There Are NO LAKES In Southern California
echo park, ca
Israel Is Forcing Palestinians in East Jerusalem to Demolish Their Own Homes
In the Shu’Fat neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Palestinian Iyad Al-Shaer stood inside the gutted interior of a modest breeze block structure. The building, an addition to Iyad’s own home, was set to be a new residence for his brother Baser and his fiancé. But the fully furnished home, complete with a heart-covered bedroom that Baser had designed for his future child, now had three gaping holes punctured in its roof.
Just days after completing construction, the Israeli-controlled municipality issued Iyad a demolition order for his “illegally” constructed home, built without one of the expensive permits issued by the same set of authorities. Unable to afford the protracted and costly legal battle, he chose to destroy the structure himself.
Self-demolitions like this began a few years ago and have continued—albeit somewhat under the mainstream media’s radar—ever since, with Palestinians compelled to destroy their own homes in order to avoid the steadily increasing fines leveled by the municipality.
While the Palestinian population in the city has quadrupled to over 300,000 since 1967, municipal authorities have only zoned nine percent of East Jerusalem land for Palestinian construction. Even with this space being set aside, permits are rarely granted, and the result is widespread “illegal” Palestinian construction—which, of course, Israeli authorities can then order to be demolished.
Tens of thousands of Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents now live under the constant threat of having their homes demolished by Israeli authorities, part of a policy of displacement that has been taking place in Jerusalem with a startling degree of public support for more than four decades.
“We know that there are some 20,000 ‘illegal’ Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem,” Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) told us. “[That’s] about a third of the Palestinian housing stock.”
“They don’t consider us citizens, so they push. It’s not a personal thing—I am one of many,” says Iyad. “They push us to go outside of Jerusalem. I call it a soft transfer.”
What We Do and Why We Do It
We started TJFP in the summer of 2012 because there was almost no funding available for local, grassroots trans justice work. We support groups run by and for trans people with budgets of $250,000 or less, and not just in the big cities on the coasts but also in small towns and rural areas across the US. We are focused on supporting the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions.
The way we give is also an important part of our work: all funding decisions are made by our activist panel from across the country. We also believe that if you really want to support grassroots work, you need to be able to fund groups that don’t have 501c3 status or a fiscal sponsor. So this year we have set up a new structure that makes it simpler for us to support not only non-profits, but unincorporated groups too.
Our first year, we received 104 applications from from Selma, Alabama to Missoula, Montana, Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine. And we raised and distributed $50,000 to 22 grantees. (You can read more about it and our incredible grantees in our annual report.)
In February we received over 100 applications again. But this year we’re hoping to raise a total of $100,000 so that we can support even more amazing groups. We’ve been working hard on reaching our goal, but to make it there we will need your help!
Why Your Support is So Important
We’re coming together here to raise $17,000 for our 2014 grant cycle. Our operating expenses for the year have already been covered, so every dollar you give will go directly to this year’s grantees. And the best news is: we’ve received a matching grant from a donor, so every dollar you give until April 15th will be matched up to $50,000!
Other Ways You Can Help
As a community, we have the ability to uplift and support each other in so many ways and this project is just one example in a long-history of community-led resistance and action. For folks not able to contribute through monetary donations, there are so many other ways to help!
Tell your friends, family, lovers, comrades and Tumblr friends about TJFP
Share our IndieGoGo’s page
Like us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter @TransJusticeFP
The campaign is only going for 17 more hours! Please help TJFP reach their goal!
All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Increase Your Flexibility || Lower Body Stretch Routine
"Static stretching is a technique that involves holding a muscle in an elongated position for 30-90 seconds. The objective is to lengthen the muscle tissue and increase flexibility. There are various way to stretch these muscles but I chose to show you the ones that tend to be the simplest and most effective for all levels.
Flexibility is essential because it improves range of motion, reduces risk of injury, improves movement patterns, promotes healthy posture, and helps protect joints. This routine will cover the hip flexors, glutes, hamstrings, abductors, and calves”