Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

March 31, 2009

Thursday, 7:30pm: “Have You Heard from Johannesburg?” presented by the Columbia Palestine Forum

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The Columbia Palestine Forum invites you to two events this week:

Tuesday, 3/31, 8pm, Hamilton Hall 603: Organizing Meeting
Come to our weekly organizing meeting to discuss where we stand after Monday’s meeting with the administration, and to help plan further actions and events to end Columbia’s complicity in the occupation of Palestine.

Thursday, 4/2, 7:30pm, Fayerweather 313: “Have You Heard from Johannesburg?”
Attend a screening of Have You Heard from Johannesburg and learn about the history of the anti-apartheid movement at Columbia. During the 1980s, Columbia University was the site of large anti-apartheid protests, and was one of the first universities in the US to divest from apartheid South Africa. Have You Heard from Johannesburg, directed by Connie Field, includes plentiful footage of the campaign at Columbia as well as a powerful telling of international protest and civil disobedience that led to national legislation that reversed US policy towards apartheid South Africa. The film will be followed by a discussion about the lessons for our struggle against Israeli apartheid today.

RSVP on facebook:  www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=66037992675

You can view and register your support for our demands at: ColumbiaPalestineForum.org
We can be contacted at: ColumbiaPalestineForum@gmail.com

Join our facebook group here.

March 29, 2009

Send an Email today! Columbia Palestine Forum begins Negotiating with Columbia Univ. over Divestment Demands, Monday, March 30th

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Hello, friends and supporters of the Columbia Palestine Forum:

We’re writing to let you know that we will begin talks on Monday, March 30th, with the Columbia University administration regarding our demands, which seek an end to Columbia’s investment in companies that profit from the Israeli occupation. Our demands also ask for direct support for the human, educational, and academic rights of Palestinians. See the full text of our demands at our website, http://columbiapalestineforum.org/.

These negotiations have only come about because of all of our sustained efforts at raising campus awareness about Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine, our university’s complicity in this occupation, and what we as students can do to stop it.

Given Columbia’s previous negative responses to student and faculty efforts to seriously address this issue, their current willingness to talk about this issue should be seen as a huge victory for our movement here on campus.

It also means that now is the time to put more pressure on the university to fully meet our demands.  Here’s what you can do:

1) Email President Bollinger, Dean Shollenberger, and Vice President Dirks between now and Monday afternoon, and tell them that you support human rights and academic freedom for Palestinians, and that as a member of the Columbia community want to see the demands of the Columbia Palestine Forum met. See below for a script that you can cut, paste, and send.
2) Come to the next Columbia Palestine Forum meeting, this Tuesday, March 31st, at 8:00pm in Hamilton 603, to discuss where we stand after Monday’s meeting, and to help plan further actions and events to end Columbia complicity in the occupation of Palestine.
3) Attend a screening of Have You Heard from Johannesburg, a film documenting the struggle at Columbia University to divest from apartheid South Africa, followed by a community discussion about the lessons for our struggle against Israeli apartheid today. We will screen the film this Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:30, in Fayerweather 313.

Again, thanks to all of you for your support. We’ll make it our top priority to keep you informed about the state of the demands. This is a growing movement for peace and justice, and we encourage everyone to get involved.

Hope to see you soon!

EMAIL SCRIPT: Please send the following email to these addresses: bollinger@columbia.edu, ks693@columbia.edu, and nbd7@columbia.edu

Dear President Lee Bollinger/Dean Kevin Shollenberger/Vice President Nicholas Dirks,

My name is ___________, and I am a Columbia student/faculty/alum, and I want to thank you for meeting so promptly with the Columbia Palestine Forum. As a supporter of the human and academic rights of Palestinians, I ask Columbia University, in keeping with its long tradition of support for these rights across the world, to expediently honor the demands of the Columbia Palestine Forum. I will be following with great interest the outcome of these talks.

Sincerely,

Your Name

March 28, 2009

This weekend: Student Divestment Panel and CAN Northeast Conference

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This weekend at Hunter College, the Campus Anti-War Network is having its Northeast Conference. It’s a key national network of student anti-war groups on campus across the country challenging the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine. On sunday there will be a panel about divestment campaigns like the one students have launched here at Columbia. Please come!


WE
DEMAND DIVESTMENT
NOW!

Student Divestment Strategy Day featuring:

Abe Greenhouse, Adalah-NY
Matan Cohen,
Students for Justice in Palestine, Hampshire College
Maria Lewis,
Take Back NYU, New York University
Safia Albaiti,
Campus Antiwar Network, UMass-Amherst
Matt Swagler,
Columbia Palestine Forum, Columbia University

Since the Israeli invasion of Gaza in December 2008, the divestment movement has gained much needed momentum. Thousands of people in the United States are joining an international movement calling for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions.

