Showing posts with label Upcoming Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Upcoming Events. Show all posts

Monday, January 28, 2013

Event: Palestinian Statehood: What Happens Next?

From our member group Committee for Palestinian Rights. 

Palestinian Statehood: What Happens Next?
A talk by Mark Croatti
Wednesday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Howard County Central Library
10375 Little Patuxent Pkwy.
Columbia, MD  21044

Now that the United Nations has recognized Palestine as a non-member observer state, what happens next? A two-state solution? A one-state solution? And how would either scenario affect the state of Israel?

Mark Croatti teaches Comparative Politics at George Washington University and has taught Middle East Politics at University of Maryland Baltimore County, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Johns Hopkins University and University of Oregon.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsor: Committee for Palestinian Rights
For more info:

Friday, April 6, 2012

Eyes in Gaza Tour with Dr. Mads Gilbert

Dr. Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway, specializes in anesthesiology and emergency medicine. He provided medical support in Gaza during Israel’s three-week assault in December 2008 and January 2009. Dr. Gilbert describes his experiences in his book, Eyes in Gaza, co-authored with colleague Dr. Erik Fosse. Mads Gilbert recently returned from trips to Beirut, Lebanon (March 2012) and the Gaza Strip (January 2012). 

Gilbert’s US lecture tour will focus on his experiences in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead and in his recent follow-up visit, while providing an up-to-date analysis of the Palestinian crisis in light of current US-Israeli foreign policy in the Middle East.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012: Washington, DC. 8:00-11:00am. National Press Club - the Murrow Room. 529 14th Street NW. Admission free. No tickets required. Contact Jennifer Loewenstein (608) 215-9157.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012: Washington, DC. 3:00-6:00pm. Georgetown University ICC Auditorium followed by reception in CCAS Boardroom (241 ICC). This event has been marked as open to the public. Contact Jennifer Loewenstein (608) 215-9157.

Thursday, April 12, 2012: Madison, Wisconsin. 12:00-1:00pm, WORT 89.9fm Radio: A Public Affair - Interview. Lecture and book sales at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 180 Science Hall 7:00pm. Contact: Max Love (724) 557-6269 or Barb Olson (608) 827-6433.

Friday, April 13 2012: Minneapolis, MN. Lecture at 7:00pm. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; 2730 E. 31st Street.  Contact Women Against Military Madness (612) 827-5364.

Saturday, April 14, 2012: Minneapolis, MN. Coffee 9:30am & lecture at 10:00am; Hennepin United Methodist Church; 511 Groveland Ave. Contact: Dixie (952) 941-1341.      

Saturday, April 14, 2012: Northfield, MN. Lecture at 7:00pm; St. Olaf’s College; Contact: Jonathan Hill (507) 645-7329.

Monday, April 16, 2012: New Brunswick, NJ. Lecture at 7:00pm at Rutgers University. Busch Campus Center Room 120AB;  604 Bartholomew Road Piscataway, New Jersey 08854. Contact Maryam (917) 297-0478.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012: New York, NY. Lecture at 7:00pm at Hunter College. Contact Maryam (917) 297-0478.

Wednesday, April. 18 2012: Cambridge, MA. Lecture at 6:00pm at Harvard Law School, Austin West. Contact Ellen (781) 396-0684.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Educate & Mobilize Your Community During Apartheid Week 2012!

By Anna Baltzer, National Organizer

Are you looking for opportunities to educate your community and advance a campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel? Or are you gearing up to launch such a campaign? Israeli Apartheid Week 2012 is a fantastic opportunity to do so, and it's just three weeks away!

Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an annual international series of events held in cities and on campuses across the globe. The aim of IAW is to educate people about the nature of Israel as an apartheid state and to build BDS campaigns as part of a growing global BDS movement. Last year's IAW was incredibly successful with participants in 97 U.S. cities! The eighth annual IAW is February 26 - March 3, 2012.  

Click here to email the U.S. IAW coordinators now if you plan to participate in IAW 2012!

