Friday August 18th 2017 is the day when we hope to raise a lot of money for our campaigning, when we have the use of St Crux in York – to sell refreshments, books and bric-a-brac. Please put the date in your diary, and let us know (at email@example.com) if you can help with storage space, as we gather items to sell.
From March we’ve returned to weekly stalls in Parliament St, providing we have enough volunteers, and we’re usually outside Marks and Spencers.
The economy of the Occupied Palestinian Territory could easily produce twice the gross domestic product (GDP) it generates now, while unemployment and poverty could recede significantly, according to this year’s report on UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development) assistance to the Palestinian people.
Read in full the report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Artists for Palestine UK- an Introduction, by Miranda Pennell
Thursday April 28th, 7.30 – 8pm, time to be confirmed
Denham Room, Priory Street Centre, York
Artists for Palestine UK is a growing network of artists, cultural workers and activists who wish to make a stand in support of justice and equality for the Palestinians, and defend arts organisations and individuals who make such a stand against politically motivated attacks and censorship.
Miranda Pennell, a London based filmmaker and one of the founder members of Artists for Palestine UK, will be joining us via Skype to tell us about how its members work together to oppose Israel’s campaign to exploit culture as a diplomatic weapon. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.
After an engaging and informative talk on Tuesday 23rd Feb, Mike left us with these suggestions for sites to keep in touch with and for further information:
British Committee for the Universities of Palestine
Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods
York PSC have signed up in support of this organisation as we share their concerns about the Prevent campaign, which are shown below. See their website for more details.
“This is an important and timely initiative which recognises the dangers and pitfalls of the Prevent policy and rightly calls for people to withdraw their support and involvement with it. Whilst history teaches us that policies introduced in the name of countering terrorism are quickly extended to dissenters and political activists more generally, it also teaches us that by standing together and united, we can resist unjust power and create a better and stronger society for all people and communities”Dr Rizwaan Sabir, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University
Organisations supporting ‘Together Against Prevent’ have agreed and are promoting the following statement:
We recognise and condemn the damage that Prevent’s “spot the potential terrorist” approach has made primarily in stigmatising and criminalising entire Muslim communities, but also to a growing number of political activists and campaigners labelled with ill-defined terms like “non-violent extremist” or “domestic extremist”.
- We view Prevent as a policy that is based on insufficient evidence to support the flawed assumption that ‘extremist’ ideology opposed to subjective ‘British values’ is the single most important cause of terrorism. We therefore support closer collaboration between different campaigning, religious and community organisations to call on the government to end its Prevent strategy.
- We support and encourage more political debate in schools, colleges and universities and reject attempts to close down and censor dissenting voices. We welcome open discussion with all young people about potentially radical ideas and call on all educational institutions to vigorously defend the right to free academic inquiry on issues considered ‘controversial’.
- We pledge to take no Prevent funds and support non-cooperation, wherever possible, with local Prevent programmes.