PSNA National Meeting: Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March, 8.45am, Grey Lynn Library Hall, 474 Great North Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland (Please note the change of venue from the first notice of the meeting)
National meeting checklist:
Register: Register with an email to our National Secretary, Neil Scott, at Secretary@PSNA.nz so we know numbers for catering purposes. Please note there is no registration cost and meals will be provided on a koha basis.
Billets: If you need somewhere to stay in Auckland please let Neil know as Auckland supporters will be providing beds for those from out of town.
Travel costs: We are happy to help with travel expenses for petrol and flights as is necessary. Please don’t let the cost be a barrier to coming! Please email Neil to discuss what we can do to help to get you there.
Publicity: Everyone can help by posting the flyer (at the start of this newsletter) for the meeting on social media and encouraging others to come for all or part of the meeting (see agenda below)
Donations: If you can’t come you may be able to make a donation to help someone else to attend. Donations can be made to:
Account name: PALESTINE SOLIDARITY NETWORK
Account number: 38-9015-0849542-00
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Keynote speaker, Annette Sykes, pictured above. Annette is a Māori human rights lawyer at the heart of indigenous struggles here. She is an inspirational speaker who will talk about the connections between indigenous struggles here and in Palestine.
Palestinian Israeli activist and former MP in the Israeli Knesset (parliament), Haneen Zoabi, pictured above will speak (via zoom) from Palestine about the forthcoming Palestinian elections.
National Meeting Agenda
Saturday 27 March
8.45AM MORNING TEA AND REGISTRATION
9.15AM WELCOME, INTRODUCTIONS AND SCENE SETTING
Zoom call from Palestinian Ambassador to Australia Izzat Abdulhadi (TBC)
9.30AM KEYNOTE SPEAKER – ANNETTE SYKES – “INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES IN AOTEAROA AND PALESTINE”
10.30AM REPORT FROM NATIONAL CHAIR – JOHN MINTO
FINANCIAL REPORT – NEIL SCOTT
11.00AM WORKSHOPS 1 – STRATEGIES FOR LOCAL ORGANISING (CHOOSE ONE)
Organising local film screenings (eg “Imprisoning a Generation” and “Gaza Fights for Freedom”) (Randa Abbas
BDS international campaigns – Puma (Silver Ferns sponsor), HP and Sodastream (Neil Scott)
Social media – FB, Twitter, Instagram etc (Nedina Hohaia, Fred Hayward, Brandon Johnstone)
National organising tour based around the 40th anniversary of the Springbok Tour protests – from apartheid South Africa to apartheid Israel (John Minto/Don Carson)
Student-led organisations – (Gia Ngatai-Smith and Rahman Bashir)
Report back from Workshops 1
IHRA definition of anti-semitism report (Don Carson)
Superfund investments campaign (John Minto)
Elbit Systems Limited campaign (John Minto)
12.30PM LUNCH (PROVIDED ON SITE – KOHA REQUESTED)
1.30PM WORKSHOP 2 – ORGANISING IN LOCAL NETWORKS (CHOOSE ONE)
Relating to Maori organisations (John Minto)
Religious groups – Christian, Islamic, Jewish etc (Steve Liddle/Janfrie Wakim/Billy Hania)
Trade Unions (Mike Treen)
Student organisations (Gia and Rahman)
2.15PM REPORTING BACK IN PLENARY
3.00PM AFTERNOON TEA
Julie Webb-Pullman – update on ICC holding Israel to account for war crimes
Roger Fowler – Kia Ora Gaza – flotilla update
4.00PM WORKING WITH THE PALESTINIAN COMMUNITY IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND AND PALESTINE
Dr Abdalla Gouda, Maher Nazal, Billy Hania, Tuma Hazou, Rand Hazou, Randa Abbasi (Contact Randa Abbasi email@example.com)
4.45PM REVIEW OF PSNA STRATEGIES AND TACTICS (RANDA ABBASI)
Feedback and suggestions on how we can improve our campaigning
5.30PM FILM SCREENING – “GAZA FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM”
6.30PM PALESTINIAN MEAL PROVIDED AT VENUE!
7.30PM UPDATES FROM PALESTINE: (LATE IN THE DAY SO SPEAKERS FROM PALESTINE DON’T HAVE TO GET UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT!)
Update on Covid 19 in Gaza, Palestine. Dr Medhat Abbass (TBC) Consultant, International Cooperation Department, Gaza Ministry of Health
Update on upcoming Palestinian elections (May to July) and Israeli election result (23 March) Haneen Zoabi – Palestinian Israeli – former member of the Israeli Knesset (via Zoom)
Apoorva Gautam – Asia-Pacific rep on Palestine National BDS Committee – via zoom from Delhi)
Sunday 28 March
8.00AM FOR THE EARLY RISERS – NEW FILM “THIS IS PALESTINE”
9.00AM REVIEW OF NATIONAL STRUCTURE – WHAT CAN BE IMPROVED (DON/JANFRIE)
Election of National Chair and Secretary (Janfrie)
Appointment of National Committee
10.00AM POLITICAL PANEL – BUILDING SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIAN HUMAN RIGHTS AMONGST MPS (DON CARSON)
Duncan Webb – Labour Party
Golriz Ghahraman – Green Party
Bob Carr – former Labour Minister from Australia (on Zoom from Australia)
11.00AM FURTHER REFLECTION FROM THE ‘REVIEW OF PSNA STRATEGIES AND TACTICS DISCUSSION FROM SATURDAY (RANDA)
11.15PM FAREWELLS AND FINISH (THE ROOM HAS BEEN BOOKED FROM 11.30AM BY ANOTHER GROUP)
11.30-12.30 PROTEST ON CORNER GREAT NORTH ROAD AND WILLIAMSON AVE – 100M FROM VENUE – TO MARK PALESTINE LAND DAY WHICH IS ON 30 MARCH.
We hope to see you there!