NorCal Sabeel is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, San Francisco Bay Area–based group dedicated to organizing and participating in events that advance 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 nonviolent advocacy and 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
P.O. Box 9301
Berkeley, CA 94709
UPCOMING AND ONGOING EVENTS
Oakland-Palestine Solidarity Mural
The Oakland-Palestine Solidarity Mural 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, the mural connects the Bay Area and the United States to Palestine by linking shared histories of colonization, environmental injustice, and the exile of indigenous peoples. View the mural across the street from Uptown Body and Fender, 401 26th St., Oakland.
Speaking of Palestine is a monthly radio show hosted by members of California’s North Coast Coalition for Palestine, an affiliate of NorCal Sabeel. The show is broadcast on the nation’s first bilingual public radio station, KBBF, 89.1 FM. It airs from 4 to 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. To hear past shows, go to archive.org and type “Speaking of Palestine” in the search window.
On February 3, Speaking of Palestine interviewed U.S. Col. Ann Wright, an organizer of the 2020 Gaza Freedom Flotilla. Wright spoke about how, after 29 years of military and diplomatic service, she left in protest over the invasion of Iraq and became an activist for peace and justice. She also discussed the history and successes of the flotilla and the so-called U.S. Peace Plan for Israel and Palestine. Listen to the interview.
A Palestinian Advent Message on the 10th Anniversary of Kairos Palestine
Hear a Palestinian Christian’s message to the students and faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. Daniel Bannoura, instructor of Islamic studies and comparative religion at Bethlehem Bible College, writes and lectures on Christian theology, Islam, and Christians in the Holy Land. He will give a talk titled “Palestinian Christian Responses to the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.”
Rev. Dr. Dale M. Weatherspoon, pastor of Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond, former member of the General Board of Church and Society and the General Commission on Religion and Race, a community activist, and a lifelong pursuer of justice
Rev. Dr. John Anderson, chaplain at St. John’s Presbyterian in San Francisco and co-moderator of the Israel Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Rev. Dr. Allison Tanner, minister of Christian Formation at Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church in Oakland, co-leader of the FOSNA Clergy and Seminary Action Council, convener of World without Walls, and a GTU alumna
Rev. Michael Yoshii, pastor at Buena Vista United Methodist Church, co-founder of United Methodist Kairos Response (UMKR) and Cal-Nevada UMC Israel-Palestine Task Force, current chair of the Advocacy & Justice Committee of Cal-Nevada UMC, co-chair of Friends of Wadi Foquin, and alumnus of the Pacific School of Religion
When: Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Pacific School of Religion Chapel, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley
Palestine, Academia, and Activism with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi
Dr. Abdulhadi is the director of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities Diaspora (AMED) program at San Francisco State University. She has been targeted for her advocacy on behalf of Palestine. She will speak about Palestine, activism in academia, and the attacks on her. This event is organized by the Support Rabab Campaign Committee. NorCal Sabeel is a co-sponsor.
When: Tuesday, November 19, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda
Hear lawyer Noura Erakat talk about her new book, Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. This is a Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) event; NorCal Sabeel is a co-sponsor.
When: Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m.
Where: Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center St.
World Without Walls—World Without Cages
What would Nelson Mandela say if he saw the U.S. government separating families, putting migrant children in cages, and traumatizing a generation of immigrant youth through racist policies of deportation and deterrence? Or black and brown youth in the Bay Area targeted by police, many spending their adolescence behind bars or separated from their imprisoned parents? Or Palestinian children arrested, tortured, and imprisoned by Israeli military courts in occupied Palestine? It's time to put a stop to all the ways children are affected by walls, criminalization, and state violence. Every child deserves a life of safety and freedom.
Join us to learn more about the shared experience of youth around the globe and about strategies for change. We will have artwork, performances, interfaith prayer, and youth voices. This event, the second annual in the Bay Area, is one of several hundred international events this November promoting a World Without Walls. NorCal Sabeel is a founding member of the World Without Walls Coalition which is organizing this event.
When: Sunday, November 10, 4 to 6 p.m.
Where: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison St., Oakland
Palestine Culture Day
This is the 41st year of Palestine Culture Day, which offers entertainment and workshops, live music, dabkeh, comedy, kids' entertainment, local vendors, and authentic Palestinian foods including falafel, shawerma, traditional sweets, and more. Enjoy the festivities and be sure to visit our NorCal Sabeel information booth.
When: Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City
This annual street fair 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, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Solano Avenue in Berkeley and Albany. The NorCal Sabeel booth will be near the northwest 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.
Petaluma Progressive Festival
This annual event brings together activists for social change. 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 walnut trees.
When: Sunday, August 25, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Walnut Park, Petaluma Boulevard South and D Street in downtown Petaluma