Showing posts with label national conference. Show all posts
Showing posts with label national conference. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Do you know Sekou?

Learn from Resistance Leaders from Ferguson to Palestine! 

This month marks one year that the black youth of Ferguson have maintained what some are calling the second longest protest in U.S. history -- after the Montgomery Bus Boycott. For more than 365 days, the world has watched and learned from extraordinary black resistance leaders who, like the people of Palestine, will not be silent in the face of state violence and oppression. 
Rev. Sekou & Dr. Cornel West storm police barricades. Photo by Heather Wilson.


One of those leaders has been Reverend Osagyefo Sekou, a St. Louis native from member organization Fellowship of Reconciliation, who has mentored, challenged, entertained, and led the way for many of us in Ferguson and St. Louis since the beginning. Many of you may have seen him on the cover of The New York Times last week after he was arrested with more than 50 others in a creative, nonviolent, clergy-led direct action as part of the one-year commemoration of the killing of Mike Brown. The night before he was arrested, Sekou spoke to a cheering crowd of hundreds in Ferguson about the injustices of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, welcoming the father of a Palestinian martyr to take the stage with him. 

Today, I am thrilled to announce that Rev. Sekou will be a keynote speaker at our upcoming National Conference in Atlanta September 25-27 -- just 5 weeks away! 

Discounted registration ENDS THIS FRIDAY. Have you registered yet? 

One of the most dynamic speakers I have ever seen, Rev. Sekou will be joined by countless other extraordinary voices including Palestinian poet Remi Kanazi, Dream Defenders co-founder Ahmad Abuznaid,#BlackLivesMatter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, Palestinian Youth Movement organizer Loubna Qutami, Ruby Sales of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (1963-1966), Baltimore resistance leader and Palestinian rights advocate Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, and many, many others

Last year’s conference was incredible -- epic. But I am not exaggerating when I say Atlanta could be our most ground-breaking conference yet. You do not want to miss it!... 

... Because 2015 marks 10 years since the BDS call and more than 100 U.S. victories, transforming us from a marginal movement to a force to be reckoned with by Congress and presidential candidates! 

... Because never before have the connections and solidarity between people of color here and in Palestine struggling for freedom manifested so visibly and powerfully as in the last year. 

... Because what better way to spend a weekend than meeting amazing activists and learning from each other?

Meet me in Atlanta. Register before Friday when rates go up!  Don’t keep putting it off. You won’t regret it! 

We will share our wisdom and learn from generations of leaders about how to build a mass movement supporting for justice for all and resistance to racism from Baltimore to Susiya, from Alabama to Palestine and beyond.

One more thing -- if you can’t make it but support the conference, please make a contribution so somebody else can. You can help us make sure that anybody who wants to be at this momentous event has the chance, regardless of their financial situation.
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights

The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego.

Below is the recording of our closing panel The Continuing Struggle for Palestinian RightsPanelists shared their thoughts about moving forward following this year that has brought both so many important BDS wins but also yet another Israeli war on Gaza.

Speakers:

  • Christian Ramirez, Human Rights Director at Alliance San Diego
  • Reem Assil, Arab Resource & Organizing Center
  • Robin D.G. Kelley, serves on the Advisory Board of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel 
  • Hind Awwad, former coordinator with the Palestinian BDS National Committee
  • Moderator: Dina Omar, founding member of National Students for Justice in Palestine 

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The Battle for Justice in Palestine

The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego.

Below is the recording for our Saturday evening session featuring Ali Abunimah, co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, and Tariq and Suha Abu Khdeir. Tariq’s beating by Israeli police while visiting family in Jerusalem made headlines back in July.






Exposing the 1% & State of Israel’s Agenda to Silence Criticism of Israel & Promote Anti-Muslim and Anti-Arab Racism

The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego.

Below is the recording for the workshop Exposing the 1% & State of Israel’s Agenda to Silence Criticism of Israel & Promote Anti-Muslim and Anti-Arab Racism: Organizing Against Backlash in ways that Strengthen Our Movement, Broaden Joint Struggle and Weaken Our Opposition.








Carrying Out Effective BDS Actions

The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego.

