Lawrence organizers to hold potluck event in support of Palestinian community members

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Lawrence organizers are hoping to create healing through a community gathering and potluck meal in support of local Palestinian people this weekend.

“This event is in support of those in our community who have been impacted by the violence throughout Palestine,” the event’s signup sheet says. “This is open to all religious affiliations and ethnicities while being specifically in service of Palestinian students, families and others.”


Alex Kimball Williams, Lawrence artist and community organizer, is working alongside several other organizers to host the Community Healing Gathering. Kimball Williams said the event will include healing activities, kids’ activities, guest speakers and live music. There will also be a free potluck.

Community members and restaurant and business owners are encouraged to contribute to the potluck, but doing so is optional. 

The event’s signup sheet says dishes of all kinds, including desserts, are welcome. Organizers ask that foods containing pork, as well as foods with major allergens — like gluten, dairy and eggs — please be clearly labeled. 

Attendees can also bring donations, such as food or other items for care packages.

The Community Healing Gathering is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Sunrise Project, 1501 Learnard Ave. in Lawrence. It’s free to attend, and no registration is required. All ages are welcome.

Volunteer to donate, prepare a dish for the potluck, or assist with setup and other tasks on the event’s signup sheet via Setup begins at 4 p.m., and anyone planning to drop off food should arrive then, too.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information. For additional support or for questions about the event, contact Kimball Williams via email at

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