palestinefreedomFrom 6pm, Fri 18th – 12noon, Sun 20th February 2011;
New Lanark Youth Hostel
 

Re-thinking Palestine Solidarity - Moving forward during the Arab Revolutions

The revolutions in the Arab world are transforming the political landscape across the entire region.  For five years SPSC had to fight to win the argument for the centrality of BDS as the key form of solidarity.  Now we need to link BDS and our wider activity to an Arab democratic revolution that will spread from the Atlantic to the Euphrates and includes Palestinians.

The Arab revolution for democracy already confronts the US, the EU and Britain as defenders of restructured dictatorship.  Palestinians inside Israel, Gaza and the West Bank are already demonstrating for democracy, in solidarity with Egypt and Tunis, are growing in confidence by the day, and confronting Zionist racism as well as repression from both the PA and Hamas.

revolutioninegyptWe have no ready-made manual to steer us through the exhilarating rapids of this revolution.  The weekend in New Lanark will be your opportunity to join in a discussion and shape the consensus that will enable us to continue to provide effective solidarity to the Palestinian people.

Friday: from 6pm
Welcome
Short films & discussion
Basic housekeeping

Saturday: sessions 1½ hour each

9.30-11am
Palestine solidarity in a time of revolutions

11-11.30am
Break

11.30am-1pm
Economics of BDS (Shir Hever)

1-2pm
Lunch

2-3.30pm
Learning the lessons of activity - A BDS case study: the SPSC Veolia campaign in Edinburgh

3.30-4pm
Break

4-5.30pm
Local groups & fresh ideas for future campaigning - break out sessions where people could join in small groups to discuss, then come back for chat.

With half hour to hour to sum up day.

6/6.30pm Finish

7.30pm
Dinner

Sunday

8.30-10am
Campaigning & our rights

10-10.30am
Break

10.30-11.30am
Working with the media

11.30am-12pm
Results 2010 & Prospects 2011

Donation towards food: min £5

£20 registration fee for event (includes Frid & Sat accommodation; SPSC have exclusive hire of the hostel)

 

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Use the link below to pay online. Alternatively send a cheque enclosed with your details to:

Scottish PSC
c/o Peace & Justice Centre
Princes Street
Edinburgh
EH2 4BJ

Cheques should be made payable to 'Scottish PSC'. Please mark the envelope 'Scottish PSC Residential Weekend'.

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