Human rights activist Eva Bartlett to speak in Nevada City |

Human rights activist Eva Bartlett to speak in Nevada City

The Union staff

Eva Bartlett, human rights activist and freelance journalist, will present her program, "Standing With Gaza," from 2-4 p.m. on March 16 at the Nevada City United Methodist Church, 433 Broad St., in Nevada City.

Fittingly, March 16 is the 11th anniversary of the killing of Rachel Corrie, who died defending a Palestinian home from a bulldozer in the Gaza Strip.

Bartlett is called the "Canadian Rachel Corrie" because of her courageous actions in defending Gazan farmers and fishermen from harassment and injury threatened by Israeli military forces.

Bartlett has lived in the Gaza Strip for a cumulative three years since November 2008. During the 2008-2009 Israeli assault on Gaza, she and other International Solidarity Movement volunteers rode with Palestinian medics in their ambulances, documenting the victims. During the November 2012 Israeli attacks on Gaza, Bartlett reported from a central Gaza Strip hospital.

Prior to her experience in Gaza, Bartlett spent eight months in the West Bank in 2007, participating in and documenting the harsh realities of Palestinian life under occupation. Her eyewitness accounts have been published in The Electronic Intifada, Inter Press Service, Countercurrents and on her own blog,

The program is co-sponsored by the Palestine-Israel Working Group of Nevada County and the Church and Society Committee of the Nevada City United Methodist Church.

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Admission is free. Donations for the Maia Project, to bring clean water to children in the Gaza Strip, will be accepted.

Refreshments will be offered. For more information, call 530-478-1943

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