Unsettling Goods Campaign UPDATE and New Resources

Greetings from the Unsettling Goods Planning team!

As Lent approaches, we have some new and exciting resources for raising awareness and encouraging broader action on this campaign.

Available at www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/unsettling-goods

  • Lenten worship resources in English.
  • Daily Lenten prayers for peace via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/UnitedAction) and Twitter (@UnsettlingGoods and @JusticeUCC).
  • “Unsettling Goods Peace Box” – order your box of Palestinian products (olive, oil, soap, herbs) from Zatoun for your congregation or community. Encourage others to buy. Do an olive oil tasting with pita after worship, at a meeting, at Presbytery.
  • A downloadable campaign card that can be used as a bulletin insert.
  • Hard copy campaign card – a fridge reminder of the campaign goals. Order in bulk at no cost from 1-800-268-3781 or 416-231-7680, ext.4073 or unsettling-goods@united-church.ca.
  • New video (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL83595AEFFCD33095) and photo resources (http://www.flickr.com/photos/unitedchurchcda/sets/72157637125051366/).
  • Twitter strategy – engage directly with Ahava, SodaStream, Keter, Walmart, Home Depot, The Bay and Canadian Tire through Twitter. Learn more with our User Guide. Connect with us on Twitter at @UnsettlingGoods.
  • Web badge available for download. Use it to connect directly to the Unsettling Goods Campaign webpages from your website.

New French Resources!

The Unsettling Goods information package has been mailed to French-speaking pastoral charges and online resources are now available in French at www.united-church.ca/fr/getinvolved/unsettling-goods
More resources at www.united-church.ca/getinvolved/unsettling-goods

  • FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about the Unsettling Goods Campaign
  • Action resources regarding settlement products
  • Speakers Bureau – invite a speaker to your congregation
  • Information about settlements, travelling to the Holy Land, and political engagement
  • Opportunities to support trust-building programs, such as joint Palestinian–Israeli initiatives
  • Global partner profiles of United Church partners
  • Links to networks: United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI)
  • Links to blogs: Voices of Accompaniment, United Church Ecumenical Accompaniers writing about Palestine and Israel

Unsettling Goods Mailing

Last fall, an Unsettling Goods package of information and resources (in English) was mailed to every pastoral charge. This package offered resources to help United Church members PRAY, CHOOSE, and SPEAK to end the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands by being part of the Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel campaign. As you know, this initiative is a response to the pleas of long-time United Church partners in Palestine and Israel, and follows from the resolution passed at General Council 41 in August 2012. If you want extra copies of the action card or poster, please e-mail us at unsettling-goods@united-church.ca.

Updates

We know that many of you have already been engaged in consumer action around products manufactured in the Israeli settlements  by three companies – Ahava, Keter Plastics, and Soda Stream – and have also spoken to retail store managers. Many of you have also raised awareness in your congregation and community about our quest for a just peace in Palestine and Israel. Thank you!
General Council staff and elected members have had cordial meetings with corporate staff from Walmart and Home Depot,  two of the four retail companies that are named in our Unsettling Goods campaign –. We have, as yet, had no response to our meeting requests from The Bay and Canadian Tire.

We still need your help!

When you speak to local store managers about not carrying products produced  in or related to the Israeli settlements, you effectively put leverage on the retail corporation as a whole. Questions and comments from store managers to their corporate staff help us, at a national level, to convincingly say that consumers don’t want to buy these products. This, then, helps us to make the case with corporate staff for not using these suppliers or for re-labeling the products. Please carry on and encourage others in your congregation and community to get involved.

Goals of the Unsettling Goods Campaign

Unsettling Goods: Choose Peace in Palestine and Israel focuses on action:

  1. to engage in worship, prayer, and study in response to partner calls for peace in Palestine and Israel
  2. to avoid buying products made in or related to the Israeli settlements
  3. to engage with Canadian retailers to encourage them to stop selling these goods
  4. to promote congregational conversations with Palestinian and Jewish Canadians
  5. to support programs focused on trust-building between Palestinians and Israelis

With others seeking peace with justice in the Holy Land, we work for an end to the suffering and instability experienced by thousands of Palestinians and Israelis caught up in a prolonged and exhausting struggle.

Together in peace,
The Unsettling Goods Planning Team
Unsettling-goods@united-church.ca