Monday, March 31, 2008

An unfinished amalgam of the sketch from last workshop

Here is a beginning sketch of some of the ideas that we came up with at the last workshop. This is unfinished, but I just wanted to put it out there ASAP, for the sake of brainstorming...

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Expressions of Nakba Competition 2008

Expressions of Nakba Competition 2008
International Call for Entries

The year 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Nakba ("the catastrophe"): the expulsion and dispossession of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is soliciting entries for a commemoration of the Nakba through personal expressions in the form of visual arts, essays, poetry, music, video and digital media.

"Expressions of Al-Nakba" is an international competition which seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people through a diverse range of expressions that interpret the collective identity, historic struggle, and emotional experience of the Nakba for Palestinians. The competition strives to highlight the ongoing effects of the Nakba on the contemporary life of Palestinian refugees along with a deeper exploration of the many emerging notions of being in "exile" today.


The Competition accepts original entries pertaining to the themes of the Nakba in the following five categories:

  1. Written Work - Poetry and Short Essays (no more than 1500 words)
  2. Recorded Audio - Spoken Word and Music (less than 5 minutes)
  3. Visual Arts - Illustration, Painting, Photography and Mixed-Media Work
  4. Poster Design - Poster-quality Graphic Design for use in Public Awareness Campaign
  5. Digital Media - Digital Video Shorts and Interactive Media (less than 10 minutes)

Selected poster designs will be used for a nation-wide awareness campaign to be launched in May 2008 for display in print media and billboard advertising. Suitable entries must consider design requirements for large scale printing and dissemination.

Entries from youth (age 18 or under) are encouraged for special recognition by the Competition. All written or spoken entries must be submitted in English or Arabic. Along with the submission, all entries must provide a Title, Abstract, and Names/Biographies of the entrants (in English).

We encourage submission of the entries in both high-resolution (for printing/screening) and compressed media (less than 10 MB for the website). There is no Entry Fee.

Deadlines and Awards

Submission Deadline: March 30th, 2008 (commemorated as Land Day)

Winning Entrants will be notified via email by May 10th, 2008.

The Competition will award a sum of $500 to each of five winning entries selected in each submission category (for a total of $2,500 in awards provided). All U.S. taxes (federal, state and local, if any) are the responsibility of all winners who have U.S. citizenship. International entrants are subject to a 30 per cent reduction in prize money for U.S. tax purposes.

A subset of the most compelling entries will also qualify for inclusion in the online gallery of the Competition website as well as showcased in public exhibitions held upon completion of the Competition. Two public exhibitions are currently planned by the US Campaign, to be held in Washington, D.C. and Boston during the week of May 15, 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Nakba. Other exhibitions may be held in 2008 in conjunction with partner organizations in the United States and abroad.


A new website is being setup for submission and display of selected entries from the Competition:

Please check this website regularly for updates and details on the Competition and entries selected.

Download the competition guidelines and submission form:

Contact Address:

Expressions of Nakba Competition
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
PO Box 21539
Washington, DC 20009

Phone: (202) 332-0994

US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Monday, March 17, 2008

Canoe Journey: Paddle to Lummi 2007

Peace Doves at Procession of the Species

Chief Leschi and Skokomish Fishing Camp

“From Palestine to Puget Sound: The Olympia-Rafah Mural Project”

The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s TCTV program for March is described below. The program airs twice a week throughout March on Thurston Community Television (TCTV), cable channel 22 in Thurston County. You can watch it every Thursday at 9:00 p.m. and every Monday at 1:30 p.m. throughout the entire month.

For quite a few years Olympia’s peace community been building strong relationships of solidarity with Palestinians working for peace and justice there. Efforts increased after an Israeli military bulldozer murdered Olympia’s Rachel Corrie in Rafah, Gaza, Palestine, five years ago while she was nonviolently protecting a Palestinian family’s home that the bulldozer was poised to destroy.

Now a new solidarity project is being organized: a mural in Olympia affirming the links between Olympia and Rafah.

Although the Olympia City Council shied away from ratifying a sister-city relationship with Rafah, the Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project (, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice
(, and other supporters of peace and justice are moving ahead with a variety of activities and projects, including a mural in downtown Olympia.

Dr. Susan Greene, a Jewish-American artist/psychologist/educator with the San Francisco Art Institute, has 20 years of experience with collaborative community-based mural projects, including many in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. Since 2005 she has been working with the Rachel Corrie Foundation for a mural in Olympia.

Our TV guests are Cindy Corrie and Rochelle Gause.

"I've never been in jail, but I've been in the army, and that's close enough."

- A quote from my father, Ernie Anderson

Glen Anderson (360) 491-9093

The Olympia FOR works for peace, social justice and nonviolence from a solid foundation in principled nonviolence. For information about the Olympia FOR, phone 491-9093 or visit

Break the Silence Murals

Various Images

Here are a variety of images to consider...

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Mural Design photos

These images were created by participants in our first mural design workshop. Join us for another great design workshop on March 8th, 1:00-4:00pm at the Olympia Center.