Hampshire College became the first university to completely divest from the Israeli occupation. Now academic Zionists are trying to lead a backlash against the Hampshire administration. The University of Rochester, taking inspiration from the student occupation movement in the UK, occupied a campus building, successfully winning demands that have launched a divestment campaign on campus. Students at NYU occupied the student center demanding full budget disclosure and academic aid to Gazans. And in the past few weeks, students at UMass-Amherst and Columbia University have launched divestment campaigns. We expect dozens of campuses to follow suit.

How can we spread the divestment movement on campuses? Which companies should we target? What should our demands be? What tactics are most effective for achieving our demands?

The Campus Antiwar Network would like to call on all student and community organizations currently or interested in working to divest from the Israeli occupation and war profiteers to come together Sunday, March 29th, NOON at Hunter College. As the student movement grows, opposing all U.S. and Israeli led wars in the Middle East, it becomes more and more urgent to form a coordinated national strategy.

We aim to win justice for all people in the Middle East.

All are welcome.

Please e-mail leia.petty@gmail if your student or community organization is interested in participating or endorsing this day.

This day is part of the Campus Antiwar Network East Coast Conference. Please see below for more details.


DON’T JUST COME SUNDAY, COME FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND!

Iraq
. Afghanistan. Palestine.
Organizing a Student Movement
to End These Wars

Campus Antiwar Network’s
Spring 2009 East Coast Conference
March 27-29, 2009
Hunter College, NYC

We are at the cusp of a new and vibrant student antiwar movement.

Campus occupations are demanding real educational democracy and transparency, as well as protesting our schools’ complicity with war and aggression, with excitingly confident student actions. The international divestment movement against Israel’s apartheid conditions enforced in Palestine is reaching academic institutions’ gates and bursting through. Opposition to military recruiters at our schools is being connected to the tuition hikes and budget cuts that students face, highlighting the youth-in-poverty draft as more of a serious concern than ever for our generation inheriting a drastic economic crisis.

At the same time, a new tidal wave of optimism around the country has roared students into 2009 with the conviction that the election of President Barack Obama would mean that the U.S would end its war in Iraq, stop rounding up and torturing Arabs and Muslims, and use the billions of dollars wasted on the military’s adventures for the social necessities of which our youth has been deprived for 8 very long years. The student antiwar movement is no longer on the defensive. People everywhere clamor for significant change.

This new era of potential for the student antiwar movement, however, will not manifest itself. Despite media truth-spinning, the U.S. is staying in Iraq indefinitely. The troop presence is doubling in Afghanistan, and violence is spilling into Pakistan. Gaza lies in ruins from Israeli bombs and tanks that are funded and fully supported by the U.S. Our veterans are coming home to suffer untreated PTSD, or worse, suicide.

This means that for our side, protest, education, critical discussion, skills sharing, and coalition-building still matter. In fact, these are more crucial than ever. Campus Antiwar Network’s Spring 2009 East Coast Conference will be the place to ensure that our ambitions to build mass student antiwar struggle can start right now. Join students and veterans from dozens of campuses at Hunter College, March 27-29, where we will share experiences, strategies, tactics, and hopes for a world without wars.

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Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: the Logic of Withdrawal, will be the conference’s Saturday opening plenary speaker.

The Saturday evening plenary, entitled Eyewitness to an Occupation, will feature speakers describing their accounts of life inside the horrors of war.

The Sunday plenary on the developing Divestment and Campus Occupation movement will feature student activists from Hampshire College, University of Rochester, New York University, UMass Amherst and Columbia University.

Workshop titles and more details to be announced!!

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Registration: $10 for NYC residents, $5 for non-NYC residents, $5 suggested donation for Hunter College students (no one will be turned away for lack of funds). To register, contact Layney at delaynedemorgandie@yahoo.com

Housing:
Free housing can be arranged. To sign up, contact Artie at artiem85@yahoo.com

Transportation: Many chapters are arranging transportation for their members. If you need a ride or have a ride to offer, contact Jess at jzamiara@gmail.com

Workshops: Confirm a workshop your CAN chapter would like to host with Micah at strattmh190@potsdam.edu

General Info: please contact the Hunter chapter of CAN at hunter.can.nyc@gmail.com (please state “CONFERENCE” in the email’s subject)

March 20, 2009

[New Room!] Wed 3/25: Israeli Anti-Zionist Speaks Out Against Israeli Apartheid

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Israeli Anti-Zionist Speaks Out Against Israeli Apartheid

Featured Speaker: HADAS THIER

Students and community activists around the world, including at Columbia, have been organizing a Boycott, Divestment & Sanction (BDS) campaign to protest Israel’s oppression of Palestinians, so brutally on display in the recent bombing and invasion of Gaza, which killed nearly 1400 people.

