Connecting grassroots groups in East and West Jerusalem

Grassroots Jerusalem sets out to provide an “Evolving Map” of the current grassroots activities and organizations working in the Jerusalem area. We provide a picture of what is currently happening on the ground, the pending urgent issues, the local assets and solutions, and where support is needed to further the work.

Grassroots Jerusalem does not discriminate between Israeli or Palestinian initiatives, nor does it categorize according to religion or political affiliation. We believe that everyone is entitled to their piece of the puzzle, and their own opinion. What interests us is what is actually being done, not what is merely being said.

Grassroots activists recognize that despite the many cultural differences and contrast of political opinions, we still have much in common. Human rights, Justice, Nonviolent Communication, Social and Environmental Sustainability are just a few of the values we share. Grassroots organizations have a connection and knowledge of Jerusalem from the “bottom up”. These provide the fertile ground on which to build relationships. We recognize the impracticality of true Peace, so long as our mainstream societies fail to address the urgent issues we are collectively attending to.

The goal is not to push certain political agendas, or create umbrella organizations and coalitions. The goal is:

· To shed light and realize the vast network of some (very special) everyday people, stepping up and finding creative solutions for age-old “unsolvable” challenges.

· To help each other grow and evolve. To be more efficient in our separate goals, and more effective in our collective outcome.

With a clear view of our resources: people, funding, professional consult, global outreach, original ideas, inspiration and spirit, we recognize ourselves for what we are, and realize the true potential we can only reach together. Together we take steps towards creating an organic, grassroots strategy geared for the reality we wish to share and eventually: Peace.

1. To provide an objective source of information about grassroots initiatives throughout greater Jerusalem that is easily accessible & available for all

2. To build a platform for networking between grassroots organizations and active individuals both within Jerusalem and with communities worldwide

3. http://www.grassrootsjerusalem.org