Below is the recording for the Carrying Out Effective BDS Actions workshop. Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaigns are not just about winning or losing- but also about the process that shifts the conversation to complicity in specific rights abuses and Israel’s system of occupation and apartheid on the ground. What are the elements of an effective campaign (research, successful partnerships, publicity/media)? How can you carry out effective BDS actions in your community? How do you mobilize your supporters and break out to those beyond the choir? These and other questions were addressed.


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Mainstreaming BDS & Connecting Struggles

The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego.

Below is the recording for the Mainstreaming BDS & Connecting Struggles panel. Earlier this year, the Israeli company Elbit Systems won a $145 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract to provide surveillance technology along the U.S.-Mexico border, just the latest example of the militarization of immigration “reform” that has included the deportation of more than 2 million people under President Obama. Elbit produces the drones used by Israel and provides “intrusion detection systems” for the Apartheid Wall. G4S, the private British security company that helps Israel run prisons where Palestinian political prisoners are held and many times tortured, is notorious for operating private prisons where people are abused and providing deportation services worldwide. The killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO has highlighted the epidemic of police brutality and militarization against African-American communities in the United States and the similar tactics used to justify such violence, including the dehumanization of victims and corporate media distortions of reality. It has also been noted that a member of the St. Louis County Police Department that killed Brown had trained in Israel in the past. This panel highlighted opportunities for joint struggle and the importance of connecting our work for Palestinian rights with other movements for justice.

Speakers:
  • Amal Ali, former president of UC-Riverside Students for Justice in Palestine 
  • Kristian Davis Bailey, journalist and former president of Stanford Students for Justice in Palestine 
  • Suhad Khatib, Saint Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee
  • Gabriel Schivone, youth organizer with UNIDOS indigenous-based ethnic studies group in Tucson, AZ
  • Moderator: Shirien Damra, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation 







Confronting Challenges to Palestine Activism

The US Campaign held its 13th Annual National Organizers' Conference, The Mainstreaming of BDS & Continuing Struggle for Palestinian Rights, September 19-21 in San Diego.

Below is the recording for our opening panel, Confronting Challenges to Palestine Activism, which highlighted the challenges facing advocates for Palestinian rights, including legal challenges to boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns and attempts at silencing critique of Israel. Over the past few months, there have been attempts to pass anti-BDS legislation both at the state level and in Congress, an increased number of attacks against BDS advocates by pro-Israel groups, and a number of cases of Palestinian scholars and activists facing repression, such as the U.S. government’s persecution of Rasmea Odeh and University of Illinois’ firing of Steven Salaita. The panelists reflected on these challenges to Palestine activism and how those working for Palestinian rights can fight back.

Speakers:
  • Rabab Abdulhadi, Senior Scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative, San Francisco State University
  • Marjorie Cohn, former president of the National Lawyers Guild
  • Curtis Marez, president of American Studies Association
  • Moderator: Rahim Kurwa, Students for Justice in Palestine- UCLA














Thursday, September 6, 2012

There is No Occupation So Why Are We Holding Our Conference?

There are only two weeks left to register online for our 11th Annual National Organizers' Conference at St. Louis University, September 21-23. We keep adding great speakers and workshops to our program, so check out what we have planned and register today!

We have many achievements to celebrate since last year. This increasing success of BDS campaigns and of efforts to educate the public about the moral and economic costs of U.S. military aid has Israel's supporters fighting hard to stifle any discussion around U.S. complicity in Israel's occupation and apartheid policies toward Palestinians. 


The Louis D. Brandeis Center, which supposedly works to "promote justice for all," issued a press release recently calling our conference "controversial" because of a "likelihood that anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate will be expressed." The president of St. Louis University, who went on a propaganda trip to Israel this summer sponsored by the "educational institute" of the American Jewish Committee, is being asked to speak out against our conference and make it clear that the "hateful, anti-Israel message of the boycott movement" is not consistent with the Jesuit mission of St. Louis University. 

Another group, Scholars for Middle East Peace, which purports to promote honest and fact-based discourse on Middle East issues, claimed that the Israeli occupation is a "relic of the past" as a recent Israeli government-appointed commission of jurists likewise concluded. They argued that it is time for Palestinians and their allies, including the US Campaign, to stop spreading "lies" about the existence of Israeli occupation. 

