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Call for Organizational Endorsements of the World Social Forum - Free Palestine!

by Anna Baltzer, National Organizer
August 24th, 2012

Click above to learn about the WSF-FP.

In just over three months, people from around the world who support freedom, justice, and equality in Palestine-Israel will converge in Porto Alegre, Brazil November 29 - December 1 at the first ever World Social Forum - Free Palestine to share, build and advance strategies and common visions.

Will your organization endorse the forum? To do so, click here!

Chosen as a strategic priority by the Palestinian BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) National Committee, the World Social Forum - Free Palestine (WSF-FP) represents a tremendous opportunity to bring together activists and varying sectors to strengthen all of our work, developing strategies, tactics, networks, and cross-struggle alliances.

Even if you cannot travel to Brazil, you can still endorse. This is an opportunity to challenge our groups to reach out to new constituencies and to step back and discuss national and local plans within the context of the global movement and our unique context in United States.

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has proudly endorsed the WSF-FP, along with almost 100 other endorsing organizations listed here.

Will your group endorse too? If so, click here!

Endorsement entails doing some -- but not necessarily all -- of the following:

  • Popularizing WSF-FP as a build up to the forum
  • Building a delegation to the forum
  • Organizing activities in your area during the forum
  • Sending messages of solidarity endorsed by organizations and individuals

One inspiring example of U.S. mobilization thus far is the US Social Forum Delegation to WSF-FP, whose endorsers and organizers include seven US Campaign coalition member groups: American Muslims for Palestine, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Middle East Children's Alliance, Fellowship of Reconciliation, WESPAC Foundation, American Friends Service Committee, and the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Click here to add your organization to the list of those endorsing!

The WSF is an open forum that is self-organized, so the aims, tracks, workshops, and discussions are decided by participants themselves. This is the first thematic forum solely dedicated to the Palestinian cause and coordinators are reaching out to a wide range of civil society actors from sectors such as women's movements, anti-war groups, immigrant rights groups, environmentalists, trade unions, LGBTQ communities, academics and artists. Tracks will include BDS, military arms embargo, faith-based organizing, and much more.

Next month, the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will hold a National Briefing for member groups to learn more about the forum, likely on Thursday, September 27th. Mark your calendars and click here for more details!