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BDS Conference in Canada with TAU Ethics PhD student Omar Barghouti
 

 

http://www.bdsquebec.org/

The BDS Conference 2010 aims to regain the momentum of the international BDS campaign, in Quebec, and bring together organizations that stand in solidarity with the plight of Palestinians. Through a collaborative approach, organizations can work together to start building a popular BDS movement in order to educate and inform the Canadian public.

September 23rd, 2010

Hello everyone!

This is an update on the upcoming Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference taking place in Montreal from October 22nd -24th, 2010!

1] Conference speakers: Update and exciting news!!
2] Saturday October 23: Artists Against Apartheid Concert
3] Registration
4] Schedule
5] Logistics – conference location, housing, translation, etc.
6] Endorsements
7] Fundraising and Donations
8] Get involved!

1) Conference keynote speakers: Exciting news!!

The Organizing committee of the BDS Conference wishes to share some exciting news: the participation of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) will make this a TRULY historic moment in the movement against Israeli apartheid in Canada and Québec!

On Friday evening, October 22, 2010, the conference opening panel, “From Sharpeville to Gaza, 5 years of BDS” will feature Sidumo Dlamini, COSATU President, COSATU International Affairs Secretary Bongani Masuku, and Omar Barghouti, founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

Other speakers confirmed for the conference include:

Faiha Abdelhadi, feminist scholar and activist, Birzeit University, Palestine
Riham Barghouti, member of Adalah, the New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
John Greyson, queer filmmaker and activist, Toronto
Ewa Jasiewicz, Free Gaza Movement, England
Denis Lemelin, President, Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)
Representatives of the grassroots Stop the Wall Campaign, Palestine; the British Committee for Universities in Palestine (BRICUP); and US feminist organization CODEPINK

More speakers to be confirmed soon!

2) Saturday October 23: Artists Against Apartheid Concert

The evening of Saturday October 23, we will present the fourteenth edition of the Artists Against Apartheid concert series.

The concert will feature performances from some amazing local and international hip hop artists:

Invincible, Detroit
Obsesión, Cuba
Members of Nomadic Massive, Montréal

Admission to the concert is included in your Conference Weekend Pass. Alternatively, tickets for the concert only are available for $10-$15 sliding scale.

3) Registration

Registration is now open on-line at www.bdsquebec.org !

Registration fees:
Before Oct 10: only $25!
After Oct 10: sliding scale $35-$45

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if the registration cost is a barrier to your participation in the conference. Subsidies are available. Just email info@bdsquebec.org.

4) Schedule

We will be making the full schedule available online soon!

The BDS conference will consist of three main sections. Participants are free to attend all or only part of the conference, based on their interests and availability. The sectoral work on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning will be the most important part of the conference.

Saturday October 23, 9am – 12:15pm
::Informational workshops::

Apartheid 101
Lessons from South Africa
Indigenous struggles from Turtle Island to Palestine
Access to Health Care Under Apartheid
Israeli Apartheid as a Feminist Struggle
Popular Resistance to Israeli Apartheid
Land and Environment under Israeli Apartheid
Canada and its relationship to Israel
Jewish support for BDS

Saturday Oct 23, 1:45pm – 6pm and Sunday Oct 24 9am – 12pm
::Sectoral Organizing::

This is the most important part of the conference! Participants will have the opportunity to discuss work being done in the different sectors and campaigns of the BDS movement. The strength of the growing movement against Israeli apartheid is the diversity of tactics and strategies being adopted by different communities, social movements, artists, trade unionists, academics, students, and queer organizers in solidarity with the people of Palestine. This diverse work has taken to a new level the creative actions and campaigns against the corporations and institutions facilitating and profiting from Israeli apartheid.

The workshops within these sectors are designed bring together conference participants from across Québec and Canada to reflect on what they have accomplished so far, to learn from past and current campaigns and initiatives, and finally, to coordinate on future work so that we can make the most of the ongoing momentum for BDS against Israeli apartheid.