This growing international movement is based on the sucessful BDS campaign during the 1970s and 80s that finally helped to end the apartheid regime in South Africa. Thier will speak on the racist character of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinian population, and the struggle for Palestinian liberation.

Hadas Thier is a member of the International Socialist Organization and is an Israeli-born anti-Zionist. She has been an activist for Palestinian rights for many years, and is a contributing author to The Struggle for Palestine (Haymarket Books), the International Socialist Review, Counterpunch and ZNet.

8pm, Wednesday, March 25
Columbia University

214  Pupin
(enter 116th and Broadway and head toward the farthest building in the northwest corner of campus. Alternately, we’re pretty sure Columbia students can enter through the back entrance of Pupin directly from 120th st.)
Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/pupin.html
Sponsored by the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization
For more info: columbia.iso@gmail.com

Tuesday 3/24: Columbia Palestine Forum Organizing Meeting

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The COLUMBIA PALESTINE FORUM invites all supporters to:
An ORGANIZING MEETING to plan our campaign and future actions!

TUESDAY 3/24, 8pm
HAMILTON HALL, Rm 303

The Columbia Palestine Forum has formed with the intention of defending the academic and human rights of Palestinians. We see this as a campaign for equality and as a stand against racism. On Thursday, 3/5 we delivered a set of demands to the Columbia administration, asking our university to support academic freedom in Palestine – as well as begin taking steps to divest from companies complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestine, including actions like the recent invasion of Gaza. We encourage anyone who supports these basic demands to come to this organizing meeting and help us decide our next steps!

You can view and register your support for our demands at: www.ColumbiaPalestineForum.org
Join our facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=55720932527&ref=ts
We can be contacted at: ColumbiaPalestineForum@gmail.com

March 14, 2009

Monday 3/23: George Galloway speaks on Gaza at Columbia!

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The Barnard-Columbia ISO is a proud co-sponsors of this visit from George Galloway, a member of the British parliament who is a staunch and outspoken opponent of US and British occupations from Iraq to Afghanistan to Gaza. The event is open to the public and will certainly sell out – so please email us if you would like a ticket: columbia.iso@gmail.com

British MP George Galloway on Gaza

When: Monday, March 23rd, 2009
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Where: Columbia University, Uris Hall, Room 301
RSVP: GeorgeGallowayonGaza@gmail.com

Please join us for a lecture and Q&A with George Galloway on Gaza:
George Galloway is a British politician, author and talk show host. He is a Member of Parliament (MP) and is perhaps best known for his vigorous campaign to overturn the economic sanctions on Iraq and his affirmed stance against the 2003 invasion.  Most recently, he has spoken out in opposition to the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. Galloway organized the “Viva Palestina” convoy to provide much needed humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza.

Video of George Galloway‘s first speech in Gaza after leading humanitarian aid convoy, March 2009.
Advance tickets: $10 with RSVP ($15 at door if you do not RSVP).
All proceeds donated to the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF).

Co-sponsors:
Yala at the Business School, ASA at SIPA, Columbia International Relations Council & Association, TURATH, NYU SJP, Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

March 11, 2009

Thursday, 7:30: Marxist Reading Group at Columbia

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The 2nd meeting of our Marxist reading group will be tomorrow (Thursday) night. We’ll be reading part II of the Communist Manifesto – a very rich, but short section of reading, so if it’s not too late to check out the link below and join in. You don’t need to have been at the first one, all are welcome. All the details below:

Marxist Reading Group at Barnard & Columbia!

Are you interesting in…learning what Marxism is all about? In reading Marx and other writers in the socialist tradition? In looking for ways to apply radical ideas to activism?

To start, we’re discussing one of history’s most important political manuscripts, The Communist Manifesto, by Marx and Engels. Within the context of the worst economic crisis in the US since the Great Depression, their critique of capitalism is of great relevance and importance in understanding the inherent problems of the current economic system. Furthermore, their identification of the working class as a revolutionary group capable of democratizing and running society provides an answer to which social forces can transform society to a classless one that prioritizes human need, not corporate greed.