Local initiatives during Israeli Apartheid Week span a wide variety. You need not organize an entire week of events, and you can decide what kind of event best advances your work within your means. Here are some ideas for activities:

1.Organize a teach-in to educate the community about the definition and the reailty of Israeli apartheid, how U.S. aid to Israel scaffolds Israeli apartheid, and the importance of BDS as a strategy to end Israeli apartheid. The IAW and US Campaign websites have dozens of fact sheets illustrating Israel's apartheid policies in the occupied territories and Israel itself. One of the best resources illustrating the former is a booklet by US Campaign member group Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions - USA, entitled "Is Israel an Apartheid State?", based on a legal study coordinated by the government of South Africa. There are also films about Israeli apartheid that you can screen.

2.Pass a resolution to endorse BDS and the BDS National Committee's statement "Occupy Wall Street, Not Palestine!" at your nearest #Occupy General Assembly, as #Occupy Oakland did last week! Organizers compiled data from to show how many local tax-dollars are being spent on military aid to Israel, and how that money could otherwise be spent in the local community. You can also pass a resolution to call for an end to U.S. aid that supports Israeli apartheid. The apartheid framework is a great tool to coalition-build with allies at #Occupy who are working on other anti-racism struggles.

3.Be creative! Draw attention to Israeli apartheid and BDS with a Mock Apartheid Wall, a BDS flash mob, a concert or poetry reading, street theater, and anything else that energizes and builds your efforts. 2012.

Organizing for IAW comes on the heels of an exhilarating National BDS Conference at the University of Pennsylvania this past weekend. Kicking off with a video of support from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, hundreds of activists and academics gathered for two days of workshops, analysis, and entertainment, undeterred by a barrage of attacks by BDS opponents who attempted to smear organizers and speakers alike. Click here to hear a press briefing with keynote speaker Ali Abunimah and me, refuting the bogus charges. You know the old saying by Mahatma Gandhi:

"First they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Then they fight you.
Then you win."

Let us continue to challenge U.S. aid to Israel and Israeli apartheid as part of this movement that can no longer be ignored. Part of what makes IAW so powerful is that it is internationally coordinated around the same goal to build the global BDS movement. Please click here to contact the U.S. IAW organizers as soon as possible if you plan to participate, so they can get your events up on the international website for this exciting week of action! 
Click here to contact the U.S. IAW organizers now if you plan to participate, so they can get your events up on the international website for this exciting week of action!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

PennBDS: Hate-fest or Human Rights Conference?

Posted today by the Institute for Middle East Understanding...

This weekend, the first national conference bringing together American supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement takes place at the University of Pennsylvania.

We discuss the conference, the controversy surrounding it, and the growing international BDS movement, with guests Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the Electronic Intifada and conference keynote speaker, and Anna Baltzer, National Organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Join Us at the AFSC-Iowa Conference this Weekend!

Join us in Ankeny, Iowa this Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15, to learn how to help reshape U.S. policy at the American Friends Service Committee-Iowa conference!

Featuring US Campaign Staff and Steering Committee: 
  • Phyllis Bennis, Steering Committee Member, who will deliver the keynote address.
  • Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director, who will hold a workshop on Ending U.S. Military Aid to Israel.
  • David Wildman, Steering Committee Co-Chair, who will hold a workshop on organizing in churches.
Join us for this exciting and informative event. More details below.

US Policy in Palestine-Israel: Engaging the Faith Communities in Pursuit of a Just Peace

Friday, October 14, 12:30-8pm
Saturday, October 15, 8:30am-8pm
Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Church
501 E. First St., Ankeny, IA

You are invited to be a part of this important statewide organizing conference. Engaging the Faith Communities in Pursuit of a Just Peace will highlight the voices of people working to bring peace with justice to Palestine and Israel. 

Keynote speakers include Laila El Haddad, a Palestinian freelance journalist, and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies. Workshop leaders include Rev. David Wildman of the General Board of Global Ministries- UMC, Lynne Pollack of Jewish Voices for Peace, Miryam Rashid of American Friends Service Committee, and Josh Ruebner of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Drawing from sources within Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities, we guarantee stimulating and goal-directed workshops.

Find more information and register here or contact Kathleen McQuillen at or (515) 274-4851 ext. 22.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Join Us on Sunday to Help Dedicate the MLK Memorial by Organizing to End Aid to Israel!

Greetings everyone! My name is Jody Scholz, and I am a graduate student in International Relations at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Ås, Norway. I am writing my master's thesis on the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign in the US, and I'm very excited to be in Washington D.C. this fall interning at the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. I do hope you will be able to join us this Sunday as we honor Dr. King's message by organizing to end military aid to Israel!

