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Report back from action outside San Francisco AIPAC fundraiser

On Tuesday, December 4, members of various Bay Area organizations met outside of the Westin Saint Francis in San Francisco to protest AIPAC’s yearly fundraiser being held inside. Voices from CODEPINK, Jewish Voice for Peace, (I’m not sure what other organizations were there….) informed passersby of the pro-Israel lobby’s recent success in pushing for more settlements to be made in the Palestinian West Bank as well as their agenda for a war on Iran. As AIPAC members walked past them into the front of the building, protesters were able to spread their messages of peace and hope for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine, as well as have meaningful conversations with people in the streets. After the program, five people were able to get inside of the cocktail hour and hand out flyers while shouting “Free Palestine, End the Occupation!” Find livestream video of this peaceful disruption here [ow.ly/fPMZX] (watch at minute 3:30)

Stand up to AIPAC in Cincinnati

Cincinnati ProtestStand up to AIPAC in Cincinnati

For years the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has served to prevent an honest discussion of the Israel-Palestine conflict and supported actions that block a peaceful resolution. This month they are fundraising in Cincinnati.

Come out and show that you don’t agree with AIPAC’s support of the most oppressive of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians and their constant drive for war with Iran.

FB event updates: https://www.facebook.com/events/509002149146920/

What: Protest AIPAC
When: Monday April 22nd, 5-7pm
Where: Meet on the street across from the JCC
(8485 Ridge Rd Cincinnati, OH 45236)

See you there!
Cincinnati Palestine Solidarity Coalition

Expose AIPAC in Solidarity with Palestinian Prisoners

By Philly BDS

Hundreds descended on Washington DC to Expose AIPAC

See pictures from the incredible Expose AIPAC actions throughout the weekend!

Read media coverage of the weekend convergence!

Read US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation’s write up about the Expose AIPAC weekend!

Take online action: ‘AIPAC Wants War With Iran. Americans Don’t!

Codepink to Protest Outside AIPAC Gala, Show Support for Palestinian Rights and Middle East Peace

For Immediate Release:

Where: Between the Historical Society Building and the Washington Convention Center
When: Monday, March 4, 7-8:30pm

CODEPINK will talk to the hundreds of Congresspeople going into the gala to show their support for AIPAC. CODEPINK and allies will say no to AIPAC, yes to equality and freedom for Palestinians, yes to peace with Iran. It is time for a new US foreign policy in the Middle East.

Codepink & DC area supporters have protested outside the AIPAC Policy Conference over the weekend. Visuals have included a village of settlements to show they are an obstacle to peace, a solemn 100+ person kneel-in outside of AIPAC to support Palestinian political prisoners and hunger strikers, the construction of a Separation Wall and more. Video and photographs available for press use upon request, email alli@codepink.org.

The Expose AIPAC coalition gathered to urge US officials to reject the Israeli administration’s push for war on Iran and insist on respect for Palestinian rights. Timed to coincide with the annual AIPAC policy conference, the Expose AIPAC summit was a weekend series of events and protests to draw attention to the role of AIPAC as a special interest lobby that maintains a stranglehold over US policies.

Video: Expose AIPAC

This video catalogues the tactics used by AIPAC members against protesters.

CODEPINK Stages Series of Demonstrations Against AIPAC: Begins by “Occupying” AIPAC’s Office on March 1st

For Immediate Release

Where: In front of the AIPAC building (251 H St., NW Washington DC)  

When: 12:00pm,  Friday, 1 March 2013

To kick off a weekend of actions to protest the Israel lobby’s annual policy conference, CODEPINK and other human rights organizations will converge at the AIPAC headquarters in Washington, DC at noon on Friday, March 1st. Activists will “occupy” the AIPAC building by setting up a “settlement village” in front of the building’s main entrance. Visuals include “settlement homes” that protesters will wear, and they will arrange themselves symbolically to represent how much of an obstacle to peace real settlements in the West Bank are. Other activists will hold banners calling for new American policies in the Middle East that are not dictated by AIPAC.

AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is holding its annual policy conference in DC next week, March 3-5, at a time when tensions are high in Israel/Palestine. Demonstrations have erupted all over the West Bank in response to the death of Arafat Jaradat, who died while in Israeli prison as a result of torture. Several other Palestinian prisoners are nearing death as they protest torture and abuse through organized hunger strikes.

Other upcoming actions throughout the weekend, March 2-5:

Full-day mobilization in front of Historical Society Building,
When: Sunday, March 3rd, 11:00am-8:00pm
Where: Corner of Massachusetts and 9th, outside the annual AIPAC Policy Conference; and in front of the Washington Convention Center

11am: Rally including debka (traditional Palestinian dancing), a flashmob, people dressed as settlements, and much more.

2pm: Press conference featuring Palestinian activists, co-founder of CODEPINK Medea Benjamin, former diplomat Colonel Ann Wright, members of the peace group Jewish Voice for Peace, and more. Rally will follow.

3pm: Choreographed action to honor the Palestinian political prisoners who are currently on hunger strike by dramatically posing outside the AIPAC conference. Protesters will assemble along the sidewalk, solemnly kneeling, facing the AIPAC conference during their break time between sessions when thousands of AIPACers will be milling around outside.

7pm: Protest as AIPAC’s conference day is ending

Protest of AIPAC’s Gala Event
Where: Between the Historical Society Building and the Washington Convention Center
When: Monday, March 4, 7-8:30pm
CODEPINK will talk to the hundreds of Congresspeople going into the gala to show their support for AIPAC. CODEPINK and allies will say no to AIPAC, yes to equality and freedom for Palestinians, yes to peace with Iran. It is time for a new US foreign policy in the Middle East.

This March, Expose AIPAC!

