Jennifer Bing, AFSC Chicago staff, passes along this good news from Loyola Students for Justice in Palestine. Chicago AFSC Middle East program staff and fellows provided resources and support on this effort over the past year.
"At approximately 6:30PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, the Student Senate of Loyola University Chicago, the largest Jesuit University in the nation, voted to divest from the Israeli Occupation with a vote of 26-0-2.
"Calling forth the goodness" is a podcast series that features the voices and communities that work together to create change.
This episode, "Seeds of an Occupation," tells the story of how the AFSC is partnering with students, interfaith coalitions, and community groups to end the Israeli occupation in Palestine through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.
Listen and hear the voices of community members all around the country working together for change.
Join an interfaith group of people of conscience calling on all consumers and stores to stop buying and selling SodaStream products, which are manufactured within an Israeli settlement in occupied Palestinian territory.
In Chicago, Daniel joins a protest outside the annual fundraiser of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces. Oct. 2012.
No one would say it’s easy to question beliefs you have held your whole life. For Daniel Kaplan, an American Jew who organizes college students in a national campaign to pressure divestment from corporations that profit from the Israeli occupation of Palestine, answering these questions honestly meant reconciling a deep sense of justice with an equally deep sense of himself.
This may seem like a lot to ask of the tasty concoction of garbanzo beans, tahini, and garlic, but to several Earlham College students dedicated to promoting peace and justice for the people of Palestine and Israel, hummus is the perfect place to start.
The hummus served at Earlham, a Quaker college in Richmond, Ind., is made by Sabra. Sabra’s parent company, Strauss Group LTD, provides support for the Israeli military’s enforcement of the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Quaker churches and meetings can help support the end of the conflict in Israel-Palestine by considering the issue as a meeting and participating in several activities. Read more to find out how you can get involved.
Are your retirement funds supporting Israeli occupation? TIAA-CREF, one of the world’s largest retirement funds and a self-described “leader in socially responsible investing,” invests nearly $600 million in corporations that profit from Israeli military occupation.
1. Join the We Divest – TIAA-CREF Campaign. Sign the Petition and encourage others to do so. (more information at www.wedivest.org)
2. Host a house party and invite a speaker to come and talk about the We Divest Campaign or about the situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Help us reach new people who have these retirement funds, especially those “on the fence” about divestment.
During our work with students, AFSC has been witness to increasingly well organized and well funded efforts to silence student speech in support of Palestinian rights. Forms of intimidation have included name calling, death threats, physical attacks, and legal actions. AFSC and 12 other organizations are now speaking out, affirming the First Amendment rights of students to speak on these issues.
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