Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Right to boycott should be protected

By Emma Johnson
Midland Daily News, 10 Apr 2018: 6A.

A sign points to the Israeli settlement Pisgat Ze'ev located in East Jerusalem. Pisgat Ze'ev houses 50,000 of the 700,000 Israeli settlers illegally residing in the occupied Palestinian territories. Photograph by Emma Johnson.


Do you think it should be illegal to compile public information? To participate in a boycott? U.S. Republicans and Democrats seem to think so.

In fact, they are currently trying to make it law. The bill currently has 269 co-sponsors; 225 in the House (H.R.1697) and 51 in the Senate (S.720). This includes our own Republican Rep. John Moolenaar and Democratic Sen. Gary Peters.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act is a direct response to the BDS movement, which stands for “Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions.” The Israel Anti-Boycott Act would make it illegal for U.S. businesses to cease doing business with Israel, or companies that operate on illegal Israeli settlements, if it is — or is only perceived to be — for political reasons.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Thanks to everyone who attended Squirrel: The Movie directed by Thalia Drori!

We had a great discussion about reframing the dialog concerning violence in our society as well as how we've become inured to the over-representation of the male gaze in film. Here I am introducing the movie dressed in character (a.k.a. wearing my own clothes).

Thanks to Creative 360 for hosting, The Delta Collegiate for covering the event, and for everyone who made it a great night!

Picture by René Johnson.

Friday, March 23, 2018

" Midlander acts in film shown Tuesday at Creative 360"

Midlander acts in film shown Tuesday at Creative 360,” Midland Daily News, 23 Mar 2018: A5. Online. http://www.ourmidland.com/news/article/Palestinian-student-visits-Midland-presentation-10424617.php

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

"Squirrel" playing in Midland!


"Squirrel is a 30-minute dark comedy with Mary Vivian Pierce, one of John Waters' Dreamlanders, as the school principal. The story: When 11-year-old Noah witnesses Officer Davis pepper spraying a baby squirrel, his mom, seeing how upset he is, promises to take action. Director Thalia Drori is a writer, producer, and director from Oakland, CA. Our presenter, Emma C. Johnson, is a writer, artist, musician, and actor. Johnson met Drori, a faculty member at Minneapolis College of Art and Design at the time, where Johnson earned her B.F.A. Johnson plays Frances, friend and co-worker of the protagonist. Admission by donation."


Squirrel Trailer from Thalia Drori on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

What I Witnessed in Palestine/Israel [VIDEO]

Video of "What I Witnessed in Palestine/Israel" presentation on 1-24-18. (1hr 34min)

"What I Witnessed in Palestine/Israel" is a public presentation by Emma Johnson on January 24, 2018, at Creative 360 in Midland, Michigan. Thank you, Midland Community Television (MCTV) Volunteers John and Nana Metcalf for filming, Nana Metcalf for editing and producing, and MCTV for broadcasting.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Op-ed: We should stop military aid to Israel

By Emma Johnson
“We should stop military aid to Israel,” Midland Daily News, 5 Feb 2018: 6A. Online. http://www.ourmidland.com/opinion/voices/article/We-should-stop-military-aid-to-Israel-12551246.php


What would you do for the City of Midland with an extra $8.6 million in the yearly budget?
Would you put more money into our schools? Fund healthcare? Improve our infrastructure? Propose a tax cut?
Midland could have an extra $8.6 million in its budget but, instead, our city contributes $8,634,511 in aid to Israel every year. This $8.6 million pays for weapons to bomb Palestinian civilians, including women and children, and subsidizes new Israeli settlements that are illegal according to international law.