Showing posts with label events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label events. Show all posts

Monday, June 10, 2013

Chicago Palestine Events

Connecting Chicago to Palestine: A Conversation About Transnational Solidarity 
 
When: Tuesday, June 11, doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm
Where: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607 
 
Both here and abroad, people of color struggle to protect their communities from violence, displacement, and systematic dismantling. Listen to activists from Chicago and Palestine share their experiences with working against forces threatening to undermine their communities. Join us as we learn from each other’s movements and gain strength in our common struggles for justice and liberation. 
 
ABOUT THE PANELISTS: 
 
Reyna Wences will be moderating the panel. She is an activist and organizer with the Immigrant Youth Justice League. Reyna is undocumented, and is an advocate for undocumented immigrants facing restrictions and deportation because of their status. She has been instrumental in the national movement to keep the Dream Act a part of immigration reform. Reyna has also participated in the UndocuQueer project, which explores the identity intersections for people who are both queer-identified and undocumented.
 
Abir Kopty is a feminist and political activist based in Ramallah. Abir is well known for being a key organizer of the Bab al-Shams protest village that garnered significant international attention earlier this year, a culminating moment of the weekly protests across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. She is a former Nazareth City Councilwoman and today works as a media analyst and consultant. She also blogs at http://abirkopty.wordpress.com/. 
 
Aisha Truss-Miller works with Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities and allies. Aisha has focused on youth leadership and development, as well as building connections between intersecting movements in Chicago. Aisha attended an African heritage delegation to Palestine in 2012. 
 
Alaa Mukahhal is a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian raised on Chicago’s south side. Alaa came to the United Stated at the age of 6 with her family in 1993 from Jordan. Alaa and her family became undocumented after their tourist visa expired. Alaa applied for asylum in April of 2011, was referred to an immigration judge and was placed in deportation proceedings. Alaa has organized closely with undocumented and immigrant youth and is a graphic designer in Chicago. She currently works as the citizenship project manager for the National Partnership for New Americans. 
 
Veronica Morris Moore is an organizer with Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), a Woodlawn based youth organization fighting to make the lives of people in their community better. She has been a fierce leader in the struggle to raise awareness about the lack and necessities of trauma centers on the south side of the city. As a member of the community, Veronica tirelessly supports issues such as restorative justice, housing rights, school closings and more.
 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/464150206996296/
 
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From Bab Al Shams to Chicago: Protest at TIAA-CREF with Abir Kopty
 
When: Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00pm noon
Where: TIAA-CREF Chicago office, 200 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60601 
 
Join Chicago Divests and Abir Kopty, as we take divestment demands from Palestine to TIAA-CREF! 
 
Despite growing demands from its clients, TIAA-CREF is refusing to allow a vote on divestment from the Israeli occupation. TIAA-CREF-a self-described "socially responsible" corporation-invests more than $2 billion in corporations that profit from systematic oppression of Palestinians. One of these companies is Veolia, which provides racially segregated buses to Jewish Israeli settlements in the West Bank. We call on TIAA-CREF to include a resolution for divestment from Veolia at its next Shareholders meeting! 
 
Activist Abir Kopty will be joining us in demanding divestment. Abir Kopty has organized actions in the West Bank against Israeli settlements and theft of Palestinian land. Abir will speak alongside students calling for TIAA-CREF to be held accountable!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/134893833373331/


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Unfriend the IDF in Chicago!

When: Thursday, June 13, 5:30-6:30pm 
Where: Vertigo Sky Lounge, 2 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60654

Join a protest of the Friends of the IDF fundraiser called "Boys Night Out: Barbeque and Bourbon" this Thursday at the Vertigo Sky Lounge (part of the Dana Hotel and Spa) on Erie & State.
 
On their website, the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) says "Their Job is to Look after Israel, Our Job is to Look After Them". Protesters want to let them know that foreign occupation armies that oppress the Palestinian people, kill civilians, and torture prisoners are not welcome in Chicago. The FIDF is a "charity" whose fundraising is tax deductible. At the NYC fundraiser in March, the FIDF raised $27 million. So U.S. Zionist supporters get tax deductions for giving money to the Israeli Army's violations of human rights, while Palestinian humanitarian aid philanthropists here get shut down and indicted, and social services and education funding is cut all across the country.
 
Call the Dana Hotel and Spa at 312-202-6000 or email them at info@danahotelandspa.com and demand that they cancel the FIDF event.
 
