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Separate is Never Equal Speaking Tour Success!

Our first national speaking tour, Separate Is Never Equal: Stories of Apartheid from South Africa and Palestine, featuring Diana Buttu, a former legal adviser to the Palestinian negotiating team, Eddie Makue, the General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, and Katherine Fuchs, the US Campaign's National Organizer, visited 13 cities in two weeks this past November.  On the tour, Diana and Eddie shared stories of their struggles to achieve equality under apartheid regimes and spoke out against Israeli apartheid policies against Palestinians, while Katherine encouraged audiences to engage in campaigns of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) as a strategy for achieving peace, justice, and equality for Palestinians and Israelis.

Our dynamic trio spoke at more than two dozen public events at universities and religious institutions, had private meetings with faith leaders and congressional staffers, and had interviews and meetings with the media including majors newspapers such as the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times and television appearances on Democracy Now! and GritTV. 

Our speakers also spoke to thousands at the School of the Americas Watch vigil in Columbus, Georgia, and were the featured guests at a tea-time reception at the South African Embassy in Washington, DC.  To top it off, Eddie Makue was the civil society representative at the United Nations' International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People on Nov. 24th.   

We couldn't have gotten this message out to thousands of people directly and many more indirectly through the press without the fantastic organizing work and support of the local organizations that planned each stop of the tour.  The US Campaign would like to give thanks to the following organizations for making this tour possible:

Washington, DC: Busboys and Poets, The Palestine Center
Arlington, VA: Arab Law Students Association of George Mason University

Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn for Peace & Brooklyn College Anti-War Coalition
Manhattan, NY: United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, Adalah-NY, Columbia Qanun
Dearborn, MI: Palestine Office
Milwaukee: Peace Action Wisconsin, Marquette University Muslim Student Association, UW-Milwaukee Students for a Democratic Society
Chicago, IL: American Friends Service Committee - Great Lakes Region & Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine
Boulder & Denver, CO: Rocky Mountain Peace & Justice Center, Coalition for Justice in Palestine
Los Angeles, CA: American Friends Service Committee - Pacific Southwest Region, Cal State University Long Beach Center for Peace and Social Justice
Louisville, KY: Louisville Committee for Peace in the Middle East, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Anne Braden Institute, University of Louisville School of Law, U of L Muslim Student Association
Atlanta, GA: American Friends Service Committee - Southeast Region

Finally, we'd like to give thanks to all our donors whose generous support made this tour possible.

Please help support our continued anti-apartheid education work, including a documentary movie of the organizing tour.  When it's completed we'll be working with our member organizations to screen the movie all over the country.  Please help us continue to spread the word about this tour by making this film a reality through your generous tax-deductible contribution by clicking here.

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