Sunday, July 16: JVP and AFSC activists on Israel/Palestine
Keeping up the fight: Current campaigns for achieving justice here and in Israel/Palestine
The work of calling out islamophobia seems in parallel with the issue of Palestinian rights – with a more solid effort required due to the person residing in the White House. We have heard some talk from this administration about a peaceful solution in Israel/Palestine, but have seen no action. Thus other measures from activist circles – one example being boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns – have emerged as a way for everyday people to respond.
Also from the White House, we’ve seen various attempts at action to keep certain populations out of our country, which leads to preconceived and negative notions of members of that population. That development may require a response designed to inform and become familiar with people we don’t know.
Whether in the search for a true story or the search for solutions, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) and the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) are two organizations working together to make the situation a better one in the Middle East – as well as here in the U.S. On Sunday, July 16, Peace Action of San Mateo County will present speakers from both organizations to give a perspective based on human rights. The topic of the evening will be “Keeping up the fight: Current campaigns for achieving justice here and in Israel/Palestine”.
The evening begins at 7 PM at the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo, 300 E. Santa Inez Avenue (at Ellsworth) in San Mateo. Admission if free, contributions welcome. The UUSM is wheelchair accessible.
Our guests will be:
Noam Perry, an associate in the AFSC Economic Activism Program, which produces the INVESTIGATE website, a database of companies involved in human rights violations. He teaches in the Human Rights Program at San Jose State University, where he is also the faculty advisor of Students for Justice in Palestine. Noam will talk about recent developments in Israel/Palestine, particularly with regard to anti-BDS initiatives, and how the AFSC supports campaigns that want to engage in economic activism.
Wendy Greenfield, a co-founder of the South Bay chapter of JVP dating back to 1996. She is a lifelong activist who also helped organize United Farm Workers boycotts, New Jewish Agenda’s Argentine Prisoners Campaign, and the struggle for bilingual education. Wendy will give an overview of the BDS movement, including JVP’s national and local involvement. She will also talk about JVP’s “Deadly Exchange Campaign”, which highlights the connections between U.S. and Israeli military and police departments.
Marianna Tubman has been an active member of South Bay Jewish Voice for Peace for about 7 years, and is also a member of PASMC. She has participated in study groups exploring white privilege and racism and has organized film screenings and a study group on Israel/Palestine at the Unitarian church she attends. Marianna will talk about JVP’s curriculum and canvassing on “Challenging Islamophobia and Racism.” South Bay JVP offered the beginning curriculum on June 15th, and will be canvassing in South Bay neighborhoods this summer to engage neighbors in this educational process.
We look forward on July 16 to an interesting discussion with some dedicated activists.