Time: April 25, 2010 from 1pm to 9pm
Location: Downtown New Haven Connecticut Green
Street: Chapel/Church Streets
City/Town: New Haven, Connecticut,USA
Website or Map: http://iwagepeace.org/
Event Type: fundraiser
Organized By: Bruce A Barrett
Latest Activity: Apr 10, 2010
New Haven, CT USA– “On Sunday, April 25th, starting at 1:00 P.M. on the New Haven Green, Combatants For Peace members Elik Elhanan and Bassam Aramin (featured in the award winning documentary film, The Billboard From Bethlehem) will be hand painting a 48-foot peace mural for posting on Connecticut Highways.
The new sign is a collaborative effort between The Combatants For Peace, IWagePeace.Org and a group of Jewish and Muslim medical students at Yale New Haven Hospital called Peace by Peace. The central figures in the mural are an Israeli and a Palestinian youth, (identified in the sign by their national flags and by their yarmulke and kefiyah). Drafts of the sign show the boys standing arm in arm, under the words “We Refuse To Be Enemies.”
“The mural is too large for the two men to paint alone,” says I Wage Peace.Org founder Bruce A. Barrett. So we are looking for twelve groups (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Scouts, clubs etc.) to help paint the sign.” Those wanting peace will be asked to pick up their paintbrushes, raise some money, and work side by side with the Israeli and Palestinian fighters. Each painting team will work during prescheduled time slots of about 30 minutes each and then enjoy live music while other teams work. “If we can talk and work together, after what we have done as fighters” says former Israeli defense force fighter Elik Elhanan, “then anyone can and should work for peace,” says former Palestinian resistance fighter Bassam Aramin.
“Peace making takes a great deal of time, effort, and money,” says Barrett. All Americans can lend a hand. We are asking each peace team to raise a minimum of $500 that will be paid directly to The Combatants For Peace to help them build a just and fair two state solution through non-violent action in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. “Any one can come to the Green” says Peace by Peace organizer and Andrew Kobets. “We will have live music, food, information booths, and a few short speakers to keep things exciting.”
At 7:00 P.M., after the painting, everyone is invited to watch the award-winning documentary “The Billboard From Bethlehem” at Center Church On The Green, 311 Temple St. followed by a discussion with Combatants For Peace members Bassam Aramin and Elik Elhannan. The inspirational film documents the work of Combatants For Peace while following the painting in the West Bank of a similar peace mural where 100 Israeli and Palestinian children painted the sign that now shows to 100,000 daily viewers on I-84 in Waterbury.
Groups interested in painting the sign should email Bruce A. Barrett at painting@IWagePeace.Org or visit www.IWagePeace.Org for more details.