Join CODEPINK, Interfaith Peace Builders, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and the Fellowship of Reconciliation for the annual gathering in Washington DC to protest the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference. Mark your calendars, book your tickets and register now for Expose AIPAC 2013 in Washington DC March 2nd-5th!!

Can’t make it? Consider donating to our scholarship fund.

Last year we gathered under the banner of Occupy AIPAC for a weekend of workshops, protest, culture and direct actions. This year, Interfaith Peace Builders will put on a day-long Grassroots Advocacy Training, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation will coordinate a lobbying workshop and CODEPINK will be leading the creative protests and direct actions outside the AIPAC Conference. Register today! 

Highlighted Actions: 

Expose AIPAC Grassroots Advocacy Training, hosted by Interfaith Peace Builders 
When: Saturday, March 2nd, 8:30 am
Where: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Ave)
Speakers include Rebecca Vilkommerson, Jonathan Kuttab, Josh Reubner, Phyllis Bennis, Philip Farah, Jamal Abdi, Robert Naiman and more!
Registration for the Grassroots Advocacy Training is a sliding scale of $40 – $125 ($30 for students), payable when you register.
Register now! 

New Perspectives on Peace with Justice 
An Evening with Interfaith Peace-Builders
When: Saturday, March 2nd, 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Where: The Goethe Institut, 812 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Requested Donation: $30 – $100; Food and Beverage provided
Featured Speakers: Reverend Carolyn Boyd Adjunct Pastor at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, former national Co-Chair of Black Voices for Peace; Hanan Idilbi - Board Member of Interfaith Peace-Builders, and member of the US Palestine Community Network.
Musical Guests: Feras and Ehab - Playing modern oud compositions rooted in the deep cultural traditions of PalestineLuci Murphy a D.C.-based vocalist and community activist in the peace and social justice movement, singing songs of freedom.

Expose AIPAC Mobilization and Street Protests, hosted by CODEPINK 
When: Sunday, March 3rd at 11:00 am
Where: Outside the AIPAC Conference (corner of Massachusetts and 9th) for dubka, a flashmob, and greeting AIPAC goers as they leave the convention center at the end of the day!
11am: Our actions will begin. We’ll have awesome visuals (including “settlements” you can wear so we can show AIPAC just how obstructive settlements are) but feel free to bring your own signs! We’ll be rallying, protesting, singing and dabke dancing.
2pm: Press conference and rally.
3pm: We need 150 people for an amazing visual/action (non-violent and non-arrestable) to commit to joining us from 3:00pm-4:00pm…sign up here so we know you’re coming!!
5 pm: Take a break by going to eat (we’ll congregate as a group!) and then come back to protest as AIPAC’s conference day is ending at 7:00 pm.

Constituent Lobby Day, hosted by US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
When: Monday, March 4, and/or Tuesday, March 5, time TBD
Where: Your elected representative’s office!
During AIPAC’s lobby day on the Hill, join US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation to provide a counter-lobby calling for an end to US military aid to Israel! Lobby packets amde by the USC will be available.

Protesting the AIPAC Gala!
When: 
Monday, March 4, 7:00-8:30 pm 
Where: 
In front of the Washington Convention Center
Join CODEPINK as we talk to the hundreds of Congresspeople going into the gala to show their support for AIPAC.
Say no to AIPAC. Yes to equality and freedom for Palestinians. Yes to peace with Iran. Time for a new US foreign policy in the Middle East. Join us, or please consider making a donation.

Love & Struggle,
CODEPINK, Interfaith Peace Builders and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Save the Date: Expose AIPAC, Free Palestine!

Join us in Washington D.C. March 2-5, 2013, for the 3rd annual weekend gathering to Expose AIPAC!

This past year, AIPAC has provided cover for Israel to continue war crimes against Gaza with impunity, ensured the continuation of weapons transfers to Israel and pushed for war on Iran. We need you to join us in Washington D.C. to show the growing opposition to AIPAC’s influence and US complicity in the oppression of Palestinians.

Join us for insightful workshops during the IFPB organised Grassroots Advocacy Training on Saturday, March 2nd, CODEPINK organized creative direct actions and protests outside the annual AIPAC Policy Conference March 3-5 to show our Congress and President Obama that we do not support the AIPAC stranglehold over US foreign policy and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation organized lobbying workshop and Congressional visits.

Stay tuned as we develop our program for this exciting weekend gathering. All updates will be posted to http://www.occupyaipac.org/.

Visit http://www.ifpb.org/education/grassroots/2013/ to learn more & register! 

Love & Struggle,
CODEPINK, Interfaith Peace Builders and US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Video: Activists crash private AIPAC fundraiser in San Francisco

Ali Abunimah | Electronic Intifada

Activists briefly disrupted a private fundraiser of the powerful Israel lobby group AIPACat the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on 4 December.

A video posted on YouTube shows three activists, who had been among a group demonstrating outside the hotel, marching into the private ballroom where the fundraiser was being held.

They were quickly surrounded and expelled, but not before shouting “Free Palestine” and other slogans at the attendees.

Captions in the video explain the activists’ motivations:

Outside the hotel activists staged a noisy demonstration demanding among other things an end to US military aid to Israel.

We had been demonstrating at the Israeli consulate for weeks, standing, yelling, outside, often in the rain. After a short demo some of us were still dissatisfied. We wanted to be sure fundraiser attendees received our message. We hand-wrote some notes and delivered them…

One of the notes read, “Your $$$ goes to help fund the slaughter of innocent children and civilians. FREE PALESTINE.”

The video captions direct people to stopaipac.org for additional information.

AIPAC has increasingly become a target of Palestine solidarity protests, especially at its annual policy conference, under the banner of Occupy AIPAC.

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