Unless noted otherwise, all events will take place at Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North (1380 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA 30344).
Friday, September 25
The opening panel will take place at First Iconium Baptist Church (542 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316). If you are staying at the conference hotel, there will be transportation provided to and from the church. Buses will head to the church from the hotel at around 5:00pm.
6:30pm: Onsite Registration
From Atlanta to Palestine: Continuing the Struggle for Freedom (Free and Open to the Public)
This year marks 50 years since the voting rights marches from Selma to Montgomery. The past year has also witnessed what some are calling the second longest protest in U.S. history as black youth in Ferguson and nationwide demand justice and an end to racist policing. Our opening panel will focus on lessons we can learn from historic freedom struggles, the importance of those working for Palestinian rights being in solidarity with other movements, and how we can support justice for all and resistance to racism from Baltimore to Haifa, from Ferguson to Ramallah, and beyond.
Saturday, September 26
Onsite Registration and Breakfast
Opening and Networking Session
Lunch and Regional Networking
Moving Forward, Looking Back: Lessons & Visions for Cross-Movement Solidarity
This panel will provide different perspectives on the practice of cross-movement solidarity with the Palestinian struggle. Using stories from specific moments in their own organizing as well as from historic solidarity efforts, panelists will discuss their own experiences as participants in other struggles engaging in Palestine solidarity work and as Palestinians engaging with other struggles in the US. From these examples, participants will take away principles, challenges, and room for growth in their own solidarity efforts with Palestine and liberation movements within the US.
Steering Committee Elections
BDS@10: Advancing a Mass Movement for Palestine (Free and Open to the Public)
Our evening session will feature poets Remi Kanazi and Aja Monet, vocalist and musician Naima Shalhoub, and Palestinian activist Bassem Tamimi from Nabi Saleh. The keynote address will be delivered by Rev. Osagyefo Sekou who traveled to Ferguson, MO after the police killing of Michael Brown to organize alongside local and national groups. We will also be honoring Palestinian American community leader Rasmea Odeh with the Damu Smith Memorial Activist award. Join us to celebrate the increasing success of BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) campaigns 10 years after Palestinian civil society issued the call and to reflect on how we can continue to build a mass movement for freedom, justice, and equality for all.
Sunday, September 27
Lunch and Networking
US Campaign Member Group Town Hall
Meet with US Campaign staff and Steering Committee members. (For individuals affiliated with US Campaign member groups only. )
Detaining Dreams is an intimate new documentary featuring the stories of 4 Palestinian children and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention.
Undeterred: Struggling for Justice In the Face of Backlash
Repression campaigns targeting student organizers, anti-BDS legislation, and prosecution of Palestinian American leaders like Rasmea Odeh are some recent examples of the mounting backlash against Palestine activists in the US. This session will focus on different challenges facing movements today both here and abroad and how we can fight back in ways that strengthen all of our work for freedom.
Closing and Announcement of Steering Committee Winners
Screening of The Wanted 18 (Free and Open to the Public)
In this award-winning documentary, directors Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan bring to life a remarkable story of nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada. It’s 1987 and the Israeli army is in hot pursuit of 18 dairy cows in the town of Beit Sahour. The cows are declared a threat to Israel’s national security after a group of Palestinians begin producing milk for the town’s residents to provide alternatives to replace Israeli goods. The Israeli soldiers find themselves in a game of cat-and-mouse as the residents work together to shuttle the cows from barn to barn.