We are so excited for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial on the National Mall this Sunday, October 16, from 9AM-11AM.
At this historic event, we will remind people that Dr. King stated: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”
Click to download flyer in PDF
Join us at the dedication to distribute these special flyers and urge people to honor Dr. King’s anti-militarism message by calling on President Obama to end $30 billion in military aid to Israel.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the event, which makes this an amazing opportunity to educate and organize many new people to join us in our quest to end U.S. support for Israeli military occupation and apartheid, and change U.S. policy toward Palestine/ Israel to support freedom, justice, and equality.
Join the US Campaign at 9AM on Sunday morning at the northeast corner of West Potomac Park, on the corner of Independence Ave. and West Basin Drive (marked with a red dot on the map below) to pick up literature and help us organize. If you’d like to join us, please contact US Campaign Steering Committee Co-Chair Felicia Eaves who will be in touch with you to coordinate logistics.
Thank you for helping to make the MLK memorial dedication a day of activism for a just peace!
US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Friday, September 30, 2011

Invitation to Historic National Students for Justice in Palestine Conference

Below is an invitation to students around the country to attend the historic national Students for Justice in Palestine conference next month at Columbia University. Students attending and organizing the conference represent SJPs around the country, including several US Campaign member groups. 

National SJP Conference
14-16 Oct 2011
Columbia University
Dear Students,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the 2011 National Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Conference at Columbia University in the City of New York from 14-16 October 2011.
Over the past couple of months, a number of student activists from SJPs and other student groups focused on Palestine from around the country have been laying the foundations for a national SJP conference to be held in Fall 2011. This group emerged from a discussion which took place on the national SJP listserv and has met a number of times via teleconference.
The objective of this conference is to democratically shape and refine the existing network of SJP groups in the United States, building on the momentum these groups have generated in recent years and strengthening the historical movement of which we are all a part.
This conference is specifically geared towards current student Palestine solidarity activists, including current students actively involved in, or looking to establish, a SJP group or a similar Palestine solidarity student group, as well as alumni actively involved in assisting their former SJP group.
To succeed the planning of this conference needs to be a democratic process involving as many students as possible, and we hope you will become involved. We are confident that this conference will provide a momentous opportunity for students across the United States who are mobilizing for justice in Palestine to exchange ideas and to strengthen the national student movement.
The Ad Hoc National SJP Conference Planning Committee

To register for the conference, click here.

Read the full text of the letter here.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Lower the Debt -- End U.S. Military Aid to Israel: 10 Things You Can Do!

As the President and Congress grapple with a formula to raise the debt-ceiling by next Tuesday to avert the United States defaulting on its loans, we offer this suggestion to our elected officials:

Lower the debt by ending U.S. military aid to Israel.

Above: Check out our new slideshow of unique billboards and public transit ads opposing military aid to Israel. Also read below to join next week's conference call where the organizers of these ads will explain how you can do this in your city!

We know that cutting off the $30 billion in weapons pledged to Israel from 2009 to 2018 won't solve our country's gargantuan $14.3 trillion debt crisis, but it sure would help.  From a moral and financial perspective, we cannot afford to provide Israel with the weapons it misuses to sustain its illegal 44-year military occupation of the Palestinian West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

Here are 10 things you can do to advance our coalition's ongoing campaign to educate people in the United States about the true costs of arming Israel and mobilize them to end our country's military support for Israel's violations of Palestinian human rights:
1. Learn from experts how to place an ad in your community to oppose military aid to Israel. US Campaign member groups have purchased ads in at least nine U.S. cities. Find out how to make your city the next.  Join us for a conference call on Thursday, August 4, at 9:00 pm Eastern.  To join the call, dial (760) 569-7676 and use the access code 545802#. No RSVP needed.

2. Join more than 2,000 people in more than 800 cities and 49 states (come on North Dakota -- we know you're out there) who are educating and mobilizing people in their communities.  Sign up to receive an organizing packet in the mail.  It includes postcards, petitions, flyers, fact sheets and stickers -- everything you need to lay out your case.

3. Get your city council to pass a resolution opposing military aid to Israel.  Read our brand-new organizing how-to guide, download templates and resources, and let us help you publicize your campaign.  Fund community needs, not Israel's misdeeds!

