When oppressed, silenced, and marginalized communities tell us their story, they are asking for something in return, asking us to take a stand as they have. To speak out as they have. To take risks, as they have. To truly listen is to know that we must truly act. -June Jordan
Our Unplugged trips are designed primarily for those living in the West though we welcome people of all backgrounds. We particularly look for people who come to their work with an anti-racist framing and are well positioned within their community/ies to work for justice upon return.
In 6-10 days, we visit Palestinian cities, villages and refugee camps in the West Bank and spend time with internally displaced Palestinian people living inside Israel. We also meet with a small number of Jewish Israelis. Throughout the journey, we help participants develop an understanding of daily life under occupation and in apartheid and the history of the region from people profoundly affected by and under-represented in Western discourses about the region.
After the program we support our participants' involvement in human rights based and justice oriented efforts, including contributing to the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel until it complies with international law. This initiative is a direct response to the 2005 call from Palestinian civil society and is designed in the footsteps of the ultimately successful movement against South African apartheid.