Events listed on this page:

 

Hashtag to Headlines: 
How the Gaza Great March of Return Challenged the World

March 1-22, 2019 •  Several U.S. states


​The 2019 North America Nakba Tour
71 Years without a Country: Stateless Palestinians from Lebanon

March 3 - early May, 2019   •   Several U.S. states

 

ADC's 39th Annual National Convention: 
Reclaiming Our Narrative
An American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Convention

March 1-2, 2019   •   Washington, D.C.

 

Israel Lobby and American Policy Conference 2019
from Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA)
March 22, 2019   •   Washington, DC 


5th Annual Palestine Advocacy Day & Training, 2019
Building Power, Bringing Change

April 5-8, 2019   •   Washington, DC

 

Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2019
Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World  #GoodTrouble

April 5-8, 2019   •   Washingon DC

 

Persistent Hope: 35 Years of CMEP
A Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Advocacy Summit
June 23-25, 2019   •   Washington, D.C.

Palestinian Theologies In Action: An International Sabeel Gathering
Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
December 2-7, 2019  •  Jerusalem and Bethlehem
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Hashtag to Headlines: How the Gaza Great March of Return Challenged the World
Speaking Tour: March 1-22, 2019  •  Several U.S. states
See the locations:
https://www.afsc.org/gazamarchtour
At least one location's event will be livestreamed

On Jan. 7, 2018, Ahmed Abu Artema wrote a Facebook post from his home in Rafah, Gaza that echoed an idea that has reverberated throughout Palestinian history:
      What would happen if Palestinians marched nonviolently and in large numbers towards the boundary fence with Israel to demand respect for their rights and call attention to the Israeli-imposed blockade that has created hardship for millions of people for more than a decade? On March 30, 2018, the Great March of Return became a reality, grabbing headlines around the world. 
Join AFSC in cities across the country to hear from Ahmed Abu Artema, who will share his experience with the Great March of Return, his views on the future of nonviolent actions in Palestine, and his vision for a just and lasting peace. Artema's visionary writings about nonviolence have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Journal of Palestine Studies, Middle East Eye, and other outlets.
JEHAD ABUSALIM: Ahmed will be joined by Jehad Abusalim, Chicago-based scholar and program associate for AFSC's Gaza Unlocked campaign. Jehad is from Gaza, Palestine, where he lived for most of his life.
      Ahmed and Jehad will share with U.S. audiences ideas about nonviolent actions Gazans, and their supporters around the world, can take to help them in their calls for justice and peace. Tour sites include Chicago, Madison, WI, Berkley, CA, San Diego, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Washington, DC, and Atlanta.

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The 2019 North America Nakba Tour
71 Years without a Country: 
Stateless Palestinians from Lebanon

March 3 through early May, 2019   •  Several U.S. states

In 1948, the nascent State of Israel expelled upwards of 750,000 indigenous Palestinians from their homeland to create a Jewish state. These individuals and their descendants today live in exile: in refugee camps, in Gaza, the West Bank, and other neighboring countries. This event is commemorated by Palestinians as “the Nakba,” or Catastrophe.

In some ways time stopped in 1948 for the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. 71 years later, many of them and their descendants are living in the same refugee camps created when the Zionist forces expelled them from Palestine in that year.

These Palestinians have different experiences than other Palestinians, even as they share a common struggle and identity. They are not living under Israeli occupation. Israel does not allow them to visit their homes, much less live there. As exiles, they have a different perspective from Palestinians in Jerusalem, the West Bank, Gaza and the part of Palestine that became Israel.

In 2016 the Nakba Tour brought 21-year-old Amena Elashkar
(Photo) 
and 86-year-old Nakba survivor Mariam Fathalla to
26 venues in North America. In 2017, Amena journeyed with

85-year-old Khawla Ibrahim to another 29 venues.
This year, Amena is returning with another stateless Nakba
survivor to share her personal story of the most tragic event
​in Palestinian history.


We need your help to tell their story.
Invite these two stateless Palestinian refugees to speak
​in your community.

 

The tour will begin in Washington DC on March 3, 2019, and will travel by car south toward New Orleans, then north through the Midwest to Minnesota before ending in Chicago in early May.
Book a spot along the Nakba Tour route.

The projected route thus far includes Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, Charlotted, Atlanta, Tupelo.Birmingham/Tuscaloosa, Memphis, New Orleans, Houston, Austin/San Antonio/College Station, Dallas, Tulsa/Oklahoma City/Norma/Stillwater, Lawrence/Kansas City, Columbia MO, St Louis, Champaign/Urbana, Indianapolis, Other midwest college towns, Iowa City/Des Moines, Omaha/Lincoln, Sioux City/Sioux Falls, Minneapolis, Madison/Milwaukee, Chicago.

If you do not see your city or town on the route, but are interested in sponsoring an event please contact us to see if we can find a way to reach your destination.
If you do not live along the route, contact us about hosting a live streaming event.

 

The local sponsors of the event will be the primary organizers, but we will help and advise you with protocol, advice, logistics and outreach, including advertising. 
We will make sure the speakers and field coordinator / tour driver / videographer Samir Salem are able to travel to your venue.

 

See approximate dates for the cities these speakers will visit, 
Learn more about costs for hosting an event
Learn about The Nakba,
and get other tour information at
nakbatour.com

You can email the organizers at info@nakbatour.com


Contact us to help organize!  We are always in need of volunteers.
Please spread the word about The North American Nakba Tour.
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CMEP1835 Advocacy Summit: Reclaiming Our Voices
Reclaiming Our Voices: Reframing the Narrative for Shared Justice in Israel and Palestine   March 9 - March 11, 2019   •   Washington, D.C.  • $75


We are excited to announce our January CMEP1835 Summit! To begin the New Year in the spirit of advocacy, “Reclaiming Our Voices: Reframing the Narrative for a Shared Justice in Israel and Palestine,” will take place on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 9-11. CMEP1835 is an extension of Churches for Middle East Peace. It seeks to engage young people, ages 18-35, in education and advocacy around Israel/Palestine, as well as the broader Middle East.

Together, we will learn how to effectively frame our personal stories and recognize the power of our own voices in relevant advocacy work related to the Middle East. Our first two days will honor leading voices within the advocacy movement regarding Israel and Palestine, and utilizing the power of effective storytelling, we will learn to enhance our own voices for advocacy meetings on Capitol Hill.

Workshops will teach us how to effectively frame our stories and use them engage in constructive dialogue as we embrace the multi-perspective, diverse narratives of our generation to engage in effective advocacy. Together, we: 

Remind one another that we are not alone as we affirm one another’s passion for advocacy regarding the pressing human rights issues in Israel and Palestine.


Engage in education on two fronts, addressing current developments within the Middle East and our available tools for advocacy, engagement, and dialogue.


Identify and address the obstacles we as young people face as we engage in peace-building, particularly multi-narrative peace-building. Equip one another with the effective resources we need to bring our advocacy work back to our spheres of influence within our schools, vocations, and social gatherings.

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the beginning of a new year and fresh possibilities for change. In a time of political division, we are excited to unite our shared stories as a way to reclaim our voices and continue our movement toward developing holistic peacebuilding and addressing key humanitarian needs and human rights issues within Israel, Palestine, and the greater Middle East.

Learn more and register at https://cmep.org/reclaimingourvoices/
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ADC's 39th Annual National Convention: 
Reclaiming Our Narrative

Presented by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
March 1-2, 2019  • Washington DC

Join ADC for its 39th Annual National Convention

in Washington D.C., on March 1st-2nd, 2019,

at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel. 

This year's National Convention will bring together

civil rights leaders, grassroots organizers, and the

Arab-American community to empower our voices

and reclaim our narrative. We invite you join us for

ADC's 39th National Convention to educate,

organize, and mobilize our voices to take a stand

for justice and civil rights. The Convention's Gala

will be held on the evening of March 2, 2019.
Stay tuned for student scholarship options to be

announced soon!

Hotel & Accommodations: ADC is pleased to

offer a discounted room rate of $169 per night

at the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel located at

2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008 .

The Wardman Park Marriott is is conveniently located at the Woodley Park Metro Station. 

