Break the Siege of Gaza fundraiser
10 Sep 2010

Chris Hedges
The fundraiser to assist the purchase of a ship to help break the blockade of Gaza was a smashing success! Attendance and money collected both exceeded expectations. Our website got a total of over 1300 hits (page views) as of 11 September. That's Chris Hedges up in front speaking to our audience. Hedges is a writer for Truthdig. Here's their official description of Hedges.

Bill Perry
Bill Perry makes a point. Bill has a Facebook page where he'll be posting films and still photos of this event. Not necessary to be a Facebook member to access all of it. Colonel Ann Wright was our headliner speaker. Here's a description of her latest book "Voices of Conscience." Remi Kanazi gave a good, furious speech about what Palestinians have to put up with these days. Here's his website, which has his videos and includes his latest tweets.

Betsey Piette
Betsey Piette makes a further point and urges contributors to "dig deep" as all their contributions will go to a good cause. The primary organization that is collecting for the ship to Gaza (The ship will be named "Audacity of Hope") states that:

This is an important moment in history. In the aftermath of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla massacre and increased world-wide scrutiny of Israel’s blockade of Gaza, the Israeli government has mounted a huge public relations campaign spreading the lie that by letting a few more items into Gaza the blockade has been lifted. This is not the reality. Gaza is still under siege, vital building materials and other supplies are banned, exports of goods from Gaza are denied and neither ships nor people can travel without permission from Israel, permission which Israel will not give. Gaza is essentially an open-air prison under a U.S.-backed Israeli blockade.

our audience
The audience of our fundraiser represented an unusual coming-together of Philadelphia's peace community. Pretty much the entire community turned out and participated. Provided food was so plentiful that packed-up leftovers were contributed to a homeless shelter. The speakers all got our audience fired up and motivated, all of the equipment worked well and we had all the stations covered.