Date and Time:
Salon duc Tape - Parallels Between
the South Africa Divestment Movement and the Palestinian-led BDS Movement -
Note that this salon will be held at the Wild Boar Café!
An international campaign to impose sanctions on South Africa was initiated in the 1960s. This campaign is widely credited for pressuring the Government of South Africa to negotiate with the African National Congress and ultimately dismantle the system of apartheid. Locally, the City of Fort Collins passed a South Africa divestment resolution in 1985, as did many other cities, universities, and states in the U.S.A.
The Palestinian-led BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement was initiated in 2005 to pressure Israel to comply with international law and end its occupation of Palestine. So far, a number of companies have exited from the Israeli market, and foreign direct investment in Israel decreased 46% in 2014 compared to 2013, largely as a result of the BDS movement.
We will have three presenters at the salon on December 9th. Kelly Ohlson, former Fort Collins mayor and council member, will speak about the City's 1985 South Africa divestment resolution. Tom Mayer and Ron Forthofer, both members of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center's Middle East Collective. will speak about parallels between the South Africa divestment movement and the BDS movement. Tom writes a weekly column titled "Peace Train" for the Colorado Daily. Ron ran for Congress in 2000 and for Colorado Governor in 2002 on the Green Party ticket.
Salon duc Tape, a public forum sponsored by Strength Through Peace, meets on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 7:00 -- 9:00 p.m. The formal program begins at 7:20. The salon on December 9th will be held at the Wild Boar Café, located at1510 S. College Avenue in Fort Collins, instead of at our usual location. For more information, email Strength Through Peace, or call us at 419-8944.