The UNJPPI (United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel) AGM (Annual General Meeting) is only one month away, beginning with supper on Friday, August 28 and ending with lunch on Sunday, August 30. We were able to extend the registration deadline until August 10. We hope you can join us in Halifax for this important meeting, when we will decide how UNJPPI will respond to the events in Palestine and Israel.
This year we will gather to:
- seek ways to build our network, support each other and become more effective;
- find ways reach beyond ourselves and invite others in;
- focus on how we can contribute to a just peace in Israel/Palestine, especially in the light of recent government initiatives;
- strategize about how we can work with other networks and like-minded organizations;
- discuss the United Church General Council meeting and how their decisions will affect our work.
We have invited two resource persons to join us for their work and expertise in BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions).
- David Wildman, the Executive Secretary of Human Rights and Racial Justice for the Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in New York.
- Hind Awwad lives in Toronto. From her home in Ramallah she was the coordinator and spokesperson of the Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions movement of the Palestinian NGOs.
In addition, we have asked Ahmad Sabawi and Peter Larson. They will make presentations at the Saturday evening public event: “Remembering Gaza: One Year Later”.
- Ahmad Sabawi, a journalist from Gaza, currently lives in Regina. He will show us excerpts from a film he made during his trip to Gaza last fall.
- Peter Larson, the director of NECIP lives in Ottawa. He will show a PowerPoint presentation which gives some background on Gaza.
We have been invited to participate in a pre-AGM workshop from 3:00 – 4:30 PM Friday August 28th. This is a “test run” of a new, experiential learning exercise to raise awareness and understanding of the occupation of / justice for Palestine – inspired by the “Blanket Exercise” designed by KAIROS Canada which brings Canadian Aboriginal history alive. Come directly to the conference meeting room (Rosaria Student Centre of the Mount Saint Vincent University)
As in the past our participants pay $500. This allows us to offer a travel pool to support those coming from a distance. Ask your congregation, presbytery, and conference for help to pay this $500. You pay for your flight up front and we are hoping we can refund the full cost of your flight. That depends on how our participants are distributed across the country.
The AGM Organizing Team