For information on the program, speakers, hotel accomodations and more: http://convention.adc.org

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Israel Lobby and American Policy 2019
March 22, 2019   •   Washington, DC

Our 6th annual conference at the National Press Club will be the most important ever!
How has the Israel lobby further captured key nodes of U.S. government policymaking? Why is U.S. policy so expensive, destructive and unrepresentative of the will of the American people? How are a handful of politicians now successfully running against previously unquestioned, longstanding Israel lobby platforms? What rules do reporters follow when they tell the truth about U.S. policy and the lobby? Why do U.S. presidents sign secret letters promising not to publicly discuss Israel’s clandestine nuclear weapons program? Why does the U.S. give more foreign aid to Israel than to any other country, and how is the makeup of that aid changing? What, if anything, does the U.S. get out of its so-called “special relationship” with Israel? How are human rights groups working to “de-Israelize” state and local governments? What is the Israel lobby doing to provoke an armed U.S. confrontation with Iran? What else is the lobby doing to improve Israel’s strategic position in the region? Why are assertions that Israel and the U.S. have “shared values” made, and are these assertions accurate?

With so many think tanks and self-designated “public policy” organizations in Washington, one would think experts would publicly discuss these topics often. But they don’t!

In reality, these topics are rarely discussed, and never when it matters most—right before the Israel lobby’s biggest annual meeting in Washington, DC!

On March 22, 2019, just two days before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee holds its annual policy conference at the Washington Convention Center, a polar opposite gathering of top thinkers, activists, authors, politicians and experts will meet at an even more prestigious location: The National Press Club.

Qualified experts—most denied mass media platforms in the United States—will once more convene to critically examine U.S. Middle East policy and the negative impact of the Israel-centric policies the lobby demands. Most important, once again Americans interested in improving Middle East policy can convene and discuss alternatives for the future!


Keynote Speaker: Susan Abulhawa
Susan Abulhawa is a Palestinian novelist, poet and essayist. Her debut novel, Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, 2010), became an instant international bestseller and was translated into 28 languages.   In 2001, she founded Playgrounds for Palestine, a children’s organization dedicated to upholding the Right to Play for Palestinian children.  Abulhawa is the daughter of refugees from the 1967 Six Day War, when her family's land was seized and Israel captured what remained of Palestine, including Jerusalem. She was born in Kuwait, raised between there and Jerusalem, then in the Carolinas, where she completed high school, university and graduate school. 
Speakers
Ali Abunimah - co-founder and executive director of the Electronic Intifada, leader in the global movement for Palestinian rights.
Saqib Ali - a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates who co-founded Freedom2Boycott
Kathy Drinkard - a justice activist in Presbyterian Church and with the Virginia Coaltition for Human Rights
Walter Hixson - author on the history of U.S. foreign relations; upcoming book: Israel’s Armor: The Role of the Israel Lobby in the History of the Palestine Conflict (Cambridge University Press, Spring 2019) 
Martin McMahon - an experienced litigator, dedicated to advancing the interests of the “underdog” – in this case, Palestinians.
James Metz - co-founder of Richmonders for Peace in Israel-Palestine (RPIP), now part of Virginia Coalition for Human Rights (VCHR)
James North - widely published writer and journalist, and a contributing editor at Mondoweiss 
Paul Noursi - activist and leader in numerous peace and justice organizations, who has lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East
Brad Parker - leads legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights at Defense for Children International-Palestine. 
Grant Smith -  director of Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) and author of several books on the Israel Lobby


The March 22 all-day conference will be held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC and will feature the following “Ideas Fair” participating organizations: 
American Muslims for Palestine, Americans for Middle East Understanding, Arab America, Consortium News, Defense for Children International, Eyewitness Palestine, Institute for Palestine Studies-USA, Jerusalem Fund, Just World Educational, Middle East Books & More, Mondoweiss, Museum of the Palestinian People, Playgrounds for Palestine, Students for Justice in Palestine, United Palestinian Appeal and Virginia Coalition for Human Rights 
Learn more and get tickets:
https://israellobbyandamericanpolicy.org/

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5th Annual Palestine Advocacy Day & Training, 2019
Building Power, Bringing Change

April 5-8, 2019   •   Washington, DC

AMP invites you to join us April 5-8, 2019

for our Fifth Annual Palestine Advocacy

Day & Training!
Come for an intensive training in political

engagement and community mobilization,

and a day of lobbying on Capitol Hill!

Young leaders and activists will learn

the skills they need to lead campaigns

in their communities, engage elected

officials, and advocate for the rights of

Palestinians!

