Occupation End Notes | April 26, 2007
Occupation End Notes, April 26th, 2007
Volume 4 Number 15
In this issue...
1. US Campaign Update: Get Involved with theUS Campaign’s June 10th Mobilization; US Campaign launches June 10th Face Book and MySpace Profiles; Join the CAT National Call to discuss the upcoming shareholder meeting!
2. Member Group Update: New Member Groups; JVP’s 2nd Annual Conference & Job Opening; Boston Palestine Film Festival Call for Entries
3. Resources and Events: Bill Fletcher’s Commentary on ZNet; AFSC’s Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Reading & Discussion Guide; Institute for Palestine Studies Journal Issue 142 is out; Institute for Palestine Studies Policy NoteNo 15; Rachel Corrie Foundation’s Peace Works; Canaan Fair Trade Job Opening
4. Opportunities to Visit Israel and Palestine: Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegations; Global Exchange Delegations; ICAHD Delegations; Join Middle East Fellowship for Palestine Summer Encounter; Join Interfaith Peace-Builders & AFSC on trip to Israel/Palestine; Zajel International Volunteer Work camp; Birthright Unplugged Delegations in July/August 2007; MECA Delegations in August 2007; Volunteer in Tel Rumeida;
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
Are You Coming to DC on June 10-11?
We hope that you're making plans to join the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, United for Peace and Justice, and nearly 200 other organizations in Washington, DC on June 10-11 for a historic two-day mobilization to protest US support for Israel's 40 year-old military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.
participation, we're hoping that this will be the largest-ever protest in the
history of the
Here's a brief update with everything that you need to know to help us organize and mobilize for this protest and attend it:
We've posted a schedule of events taking places on June 10-11, including times for the teach-in, rally, march, cultural event, and grassroots lobbying day training.
You can figure out how to get from event to event by taking a look at the maps and other info that we've posted on our logistics page.
If you or
your organization is organizing bus transportation to
looking for or have transportation to
posted affordable housing options in the
HELP ORGANIZE AND VOLUNTEER
Sign up to help us organize in your community by becoming a June 10 volunteer organizer. When you sign up, we'll send you an organizing packet with postcards, petitions, and posters to help you get the word out.
We're very excited to welcome on board to the staff of the US Campaign Rami Elamine, a long-time Palestine solidarity activist, founding member of SUSTAIN (Stop US Tax-Funded Aid to Israel Now), and editor of Left Turn. Rami is the Local Organizer for the June 10 protest and he can be reached at email@example.com.
We need hundreds of people to get involved in the planning process for the protest and to volunteer on the day of. Fill out a brief on-line form to join the local DC organizing committee. Or if you're coming in from out of town for the weekend and would like to help out, fill out the brief on-line form to volunteer on June 10.
You can also download a variety of organizing resources to help us get the word out, including mobilizing posters, petitions, fliers, and more.
Thursday, April 26, we'll be holding organizing meetings in
ENDORSE AND SIGN THE PETITION BACKING THE POLITICAL DEMANDS
Nearly 200 organizations have endorsed the political demands of the mobilization, which are:
* An end to US military, economic, diplomatic, and corporate support for Israel's illegal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
* A change in US policy to one that supports a just peace between Palestinians and Israelis based on equality, human rights and international law, and the full implementation of all relevant UN resolutions.
You can view a flash map of endorsing organizations and also add your organization's endorsement. Individuals can also sign a petition to their Members of Congress backing the political demands of the mobilization.
You can also read the more detailed call to action, issued by the US Campaign and UFPJ.
SIGN UP FOR JUNE 11 GRASSROOTS LOBBYING DAY
People from 10 states, including those as far away as Washington State, are in the process of setting up meetings with their Members of Congress for the June 11 grassroots lobbying day, sponsored jointly by the US Campaign, UFPJ, and the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
We've posted frequently asked questions about the lobbying day and urge people who are planning on coming to view the list of meetings scheduled to see if someone is setting up meetings for their Members of Congress. If no one is yet setting up meetings with your Members of Congress, you can find out how to set up a meeting. Everyone who is planning on participating should sign up for the lobbying day right away!