For our second meeting, we’ll be reading Part II of The Communist Manifesto, “Proletarians & Communists” You can view it online or print it out from:
http://marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ch02.htm


Thursday, March 12th @ 7:30pm
Teacher’s College Library, 2nd Floor

(We will meet up at the main Teacher’s College entrance, Zankel, which is at 525 W 120th St, in the middle of the block between Broadway and Amsterdam. Click here to view a map. )

Hosted by the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization
For more information contact columbia.iso@gmail.com

March 9, 2009

Tuesday, 8pm: Columbia Palestine Forum organizing meeting

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The COLUMBIA PALESTINE FORUM invites all supporters to:
An ORGANIZING MEETING to plan our campaign and future actions!

TUESDAY 3/10, 8pm
HAMILTON HALL, Rm 303

The Columbia Palestine Forum has formed with the intention of defending the academic and human rights of Palestinians. We see this as a campaign for equality and as a stand against racism. On Thursday, 3/5 we delivered a set of demands to the Columbia administration, asking our university to support academic freedom in Palestine – as well as begin taking steps to divest from companies complicit in Israel’s occupation of Palestine, including actions like the recent invasion of Gaza. We encourage anyone who supports these basic demands to come to this organizing meeting and help us decide our next steps!

You can view and register your support for our demands at: www.ColumbiaPalestineForum.org
Join our facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=55720932527&ref=ts
We can be contacted at: ColumbiaPalestineForum@gmail.com

March 6, 2009

Marxist Reading Group at Barnard & Columbia

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Join the Marxist Reading Group at Barnard & Columbia! 

Are you interesting in…learning what Marxism is all about?
In reading Marx and other writers in the socialist tradition?
In looking for ways to apply radical ideas to activism?
We’re kicking off a new, informal campus reading group and you’re invited to join in.

To start, we’ll be discussing one of history’s most important political manuscripts, The Communist Manifesto, by Marx and Engels. Within the context of the worst economic crisis in the US since the Great Depression, their critique of capitalism is of great relevance and importance in understanding the inherent problems of the current economic system. Furthermore, their identification of the working class as a revolutionary group capable of transforming society provides an answer to which social forces can transform society to a classless one that prioritizes human need, not corporate greed.

For our first meeting, we’ll be reading Part I of The Communist Manifesto, “Bourgeois and Proletarians.” You can view it online or print it out from:
http://marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/ch01.htm

Sunday, March 8 @ 1:30pm
Teacher’s College Library, 2nd Floor

(We will meet up at the main Teacher’s College entrance, Zankel, which is at 525 W 120th St, in the middle of the block between Broadway and Amsterdam. Click here to view a map. )

Hosted by the Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization
For more information contact columbia.iso@gmail.com

March 2, 2009

Wednesday! Columbia & Palestine: Why Academic Freedom? Why Divestment?

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COLUMBIA & PALESTINE: A Campus Forum

Why Academic Freedom?
Why Divestment?


Wednesday, March 4th
7pm, Hamilton Hall 516


Speakers and moderators include:

Mahmood Mamdani, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government and Professor of Anthropology
Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities
Gil Anidjar, Associate Professor, MEALAC
Brinkley Messick, Professor of Anthropology

+ Columbia student Olivia Roseane, Palestinian human rights lawyer Lubna Hammad and Columbia College alum Ethan Heitner, active in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.

Click here to RSVP at our facebook event page.

Come to a forum discussing Columbia University’s relationship to Palestinian rights. Does the university have a responsibility to defend academic freedom in Gaza and the West Bank in the face of Israeli attacks on Palestinian schools and travel restrictions on Palestinian scholars? Does the university have a responsibility to divest from companies who profit from the the continued occupation of Palestinian lands, the maintenance of illegal Israeli settlements and the walls being built around Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem? Divestment campaigns played a major role in the international movement against apartheid in South Africa, what role can they play in ending apartheid conditions in Palestine?

Recently, a growing group of faculty, supported by students and community members have requested that University President Lee Bollinger issue a statement supporting academic freedom for Palestinian schools and scholars, especially given the numerous facilities, from elementary schools to colleges, destroyed by the recent bombing of Gaza.Columbia faculty will be speaking about why they have issued this call. Click here to view the faculty letter and register your support.

Additionally, students and community members from the New York City Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) campaign will speak about the important role that the university and students can play in making sure that Columbia funds – including our tuition – do not go toward the maintenance of the Israeli occupation and human rights abuses in Gaza and the West Bank. If you’re interested in finding out more about the campaign, please attend!

Click here to see the list of student demands and sign our petition to the Columbia administration.

*And join us on Thursday, 3/5 from Noon – 1pm on Low Library Plaza where we’ll be having a Speakout for Transparency and Divestment!

For more information, or if your organization would like to endorse the student demands, please contact us at: columbiapalestineforum@gmail.com

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