BDS LA and TNP present ” Palestine: Thirsting for Justice”
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Aratani Courtyard – 120 Judge John Aiso, Los Angeles, CA

USC SJP is proud to announce a special collaborative performance put together by Tuesday Night Project (http://www.tnkat.org/)and BDS LA for Justice in Palestine (http://www.bds-la.org/) that will take place June 15th, 7:30pm-9:45pm, at the Aratani Courtyard in Little Tokyo (which is wheelchair accessible).

Tuesday Night Project (TN Project) is a space for LA artists that has been flourishing since its creation in 1999, and has showcased the work of multi-disciplinary artists from the Asian Pacific Islander community as well as the larger Los Angeles arts community. TN Project’s purpose is to build space for people from a variety of backgrounds to connect through artistic expression and to provide time for cultural, social, and political awareness with opportunities for involvement, collaboration, real relationship-building and action.

The intention of the June 15th performance around the theme of water justice is to bring awareness to Los Angeles’ complicity and participation in water crimes in Palestine and to connect people of color’s struggles in Southern California for clean, accessible and affordable water to those of Palestinian communities in an apartheid state.

Performers/visual artists include:
Ching-In Chen, Ami Patel, Shoshani Vogel, Naaz Diwan, Tasneem, Patricia Torres

~Dedication to John Delloro~
The TN Project community has recently incurred the loss of a dear friend, activist, educator and young father, John Delloro. John founded the Dolores Huerta Institute and brought labor education, research, activism, and organizing onto community college campuses across California. John was a national leader of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO as well as the Phillipino Workers’ Center. He will be dearly missed and there will be a special dedication to him during the June 15th performance.

JOIN THE BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISRAEL

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement to challenge Israeli apartheid is gaining momentum throughout the world. BDS is a non-violent form of resistance, which played an instrumental role against South African apartheid in the 1980’s. It’s simple: as long as Israel continues to violate human rights, no city, state, country, or company should invest in or support it.

The U.S. gives it $3 billion in military aid per year and billions more in indirect economic aid. Those of us in the U.S. have a particular responsibility to do our part in advancing the BDS movement.

In 2008, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Mekorot, the Israeli National Water Company. Among other things, the MOU provides Israeli companies with access to DWP facilities for pilot projects, and forsees installation of Israeli technology in DWP facilities. Via this agreement, L.A. and its institutions legitimize, finance, and profit from Israel’s 60 year history of resource theft, and identifies L.A. as a “partner” of Israel.

More on BDS LA and water justice in Palestine:

BDS LA for Justice in Palestine has launched the “Palestine, Thirsting for Justice” campaign. It is an LA based boycott and divestment campaign directed at severing all cooperation between the city of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and Israel’s Mekorot National Water Company and Kinrot water technology incubator. This partnership would encourage sharing water research, technology and facilities while Los Angeles profits off of Israel’s water management experience, which has been built on apartheid and occupation for 60 years.

Conditions for Palestinians in the occupied territories in terms of water access and affordability are dire. It has been reported by Amnesty International and B’Tselem that Israel has monopolized water consumption and distribution by controlling and limiting access to the main sources of water, the Western Aquifer and the Jordan Basin. Israel’s “security” wall has unjustly dispersed water resources on the Israeli side while Israeli Water Authority forces Palestinians to pay 3-7 times more for water tankers than Israelis. Israel has not allowed the construction of any new Palestinian wells for agricultural purposes since 1967 and Palestinian water valves are often shut off in the summer. This widespread deprivation of water that Palestinians are suffering explains World Health Organization figures which state that Palestinians get 70 Liters of water per person per day while Israelis get 350 Liters of water per person per day (while the WHO sets the minimum standard at 100 Liters).

Join us in saying “no” to Los Angeles’ support of Israeli apartheid.
Tell the Mayor and DWP: “No business with apartheid states.”

Help build a grassroots anti-Apartheid movement in Los Angeles! Take part in the campaign to end Apartheid. Again.

For information: bdsinla AT gmail DOT com