The Palestinian youth delegation that participated in the World Social Forum last December in Brazil had a second opportunity to act together and build youth-led networks during the World Social Forum in March 2013. The event in Tunis, Tunisia was a chance to promote youth initiatives within countries affected by the Arab Spring as well as internationally.
Jennifer Bing co-directs AFSC’s Middle East Program. Along with co-workers Shirien Damra, Daniel Kaplan, and Darlene Gramigna (who has pulled together previous spring breaks), Jennifer organized the 2013 alternative spring break for Earlham College students in Chicago. The students organized a vigil on the campus of Illinois-Chicago to protest Israel’s continued demolition of Palestinian homes and to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death.
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Join an interfaith group of people of conscience calling on all consumers and stores to stop buying and selling SodaStream products, which are manufactured within an Israeli settlement in occupied Palestinian territory.
Concerned citizens and Congressional staffers convened on Capitol Hill March 8, 2011 to hear the riveting stories of two people with deep ties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. AFSC organized the panel, along with Interfaith Peace-Builders and the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.
Phyllis Bennis http://www.ips-dc.org/staff/phyllis is a fellow at boththe Transnational Institute and the Institute for Policy Studies inWashington DC, where she directs the New Internationalism Project.Bennis worked as a journalist at the UN for ten years and currently serves as a special adviser to several top-level UN officials on Middle East issues. World Affairs Series. She is also the author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer; coauthor of Ending the U.S.
The Campus Organizing and Grassroots Advocacy Training conference was put on by AFSC and Interfaith Peace Builders and held at the Cesar Chavez School for Public Policy in Washington DC. When we arrived energetic young people from the high school greeted us, where they, in addition to about 200 others actively participated in the conference over the weekend. Saturday’s activities focused on campus organizing and were intended to support the students who came from college campuses all over the country.
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