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Evening Panel Discussion
The Evergreen State College Longhouse
Lecture Hall I
12:00 – 1:00 “The BDS Movement Explained” With Omar Barghouti, author and cofounder of the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions)
Seminar II – E1105
1:30 – 3:00 “Children at the Borders” Workshop with MEXA (Movimiento Estudiantil Xicano de Aztlan)
3:30 – 5:00 “Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High Tech Firms will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border” Workshop with Gabriel Schivone
Seminar II – E1107
1:30 – 3:00 “Update on Indigenous Struggles” Workshop with Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc Nation)
Seminar II – D1107
1:30 – 3:00 “Imagination = Resistance” Workshop with Sarah Stockholm (Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project)
3:30 – 5:00 “Conversations on BDS” Workshop with Students for Justice in Palestine
7:00 – 9:00 – Evergreen Longhouse
“Justice Rising: From Palestine to Ferguson, from First Nations to the US Borderlands”
A panel discussion connecting voices across politics and identities. With Omar Barghouti and activists Jesse Hagopian, Gabriel Schivone, Kanahus Manuel, and moderator Sarah Eltantawi
Omar Barghouti is an independent Palestinian researcher and human rights activist. He is a co-founder of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Civil Society-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israeli occupation. Omar is a Research Fellow at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Columbia University and a master’s in philosophy (ethics) from Tel Aviv University. He is the author of, BDS: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights. His commentaries and interviews have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardian, and on Bloomberg, CNN, and BBC, among others.
Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the co-adviser to the Black Student Union at Seattle’s Garfield High School, the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013. He is the editor and contributing author of More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, an associate editor of the acclaimed Rethinking Schools magazine, and a founding member of Social Equality Educators (SEE). Jesse was the recipient of the 2012 Abe Keller Foundation award for “excellence and innovation in peace education,” and won the 2013 “Secondary School Teacher of the Year” award and the Special Achievement “Courageous Leadership” award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. In 2011, he participated in the Interfaith Peace Builder’s historic first African heritage delegation that brought fourteen African Americans ages 28-79 to Israel and Palestine to meet with civil society organizations, human rights groups, and grassroots activists to better understand the conflict.
Kanahus Manuel is a mother and warrior from the Secwepemc Nation in the Shuswap region of so-called British Columbia, Canada. She has been active in fighting against development projects and corporations such as the Sun Peaks Ski Resort and Imperial Metals. Recently, she has been involved in organizing to raise awareness about the Mount Polley gold-copper mine tailings spill, possibly the worst mining pollution disaster in Canadian history. She helped to set up the Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe camp at the disaster site. For her efforts, she has been named as a defendant by Imperial Metals in a court injunction to stop blockades of the mining company’s operations.
Gabriel M. Schivone (@GSchivone on Twitter) is a writer from Tucson, Arizona, and has worked as a humanitarian volunteer in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands for more than six years. He is also co-coordinator of UNIDOS, an indigenous-based ethnic studies youth group. Schivone blogs at Electronic Intifada and Huffington Post’s “Latino Voices”. His articles have appeared in The Arizona Daily Star, The Arizona Republic, Student Nation, The Guardian, McClatchy newspapers, The Chicago Tribune and others. Gabriel is a founding member of the ad hoc National Students for Justice in Palestine conference steering committee.
Sarah Eltantawi is faculty of Comparative Religion at Evergreen, with a specialty in political Islam and the contemporary Muslim world. A graduate of Harvard, she recently held post-doctoral fellowships in Berlin and at UC Berkeley, and has provided political commentary on Al-Jazeera and PRI radio.
Justice Rising! is cosponsored by The President’s Diversity Fund at The Evergreen State College, Evergreen Students for Justice in Palestine, and the following Evergreen Programs: Power in American Society; Cultural Landscapes; Landscapes of Faith and Power in the Eastern Mediterranean; Political Economy and Social Movements; Diversity and Dissent in Education and The Media and What Does it Mean to be an American?Can you or your organization help with publicity or financial co-sponsorship support? We’d love to announce you as a co-sponsor at the event and in our print and web publications.Contact Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Peace Works is an annual project of The Rachel Corrie Foundation which continues the work that Rachel Corrie began, with her vision, spirit, and creative energy in mind.