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"I would hurl words into the darkness and wait for an echo. If an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight." Richard Wright, American Hunger

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Hope Springs From The Youth

Last week I attended a meeting held by One Voice, a group made up of Palestinians and Israelis who are demanding an end to the violence and a sustainable, peaceful solution. One Voice is different from most dialogue groups in as much as they do not focus on dialogue with the other side, but with their own constituents.


“One Voice is an international grassroots movement that amplifies the voice of mainstream Israelis and Palestinians, empowering them to propel their elected representatives toward a two-state solution.”

One Voice began on the university campuses and is still primarily propelled by students. What amazes me and gives me so much hope is that there are many individuals involved whose lives have been impacted by violence and yet have chosen a path of peace.


The following video is a great 5-minute introduction to the movement. To steal one of One Voice’s sayings: Do you have 5 minutes to help end the conflict?

Today, more than ever, there is hope that the conflict will end. It is a hope based upon the millennial generation standing up and saying enough is enough. As one eloquent Palestinian, Bashar Shwaiki, told me: We are simply not willing to suffer the way our parents did. It is time to create a new narrative.

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/and on Twitter (#alonshalevsf).

 

 

They Were Robbed

Mi Tierra Foods is a neighborhood grocery at 2082 San Pablo Avenue and Addison, just a block from the busy junction of San Pablo and University in Berkeley. Yesterday, Berkeleyside reported that Jesus Mendez, while bringing cash back from the bank to support their check cashing counter, was robbed at gun point.

Apart from being the consummate local grocery with a combination of staples and fresh produce, Mi Tierra provides an important service for those who cannot access a bank. They help the poorest turn a check for a day’s work into food for their family. They help people who send money back to support their families in Mexico and South America.

Mi Tierra has now been forced to stop this service because of the cash lost in the robbery, but Mendez has vowed to reinstate the service once they have replenished the necessary cash reserves.

WE CAN HELP. Please consider joining me and making a point this weekend of going to Mi Tierra and buying some of your weekly groceries. For free parking turn on Addison and there is a car park. See the beautiful mural as you then walk to the store entrance.

Mi Tierra is there for us, whether we need that checking service, to pick up something we forgot at the bigger groceries, or need that special ingredient for a Mexican dish. They are the consummate neighbor, an integral part of Berkeley.

This weekend, be a good neighbor, and join me in supporting them by buying groceries there. Pass this blog on or tell your friends. Make sure you let the staff know why you came. Let them know Berkeley cares.

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Alon Shalev is the author of The Accidental Activist (now available on Kindle) and A Gardener’s Tale. He is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation, a non-profit that provides spiritual and social justice opportunities to Jewish students in the Bay Area. More on Alon Shalev at http://www.alonshalev.com/

 

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