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2/15-18: Palestine Solidarity Movement Nat'l Student Conf.
by friend of SJP (justiceinpalestine [at] yahoo.com)
Sunday Feb 10th, 2002 10:28 PM
NATIONAL STUDENT CONFERENCE OF THE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT.
February 15-18, 2002
Berkeley, California
NATIONAL STUDENT CONFERENCE OF THE PALESTINE SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT.
February 15-18, 2002
Berkeley, California

Students for Justice in Palestine encourages interested students and
activists to preregister online for the National Student Conference of the
Palestine Solidarity Movement. Your preregistration is encouraged as it
helps us to organize the conference more smoothly and be prepared for a
more accurate number of attendees.

In the wake of the all-out war now being waged on Palestine, it is more
imperative than before that we in the United States coordinate our efforts
to work for justice and human rights for the Palestinian people. Just as
students in the United States played a key role in working for an end to
South African apartheid in the 1980s, so we are now taking on the role of
spearheading the movement against Israeli apartheid today. For this reason,
Students for Justice in Palestine is coordinating a conference of
campus-based activists. This conference is primarily focused for student
activists, but community-based activists are welcome to participate. This
will be a hands-on conference that allows us to share our experience as
activists and participate in organizing a national movement.

The conference program will include hands-on organizing workshops,
large-group plenary sessions and panels, and organizing sessions for
students and community-based activists. For details visit
http://www.justiceinpalestine.org.

== CONFERENCE PROGRAM ==

CONFIRMED SPEAKERS
As'ad Abu Khalil
Sami al-Arian
Anthony Arnove
Joel Beinin
George Bisharat
Phyllis Bennis
Youmna Chlala
Souad Dajani
Sarah Eltantawi
Jess Ghannam
Suheir Hammad
Maher Hathout
Najib Khoury
Mark Lance
Rasmiya Masoud
Hala Nasser
August Nimtz
Elias Rishmawi
Normon Solomon
Margaret Zaknoen
Student activists from around the country
More speakers TBA

DISCUSSIONS
** Points of unity
** The future of a national movement

WORKSHOPS AND PANELS
** Activism Basics/ Organizing
** Bringing together religious and secular activism
** Connecting Global Justice Movements to Palestine
** Direct Action
** Divestment
** Documentary Films on Palestine as educational tools
** Educational strategies
** Legal and Economic Structure of Israeli Apartheid
** Media Activism
** Palestine 101A: History of Palestine
** Palestine 101B: History of the Resistance Movements
** Palestine Solidarity Movement Post-9.11
** Palestinians under Israeli Law
** Political Economy of Palestine & Israel
** Right of Return
** Security of the Movement
** Solidarity Panel: Kashmir, Vieques, East Timor, Philippines
** Stopping US Aid to Israel
** The Myth of the "Peace Process"


== REGISTRATION ==
Students: $20 preregistered; $25 At-the-door registration, Nonstudents: $45
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Register online at http://www.justiceinpalestine.org.

If you are receiving this message and have already registered, you do not
need to do so again.

ALL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES AND PRESS MUST FIRST CHECK IN AT THE WELCOME TABLE
IN THE MLK STUDENT UNION.
Those who have not preregistered may register upon arrival at the welcome
table. Preregistration online is much appreciated by the conference
organizers.

Welcome table on second floor of Martin Luther King Student Union, on the
UC Berkeley campus, near the intersection of Telegraph Ave. and Bancroft
Way, beginning at 5 pm on Friday 2/15 through the end of the conference.

Directions to MLK Student Union on the Berkeley Campus:
http://www.berkeley.edu/map/maps/DE34.html
Directions to UC Berkeley campus
http://www.berkeley.edu/visitors/traveling.html

== SPECIAL PUBLIC EVENT ==
Members of the public are invited to the panel "The Palestine Solidarity
Movement after 9/11", Sunday evening, 2/17, featuring Anthony Arnove,
Youmna Chlala, Souad Dajani, Elias Rishmawi, Norman Solomon, and student
activists from across the country.
To participate in other conference events, members of the public must
pre-register online or register at the door for the full conference.

== MEDIA ==
Certain portions of the conference will be open to the press. For details
contact justiceinpalestine [at] yahoo.com or call (510) 496-1269 x1948. Media
space is limited. Please inquire before the conference regarding space
availability.
All media must check in at the welcome table (see above).

Members of the press are also invited to a press conference Monday, 2/18 on
the UC Berkeley campus. Inquire for details.

== COSPONSORS ==
This conference is organized by Students for Justice in Palestine and
cosponsored (as of 02/02/02) by (alphabetical order):
Al-Awda, the Palestine Right of Return Coalition, San Francisco (Al-Awda
SF), American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Francisco (ADC-SF),
American Muslims for Jerusalem, Americans for Justice for Palestinians,
Boalt Hall Arab Students Association, Center for Economic and Social
Rights, If Americans Knew, Jews for a Free Palestine, Middle East Childrens
Alliance (MECA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Muslim Students
Association (MSA), Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism (QUIT), Stop US
Tax-supported Aid to Israel Now (SUSTAIN).

== FOR MORE INFORMATION ==
Students for Justice in Palestine
http://www.justiceinpalestine.org
justiceinpalestine [at] yahoo.com
(510) 496-1269 x1948
PM Box #572, 2425 Channing Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
by Abu Uba
Thursday Feb 14th, 2002 6:38 PM
oooh, you think they will ever do a celebration of Hamas on Cal's campus again like they did in the mid 90's?
by Tom Marshall
Thursday May 8th, 2003 7:16 AM
BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY GUILD OF STUDENTS CENSORS NELSON MANDELA OVER PALESTINE

The Guild of Students (student union) of the University of Birmingham is attempting to censor publicity for a talk on Palestine - 13th May 2003.

Guild Vice-President has taken offence at references to the Palestinian struggle for freedom.

The offending words are a direct quote from Nelson Mandela:

“Palestinians are not struggling for a ‘state’ but for freedom, liberation and equality, just like we were struggling for freedom in South Africa... Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children.”

If you are interested in complaining about this please e-mail:

Ali Marchant
vpia [at] bugs.bham.ac.uk

(Vice President Internal Affairs)

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