In the afternoon, we will have opportunities to take next steps on all we have discussed in the morning. Everyone will have the chance to attend two workshops during the afternoon and engage with experienced educators and activists.
Boycott & Divestment: Who, Why, and Why Now?
Taher Herzallah, National Campus Coordinator, American Muslims for Palestine
Description: The ever-expanding world-wide Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement has made some serious headway in the United States. From consumer boycotts, campus divestment initiatives, church divestitures, and municipal contracts, the average person of conscience can now participate in a movement
that seeks to bring justice to the Palestinian people. Let us navigate what's been happening in our community and how we can contribute to a more successful BDS campaign!
Rev. Jeff Wright, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and longtime pilgrimage organizer
Alternative (responsible) travel seeks to transform curious tourists into informed pilgrims by engaging the people who live in the land, and whose history, culture and social realities shape their lives. We’ll critique the typical Holy Land Tour, explore the Palestinian Initiative for Responsible Travel, and learn about alternative tours to Israel/Palestine (from hiking and biking to educational and religious).
Christians Answering the Call of Kairos Palestine
M. Theresa Basile, Steering Committee, United Methodist Kairos Response; Chair, Moderator, Interfaith Working Group, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
An overview of the broad scope of powerful ways in which Christians are
answering that call: meaningful actions that will help bring a just and lasting peace to all the people of the Holy Land. This workshop will give particular attention to economic advocacy – Divestment and Boycott campaigns – in many denominations. Additionally, we will touch briefly upon other church-based avenues for learning and action (covered in depth by other workshops today), such as faith-based educational curricula, legislative advocacy, and responsible tourism. Workshop participants will be introduced to many partners and tools for empowering church members to become knowledgeable and effective advocates for justice in Palestine and Israel.
It’s What We Do – Classes, Curricula, Educational Ideas and Resources for
Rev. Diane Dulin, United Church of Christ / Kairos USA Director of Church Participation
Churches know how to run classes and church members like to learn new
information about the Holy Land. In this workshop, examine some powerful
curricula on Palestine issues. Gain creative ideas for widening the perspectives of congregations who may just be starting to explore the issues of Palestine or may be ready for more advanced study.
Two Jews, Three Opinions – The Multiplicity of Jewish Voices, Perspectives
and Advocacy Groups
Estee Chandler, Organizer, Jewish Voice for Peace, Los Angeles Chapter
Learn who’s who among Jewish advocacy groups in order to understand the wide range of Jewish opinion and identify potential partners in our diverse American context. Come and learn the differences between AIPAC, J Street, American Jewish Committee and Jewish Voice for Peace.
David vs. Goliath – The Art of Asymmetric Advocacy on Capitol Hill
Mike Coogan, Legislative Coordinator, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
As grassroots activists, it can often feel overwhelming to challenge what seems like intractable Congressional support for Israel’s violations of Palestinian human rights.
In this workshop, we’ll take a look at case studies that illustrate how underfunded but well organized activists are effectively challenging the opposition on Capitol Hill –