Omar Barghouti: West Coast Itinerary, January 2012

Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian researcher, commentator and human rights activist committed to upholding international law and universal human rights. He is a founding member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. He holds a bachelor”s and master”s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University, NY, and a master’s degree in philosophy from Tel Aviv University. He is the author of, BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights, published by Haymarket (2011). His commentaries and interviews have been featured on CNN, BBC, The Guardian, Aljazeera, As-Safir, Huffington Post, Russia Today, Al-Ahram, Al-Akhbar, Democracy Now!, among others.


Contact: Huda Giddens:

Wednesday, January 4:

7.00     Book reading and signing at  Elliott Bay Books
1521 10th Ave  Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 624-6600

Thursday January 5:

At Modern Language Association Conference:

12-2 pm: Lunchtime meeting with MLA participants and other academics interested in BDS/ACBI: Antioch University, Room 200, 2326 Sixth Ave.

Self-paid lunch available at campus café.

3:30-4:45: Panel: Art for the Oppressed: Room: Jefferson A and B, Sheraton Hotel.  [May be open to MLA conference goers only].

6:30: “BDS Israel: The Legacy of Dr. King and Mandela”

Bloedel Hall, St. Mark”s Cathedral
1245 Tenth Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102

Friday, January 6:

5.30 – Potluck at the AFSC Meeting Hall, 814 NE 40th Street, Seattle, (University District) followed by a Working Session with activists.


Saturday, January 7:

7:30-9:00 pm: First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA (wheelchair accessible)
$10 admission, everyone welcome, no one turned away for lack of funds
Benefit for MECA’S Maia Project: Clean water for the children of Palestine

For info and tickets: 510-548-0542, contact Rae Abileah or Penny Rosenwasser, <>

Sunday, January 8:

10:15 am:  Worship at Buena Vista United Methodist Church, Alameda
Highlighting Methodist Human Relations Day & MLK Birthday….
Omar Barghouti, Speaker.

3:00 pm: “BDS and Justice for Palestine: The Legacy of Mandela & King
with response from Rev. Phil Lawson, Organizing Committee of the Council of Elders and Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Plus: update on Presbyterian and Methodist divestment campaign

Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church
1188 12th St, Oakland
For more info: Nabil Wahbeh at or Kira Azzam at


7:30 pm: First Congregational Church, 900 High Street  Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (near UCSC campus).
 Contact: Kathleen Eschen-Pipes 


Monday, January 9:

7pm  “Living the Legacy of Dr. King and Nelson Mandela; a Conversation with         Palestinian & Civil Rights Activists”
A panel discussion featuring Omar Barghouti with Rev. Phil Lawson, moderated by Gerald Lenoir.
Rev. Phil Lawson is a member of the Organizing Committee of the Council of Elders and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Gerald Lenoir helped lead the first African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel of the Interfaith Peacebuilders (IFPB) in July 2011.

Centennial United Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento.
Event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

A free will offering will support scholarships and student admissions to the March 16th & 17th, 2012 Sacramento Sabeel Conference.

Contact: 916 451-1512  or


Tuesday, January 10:

7:00 pm:  “BDS: Challenging US Complicity in Israeli Occupation and Apartheid”, with Phyllis Bennis, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and Institute for Policy Studies.

4 Points Sheraton, 8110 Aero Drive, San Diego.  Admission Free.

Contact: Nasser Barghouti


Wednesday, January 11:

Contact: Lina Bearat <>
7:00 pm: “Justice in Palestine: BDS and the Legacy of Mandela & King”
Room: COOR 170, Arizona State University.


Thursday, January 12:

3:30-5:30 pm: “The Irvine 11:Freedom of Speech, Civil Disobedience and Selective Prosecution”: Public Meeting with Irvine 11.

The Forum at the Ronald Tutor Center, University of Southern California.
Free and open to the public.  Disabled accessible.
Sponsored by USC Students for Justice in Palestine.

7:00 pm: Omar Barghouti, Angela Davis and Fred Moten: “”Our South Africa Moment”:  Divestment From Apartheid In South Africa And Israel”.
Room 101, Taper Hall of the Humanities, University of Southern California.
Free and open to the public.  Disabled accessible.

Contact: David Lloyd

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