Why are these pro-Israel groups making ridiculous claims about the US Campaign and our work, and pressuring the university president to speak out against our conference? Because they know we’re succeeding and our conference is an important venue to move our work forward even more. Join us!

Initiatives to curtail efforts to expose Israel's crimes against Palestinians are also being taken up by state governments. The California State Assembly last week passed a resolution calling upon public universities to condemn “student- and faculty-sponsored boycott, divestment, and sanction campaigns against Israel that are a means of demonizing Israel and seek to harm the Jewish state.”

Several of our member groups, including American Muslims for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, signed a letter to lawmakers organized by the Council on American-Islamic Relations- California. The letter condemned the resolution, which "encourages university administrators to infringe upon students’ free speech rights. By equating legitimate political debates about geopolitics with anti-Semitism, the resolution emboldens administrators to take action to chill and prevent such speech."

Join us and our member groups at our conference to stand up to these attempts to censor efforts to end U.S. support for Israel's brutal policies toward Palestinians. Register today and help us change U.S. policy to support human rights, international law, and equality.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

10 Reasons To Attend Our Conference!

August in DC is pretty quiet as Congress goes on recess, summer interns go home, and tourist season winds down. But things in the US Campaign office are getting busier as we prepare for our 11th Annual National Organizers' Conference next month! 

We hope you will join us
September 21-23 at St. Louis University. If you still need some convincing, we came up with 10 reasons you should attend the conference. You probably have your own reasons to come, which is why you should register today then invite your friends and followers

10. Build up your organizing skills by attending workshops put on by our member groups.
Check out the workshops lined up so far

9. Connect with US Campaign staff and Steering Committee members face-to-face.
We would love to meet you in person! 

8. Take your
BDS campaign to the next level with a training led by Dalit Baum, co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation

7. Are you a
student? Sign up to volunteer and we'll offer you a discount on your registration fee. Just email membership@endtheoccupation.org

6. Honor an activist for their astounding work for peace and justice with the
Damu Smith Award. Damu, who was born in St. Louis, was an internationally renowned activist, founder of Black Voices for Peace, and supporter of Palestinian rights. 

5. St. Louis is also the
hometown of our National Organizer Anna Baltzer and Hedy Epstein, another longtime advocate of human rights. 

4. Shape the future of the US Campaign by
nominating and electing Steering Committee members. 

3. Find out about
The Do's and Don'ts of Palestine from poet and activist Remi Kanazi

2. Network with Palestine activists from across the country and get ideas about how you can
strengthen your work back home. 

1. Be inspired by experiencing the work of the US Campaign and our nearly
400 member groups to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel to support human rights, international law, and equality. 

Register today because special registration for $80 and conference hotel rates are only guaranteed until August 31!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Join Us in St. Louis 9/21-9/23 for National Organizers' Conference!


Planning is underway for our 11th Annual National Organizers' Conference and we want to make sure you are getting updates as soon as we have them so you can register to join us September 21-23 at St. Louis University! 

We will kick off our conference with a Friday night discussion on the Arab uprisings and how changes in the region affect our work to change U.S. policy toward Palestine/Israel. The speakers will be
Dr. Hatem Bazian, Chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, and Phyllis Bennis, Director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Our Saturday night program features a performance by Palestinian-American poet and activist Remi Kanazi

Topics and workshops during the weekend will include next steps for church divestment efforts; building on recent
BDS victories; campus activism; academic and cultural boycott initiatives; organizing and coalition building; and member group workshops

It's been a busy past few weeks for the US Campaign and our member groups. The United Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church both passed resolutions calling for a
boycott of all products made in Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. TIAA-CREF's decision to remove Caterpillar from its Social Choice Funds portfolio was a big victory for the We Divest Campaign. With the help of Jewish Voice for Peace, St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, and American Muslims for Palestine, we delivered more than 17,000 signatures to the State Department protesting U.S. and Israeli discriminatory policies

Register today
to help continue our efforts to change U.S. policy to support human rights, international law, and equality. Make sure you book your hotel room by August 21 to be guaranteed a special conference rate. Also invite your friends on Facebook and your followers on Twitter using #ETO2012

We look forward to having you join us in St. Louis September 21-23!
 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Benefit Concert with Simon Shaheen

Saturday, September 17 at 8:30pm
at
All Souls Church
1500 Harvard St., NW
Washington, DC 20009

$25/seat for Balcony seating
$50/seat for Main Floor seating

CLICK HERE to purchase your seat!

10th Annual National Organizers' Conference registrants receive FREE admission to the Simon Shaheen Benefit Concert.

All proceeds from this benefit concert directly support the work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

We will be marking our coalition’s 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference with a special benefit concert with world renowned violinist and oud player, Simon Shaheen! Purchase your seat today!

Simon Shaheen dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity, and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the ‘oud and violin.

Shaheen is one of the most significant Arab musicians, performers, and composers of his generation. His work incorporates and reflects a legacy of Arabic music, while it forges ahead to new frontiers, embracing many different styles in the process. This unique contribution to the world of arts was recognized in 1994 when Shaheen was honored with the prestigious National Heritage Award at the White House.

In the 1990s he released four albums of his own: Saltanah (Water Lily Acoustics), Turath (CMP), Taqasim (Lyrichord), and Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab (Axiom), while also contributing cuts to producer Bill Laswell’s fusion collective, Hallucination Engine (Island). He has contributed selections to soundtracks for The Sheltering Sky and Malcolm X, among others, and has composed the entire soundtrack for the United Nations-sponsored documentary, For Everyone Everywhere. Broadcast globally in December 1998, this film celebrated the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Human Rights Charter.

But perhaps his greatest success has come with Blue Flame (ARK21, 2001), where he leads his group, Qantara, on a labyrinthian journey through the world of fusion music to discover the heart of the Middle East. The album has been nominated for eleven Grammy Awards, and the band’s performances have been called “glorious.”

A Palestinian, born in the village of Tarshiha in the Galilee, Shaheen’s childhood was steeped in music. His father, Hikmat Shaheen, was a professor of music and a master ‘oud player. “Learning to play on the ‘oud from my father was the most powerful influence in my musical life,” Shaheen recalls. He began playing on the ‘oud at the age of five, and a year later studying violin at the Conservatory for Western Classical Music in Haifa. “When I held and played these instruments, they felt like an extension of my arms.”

During the Clinton administration, Shaheen served on the Presidential Committee at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Recently, he was honored by Governor Corzine with the New Jersey Heritage Award and by Berklee College of Music in Boston for his many contributions to the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and education.

Early in 2009, Shaheen toured with his project, “Aswat,” in the USA performing in twelve top concert halls. The tour included four leading traditional singers from the Arab World as well as an ensemble of twenty musicians. “Aswat” reflected on film music from the first half of the 20th century particularly in Egypt and Lebanon. He also has been touring and performing his oud concerto, which was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and premiered in Detroit in October of 2008.

Shaheen founded the Annual Arabic Music Retreat in 1997. Held each summer at Mount Holyoke College, this weeklong intensive program of Arabic music studies draws participants from the U.S. and abroad. In Palestine, Shaheen conducts an annual weeklong music workshop designed for gifted children.

For the past six years, though, Shaheen has focused on Qantara. The band, whose name means arch in Arabic, brings to life Shaheen’s vision for the unbridled fusion of Arab, jazz, Western classical, and Latin American music, a perfect alchemy for music to transcend the boundaries of genre and geography.

Friday, August 5, 2011

You’re invited to a special benefit concert with Simon Shaheen, world-renowned oud player!

Our 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Washington, DC, this September 16-19 is swiftly approaching.  Register and pay by August 19 to receive the "Early Bird" discount registration price of $100. Registration will increase to $125 after August 19.

We will be marking our coalition's 10th annual conference with a special benefit concert with world-renowned violinist and oud player, Simon Shaheen, Saturday, September 17, at 8:30pm at All Souls Church in Washington, DC!

A Palestinian born in the village of Tarshiha in the Galilee, Shaheen began playing the oud at the age of five, and a year later began studying violin at the Conservatory for Western Classical Music in Haifa. Shaheen has become one of the most significant Arab musicians of his generation. His soaring technique and melodic ingenuity fuse together traditional Arabic music, jazz, and Western classical styles.

