UPDATE ON NATIONAL AUSTRALIAN BDS CONFERENCE CALL

Building Solidarity, Combating Occupation and Apartheid
National Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference
Melbourne, 29 – 31 October 2010

– activism in support of Palestine –

Dear friends and supporters,

Thank you for your emails and words of support. We have been overwhelmed and delighted by the positive response to the conference call. We are currently working on the conference program and agenda and hope to have an initial program to you all shortly.

In the meantime, endorsements for the conference have continued to come in and in the last week we have received endorsements for the conference from:

* Australians for Palestine (Melbourne)
* Australians for Justice and Peace in Palestine (Canberra)
* Women in Black (Melbourne)
* Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth (FAMSY)
* Garth Smith (Organiser, Seminars in the Sand, Byron Bay)
* Maxine Caron (Organiser, Seminars in the Sand, Byron Bay);

They have joined the following individuals, community and solidarity groups in endorsing the call for the conference:

Individuals

* Yousef Alreemawi; advocate for Palestine, academic and refugee activist.
* Leyal Asku – Lawyer.
* Fay Waddington (Palestine Solidarity Queensland)
* Kim Sattler (Secretary Unions ACT)
* Ginny Adams (Organiser, Health and Community Services Union)
* Kathryn Kelly (former ISM activist)

Groups:

* Friends of Palestine Western Australia (Perth)
* Palestine Solidarity Campaign (Melbourne)
* Students for Palestine (Victoria)
* Action for Palestine (Adelaide)
* Justice for Palestine (Brisbane)
* Australian-Palestinian Cultural Centre
* Palestine Remembered @ Radio 3CR; Australia’s only radio program that it totally dedicated to the Palestinian cause in English

We would like to encourage all supporters of the Palestinian struggle for self-determination and justice to endorse and support this very important initiative. If you would like to endorse and support the call for the conference, please contact us on ausbds[at]gmail.com

We will send out regular updates on the endorsements and the planning for the conference over the next couple of months.

You can keep up with news of what is happening with the conference by joining our email announcement group at: australian-bds-conference[at]googlegroups.com (or email us at ausbds[at]gmail.com and let us know you want to be added to the announcement list and we will add you).

Or by joining us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/group.php?gid=123970357646027

We will also keep our blog regularly updated: http://australianbdscampaign.wordpress.com/

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing everyone in October.

I'm a teacher, writer, and activist based in Bangalore. I am dedicated to various issues including #BDS and Palestine, living Zero Waste, and reversing the effects of climate change.

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