SUPPORT THIS MOBILIZATION
We couldn't put this mobilization together without your generous support. We've raised more than � of our goal for our spring fundraising drive. Help put us over the top by making the most generous tax-deductible contribution that you can today.
For a limited time, make a donation of $25 or more and receive a free set of six anti-apartheid posters union-made and suitable-to-frame. Thank you in advance for your generous support!
* Help Organize the June 10 Mobilization
Against the Israeli Occupation
* US Campaign Launches Face Book and MySpace profiles with June 10th & 11th updates and information
We would like to thank Nada El-Eryan, Megan Corro, and Joshua Stephens for their hand at creating and designing Face Book and MySpace pages specially dedicated for the June 10th & 11th Mobilization!
If you do have Face Book or MySpace profiles, please add yourselves to the group and tell your friends about them! We need your support!
Click here to view the Face Book profile http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2399780739
Click here to view the MySpace profile
* Join National Call to discuss Past Actions and Plans for CAT Shareholder Meeting
national actions, local and nationally coordinated, for the
energy and discuss strategy to reinvigorate the national
1.Introductions: Go-around and say name, city/state, organizational affiliation (just one)
2.Review the Purpose of and the agenda for the call
past actions of
possibilities for actions for the
5.Review available resources online and establish strategy for moving forward with National
Join us for this important phone call!
The National CAT Campaign is making a critical impact on the Caterpillar Corporation and the BDS movement!
2. MEMBER GROUP UPDATES:
ŘWomen’s International League for Peace and Freedom – North Carolina
The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
(WILPF) was founded in 1915 with Jane Addams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, as
its first president. WILPF empowers women to work effectively for peace and
justice in over 100
to read more about WILPF –
ŘGeorgia Peace & Justice Coalition
The Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition/Atlanta is
a diverse group of community organizations, faith-based institutions,
students, local organizations, and individuals from across
Click here to read more about Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition
Click here for more information about how your group can join our growing coalition.
* April 28th-29th, 2007: Please join Jewish Voice for Peace at their upcoming conference, "Pursuing Justice for Israel/Palestine: Changing Minds, Challenging US Policy"
meeting April 28-29 in downtown
Visit jewishvoiceforpeace.org for more
info on these extraordinary leaders and activists.
BPFF seeks to present the extraordinary narrative of a dispossessed people living in exile or under Occupation. Palestinian cinema represents a powerful means for visually interpreting the collective identity, historic struggle and emotional expression of Palestinians today.
Click here to read more! (http://www.bostonpalestinefilmfest.org/cfe2007/)
* Job Announcement: Jewish Voice for Peace Searching for National Director
Voice for Peace uses grassroots organizing, education, advocacy, and media
toward the goal of a lasting peace in the
JVP is seeking a National Director to provide overall leadership to an organization that is in the midst of a transition from a San Francisco Bay Area based grassroots organization to a national organization with chapters around the country, a national board, and greater visibility. The National Director will be accountable to the Board.
Click here for more information. (http://www.jewishvoiceforpeace.org/publish/article_713.shtml)
3. RESOURCES AND EVENTS
* April 19th, 2007: US Campaign’s Advisory Board Member Bill Fletcher’s “A Challenge facing pro-Palestinian politics in the USA”
politics in the
Click here to read the Bill Fletcher’s commentary in full. (http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2007-04/19fletcher.cfm)
* AFSC Resource:
The Middle East Peacebuilding Program has just released a new resource -
A Reading and Discussion Guide for
* The latest issue of the Journal of
advantage of the Journal's special arrangement with
Read the full text and more articles by clicking here! (http://www.palestine-studies.org/final/en/journals/issue.php?iid=142&jid=1&vid=XXXVI&vol=203
* Institute for
"low" level of violence between
to read more.
