Friday, August 26, 2011

Exciting Events & Conferences Coming Up!

Dear friends,

Long time no talk/type! As national organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, I now send most of my updates out on that email list. If you're not already on it, please subscribe by clicking here. (And you can click here for an action alert that I sent out yesterday.)

Below you'll find information about the following events I'll be a part of for the next few months:

Sept 16-19: National Organizers Conference, Washington, DC
Oct 2: Receiving AFSC's Inspiration of Hope Award with ALICE WALKER, Chicago
Nov 11-13: Friends of Sabeel - North America Conference, Atlanta
Nov 25-27: American Muslims for Palestine Annual Conference, Chicago


The US Campaign's 10th Annual National Organizers conference is coming up September 16 - 19 in Washington, DC! From California to Wisconsin to Hawaii, activists and representatives of member groups from around the country are joining us for this special event.

The conference will be held at the historic Thurgood Marshall Center featuring a fantastic lineup of presenters, including:

Omar Barghouti, founding member of the Palestinian civil society call for BDS
Dalit Baum, founder of the Israeli research group Who Profits From the Occupation
Rami Khouri, whose writing has informed public opinion throughout Europe, the Americas, and the Arab World
Cindy Corrie of the Rachel Corrie Foundation
Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies
Simon Shaheen, internationally renowned violinist and `oud player
… and wonderful speakers from American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, Codepink, American Friends Service Committee, Students for Justice in Palestine, and more!

Early registration ends this Friday… Register now at a discount! Click here for more information.


I am extremely honored to be receiving the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Inspiration for Hope Award in October, along with the amazing Alice Walker (who will hopefully be there).

It will be at the AFSC Middle East Program's Annual Benefit, "Creating Connections, Renewing Commitments," open to all. Please save the date and join us on Sunday, October 2nd.

Alice Walker is a renowned author, poet and activist. In 1983, she became the first African-American woman to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her novel The Color Purple. She is author of more than thirty books, including her latest, Overcoming Speechlessness: A Poet Encounters the Horror in Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Palestine-Israel. Recently, she joined an international flotilla of boats sailing to Gaza to challenge the Israeli blockade.

The third award recipient will be Palestinian-American student activist Sami Kishawi, the third award recipient. There is limited seating, so please reserve your tickets today!

AFSC Middle East Program Annual Benefit
WHEN: Sunday, October 2, 1 - 4pm
WHERE: Columbus Park Refectory; 5701 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL

TICKETS: $50 - General Admission; $25 - Students

Please RSVP by September 20th to Miryam Rashid at mrashid [at] or [three][one][two]-427-2533 x18 to reserve tickets. (Checks can be made out to AFSC - Middle East Program and mailed to: American Friends Service Committee; Miryam Rashid; 637 S. Dearborn, 3rd Floor; Chicago, IL 60605.)


I will be speaking at the upcoming Friends of Sabeel - North America Conference entitled:

"From Birmingham to Bethlehem: Jesus' Third Way of Nonviolence in Israel/Palestine"

November 10th-12th, Atlanta, GA

Details will be posted here.


Finally, I will be speaking at the American Muslims for Palestine Annual Conference Thanksgiving Weekend (but I won't be speaking on Turkey Day itself!) in Chicago.

Click here for lots of info about lodging, speakers, etc.


Hope to see you soon at one of these events. Thanks for reading!



PS. If we aren't already connected on Facebook but you'd like us to be, please click here and "Like" me :-).

No comments: