Occupation End Notes | July 26, 2007
Occupation End Notes, July 26, 2007
Volume 5 Number 2
In this issue...
2. Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions: U.S. Unions Organize Against British Boycott; Protest at CAT Annual Shareholder Meeting a Huge Success!
3. Member Group Update: US Campaign’s Steering Committee Phyllis Bennis on Bush’s New Middle East Plan; Institute for Palestine Studies Policy Notes No. 18 Why Does Bush Talk About Israel’s Negev and Galilee?; Tuesdays Open Gaza Campaign, sponsored by the Rebuilding Alliance
4. Opportunities to Visit
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is
excited to announce its 6th Annual National Organizers' Conference, September
Each year, delegates of member organizations of the US Campaign come together to network, strategize, decide upon priorities for the upcoming year, and elect a new Steering Committee to guide the work of the coalition.
It's not too early to start making your plans to attend this year's conference. For conference FAQ's, logistical details, registration, a draft agenda, a list of member organizations in good standing, and a form for Steering Committee nominations, please click here.
This year's annual conference will be extremely important! All member groups of the US Campaign should start making plans to send delegates today. We'll be discussing the political situation and its implications for our work in the United States, next steps forward on the Anti-Apartheid Framework and Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions work, the 60th anniversary of al-Nakba, the functioning of the coalition and much more. For a complete draft agenda, click here.
VOTING & MEMBER GROUPS IN GOOD STANDING
Please note that while individuals and member groups of the US Campaign are encouraged to attend the conference, only delegates of member groups in good standing are allowed to submit proposals and vote at the conference. "In good standing" means that your group has paid its membership dues for 2007. Annual membership dues are set at between $100-$1,000 or more depending on the size and budget of the group. To check to see if your group is in good standing and will be able to submit proposals and vote, click here. To check to see if your group has joined the US Campaign, click here. If your group would like to join the US Campaign, click here. If your group needs to pay membership dues to be in good standing, please contact Omar Masri, Office Manager, at 202-332-0994 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make payment arrangements.
STEERING COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS
At each National Organizers' Conference, voting delegates elect four new members to the US Campaign's 12-person Steering Committee for a three-year term. The Steering Committee is the highest decision-making body of the US Campaign in between conferences.
To read more about the responsibilities of being a member of the Steering Committee and to submit a nomination, please click here.
As you make your plans to attend the 6th Annual National Organizers' Conference, be sure to check out the logistical pages that we've posted to our web site. To read our Frequently Asked Questions about the conference, click here. You can also find directions for how to get to the conference by clicking here. We've reserved a bloc of motel rooms across the street from the conference at a special group rate. For more details, click here. Also, if you'd like to share housing or a ride to the conference, be sure to post your information to our housing board and ride board.
Registration for the US Campaign 6th Annual National Organizers' Conference is now open. To register, click here.
forward to seeing you in
* REMINDER:National Conference Call on
9:00 pm EST
NOTE: If you have
already registered, please do NOT register again. The
Campaign will present a telephone teach-in on Monday, July 30 at 9:00PM EST to
provide some basic background on the political crisis going on in
NADIA HIJAB, from the Institute for Palestine Studies, will provide an overview on the Palestinian dimensions of the crisis. Hijab serves on the US Campaign Advisory Board;
PHYLLIS BENNIS, from the Institute for Policy
Studies and the US Campaign Steering Committee, will look at the role
Please RSVP to attend this call. Space is limited!
To register, send an email to email@example.com with:
·Name of participant
·Primary phone number
background information on the
1. If you are not speaking or asking to speak, please mute yourself. On many phones you can mute by pressing 6 or the mute feature. Just before it is your turn to speak, unmute yourself by pressing 6 or the mute feature again.
2. Stack: When we begin the Question & Answer section, the facilitator will ask who would like to be on the stack. That's conference call lingo for "who has a question?" Since she/he can't see you raise your hand, please call out your name (e.g. "James, stack"). The facilitator will make a list of people who want to speak, then she/he will call off names from the list. When your name is called, it is your turn to speak. When all the people on the list (stack) have had a chance to speak, the facilitator will ask if she/he should start another stack (if there is time), and we repeat the process. The facilitator may decide to take several questions at a time before asking panelists to respond. To ensure that a range of voices are heard (race, gender, geography, organization, etc.), the facilitator will use her judgment as to whether to change the order of the stack or ask people to step back.
3. Questions: To give the widest number of people the chance to ask questions, please limit your question to 30 seconds maximum. Also, if it is your turn to ask a question, please do ask a question rather than make a comment or launch a polemic (we've all been in meetings where that's happened!). The facilitator reserves the right to ask for conversations better suited for another forum to be moved to US Campaign's discussion list.
4. Help your facilitator: Facilitating a conference call with tens of unseen people is not an easy task. Please support your facilitator by respecting his/her judgment as to how to proceed. If the facilitator needs help and you have a suggestion as to how to proceed, please call out your name (e.g. "James, procedural suggestion").
Talk to you Monday, July 30!
2. BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT, & SANCTIONS
Click here to read more. (http://www.forward.com/articles/11251/)
Click here to read more about how your union can held end Israeli Apartheid! (http://www.endtheoccupation.org/downloads/AAF%20Unions%20.pdf)
to read more about how to get involved in the Boycott campaigns around the
* Protest at
Protesters gathered this year inside and outside the
Annual Caterpillar Shareholder Meeting on June 13 in
Click here for full story recounted by activist, Joe Carr
Click here for full text of Sydney Levy's speech
3. MEMBER GROUP UPDATE:
* July 24th, 2007:
Bush Launches a New
By Phyllis Bennis, Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. Her newest book is Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer available at http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?list=type&type=142
York Times' senior correspondent Steven Erlanger immediately acknowledged
that Bush's latest "vision," a U.S.-Israeli-Fatah alliance creating a
Click here to read more! (http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=22&ItemID=13369)
* July 27th, 2007:
Why Does Bush Talk About Israel’s Negev and
By Nadia Hijab, Senior Fellow
unusual for the president of one country to take an interest in regional
development in another country. Yet
Click here to read more! (http://palestine-studies.org/final/en/bn/viewbndetails.php?bnid=32)
* Tuesdays Open
Gaza Campaign, sponsored by the Rebuilding Alliance
OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT
*Spring - Fall 2007 Schedule: July 28th-August 11th; October 27th – November 10th: Interfaith Peace-BuildersDelegations to Israel/Palestine
Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) sends delegations to
* 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.
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!
Join us 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.
* Summer – Fall 2007 Schedule: 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
* MECA Delegation August 2007: Come with MECA to Palestine/Israel!
For seventeen years, MECA has taken small groups to the
For information, please contact:
Deborah Agre or Josie Shields-Stromsness firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
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