post letter writing & vigil

the un-named and un-spoken collective in queer/feminist bloc have no blogs or myspace so we have to “tumpang” mockmeat.

so yesterday we did two things. one was the letter writing for the israeli prisoners who refuse to participate in the war against palestine and the following one was a candle light vigil/performances for the palestinians. here, we wanted to mourn the deaths, the rapes, the torture from the war in palestine.

the letter writing was awesome because it was pretty laid back and we got a lot of people who were hanging out at the park to join in to write some messages of support. there was this pak cik guard there who tried to chase us away but then we told him that, “we are just a bunch of kids having a picnic and doing a study group. we are here almost every saturday.” and then he was like, “so whats with the leafleting?” then being smart asses that we are, we said, “its lecture notes. these are our notes. we are just having small group discussions”. he bought it and left. we continued our “picnic/study group”. yeah, we had some lempeng (malaysian version of pancakes) and also tea.

as we were explaining to people about what we were doing there, they were like, “wait a minute. we are writing to israeli prisoners or palestinians?” but with a little explanation and some flyers people came to understand not everyone in israel are in support of the war and not all of them are zionist.

about 6, we left to bukit bintang for the vigil/performance. we had a guitar and some poetry. we got there, looked for a decent spot, and started our vigil. we laid our beautiful banner on the floor, placed some candles around it, and started leafleting. the place that we forst chose was not strategic so we decided to move after 15 minutes.

we moved to another spot. here, two friend from this un-named and unspoken collective sang two songs and another friend recited a couple of poetry. i will admit this, i at least had a hard time getting the message across to the kids there who were 80% of our crowd. most still thought that all jews are zionist and isrealis are fucked up. but we did see some people nodding as a sign of  “yeah, that makes sense”. we stayed there for another 20 minutes plus.  we had to leave because someone told us that things were gonna get ugly cos some kids wanted to get into a fight. yeah, there was some pushing and shoving. we folded our banner and “lepak-ed” somewhere nearby waiting for our busker friends to start playing.

this saturday is all about:tea/chekodok/lempeng/letters/candles

Dear everyone,

this saturday is all about letter writing in the park while sipping some sweet sweet awesome tea and munching on some very delicious home made lempeng/pan cake with peanut butter (if we can afford it) or sugar.

the queer/feminist bloc and kudeta will be organizing a letter writing session in the park and after that a candle light vigil as a reaction to the conflict/war in palestine.


letter writing session the park

which park? there are so many parks?

date: 17th jan 2009, saturday
time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm
venue: KLCC park

candle light vigil

date: 17th jan 2009, saturday
time: 7.00 pm
venue: BB

so the plan is to sit at the park and write letters and then at about 6pm walk to BB for a candle light vigil. bring whatever necessary; pencil, paper, laptop, mac book, placards, guitars, candles, tea, coffee, whatever. anything which feels hippie like.

what’s with the letters?

i think we have nothing good to say about israelis. we always assume that all isrealis are in support of the occupation and war. but the truth is, there are israelis whom are against the occupation and dont want to support the war at all and they are not willing to compromise their principles for anything and rather end up in prisons. military service is mandatory after high school for young jewish israelis. so it is very simple, you dont wanna join the army, then go to prison. so what we are going to do on saturday is pretty simple; write letters to them to show support and that they are not alone. send them some message of love and support. and we are sending the letters to this particular group; the group is called december 18th.

not another vigil!
this candle vigil is to remember and mourn the death, the rape, abuse, and murder of the war victims in you know the drill. bring placards, candles, banners, and yourself.

that’s about it. hope to see you at the park and/or vigil!

p.s: if you are there and you cant seem to find u do give us a call. the number the call/sms 017 630 6795.

the queer/feminist bloc consists of people who consider themselves queer or feminist and queer/feminist collectives/movements. it is not a collective/movement/NGO and the bloc belongs to everyone. anyone can use the name of the bloc. so go ahead and run with it! whereas kudeta is a collective which has been around for quite some time. they have done a lot on no g8, anti-homophobia, and now they are moving on to other stuff.