Dear Artists, Collectors, Educators, and Community Organizers,
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) are creating a traveling poster exhibition highlighting different historical boycott movements up to the present. The working title is Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism, and it will include the United Farm Workers' grape and lettuce boycott, divestment from South Africa to protest Apartheid, boycotts of corporations using sweatshops, and many others.
Since AFSC joined the national SodaStream Boycott Coalition, one of the questions we are most frequently asked regards SodaStream alternative or replacement products. Of course the simplest alternative to buying a SodaStream machine is to drink plain water or other non-carbonated beverages. However, if you’re convinced that buying your own machine makes sense you don’t have to buy a SodaStream.
BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. In the Israel-Palestine context, BDS refers to a call issued by over 170 Palestinian organizations in 2005 asking that the international community implement “broad boycotts and… divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.” The initial Palestinian call was signed by a broad coalition that included unions, academics, political parties, cultural groups, and civil society organizations.
The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has received a great deal of attention recently, but what is it really about? What do those who support BDS hope to accomplish and who leads the BDS movement? What are some examples of BDS campaigns? This resources answers these and other questions about the growing and dynamic BDS movement.
This resource guide is intended to help facilitate discussion about the film “5 Broken Cameras” by social action groups, classes, and other interested parties. We hope that discussion of this important film becomes a vehicle for developing a greater understanding of the issues involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and nonviolent resistance in Palestine.
This section of the 5 Broken Cameras Discussion Guide includes sample questions which can be used to guide discussions about the film and information about resources that interested individuals and groups can use to find out more about the situation in Bil’in, in Israel and Palestine, and about actions they can support that will help bring change.
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