Free Minds Free People stands in solidarity with justice movements and workers around the world and encourages conference volunteers and participants to appraise us of issues surrounding venues, accommodations and other vendors that violate worker and human rights.
We are aware of the workers’ strike at eight Marriott Hotel locations. Their Twin Cities hotel is not one of them, but should you choose to stay there during FMFP, please consider downloading this letter to submit to management to show your solidarity with all Marriott workers.
On the recommendation of a workshop presenter, we share the information below about Airbnb that describes its complicity in the displacement of Palestinians. We also note Airbnb’s policy that discriminates against people who have been formerly incarcerated.
In 2005, Palestinian civil society, drawing on decades of non-violent resistance initiated by those struggling for freedom around the world, from apartheid South Africa to Montgomery, AL, made a call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) against Israel and all companies, organizations, groups, and individuals complicit in Israeli apartheid and occupation.Today, around the world and across this country, hundreds of campuses, congregations, unions, and associations continue to affirm and respect the call for BDS in support for Palestinian liberation and equality. Unfortunately, Airbnb is not one of those organizations. In fact, Airbnb is directly complicit in the continued ethnic cleansing and displacement of Palestinians by listing illegal settlements (settler colonies) in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Although there had been rumors that they would cease this abhorrent practice after years of pressure, they have shamefully reversed their decision.