Watch and share Dr. Cornel West’s passionate testimony at the Democratic National Convention Platform Meeting.

Epic testimony“Democratic Party you’ve been in denial for too long, Palestinians ought to be free.”
Dr. Cornel West

Posted by Jewish Voice for Peace on Monday, 11 July 2016

Schedule of Events

Join us in the streets and at special events for education, strategy, and community at the DNC!

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12 pm: March for a Clean Energy Revolution

Location: Philadelphia’s City Hall
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6 pm: Islamophobia and the Progressive Movement

Location: the AFSC headquarters at 15th and Cherry Streets.

Presenters include:

  • Linda Sarsour: Executive Director, Arab American Association of New York
  • Congressman Keith Ellison, U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district
  • Nihad Awad: Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  • Raed Jarrar: Government Relations Manager, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)
  • Donna Nevel: Network Against Islamophobia, Jewish Voice for Peace
  • The Rev. Dr. David D. Grafton: Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia

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10 am: Shut Down Berks, Dismantle ICE, Marcha por la justicia at the DNC

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11 am: Progressive for Palestine: Is the US ready to rethink policy on Israel?

A discussion exploring the current status of Palestinian rights advocacy with Linda Sarsour, New York delegate and co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, and Dr. James Zogby, President of the Arab American Institute. Moderated by Josh Ruebner, US Campaign.

Location: AFSC headquarters at 15th and Cherry Streets.

12 pm: Put People First – PA and Students for a National Health Program at Independence Blue Cross

We’re demanding Independence Blue Cross (IBX) treat Pennsylvanians with respect and dignity. Join us if you’re tired of algorithms having more control over your healthcare than you do. Share your story, sing with us, and begin the public process of holding IBX accountable.

Location: 19th and Market Street, Philadelphia

3 pm: March for Our Lives – organized by the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is announcing the next March for Our Lives which will take place on Opening Day of the Democratic National Convention at Broad Street Philadelphia, beginning at 3 p.m. We call on the poor of all colors, generations, genders and other divisive labels to join us in the ongoing battle against poverty.

5-7 pm: The Next Four Years: (Neo)Colonialism, US Foreign Policy, and Strategies of Resistance

Looking ahead to the next four years, how will U.S. military, political and economic policies impact people around the world? Starting from an analysis linking the neo-imperialism of military occupation and economic neoliberalism, the panelists will discuss U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the economic takeover of Puerto Rico, the occupations of Afghanistan and Palestine, and the military coup and neoliberalization in Honduras, touching on extraction economies, debt crises, drone warfare, land rights and dispossession. Panelists will discuss what kinds of policies to expect in the next four years and what the kinds of challenges and opportunities there will be for activists fighting for freedom and equality in these places and in the U.S.
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  • Juan Gonzales, Journalist, Puerto Rico
  • Max Blumenthal, Journalist, Palestine
  • Rosalina Dominguez Madrid, COPINH, Honduras
  • Wazhmah Osman, Academic, Afghanistan

Moderator: Rania Khalek, Journalist

6:30-8:30 pm: Repairers of the Breach Revival: Time for a Moral Revolution of Values

Organized by Rev. William Barber III leader of the Moral Mondays Movement.

Location: Friends Center, 15th and Cherry Street

10 am: We say NO to the extractive economy!” – Toxic Tour of PES Refinery

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10 am-12 pm: From Honduras to South Philly: We Say NO to the Extractive Economy

Toxic Tour of PES Refinery. Hosted by Philly Thrive and Global Grassroots Justice Alliance

Location: 28th st and W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia

2-4 pm: Boycotting for Justice: Building Progressive Grassroots Power

Join a slate of progressive leaders to discuss the power of boycotts and divestment as tools for social justice movements. Leaders from a range of historical and contemporary movements that have used boycott and divestment campaigns to bring about social change will discuss how those movements mobilized people and power through these tactics and the obstacles that they are facing today. Panelists will include leaders in the Palestine solidarity/BDS movement, the anti-Apartheid movement, and the farmworker justice movement. As state legislatures across the country and major party platforms threaten to undermine the constitutionally protected right to use boycotts as a form of political expression, we will hear also from a civil rights lawyer about the struggle to preserve this tactic as a tool for our movements.


  • Yousef Munayyer, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
  • Rahul Saksena, Palestine Legal
  • Gerardo Reyes-Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Workers
  • Caroline Hunter, founder of the Polaroid boycott

Moderator: Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace

Location: Ethical Culture Society, 1st Floor, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square


We will be meeting up with the Black Resistance March against the DNC organized by The Philadelphia Coalition for REAL Justice.

Location: Broad and Diamond Streets

9 PM: The Arab American Institute Presents: Ahlan Wa Sahlan Philly

Location: The Singing Fountain at E Passyunk Ave. & Tasker St.

11 am-12 pm: Protest for Palestinian Rights at the DNC!

The 2016 Democratic National Committee platform includes anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) language but does not include the word occupation in relation to Palestine. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton unconditionally supports Israel and is in the pocket of the Israel lobby AIPAC. Democratic Governor Cuomo of New York has already passed an executive order punishing the BDS movement, and legislators in other states will be following in his footsteps soon.

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St

3-4:30 pm: The Untenable Status Quo: U.S. Policy Options for Palestine/Israel

This forum is sponsored by the Foundation for Middle East Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, the National Iranian American Council, the Honorable George R. Salem, and AAI’s Foundation. Panelists will discuss the policy decisions that await the future administration with regards to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


  • Sam Bahour, Chairman at Americans for a Vibrant Palestinian Economy
  • Peter Beinart, Columnist & Author
  • Debra DeLee, President and CEO of Americans for Peace Now
  • James Zogby, Founder & President of the Arab American Institute

Location: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St

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