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About NorCal Sabeel

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 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


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.”

Panelists:

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 Friends of Sabeel North America Clergy and Seminary Action Council, convener of World without Walls, and a GTU alumna.

Moderator:

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

View a flyer of the event

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.

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


PAST EVENTS


World Without Walls—World Without Cages

NorCal Sabeel is a founding member of the World Without Walls Coalition which is organizing this event. To RSVP and for a full list of sponsoring and endorsing organizations please go to the Facebook page.

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 the 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 impacted 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 to share action steps and strategies for change. We will have artwork, performances, interfaith prayer, and youth voices. This event, the second annual Bay Area WWW event, is one of several hundred international events this November promoting a World Without Walls.

Where: Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, 1433 Madison St., Oakland 94612
When: Sunday, November 10, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

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, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Leo J. Ryan Memorial Park, 650 Shell Blvd., Foster City

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 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.

The Petaluma Progressive Festival

The Petaluma Progressive Festival is an annual event that 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 the walnut trees.

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

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 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Greenlining Institute, 360 14th St., Oakland

Nakba Day of Action

When: Wednesday, May 15, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: 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.

Noura Erakat

Hear lawyer Noura Erakat talk about her new book, Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine

When: Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Berkeley City College Auditorium, 2050 Center St. (near downtown Berkeley BART)

This is a Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) event; NorCal Sabeel is a co-sponsor. For more information and to get tickets, go to https://www.mecaforpeace.org/event/berkeley-ca-noura-erakat-justice-for-some-law-and-the-question-of-palestine/

Palestine, Academia, and Activism with Dr. Rabab Abdulhad

Dr. Abdulhadi is 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 against her. For more information, go to: https://www.launchgood.com/campaign/stand_with_dr_rabab_abdulhadi_and_amed_expose_the_israel_lobby_and_sfsus_bullying_2#!/

When: Tuesday, November 19, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Buena Vista United Methodist Church, 2311 Buena Vista Ave., Alameda,

This event is organized by the Support Rabab Campaign Committee. NorCal Sabeel is a co-sponsor.