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    “People inspired by democracy, human rights and economic opportunity will turn their back decisively against extremism.”
    – Benazir Bhutto, Former Prime Minister of Pakistan,
    Human Rights Activist

About

Invest in Peace is a coalition of Bay Area community activists, business owners, academics, elected officials and leaders from labor, non-profit and faith-based groups. We believe the best way to end violence in the Middle East is to create economic and people-to-people partnerships among Palestinians and Israelis. As Californians, we can also play a role in expanding economic opportunities for all of us through shared ideas, direct investment and creative non-profit, business and environmental practices.

The Invest in Peace community believes in a two-state solution with an independent, autonomous and economically viable Palestinian state living side-by-side with a democratic, Jewish state of Israel.

We support non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are building a shared future among Palestinians, Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs. We support businesses in Israel and Palestine building an economic infrastructure that supports both Israelis and Palestinians. We support direct investment by California funds and technology companies in Palestinian and Israeli firms that hire across both groups. We support joint ventures that employ Palestinians, Israelis and Californians in California.

We oppose measures that would limit or discourage this investment and harm employment opportunities for Palestinians, Israelis and Californians.

These partnerships are more powerful than any military action or economic sanction. They have the potential to change history. Espen Barth Eide, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum, said it best: “Never underestimate the role of economic opportunity in creating secure and just societies and stopping violence and extremism.”

