Murals & Media - Occupied Palestine

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Raised by 35 people in 46 months
Art Forces  has  just arrived in Silwan, East Jerusalem, Occupied Palestine from the San Francisco Bay Area, Occupied Ohlone Territory.  Building on over 20 years of art and activism, the Art Forces team, Susan Greene, Eric Norberg, Rochelle Gause and Charlotte Saenz will, led by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, create a community mural and multi-media organizing tools.  Silwan is a neighborhood  in East Jerusalem confronting massive and violent colonization and displacement by the state of Israel.

We are raising funds for mural supplies, recording, translation, editing of interviews for an art exhibit called “Dispossession(s)," scheduled for the Fall 2015, that will include the voices and stories of Silwan and Bay Area residents.  This exhibit aims to make visible for Bay Area audiences the connections between the forces of gentrification, land theft, state violence and colonization between the Bay Area and  Palestine. “Dispossession(s)” will raise funds for the Wadi Hilweh Information Center  in Silwan and Bay Area anti-gentrification organizations.

More on Silwan:   
Silwan is a community of approximately 55,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem resisting dispossession daily.  Silwan is the target of Israeli settlement and archeological  activities with support from the Israeli military, nonprofits and government.Through a combination of constant intimidation, settler and military violence, arrest of Palestinian children and home demolitions, the residents of Silwan are being ousted from their homes and land that they have lived on for generations.  Since we arrived 4 days ago, Israeli Forces arrested 8 year old Abdullah Emad Dkeidek, pictured below, interrogating and detaining him for 3 hours without letting his mother into the police station. Israeli forces arrested and beat a 15 year old, harrassed an 85 year old woman and demolished 4 buildings without warning.
Further information at the Wadi Hilweh Information Center“No matter how bad it gets, we will not leave.” - Ahmad Qara’een, a resident of Silwan.

More on Art Forces: 
The mission of Art Forces  is to create community public art and technology to inspire critical thinking and action towards collective liberation. Art Forces moves from the local to the global, from the streets of San Francisco to the refugee camps of Palestine.  Art Forces’ aims to make more visible the connections between struggles for social justice globally and histories and relationships that have been obliterated or forgotten.  
In summer of 2014, Art Forces,  in collaboration with NorCal Friends of Sabeel  and the Estria Foundation, painted the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural  making visible global connections embodied in joint struggles for justice. Using the occupation of Palestine as a lens, the mural addresses social and political issues including interlinked histories of colonization, environmental exploitation and international solidarity.  Two of the artists from the Oakland Palestine Solidarity mural, Susan Greene and Eric Norberg,  are a part of the current delegation.

More on the Delegates:

Susan Greene:
is an international interdisciplinary artist, educator and clinical psychologist. Her practice straddles a range of cultural arenas, new media, and public art; focusing on borders, migrations, decolonization, resilience and memory. Through public art projects Greene conducts research on the intersections of trauma, creativity, resilience and resistance. Originally from NYC, she has been a resident of the Bay Area for 30 years, lectures widely and has a private psychotherapy practice.

Eric Norberg: A practicing Hip Hop spray paint artist & calligrapher for the past 30 years, Eric Norberg has led and collaborated with countless community murals throughout the SF Bay Area including the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural and beyond, including in New York, Los Angeles, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, & Portugal. His uniquely stylized calligraphy, imagery, and poignant political stance geared towards support for people’s struggle for justice, has earned Eric international acclaim. “I define myself as a writer, visual artist, muralist, educator and documentary photographer. It is my hope that through my images a thoughtful reflection takes place in which there is a greater awareness of people’s common struggles that transcends race, class, and religion.”

Rochelle Gause:  
Brought heart first into Palestine organizing by the death of her friend Rachel Corrie by the Israeli military in 2003, Rochelle is a mother with 15 years experience as a community organizer and project coordinator. Rochelle co-founded the Olympia Rafah Sister City Project and served as Project Coordinator for the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice. In 2010 she co-founded Olympia BDS, which led to Olympia Food Co-op becoming the first US Grocery store to boycott Israeli goods. She is currently Project Manager for Art Forces and National Organizer for Friends of Sabeel North America. Rochelle believes strongly in the importance of cross movement organizing and in the power of art to unite.

