Brief History of the Palestinian Rights Committee
The PRC, formerly known as the Capital District Committee for Palestinian Rights (CDCPR), was begun as an informal coalition of Palestinians, Palestinian-Americans, and supporters in 1982, as a result of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in which more than 15,000 Lebanese and Palestinians were killed, often with American-made weapons.
The CDCPR was exceptionally busy from 1986-1993. CDCPR published a newsletter several times a year, held frequent vigils, demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, sponsored lectures of visiting speakers from around the world amd held formal meetings with Representative McNulty.
The committee served Palestinian foods at an annual dinner for five years, networked with other Palestinian rights organizations, distributed literature, and wrote letters to the editors of local newspapers, all in support of educating the public about the long-denied rights of Palestinians to a nation of their own.
The PRC was re-energized and the name changed following the September 11th 2001 attack and the US government’s launch of its War on Terror.
The PRC became an affiliate of Upper Hudson Peace Action in January 2008.