Imprisonment and Solidarity in Palestine and beyond

Imprisonment and Solidarity in Palestine and beyond

Een panel met Rasmea Odeh, Dhoruba Bin Wahad en Charlotte Kates. Het panel zal gemodereerd worden door Luk Vervaet, gevangenisactivist en auteur.

Sleutelfiguren van de Palestijnse bevrijdingsstrijd en zwart-Amerikaanse en Prison Abolitionists bewegingen (antigevangenisbewegingen) zullen overeenkomsten en verschillen bespreken van het Zwarte en Palestijnse leven achter de tralies. Door parallellen te trekken tussen deze stromingen, zal de discussie kwesties van racistisch staatsgeweld aankaarten in een tijdperk van neoliberale globalisering. Wat zijn de sociale effecten van dit geweld op het openbare en intieme leven? Welke verbindingen en solidariteit zijn nodig om daaraan het hoofd te bieden? In welke mate zijn de acties van voorbije verzetsbewegingen de vrijheidsstrijd blijven beïnvloeden?

 

bio:┬áRasmea Odeh is a leading member of Chicago’s Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim communities, and her decade of service in Chicago has changed the lives of thousands of people, particularly disenfranchised Arab women and their families. She has been with the Arab American Action Network (AAAN) since 2004, and is responsible for the management of day-to-day operations and the coordination of its Arab Women’s Committee, which has a membership of nearly 600 and leads the organization’s work in the areas of defending civil liberties and immigrants’ rights. She is a mentor to hundreds of immigrant women, as well as many members of the AAAN’s staff and board, and is a well-known and respected organizer throughout Chicagoland, the U.S. and the world.

bio: Dhoruba Bin Wahad was a leader member of the new York Black Panther Party, a Field Secretary of the BPP responsible for organizing chapters throughout the East Coast, and a member of the Panther 21. Arrested June 1971, he was framed as part of the illegal FBI Counter Intelligence program (COINTELPRO) and subjected to unfair treatment and torture during his nineteen years in prison. During Dhoruba’s incarceration, litigation on his behalf produced over three hundred thousand pages of COINTELPRO documentation, and upon release in 1990 he was able to bring a successful lawsuit against the New York Department of Corrections for all their wrongdoings and criminal activities. Living in both Ghana and the U.S. Dhoruba, an uncompromising critic of imperialism and capitalism, continues to write and work promoting freedom for all political prisoners and revolutionary Pan-Africanism.
bio: Charlotte Kates is the international coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and the coordinator of the International Committee of the National Lawyers Guild. She is also a member of the Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.