The Sectors

1. Labour: Trade union and worker support for BDS
2. Academic: Campus boycott and divestment campaigns and support for Palestinian students and academics
3. Cultural: Cultural sector efforts for BDS and support for Palestinian artists
4. Consumer Boycott: Initiatives for the boycott of Israeli consumer products, currently focused on Ahava Dead Sea Cosmetics, Chapters Indigo, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and Israeli diamonds
5. Community Sector: Grassroots community groups working on BDS, including but not limited to feminist groups, faith groups, anti-poverty groups, housing groups
6. Queer Community Organizing Against Israeli Apartheid: work on BDS from a queer perspective and within LGBTQ communities
7. Government Sector: actions undertaken by states around the world for BDS and how to push our provincial and federal governments’ to do the same.

Please note: There will be room at the conference for caucuses and different sectors that are not mentioned! Space and other resources will be provided for separate, spontaneous sectoral meetings based upon the interests of participating organizations, as needed.

5) Logistics

We are currently confirming the venue and we hope to hold the entire conference at the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) in downtown Montréal. We are also working on providing simultaneous translation, housing for those in need of a place to stay, and offering snacks.

More details coming soon!

6) Endorsements

If your organization would like to endorse the BDS Conference, please contact info@bdsquebec.org to add your organization’s name to the list of endorsers.

If you would like to receive more information on the conference as the schedule, speakers and other details are confirmed, email us and request to have your address added to the conference info email list.

7) Donations and Conference Fundraising

We are still desperately in need of funds to make this historic conference a success!!

There are two easy ways make a donation to the conference organizing fund:

a) Click on the “Donate” link on our website: www.bdsquebec.org !

OR

b) Cheques may be made out to “Congrès BDS 2010” and mailed to:

BDS Conference 2010
4755 van Horne, suite 110
Montréal, Québec
H3W 1H8

8] GET INVOLVED!

If you’d like to get involved in organizing the conference, please email info@bdsquebec.org to find out about our next meeting.

Stay in touch!
Facebook://
http://www.facebook.com/pages/BDS-Quebec/144184752270253
Twitter:// http://twitter.com/bdsquebec
Web:// http://www.bdsquebec.org
Email: info[at]bdsquebec[dot]org
Phone: (514) 921-6414

We are truly looking forward to seeing you on October 22 to 24!!

Towards a free Palestine!!

The BDS 2010 Conference Organizing Committee:

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) / Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des Postes (STTP)
Coalition pour la Justice en Palestine – Université du Québec à Montréal (CJP-UQÀM)
Coalition pour la Justice et la Paix en Palestine / Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP)
College and University Workers United (CUWU)
Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) / Voix indépendantes juives (VIJ) Canada
Palestinian and Jewish Unity / Palestiniens et Juifs Unis (PAJU)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR)
Tadamon! Montreal

CALL FOR ENDORSEMENTS AND DONATIONS FOR 2010 BDS QUEBEC CONFERENCE

September 3rd, 2010

Dear friends and allies,

On October 22 to 24, 2010, a historic conference will take place in Montreal which aims to consolidate and move forward the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid.

In 2005, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations, from trade unions to women’s groups to refugee organizations, issued a call to international civil society to engage in a comprehensive BDS campaign against apartheid Israel until Israel complies with international law and respects Palestinian human rights. This call for BDS explicitly takes its inspiration from the global boycott movement which helped to end apartheid in South Africa in the 1990s.

Several Palestine solidarity organizations in Montreal have formed a committee to organize a conference intended to carry forward the momentum for BDS, which is growing daily around the world. This conference is being organized in collaboration with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) in Palestine (www.bdsmovement.net).

We are currently finalizing the plans for the conference. At this time, we are approaching individuals as well as organizations and
businesses to ask for their endorsement of the 2010 BDS Conference. We are also requesting donations, which are essential to making this grassroots conference a success.

=>We need your financial support!