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/549598218411629/
 
Sponsored by: Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) - Chicago, US Palestine Community Network (USPCN) -Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) -Chicago, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) - Chicago, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) - Northwestern University

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Nakba Day Events

These events are being held to mark 65 years since the Nakba, the dispossession and forced exile of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their land before and during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. If you would like your event added, please email membership@endtheoccupation.org. 


Thursday, May 9 at 6:30pm
A radio play about a series of meetings by Zionist leaders to plan the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, 1947-48.
All quotes from Israeli historian Ilan Pappe’s book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine.
Broadcast by Poets West on KSER, 90.7 FM
Podcast here

Boston, MA 
65 Years Later: The Ongoing Nakba
Sunday, May 12 at 11:00am
Find more information here

Bridgeview, IL
American Muslims for Palestine 
Annual Outdoor Al Nakba Commemoration Day
Sunday, May 12 at 2:30pm
Find more information here

Seattle, WA
Remember the Nakba: Stop the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
Sunday, May 12 at 12:00pm
Find more information here


Chicago, IL
Depaul University SJP
Palestinian Culture Night
Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00pm
Find more information here

Chicago, IL
University of Chicago SJP
From South Africa to Israel: The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement
Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30pm
Find more information here

Denver, CO
Colorado BDS
Demand TIAA-CREF Divest from Israeli Occupation

Wednesday, May 15 at 12:00pm
Find more information here

Washington, DC
Nakba Day Commemoration at the White House

Wednesday, May 15 at 7:00pm
Find more information here

Philadelphia, PA 
Philadelphia Remembers the Nakba- A Weekend of Events
May 17-May 19
Find more information here

Youngstown, OH
Panel/Open Forum Discussion To Commemorate 65 Years Of the Nakba
Saturday, May 18 at 8:00pm
The Arab American Cultural and Education Center
15 Belgrade Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44509

Fort Worth, TX
North Texas BDS 
Boycott SodaStream Protest
Saturday, May 18 at 2:00pm
Target Super Store (301 Carroll Street)


Arlington, VA
US Palestinian Community Network
The Palestinian Nakba: 65 Years Later
Sunday, May 19 at 6:00pm
Find more information here

Friday, May 3, 2013

US Tour for Sahar Francis of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association


Since 2006 Sahar Francis has been the General Director of Ramallah-based
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a Palestinian NGO providing legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. 

This tour comes at a crucial moment: More than 4,900 Palestinians are detained by Israel, including 236 children, 14 elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and 170 administrative detainees held without charge or trial. Since 1967 more than 52 prisoners have died from medical neglect and 73 from torture during interrogation, most recently 64 year old Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh who was denied cancer treatment. Since 2011 Palestinian political prisoners are continuously on hunger strike to protest their arbitrary arrest and detention, including Ayman Abu Daoud, who has been on hunger strike for over 3 weeks. 

Meanwhile in the United States, 166 prisoners are still detained in Guantanamo Bay, many of them on hunger strike to protest their extrajudicial incarceration, especially those who have served years without being charged. African-American children in Cook County, Illinois make up 71% of youth arrests despite only being 32% of the total population. At Pelican Bay Maximum Security Prison in California, mass hunger strikes regularly erupt in protest of the inhumane conditions. 

Spanning seven major cities across the United States this May, Addameer seeks to build bridges between our shared struggle against oppression by finding commonalities and strategizing ways to resist the institutionalized systems of control. For more information: info@addameer.ps

Addameer also recently launched a global campaign against adminitrative detention: http://stopadcampaign.com/.

(The ADL has issued a warning about Sahar's tour and "goal of linking problems in the American prison system such as discrimination, racial profiling, and lack of rehabilitation options, to the issues faced by Palestinian prisoners.")

Monday, May 6
7:30-9:00pm
Crystal Cove at the University of California- Irvine
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
More Information here
Tuesday, May 7
7:00-9:00pm 
Palestinian Political Prisoners: The Intersection of International Law and the Palestinian Struggle
Culver Palms United Methodist Church 
4464 Selpulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
More information here

Thursday, May 9
4:00-6:30pm
Keynote Speech at the opening of “From Pelican Bay to Guantanamo to Palestine” Conference
College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, EP 425, San Francisco, CA 94132
More information here

Saturday, May 11
12:30pm Lunch and Program
Juvenile Injustice: Criminalization of Youth in Palestine and Chicago
Al Hambra Palace Restaurant
1240 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL
Contact coordinators@arabjewishpartnership.org to RSVP.

Monday, May 13
4:00-6:00pm
From Puerto Rico to Palestine: Colonial Domination and Political Prisoners
John Marshall Law School
304 S. State St, Room 420, Chicago, IL
More information here.

Thursday, May 16 6:30-8:00pm
Incarceration and Community Resistance: From DC to Palestine
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ 

5301 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20011

Saturday, May 18 
6:30-9pm 
Ending Mass Incarceration: From Palestine to Pennsylvania
Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
More information here.

Tuesday, May 21
7:30pm
Calls to Conscience: Prison Resistance in Palestine, Guantánamo, the U.S. and Iran
The Brecht Forum
451 West Street, New York, New York 10014
More information here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Palestinian Film When I Saw You at DC Filmfest

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is proud to be a Community Partner for this year's 27th Annual FilmFest DC, which will feature more than 80 movies, documentaries, comedies, and shorts from across the world. 

This year's films entries include When I Saw You, directed by Palestinian filmmaker and poet Annemarie Jacir. 

In Jacir's moving follow-up to her award-winning debut
Salt of This Sea, a
young boy and his mother personify the emancipating dream every refugee has imagined. Displaced to a Jordanian refugee camp in 1967, free-spirited Tarek and his mother temporarily settle in the Harir camp, and in the chaos they are separated from Tarek's father. They anxiously wait to be reunited with him but to no avail. A few miles away, in the encampments that border Israel, the atmosphere is radically different as Palestinian freedom fighters train for battle. When Tarek and his mother cross paths with the combatants, the boy chooses to stay with them, forcing his mother to follow suit. When I Saw You is a mature, moving evocation of the very real barriers surrounding the Arab diaspora and the life-affirming spirit of those who struggle to break free of them. -Toronto International Film Festival

The film is in Arabic with English subtitles and will be showing
Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30pm at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th Street NW). Find more information and buy tickets at www.filmfestdc.org

Our member group
The Palestine Center will also be hosting a discussion with Jacir on Thursday, April 18 at 12:30pm. Find details and RSVP here

Monday, April 1, 2013

Chicago Palestine Events


'The Bottom Line': How Boycott & Divestment Ended South African Apartheid

Thursday, April 4th at 6:30pm 
DePaul University, Courtelyou Commons
2324 N. Fremont Street, Chicago, IL 60614

Film Synopsis: This is the story of the first-ever international grassroots campaign to successfully use economic pressure to help bring down a government. Recognizing the apartheid regime's dependence on its financial connections to the West, citizens all over the world, from employees of Polaroid to a General Motors director, from student account-holders in Barclay's Bank to consumers who boycott Shell gas, all refuse to let business with South Africa go on as usual. Boycotts and divestment campaigns bring the anti-apartheid movement into the lives and communities of people around the world, helping everyday people understand and challenge Western economic support for apartheid. Faced with attacks at home and growing chaos in South Africa, international companies pull out in a mass exodus, causing a financial crisis in the now-isolated South Africa and making it clear that the days of the apartheid regime are numbered.

This film is part of the Have You Heard From Johannesburg? documentary, which chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/105452206315566/

Hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine and the African Student Association at DePaul University. Cosponsored by American Friends Service Committee.

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DAM Concert Performance

Friday, April 5th at 9:00pm (doors open at 8:30pm) 

Loyola University, McCormick Lounge
Chicago, IL 60626 

About DAM: Heralded by the major French newspaper Le Monde as “the spokesman of a new generation,” DAM, the first Palestinian hip hop crew and among the first to rap in Arabic, began working together in the late 1990s. Struck by the uncanny resemblance of the reality of the streets in a Tupac video to the streets in their own neighborhood of Lyd, Tamer Nafar, Suhell Nafar, Mahmoud Jreri were inspired to tell their stories through hip hop.

Ten years of performing all over the world has strengthened DAM’s commitment to continue living in their hometown of Lyd - fifteen minutes from Tel Aviv - working to provide the youth of the city and neighboring communities with programs and opportunities that have otherwise been denied to Palestinian citizens of Israel. In addition, they have conducted workshops for young people from the West Bank to the US, Canada, and Europe.

DAM’s music is a unique fusion of east and west, combining Arabic percussion rhythms, Middle Eastern melodies, and urban hip hop. Their work has been influenced by artists as varied as Ghassan Kanafani, Ahlam Mosteghanemi, Mahmoud Darwish, Naji al Ali, Tupac, Biggie, Public Enemy, MBS, K'naan, and Pharoahe Monch.

