Building Solidarity across Black, Native American, and Palestinian Struggles
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 6:00-8:00pm
St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Harlem
521 West 126th Street, New York, New York 10027
Co-presented by Adalah-NY and Scientific Soul Sessions
Featured speakers: Aaron Dixon, Janene Yazzie, and Riham Barghouti, with Dave Zirin moderating, and an introduction by Joel Kovel of St. Mary's Church.
Featuring performances by saxophonist L. Mixashawn Rozie, composer Alia Ahmed, hip-hop/jazz drummer Kimberley Thompson and spoken-word artist/rapper Farrah Burns, and the Columbia Palestinian Dabke Brigade.
Here in the US, how can we connect the Palestinian resistance movements to those closer to home, namely, Black and indigenous struggles against structural oppression?
Do certain strategies for liberation cut across these different constituencies? Where does the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) fit in as a tactic?
How can we recognize what is distinct about these struggles, while making connections and acting in solidarity?
From the dispossession of Palestinians and First Nation Peoples to the political suppression and mass incarceration of African Americans in the United States, we live in an age of continuing colonization, segregation, and government-sanctioned brutality. Please join us for an evening of discussion and live music as we learn from each other's histories of oppression and resistance.
AARON DIXON is one of the cofounders of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party and author of My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain. He founded Central House, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing for youth, and was one of the cofounders of the Cannon House, a senior assisted-living facility. Aaron ran for US Senate on the Green Party ticket in 2006.
JANENE YAZZIE is a Diné entrepreneur who moved back to Dinetah, sacred homeland of her people located in the Southwestern United States, to work in sustainable community development. With climate change increasing drought conditions, the Diné people face the need to build resilient communities. This task requires community-led resistance to the continued economic exploitation championed by fossil fuel industries and the state, federal, and Navajo Nation governmental policies that support them. Yazzie’s business, Sixth World Solutions, seeks to implement sustainable economic, social, and environmental justice projects developed through a framework of human rights and community empowerment.
RIHAM BARGHOUTI is a Palestinian American activist who lived in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for 10 years. She currently resides in New York City, where she works as a teacher. Ms. Barghouti is a founding member of Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and PACBI, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.
DAVE ZIRIN, named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” writes about the politics of sports for The Nation magazine. Zirin is also the host of Sirius XM Radio’s popular weekly show, Edge of Sports Radio. His most recent book is the acclaimed Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.
This event is part of the ninth annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), a series of events held concurrently in cities around the world to raise awareness of Israel as an apartheid state and to bolster support for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaigns. For a full listing of IAW events in New York City and globally, please visit apartheidweek.org.
Endorsed by WESPAC Foundation, Jewish Voice for Peace–Westchester, Resistance in Brooklyn (list in formation), Native Resistance Network.
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