Activist to speak on plight of Middle East children

Nov 02, 2012

Rockland — Barbara Lubin, founder and executive director of the Middle East Children's Alliance, is a life-long peace, justice and disability rights activist. Since 1988 Lubin has regularly traveled to Palestine and has led nearly 20 delegations of North Americans to Palestine/Israel, Iraq, and Lebanon.

Lubin will speak on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at the First Universalist Church or Rockland, located at 345 Broadway.

She has lectured on the issue of Middle East politics and the plight of the children in the region to dozens of schools, universities, conferences, religious institutions and community groups. Lubin's current presentation focuses on the impact of Israel's occupation and siege on children in Gaza and MECA's Maia Project which provides clean drinking water to these children. She visited the besieged Gaza Strip twice in 2009 and twice in 2012 and her presentation incorporates many of her own photos and eyewitness testimonies.

Two years ago, supporters in Maine responded to a call from the Middle East Children's Alliance and raised more than $9,000 to build a water treatment unit at a kindergarden in Rafah. The Nov. 12 event will raise funds for a waterpurification unit at the UN Rehabilitation Centre for the Visually Impaired, which provides education and rehabilitation for children with disabilities. One hundred percent of all funds contributed at or before this event will go to this project.

The evening is also sponsored by Peaceworks, Women's International League for Peace & Freedom, USM Women & Gender Studies, Peace Action Maine, Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights, Maine Veterans for Peace.


All Midcoast Peace and Justice programs are free and open to the public.

For more information, call 691-0322 or




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