Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign Workshop Saturday Oct 19

Red Card Israeli Racism Campaign Workshop

11.30 – 16.30 Saturday October 19, 2013
Room  4429/36
School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)


Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG
Close to Euston and Kings Cross mainline stations.
Underground stations nearby: Russell Square, Goodge Street, Euston Square, Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Warren Street.
In the first half of this year BDS campaigners in the UK and other parts of Europe forced Palestine onto the agenda of international football bodies and media with a combination of grass roots actions, petitions, open letters with big-name signatories and relentless lobbying of FA and UEFA officials in the run-up to the UEFA under-21 finals in Israel. We built relationships with anti-racist football organisations and brought Mahmoud Sarsak to the UK, generating widespread discussion about the injustices faced by Palestinians – political prisoners, footballers and citizens in general – in a new arena for BDS. We got people questioning Israel’s suitability, as a state that practices apartheid against Palestinians, to host international sporting events.
Now we face the challenge of creating a campaigning organisation to build on this work.
Join us at SOAS on Saturday October 19 for a one-day workshop to review the prospects for an ongoing Red Card Israeli Racism (RCIR) campaign. We anticipate attendance of 20-30. Some sessions may be conducted in small groups to facilitate productive discussion and decision-making.
11.30   The campaign so far. Discussion introduced by Geoff Lee, RCIR coordinator
12.00   Strategy, objectives and priorities 1) Challenging football institutions:
FIFA Task Force on Israel-Palestine; World Cup 2014 and FIFA congress in Brazil; Jerusalem as a possible Euro 2020 venue; UEFA under-17 and women’s under-19 tournaments in Israel.
13.30  LUNCH
14.15  Strategy, objectives and priorities 2) Red Card at grassroots level:
Confronting visiting Israeli teams, building links with Palestinian FCs, bringing BDS to the fan base.
14.45 Strategy, objectives and priorities 3)
Consolidating links with anti-racist football organisations
15.15  TEA BREAK
15.30  Campaign structure and organisation, including resources (website, social media,  leaflets, education materials)
16.30  Close
Financial help may be available for people travelling from outside London.
 We aim to circulate papers to participants by October 16 so please let us know before then if you wish to attend.
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