"The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement for Palestinian Rights" presented by Garik Ruiz, former North America liaison for the Palestinian BDS National Committee.
Over the last 12 years, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights has grown from a short statement calling for international solidarity into an effective, strategic, vibrant, Nobel Peace Prize nominated world wide non-violent movement for justice.
Ruiz will provide a brief overview of the current state of the BDS movement in North America. Recent victories, the shifting political terrain in the U.S., and the backlash BDS campaigners face will all be discussed.
Ruiz was the North America Liaison for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society through August, 2018. Ruiz has worked with local and national partners throughout North America to support BDS campaigns.
He spent 6 months in Palestine at the height of the second intifada in 2002 and 2003, working with Palestinians resisting the occupation non-violently through the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). He is based in Los Angeles and in addition to Palestine solidarity work has been deeply involved in local struggles for racial justice and immigrant rights.
Sponsored by the JD Lewis Teaching & Research Fund