Garik Ruiz is the former North America Liaison for the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. Garik has worked with local and national partners throughout North America to support BDS campaigns and be a direct link for local organizers back to the BNC leadership in Palestine. Garik spent six months in Palestine at the height of the second intifada in 2002 and 2003 working with Palestinians resisting the occupation non-violently through the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). Garik is based in Los Angeles and in addition to Palestine solidarity work has been deeply involved in local struggles for racial justice and immigrant rights.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Areas of Expertise: BDS; nonviolent direct action; campaign strategy