Check out their latest music video for "If Only I Could Go Back in Time"

$5 cost for General Admission; to reserve a ticket, you must RSVP to sjpluc@gmail.com with subject header of "DAM Concert" and with your name as it appears on a valid ID.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/553799377986218

Hosted by LUCine and Students for Justice in Palestine  at Loyola University 

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Chicago Palestine Film Fest Fundraiser Celebration Soiree: An Evening of Arts, Music & Celebration!

Saturday, April 6th at 7:00pm

Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago, Illinois 60605

Help support the world's first and longest running film festival dedicated to Palestine and help continue the tradition of bringing the stories of Palestinians to Chicago. In its 12th year, CPFF will celebrate with a live art show, culture, food, giveaways, and much more. 

Don't miss this event and get your tickets as soon as possible by visiting http://palestinefilmfest.eventbrite.com/. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door (additional donations are welcome).

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/253641028105921/

Hosted by the Chicago Palestine Film Fest

Monday, March 25, 2013

Summer BDS Institute for Student Leaders


Join our member groups American Friends Service Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace for their 2013 Summer BDS Institute for Student Leaders!

WHEN: July 28 to August 1, 2013 

WHERE:
 Upstate New York

WHO:
 All campus activists currently running or hoping to launch BDS campaigns on their campus

WHAT:
 A 5 day intensive program for campus BDS organizers -- those with campaigns already running and those hoping to get one launched in the 2013-2014 school year. The Summer Institute will include:
  • Extensive campaign development coaching
  • Grassroots organizing skill building
  • Media & Messaging trainings
  • Anti-oppression analysis workshops
  • Nonviolent direct action planning
  • Historical overview of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions
  • Relationship building with activists on campuses nationwide
  • Strategy sessions with BDS movement leaders
  • Two tracks for existing and new campaigns

Plus:
 fun in a summer camp-like environment! 

How to Apply: 
To apply complete this form. Please note that the application form has two sections. The first section will record your contact information. The second section includes a set of application questions. You must complete both sections of the application to be considered for the training.

The application deadline is April 15th and applicants accepted to the program will be notified no later than May 1st.
Space is limited, so apply now!
Meal and other accomodations will be made for those observing Ramadan.
Application materials for the Summer BDS Institute for Student Leaders will be available soon. Check back here for a link.
We will notify accepted applicants by May 1, 2013.
Cost: $100 registration fee (the cost of 4 nights/5 days room and board is subsidized by AFSC and JVP). Each participant is responsible for their own travel costs.*
Limited travel scholarships will be available. Travel scholarship application materials will be available soon.  
*If you need assistance for a grant from your school or to apply for credit (academic, internship, etc), we are happy to help with that process!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Summer 2013: The Rebuild Is On!

From our member group International Committee Against House Demolitions-USA.

ICAHD invites you to participate in its 2013 summer rebuilding camp--a unique opportunity to rebuild a Palestinian home demolished by Israel as an act of political resistance and see the tangible results of your advocacy efforts. You will be working side-by-side with Palestinians, Israelis, local activists, residents, and often the family whose home was destroyed and you are helping to rebuild from the rubble--a truly moving and meaningful experience of resistance and solidarity. For the past decade hundreds of activists have participated in the camp, showing that by working together we can rebuild what has been destroyed, forge new relationships and through individual acts of solidarity make a meaningful difference to a family--a difference you will see realized when you hand them the keys to their new home.   

Rebuilding Beit Arabiya, 2012 
This year the camp will be held August 11 - 26, 2013. Over this two-week period you will not only reconstruct an entire home, but also take field trips throughout the Occupied Territory and Israel to deepen your understanding of the Occupation and the sources of the conflict. In the evening you will engage with local activists, attend film screenings and participate in wide-ranging discussions analyzing the politics. 

To view some of the experiences from last year's project, check out these two videos created by camp participants themselves:

ICAHD 2012 Rebuilding Camp

Beit Arabiya Timelapse 

Accommodations at the camp are basic but a wonderful group spirit makes it all comfortable and functional. Participants will sleep in tents on the site of Beit Arabiya, served by portable toilets and shower blocks. Arabiya Shawamreh will provide traditional home-cooked Palestinian food as she and her husband Salim host the camp's guests along with ICAHD staff.

The fee for the 2013 camp is $1750 per person ($1250 for university students or young people whose applications demonstrate a willingness to represent ICAHD on campus). The fee, which is used to cover the purchase of construction materials and the expenses of the camp, includes: 
  • Accommodations
  • Three full meals a day and beverages between meals (except during three free evenings)
  • All field trips and the educational program
  • ICAHD materials/resources 
Not included in the fee are: 
  • Airfare and transfer to and from Jerusalem before the start of the camp and return to the airport at the end of the camp
  • Meals during free time
  • Personal spending money 
If you would like to participate but are unable to donate your time, you are welcome to provide a "scholarship" that will enable someone with limited means to join.