Our estimated budget for this historic conference is approximately $30,000. This is the amount required to host a conference of this scope. Confirmed International guests already include Omar Barghouti of the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott Initiative (PACBI) and the BDS National Committee (BNC), from Ramallah, Palestine, and the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), from Johannesburg, South Africa.

We are still confirming the participation of other international BDS activists, including a member of the Irish Confederation of Trade Unions, a professor and feminist activist from Birzeit University in Palestine, Detroit hip hop artist and BDS activist Invincible, and BDS activists from France and Norway.

:::: TO ENDORSE/DONATE ::::

Please contact info@bdsquebec.org to add your organization’s name to the list of endorsers.

If you would like to receive more information on the conference as the schedule, speakers and other details are confirmed, request to have your address added to the conference info email list.

To make a donation to the conference organizing fund, cheques may be made out to “Congrès BDS 2010” and mailed to:

BDS Conference 2010
4755 van Horne, suite 110
Montréal, Québec
H3W 1H8

Donations may also be made online by clicking the “Donate” link on our website: www.bdsquebec.org.

=>GET INVOLVED!

If you’d like to get involved in organizing the conference, please email info@bdsquebec.org to find out about our next meeting.

Stay in touch
Facebook:// http://www.facebook.com/pages/BDS-Quebec/144184752270253
Twitter:// http://twitter.com/bdsquebec
Web:// http://www.bdsquebec.org

In solidarity,

The BDS 2010 Conference Organizing Committee:

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)/Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des Postes (STTP)
Coalition pour la Justice en Palestine – Université du Québec à Montréal (CJP-UQÀM)
Coalition pour la Justice et la Paix en Palestine/Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP)
College and University Workers United (CUWU)
Palestinian and Jewish Unity/Palestiniens et Juifs Unis (PAJU)
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR)
Tadamon! Montreal

Conference Endorsers/Groupes qui appuient la conférence

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) (Palestine)
Al Hidaya Association
Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (Vancouver)
Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto)
CODEPINK for Peace (USA)
Conseil central du Montreal metropolitain – Confédération des Syndicats
Nationaux (CCMM-CSN)
Faculty for Palestine (Toronto)
Fredericton Palestine Solidarity
Gauche socialiste
Holy Land Action and Awareness Task Group of Toronto Southwest Presbytery
of the United Church of Canada
Independent Jewish Voices/Voix Indépendantes Juives – Canada
Labour for Palestine (Toronto)
Palestine House (Toronto)
Students Against Israeli Apartheid (Carleton University)
Students Against Israeli Apartheid (Toronto)
Quebec Public Interest Research Group – McGill University (QPIRG McGill)
Quebec Public Interest Research Group – Concordia University (QPIRG Concordia)
Q-Team
US Palestinian Community Network
WESPAC Foundation (Westchester County, NY)

August 24th, 2010

Thanks to everyone for your donations, the garage sale was a great success!

August 21: Fundraising Garage Sale for the Conference!

August 11th, 2010

Do the things you own own YOU? Donate them to our amazing garage sale which aims to raise funds for the 2010 Quebec BDS Conference…

Huge Garage and Bake Sale!
In support of the 2010 BDS Conference
Saturday August 21 (rain date Sunday August 22), 10am – 5pm
Rachel and De La Roche, across from Parc Lafontaine
Metro Mont Royal, Bus #29, #14, or #11.

We are having a humungous RUMMAGE SALE on August 21st to raise funds for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) Conference taking place in Montreal from October 22 to 24 2010. We are urgently in need of funds to make this conference a success. The conference aims to move forward the already growing movement for BDS in Quebec and Canada.

Please look through your drawers, basements, sheds and check out what you can donate for this important cause – books, CD’s, clothes, implements, jewellery, vacuum cleaners, TV’s, whatever! And please drop by on August 21 and bring your friends to pick up some great finds and contribute to a great cause.

If you can donate items to sell or baked goods please contact us.

 
Editor's note: TAU Prof' Marcelo Dascal is Omar Barghouti's superviser dascal@post.ac.il
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