4. Find out the staggering amount of money that people in your state, congressional district, county and city give in weapons to Israel and what that same amount could purchase instead for unmet needs like housing and health care.

Above: Last night members of CODEPINK, a US Campaign member organization, held a banner in front of the White House: "NO U.S. TAX $$ FOR ISRAEL." Click image to enlarge.

5. Use the numbers on our website to write President Obama and your Members of Congress a letter opposing military aid to Israel. Urge them to redirect that money to unmet needs here at home.

6. Use those numbers to write a letter to the editor of your local paper or call in to your local talk show.  Reference a recent story on the debt-ceiling negotiations, and make the point that we could reduce our debt and improve our moral and financial standing by ending military aid to Israel.

7. Learn more about the prices and quantities of weapons transferred from the United States to Israel in the past decade (more than 670 million weapons!) and the devastating impact these weapons make on Palestinians living under Israel's brutal military occupation.

8. Sign up to arrange a local meeting with your Members of Congress during the August recess to discuss with them ending U.S. military aid to Israel and other policy issues.  We'll provide you with templates, suggested talking points, and memos for your meeting.

9. Help end U.S. military and diplomatic support for Israel that enables it to deny Palestinians their freedom and self-determination. Sign our petition telling the Obama Administration not to veto Palestinian UN membership.

10. Last, but not least "offset" the taxes you pay in weapons to Israel -- $21.59 for the average taxpayer this year -- by making a tax-deductible contribution to support our work to educate and organize even more people to end U.S. military aid to Israel.
Now more than ever, people in this country are concerned by the unsustainable level of government debt we are carrying.  Let's take action to educate, organize and mobilize to improve our country's financial and moral position by ending U.S. military aid to Israel

Thanks for taking action today!

Monday, July 18, 2011

UPCOMING EVENT: Rafah: Crossing Physical and Diplomatic Barriers

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. The Palestine Center, Washington DC

This lecture seeks to address the recent opening of the Rafah border crossing and its impact, if any, on the blockade on Gaza and how it's affecting the economic and social mood of Gazans.

Mr. Josh Ruebner is the National Advocacy Director of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. Mr. Ruebner is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service, a federal government agency providing Members of Congress with policy analysis. His analysis and commentary on U.S. policy toward the Middle East appears frequently in media such as NBC, ABC Nightline, CSPAN, Al Jazeera, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, The Hill, Detroit Free Press, Huffington Post, Middle East Report. 

Mr. Matthew Reynolds is the Head Representative of the UNRWA Washington, DC office. He began his career on Capitol Hill in 1986, serving as Legislative Director and Chief of Staff for Representatives Robert Lagomarsino and Jay Kim. He then was a professional staffer on the House International Relations Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and finally served as Staff Director of the House Rules Committee. After 17 years in Congress, Mr. Reynolds moved to the Department of State as Director of House Affairs. In 2005 he started with the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, and was appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs in 2008.

This is the second lecture in the 12th Annual Summer Intern Lecture Series: The Arab Spring Gives Way to a Palestinian Autumn: Palestinian Social Politics in an Evolving Middle East.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

TIAA-CREF Censors Shareholders... We Flash-Mob!

Above: Palestinian boy calls on people worldwide to boycott Elbit and end Israeli occupation and apartheid.

Traveling through Palestine during the past few weeks, co-leading a delegation organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders, a US Campaign member group, I witnessed firsthand the destruction wrought by corporations profiting from Israeli occupation and apartheid.

I watched Caterpillar bulldozers leveling earth for illegal Jewish-only settlements in occupied East Jerusalem. I stood under Motorola-equipped watchtowers and thermal cameras at checkpoints and terminals that separate Palestinians from their schools, jobs and basic human services. I saw Elbit equipment used in patrolling the Apartheid wall. I documented Veolia buses operated on roads forbidden to non-Jews in the West Bank. On the first anniversary of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, I honored the nine civilians killed by Israel with Northrop Grumman helicopters and other U.S. taxpayer-funded weapons.

The growing "We Divest" Campaign demands that retirement fund giant TIAA-CREF divest from Caterpillar, Motorola, Elbit, Veolia and Northrop Grumman because all five are profiting from the illegal Israeli occupation.

TIAA-CREF presents itself as committed to "serving the greater good," in part by engaging with companies behaving poorly. This is why 20 investors and anti-occupation activists filed a shareholders resolution earlier this year, asking TIAA-CREF to engage with companies profiting from the occupation.

Despite a stated commitment to transparency, TIAA-CREF asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to help suppress the resolution. The SEC agreed not to sue TIAA-CREF for refusing to submit the proposal to a shareholder vote. TIAA-CREF bills itself as socially responsible, yet it is blocking its investors from choosing whether or not to retire on money acquired through an illegal, immoral occupation.

Above: BDS activists protest outside TIAA-CREF offices in Denver during Israeli Apartheid Week. Click image to enlarge, and click here to see video.

It's time to show TIAA-CREF that they cannot silence investors and violate their own proclaimed investment standards while we sit idly by! We need to keep the pressure on.

Many of you have already signed the petition asking TIAA-CREF to divest from Israeli occupation. Now it's time to take the next step. In the spirit of this spring's Flash Mob Frenzy, there will be a coordinated week of flash mobs across the country, starting June 20.

Have you been itching to stage a flash mob in your community? Here's your chance! There's a song everyone knows, catchy lyrics, and simple but groovy dance steps all ready to use!

The materials come with a how-to kit based on the US Campaign's BDS Flash Mob Step-by-Step Guide.

Click here to connect with others in your area to take part in the Flash Mob Action Week and demand that TIAA-CREF stop profiting from occupation, stop censoring investors, and start acting like a real socially responsible investment fund!

Hope to see you -- getting your socially responsible groove on -- soon!

Anna Baltzer
National Organizer

PS --
We can support grassroots BDS activism around the country only with grassroots support from people like you. Help us by making a general tax-deductible donation, or by joining our Olive Branch Club to make a recurring tax-deductible donation.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I'm Setting Sail for Gaza Again & You Can Help

Dear Friends,

One year ago today, as Israeli naval commandoes attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters, I was on board The Challenger, a U.S.-flagged ship that was part of this international effort to break Israel's illegal blockade of the Palestinian Gaza Strip. 

Israeli commandoes grabbed me by my hair and rammed my head into the deck. They then stepped on my head in order to cuff my hands behind my back and then put a sack over my head. Worse yet, the commandoes killed nine of my fellow passengers, including 19-year old U.S. citizen Furkan Dogan, on the Mavi Marmara.

An international fact-finding mission of the UN Human Rights Council concluded that Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip is "collective punishment"--a war crime--and that its May 31, 2010, attack on the flotilla in order to enforce its blockade was "illegal." The mission found that six passengers, including Furkan, were killed "in a manner consistent with an extra-legal, arbitrary and summary execution," and that survivors were subjected to "torture."

Rather than put pressure on Israel to end its illegal blockade of Gaza, investigate Israel's killing of a U.S. citizen and attack against a U.S. ship, and sanction Israel for misusing U.S. weapons to attack the flotilla, the Obama Administration shamefully has tried to shield Israel from accountability for its actions. 

On Saturday, Egypt permanently reopened its border crossing with Rafah. This is an important step toward ending Gaza's isolation. But because Israel is still illegally blockading Gaza by land, sea and air, and because my country--the United States--is still enabling Israel to get away with it (in April, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice even publicly pressured governments to block future flotillas), in June I plan to sail for Gaza again with "Freedom Flotilla II -- Stay Human."

I need you to help us break Israel's illegal blockade of Gaza, bring messages of solidarity to the 1.5 million Palestinians who are suffering Israel's collective punishment, and make sure that Israel does not repeat its illegal attack on us.

Here's how you can help today!

1. Tell President Obama to ensure safe passage of the Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza.

2. Visit the website of US Campaign member group U.S. Boat to Gaza, which is organizing The Audacity of Hope, the U.S. component of this flotilla. There you can take action by writing a letter of solidarity to Palestinians in Gaza, sign up for email updates, and much more.

I am proud to be an Advisory Board Member of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation because of all the amazing work we do together to change U.S. policy to support freedom, justice and equality for Palestinians.  I'm so glad that the US Campaign has endorsed the U.S. Boat to Gaza.

Thank you for taking action with me to ensure the success of the Freedom Flotilla II!

In solidarity,

Huwaida Arraf
Member, US Campaign Advisory Board
Chair, Free Gaza Movement

Monday, May 23, 2011

UStoGAZA: "We Need Everyone On Board."

