Black Lives Matter and BDS by Bill Mullen

Please TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW and send your letter to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor.

In the past two weeks, IUPUI’s Black Student Union has participated in or led demonstrations to bring awareness to the deaths of the people of Palestine and to stand in solidarity with the students at the University of Missouri. In neither instance did IUPUI administration acknowledge the genocide taking place in Palestine or the racial injustices and hate speech taking place state side. And there was certainly no substantive show of support on official University social media accounts, as there was today [in reference to the Paris attacks]. When thousands of Nigerians were murdered in a Boko Haram attack, IUPUI remained silent.

As an institution of higher learning there is a responsibility to respond in ways that are reflective of the entire student body, which also includes countries where students of color originate.

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Documenting the campus struggle for Palestine by Bill Mullen

NORA BARROWS-Friedman’s In Our Power: U.S. Students Organize for Justice in Palestine is a masterpiece of social movement journalism. In the tradition of Howard Zinn’sSNCC: The New Abolitionists and Staughton and Alice Lynd’s Rank and File, Barrows-Friedman presents a riveting “from below” oral history of a grassroots campaign for social justice…

In the same year, 10 University of California Irvine students were convicted of the misdemeanor crime of “disrupting a public meeting” after a non-violent protest against the 2010 appearance on campus of Israel ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. The students challenged Oren’s justification of the massacre of 1,500 Palestinians during Operation Cast Lead, calmly stating from their floor positions things like, “You, sir, are an accomplice to genocide.”

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TAKE ACTION now and write a letter to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Make sure to post a copy of the letter in our comments as well, so we can publish it.