Charlotte Saenz:
 Charlotte María Sáenz works globally on education for social and political change. Projects are mainly with Zapatista and other communities in her native Mexico, plus diverse populations in the Levant and United States. At the California Institute of Integral Studies she is Lecturer for the School of Undergraduate Studies’ unique Bachelor Completion program in Interdisciplinary Studies and Integral Education, while also teaching in the Department of Transformative Leadership and MFA Creative Inquiry Program. Born and raised in Mexico D.F., she holds an International Education Ed.M. from Harvard, and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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Hello All:
Three Updates:
1) Your perks are finally in envelopes and ready to be mailed!! We are sorry, again, for the long delay.
2) We have been working on a video of the project in Silwan and you will get a chance to preview shortly!
3) For those of you in the Bay Area-
Come out to the Uptown this Sunday, May 15th, 4-7 for George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine: Colonial Captivity and Revolutionary Struggle

Uptown Auto Body and Fender
401 26th St
Oakland, CA, 94612

Art Forces and AROC invite you to join us to remember the Nakba, the Black Panthers, and Indigenous Resistance.

Doors open at 4pm for the art exhibition and blessing at the Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural
with Traditional Te'o Kalli Mejica Dancers
Directly across the street from the Uptown

Young GIfted and Black
Silk Road Debke

Greg Thomas
Emory Douglas
Maytha Alhassen
Rabab Abdelhadi
Tony Gonzales
Van Dell
AIM West
Art Forces
California Coalition for Women Prisoners
Nor Cal Friends of Sabeel
Palestine Youth Movement
Freedom Archives
AMED Studies: Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies, College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
Middle East Children's Alliance
Critical Resistance
Anthropology and Social Change - CIIS
Pedro Alcantara-Herron (Colombia)
Leroy Clarke (Trinidad & Tobago)
Jonelle Davies (Black America, Trinidad & Tobago)
Emory Douglas (Black America)
Antonio Frasconi (Uruguay)
Ahmed Hmeedat (Palestine)
Ivan Lopez (Colombia, America)
Malaquias Montoya (Mexico, Mexican-America)
Rafael Morante (Cuba)
Prisoners of the California Hunger Strikes
Nidal El Khairy (Palestine, Jordan)
Leonard Peltier (Anishinabe, Dakota, and Lakota Nations)
Priya Handa
Sharif Zarkout (Palestinian American)
Marius Mason

Camila Smith (North America)
Haile Gerima (Ethiopia, African America)
Lucas Guilkey and Salima Hamirini
Dick Bancroft
Michelle Vignes
Tamari Photo Collection
Dave Clark
Peter Fryer
FIDA Photo
Rula Halawani
Kent Wilkens
Patizio Esposito
Skip Schiel
Pablo Pitcher

Abu Jihad Museum (Abu Dis/Jerusalem, Palestine)
OSPAAAL (Havanna, Cuba)
Inkworks (Berkeley, CA)
The Black Panther newspaper (Oakland, CA)
Al Quds University Media (Abu Dis/Jerusalem, Palestine)
Freedom Archives
AIM West
NorCal Friends of Sabeel

We will be also doing a live ALL AGES Mural throughout the event, bring your kids and loved ones!

"We have to reinforce solidarity with freedom-minded people all around the world."
– Issa Qaraka, Minister of Prisoner Affairs, Palestine

“George Jackson in the Sun of Palestine” is a travelling multimedia exhibition that expresses the depth of solidarity and closeness between the struggles against colonization in Palestine and around the world. In this regard the exhibit will change with each location as local artists join the exhibit.

The impetus and title for the exhibit stem from the inspiration Black Panther George Jackson received from Palestinian poet Samih al-Qasim’s poem “Enemy of the Sun.” After Jackson was assassinated in 1971 a handwritten copy of this poem was found in his prison cell. The Black Panther Party shared the classical Palestinian poem in the party’s newspaper, under the assumption it was written by Jackson himself.

Curator Greg Thomas states:

"That was a magical mistake that expressed the depth of solidarity and closeness, because the similarity in voice and situation is unimaginable. Palestinian resistance poetry occupied a large space in the lives of black people across the ocean and it is all because of George Jackson, the eternal enemy of the sun’s enemy."

by Samih Al Qassem

I may, if you wish, lose my livelihood,
I may sell my shirt and my bed,
I may work as a stonecutter,
A street sweeper, a porter,
I may clean your store
Or rummage your garbage for food,
O enemy of the sun
But, I shall not compromise,
And to the last pulse in my veins,
I shall resist.