US To Gaza is a US Campaign member group.

May 22, 2011

Together we have worked so hard to arrive at this moment. The launch of the U.S. BOAT TO GAZA, THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, is set for late June, just weeks away.

Now we need everyone on board. To follow the Audacity of Hope, with its passengers from the United States, as they sail in the International Freedom Flotilla, "Stay Human," to reach the shores of Gaza.

We want to make sure our network is as large as can be and we have the strongest voice possible in the U.S. as the boat sails. We want to make sure we can reach you, to keep you updated and informed about the progress of the voyage.

We are asking you to join all of our communication networks, sign up to receive our emails, and followus on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. If you are already linked to this campaign through these communication networks please forward this email to your personal networks and help get more people involved, updated and informed.

Ask others to join you in following THE AUDACITY OF HOPE as it sets sail. This is how you can contribute to the success of the U.S. BOAT TO GAZA campaign and to this national effort to create a platform from which many people can speak out against U.S. foreign policy that is complicit in maintaining the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza and occupation of Palestine.

Together we can reach the shores of Gaza.

Here's our video featuring Ali Abunimah, Kathleen Chalfant, Kathy Kelly and Alice Walker:

The Audacity of Hope will sail as a human rights mission to help end the illegal Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

The U.S. Boat to Gaza Campaign is collecting thousands of personal letters to the people of Gaza from people like you in the U.S., in an act of friendship and solidarity. These letters will be carried as our cargo on the U.S. Boat to Gaza when it sets sail in June 2011 in the next International Freedom Flotilla "Stay Human".

To include your voice in this great effort please write a letter, card or postcard and send it to:

119 West 72nd St. #158
New York NY 10023


Email your letter to:

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Calling Artists, Filmmakers to Create Short Promotional Videos

The U.S. Boat to Gaza is one of our 350+ coalition members.

The U.S. Boat to Gaza -- THE AUDACITY OF HOPE -- is calling on artists, animators and filmmakers to develop and submit a 1-5 minute video about THE AUDACITY OF HOPE for mass-distribution on YouTube and through our networks. Help us raise the profile of the U.S. Boat to Gaza in the coming months before we sail in June 2011 with the Freedom Flotilla II.

THE AUDACITY OF HOPE  is committed to carrying powerful voices from this country to the people of Gaza -- those voices who are supporting this grassroots, human-rights mission which is working to help end the illegal U.S.-supported Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. We need your creativity to increase our visibility throughout this country.

Video project guidelines:

1. The video should be no more than 5 minutes. (If you are inspired to make a longer film please go ahead, but it would have to be considered for another type of distribution and use.)

2. The piece should raise the profile of the U.S. Boat to Gaza -- THE AUDACITY OF HOPE  -- and promote the name in order to build public awareness of this effort.

3. The piece cannot promote any affiliation with political parties, institutions or associations in the U.S. or in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.

4. The piece cannot promote or support the use of violence or anything that would undermine our commitment to nonviolence.

Please send your videos to us at "videostogaza [at]".

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

2010 US Assembly of Jews: Confronting Racism and Israeli Apartheid

Check out the upcoming U.S. Assembly of Jews: Confronting Racism and Israeli Apartheid, organized by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network and US Campaign member group Middle East Children's Alliance.
" The 2010 US social Forum comes at a time when there is great urgency to build on recent successes of the Palestine solidarity movement, as United States corporations and the government continue to commit grave injustices in Palestine- not to mention in our own communities. Organized anti-Zionist Jews in the United States can play a critical role in movements with anti-racism and anti-imperialism at the center, and building stronger international solidarity.
Come together with other anti-Zionist Jewish activists committed to challenging racism, colonialism and imperialism- first and foremost by contributing to efforts to overcome Zionism and decolonize Palestine.
  • Build a shared direction and shared strategies for anti-Zionist Jewish organizing in the US, and build a relationship across locations for our organizing efforts.
  • Advance the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions including: campaigns against the Jewish National Fund; citywide to statewide divestment and boycott campaigns; labor divestment from Israeli bonds and the Histadrut, Israel's founding labor Zionist organization.
  • Develop anti-Zionist Jewish political perspectives and analysis, art, culture, and spiritual practice against Zionism's attempt to erase or co-opt our multiple social, cultural and political histories. "
Click here to learn more.