The event is open to all who seek justice in

Palestine and agree to the following principles:
1) Israel's occupation must end
2) The right of return for Palestinian refugees 
3) Equal Rights for all Palestinians
4) Supporting the Call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions

Participants must be 18+ years or accompanied by an adult.*
Seats for Palestine Advocacy and Training on April 5-8, 2019 are limited so please register early.**
The program will begin on Friday evening and end on Monday evening, following advocacy day meetings on Capitol Hill. 
A registration fee of $150 covers hotel for three nights and meals, including breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday, and breakfast on Monday.  A fee of $95 is available for those who will not need a hotel.

*AMP reserves the right to refuse any applicant and will issue a refund accordingly.
If you have any questions or requests, please send us an email at
advocacyday@ampalestine.org, or info@ampalestine.org or leave us a comment on our Facebook event page.

Learn more and register: 

https://www.ampalestine.org/events/palestine-advocacy-day-training-2019

AMP is committed to building the political power of our communities as we work diligently for freedom and justice in Palestine. We hope you'll join us.

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Ecumenical Advocacy Days 2019
Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World #GoodTrouble

April 5-8, 2019   •   Washington, D.C.


Ecumenical Advocacy Days is a movement of the ecumenical Christian community, and its recognized partners and allies, grounded in biblical witness and our shared traditions of justice, peace and the integrity of creation. Our goal, through worship, theological reflection and opportunities for learning and witness, is to strengthen our Christian voice and to mobilize for advocacy on a wide variety of U.S. domestic and international policy issues.

In 2019, we gather at a time in which people of faith and conscience are again called to
stand in the prophetic stream of those who have come before us, those who were not
afraid to stir up #GoodTrouble for the sake of God’s kingdom.
The history of engaging in #GoodTrouble is embedded in our faith tradition and our history as a nation and in the world. In the Bible, we read stories of the midwives who resisted Pharaoh and preserved the lives of Hebrew baby boys. We see Moses challenging the authority of Pharaoh, and Jesus overturn tables run by money changers. 

Throughout our U.S. history, Native peoples resisted land theft and cultural assimilation by European settlers through many forms of resistance. Colonists resisted England’s imperial overreach and enslaved Africans resisted captivity both physically and spiritually. That spiritual resistance was especially pronounced in spirituals sung by those dehumanized by slavery. “Wade in the Water,” and other spirituals were messages of lament, hope and courage. They also included instructions on how to get to freedom. Years later, leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and John Lewis drew on these same spirituals for inspiration as they stirred up #GoodTrouble in their time.

Today, we are deeply troubled by what we see in the world. The 2019 Ecumenical Advocacy Days Conference will draw on #GoodTrouble pioneers from the Civil Rights era as well as inspiration from young leaders to learn from the past, share best practices, and encourage one another for the work ahead. Through worship, educational and training workshops, and advocacy, we will beckon the Spirit to “Trouble the Waters” as depicted in John 5:1-9, calling on God to bring healing to our nation and world. Join us as we envision and train for new ways to stir up #GoodTrouble for the healing of all God’s children.

Our annual National Gathering provides participants with tools to be effective Christian witnesses to justice, peace, and integrity of creation around carefully chosen issues of national and international importance. Incorporating music, art, worship, education, and social activities, the weekend event informs and engages the participating advocates in a comprehensive way. 

Activities include a series of interactive plenary sessions and workshops addressing aspects of the issue on a global scale, with workshop interest sections including Africa, Asia-Pacific, Domestic U.S., Eco-Justice, Global Economic Justice, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Peace and Global Security. 

There are also advocacy skills training experiences and networking opportunities by state and denomination, preparing advocate groups for a focused Lobby Day conversation with their Members of Congress and Senators on the basis of a specific “Legislative Ask,” which is carefully prepared by policy experts and which articulates solid policy rooted in our common Christian social justice traditions.

(As of Feb 5) Speakers confirmed for Ecumencial Advocacy Days include: Rev. Dr. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor, The Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, Co-chair, The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; Rev. Dr. Teresa Hord Owens, General Minister and President, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); David LaMotte, award-winning songwriter, activist, speaker and author; Rev. Adam Taylor, Executive Director, Sojourners; and, Rev. Jennifer Butler, Founder and CEO, Faith in Public Life, just to name a few.

See the Scriptural foundations for EAD’s theme this year, get more details on speakers and accommodations and register for EAD at:

https://advocacydays.org/2019-troubling-the-waters/

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Persistent Hope: 35 Years of CMEP
A Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) Advocacy Summit
June 23-25, 2019    •   Washington, D.C.


