COMMUNITY EVENTS OF INTEREST
Friday Night Forums
Every Friday through May 27, 5 PM
The Red Nation in partnership with the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC) and the Center for Political Education is hosting a series of critical conversations on settler colonialism, US imperialism, and decolonization. The COVID-19 pandemic is global, and so our response to it must also be global. Friday Night Forums feature anti-imperialist perspectives and lessons on organizing from around the world, with an eye toward decolonizing Turtle Island.
Friday Night Forums are one-hour panels with two presenters and a moderator live streamed on Zoom. Each panelist will present for 20 minutes followed by a 10-15 minute Q & A with the moderator and the audience.
In this powerful conversation, Noura Erakat and Marc Lamont Hill reflect on the historical legacies of the Black – Palestinian solidarity movements, highlighting lessons learned as well as challenges for activists and scholars today. In the face of the current health crisis, this solidarity is all the more significant given how the pandemic illuminates how Black and Palestinian communities are more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to structural racism.
This important virtual event will delve into how developing effective, reciprocal, and transformative political relationships within African-descent and Palestinian communities around the world, help to chart new directions for future intellectual and political work. They will also address the role of higher education in the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement.
Join in this powerful conversation as we honor the continuing resistance across struggles for freedom, justice, and equality and celebrate the resilience of peoples rising up against oppression.
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney, activist, and Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, She is the author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2019).
Marc Lamont Hill is the Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple University. He is the author of multiple books, including Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond (New York: Atria Books, 2016).
TICKETS HERE. SLIDING SCALE $5 – $25 to benefit speakers and artists impacted by the cancellation of events due to the pandemic. All who register will receive a link to watch live or later at their own convenience.
Tied in a Single Garment of Destiny: Black Christian Reflections on Palestine
Thursday, May 21 3 PM
As people of African descent, our struggle against the racism, economic exploitation, and militarism of the United States, what Rev. Dr. King dubbed the “giant triplets,” ties us to the Palestinian people, as they face these giants as well, under Israeli occupation. And today those most harmed by the triple evils are disproportionately impacted by the giant of the COVID-19 public health crisis. It is more apparent than ever that Palestinians and Black Americans are tied in “a single garment of destiny,” what affects one directly affects the other indirectly.
The panel of dynamic thought leaders and activists will reflect on how the triple evils tie together Black and Palestinian stories, our past and present struggles for justice, and the role of the Church and liberation theologies in the march toward freedom. Our panelists include:
- Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman. She is the Co-Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN.
- Erica N. Williams is an ordained minister, activist and organizer for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
- Khury Petersen-Smith is the Michael Ratner Middle East Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies.
- Nyle Fort is a minister, activist, and Ph.D. candidate in religion and African American studies at Princeton University.
- Sarah Nahar is a border-walking scholar-activist working on a PhD in Religion and Environmental Studies in Syracuse, NY (traditional Haudenosaunee land).
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