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Unless noted otherwise, all events will take place at Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North (1380 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA 30344). 

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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.


  • Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore
  • Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter 
  • Nada Elia, Organizing Committee of US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel 
  • Ruby Sales, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer in Alabama and Georgia from 1963-1966
  • Yousef Munayyer (Moderator), Executive Director of US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Saturday, September 26

We All Live in Gaza Photo Exhibit

Onsite Registration and Breakfast 

Opening and Networking Session


  • A Biblical Alternative to Christian Zionism 
  • Free Speech, Except for Palestine? A Sneak Peak at Palestine Legal and JVP's Forthcoming Reports  
  • From Block the Boat to Stopping Urban Shield- Anti-Policing and Anti-Imperialism: Palestine as a Site of Global Struggle
  • Israel, a Democracy?: Building an International Public Campaign for Equality, Justice and Freedom
  • Lessons learned on the Hill: Advocacy efforts for the "No Way to Treat a Child Campaign" 
  • Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back Film Screening and Discussion 

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.


  • Ahmad Abuznaid, co-founder and Legal & Policy Director of Dream Defenders
  • Aja Monet, internationally established poet, performer, singer, songwriter, educator, and human rights advocate
  • Loubna Qutami, active member of and the former International General Coordinator of the Palestinian Youth Movement 
  • Sarah Schulman, professor of humanities at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and author of Israel/Palestine and the Queer International
  • Kristian Davis Bailey (Moderator), Black4Palestine 


  • BDS 101: Building a Campaign
  • From Gaza to Ferguson- A Story of a Death Foretold
  • Protesting with Panache
  • Students for Justice in Palestine Meetup
  • Taking Advantage of the Political Moment: Broadening Our Base 

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


  • Advertising as a Tool for Advocacy 
  • Business of Backlash 
  • Don't Get Co-Opted: Developing Strategies to Combat Creeping Normalcy 
  • Make the News: Best Practices for Grabbing Headlines & Getting Your Message Out
  • Teach Palestine: Resources for Teachers and Educators to Bring Palestine into the Classroom

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. )

Screening of Detaining Dreams

Detaining Dreams is an intimate new documentary featuring the stories of 4 Palestinian children and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention.


  • Boycott Birthright
  • The Boycott Doesn't End at the Green Line: Why Boycotting SodaStream is More Important Than Ever
  • Cultural Boycott 
  • Fighting Anti-BDS Legislation
  • Organizing Rasmea's Defense Campaign: Lessons Two Years On
  • Transnational Movement Building – Linking and Enlarging Shared Struggles for Social Justice in Black America and Palestine 

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.


  • Majd Kayyal, Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
  • Paige Murphy, The Red Nation
  • Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director of Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights 
  • Nelini Stamp, Co-Director of Rise Up Georgia 
  • Jeff Haas (Moderator), founding member of the People's Law Office

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.