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National Campus Program Director

Email: b***@***.com
Local Address: Chicago, Illinois, United States
StandWithUs
1907 E Highland Dr
Seattle, Washington 98112
United States

Company Description: StandWithUs encourages UCSC to take these steps so that it will live up to its mission of being a center of learning and informed discourse. StandWithUs, an...   more
Background

Education

  • degrees , Political Science , International Studies and Anthropology
    Loyola University Chicago
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StandWithUs Campus » Meet the Staff
www.standwithus.com, 14 May 2014 [cached]
Brett Cohen National Campus Program Director BrettC@standwithus.com Brett Cohen is the National Campus Program Director for StandWithUs. Based in Chicago, Brett oversees StandWithUs programming around the country, supervises staff, designs innovative new campaigns for campus, and serves as a mentor and resource for students and professionals dealing with anti-Israel problems on campus. A native of the South Side of Chicago, Brett graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 with degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Anthropology. He has also been a long time campaigner for LGBT rights, pioneering marriage equality in Illinois by marrying his husband in 2012. At StandWithUs, Brett seeks to build bridges between different activist communities.
Brett Cohen, the college ...
www.jpost.com, 9 Aug 2014 [cached]
Brett Cohen, the college liaison for the national pro-Israel advocacy group StandWithUs, noted that SJP seems to strike when pro-Israel students are least likely to be prepared.
Their actions, Cohen said, often seem to coincide directly with Jewish holidays, when pro-Israel students are most likely to be away from campus - at home celebrating.
"It's a major tactic of SJP to try to catch the pro-Israel community off guard so there's no opposition to what they want to do," said Cohen.
However, in the day-and-a-half between SJP filing the resolution and the vote, StandWithUs mobilized, preparing pro-Israel students to speak before the House during Friday's meeting.
"We were able to come in, work with the students, help them to prepare their arguments and practice their speeches," Cohen said.
In American colleges Pro-Palestinian groups are staging protests using anti-apartheid walls, eviction notices and die-ins - protests in which participants lie down to symbolize dead bodies - Cohen said. Stand- WithUs is on call, ready to act at a moment's notice, and come to the aid of Israel's supporters around the country.
As a counter measure to SJP's actions, StandWithUs provides pro-Israel campus groups with installations that rival the apartheid walls - covered with literature about Hamas, Jerusalem, refugees, diversity within Israel and more.
Cohen asked: "If we can't have peace on campus between an anti-Israel and pro-Israel group, then what hope is there in the Middle East?"
SJP's divestment resolution had two stipulations. The first was that the House of Representatives at FAU's Boca Raton campus ask the university's Board of Trustees to divest from companies profiting off the conflict, and the second called for investment in companies conscious of their carbon footprint.
Cohen called the wording of the proposed resolution deceptive.
Brett Cohen, national campus ...
www.jewishjournal.com, 29 May 2014 [cached]
Brett Cohen, national campus program director for StandWithUs - a pro-Israel group that works vigorously on campuses to improve Israel's image and combat SJP - agrees with Jacobson.
"Just watching the way SJP has ravaged their reputation, I think what they are doing is a huge favor for us," Cohen said, "because every single time this happens, the pro-Israel community on campus wakes up."
A mixed record
If Jacobson and Cohen are right - that SJP's new tactics will tarnish their image among college students - there still may be a ways to go until that evidence is clear.
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On May 22, Cohen spoke by phone with the Journal from the campus of DePaul University in Chicago, where, one day later, the student body passed a referendum calling on the administration to divest from a number of companies that do business with Israel. The measure passed, with 1,575 students supporting divestment and 1,333 voting against it.
StandWithUs.org - Breaking Audio and Video News from Israel and The World. ::NEWS::
www.standwithus.com, 27 Aug 2012 [cached]
Brett Cohen is the National Campus Program Director for StandWithUs. Based in Chicago, Brett oversees StandWithUs programming around the country, supervises staff, designs innovative new campaigns for campus, and serves as a mentor and resource for s ...
Press | Birthright Unplugged
www.birthrightunplugged.org, 4 Aug 2009 [cached]
StandWithUs Program Director Brett Cohen was to lead a lesson entitled "LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex) Liberation in the Middle East."
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