Media Advisory: Book launch Canadian tour
** en anglais seulement **
September 26, 2012
New book tells harrowing, yet uplifting story of the first boats to break the Gaza blockade
Book launch Canadian tour
Free Gaza Movement co-founder Greta K. Berlin is embarking on a multi-city tour in Canada to launch Freedom Sailors, a new book about the international efforts to end the blockade of Gaza.
Freedom Sailors, co-edited by Berlin, tells the story of 44 passengers on two dilapidated boats that sailed to Gaza in August 2008. The boats, launched by the Free Gaza Movement, were the first international boats to land in the port of Gaza in 41 years to breech the illegal blockade.
The Freedom Sailors book launches in Hamilton, Toronto, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Nanaimo, and Vancouver will also provide updates on the continuing efforts to challenge the maritime blockade, including the Canadian Boat to Gaza’s new project, Gaza’s Ark .
WHEN & WHERE
* Hamilton: Friday, September 28 at 3pm. Cordoba House, 88 Forsyth North.
* Toronto: Friday, September 28 at 7pm. Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street.
* London: Saturday, September 29 at 7pm East Village Arts Co-op, 757 Dundas Street.
* Montreal: Monday, October 1 at 6:30pm. 3720 Parc Ave.
* Ottawa: Tuesday, October 2 at 7pm. Under One Roof, 251 Bank Street, 2nd floor.
* Nanaimo: Tuesday, October 23 at 6pm. Harbourfront Library.
* Vancouver: Wednesday, October 24 at 7pm. Rm 1800, SFU HarbourCntr, 515 W. Hastings.
All events listed here.
ABOUT GRETA BERLIN
Greta K. Berlin is a media communications expert, and a spokesperson and cofounder of the Free Gaza Movement. She was on board the FREE GAZA – the first boat with internationals to reach the besieged strip of the Mediterranean in 41 years. She has been an advocate for justice for Palestinians since the early 1960s and she has worked for the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT FREEDOM SAILORS
“Freedom Sailors is a powerful record of the political and humanitarian activity of some of the best humans we are ever likely to meet, or learn about. These women and men leave us with the most wonderful of questions: is human courage and sacrifice the same as love? And is it this love for ourselves collectively, as humans, that has a chance of saving us and our planet? To read this book is to see what we can be like, in the face of imminent danger.”
- Alice Walker, Earthling poet, writer and activist
“A riveting account of one of the great moments in the history of non-violent resistance: breaking the criminal and sadistic siege of Gaza, and letting the prisoners know that at least some of the outside world care about them and their grim fate. The Free Gaza flotillas are truly an inspiration.”
- Noam Chomsky, Ph.D. – Professor, MIT
For More Information:
Hamilton, London, and Toronto: Sandra Ruch, 416.716.4010
Ottawa: Dylan Penner, 613.859.6996
Montreal: Andrea Summers, 514.799.6928
Nanaimo and Vancouver: Irene McInnes 604.737.1299
Greta Berlin can be directly reached at 703.296.8270
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