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Program

Unless noted otherwise, all events will take place at Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North (1380 Virginia Ave, Atlanta, GA 30344).  

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Friday, September 25 

The opening panel will take place at First Iconium Baptist Church (542 Moreland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316). If you are staying at the conference hotel, there will be transportation provided to and from the church. Buses will head to the church from the hotel at around 5:00pm.  

6:30pm: Onsite Registration 

7:30pm-10:00pm
Lessons Learned Plenary (Free and Open to the Public)

Speakers:

  • Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore
  • Patrisse Cullors, Co-Founder of #BlackLivesMatter 
  • Nada Elia, Organizing Committee of US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel 
  • Ruby Sales, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer in Alabama and Georgia from 1963-1966
  • Yousef Munayyer (Moderator), Executive Director of US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Saturday, September 26

We All Live in Gaza Photo Exhibit

8:00am
Breakfast Provided

9:00am-10:45am
Opening and Networking Session

11:00am-12:30pm
Workshops 

  • BDS 101 
  • Free Speech, Except for Palestine? A Sneak Peak at Palestine Legal and JVP's Forthcoming Reports 
  • Israel, a Democracy?: Building an International Public Campaign for Equality, Justice and Freedom
  • Lessons learned on the Hill: Advocacy efforts for the "No Way to Treat a Child Campaign" 
  • Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back Film Screening and Discussion 

Lunch Provided  

1:00pm
Screening of Detaining Dreams

Detaining Dreams is an intimate new documentary featuring the stories of 4 Palestinian children and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention.

1:45pm-3:30pm
Solidarity Plenary

Speakers:

  • Ahmad Abuznaid, co-founder and Legal & Policy Director of Dream Defenders
  • Aja Monet, internationally established poet, performer, singer, songwriter, educator, and human rights advocate
  • Loubna Qutami, active member of and the former International General Coordinator of the Palestinian Youth Movement 
  • Sarah Schulman, professor of humanities at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and author of Israel/Palestine and the Queer International
  • Kristian Davis Bailey (Moderator), Black4Palestine 

3:45pm-5:15pm
Workshops

  • A Biblical Alternative to Christian Zionism 
  • From Gaza to Ferguson- A Story of a Death Foretold
  • Protesting with Panache
  • Students for Justice in Palestine Meetup
  • Taking Advantage of the Political Moment: Broadening Our Base

5:30pm-6:00pm
Steering Committee Elections

7:30pm-10:30pm 
BDS@10: Advancing a Mass Movement for Palestine (Free and Open to the Public) 

Speakers and Performers:  

  • Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, Bayard Rustin Fellow with Fellowship of Reconciliation
  • Remi Kanazi, poet, activist, and author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine
  • Bassem Tamimi, Palestinian activist from the village of Nabi Saleh
  • Naima Shalhoub, songstress, musician, performing artist, and educator. 

Sunday, September 27

9:15am-10:45am
Workshops

  • Advertising as a Tool for Advocacy 
  • Boycott Birthright
  • Business of Backlash
  • Don't Get Co-Opted: Developing Strategies to Combat Creeping Normalcy 
  • Teach Palestine: Resources for Teachers and Educators to Bring Palestine into the Classroom

Lunch Provided

11:30am-12:45pm
US Campaign Session

1pm-2:30pm
Workshops

  • The Boycott Doesn't End at the Green Line: Why Boycotting SodaStream is More Important Than Ever
  • Cultural Boycott 
  • Legislative Organizing
  • Media Training
  • Organizing Rasmea's Defense Campaign: Lessons Two Years On
  • Transnational Movement Building Ė Linking and Enlarging Shared Struggles for Social Justice in Black America and Palestine

2:45pm-4:30pm
Closing Plenary 

Speakers:

  • Majd Kayyal, Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
  • Paige Murphy, The Red Nation
  • Adelina Nicholls, Executive Director of Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights
  • Rasmea Odeh, Arab American Action Network 
  • Nelini Stamp, Co-Director of Rise Up Georgia 
  • Jeff Haas (Moderator), founding member of the People's Law Office

5:00pm-7:00pm
Screening of The Wanted 18 (Free and Open to the Public)

In the award-winning documentary The Wanted 18, directors Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan bring to life a remarkable story of nonviolent resistance during the First Intifada. Itís 1987 and the Israeli army is in hot pursuit of eighteen cows that are declared a threat to Israelís national security after Palestinians begin producing milk for residents of Beit Sahour. The Israeli soldiers find themselves in a game of cat-and-mouse as residents of the town work together to shuttle the cows from barn to barn.