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Saturday, July 28 • 2:00pm - 3:50pm
From Militarized Police to Israeli Apartheid, How Cities Push Human Rights

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In cities across the U.S. and Europe, people concerned with Palestinian rights are joining with other social justice struggles to push their local elected officials to take action in support of the global struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. These campaigns are part of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement and have included ending police exchange trainings between Israel and the U.S.; dropping contracts with companies complicit in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians; and passing resolutions to divest from corporations with sordid histories of human rights abuses, whether against Palestinians or Black, brown, and Indigenous communities in the US. Come learn about how these campaign wins and Palestine solidarity work in general push the overall politics of our cities and open up opportunities for political education and organizing for various communities. Especially in a moment in which the current regime is doubling down on and expanding the state’s oppressive and repressive policies, this session will present lessons we can take from Palestine activism about how we can organize on a municipal level as a way to bypass the federal government’s disregard of human and civil rights, whether by Congress or the White House.

  • Cheryl Davila- she/her
  • Aber Kawas- she/her
  • Ramah Kudaimi- she/her 
  • Leila- she/her
  • Rochelle Watson- she/her

Affiliated Organizations:

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Cheryl Davila

Vice Mayor, Council Member, City of Berkeley District 2
Vice Mayor, Councilmember Cheryl Davila, City of Berkeley District 2, answered the call for regular, ethical people to be part of the change they want to see made. She beat an incumbent, an underestimation leading to victory. Cheryl Davila stepped up, spoke up, rose up and will continue... Read More →
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Aber Kawas

NYC Advocacy Specialist, National Network of Arab American communities
Aber Kawas, is from Brooklyn NY of Palestinian descent. She graduated in 2014 from The City College of New York's International Studies Program with a concentration in Latin American Studies. Abeer has been organizing with the Arab and Muslim community in New York City since 2010... Read More →
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Ramah Kudaimi

Director Grassroots Organizing, US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
Ramah Kudaimi is the Director of Grassroots Organizing at the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights. She also serves on the National Committee of the War Resisters League.


Campaign Organizer, Jewish Voice for Peace
Leila is a Palestinian American and a campaign organizer at Jewish Voice for Peace, currently focused on the Deadly Exchange campaign. She is also a member of Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel.  
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Rochelle Watson

National Organizer, Rochelle Watson
Rochelle Watson is the National Organizer for Friends of Sabeel North America and a Peace and Justice Commissioner for the City of Berkeley.

Saturday July 28, 2018 2:00pm - 3:50pm PDT
4th Floor Meeting Room B

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