U.S. Campaign to End the Occupation 12th Annual Organizers Conference featuring CCR Attorney Maria LaHood

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Date: September 21-22, 2013

Location:

George Mason University
3351 Fairfax Drive, Room 126
Arlington, VA, 22201

The 12th Annual National Organizers' Conference put on by U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will feature CCR Senior Staff Attorney Maria LaHood on two different panels. The conference is an opportunity for member groups and activists from across the country to come together for networking and strategizing around changing U.S. policy toward Palestine.

The weekend will feature workshops and panels about boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns; skillshares focusing on building local campaigns, facilitation, and media; and discussions about joint struggle and linking our Palestine activism with other social justice movements. Registration closes 9/18, but some events are free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.

Joint Struggle against Israel's Role in Repression
Saturday, 9/21 at 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Why joint struggle is a necessity for Palestine solidarity activists, its challenges and how we can incorporate the intersectionality of different struggles to strengthen our education and BDS efforts.

Speakers:
Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney, CCR
Fahd Ahmed, Legal and Policy Director, Desis Rising Up and Moving
Hatem Bazian, Chairman, American Muslims for Palestine
Sara Kershnar, Co-founder, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network

Justice for Human Rights Defenders
Saturday, 9/21 at 7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. (Free and Open to the Public)
Under the international human rights system, governments are responsible for the protection of human rights defenders. This panel will detail and explore the actions and inactions of the US Government as the Israeli military has continued – as in the cases of U.S. citizens Rachel Corrie, Furkan Doğan, and others - to injure and kill human rights defenders with impunity.  The panel will provide an overview of US Government response and a space for envisioning next steps in the fight for justice.

Speakers:
Maria LaHood, Senior Staff Attorney, CCR
Cindy and Craig Corrie, parents of Rachel Corrie currently appealing the Israeli District Court's August 2012 vredict in their civil case against the State of Israel