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Santa Cruz, CA Event- Justice for Palestine: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions

Conference Start Date: 
Friday, April 29, 2016 to Saturday, April 30, 2016

For those who care about Human Rights, and their universal application, this event will offer:

  • historical context and first- hand updates about the shifting realities in Palestine and Israel
  • rationale for the burgeoning campaign for boycotts and divestments in churches and universities
  • training on how to implement boycotts and divestment from companies complicit in human rights violations

The event is designed for all levels of knowledge and engagement in nonviolent struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the disenfranchisement of the Palestinian people. This conference, based on the commitment of the church, the university, and the community to truth and justice, is seeking to answer the call from Palestinian civil society, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Palestinian Prisoners Solidarity Network for BDS to help end their suffering and denial of basic human rights through nonviolent actions of  Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.  

Through plenary lectures, workshops, direct action, and artistic performance, participants can find answers to questions about how to end the illegal occupation of Palestine and about connections to broader divestment from the prison- miliatry- weapons industrial complex. 

This conference is open to all.  Whatever your background or expertise, you will find a place to learn, grow, and network for others. 


Omar Barghouti: Cofounder of the BDS Movement

Lara Kiswani: Executive Director of the Arab Resource & Organizing Center

Rev. Graylan Hagler - United Church of Christ, DC and veteran social and economic rights activist

Professor Ilan PappĂ©: Israeli Historian and Activist. Director of the University of Exeter's European Centre for Palestine Studies

Mark Braverman: Executive Director of KAIROS USA

The Rev. Diane Weible: United Church of Christ

Full Conference- $85
Friday Evening Only -$30 
Saturday Only - $65
Students (with valid ID): Friday evening is free; Saturday is $15; free for student volunteers
For general questions call 831-426-2010 or email


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