Thayer Hastings

Thayer Hastings (Alternative Information Center - AIC): Thayer received his BA degree in International Studies with a focus on Human Rights and the Middle East at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and graduated in June of 2011. After graduation, Thayer worked as a research assistant on human rights at an international development consulting firm, Williamsworks. He also contributed regularly to Real Change, a street newspaper based in Seattle, and interned in South Africa. After his fellowship Thayer wrote: “My fellowship with the AIC has exposed me to the application of grassroots organizing and information dissemination. AIC's advocacy work is natural, extremely well connected and morally honed. I have had the opportunity to utilize the AIC's network and reputation in order to deepen my understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and develop my writing skills. The broad issues and experiences I have encountered through my fellowship will have lasting impressions on my continuing work on Palestinian human rights issues.”



BORDER CROSSINGS

06 Aug

Yesterday, I may have missed the opportunity of a lifetime.

The figure rocked back and forth on his feet, supported his old frame with hands to his thighs as he bent down on his knees and finally prostrated eastward. I watched while he remained completely internal, focused on his inward dialogue. Or, whatever occurs in a state of prayer – how would I know?

My mistake was to keep walking.

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Posted By Thayer Hastings

Posted Aug 6th, 2012