Join members of Adalah-NY for a message of solidarity from the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions National Committee followed by a Q & A session about the growing movement for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law.
1:30pm: gather at the big red structure (corner of Broadway and Cedar) to help publicize event + hold space
2pm: statement + debut of new chant for Occupy Wall Street + BDS Q & A
"The refreshing scenes of determined peaceful protest for justice from around the world tell us that we, the 99% of the world, are in the process of straightening our backs, collectively, with unwavering fortitude and boundless hope."
Palestinians Tell the World: Sovereignty Means Securing ALL Our Rights!
Palestinians and their supporters everywhere are mobilizing to remind the world of their right to self-determination. In New York we are marching to the United Nations because the world's attention is focused on the vote on Palestine scheduled to take place there.
For over six decades, the U.N. has approved numerous resolutions promising Palestinians their basic rights, none of which has been implemented. We come to the U.N. to demand:
The flash mob started with a handful of people and within a minute saw dozens more singing and dancing to a parody of the tune of "Don't Stop Believin’" by Journey. "Don't stop boycottin'," they sang, "Think when you're shopping." They called out companies benefiting from Israeli occupation, and celebrated Roger Waters, Gil Scott Heron, and Elvis Costello, who are among the many artists to have heeded the Palestinian civil society call to boycott Israel until it complies with international law.
The fight between Israel's supporters and detractors bubbled over in March 2011 when New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center canceled a pro-Palestinian group's event for which the center had rented its space. The cancellation followed complaints from supporters of Israel within the gay community. The center’s move set off a heated dispute within the gay community. In this debate and elsewhere, Israel and its supporters are highlighting the Jewish state's progressive attitude toward gay and lesbian issues. Pro-Palestinian voices, meanwhile, accuse Israel of "pink-washing” its conflict with the Palestinians.
How Now BDS? Media, Politics and Queer Activism A conversation with John Greyson and Judith Butler Moderated by Jasbir Puar
Friday, March 11, 6 to 8pm Judson Memorial Church, Basement Gym - 243 Thompson St., just off Washington Square Park
John Greyson and Judith Butler will consider new forms of activism in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, focusing on both the cultural and academic boycott and the importance of queer BDS activism in Palestine and elsewhere. They will discuss not only the reasons for supporting BDS, but the new forms of anti-Occupation activism in the media, popular culture, the academy, and other domains of public life. "How Now BDS" will center on how BDS is done now, and what must still be done.