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As AIPAC holds its annual convention this weekend in Washington, DC to lobby for the interests of a foreign country, Occupy AIPAC will be providing information and analysis of AIPAC's pernicious effect on U.S. foreign policy, as well as creative protest and entertainment. Among the many speakers at the March 3 summit, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, managing editor Janet McMahon will be discussing pro-Israel PACs at the 5:30-7:30 p.m. panel, which features an impressive roster of experts and activists.

You won't want to miss this exciting weekend of events!


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Please continue to check in as we update our program and see our list of confirmed speakers.

Friday, March 2: Evening Film Screening

5:00pm – 7:00pm: Sneak preview screening of clips from Hip Hop is Bigger than Occupation & Roadmap to ApartheidHip Hop is Bigger than Occupation is a documentary about a ten day journey of artists traveling through Palestine, teaching and performing Non Violent Resistance through the arts. Roadmap to Apartheid explores in detail the apartheid comparison as it is used in the enduring Israel-Palestine conflict. (Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

Saturday, March 3: Occupy AIPAC Summit

Unless noted otherwise, all events will take place at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Ave). To attend the summit, you must register in advance.

8:00am – 9:00am: Registration

9:00am – 10:30am: Welcome with Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin and Rev. Grayland Hagler

10:30am – 12:00pm: Preventing War, Promoting Peace: Shifting US Policy Toward Real Diplomacy with Iran Featuring Sanam Anderlini, Jamal Abdi, Kate Gould, and Robert Naiman

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Catered lunch from The Jerusalem Restaurant Note: Lunch included in registration cost

1:00pm – 2:30pm: From the Arab Uprisings to the Occupy Movement: Freedom & Justice vs. the Right-wing Israel Lobby Featuring Bassam Haddad, Dina Darwish and Nada Alwadi

2:30pm – 4:00pm: Palestine, Israel & the U.S. – Changing Discourse, Challenging Policy Featuring Roane Carey, Omar Baddar, Phyllis Bennis, and Felicia Eaves

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Closing with Chris Hedges, Rae Abileah and Rev. Lennox Yearwood

5:30-7:30: AIPAC – What it is, who its allies are, why it’s dangerous and how to stop it A workshop organized by CNI, If Americans Knew, and the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy (IRmep) featuring Hatem Bazian, Grant F. Smith, Janet McMahon, Jeffrey Blankfort and Alison Weir.
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 8:00pm – 10:00pm: Poets, Comedians and Musicians – Tears and Laughter for Palestine A night of culture featuring Suad Amiry, Remi Kanazi, Said Durrah and others

Click here for more details (Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

Sunday, March 4: Main Action Day

Unless noted otherwise, all events to take place outside the AIPAC Conference (corner of Massachusetts and 9th)

9:00am – 11:o0am: Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions - A workshop with Adalah-NY featuring Nancy Kricorian and Felice Gelman (Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

10:00am – 11:00am: Nonviolence Training, Create Group Visual

11:00am – 2:00pm: Rally at the Convention Center, All Out for NO WAR ON IRAN during AIPAC Convention
Click here for more details (corner of Massachusetts and 9th)

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch (click for dining options near Convention Center)

1:30pm – 4:00pm: Ongoing creative actions outside AIPAC conference

3:15pm – 3:45pm: Performance by Head -Roc
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4:00pm – 6:00pm: Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Palestine and the African American Experience An event organized by Interfaith Peace Builders featuring Bill Fletcher Jr., Rev. Carolyn Boyd, Rev. Heber Brown, Sterling Pack, Darryl Jordan, and Felicia Eaves
Click here for more details (900 Massachusetts Ave)

7:00pm – 9:00pm: Alternatives to War: Diplomacy in Theory and Practice An event to examine the ways in which individuals practice alternatives to war in their daily lives with Dr. Mohammed Abu Nimer on Palestine, Filipe Nasser on Iran and others(Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

Monday, March 5: A Gala Affair

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Ending Military Aid to Israel – A workshop on how to challenge U.S. military aid to Israel featuring Josh Ruebner
Click here for more details(Busboys and Poets on 5th&K)

12:00pm – 1:30pm: Demonstration outside of the White House during Obama and Netanyahu meeting (White House)

5:00pm – 7:30pm: Creative action preparations: art-making & non-violence training (corner of Massachusetts and 9th)

7:30pm – 9:00pm: Creative action outside the AIPAC Gala Banquet (corner of Massachusetts and 9th)

Tuesday, March 6: Lobbying Day

10:00am – 2:00pm: Briefing on the Hill An event organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation featuring Josh Ruebner and others.