“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all -”
– Emily Dickinson

In 2019, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) celebrates its 35th anniversary of encouraging US policies that actively promote a comprehensive resolution to conflicts in the Middle East. Join us June 23-25, 2019 in Washington, D.C., as we honor the occasion and look to the future.

In honor of 35 years, our 2019 Advocacy Summit will look back at everything CMEP has accomplished over the past three-and-a-half decades, as well as what our work will look like going forward and the opportunities to work for peace and justice that will come.

As we’ve worked to mobilize US Christians to be advocates for equality, human rights, security, and justice for all people, our hope has never faded. We believe the work we do as advocates for equality, human rights, security, and justice with our member denominations and connections has and will continue to influence US foreign policy and bend the arc of history towards justice and stability in the Middle East.

Over the past decades, CMEP has been a leading force in elevating the voices of Middle East Christians on Capitol Hill and around the United States. CMEP has mobilized thousands of individuals to embrace a more holistic understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and call for an end to violence in the Middle East. In addition to contributing to the shift of U.S. perspectives, CMEP has hosted dozens of conferences and advocacy summits calling on U.S. Administrations and Congress to embrace policies that address humanitarian and human rights concerns in Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories, Syria, Yemen, Egypt, and other parts of the Arab world. CMEP is a growing force to be reckoned with that embraces an impassioned call for justice and peace for all people of the Middle East.

We will continue to diligently work to end the occupation of the Palestinian people and to work toward a just peace throughout the Middle East. Hope remains an act of resistance and defiance. Join us as we celebrate and strategize for how to best carry out this work in the future! Come be part of our Advocacy Summit and celebrate Persistent Hope!
Learn more and register:
https://cmep.org/event/35years/

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Palestinian Theologies In Action:
An International Sabeel Gathering

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center
December 2-7, 2019  •  Jerusalem and Bethlehem

​Download this invitation and register at the Sabeel website:
sabeel.org/2019/02/15/sabeel-international-gathering/











We call on our friends to come and join us in this

important gathering. Your presence gives us

hope and encouragement as together we continue

on the path of peace with justice. This will be a

time of fellowship, friendship, and renewal,

as well as a time to learn and discuss.
      It is said that theology is like a cross which vertically

leads humanity to God, and horizontally leads us to

our neighbour. For Palestinian Christians, this link was damaged during the Nakba. Unable to go back to our former theological thinking while struggling to find a way forward. Whether it was Western feelings of guilt, the theology of Christian literalists, or the ideology of Zionism, the bible was used to grant approval to the tragedy of the Palestinian people. This is the Faith Nakba, from which various Palestinian Christian theologies have sprung. We at Sabeel believe it is now time to celebrate these theologies, the answers they provide, and the questions they raise; and to gather to recommit ourselves to keep on the struggle until justice, liberation, and peace are realized. (Photo: Sabeel International Conference 2017)
This gathering will explore the following themes:
1. Realities on the Ground
We will spend time seeing the realities on the ground in Palestine and Israel. Speaking to people, seeing places, and spending time in reflection in the land of the Holy One.
2. The Theologies of Palestine
We will hear from theologians from Palestine and further afield. We will discuss and reflect together on the past, present, and future.
3. Theology in Action
Based on the new Kumi Now initiative from Sabeel we will

explore the ways in which Palestinian Liberation Theology

is developed through action in order to achieve a just

peace in Palestine and Israel. We believe that there are

three principles on which any action should be based: it

should be just (based on international law), inclusive

(open to all), and nonviolent (not overcoming evil by evil,

but overcoming evil by good (Romans 12:21))
      We will hear from activists, organizations, and individuals from various backgrounds. We will take part in action, and we will endeavour to answer the question of how theology can lead to action in order to achieve a just peace.

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Past Events

Walking with Palestinian Christians

August 2014

The first denomination-wide United Methodist conference on Israel/Palestine, organized by the General Board of Global Ministries and presented at the mega-church Ginghamsburg UMC.

Learn more about this landmark United Methodist event,

including text and videos from plenary sessions.

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The UMKR Planning Retreat 2016

October 2016

United Methodist justice advocates gathering in Des Moines Iowa to discuss recent successess and challenges and plan the next chapter for UMKR, the denomination-wide movement for a just peace in the Holy Land. See details

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Answering the urgent call from Palestinian Christians 
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