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BACEIA E-Newsletter July 14,2009

Welcome to our first newsletter!

Hello supporters of the Bay Area Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid (BACEIA)!

This is the first of our newsletters for campaign supporters who signed our pledge cards.  THANK YOU!!!

As part of our pledge to you, we will keep you up to date on campaign activities, let you know how you can take action, and become involved in next steps of the campaign, but we won’t hog your inbox.

Why did we ask you to sign the pledge card?

1. To build a base. We want to stay connected to and build a relationship with our grassroots support—that’s you!
2. To further public education on the issue. We want to bring you news, how to’s and other important information and analysis about Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and the larger international BDS movement.
3. People power! We want to know that when the time comes we can count on your signatures and presence as we move forward with next steps of the campaign.

How we are doing…

Since we launched the campaign in March 2009, hundreds of Bay Area residents have taken the pledge to:
  • Not buy Israeli products;
  • Ask stores to de-shelve Israeli products;
  • Support the Palestinian Fair Trade economy by buying Palestinian products
  • Support the international movement for a full academic, cultural, political and economic boycott of Israel.

Activities:

In additional to regular informational tabling in front of local stores like Trader Joe’s, Berkeley Bowl, Rainbow Grocery, Safeway and Food Co., BACEIA members have recently tabled at local community events:
  • The Citizens Hearing on Gaza with the American Friends Service Committee
  • The Urban Rez Benefit for the Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG) youth magazine
  • The Malcolm X Jazz Festival
  • Talk by Ali Abunimah co-founder of the Electronic Intifada
  • The International Socialist Organization Conference

How you can be involved

Individual actions: Keep writing and talking to your shops asking them to de-shelve Israeli products—and let us know how stores respond.
Communal action: join our tabling efforts or create a tabling group of your own. Let us know about tabling opportunities! Email: breaktheseige@gmail.com
Consumer research: Let us know of any Israeli products not on our list and where they can be spotted. Email product sightings to: products@baceia.org
Facebook member? Spread the word and join our FB Campaign!

NEWS!!

Our campaign website is up! www.baceia.org Here you can get more information, download campaign materials, connect directly with the campaign and get your friends to sign the pledge!

Thank you for your continued support!  We look forward to building the campaign with you. If you have any questions, drop us a line breakthesiege@gmail.com

The Bay Area Campaign to End Israeli Apartheid