Edith Garwood

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Donna McMurtry Kroener (left) Terry Penland (center) and Edith Garwood (right)

Edith Garwood was removed from a 2016 campaign event in South Carolina featuring presidential candidate Donald Trump.


Vigil for Gaza

January 3 2009- In Charlotte, N.C. 500 rallied and marched for Gaza, Palestine, taking over downtown Charlotte with a sea of Palestinian flags and energetic chants. The police didn't even attempt to stop the use bullhorns during the march . Palestinian and Muslim youth led the march.

On January 1 a vigil "received overwhelming public support". Demanded Ceasefire now in Gaza! Open the borders and let humanitrian relief in. Speakers on January 3 included: Rafat Khader, Muslim American Society of Charlotte President; Mohammed El-Nawawy, Published Communications Professor and Media Scholar; Edith Garwood, Amnesty International USA Country Specialist, Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Palestinian Authority; Khalid Hijazi Coordinator - Charlotte Al-Awda - Palestine Right To Return Coalition; Jibril Hough; President - Islamic Center Of Charlotte; Ibrahim Khader, Student of Local University; David Dixon, Coordinator - Action Center For Justice.

The vigil was sponsored by: Muslim American Society Charlotte, Al-Awda - Palestine Right To Return Coalition - Charlotte, Islamic Political Party Of America, Action Center For Justice, Masjid Ash-Shaheed, MAS-Freedom, Islamic Society Of Greater Charlotte, Muslim Women of the Carolinas, Islamic Center Of Charlotte, ICC - South, CODEPINK Women For Peace - Charlotte.[1]

Support for Cheryl Davila

Edith Garwood with anti-Israel activist Cheryl Davila
Edith Garwood posted this photo standing with Cheryl Davila, who "authored the resolution “Conflict in Israel’s Impact on the City of Berkeley.” The measure calls for the city to “examine the feasibility of divesting all City of Berkeley direct holdings in companies complicit in on-going violations of human rights and International Law under Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territories." Additionally, "The resolution also recommends sending a letter from the City of Berkeley to the Board of Directors of California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS), “urging them to implement their existing responsible investment policies equitably and to divest all holdings in companies complicit in on-going violations of human rights and International Law under Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territories.” Its final request is to add Israel’s illegal occupation to Berkeley’s Oppressive States Business Policy."[2]

Davila was removed from her post at the outset of HWCAC’s September meeting by City Councilman Darryl Moore, who appointed her in 2009, because she refused to withdraw the “Divestment From the Israeli Occupation” resolution she sponsored. Moore alleged that Davila neglected to notify him about the controversial proposal and claimed it was a misuse of the commission.[3]

Show up against White Terror

Edith Garwood posted a revealing meme on Facebook in November "Show up Against White Terror"
In November, Garwood posted a revealing meme on Facebook "Show up Against White Terror." Someone asked Garwood if she was serious and she replied:
"Sadly, yes. I'm not saying it's the majority - yet - but it definitely exists and it's definitely being felt in minority communities throughout this country. Posted this profile pick to acknowledge it's existence so it can be addressed. Also felt necessary because political leaders have not been helping lately, encouraging peoples' fears and basing their positions on fear instead of facts - or for political points."[4]

Trump Campaign Event Controversy

Rose Hamid and Marty Rosenbluth silently stood together during a Donald Trump campaign event in South Carolina in January, 2016. Both activists were wearing gold stars reminiscent of those imposed on Jewish citizens in Nazi Germany with the word "Muslim." They were removed from the conference. The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Trump to publicly apologize to Hamid and to meet with American Muslim leaders "to discuss how his rhetoric has sparked an 'anti-Muslim hysteria.'"[5]

While the mainstream media reported the incident as if Rose Hamid and Marty Rosenbluth were random targets by Trump, the activists "carefully orchestrated" their appearance at the rally.

Other activists associated with Hamid and Rosenbluth are Jibril Hough, Lowell Fleming, and Edith Garwood of Amnesty International.

Rosenbluth was quoted by The Daily Beast[6] as saying "We’ve been working toward this moment for months" and then reminded readers that “Keep in mind that Rosa Parks was not a seamstress on her way home from work who just got tired one day. Her protest was also planned out and well choreographed.'"

The article continued:

"Indeed, the activists behind the protest told The Daily Beast the CNN moment was carefully orchestrated, down to the detail of the flight attendant matching her turquoise-colored headscarf with her T-shirt. The activists are connected by years of local activism post-9/11 on issues including civil liberties, war, Palestine, “Black Lives Matter,” and immigration, and have been working for months on their anti-Trump organizing campaign."

Jibril Hough, who converted to Islam in 1991, compared himself to Martin Luther King, Jr. Addressing whether the activists attended the Trump event to "cause trouble and get attention," he was quoted as saying, “There may be some truth to that. Dr. Martin Luther King had to strategize to get media attention. These things are orchestrated.”