Monday, July 27, 2009

US Campaign Reps Talk Boycott & Divestment on "A Public Affair"

Last Thursday's episode of "A Public Affair" on WORT-FM in Madison, WI, hosted by Naama Nagar and Muhammad Sankari, featured a discussion of the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The featured speakers included an Israeli activist, a Palestinian activist who will be speaking at the US Campaign's National Conference, and two representatives of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. The first interviewee was Omar Barghouti, a member of the Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and also one of the featured keynote speakers at the upcoming US Campaign National Organizer's Conference this September, who spoke about the origins of the 2005 Unified Call for BDS, the history and significance of boycott as civil resistance, and his involvement in the movement as citizen of Israel. Barghouti was followed by Eilat Maoz, who is a central organizer in the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel, the organization that initiated the Whoprofits.org project. Eilat spoke about the growing movement of support for BDS within Israel, the Whoprofits.org project and database, and the LGBTQI community within Israel. Next up was US Campaign National Organizer Katherine Fuchs, who spoke about BDS organizing within the United States, the National Organizer's Conference and the IFBP delegation to Israel/Palestine (we'll be featuring updates from the delegation throughout the next two weeks here at the US Campaign blog!) Finally, the US Campaign's Boycott and Divestment Intern Ilana Rossoff, also a member of Students for Justice in Palestine at Hampshire College, spoke about BDS organizing in a campus community, such as tactics for educating and mobilizing support, as well as the recent divestment decision at Hampshire College and how student campaigns are moving forward. Click here to download and listen to the whole program.