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Contributed by Belisa Gonzalez on 02/28/2014
Disrupting the Status Quo: A Means to Liberation examines the historical context and situation on the ground in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as well as the legal background from the perspective if the Palestinians. Presenters, Irene Nasser and Fadi Quran, will discuss the non-violent resistance movement, with particular attention to the historic and current role of women. The presentation will also include a discussion on the role of the U.S. and the ways that people in the U.S. can support full human rights for Palestinians.
Date: Wednesday March 5, 2014
Location: Klingenstein Lounge, located in Campus Center
This event is free and open to everyone.
This event is cosponsored by the Center for Transformative Action, Dorothy Cotton Institute, Department of Sociology, Center for the Study of Culture Race and Ethnicity, Department of Politics and the Diversity Awareness Committee.
Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please let us know as much in advance as possible. Contact Sharon Loucks, email@example.com; 607-274-3153.
Irene Nasser is an activist and community strategist based in Jerusalem who has organized and participated in unarmed resistance and direct action for almost a decade. Irene was one of the organizers of Bab Al-Shams protest village, has aided in strategizing direct action in Hebron and across the West Bank, and participated in protests and direct action in villages and cities across Palestine. Irene received an MA in International Service from American University, Washington, DC in 2007. Irene has also worked with journalists and international influencers to bring to light the stories of Palestinian community organizers working locally. Irene created an Arabic Graphic Novel, Budrus (based on Just Vision’s film directed by Julia Bacha). She is the co-producer of a series of short films, Home Front, Aspen ShortFest Official Selection 2012 as well as My Neighbourhood, Winner of the 2012 Peabody Award, the 2012 Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival Award, and Official Selection of the Tribeca Film Festival 2012, among many.
Fadi Quran is a community organizer in Palestine and works as Advocacy Officer at Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq, the West Bank affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. He is an entrepreneur in the alternative energy field, and has founded Tayara energy, a company that is developing high altitude wind energy generators. He is a leading partner and Chief Business Development Officer at Independent Wind, an alternative energy company that is bringing the first large-scale wind farms to Palestine and will provide more than 8% of the population's energy demand in the West Bank and Gaza. Mr. Quran completed an MA in Human Rights and Democracy at Birzeit University; his research focuses on constitutional law, collective actions, social contract theory and revolutions. He believes that it is his generation's responsibility to achieve freedom, justice, and dignity for the people of the Middle East, and knows from his experience on the ground throughout the region that they have the potential to achieve these goals, in their lifetime.