This exhibit features 61 posters from more than twenty boycotts throughout history, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, United Farm Workers’ grape and lettuce boycott, divestment from South Africa to protest Apartheid, boycotts of corporations using sweatshops, the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divest and Sanctions, and many others. Boycott and divestment campaigns target companies and governments that support and sustain injustices—and posters have been a primary tool for educating about the issues and inspiring people to action. This exhibition uses powerful posters to demonstrate the effectiveness of boycotts as a nonviolent tactic to end injustice and oppression.
Nov 14 – 8pm – MacMillan 115
Speakers Saffo Papantonopoulou and Skanda Kadirgamar, student activists from the New School, will examine debates within the US around sexuality in the so-called “Developing World” aka “Global South” aka “Third World”, focusing on the ways in which certain types of body policing that take place within the United States have global, imperialist repercussions. They will explore the practices of pinkwashing and homonationalism, which position queerness/gayness as inherently western and thus serves to disciplines certain queer/gay subjects into obedient of the nation-state and empire. Three primary examples of pinkwashing and homonationalism will be referred to – the documentary film Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World, discussions within the US regarding then infamous ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ in Uganda, and Saffo Papantonopoulou’s experience as a transgender woman involved in Palestine solidarity organizing.
Taking these three examples as evidence, they will argue that pinkwashing and homonationalism are ultimately racist, queerphobic and transphobic practices of empire which construct a narrowly delimited homonationalist subject position— a subject which is simultaneously complicit in and unable to speak about genocide and ethnic cleansing.
From here, they build recommendations for queer, anti-racist, and anti-imperialist activists on how to resist these formulations and build new forms of solidarity.
Sponsored by: Students for Justice in Palestine, Students for a Democratic Society, Queer Alliance, Sarah Doyle Women’s Center
Menacing Men: Gender and Occupation in Israel and Palestine
Department of Anthropology, Columbia University
Thursday, October 18th 7pm
A strong gendered narrative undergirds the power imbalance between Palestinian citizens of Israel and their Jewish neighbors. Narratives of Palestinian and Jewish Israeli men and women serve are embedded in structures of state power, and serve as a filter that normalizes the political status quo. Government bodies seek to prevent Jewish-Arab dating and intermarriage as these are considered dangerous to both Jewish women and to the state as a whole. This lecture explores how an imagination of gendered “cultural differences” helps carve nationalist spaces.
This event is sponsored by Brown Students for Justice in Palestine, and co-sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies, Middle East Studies, Modern Culture and Media, Common Ground and Students for a Democratic Society.
Israeli Apartheid Week 2012
Wed Feb 29th – Wed Mar 7th
Brown Students for Justice in Palestine is proud to present the third annual Israeli Apartheid Week, an event to raise awareness about the segregation and military occupation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. First launched in Toronto in 2005, 97 cities around the world participated last year. Please visit the facebook page for up-to-date information on our events. BSJP is calling for Brown to end its financial complicity by divesting from companies that facilitate and profit from the illegal Israeli occupation.
Main Green display and information table
Wed (Feb 29), Thursday (Mar 1), Tuesday (Mar 6), 9am-3pm
Come to our info table to learn about our weeks events and talk to BSJPers about our framework or pick up a brochure on your way to class!
One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse
Thursday March 1st, 7pm, Salomon 001
What is the ‘one state solution’? Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian journalist and co-founder of Electronic Intifada will describe his proposal of the one state solution, drawing from his recently published, widely-acclaimed book, One Country: A Bold proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. He is a graduate of Princeton University and University of Chicago and has contributed to many publications, including The Chicago Tribune and The Los Angeles Times.
Tel Aviv Night Clubs & West Bank Checkpoints: The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land
Tuesday March 6th, 7pm, Kassar House Fox Auditorium
Sa’ed Atshan will examine the discourse around LGBTQ rights in Israel and Palestine, and how these rights have been deployed strategically by various actors. He will also discuss the history of queer engagement in promoting social justice and human rights in Palestine, and the possibilities of queer anti-apartheid politics.
Sa’ed is a member of Al-Qaws, a national, community-based and grassroots organization that works with LGBTQ Palestinians throughout Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. He is a Joint PhD candidate in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University where he is a Soros Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow. In addition to being a lecturer in the Peace and Justice Studies department at Tufts University, Sa’ed has also worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the UN High Commission on Refugees, Human Rights Watch, Seeds of Peace, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and the Government of Dubai. Sa’ed was born to a Palestinian refugee family and was raised in the Occupied Territories.