ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: "From Palestine to Mexico, All the Walls Have Got to Go!"
Wednesday, March 22 at 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM PDT
Johnie's Coffee Shop
6101 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90048
>From BlackLivesMatter to StandingRock, from NoBanNoWall to the InternationalWomensStrike, Grassroots Movements for Human Liberation Increasingly Recognize Palestinian Liberation as a Central Component of Intersectionality.
Join Some of the Leading Representatives from these Movements to Discuss How We Can Deepen Coalition Building and a United Front Within Mushrooming Resistance in the Trump Era.
MODERATOR: Garik Ruiz, the North America Liaison for the Palestinian #BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society. He works with local and national partners throughout North America to support BDS campaigns and be a direct link for local organizers back to the BNC leadership in Palestine. Garik spent 6 months in Palestine at the height of the second Intifada in 2002 and 2003 working with Palestinians resisting the occupation non-violently through the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). LA-based Garik has been deeply involved in local struggles for racial and environmental justice over the years.
ROUND TABLE PANELISTS:
Amani Al-Hindi Barakat , Palestinian-American community organizer, refugee born in Kuwait, and originally from the village of Tantoura in the suburbs of Haifa. Currently the National Chair of Al-Awda the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, and a board member of the newly launched Palestine Foundation; organizer of many of So-Cal Palestinian Solidarity actions.
Alfredo Gama , member Papalotl Brown Berets; undocumented (illegal) youth organizer; organizer of many of the recent large immigration #NoWallNoRaid protests in the Los Angeles area.
Robert Gardner , student activist; member of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at UCLA, who has been targeted by ultra rightwing Zionists for his activities; a senior studying Political Science, African American Studies, and Urban Planning.
Nana Gyamfi , member and co-founder of Justice Warriors 4 Black Lives, a network of attorneys and non-attorneys dedicated to providing legal support for the Movement for Black Lives, which includes BLMLA; represented all the BLMLA members who were arrested/had court cases/went to trial from 2014 - 2016; will continue to represent BLMLA members who ask for representation.
Michael Letwin, NYC public defender; former president, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys/UAW 2325; 1960s-1970s L.A. youth activist (Red Tide); co-founder of New York City Labor Against the War, Labor for Palestine, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Labor for Standing Rock.
Lydia Ponce, organizer with American Indian Movement-SoCal; Idle No More LA; lead organizer of all the many #NoDAPL protests in LA.
Ameena Mirza Qazi , Executive Director of the LA chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. A civil rights attorney and activist; she has worked on free speech, social and economic justice, discrimination, First Amendment, equal protection, and procedural due process issues, including #NoWallNoBan.
SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS: Al-Awda the Palestine Right to Return Coalition, American Indian Movement (AIM) So-Cal, California for Progress,
Idle No More LA, Jews for Palestinian Right of Return, Labor for Standing Rock and LA4Palestine, March and Rally Los Angeles.
PLEASE RSVP HERE: www.facebook.com/events/992280510903897/