April 7-8- Call to Action: Black and Palestinian Liberation at First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta


April 7 & 8, 2017

First Iconium Baptist Church

542 Moreland Avenue SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30316
Noura Erakat-Human Rights Attorney and Activist
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Reuven Abergel, Founder of the Israeli Black Panthers and Mizrahi Activist

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Lucas Johnson, International Coordinator of the Fellowship of Reconciliation

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Carleton Mackey, Professor, Filmmaker and Activist, Emory University

In these dangerous and divisive times, no person, no race, no organization can afford to stand alone. Black lives do not matter to militarized police forces or to the bigoted vigilantes patrolling our streets. Six thousand miles away, Palestinian youth and adults are shot dead by soldiers and settlers in occupied Palestine. Geography may separate us, but the struggle against systematic injustice unites us. April 7 and 8 will be a weekend to come together in community and to strategize.

On the evening of Friday, April 7

Plan to arrive after 6:30 pm

  • We will have a delicious meal catered by Suryana: Cuisine from Damascus, owned and operated by Syrian refugees
  • we will see an amazing exhibit of photographs and artifacts by collected by Emory University professor, filmmaker, and activist Carlton Mackey, exploring linkages between Black and Palestinian cultures and struggles
  • and we will learn more about the struggles on 2017

OnSaturday, April 8, beginning at 8:30 am

we will learn from each other, particularly from those who have wisdom and experience in organizing for Black and Palestinian liberation. 

Keynote speakers include:

  • Noura Erakat – human rights activist and attorney
  • Reuven Abergel – Mizrahi activist and founder of Black Panthers of Israel (see below), and
  • Lucas Johnson – International Coordinator of the Fellowship of Reconciliation. 

Afternoon workshops will inform our solidarity and prepare us for liberating actions.

For workshop details and for free registration please see below.

Afternoon workshops on Saturday, April 8 (tentative list):

·      Policing and Police Exchange in Georgia

·      BDS: the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement

·      Participating in Delegations to Palestine: Experiencing the realities of life under occupation

·      White Supremacy and Racism: hierarchies in Israel, Palestine and the US

·      Dealing with militarized police in the US – Tools and techniques for protecting yourself and others

·      Nonviolent Direct Action as a tool for social change

·      A Palestinian tells his story

·      The National Platform for Black Lives, and how it connects struggles in the U.S., Israel and Palestine

Sponsoring organizations (List in formation)

Alliance of Baptists

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) – Atlanta Chapter

Create Community 4 Decatur: Black Lives Matter

Fellowship of Reconciliation

First Iconium Baptist Church

Friends of Sabeel North America – Atlanta Chapter

Friends of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society, Inc.

Interfaith Peace-Builders-Atlanta Network

Jewish Voice for Peace – Atlanta Chapter

Joining Hands for Justice

Oakhurst Baptist Church

Oakhurst Presbyterian Church

Palestinian Christian Alliance for Peace

Presbytery Peacemaking Partnership

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta

We will strategize, we will act together,

Registration is free. Please register so we know how many to plan meals for. Also, childcare will be available – please let us know if needed when registering. To register,  please go to http://conta.cc/2mPI6jn

Contributions are greatly appreciated. Whether or not you are going, you can donate at:


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