Palestine BDS (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions)
In the spring of 2009, the University of California , Berkeley agreed to renew its Study Abroad in Israel program. The University had discontinued the program because it believed the area was too dangerous. Zionist organizations lobbied hard to change the university’s mind.
When they succeeded, the local public relations company BlueStar took out ads in bus shelters to promote the program. BAAQUP decided to let students know that if they decided to go study in Israel, they would be breaking the Palestinian and international boycott of Israel. We were able to get into the bus shelters and modify the ads.
Clothing manufacturer H&M decided to open stores in Israel, even after European activists asked them to honor the international boycott.
Queer Liberation, Not Assimilation
When, The Human Rights Campaign put up these ads in the Castro, encouraging people to various buy rainbow trinkets produced in sweatshops in Asia, we decided to let them and our community know that’s not our idea of liberation.
Saying No to Hate Speech
When the radical Zionist group Stand With Us posted inflammatory and racist posters in Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations, BAAQUP didn’t wait for the bureaucrats to act. We remade their ads into something more positive.