Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Story-tellers at the Crossroads: American Indian youth group seeks bonds with Palestinian youth‏

What would compel a student group from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas to travel to Palestine? Despite enduring a legacy of stolen land and sovereignty, Native youth will exchange stories with Palestinian youth during a two-week delegation to Palestine in August.

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Fundraiser Dinner Event for 7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries
To support the Haskell students’ delegation Citizens for Justice in the Middle East will host a fundraiser dinner on Sunday, May 31 at 6:00 pm at the Holy Land Café, 12275 West 87th Street Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas. All proceeds will go to the student group, 7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries, to help pay for their travel expenses. The dinner will feature Haskell student leader Melissa Franklin, who will participate in the Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine, and Laura Closson, a Kansas City resident and Redlands University graduate, will discuss her observations in a women's delegation to Gaza in March 2009.

The fundraiser dinner cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple, and $50 for a family. The dinner will consist of Middle Eastern cuisine at the award-winning Holy Land Café. Benefit participants are encouraged to make reservations by calling Ginger at 913-362-8362, or purchase tickets by sending a check made out to “MECA” and addressed to Ginger Kenney, CJME, 9000 Mullen, Lenexa, KS 66215. MECA is the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), which is a registered nonprofit organization working for the rights and the well being of children in the Middle East.

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Melissa Franklin, a student leader at the university, will join four other current students and alumni on the delegation. Haskell serves as a “crossroads for many Indian tribes,” Melissa mentioned, pointing out that dozens of tribes have been represented by the children and students attending. Her grandmother attended Haskell in the 1920’s and her grandfather worked there for 27 years. Her family heritage includes Comanche, Wichita, and Sac & Fox tribes.

Using their story-telling experience the student group will share stories with Palestinians tracing their ancestors’ footsteps through Haskell boarding school before it became a four-year university. Through family and tribal stories, they recall how Haskell started as an institute of forced assimilation but now serves as a center of healing.

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7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries, an independent group of current students and alumni from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, will join a delegation to Palestine for two weeks in August 2009. The delegation is comprised of grassroots youth groups throughout the U.S. and Palestine. The organizing group is connecting Native and immigrant youth in the U.S with youth in Palestine “through the use of print media, traditional music, hip hop, photography, poetry, video, and other forms of arts media, we share our stories and involve our local communities in building a national and international movement against colonization and for self-determination.”
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The 7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries’ goal to share their stories is a powerful gesture of solidarity with Palestinians. This effort to bridge their common struggle is inspiring. Liberation and self-determination is the delegation’s goal – let’s do all we can to support them by attending the fundraiser or making a financial donation.

For more information go to the CJME web site – http://www.cjme.org

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

May 31 benefit in Kansas City helps area students on first ever Native Youth Delegation to Palestine


Fundraiser dinner to support group’s travel expenses

05.20.2009 – Citizens for Justice in the Middle East, a Kansas City advocacy group focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will host a fundraiser dinner for Haskell student group 7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries. The fundraiser will help pay for the student group’s participation in the first-ever Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine. The dinner will feature speakers and take place on Sunday, May 31 at 6:00 pm at the Holy Land Café, 12275 W 87th Street Parkway, Overland Park, Kansas.

The fundraiser event will feature:
- Haskell students who will be joining the Indigenous Youth Delegation, including student leader Melissa Franklin.
- Laura Closson, a Kansas City resident and Redlands University graduate, who will speak about her experience with a women's delegation to Gaza in March 2009. The delegation, which included author Alice Walker, contributed to the relief of Palestinian women living in Gaza.

7th Generation Indigenous Visionaries, an independent group of current students and alumni from Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, will join a delegation to Palestine for two weeks in August 2009. The Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine is comprised of grassroots youth groups throughout the U.S. and Palestine. Youth Solidarity Network, a project of the Middle East Children's Alliance, is connecting Native and immigrant youth in the U.S. with youth in Palestine by creating forums to reflect together and bridge their struggles.

Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) was founded in 1988 and is a registered nonprofit organization working for the rights and the well being of children in the Middle East.

The fundraiser dinner cost is $25 per person, $40 per couple, and $50 for a family. The dinner will consist of Middle Eastern cuisine at the award-winning Holy Land Café. Benefit participants can make reservations by calling Ginger at 913-362-8362, or purchase tickets by sending a check made out to “MECA” and send a check to Ginger Kenney, CJME, 9000 Mullen, Lenexa, KS 66215. Please provide the names of the people you are making reservations for. Seating at the restaurant is limited so participants are encouraged to make their reservations early.

Date:
Sunday, May 31, 6:00 p.m.

Cost:
$25 per person; $40 couple; $50 family
RSVP - 913-362-8362
Middle Eastern cuisine

Location:
Holy Land Cafe
12275 W. 87th Street Parkway
Overland Park, Kansas
(southeast corner of 87th & Monrovia)

Make your check out to "MECA" and send to:
Ginger Kenney
Citizens for Justice in the Middle East
9000 Mullen
Lenexa, KS 66215

For more information call 816-729-9102 or write info@cjme.org