Weekend of strategy workshops on BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions) in
Wooler Youth Hostel,
Weekend of October 2-4
Friends of Al Aqsa
Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods
Northern Palestine Solidarity Network
Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign
The last year has seen significant growth in the BDS movement. Trade union commitments, student occupations and initiatives by groups working for solidarity with Palestine have together transformed the landscape here in the UK and elsewhere. The Gaza massacres were the major factor in shifting opinion but, at enormous cost to Palestinians, this has greatly expanded support for the BDS campaign.
Participants at the BDS weekend at Wooler will discuss ideas that can take this movement forward. Those new to BDS will have the opportunity to learn from those who have already been active in pushing out the BDS campaign in different fields. The weekend will provide a crucial opportunity to share experiences and reflect on the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.
Please note the following timetable is subject to final amendment.
7pm - Palestinian meal & welcome from hosts and housekeeping
8pm - 9pm - Keynote address
9pm - Drink & snacks
9am - 10.30am: Session 1 BDS: Rationale, Results and Possibilities
11am - 12.30pm: Session 2 Supermarkets & retail
12.30 - 1.30pm Lunch
1.30 - 3pm: Session 3 Complicit firms – Veolia & Eden Springs
3.30 - 5pm: Session 4 The Campaign against the JNF (Jewish National Fund)
5.00pm Review of the day, ambitions for Sunday
9 - 10.30am: Session 1 Academic & Cultural boycott (speaker from BRICUP)
11am - 12.30pm: Session 2 (1 hour separately, then 30 minutes together)
[2 Workshops] Trade Unions or Building boycotts on campus
12.30 - 1pm
Registration for the weekend:
Send cheque for £19 made out to Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign:
In England, to Terry Gallogly, 10 Lowther Court, York, YO31 7EG (01904 340867)
In Scotland, to Scottish PSC, c/o Peace & Justice Centre, 2 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ (0795 800 2591)
Entry to all sessions
Hostel accommodation for two nights
Simple breakfast (corn flakes, toast & tea/coffee)
There are only 50 places available in Wooler Youth Hostel and these will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Wooler, 15 miles from Berwick-on-Tweed, has a number of B&Bs for those too late for a YH place or opting to arrange their own accommodation.
(A special registration fee of £5 is available, excluding accommodation.)
A bus timetable & arrangements for transfer from Berwick to Wooler will be provided shortly.
For information on Wooler & surrounding area: http://www.wooler.org.uk/