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3rd Annual Dear Gaza relief fundraiser Sept. 9, 2017

September 9 @ 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Palestinians protest in support of hunger strikers at the Gaza border with Nahal Oz. Photo copyright Gaza Strip Photographer Ahmad Hasaballah
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3rd Annual Dear Gaza relief fundraiser Sept. 9, 2017

We are proud to announce the 3rd annual DEAR GAZA block party fundraiser. DEAR GAZA is an inspiring artist showcase and fundraiser that pursues aid-funding for the ongoing plight of the Gaza strip. The theme of the night connects local humanitarians to issues in the Gaza Strip through art.

The event hosts live music, spoken word poetry, dance, interactive activities, Palestinian style food and more from conscious artists in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Last year, thanks to local humanitarians like you, we were able to raise $30,000 for Gaza. This initial investment was then turned into $1.3 million worth of medical supplies by our NGO partner ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) through their In-Kind Medical & Relief Program, which delivers critical, donated medical supplies and health care equipment to local organizations in Gaza.

The funds raised through sponsorships will go towards helping cover city permit and block party expenses or go straight towards medical supplies for the people of Gaza.

The event will be held on Sept. 9, 2017 from  3 PM until 10 PM at  24th & Lyndale Ave S,  Minneapolis MN.

EVERY YEAR, MINNESOTANS FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE GATHER TO STAND IN SOLIDARITY, WITNESS ART, AND FUNDRAISE FOR THE PLIGHT OF GAZA.

What is the DEAR GAZA block party?

DEAR GAZA is an inspiring artist showcase and fundraiser that houses a grassroots community which fosters international humanitarian issues through local initiatives. This year we are honored to host our 3rd annual DEAR GAZA block party. This family friendly event host spoken word poetry, dance, interactive art making, food, live music, and more from conscious artists in solidarity with the Gaza strip.

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Last year, thanks to local humanitarians like you, we were able to raise $30,000 for Gaza. This initial investment was then turned into 1.3 million Dollars worth of medical supplies by America Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) through their In-Kind Medical & Relief Program, which delivers critical, donated medical supplies and health care equipment to local organizations.

Who is ANERA?

ANERA (Americans Near East Refuge Aid) is our NGO partner, based in Washington DC ANERA is the only US approved non-religious NGO that has access to the Gaza Strip. They have been developing sustainable solutions for families in the Middle East for 49 years and have been the USAID grant for the past 45 years. DEAR GAZA focuses on the In-Kind Medical & Relief Program through ANERA, which delivers critical, donated medical supplies and health care equipment to local organizations and hospitals in Gaza. To learn more about ANERA visit anera.org

What is the situation in Gaza?

60% of Gaza’s Population is made up of refugees. 90% of Gaza’s water is not fit to drink. 

With a population of 1.8 million people, the Gaza Strip has endured three wars since 2007, and faces an ongoing blockade imposed by Israel. Palestinians living in Gaza face chronic shortages of medical aid and health care supplies. According to the World Health Organization, such deficits are not due to security restrictions imposed by Israel; they are due to insufficient funds.

Performers include:

Music

Poetry

Tala Alfoqaha

Yara Daoud

Lula Saleh

Dua

Dance

Al Taw’am

Leila Awadallah

 

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Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

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Dear Gaza
24th & Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis,MN
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Website:
http://www.deargaza.com/
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