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January 27, 2011
3:59 PM

CONTACT: Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA)

Danny Muller, (cell) 917 217 6809, 510 548

Middle East Children’s Alliance Launches Campaign to Provide Clean Water for Children in Gaza to Honor the Legacy of Howard Zinn

BERKELEY, Calif. - January 27 - The Middle East Children's Alliance(MECA) has begun a new campaign to build a water purification system in Gaza, in honor of historian and activist Howard Zinn and his wife Roslyn. For many years, Howard Zinn supported MECA's projects that work for the rights and the well-being of children in Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon.

"Howard and his wife Roz were both personal friends of mine and  for 22 years, Howard helped MECA raise funds for children in Palestine." stated Barbara Lubin, Executive Director of MECA.  "On the first anniversary of Howard's passing, we are honoring their legacy by taking action to ensure one of the most basic rights of children, the right to water, for the 1,400 students at the Khan Younis Co-ed Elementary School in Gaza.  It's the right thing to do."  

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 - January 27, 2010) was a historian, playwright, writer and radical activist. He wrote over 20 books including the best selling classic A People's History of the United States.  Zinn wrote extensively about civil rights, civil liberties and anti-warmovements.  He was active in the civil rights movement and many of the struggles for social justice over the past fifty years.  

Before his death one year ago, Howard Zinn spoke about his relationship with MECA: "The Middle East Children's Alliance has not only made countless Americans aware of the problems in the Middle East, but has contributed in the most practical of ways to bettering the lives of people in that part of the world."  

Since 1988, MECA has provided direct support for clinics, counseling programs, children's centers and libraries, and organizations working for the rights of prisoners, women, labor, and Palestinians inside Israel.  In September 2009, MECA launched the Maia Project (Arabic for "water") to provide Palestinian children with clean, safe drinking water.  They have built and maintained 27 water purification systems, serving 30,000 thousand children.  To support their campaign please visit    

Founded in 1988 by Barbara Lubin and Howard Levine, the Middle East Children's Alliance is a Berkeley-based non-profit humanitarian aid organization that has delivered more than $10 million in food, medicine and medical supplies to children in the West Bank and Gaza, Iraq and Lebanon.  MECA also provides financial assistance to community groups working with children in the Palestine/Israel.


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