Resistance, Refugees, Rights and Return, the Vancouver Delegation to Gaza, composed of 9 Vancouver-based activists, traveled to Gaza in June 2012. As part of our delegation, we met with health work, refugee rights, BDS, women’s, students, labour and youth organizations with a goal of building links between progressive movements here and the Palestinian revolutionary left. Read delegates reports’ at Vancouver2Gaza and This Tiny Globe.
The delegation worked to foster people-to-people solidarity between the participants, activists organizing for justice in Palestine and engaged in decolonization, international solidarity, and other relevant organizing to witness the impact of occupation and colonization, and the Palestinian liberation movement, making personal connections and building links with organizations on the left in Palestine. Delegates observed the ongoing resistance of the Palestinian people, assessed concrete solidarity needs on the ground, and the Palestinian people’s commitment to liberate their land and achieve the rights they have been denied for over 64 years.
Delegates speaking at the event include: Khaled Barakat (delegation coordinator), Brian Campbell, Kathy Copps, Charlotte Kates, Aiyanas Ormond, Martha Roberts and Jase Tanner. The delegates work with numerous organizations including the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign, Alliance for People’s Health, Seriously Free Speech Committee, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network, International League of People’s Struggles, among others. For more biographical information about delegates, please visit vancouver2gaza.org.
Come hear the delegates’ experiences, and the voices of those with whom they met and built ties, and discuss how we can build upon and develop organizing strategies to challenge Canadian complicity in the dispossession, oppression and occupation of Palestinian people and land.