The Statue of Liberty:
Reflections on Fear Mongering
and Our Responsibilities
as Citizens of Conscience
A Public Forum
With Lowell P. Weicker and Reza Mansoor
Sunday, August 21 – 4:00pm
The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
Corner of Lyme Street and Ferry Road
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Children of the Stone/
Concert & Book Tour
September 21 – 29, 2016
In Burlington VT | Old Lyme CT
Cape Cod MA | With more locations to come
featuring Palestinian musician/composer
Ramzi Aburedwan & DAL’OUNA ENSEMBLE
with vocalist Abeer Nehme, violinist Michael Dabroski,
and author/journalist Sandy Tolan
Wheels of Justice is a ten-day sojourn through the American South, inspired by the Freedom Riders of 1961. As various struggles for human and civil rights have erupted across the globe in the past several years, it has become increasingly clear that each of these struggles is inextricably linked – by common challenges and by shared tactics of resistance. This journey is designed for those who believe that another world is possible, for those who wish to have their spirits and consciences quickened, for those with religion and without it, for those who wish to connect things up. It is a journey for those who wish to listen, to witness, and to act against the ongoing legacy of colonialism and its varied aftershocks.
Please read this outstanding article in Mondoweiss by Rebecca Fadil, our friend and Tree of Life volunteer who has recently returned from Gaza. Thank you Rebecca!
June 22, 2016
I just returned from Gaza a couple weeks ago. I can’t begin to describe the kind of devastation the Palestinians face there every day. What shocked me the most was the profound feeling of their being treated like disposable humanity, in a cage, to live or die or grow ill from the lack of basic medical supplies, clean water, sewage treatment, electricity or simply a roof over their head. The basics- all things we take for granted. “Smile- it’s Gaza” they kept telling me. All I could do was weep.
The Wisdom of Jesus, Mohammed
and The Prophets of Israel
(Peace be upon them)
March 8 to March 18, 2017
Extension to Bosnia, March 18 to March 22
This Witness Journey will take us to Israel and occupied (colonized) Palestine and Syria (The Golan Heights) to meet with a variety of Israeli, Palestinian and Syrian voices of conscience. We hope to visit sites associated with Jesus, Mohammed and the prophets of Israel to learn from them and how their wisdom is relevant in the struggle for peace and human rights today. Read more here >>>
Tree of Life Education Fund is pleased to announce Mary Tomassetti as its new executive director. Mary has served as an event coordinator for TOLEF for the past year. She begins her new position immediately.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Tree of Life Education Fund, I am delighted to welcome Mary Tomassetti as the new executive director,” said Board Chair Rev. David Good. “Her experience and demonstrated leadership coordinating events and programming will help TOLEF move forward in its mission to provide cross-cultural and transnational travel experiences, interfaith conferences and educational opportunities to help participants to become more enlightened and more engaged in making this a more just and peaceful world in which to live.” Read more »
Sunday, May 1 at The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme
With each passing year it becomes increasingly clear: the status quo is not sustainable. Palestinian children cannot continue to pay the highest cost for Israel’s military occupation. A conversation was held examining Israel’s increasing use of lethal force against Palestinians, including children, and the situation of Palestinian prisoners. Palestinian civil society leaders with extensive experience representing Palestinian detainees in Israeli military courts discussed how the Israeli government uses military law to legitimize control over an occupied Palestinian population and targets Palestinian youth for arrest.
A huge thanks to Beth Miller and Khaled Quzmar of Defense for Children International, and Sahar Francis of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Assn for an incredibly informative (and disturbing) presentation on the deplorable treatment of children in Israeli detention centers and prisons.
Learn more about their No Way To Treat A Child Campaign here.
Many thanks to the Students for a Just Palestine visitors, for your passion and commitment, and for taking time out of exams to join us – Uconn, Trinity College, CCSU and Yale were all represented.
In September 2015 John Fussell, labor attorney, TOL Board member, Reverend David W. Good and Jiries Atrash led a labor delegation to the Palestinian West Bank that included former AFL-CIO President John Olsen, Connecticut Building Trades President David Roche and others.