All proceeds from this benefit concert directly support the work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Purchase your seat today for a unique opportunity to listen to the musical works of world renowned violinist and oudist, Simon Shaheen in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 17! 

Full conference registrants receive free admission to this very special benefit concert. Register for the full conference today!

Member groups in good standing are encouraged to host a workshop at the US Campaign conference. And if your member group is working on an initiative and would like the endorsement of the US Campaign coalition, please submit a proposal.  Workshops and proposals must be submitted by August 19.

Please check the 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference website regularly as we update our list of featured speakers, to learn more about local logistics in Washington, and to get information for our hotel room block at the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel.

We look forward to seeing you in September!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Omar Barghouti on the Moral Imperative to Boycott Israel

Omar Barghouti is a featured presenter at this year's 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference of the US Campaign, in Washington, DC, from September 16 to 19.

Omar Barghouti spoke at Socialism 2011 in Chicago on July 3, 2011, to explain why boycotting Israel is the right approach and a moral imperative for people who support justice and universal rights. Omar Barghouti is one of the founders of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), and author of BDS, The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights.

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An Interview with Omar Barghouti - July 9, 2011


Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian political and cultural analyst whose opinion columns have appeared in several publications. He is also a human rights activist involved in civil struggle to end oppression and conflict in Palestine. Barghouti is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, PACBI. He is a featured presenter at this year's 10th Annual National Organizers' Conference of the US Campaign, in Washington, DC, from September 16 to 19.



Video also available in HD and 16:9
For more info, please visit PACBI.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

US Campaign Steering Committee in Electronic Intifada: "US Campaign's longstanding endorsement of the boycott call"

The Electronic Intifada has published a letter from US Campaign Steering Committee members David Wildman and Amie Fishman regarding boycott and divestment decisions made at the US Campaign's 8th National Organizers' Conference:
"Indeed...we broke new ground at this conference by voting to expand the scope of our boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) work to encompass both cultural and academic boycotts of Israeli institutions and campaigns against Israeli corporations profiting from occupation and apartheid. Up until this conference, the US Campaign focused its BDS efforts on confronting US corporations that profit from Israeli occupation and apartheid. While this expanded commitment is new, the US Campaign's commitments to BDS and organizing within an anti-apartheid framework are longstanding....The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has been and will continue to be committed to the Palestinian civil society call for BDS and to opposing Israeli apartheid policies toward Palestinians."
Read the full letter here. Get involved with the US Campaign's BDS work by clicking here. Become a local organizer for our campaigns against U.S. military aid, Motorola, and Caterpillar by clicking here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

US Campaign National Organizers' Conference a success--and in the media spotlight!

We're back from Chicago after a successful conference! Thanks to all of you who made our 8th National Organizers' Conference such a great success. We're still sorting through everything that we need to do to follow-up from the conference. We'll have a detailed conference report available within the next few days. In the meantime, though, we've been getting a lot of media coverage of our boycott, divestment, and sanctions work, especially after member groups in good standing voted to adopt the principle of academic and cultural boycott into the BDS work of the US Campaign. Since 2005, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has endorsed the Palestinian civil society call for BDS, and we've placed our BDS work in an anti-apartheid framework since 2006. We've worked to pressure Caterpillar and Motorola to end their corporate complicity in Israeli occupation and apartheid. Now, as a coalition, we have agreed to expand our BDS work into the realm of academic and cultural boycotts, as well as boycotts of Israeli goods such as Ahava beauty products. Check out US Campaign Steering Committee member Phyllis Bennis, Palestinian lawyer Diana Buttu (who was one of the featured speakers of the US Campaign's 2008 anti-apartheid speaking tour), and Israeli academic Neve Gordon, whose recent LA Times op-ed has helped raised the profile of the BDS movement in the mainstream U.S. press, discussing BDS on Laura Flanders' GRITtv. : In addition to the discussion of boycott and divestment, Bennis discusses reactions to the Goldstone report on the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. This episode of GRITtv also features Hasan Kwame Jeffries, who discusses struggle against the U.S. form of apartheid from Reconstruction to today. The interview with Jeffries is a powerful reminder that the struggle against racism and oppression is long-term work--work that must continue if justice is to be possible. The National Conference also got coverage in The Electronic Intifada, where Nada Elia, an organizer with the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, discusses the importance of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation endorsing cultural and academic boycott. Check out the full article here. And the Jewish Daily Forward put forward its own analysis of the BDS movement, including this important quote from American Jewish Committee spokesman Ben Cohen:
"[It]'s clear to me that this discourse of boycott is being increasingly legitimized, and it would appear that some companies are responsive to it."
It is exactly the increasing presence of boycott and divestment in the mainstream discourse about U.S. policy toward Israel/Palestine that leads US Campaign conference speaker Omar Barghouti to proclaim, "Our South African moment has arrived." We'll be getting you more information about the decisions that were made at our National Conference in the next few days. Keep your eyes on this blog and our website!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Headin' to Chicago

