Re: [ipjn] Pam Bailey is on a speaking tour - anyone interested?
- JoAnne, here in Bloomington we have our hands full trying to arrange a visit by Cindy Sheehan this fall.Linda GreeneOn Jun 4, 2011, at 3:37 PM, JoAnne Lingle wrote:Thanks, Sheila...call me when you get home.Anyone from Bloomington, Terre Haute, Ft. Wayne interested?JoAnne----- Original Message -----From: Sheila RosenthalSent: Saturday, June 04, 2011 3:21 PMSubject: Re: [ipjn] Pam Bailey is on a speaking tour - anyone interested?
I am on vacation and will be home on June 9th. I am interested. SheilaOn Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 9:48 AM, JoAnne Lingle <jalingle@...> wrote:Hi Everyone,I'm forwarding Pam's email to see if there's any interest in organizing some Indiana engagements for Pam Bailey.Pam works with CodePink and led the Gaza delegation I was on in 2009. She's looking for a speaking tour in the Midwest before or after July 24 when she's in the Chicago area.Read over her bio and experiences in Gaza (she worked there last year for five months and again this year for three).When I met with Pam in DC recently, she indicated all she's looking for are expenses paid; however, I feel we could also come up with an honorarium.Let me know what you think.JoAnne----- Original Message -----From: Pam BaileySent: Friday, May 27, 2011 2:16 PMSubject: Re: Speaking in IL-WISHey everyone...as it turns out, my parents' church (in the NW suburbs of Chicago) are paying to fly me out for a presentation on July 24. So, if any of your groups would like me to speak before or after, please let me know next week! I'll be booking my airfare very soon...Pam***********************************************************************************************************************From: "Pam Bailey" <peacenut57@...>
Sent: Sunday, March 27, 2011 8:41:19 PM
Subject: Help me give Gazan voices a megaphone!Here is an email I am circulating to try to find platforms for the video profiles I've shot that are amazingly compelling, along with my own stories about the interviewees. Please read, respond and circulate!*******These are intense, "tinderbox" times for Palestine, and Gaza in particular: The Palestinian resistance forces are sending more and more rockets into the Israeli border zone, Israel is unleashing its own bombing forays that look increasingly like the lead-up to the 2008/9 assault, and peace activists around the world are ramping up their plans for a second international flotilla to break the long-running Israeli naval blockade that is strangling the 1.6 million residents of Gaza. In the midst of all this "noise," the voices of the people of Gaza themselves must be heard.
More than 60% of the population of Gaza is under the age of 25. It is their future for which we are working. But how does the world look through their eyes? How do they define "resistance," and how do they practice it in their daily lives? What do they want most from the international citizen activists who seek to support them?
Pam Bailey, a Washington DC-based freelance journalist and social entrepreneur, has spent eight months in the last two years (arriving home most recently on March 23) living and working in Gaza -- not just Gaza City, but also the small towns in the north and south that embody the diversity and nuance that most internationals do not see. Her focus has been not the obvious fighting on the front lines, but the emerging "Gandhis" who have found a wide variety of unique ways to forge a future for themselves and their people. All they are missing is recognition, and a "megaphone." She has captured these young people's voices and their work on video. And now they must be seen by the world!
As you work to educate and mobilize your own communities, please consider including Pam and her video stories in your plans. In return for reimbursement of her travel expenses (and a home stay), she will speak about what it is like to live in Gaza -- staying with families near the buffer zone, scrambling when they did at the sound of bombings and drones (a regular occurrence in her last days there) -- and show two selections from her growing video library: a four-minute response from the youth of Gaza to the perennial question, "Where are the Palestinian Gandhis?" and a 20-minute profile selected by the sponsoring organization. You may choose to hear from Gazan bloggers, break-dancers, film directors, rappers or campus activists, among many others.
Background on Pam
With two undergraduate degrees -- one in journalism and another in political science -- Pam began her career more than 20 years ago as a newspaper reporter, covering crime and politics in Chicago. However, she then took a long detour into corporate marketing, learning from the inside about the bankruptcy of our society when it is driven by profits rather than social justice. Following two life- changing trips to the Palestine and Israel (with Global Exchange in 2007 and as an International Solidarity Movement volunteer in 2008), Pam had the courage to break her "golden handcuffs" in 2009, when she walked away from her six-figure income and joined Codepink: Women for Peace on its first delegation to Gaza for International Women's Day. Since then, she has returned to Gaza three times, for longer and longer stays. In addition to her own filming and writing, Pam reports for InterPress Service, Electronic Intifadaand Truthout.org, as well as for progressive radio. Links to a few of her reports appear below:
"Buy Gaza" movement gains momentum: http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54898
Now Gaza begins to shake: http://www.truth-out.org/now-gaza-begins-shake67503
Palestinians in Gaza react to Egyptian, Tunisian uprisings: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11761.shtml
Some Gazans fear another war around the corner: http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/9275
Guarding women's health for the wrong reasons: http://www.ips.org/mdg3/mideast-hamas-guarding-womens-health-for-the-wrong-reasons/
Pam Bailey, peace activist, writer & social entrepreneur