Occupation End Notes | August 4, 2005
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3. Events: Conference: Wheels of Justice Tour; Stop the Wall Tour; Bereaved Families Speaking Tour
1. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
*The US Campaign just completed its 4th Annual Organizers Conference in Atlanta, GA from July 29 – August 1. It was an exciting weekend during which participants worked hard to set the national agenda for the US Campaign coalition in the upcoming year. The members voted to adopt the Caterpillar campaign as the coalition’s national focus, and work has already begun on implementing plans for mobilizing around the country to end Caterpillar sales to the Israeli military. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Organizers’ Conference. We are in the process of producing a comprehensive conference report that will be available online in the next few weeks.
Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) accepted the 1st Annual Edward Said Human Rights Award. At the conference, she became the first Member of Congress to publicly pledge not to take money from the Caterpillar corporation because of the human rights violations against Palestinians committed with CAT bulldozers by the Israeli army
* WE HAVE A WINNER! On Sunday, July 31 we closed our July raffle for the free Global Exchange Reality Tour and the signed books by prominent authors. And the winners are…
Global Exchange Palestine/Israel Reality Tour – Richard Toll
Signed books – Manal Milhem, Mary Williams, Frederick Hadeed, and Thomas Rowan.
Congratulations to all of the winners, and thanks to everyone who contributed to our July fundraiser. You contributions make our work possible!
*On Sunday, August 14th in Chicago, IL the US Campaign will host a benefit concert and organizing meeting featuring Palestinian American rapper the Iron Sheik and Sephardic Jewish folk singer Elena Rubin. For more information visit click here
* Kymberlie Quong Charles, the US Campaign’s Membership Outreach Coordinator, will lead Global Exchange’s upcoming Palestine/Israel Reality Tour from August 21-31. Tour participants will have the opportunity to meet with Israeli and Palestinians, to learn about organizations that are working for peace and justice for both people, and to travel around the West Bank, Jerusalem, and Israel. For more information about Global Exchange Palestine/Israel Reality Tours click here
* The US Campaign is co-sponsoring the Peace Alliance’s Department of Peace Conference, Sept. 10-12. Join the US Campaign in Washington, DC for a great conference to advocate for the creation of a US Department of Peace. For more information, click here
In mid-August Israel will begin implementing its plan to "disengage" from the Gaza Strip. There has been a lot of global debate about whether the plan is a sound first step toward peace between Palestinians and Israelis, or whether this plan will be used by the Sharon government to absolve itself of its responsibilities as an occupying power. There is also much speculation about how the disengagement from Gaza relates to Sharon’s plan for the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
We’re including the following articles as resources for you to use in your educational efforts around the Gaza disengagement. We hope to be able to make these resources and many more available on our website shortly.
The Gaza "Disengagement", by Phyllis Bennis
The Reconfigured Occupation: Gaza Disengagement Will Not Ease Suffering for Palestinian Women and Families, Produced by MADRE
* August 26: New York City
Screening of new film, Wall, by Simone Bitton. For more information click here
4. OPPORTUNITIES TO VISIT ISRAEL AND PALESTINE
*June 25 - August 21, 2005: International Solidarity Movement
Freedom Summer. Freedom Summer Palestine 2005 is a Palestinian
nonviolent campaign against Israeli occupation. This summer, with the
participation of international supporters, Palestinians will continue
their long-standing mobilization for nonviolent direct action against
the Israeli occupation and draw the world's attention to what is really
happening in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Two-day training
sessions will be conducted by ISM trainers every Sunday and Monday of
Freedom Summer in Ramallah. On completion of training, groups of
internationals will be dispatched to various regions to join local
nonviolent resistance activities. For more information write: firstname.lastname@example.org
*October 8-17: American Friends Service Committee Faces of Hope Olive Harvest Delegation
This delegation is an excellent opportunity to observe and participate in the nonviolent resistance movement to the Israeli occupation. This movement brings together Palestinians, Israelis, and internationals to support the Palestinian olive harvest. The olive harvest season in the West Bank is generally a time of great community activism, where people of all ages work together to pick olives and join farmers as they reap their harvest. Application deadline is July 22, 2005. For more information click here