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Dear Friend,

Unfortunately, I’m so sorry to let you know that that the Middle East Children’s Alliance and I have decided that, due to concerns about the Corona virus, we have decided to cancel the public talk I was planning to give in San Francisco on March 21st. I still hope to find a way at some point to share my thoughts with you about “What Hope for Palestine – And Beyond? The World After 2020.”

In the meantime, I have a special request for people who have already purchased tickets.

I’ve been pleased—and in fact honored—to lend what support I can to MECA since it’s origins more than thirty years ago. They do powerful courageous work of enormous significance for children under occupation and under military attack.

The March event was intended to raise $40,000, so that MECA can support the basic needs of Palestinian children and refugees in Syria. Additionally we have just learned that there is a State of Emergency in Palestine due to the virus.

So, I’m asking now if you would be willing to donate your ticket purchase? If so, there’s nothing else you need to do!

If that’s not possible, I understand. To get a full or partial refund of your ticket, contact City Box Office no later than 4pm on March 21, 2020: orders@cityboxoffice.com, or call 415-392-4400.

Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain and trying times. We are all in this together.

Noam Chomsky
MECA Founding Advisor and Supporter




Back by Popular Demand: NOAM CHOMSKY

Speaking on “What Hope for Palestine–and Beyond?

The World After 2020”


Featuring musical performance by Naima Shalhoub & Excentrik

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 7:30pm

Sidney Goldstein Theatre
275 Hayes Street, San Francisco
(Formerly the Nourse, near Civic Center BART)

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$29, $49, $69, $99 — Available from City Box Office online or by phone 415-392-4400.
All seats are reserved. Sorry, no refunds.

$250 Tickets: Apologies from MECA. The $250 tickets with the reception are SOLD OUT.

Questions? Call 510-548-0542 or email Penny@mecaforpeace.org

Note: The Balcony and Loge are not wheelchair accessible and there are no elevators. For those who use wheelchairs or scooters, disability seating is available (2 seats together) in the Orchestra; contact City Box Office for these seats: http://www.CityBoxOffice.com/NoamChomsky, 415-392-4400.

Professor NOAM CHOMSKY is one of the most influential public intellectuals in the world today. An outspoken U.S. political activist, social critic, philosopher, and historian – and a ground-breaking linguist – he is Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and currently teaches at the University of Arizona. The most recent of his 100+ books is “Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power.” Noam Chomsky is one of the most cited scholars in modern history and is a founding member of MECA’s Advisory Board.

Daniel Ellsberg is a world renowned whistle-blower who leaked “The Pentagon Papers,” which was instrumental in strengthening opposition to the Vietnam War.

Naima Shalhoub and Tarik “Excentrik” Kazaleh

Naima Shalhoub and Excentrik – Naima Shalhoub and Tarik Kazaleh – are Oakland-based Arab American musicians who draw upon their Arab music traditions and American soul.

A Benefit for the Children of Palestine, wheelchair accessible, cosponsored by KPFA

www.mecaforpeace.org, 510-548-0542