Occupation End Notes | July 7, 2005
In this issue...
1. REGISTER NOW for the US Campaign’s 4th Annual National Organizers’ Conference – July 29-August 1, 2005 in Atlanta, GA
1. REGISTER NOW – US Campaign 4th Annual Regional Organizers’ Conference , Atlanta, GA
The US Campaign’s 4th National Organizers’ Conference will take place on the weekend of July 29- August 1, 2005 in Atlanta, GA. The National Organizers’ Conference is an opportunity for activists from around the United States to network, strategize, and share skills. It is also the time when our membership elects a new steering committee and votes to set the agenda for the upcoming year.
DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!
If you haven’t made travel plans yet, you might want to check out AirTran and Delta, which both have hubs in Atlanta and are running sale fares right now.
Drawing on input from our membership, and from our experience with developing the last two national organizers’ conferences, we have created a conference agenda that gives you more opportunities to strategize and network with each other with minimal lectures and panel presentations. Our goals for this conference are:
We will also have special performances by Dave Lippman performing Star of Goliath, plus poetry and hip hop by the Philistines, Joe Carr and more!!!
For information on the agenda and logistics in Atlanta click here
If you intend to submit campaign proposals, workshop proposals, or online steering committee nominations, be sure to submit before the deadlines!
July 15, 2005: Last day to submit Campaign and Workshop Proposals
July 25, 2005: Last day to submit online Steering Committee Nominations
July 27, 2005: Last day to request Vendor and Display Tables
2. US CAMPAIGN UPDATE
*July 9, 2005 marks the one-year
anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s ruling on the
illegality of Israel’s wall in the West Bank. Join the international
community in commemorating this important day by holding educational
events in your community about the Wall. For more information and to
download the Stop the Wall Campaign’s new resource entitled Do-it-yourself Apartheid in Palestine: Israel, the World Bank, and "Sustainable Development" of Palestinian Ghettos, click here. To send a message to your elected representatives protesting new US funding for Israel’s illegal wall, click here
* From June 24-26 the US Campaign, in partnership with the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project in Madison, WI, conducted an Upper Midwest Regional Organizers’ Conference. Representatives from more than 20 grassroots groups in the upper Midwest gathered to share skills and to strategize to end US support for Israel’s illegal occupation. For a full conference report click here
3. EDUCATION & RESOURCES
*On June 24, 2005 the Anglican Church's international advisory body voted to urge the church to consider withdrawing its investments in companies that support the occupation of Palestinian territories. By voting to support the divestment measure, the Anglican Consultative Council, the church's most representative advisory group, recommended to its 38 provinces that they support a September 2004 report by the council's Peace and Justice Network, which condemns Israel's treatment of Palestinians, and calls on the 75-million-member church to challenge and exert moral pressure on companies in its investment portfolio that support the occupation.
* On July 5, 2005 the 25th General Synod of the United Church of Christ USA passed a resolution entitled Concerning Use of Economic Leverage in Promoting Peace in the Middle East. The resolution calls upon "the Covenanted Ministries, Pension Boards, United Church Foundation, Conferences, local churches and members to use economic leverage, including, but not limited to: advocating the reallocation of U.S. foreign aid so that the militarization of the Middle East is constrained; making positive contributions to groups and partners committed to the non-violent resolution of the conflict; challenging the practices of corporations that gain from the continuation of the conflict; and divesting from those companies that refuse to change their practices of gain from the perpetuation of violence, including the Occupation..." For the United Church of Christ’s report on this important decision click here
*Human Rights Watch has published a new report entitled Promoting Impunity: The Israeli Army’s Failure to Investigate Wrongdoing. This extensive report takes a close look at the acts of the Israeli Army, with special attention to civilian deaths by the IDF, and how these acts measure up to International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law. A summary of the report can be found here, and the full report can be found here
* PASSIA, the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs has made Settlements and the Wall--an excellent, 16-page booklet detailing the path of the Wall, how it makes way for settlement expansion, and the ultimate impact on Palestinian land and communities--available online. Click here to download a PDF version of the booklet.
* In the last issue of Occupation End Notes we announced that the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church passed a resolution to create a committee to research companies that support the Israeli occupation, and for New England churches to examine their own corporate investments against the list of companies. We encourage you to contact Bishop Peter Weaver of the New England Conference and thank him for his conference's vote for selective divestment in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation.
Bishop Peter Weaver
* Seeking sponsors, hosts and funding for
the Upcoming Tour of Two Health Professionals from the Ibdaa Cultural
Center’s Health Committee at Dheisheh Refugee Camp. Tentative Dates:
March 21st-April 17th, 2006. The aim of the tour
is to educate the public on the health and psychological consequences
of the Israeli Military Occupation on Palestinian Civil Society and
projects and services provided by the Health Committee in response to
the resulting humanitarian crisis. The Ibdaa Health Committee at
Dheisheh Refugee camp is comprised of volunteer Health and Mental
Health professionals, including nurses, physicians, social workers,
psychologists, sociologists and other interested volunteers. Members of
the committee have pioneered numerous programs and activities that
promote the welfare of both children and adultsin
response to the urgent needs of the population. If interested in
participating in this tour please contact Lori Rudolph: Telephone:
(505) 243-470 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Ongoing: Wheels of Justice Tour
Members of Voices in the Wilderness, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, the Middle East Children's Alliance, and affiliates of the International Solidarity Movement take to the road in a colorfully decorated full-size school bus for nonviolent education and action against war and occupation in Iraq and Palestine and for justice and universal human rights. For more information and to view the Wheels of Justice itinerary click here
*Ongoing: Stop the Wall Tour
The Stop the Wall Campaign and Tour traveled to 45 cities last summer and fall. The Wall trailer and full scale models, together with films, Power Point presentations and lots of handouts and maps had a remarkable impact on those who saw them. View the new spring tour schedule at http://www.localendar.com/public/stopthewall?style=M0
* July 23: Chicago
Just before the AFL-CIO convenes in Chicago, its delegates will have a rare day-long chance to learn about Palestinian and Middle Eastern labor rights and unionizing efforts, as well as American unionists' efforts to support them. Among Labor for Palestine's goals is to change AFL-CIO policy toward Israel. The conference is co-sponsored by the Palestine Solidarity Group, Not In My Name, and Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition. There will be a $20 registration fee. Attendees are asked to come at 8:30 am to the conference site in the UIC Student Center, 750 S. Halsted. For more information click here
5. 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: email@example.com
*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
Occupation End Notes is the US Campaign bi-monthly newsletter designed as a tool for activists. For this newsletter to be successful, we need your participation. Use us to promote events, give feedback on recent actions, recommend resources, or just learn from other activists in the movement. If you or your organization are planning an event aimed at ending the occupation, or you have information for the Newsletter, please contact the US Campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org
The US Campaign aims to change US policies that sustain Israel’s 38-year occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, and that deny equal rights for all.
To donate to the US Campaign click here