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About NorCal Sabeel

NorCal Sabeel is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, community-based group dedicated to organizing and participating in activities and educational events that advance the cause of peace and justice for both Palestinians and Israelis. Our mission is to advocate for Palestinian human rights and to amplify the voices of the Palestinians. We condemn all acts of violence against human life, whether committed by states, individuals, or groups.

NorCal Sabeel is affiliated with Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA). NorCal Sabeel supports the mission of FOSNA, which is to promote awareness and understanding of the conflict between the Palestinians and the state of Israel through educational programs for North American Christians and other faith groups.

NorCal Sabeel supports:

  • the call of Kairos Palestine to end Palestinian suffering
  • the end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, in accordance with international law and United Nations resolutions
  • equal rights and access to resources for all inhabitants of the region, based on principles of social, economic, environmental, and political justice
  • the right of return of Palestinian refugees in accordance with international law and human rights principles
  • the end to policies of the U.S. government that support and perpetuate the occupation
  • active engagement in the campaign for boycott, divestment, and sanctions

NorCal Sabeel
P.O. Box 9301
Berkeley, CA 94709
norcal.sabeel@gmail.com

UPCOMING EVENTS


The Petaluma Progressive Festival

The Petaluma Progressive Festival is an annual event that brings together activists for social change. Come to enjoy the food, camaraderie and inspiring talks, and visit us and our partners, the North Coast Coalition for Palestine, at our table under the shade of the walnut trees.

When: Sunday, August 25, from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Walnut Park, Petaluma Boulevard South and D Street in downtown Petaluma

Solano Stroll

Solano Stroll is a joyous annual street fair in Berkeley and Albany that attracts tens of thousands of people. Join NorCal Sabeel and JVP Bay Area activists in educating the community about the impact of the Israeli occupation on Palestinians and how the U.S. government supports this human disaster by helping out at our booths and marching with us in the Solano Stroll parade.

When: Sunday, September 8, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany. The NorCal Sabeel booth will be near the NW corner of Solano and Ensenada, adjacent to the Jewish Voice for Peace booth. We gather for the parade at 9:30 a.m. on Fresno Street, near the top of Solano.

Palestine Cultural Day

This is the 41st year of Palestine Cultural Day, which offers cultural entertainment and workshops, live music, dabkeh, comedy, kids’ entertainment, local vendors, and authentic Palestinian foods including falafel and shawerma, traditional sweets, and more. Enjoy the festivities and be sure to visit our NorCal Sabeel informational booth.

When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City

Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural

The Oakland-Palestine Solidarity Mural (OPSM) is an international solidarity and community-building project created under the auspices of NorCal Sabeel, the Estria Foundation, and Art Forces. With its diverse, international team of artists, OPSM connects the Bay Area and the USA to Palestine by linking shared histories of colonization, environmental injustice, and the exile of indigenous peoples.

Where: View the mural across the street from Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th St., Oakland


PAST EVENTS


World Without Walls: An Evening with Janna Jihad

Join us and other members of the World without Walls Coalition to hear from Janna Jihad Tamimi, a 13-year-old Palestinian activist from the West Bank and one of the youngest accredited journalists in the world. She is also an ambassador of Shamsaan, a South African children’s rights organization. Come for refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m., watch a short documentary film clip about Janna's work, and listen to a moderated discussion with Janna in person, followed by questions and answers with the audience.

When: Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Greenlining Institute, 360 14th St., Oakland

Nakba Day Action

Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest
456 Montgomery St., San Francisco

On Nakba Day, people of faith, clergy, and laity will deliver a petition to the Israeli Consulate from Kairos Palestine, calling for an end to Israel's oppression of the Palestinian people. We are calling on people of faith in the Bay Area to join us for prayer and to demand that the Israeli government end the brutal occupation and that it grant Palestinians the right to their own self-determination. We will lift up the voices of Palestinian Christians through the Kairos petition. 

View a flyer of the event

CHALLENGING OPPRESSION:

WORKING FOR JUSTICE FROM PALESTINE TO THE U.S.A

December 1-2, 2017 in Santa Rosa

December 3, 2017 in San Francisco

Speakers on the Current Situation in Palestine
Panel on Solidarity and Hope Across Identities and Borders
Break-Out Discussion Groups on How to Engage
Resources to Take Back to Your Community to Empower Justice Work
Food, Music, Networking

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The Oakland-Palestine Solidarity Mural is an international solidarity and community-building project under the auspices of Northern California Friends of Sabeel, the Estria Foundation and Art Forces

With its diverse, international team of artists, OPSM will connect the Bay Area and the USA to Palestine, in part by linking shared histories of colonization, environmental injustice and the exile of indigenous peoples.

The mural uses trees throughout as a metaphor and design element to link seemingly disparate issues and distant locations.

An audiovisual program is being developed to amplify the mural’s themes and provide access to background information and historical narratives.

The Uptown Body and Fender gallery, located across the street from the mural site, will host an exhibit and a series of events to expand the mural’s themes. (The dates of these events will be announced.) These features will maintain activity around the mural space and develop relationships, education and organizing action.

Save the date: Mural dedication, Sunday, August 10, 1 to 4 p.m.

 


Videos from Voices For Justice & Peace in the Holy Land

A Conference co-hosted by NorCal Friends of Sabeel & Christ the King Church
held in March, 2014 at Christ the King Catholic Church, Pleasant Hill, California.
 


It was an opportunity to hear from and talk with Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and secular leaders, scholars, and activists about the situation in Palestine/Israel

Keynote Speaker:  Rev. Graylan Scott Hagler, Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, D.C., and National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice.