Irish Congress of Trade Unions Maintains Commitment to BDS

TRADE UNION FRIENDS OF PALESTINE
Campaigning in solidarity with the Palestinian people
July 8, 2011

At its Biennial Delegate Conference this week in Killarney the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, representing the entirety of the Irish trade union movement across the Island, demonstrated its continued commitment to Palestinian solidarity and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

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A Call to Action from Indigenous and Women of Color Feminists

Between June 14 and June 23, 2011, a delegation of 11 scholars, activists, and artists visited occupied Palestine. As indigenous and women of color feminists involved in multiple social justice struggles, we sought to affirm our association with the growing international movement for a free Palestine. We wanted to see for ourselves the conditions under which Palestinian people live and struggle against what we can now confidently name as the Israeli project of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Each and every one of us-including those members of our delegation who grew up in the Jim Crow South, in apartheid South Africa, and on Indian reservations in the U.S.-was shocked by what we saw. In this statement we describe some of our experiences and issue an urgent call to others who share our commitment to racial justice, equality, and freedom.

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The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights by Omar Barghouti

Join the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) for a public forum on: Boycott, Divestment Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights by Omar Barghouti.

Monday, July 4 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm
University of Toronto – Sanford Fleming, Room 1105
10 King’s College Road
Toronto, ON
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Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian commentator and human rights activist. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, NY, and a master’s degree in philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University. Don’t miss this important talk on the topic of his new book (copies available at the forum).

Organized by: Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA); OPIRG (U of T); Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) (Toronto); Faculty4Palestine; Palestine House Educational and Cultural Centre; and the Canadian Arab Federation

To endorse this event, and/or to request childcare: endapartheid@riseup.net

For more info see http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions

The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights by Omar Barghouti

Join the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) for a public forum on: Boycott, Divestment Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights by Omar Barghouti.

Monday, July 4 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm
University of Toronto – Sanford Fleming, Room 1105 

10 King’s College Road
Toronto, ON
Find this event on Facebook

Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian commentator and human rights activist. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, NY, and a master’s degree in philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University. Don’t miss this important talk on the topic of his new book (copies available at the forum).

Organized by: Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA); OPIRG (U of T); Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) (Toronto); Faculty4Palestine; Palestine House Educational and Cultural Centre; and the Canadian Arab Federation

To endorse this event, and/or to request childcare: endapartheid@riseup.net

For more info see http://www.haymarketbooks.org/pb/Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions

BUILDING SOLIDARITY FROM SOUTH AFRICA TO PALESTINE

SPEAKING TOUR – PALESTINIAN TRADE UNION COALITION FOR BDS

Montreal-Ottawa-Toronto-Windsor-Hamilton-London-Regina-Vancouver

A speaking tour featuring Amjad Barham of PFUUPE, Palestine and representative for the newly formed Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS – PTUC-BDS and Norman Otis Richmond, Co-founder of the Biko-Malcolm-Rodney Coalition in Toronto in the 1980s and 1990s which worked on the cultural boycott of South African Apartheid.

TORONTO Event
Saturday May 21st, 2011
6:30 -9:30 PM
Beit Zatoun
612 Markham St. (Bathurst Subway)
*Accessible entrance – not bathrooms

This speaking tour will be an important opportunity for debate and discussion on the question of how we as trade unionists can stand in solidarity with Palestinians. As labour activists, union representatives or grassroots union members, we will be discussing a number of key issues such as,

* Why are trade unionists globally comparing the situation in Palestine with that of South African apartheid?

* What is the situation of Palestinian workers today?

* Why has there been a call by Palestinian trade unions for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) modeled on the solidarity movement against South African apartheid?

There is a great urgency in building our solidarity with Palestinian workers. It is important to note that Palestinian trade unions continue to operate in and confront a daily reality of military occupation, apartheid walls and neoliberal austerity.

In Gaza, 98% of industrial operations remain idle as a result of Israel’s three-year blockade, which includes severe restrictions on electricity, heating oil, natural gas and construction materials. In the occupied West Bank, 25% of the population continues to face food insecurity as well as a complex network of 400-500 military checkpoints, roadblocks, fences, and other obstacles that separate Palestinian workers from their workplaces.

The “Building Solidarity from Palestine to South Africa” speaking tour is an important step in consolidating the worker-to-worker solidarity already established between Palestinian and Canadian and Québécois trade unionists.

Speakers

Dr. Amjad Barham
The head of the Palestine Polytechnic University employees union and the President of the Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Employees and Professors (PFUUPE). The Federation represents unions at all Palestinian universities in the West Bank and Gaza. Dr. Barham is a professor in applied mathematics.

PFUUPE is member of the Palestinian Trade Union Coalition for BDS PTUC-BDS, which includes almost the entirety of the blocks composing the Palestinian trade union movement, and is based on the Palestinian civil society call for BDS launched in 2005, as well as the standards adopted by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC).

Norman Otis Richmond
Radio-producer, host for Saturday Morning Live and Diasporic Music (88.1 FM CKLN Radio). Co-founder of the Black Music Association (Toronto Chapter). Co-founder of the Biko-Malcolm-Rodney Coalition in Toronto in the 1980s and 1990s which worked on the cultural boycott of South African Apartheid. They demonstrated against artists who visited and performed in South Africa and gave “awards” to those who turned down lucrative offers to perform in South Africa such as Roberta Flack, Third World, Mighty Sparrow, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Dan Hill and “For the Moment” (female vocal group from Nova Scotia). He was also in the League of Revolutionary Black Workers (Detroit, U.S.) and African Peoples’ Party (US).

To Sponsor, donate or participate in the tour 
please contact: satopalestine@yahoo.com

Sponsors & endorsers of the tour & local events include:
Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW-STTP)
, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Ontario Division
, CUPE Local 15
, CUPE Local 2491, 
CUPE Local 3903, TCUPE Local 3906, Hamilton Political Action Committee
, CUPE Ontario International Solidarity Committee
, CUPE Toronto District Council
, Fédération nationale des enseignants et enseignantes du Québec (FNEEQ)
, FTQ Regional Conseil Montreal
, London & District Labour Council
, Metropolitan Montréal Central Council, Confédération des syndicats nationaux
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) Local 568, 
Teaching Support Staff Union, Social Justice Committee, Simon Fraser University
, Toronto Secondary Unit Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association Human Rights’ Committee
, Vancouver & District Labour Council, CUPE Metro Vancouver District Council, College and University Workers United, Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign – Vancouver
, Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid, 
Faculty for Palestine
, Independent Jewish Voices
, London Solidarity Coalition for Palestine, 
Not in Our Name: Jewish Voices Opposing Zionism
, Students Against Israeli Apartheid
, Tadamon! Montreal
, The Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet), Canadian Arab Federation, Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, CKUT 90.3FM, Canada Palestine Foundation Quebec, Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights-Mcgill/Concordia, QPIRG McGill

For more information, please click here.