If you're interested in joining us this summer, or want additional information, please contact us at 646-308-1322 or summercamp@icahdusa.org.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Apply for Summer Delegation! Today's Realities and Tomorrow's Leaders

Our member groups Interfaith Peace-Builders and American Friends Service Committee are co-sponsoring a delegation to Palestine/Israel August 10-August 23. Details below. Application deadline is April 1. 


This delegation will explore current realities of life for Israelis and Palestinians, including settlements, the occupation, and the peace process—by learning directly from those living there. We will also explore issues relevant to young people in the region, including efforts to educate and empower future generations working towards a just resolution to the conflict. Our itinerary will feature meetings with leaders of civil society groups, grassroots organizers, Palestinian and Israeli youth, religious leaders and more. 
As with all IFPB themed delegations, meetings pertaining to the specific theme amount to an average of about 20 percent of all meetings and the overall emphasis remains with exploring the social and political realities in the region in general. Thus, any addition of a theme will not change the overall delegation itinerary greatly.
Join email list for this delegation

Deadline to apply

Please apply by April 1, 2013 to ensure we’ll have space and be able to arrange your flight. IFPB's last several delegations have filled up several months before departure, so please apply as soon as possible to reserve your space. If you’ve missed the deadline, we might still be able to add you, but please contact us ASAP to see if this is a possibility.

Leaders

Sydney Levy is the son of Egyptian Jews, born in Venezuela. He studied Jewish history at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was a settler without even realizing he was one. In the United States, he has worked for LGBT rights, for media justice, and against the death penalty. Since 2000 he has been active at Jewish Voice for Peace, and has been supporting church divestment efforts since 2008, as well as other BDS initiatives. Sydney is also a member of the Steering Committee of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. This will be his first delegation with IFPB.
Gretchen Merryman-Lotze spent six years living in Palestine. During her time in the West Bank she worked for Birzeit University’s Palestine & Arabic Studies Program coordinating the weekly lecture series and educational tours for international students throughout the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and Syria. During theSecond Intifida she co-founded International Checkpoint Watch, a group of over 50 international volunteers who monitored and documented human rights abuses at Israeli checkpoints throughout the West Bank. Gretchen holds a master’s degree from Wheaton Graduate School in educational ministries. From 2002-2004, she worked for Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Interfaith Peace Builders, organizing delegations to Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Lebanon. This will be Gretchen’s fifth delegation co-leading for IFPB.

Logistics

The cost of the delegation will be around $2200. This includes 13 days of the delegation, hotel and home stay accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, local transportation, guides, speaker/event fees, and basic tips and gratuities. Partial scholarships may be available for those with demonstrable need.
The cost does not include domestic and international airfare. Interfaith Peace-Builders works with a local travel agent in Jerusalem to secure the best group rates for the delegation to travel together on the same flight from Washington, D.C. to Israel/Palestine. Therefore, delegates do not need to book their own international airfare.
Delegates will be expected make arrangements to be in Washington, D.C. by 2 pm on Aug. 10.
Contact Information: 
For more information contact Mike Merryman-Lotze at mmerryman-lotze@afsc.org

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Register for Right of Return Conference


                          

Registration for the Right of Return Conference taking place at Boston University, April 6-7, is now open. For discounted ticket fees, “Early Bird” registration is open until Friday, March 8th. Register now as fees will increase after this date. 

To register for and/or donate to the Conference, please visit http://rightofreturn.net/registerdonate/.

A full conference program will be available on the website soon. The keynote speeches at the conference will be delivered by the following speakers:

  • Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, scholar and historian on Palestinian refugee affairs, former member of the Palestinian National Council, author of the “Atlas of Palestine 1917-1966”, Co-founder of the Palestine Land Society (PLS).
  • Dr. Joseph Massad, Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University
  • Nidal Azza, LLM (International Comparative Law), Coordinator of the Resource Unit at the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights (BADIL), Lecturer in Refugee Rights under International Law at al-Quds University
  • Liat Rosenberg, General Director of Zochrot, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba, especially among Israeli Jews
Mission Statement:

In bringing together scholars and activists, the Right of Return conference hopes to create a space where we shift from the realm of the abstract and instead address the reality of mitigating and correcting the plight of the Palestinian refugees and the diaspora. Recognizing the historical and contemporary suffering of the Palestinian refugees and the deplorable and oppressive conditions which they face today across the Middle East, the conference committee is motivated by a sense of urgency to further the work of envisioning, imagining, and planning the reality of Return.
The Conference wishes to highlight Right of Return discourses as they exist across the plurality of Palestinian communities around the world, including those in Palestine, the Middle East, and further afield in the diaspora with an eye towards shifting the discourse around Palestine in the US Academy and expanding the discourse about the Right of Return within the United States more broadly. We do not take a position on the issue of one- or two-state solution, but instead seek to open the floor to a multiplicity of visions that may themselves occur within different potential political orders.
Within the frame of this conference, we hope to put forth a vision for an inclusive Palestinian future that centers marginalized Palestinian voices. While asserting the inalienable right of Palestinians to return to and live in their homeland, we also principally affirm the right of Israelis to live in Palestine as well. The Right of Return Conference seeks to be inclusive of all voices implied in the context of a post-Return Palestine.
For more information, please visit our website at http://rightofreturn.net  Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RightOfReturnConference and follow us on Twitter @RoRConf.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Do You Want to Continue This AIPAC Friendship?

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) will be holding its 2013 policy conference in Washington, DC next month under the banner of "Celebrating 65 Years of Friendship."  

Join the
 US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and our member groups CODEPINK, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and Interfaith Peace-Builders March 2-5 to Expose AIPAC and what this "friendship" truly means

The Expose AIPAC mobilization will kick off with a
 Grassroots Advocacy Training by IFPB and FOR on Saturday, March 2. The day-long conference will feature panels on AIPAC and its role in determining U.S. policy toward the Middle East; workshops on boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns; and trainings about lobbying Congress. Speakers include Laila Al Haddad, Rebecca Vilkomerson, Josh Ruebner, Phyllis Bennis and many more

CODEPINK will be coordinating direct actions outside of the AIPAC convention on Sunday, March 3 and Monday, March 4. And plan on joining the US Campaign Tuesday, March 5 for a constituent lobby day to bring our message to Congress

Check out the entire schedule
 and register today

The "friendship" between the United States and Israel that AIPAC pursues is one that
 endangers millions of lives across the Middle East. 

AIPAC has pushed for a U.S. military attack on Iran and has successfully lobbied the U.S. government to adopt
 crippling economic sanctions, which have hurt the Iranian people in many ways including fueling a medical crisis due to increasing prices of medical supplies. 

As seen in the U.S. elections just a few months ago, political action committees and individuals aligned with AIPAC's agenda provide millions of dollars in contributions to politicians
 cheerleading Israel's violations of international law and abuses of Palestinian human rights. This means that instead of sanctioning Israel for expanding illegal settlements and launching yet another military assault against Gaza, U.S. politicians compete in proving how much they stand with Israel

And AIPAC continues to demand 
unconditional U.S. support for Israeli occupation and apartheid policies toward Palestinians, support that comes in many forms including diplomatic protection at the United Nations and $30 billion in military aid from 2009-2018. 

This year will mark
 46 years of Israel's brutal military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. This year will mark 65 years of Palestinian dispossession. 

AIPAC lobbies for U.S. taxpayer money to help continue Israel's oppression of Palestinians instead of to fund unmet community needs here at home. 


Register today to help Expose AIPAC and change U.S. policy to support human rights, international law, and equality.  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

DC Film Screening: Where Should the Birds Fly?


From our member group The Palestine Center


Where Should the Birds Fly? by Fida Qishta 

(with director and producer present)
Thursday, February 14, 2013
12:30-2:00pm 
2425 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC  20037 


Where Should The Birds Fly documents the lives of two courageous young Palestinian women, survivors of Israel's massive 23 day attack on Gaza that began on December 28, 2008.  It is the compelling and moving story of these remarkable young women, the future of Palestine, who personify the struggle to maintain humanity, humor and hope, to find some degree of normality in the brutal abnormality that has been imposed on them. Mona Samouni is an 11 year old girl of remarkable wisdom. Her family died under Israeli rockets. Fida Qishta, the filmmaker, is a 27 year old journalist.  

With her Palestinian crew, Fida has documented the lives of the people of Gaza. This is the first film about Gaza made by Palestinians themselves and it gives voice to the people of Gaza. 


Please join us for this privileged screening with the filmmaker and producers from Deep Dish TV present to answer questions

Lunch will be served. RSVP here