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Thursday, June 13 • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
#GazaLightMessage: Opening the blockade

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Children are going hungry in the Gaza Strip. The economic situation in Gaza, already in ‘free-fall’ since September per World Bank analysis, is now in crisis as over 55% of the population is unemployed, >75% for youth. For months, the largest union in Gaza and a group of Non-Governmental Orgs have been organizing #GazaLightMessage, a safe way for families in Gaza to reach out to the world. They are helping Gaza families use light to show what life is like now, after the U.S. cut all humanitarian aid to Palestinians. They want citizens throughout the world to use the #GazaLightMessage to press their elected officials to lift the blockade, restore trade, jobs, schools, medical care, travel, — and self-sufficiency. This workshop will show participants how to organize their own weekly #GazaLightMessage, open an essay contest at universities, schedule Sunday conference calls to connect 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students with children in Gaza, and show constituents how to press their elected officials to lift the blockade and restore direct aid. Starting at sunset on Wednesday night in Tunis, Rights Con participants are asked to join in a #GazaLightMessage to show they care about children and families in Gaza.

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Donna Baranski-Walker

Founder and Executive Director, Rebuilding Alliance
I'm an MIT engineer who believes deeply in human rights, justice, and peace. I began my work in the Middle East in 1990 with a New York Times op‐ed, “Small Lights in the Darkness,” which asked my neighbors to join in a message of light to stop the build-up to the first US-Iraq... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm BST
Limes (Laico)