Building Solidarity, Combating Occupation and Apartheid
National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference
Melbourne, 29 – 31 October 2010
– activism in support of Palestine –
Dear friends and supporters,
We are very pleased to announce the participation of American Jewish activist and author, Anna Baltzer in the upcoming Australian national Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference.
Anna is a Jewish-American Columbia graduate and Fulbright Scholar, who has worked as a volunteer with the International Women’s Peace Service in the Occupied West Bank, documenting human rights abuses and supporting Palestinian-led nonviolent resistance to the Occupation. Anna is the author of the book Witness in Palestine and speaks widely in the USA and internationally on the Palestinian struggle for human rights and self-determination. Anna is being brought to Australia as part of a national speaking tour organised by Australians for Palestine and will speak at the Australian national BDS conference on Saturday.
Anna is one of the many fantastic activists and speakers who will be participating in the conference. She will be joining our very special guest speaker, Rafeef Ziadah from Canada, who is a member of the steering committee of the Palestinian Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and who will be speaking on behalf of the Palestinian BDS National Committee. Other speakers include, Samah Sabawi, Yousef al Reemawi, Ofer Neiman, Kevin Bracken, Alex Whisson Kim Sattler, Ginny Adams and Ken Davis. For full details of the speakers see attached list.
As outlined in our previous updates, the conference launch will take place on Friday 29th October at the State Library of Victoria Theatrette. Speakers include: Rafeef Ziadah, Ofer Neiman, Yousef al Reemawi and Kim Sattler.
CONCERT FOR PALESTINE – conference concert
On Saturday night, we have a fantastic musical and artistic line up with the Concert for Palestine. Performers include: Fear of a Brown Planet, Rafeef Ziadah, The Conch, the Phil Monsour Band and the Brothahood. Tickets are $25/$20 with proceeds going to the BDS conference organising costs/BDS campaign. Middle East food will also be available on the night!
Pre-registration and pre-payment for the conference is encouraged. You can email us your completed registration form or email us for a registration form at firstname.lastname@example.org You can electronically transfer your payment to the account below. Please tag deposit with your initials and “BDS”.
PALESTINE SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN
BSB: 063 262 Account number: 1052 9148
CONFERENCE ORGANISATION DONATIONS:
As our friends and supporters know, organising a conference takes money and time. As a result, we are appealing to friends and supporters to consider making also donation towards conference organisation costs. Whether it is a big or small amount, it all makes a difference.
Please consider if you can donate $10 or $20 or $50 or more to the organising of Australia’s first national BDS conference. Donations can be deposited in bank account listed above.
We are excited about the conference and the positive responses we have received regarding the initiative and we look forward to seeing you all in October.
For more information on our updated conference agenda and speakers, please visit our conference blog at: https://australianbdscampaign.wordpress.com/
The Conference organising committee.