Third North American Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement

Third North American Conference of the Palestine Solidarity Movement
Rutgers University – New Brunswick, New Jersey October 10-12, 2003 

Confirmed Speakers

Reem Abu-Sbaih – Reem Abu-Sbaih is a co-chair of Al-Awda New York and works with the Arab American Family Services Center She has worked with detainees and their families, as well as with the Special Registration process.

Tariq Ali – Tariq Ali is a writer, journalist and film-maker. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and contributes articles and journalism to magazines and newspapers including The Guardian and the London Review of Books.

Rima Anabtawi – Rima Anabtawi is a coordinator of Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and co-coordinator of its Events committee. She is a Palestinian American writer and activist, and has worked in Palestine with the Medical Services Relief Program in Gaza.

Anthony Arnove – Anthony Arnove is editor of the acclaimed best-seller “Iraq Under Seige”. He is also a member of the editorial board of the “International Socialist Review”.

Hatem Bazian – Dr. Hatem Bazian is a native Palestinian who immigrated to the US in pursuit of higher education. His twenty years of experience as a Palestinian activist have earned him the role of a local media spokesperson on Middle East issues. He currently teaches at UC-Berkeley where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Islamic studies, specializing in Islamic Law and the history of Muslims in Jerusalem. Dr. Bazian has also authored numerous articles on various aspects of the Middle East. In the past, he has also played a significant role in the civil rights, anti-Apartheid, and affirmative action movements at Berkeley. Dr. Hatem Bazian holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies. He teaches Arabic and Maliki Fiqh at the Zaytuna Institute. Dr.Bazian is the Director of Al-Qalam Institute of Islamic Sciences, Berkeley.

Richard Becker – Richard Becker is West Coast Regional Co-coordinator of the International Action Center and International A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition steering committee member. Becker has traveled to Palestine and Iraq on numerous occasions.

Mahdi Bray – Imam Mahdi Bray is a longtime civil and human rights activist, currently serving as the Executive Director of the Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice (NICWJ) and the Interfaith Alliance and hosts a Washington, DC based television and radio talk show. Bray was actively involved and insturmental in the success of the anti-Apartheid movement in the United States that helped upend the system in South Africa. Bray worked in the 1960s in coalitions with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and other activist groups.

Lamis Deek – Lamis Deek is an organizer with Al-Awda-New York and a recent law school graduate from Brooklyn. She has explored the role and leadership of women in Arab and Muslim organizing.

Ayman El-Sawa – Ayman El-Sawa recently helped to establish the Central New Jersey Coalition for Peace and Justice. His organization has grown very quickly and reaches the community with teach-ins, demonstrations, and performance events.

Brian Flanagan – Brian Flanagan is a former member of the Weather Underground and Students for a Democratic Society. He brings depth of experience and time-worn reflection on the topic of direct action, particularly as it relates to anti-imperialist solidarity movements.

Sara Flounders – co-director of the International Action Center, Sara Flounders is co-coordinator of the Iraq Sanctions Campaign, and has traveled to Iraq and Palestine with international antiwar delegations.

Jeannette Gabriel – Jeannette Gabriel is coordinator of the New Jersey Civil Rights Defense Committee who works with the immigrant detainees at the Passaic County Jail and the campaign to free Farouk Abdel-Muhti.

Jess Ghannam – Jess Ghannam is a psychologist and a professor at the University of California-San Francisco. He is active in Al-Awda San Francisco and works in unity with student groups in the Bay Area.

Samia Halaby – Samia Halaby is a Palestinian artist born in Quds prior to the nakba. She has taught in American universities for eighteen years ending with ten years at the Yale School of Art. Samia explains the connection of art to the resistance movement in Palestine.

Larry Holmes – Larry Holmes is an organizer with the International Action Center , co-founder of the workfare organizing group Workfairness and a longtime activist for social justice.

Randa Jamal – Randa Jamal is an organizer with Al-Awda NY/NJ – The Palestine Right to Return Coalition. She was co-chair of the April 20, 2002 Palestine focused rally in Washingon D.C.

Isma’il Kamal – Isma’il Kamal is an organizer with the Muslim Students Association national organization and with the Sudanese American Society. He has engaged in outreach with the MSA with national antiwar organizations and other groups and communities.

Rama Kased – Rama Kased is a student and co-chair of Al-Awda NY/NJ – The Palestine Right to Return Coalition. Rama is a Palestinian activist who has often spoken about the right of return at national rallies, including those in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

Charlotte Kates – Charlotte Kates is an organizer with New Jersey Solidarity – Activists for the Liberation of Palestine. She is a second year law student at Rutgers.

Eyad Kishawi – Eyad Kishawi is an activist with the Free Palestine Alliance and works with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in San Francisco to create the Divestment Resource Center, a central provider of services to divestment activists nationally.

Joseph Massad – Joseph Massad is assistant professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University. He is Assistant Editor of the Journal on Palestine Studies.

Carl Messineo – Carl Messineo is a co-founder of the Partnership for Civil Justice, and a member of the Steering Committee of the International ANSWER coalition. The PCJ has coordinated mass and political defense and representation for numerous demonstrations and actions in the DC area.

Nadine Naber – Nadine Naber is a postdoctoral graduate student in women’s studies. She is a founder and steering committee member of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association.

Elias Rashmawi – Elias Rashmawi is a coordinator of the Free Palestine Alliance and a member of the International ANSWER Coalition Steering Committee. He is a longtime activist in the Palestinian community and supporter of divestment struggles

Dick Reilly – Dick Reilly is a longtime Palestine solidarity activist and a central figure in Chicago’s Palestine solidarity work.

Snehal Shingavi – Snehal Shingavi is a graduate student and is active with Students for Justice in Palestine at UC Berkeley. He was one of the primary researchers on Berkeley’s divestment campaign and the UC Divest campaign, and has worked to prepare a guide to divestment research.

Lynne Stewart – Lynne Stewart is the attorney who has just victoriously defeated charges of “supporting terrorism” imposed upon her by John Ashcroft due to her defense of Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. She is a longtime people’s attorney and committed to radical defense of constitutional rights.

Brenda Stokely – Brenda Stokely is a labor leader and president of AFSCME District Council 1707 in New York. She is also Co-Convener of NYC Labor Against the War.

Mara Verheyden-Hilliard – Mara Verheyden-Hilliard is a co-founder of the Partnership for Civil Justice, and a member of the Steering Committee of the International ANSWER coalition. The PCJ has coordinated mass and political defense and representation for numerous demonstrations and actions in the DC area.

Zeina Zaatari – Zeina Zaatari is a graduate student in the department of anthropology at UC Davis and an organizer and activist around Arab and women’s issues.


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