Thursday, April 21 at 7 PM
420 W. 118th Street
Aaron Dixon, Khury Peterson-Smith, and Jannine Salman
When heavily militarized police in Ferguson, Missouri, confronted African American protesters angry at the police murder of Mike Brown in 2014, Palestinians watching events unfold from Gaza began sending tweets about how to cope with the teargas filling the streets.
Such an act of solidarity was more than a mere expression of support from people who, though half a world away, know firsthand about state repression. Police in cities across the U.S.—including police in Ferguson and Baltimore—have turned to Israel for training in how to deploy tactics honed in suppressing the Palestinian struggle for justice. And the U.S. directly supports Israel’s dispossession of the Palestinians—to the tune of some $3 billion per year.
Many of the issues facing the Black community in the U.S.—police violence, job discrimination, poverty, and environmental racism—are the same problems that Palestinians face.
A new generation of activists is forging ties of solidarity between the struggles of Palestinians and African Americans—struggles for equal rights, for dignity, for freedom. This tour hopes to make a modest contribution to this project—by unearthing the inspiring history of Black/Palestinian solidarity and by making these lessons relevant for present-day efforts seeking to transform the future.
Haymarket Books, International Socialist Organization (NYC), and Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine
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is one of the co-founders of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, chronicled in his 2012 book My People Are Rising: Memoir of a Black Panther Party Captain. Dixon has since founded Central House, a nonprofit that provides transitional housing for youth, and was one of the cofounders of the Cannon House, a senior assisted-living facility. Aaron ran for US Senate on the Green Party ticket in 2006.
co-authored, with Stanford alum Kristian Davis Bailey, the influential 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine, covered by Ebony and other outlets. Khury is a member of the International Socialist Organization and is active in Palestine solidarity and anti-racist organizing. He has written about the politics of Black liberation for Jacobin Magazine and the International Socialist Review.
was born and raised in New Jersey to an Iraqi mother and Palestinian father. Jannine organizes with Students for Justice in Palestine and with a coalition of students on the SJP-JVP joint campaign, Columbia University Apartheid Divest (sign the petition). In addition to her work with SJP and CUAD, Jannine has served on the board of the Muslim Students Association and Turath. She is a current student at Barnard College majoring in sociology with a minor in statistics.