You may take the last strip of my land,
You may plunder my heritage,
You may burn my books and my poems,
Or throw my flesh to the dogs,
You may spread a web of terror,
On the roof tops of my village,
O enemy of the sun,
But, I shall not compromise,
And to the last pulse in my veins,
I shall resist.

You may put out the light in my eyes,
You may deprive me of my mother's kisses,
You may destroy my history,
You may curse my father, my people,
You may deprive my children of their smile
And of life's necessities,
You may fool my people with a borrowed face,
You may spread a wall of terror around me,
You may glue my eyes with humiliation,
O enemy of the sun,
But, I shall not compromise,
And to the last pulse in my veins,
I shall resist,
O enemy of the sun.

The decorations are raised at the port,
The exclamations fill the air,
The heart is a glow,
A sail is seen in the horizon,
Challenging the wind and the depths,
It is Homer,
Returning home from the sea of losses.
The sun has returned,
Together with my exiled ones,
For her sake, and his
I swear, I shall not compromise,
And to the last pulse in my veins,
I shall resist, I shall resist,
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Dear All:
Friday, December 11th in Oakland CA, we will have a report back event about the community mural projects in Palestine that you helped to make happen! And we will have your perks! We will mail your perks if you are not able to attend Friday.
7:00 PM
Uptown Body and Fender
401 26th Street, Oakland CA
Between Telegraph and Broadway
The event is called:
Confront Lines
Dispossession(s): Shit Water Art Trash
Repossession(s): Shifting Narratives
Discussion/presentation - Community murals in Silwan, East Jerusalem; D'heisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, West Bank;Palestine and Nahr El Bared Refugee Camp, Lebanon.
Films: Wafaa Yasin;
Caitlin Manning; Carla Wojczuk
Spoken word: Tongo Eisen-Martin, Chris Kazaleh
DJ Rumorosa

Fred Alvarado
Susan Greene
Rochelle Gause
Priya Handa
Francesca Manning
Eric Norberg
Charlotte Saenz
Adilla Torres
Lucia Gonzalez Ippolito
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Hello All:
I am writing to let you know that your perks will be on the way soon! We are sorry for the delay!
Please save the date for our report back event on December 11th @ 7PM at Uptown Body and Fender in Oakland. (401 26th Street). We also wanted to let you know about an exciting and historic dance performance by WISHAH, straight from Palestine. Saturday, November 14th @ 7 PM at the Nourse Theater/City Arts and Lecture.

All Proceeds will go to support Palestine.

Stories of cultural resistance through folkloric dance:
- Steadfastness of political prisoners,
- Resistance to the ongoing occupation, and
- Celebration of community, traditions and history.

Opening by Cherrie Moraga
Cherríe Moraga is a writer, playwright, and essayist active in the Chicana, feminist, and queer communities.

$100, $55, $35
$25 (student & low income). Contact AROC to purchase student or low income tickets @ 415-861-7444
Hosted By:

Art Forces


PAC: Beit Hanina, Bethlehem Association, Birzeit Society, Der Debwan Association, Jifna Society, Palestinian Youth Movement, Ramallah Club, Saris Society, United Taybeh Aab Americans, Zaytooneh Club.

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Don't miss Room #4 and the Bay Area visit of Sahar Abbasi Baidon direct from Silwan on Friday October 23rd at 7:30pm at the Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th St, Oakland. Come see her center's powerful exhibit entitled Room #4 about child detention and arrest, an exhibit of our murals in Silwan and MECA's tile mural in Deheisheh. More info here:
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Julie Blankenship
35 months ago

Join me in supporting this worthy cause! I've watched Susan's passionate leadership grow the mural project over the years. I only wish I could give more!

fred rinne
42 months ago
miriam stahl
45 months ago
Felice Gelman
45 months ago
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Nina Simons
46 months ago

Great work, honored to help...Towards liberation, Nina

Christy Wise
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46 months ago

Thank you for all you do.,...this is the important work!

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