SPEAKERS

Susan Abulhawa

Susan Abulhawa is the founder of PfP. She’s a mom, a human rights activist, a political commentator and essayist, an award-winning novelist, and a biologist. Her first novel, Mornings in Jenin (Bloomsbury, 2010), was a critically acclaimed international bestseller that has been translated into 26 languages. In 2012, she published a poetry collection entitled My Voice Sought the Wind. Her second novel, The Blue Between Sky and Water was published in June 2015.

Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is currently the host of BET News and a political contributor for CNN. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hill is the author or co-author of four books: the award-winning Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity; The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black life in America; the New York Times bestseller Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on The Vulnerable from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond; and Gentrifier. He has also published two edited books: Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility; and Schooling Hip-Hop: New Directions in Hip-Hop Based Education.

Norman G. Finklestein

Norman G Finkelstein received his PhD from the Princeton University Politics Department in 1988. He is the author of ten books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions, including THE HOLOCAUST INDUSTRY: Reflections on the exploitation of Jewish suffering and, most recently, GAZA: An inquest into its martyrdom.

Pam Africa

Pam Africa is the head of International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Philadelphia-based organization at the center of the international movement seeking Abu-Jamal’s release. She has campaigned tirelessly for the release of all political prisoners for over forty years.

Dumi Lewis- McCoy

Dumi (L'Heureux) Lewis-McCoy: A professor of sociology and black studies at the City College of New York - CUNY. He writes and works on understanding how space and place shape people's access to political power and citizenship, particularly as it relates to education. In 2017, he traveled to Palestine and spent time with delegations from the Dream Defenders and Existence is Resistance. He co-leads the Ndugu and Nzinga rites of passage program in New York City

Nancy Mansour

Nancy Mansour (aka Harrabic Tubman) is a community organizer, hip hop artist manager, and radio host for over 12 years. In 2009, Nancy, along with Ayman El Sayed, co-founded Existence Is Resistance, an internationalist organization promoting inter-cultural solidarity and non-violent resistance through the arts, with a focus on occupied Palestine and inner city youth. EIR has conducted tours to Palestine for the past 9 years more recently focusing on the Black communities within the West Bank and the 48 territories. EIR’s 2010 hip hop tour which took M1 of Dead Prez to Palestine, is the subject of the documentary Hip Hop Is Bigger Than The Occupation. Currently working on a documentary called "Being Black in the Holy Land".

Nerdeen Kiswani

Nerdeen Kiswani is a Palestinian organiser from NYC. She has been organizing for Palestinian movement for liberation in New York City for over five years, and has advocated for the struggle at the national and international level. She is a founding member of Within Our Lifetime, United for Palestine. She is a recent graduate of the City University of New York where she majored in human rights and international relations and was involved in building multiple SJP chapters across the university system.

George Abraham

George Abraham is a Palestinian-American Poet, Activist, and Engineering PhD Candidate at Harvard University. He is the author of two chapbooks: al youm (the Atlas Review, 2017), and the specimen’s apology (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2019). Their poetry and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Boston Review, the Rumpus, Washington Square Review, Mizna, and anthologies such as Bettering American Poetry, Nepantla, and the Ghassan Kanafani Palestinian Literature Anthology.

Leilah Abdennabi

Leilah Abdennabi is an organizer of Palestinian descent based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is passionate about justice for all oppressed peoples and is an active member of MPD150 and Palestinian Youth Movement.

Zachariah Barghouthi

Zachariah Barghouthi is the Administrative Director and Research Coordinator at Researching the American-Israeli Alliance (RAIA), which is dedicated to exposing the connections between American and Israeli state violence and providing data and research to the movement for justice in Palestine and the United States. He is based in New York and is a long-time organizer with the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) – USA Branch. His other organizing work includes Black-Palestinian solidarity, Third World internationalism, indigenous sovereignty, and security sector decolonization and transformation. He holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the American University, Washington, D.C.

Nadine Kawas

Nadine is a member of Within Our Lifetime and former president of Staten Island College SJP. She is a community organizer with Muslim American Society where she organizes for Muslim youth.

Ashira Prem Rachana

Ashira Prem Rachana is a media expert and human rights researcher based in Jerusalem. She has been working in Journalism, social media and research for over 13 years. She worked as a human rights researcher for Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. In Journalism she worked with the BBC, Palestine TV, Internews and has produced several TV shows and documentaries for local and international media. On a volunteer bases she has been veery active in promoting human rights and justice for the people of Palestine. Ashira is also a musician and founder of Ashira Organix a line of organic and natural beauty care products.

