Peace Trip to Israel and Palestine
Organized by: Kamilah Moore
EVENT DATE Nov 07, 2014
Hello family, friends, and people I may not know yet:
I was recently provided with the opportunity to travel to Israel and Palestine this October and November on a peace-building mission with the African Heritage Delegation as part of the Interfaith Peace-Builders initiative.
I have done a lot of grassroots organizing work around human rights issues. Also, as a resident assistant for UCLAs Office of Residential Life’s Afrikan Diaspora themed floor, I aimed to engage residents by having them attend programs and create passive boards to talk about the links and ties between the Afrikan and Jewish Diaspora. I am somewhat knowledgeable about the issues affecting the region, but admittedly, I would like to learn and do more.
I was the Chair of the Afrikan Student Union at UCLA. We did a lot of educating and organizing around human rights issues, including but not limited to, organizing public presentations to educate the UCLA student body and community about the prison industrial complex in the US, the conflict mineral conflict in the DRC, and African asylum seekers in Israel and Palestine. I also took a political science class titled, 'Political Islam' last year, where I learned more about the political history of the Middle East.
I’d like to go to Israel and Palestine because for one, I consider myself to be a spiritual person who wants to be a part of movement to build peace, not only in the states, but also internationally, like so many of my idols did. Malcolm X, Ralph J. Bunche, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr, Ella Baker, Anne Frank, Nelson Mandela, and Fannie Lou Hamer, just to name a few, were all spiritual beings that I look up to for their courage and tenacity to stand up for justice in difficult and trying times. As a black person, I understand the pain, suffering and trauma a community can face from inhumane entities that contribute to the subjugation of a people. I sincerely want to learn more about the African refugee crisis, more about the lives of Black Palestinians, as well as more about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict so that I can utilize my position as an American citizen of Afrikan descent to raise awareness about the issues in the region in order to ultimately move towards long-term international peace.
Thankfully, I was offered a partial scholarship and I plan to apply for others but please consider donating to my cause today! Every dollar counts as there are a lot of different expenses that will go towards making this a successful trip. I typically don't reach out for monetary donations, and I would never ask anyone to fund a vacation. I see this as a mission trip, and as a viable investment towards building peace and understanding...
Thank you! And please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!