreams come true.
Further donations are going toward my train ticket from Spokane to Washington DC and back (which I overlooked in coming up with the original total). This is a significantly smaller amount, but still very necessary to me taking this epic and educational trip and carrying out the projects that go with it. Any help is appreciated and thanks for reading/watching/helping out.
If you’ve already donated to support my trip (thank you!), you were promised a fancy pants paper copy of my zine, “Conflict”. Well, it’s been a bit longer than expected. I gave up on putting a release date on this site and changed it to “soon”, which is pretty accurate.
What I can say is that I have an almost complete copy in my hands now (yes, while typing) and that it just needs about two more illustrations scanned in. I found out about the cheap and awesome printing at the UPS store, so I’ll be heading that way as soon as possible to print.
So…that’s where the #&%* your zine is. Coming in the mail for donors above $10. If you’d like one, you can donate via PayPal now. I will also have them at upcoming events around town. Contact me if you have questions or want a PDF version. Thank you for your patience!
Last night, 69 people came out to the Magic Lantern Theatre to watch “5 Broken Cameras”. Almost 1/3 of them came to the Saranac Public House afterwards, mashed tables together, and had an excellent discussion. I met new people and saw some of my favorite Spokanites. I forgot to take photos, but I can assure you it was a great turnout and an educational night for all.
Oh, and also, we raised $574, leaving less than $200 needed to reach the total goal for the trip!
Yep, that’s a big wad of cash. If you missed out and want to be the hero who completes the fundraising mission, you can always donate here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thanks to your generous support, I made it to the initial goal of $500 by the 11th (well, the 12th, but who’s counting?)
Next up: Publish my zine and host the first of multiple fundraising events. To be announced this week. If you’ve been meaning to donate or ask me a question about this project, you can contact me here and let me know what you have in mind.
This project has so renewed my faith in people and my appreciation for the really excellent community I live in. We won’t get anywhere good without it. Thank you once again!
Thank you to the awesome friends and family who have donated so far to help make this trip a reality. I am just over halfway towards my first goal ($500 by Monday the 11th); this is for a deposit for the delegation to ensure that I can go to Palestine and Israel in May.
The knapsack of cash is slowly filling…
I’m also getting close to done compiling content for the zine which you’ll receive if you donate $10 or more. It’s a combination of personal narrative (why I want to go, how I got involved in this issue, etc.), political commentary (written and crudely drawn ), and resources and information for people unfamiliar with this specific conflict.
Stay tuned for announcements about benefit shows and a screening of Oscar-nominated 5 Broken Cameras in the next couple of days. Thanks again to supporters, and please share with others.
I am heading to Israel/Palestine as part of an Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation this May. Can you help me fill the knapsack? My current goal is $500.00 by Monday sourced out of Spokane. That’s 50 people donating $10, or 100 donating $5. Check out the prizes here if the math alone doesn’t do it for you.
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Over the past year, I’ve become much more educated about the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the West Bank and shocked to find how little I knew before about a fairly central piece of U.S. foreign policy. I believe that this specific conflict can teach many lessons about the nature of our current global society in a powerful manner. The issues of race, religion, propaganda, military violence, human rights, environmental and resource problems, and more all appear in a relatively small slice of time and in a very small place geographically, making the “big picture” more visible through examining the details.
The reason that I started my radio program, Praxis, is the same reason I am joining this delegation: to attempt to illustrate this larger picture and the role of the individual within it. Meeting the people on the ground who are affected day to day will allow me to tell the story of this conflict to others in the effective format of personal storytelling as opposed to the abstracted and dry world of statistics, however shocking they may be, that people are used to experiencing.
Before, during, and after this trip I’ll be working on a few different projects to ensure that the experience enriches more people than me alone. Check them out here.