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One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty. I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.

Everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and it was "illegal" to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler's Germany.

Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever and if repressed emotions are not released in nonviolent ways, they will seek expression through violence; this is not a threat but a fact of history. [End of Letter from Birmingham Jail]

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Our times call for extreme expressions of creative NONVIOLENCE and the FREE GAZA Movement is of its time.

In August 2008, the FREE GAZA Movement docked their first and the very first boat in the Gaza port in 41 years. The most recent-the Spirit of HUMANITY is an international incident that the USA media and government have failed to address as of this writing.


"Never doubt that a few, thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

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The persistence of internationals, Israelis and Palestinians who with a humble flotilla of wooden boats and small yachts have sailed only in international waters to reach Gaza and bring the message that many in the world are outraged at politicians with eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear and hearts of stone who allow only small trickles of humanitarian aid and building supplies into Gaza, which was devastated by Israeli forces six months ago and it remains in the same sorry state of destruction today.

Many call the FREE GAZA activists extremists and radicals. They are. So were the founders of the United States of America.

"Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all...and passionate attachments for others should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave...a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils."-George Washington's Farewell Address 1796

"Soon after I had published the pamphlet "Common Sense" [on Feb. 14, 1776] in America, I saw the exceeding probability that a revolution in the system of government would be followed by a revolution in the system of religion... The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion."-Tom Paine

On her first FREE GAZA trip, Cynthia McKinney, former Georgia Congresswoman sailed on the Dignity when it was rammed three times by the Israeli navy on December 30, 2008.

On June 30, 2009, Cynthia was on board the Spirit of Humanity and while Israeli pirate-frogmen surrounded her boat she said, "This is an outrageous violation of international law against us. Our boat was not in Israeli waters, and we were on a human rights mission to the Gaza Strip. President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that's exactly what we tried to do. We're asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey."

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Fourteen FreeGaza21 remain in Israeli jails because they have refused to sign a false statement that they were in Israeli waters. Mairead Maguire, Nobel laureate is on a fast to end the siege and to raise awareness of the 11,000 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel-many children under sixteen years old.

In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, King reminded his fellow clergymen that Jesus was an extremist for love who taught his follower's to "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."

The Hebrew prophet Amos was an extremist for justice, "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream."

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