* The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is pleased to announce two very exciting events as part of our annual Peace Works program:
26th through 29th, the Seattle Repertory Theatre
production of My Name is Rachel Corrie will be performed at The
Evergreen State College in
later, on Saturday evening, May 5th, Peace Works will present Voices
of a People’s History at the
Admission - $10
Click here for more information.
seeks qualified personnel to lead its marketing scheme in the
To apply, send a letter of interest and CV, including three references, to Dr. Nasser Abufarha at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT
*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: May 26th-June 9th; July 28th-August 11th; October 27th – November 10th: Interfaith Peace-BuildersDelegations to Israel/Palestine
Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to
* Spring – Fall 2007 Schedule: April 21st – May 1st, August 12th – 22nd, December 2nd – 12th: Global Exchange’s Delegations to Palestine & Israel
Global Exchange’s delegations to
Palestine & Israel provide first-hand exposure to the daily struggles and
realities of Palestinians living under Occupation. The delegations strive
to further the
* Summer 2007: Resisting Occupation—Constructing Peace: 2007 ICAHD Summer Rebuilding Experience
July 14 –
July 29, 2007: For the fifth year in a row, the Israeli Committee Against House
is offering a summer work camp intended to foster learning and friendship
between Palestinians, Israelis and internationals. Twenty five internationals
will work alongside Israelis and Palestinians to rebuild the home of a
Palestinian family whose house has been demolished by the Israeli authorities.
In addition, participants will learn about the facts on the ground through a
full program including presentations from key organizations working for a just
For an application form and all inquiries regarding the camp please contact ICAHD’s International Coordinator, Lucia Pizarro email@example.com. US Participants may contact Richard Wark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 24th – August 16th,
2007: Join Middle
East Fellowship for
Middle East fellowship, in partnership with Holy Land Trust invites you to participate in the fourth annual Palestine Summer Encounter, a two month Arabic-training and volunteer program, starting on May 24th, 2007.
The purpose of the program is to create a dialogue between Palestinians and members of the global community. During the program, participants will learn beginner or intermediate conversational Arabic through language immersion and class and partner with Palestinian non-profit organizations as a volunteer. Click here for more detailed information.
* May 26th – June 9th,
2007: Join Interfaith
Peace-Builders (IFPB) & the Americans Friends
Service Committee (AFSC) to travel to
Delegation to Israel/Palestine
May 26 – June 9, 2007
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IPFB) and the American Friends Service Committee
(AFSC) to travel to Israel/Palestine. June, 2007 marks the 40th anniversary of
the 1967 war and the beginning of the Israeli military occupation of the West
delegation provides a unique opportunity to focus on the current situation in
Israel/Palestine and understand the effects of the ongoing Israeli occupation.
Your on-the-ground experience will enrich your understanding of the conflict as
you meet courageous Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice,
and witness the current realities of life in
Click here for more information.
* June 2nd – 20th, 2007: Zajel International Voluntary Work Camp
The international summer work camp, “Step in the right direction”, will bring together 25 young people from around the world who are interested in helping create a better world. We are specifically targeting people who are working with organizations led by young people that address humanitarian issues and social justice. We strongly encourage highly motivated and serious young men and women to apply.
For more information, please click here (http://youth.zajel.org/summer_camps/camp2007/announcing.htm)
* July 20th-25th and August 20th-25th, 2007: Birthright Unplugged Delegations to Israel/Palestine
Are you thinking of going to Palestine/Israel this summer?
Are you interested in meeting Palestinian families, activists, community leaders, and political figures, and learning about life under occupation? Are you committed to turning education into action and working for justice?
Then BIRTHRIGHT UNPLUGGED is for you!
for a 6-day educational trip through the
Birthright Unplugged trips will run from JULY 20-25, 2007 and AUGUST 20-25, 2007.Dates are subject to change.
The application deadline is Tuesday, MAY 15, 2007.Trips run every summer and winter.
While Birthright Unplugged is designed primarily for Jewish people, we welcome people of all backgrounds on our trips.We also welcome individuals of all ages, and have traveled with people ages 9-70.
For more information about the itinerary, costs, trip leaders, and application materials, visit www.birthrightunplugged.org.
* MECA Delegation August 2007: Come with MECA to Palestine/Israel!
seventeen years, MECA has taken small groups to the West Bank,
For information, please contact:
Deborah Agre or Josie Shields-Stromsness email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Volunteer in Tel Rumeida!
Rumeida Project is an organization solely for work purposes (i.e. it is not
an organization for its own sake.) Therefore, volunteers are expected to
be able to function well with instruction and independently. Volunteers will be
working in the neighborhood of Tel Rumeida,
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