Alexandra

Alexandra is a Brooklyn Native, with a B.A in Political Science. She has a passion for social justice and has been an organizer with EIR since 2012.

Alexi Shalom

Alexi Shalom is a member of Within Our Lifetime and a union organiser. He joined the movement for Palestinian liberation after the Israeli attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in 2010 and was a member of Hunter Students for Justice in Palestine from 2011-2015.

Wafa Ghnaim

Wafa Ghnaim is an American born Palestinian businesswoman, writer and artist. Wafa began learning Palestinian embroidery from her mother when she was about 4 years old. Wafa decided to pursue her and her mother’s lifelong dream of writing a book about Palestinian embroidery designs and traditions in 2015. The book project, titled “Tatreez & Tea: Embroidery and Storytelling in the Palestinian Diaspora”, has been a dream of her mothers since the early 1980’s when she first came to the United States and a dream of hers since she was a little girl. With funding from the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Brooklyn Arts Council, the first edition of the book was digitally published on Amazon, Nook and iBooks in November, 2016. With the generous funding of the Brooklyn Arts Council and the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, Tatreez & Tea has been expanded and revised in 2018.

Sekou Odinga

Sekou Odinga was a member of Malcolm X’s Organization of Afro-American Unity, a founding member of the New York chapter of the Black Panther Party as well as the Black Panther International Section, and was a member of the NY Panther 21. A citizen of the Republic of New Afrika and combatant of the Black Liberation Army, Sekou was captured in October 1981, mercilessly tortured, and spent the following thirty-three years behind bars—a prisoner of war and political prisoner of the U.S. empire. Since his release in November 2014, he has remained a stalwart fighter for justice and for the release of all political prisoners.

Rosa Alicia Clemente

Rosa Alicia Clemente is an Afro-Latinx political commentator, community organizer, independent journalist, and 2008 Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate.Rosa is the president and founder of Know Thy Self Productions, which has produced four major community activism tours and consults on issues such as Hip-Hop activism, media justice, voter engagement among youth of color, third party politics, intercultural relations between Black and Latinx, immigrants’ rights as an extension of human rights, and universal healthcare. She is a frequent guest on television, radio and online media, as her opinion on critical current events is widely sought after.

Toufic Haddad

Toufic Haddad holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London. He is co-author of Between the Lines: Israel, the Palestinians and the US War on Terror (2007) and previously worked for different UN bodies in Jerusalem. His latest book Palestine Ltd.: Neoliberalism and Nationalism in the Occupied Territory explores how neoliberal frameworks have shaped and informed the common understandings of international, Israeli and Palestinian interactions throughout the Oslo peace process.

Raymundo Valentin

Raymundo is a member of Within Our Lifetime. He started organising for Palestine in 2013 when he helped establish an SJP chapter at the College of Staten Island. Raymundo is currently in the early stages of starting an initiative to build Chicanx -Palestinian solidarity in New York City.

Fatin Jarara

Fatin is a NY-based Palestinian organiser and a member of AlAwda NY:Palestine Right to Return Coalition, Palestinian Youth Movement and U.S. Palestinian Community Network

Azael Dean

Born and raised in the mean streets of the Northern Suburbs of Chicago, Azi [ah-zee] has held various leadership roles in the Filipino community organizing spaces: rising from a general member to executive leadership roles with GABRIELA New York, a grassroots women’s organization, to currently serving as the Northeast Coordinator of BAYAN-USA, a national entity that coordinates over 20 organizations focused on advancing the National Democratic Movement of the Philippines at home in the U.S. in conjunction with our multitude of international and Philippine-based organizations. Azi has also taken lead in creating and maintaining space for LGBTQIGNC+ Filipinos in New York City, currently spearheading the Sige [see-gay] Initiative, a space for queer Filipinos in the Tristate area to connect and organize. When they’re not rallying the people to rain death on U.S. imperialism, bureaucrat capitalism, and neo-feudalism, they’re hella nerdy and enjoy comic books.

Dan Cione

Dan is a founding member of Within Our Lifetime, and has been organising for Palestine for five years. He works on connecting the Palestinian cause with other international struggles both here in the US and abroad.

Nick Rodrigo

Nick Rodrigo is a Sociology PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, Adjunct Professor at John Jay College and member of Within Our Lifetime. Prior to moving to New York he worked as a research and policy analyst for the Afro-Middle East Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been involved in organizing for Palestine in the United Kingdom and the United States, campaigning for a number of sports, academic and commerical boycotts of Israel.