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Student workers "have spoken": US labor union backs Israel boycott

“A new generation of workers and students is seeing how we’re linked — not only as workers, not only as students, not only as Americans, but as people of conscience to the struggle of Palestinians,” says a student activist.

Victory: US student workers' union backs Israel boycott in landslide vote

UAW Local 2865, representing 13,000 student workers at the University of California, has become the first labor union in the US to join the BDS movement.

Unions "are part of the struggle" for Palestine solidarity on US campuses

Student workers at the University of California will hold a vote to support the boycott movement in response to the call by Palestinian trade and labor unions.

Costly pro-Israel PR campaign fails to stop UCLA divestment

UCLA became the sixth of nine undergraduate campuses in the UC system to pass a divestment resolution, despite expensive efforts by on-campus anti-Palestinian groups to thwart such a victory.

US convicts Arab community leader Rasmea Odeh

Reporter Charlotte Silver on the latest prosecution of a Palestinian American leader; members of an African Heritage delegation to Palestine recount their experiences.

“Common bond” found in African heritage delegation to Palestine

Participants were tear gassed by Israeli army in West Bank village.

Five supporters of Rasmea Odeh arrested in Oakland

In downtown Oakland, activists chained themselves to the federal courthouse and condemned the trial against Odeh.

"A political prosecution": inside the trial of Rasmea Odeh

Rasmea Odeh’s supporters and attorneys have asserted “that the US attorney’s prosecution of Rasmea is a political prosecution — it’s because Rasmea is this iconic and legendary Palestinian figure,” says reporter Charlotte Silver in Detroit.

Palestinian students in Chicago punished by university after trying to register for "Birthright" trip

Meanwhile, the Zionist Hillel group was given a light slap on the wrist for violating the same administrative rule.

Legal groups warn universities against stifling Palestine activism

Legal groups caution administrators against heeding calls to censor or stifle expression criticizing the state of Israel or advocating for Palestinian human rights.

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