Who We Are

Supporters

Aaron Peskin, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
Abe Friedman, Former Mayor of Piedmont*
Abel Guillén, Oakland City Councilmember*
Ahmed F. Alkhatib, Palestinian American Aviation Visionary and Founder of Project Unified Assistance*
Ahsha Safai, M.C.P., Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
Alex Bernstein, JCRC Board of Directors*
Alex Randolph, San Francisco City College Trustee*
Alexander Fromm Lurie, JCRC Board of Directors*
Alison Bernstein, Berkeley Police Review Commissioner*
Allan Low, San Francisco Recreation & Park Commission Vice President*
Amy Bacharach, former San Francisco City College Trustee*
Andrea Shorter, San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women President*
Angeles Roy, San Francisco Young Democrats President*
Anna Damiani, LGBTQ Community Activist*
Cantor Arik Luck, Congregation Emanu-El*
Armand Domalewski, San Francisco community activist*
Art Agnos, Former Mayor of San Francisco*
Arthur Wachtel, Haifa-San Francisco Sister City Committee Chair*
Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, Congregation Beth Sholom*
Rabbi Batshir Torchio, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Senior Educator*
Becca Perata, City of Alameda Civic Leader*
Ben Allen, California State Senator*
Ben Klafter, JCRC Board of Directors*
Rabbi Beth Singer, Congregation Emanu-El*
Pastor BK Woodson, Bay Area Christian Connection*
Brian Leubitz, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Co-Chair*
Bruce Agid, South Beach and Mission Bay Community Leader*
Bryan Parker, Former Oakland Port Commissioner*
Rabbi Camille Angel, The Brandeis School of San Francisco*
Rabbi Carla Fenves, Congregation Emanu-El*
Carmen Chu, City and County of San Francisco Assessor*
Catherine Stefani, San Francisco County Clerk*
Rabbi Corey Helfand, Peninsula Sinai Congregation*
Chris Cunnie, San Francisco Police Officers Association Past President*
Chuck Collins, YMCA of San Francisco President and CEO*
Corey Smith, RFK, Jr. Democratic Club Board of Directors*
Rabbi Dan Feder, Peninsula Temple Sholom*
Dan Kalb, Oakland City Councilmember*
Danielle Banks, Project Level Co-Founder*
David Kiachko, JCRC Assembly Member*
Debra Walker, Artist & San Francisco Building Inspection Commission Member*
Dennis Herrera, San Francisco City Attorney*
Dennis Kelly, United Educators of San Francisco (UESF) Past President*
Rev. Doug Huneke, Chaplain to the Southern Marin Fire Protection District, Sausalito Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office*
Ed Lee, Mayor of San Francisco*
Elmy Bermejo, San Francisco Commission on the Environment Commissioner*
Emily Murase, San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner*
Eva Seligman-Kennard, JCRC Board of Directors*
Francis Tsang, Office of Mayor Ed Lee Deputy Chief of Staff*
Gabriel Medina, Mission Economic Development Agency Policy Manager*
Gabriel Metcalf, SPUR President & CEO*
Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor of California*
George Gascon, San Francisco District Attorney*
Heidi Kuhn, Roots of Peace Founder & CEO*
Hene Kelly, California Democratic Party Region 6 Director*
Henry Stern, California State Senator*
Ignacio De La Fuente, Labor Activist and former Oakland City Councilmember*
Isaac Kos-Read, Propulsar MX CEO
Jacquelyn Omotalade, San Francisco Commission on the Environment President*
James Loduca, Community Activist*
Jasmine Conrad, Community Arts Activist*
Jason Elliott, Office of the San Francisco Mayor Deputy Chief of Staff*
Rabbi Jason Gwasdoff, Temple Israel*
Rabbi Jason Rodich, Congregation Emanu-El*
Jeff Bialik, Catholic Charities SF Executive Director*
Jeff Kositsky, SF Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing Director*
Jeff Sheehy, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
Jennifer Wolfe, JCRC Board of Directors*
Jerilyn Gelt, JCRC Board of Directors*
Jess Montejano, Past Co-Chair, Latinos Unidos*
Jill Wynns, Past Member, San Francisco Board of Education*
Jim Salinas, Sr., Former San Francisco Carpenters Union Executive Officer*
John Perez, California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus*
Rabbi Jonathan Singer, Congregation Emanu-El*
Judy Bloom, JCRC Board of Directors*
Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller, Congregation Sherith Israel*
Justin Jones, the United Democratic Club President*
Karen Kronick, JCRC Board of Directors*
Karen Schiller, JCRC Assembly member*
Kaushik Roy, Executive Director of the Shanti Project*
Kimberly Brandon, San Francisco Port Commission Vice President*
Kish Rajan, Former Director of the CA Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development*
Kriss Worthington. Berkeley City Councilmember*
Larry Griffin, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers(IFPTE) Local 21 At-Large Vice President*
Larry Reid, Oakland City Councilmember*
Leah Pimentel, RiseSF Committee Member, Bayview Advocate*
Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland*
Louise Fischer, Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club Co-Chair*
Malia Cohen, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
Marjan Philhour, Local Business Owner, Community Advocate*
Rabbi Mark Bloom, Temple Beth Abraham*
Mark Farrell, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors*
Mark Leno, past member, California State Senate*
Marc Levine, California State Assembly Member*
Cantor Marsha Attie, Congregation Emanu-El*
Marty Schenker, JCRC Board of Directors*
Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Board of Rabbis of Northern California Executive Director*
Mary Jung, San Francisco Democratic Party*
Matt Haney, San Francisco Board of Education Member*
Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Netivot Shalom*
Michael Colbruno, Port of Oakland Commission President*
Myrna Melgar, San Francisco Planning Commission Member*
Rabbi Nathaniel Ezray, Congregation Beth Jacob*
Nick Josefowitz, BART Board*
Olga Miranda, SEIU 87 President*
Patti Joselewitz, JCRC Board of Directors*
Father Paul Fitzgerald, University of San Francisco President*
Paul Henderson, Public Safety for the Office of the Mayor of San Francisco Deputy Chief of Staff*
Rev. Dr. Paul Watermulder,First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame Retired Pastor*
Dr. Pratima Gupta, San Francisco Democratic Party 3rd Vice-Chair*
Rafael Mandelman, San Francisco City College Trustee*
Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Councilmember*
Richard Bougere, Project Level Co-Founder*
Rodney Fong, San Francisco Planning Commission President*
Rosalind Franklin, JCRC Board of Directors*
Rabbi Ryan Bauer, Congregation Emanu-El*
Sandy Mori, Kimochi, Inc. Senior Community Center Founding Member*
Scott Wiener, California State Senator*
Shamann Walton, San Francisco Board of Education President*
Shanell Williams, San Francisco City College Trustee*
Shawn Whalen, Senior Project Officer of College Futures*
Sophie Hahn, Berkeley City Councilmember*
Steve Nakajo, Kimochi, Inc. Senior Community Center Executive Director Emeritus*
Steve Ngo, Former San Francisco City College Trustee*
Susan Wengraf, Berkeley City Councilmember*
Suzy Loftus, San Francisco Police Commission immediate past-President*
Rabbi Sydney Mintz, Congregation Emanu-El*
Teddy Gray King, Piedmont City Councilmember*
Theo Ellington, San Francisco Black Young Democrats President*
Tom Temprano, San Francisco City College Trustee*
Tomiquia Moss, Executive Director & CEO Hamilton Families*
Vince Courtney, Jr., Recording Secretary Laborers' International Union of North America, Local 261*
Zach Wasserman, Chair of San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission*
Zoe Dunning, Former San Francisco Democratic Party 1st Vice-Chair*

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only