Well, here we go. The packets are printed, the last emails have been sent, our registration list is finalized. We're heading to Chicago for the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference. We'll be networking, strategizing, discussing proposals to advance our work, voting on new Steering Committee members, enjoying an evening with Rashid Khalidi, Omar Barghouti, and Tala Abu Rahmeh, reuniting with old friends, and more. We won't have time to blog or send updates during the conference, but keep an eye on the blog, website, Twitter, and Facebook for post-conference updates. Next week, we'll be coming back to DC, and our members will head back to their home communities--and the work of changing U.S. policy begins anew! Hope to see you in Chicago!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

8th Annual National Organizers' Conference is Almost Here!

We only have a few more days left until the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's 8th Annual National Organizers' Conference in Chicago! Check out our website for updates on our Saturday night fundraiser, proposals that will be discussed at the National Conference, and more. Hope to see you in Chicago!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gaza March Organizers Discuss U.S. Military Aid, Boycott, Divestment

On July 14, 2009 200 people gathered at the Brecht Forum in New York City to hear members of US Campaign member group Code Pink's June delegation to Gaza report on what they had seen and heard. Additionally, others spoke to the need to accelerate activity in support of the people of Gaza. This included growing support for a Boycott-Disinvestment-Sactions campaign and the building of a massive march in December 2009, in Gaza, of thousands of people from the U.S. in opposition to Israel's blockade and siege. During the question and answer session, audience members raised important points and questions about the need to challenge U.S. military aid to Israel and to build a national movement for boycott and divestment. You can watch video of the session below, and see video of the speakers at the Palestine Video "vlog": Want to join the conversation about how to build a national movement dedicated to challenging U.S. military aid and boycotting and divesting from Israel's apartheid practices? Join us at our National Conference in Chicago on September 12-13!

Monday, July 27, 2009

US Campaign Reps Talk Boycott & Divestment on "A Public Affair"

Last Thursday's episode of "A Public Affair" on WORT-FM in Madison, WI, hosted by Naama Nagar and Muhammad Sankari, featured a discussion of the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The featured speakers included an Israeli activist, a Palestinian activist who will be speaking at the US Campaign's National Conference, and two representatives of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. The first interviewee was Omar Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and also one of the featured keynote speakers at the upcoming US Campaign National Organizer's Conference this September, who spoke about the origins of the 2005 Unified Call for BDS, the history and significance of boycott as civil resistance, and his involvement in the movement as citizen of Israel. Barghouti was followed by Eilat Maoz, who is a central organizer in the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel, the organization that initiated the Whoprofits.org project. Eilat spoke about the growing movement of support for BDS within Israel, the Whoprofits.org project and database, and the LGBTQI community within Israel. Next up was US Campaign National Organizer Katherine Fuchs, who spoke about BDS organizing within the United States, the National Organizer's Conference and the IFBP delegation to Israel/Palestine (we'll be featuring updates from the delegation throughout the next two weeks here at the US Campaign blog!) Finally, the US Campaign's Boycott and Divestment Intern Ilana Rossoff, also a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at Hampshire College, spoke about BDS organizing in a campus community, such as tactics for educating and mobilizing support, as well as the recent divestment decision at Hampshire College and how student campaigns are moving forward. Click here to download and listen to the whole program.