Eli and I (later joined by Joe) handed out all our flyers and cards. Everyone was very friendly because they didn't really know if we were representing a group. Handing out flyers without signs works better, at least for events like this. My high point: a woman came back and showed me the card with the four maps of Palestine. "Did you hand this out? she asked. When I said I had, she told me she had read it, and couldn't go in to listen to Dennis Ross. I thanked her, she thanked me, and she walked away.
We had a great turnout for this first film in our series. A question and answer session with Fida Qishta followed the film. Her matter of fact presentation about life and filmmaking in Gaza brought us back from the intense emotion of her film. But lingering beneath the surface are always the questions. How is this suffering borne by the people of Gaza? And why don't the American people know about it?
We had at least 20 people on a cold night in New Paltz. A small crowd for all the publicity we did. Only one college student, and mostly familiar faces. The presentation on drones produced a lively exchange of ideas, from the questioning of why the US would create so many enemies to the assertion that drones provide terror that empires have always relies on.
Patricia "Paki" Wieland:
First Hand Report on the US Drone War in Pakistan
Friday, March 1, starting at 7 pm
Village Hall, 25 Plattekill Avenue
New Paltz, NY 12561
Paki Wieland, retired professor, activist and grandmother, has participated in seven human rights delegations to conflict zones in the last three years. She was on a delegation to Pakistan studying the human rights aspects of the US drone war in Waziristan. She traveled recently to Bahrain in an effort to protect civilian protesters from state directed violence.
A former family therapist and teacher at Antioch University Graduate School, Paki brings a human insight and empathy to the understanding of US wars in the Middle East. Presentation and discussion is free and open to the public.
We took Phyllis out to an early dinner before her talk at Bard College. Some student members of the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative also attended the dinner. ==============
Phyllis Bennis: "New Year and Old Wars in the Middle East: Where Do We Go From Here?"
Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7:00 pm
Bito Auditorium, Reem Kayden Center, Bard College
30 Campus Road
Annandale, NY 12504
Phyllis Bennis is a Middle East analyst and director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C. She is also a Fellow at the Trans-National Institute in the Netherlands, and the author of eight books on the Middle East. Presentation and discussion are free and open to the public.
Cold, but a good action. We went through over 120 flyers despite the weather. People seem to read he flyer we hand out as opposed to some of the glossy cards. More to learn on it? New Paltz continues to be a good location. The winter weather is not conducive to conversations, although we had a few.