PALESTINE LIVES
Abby Martin   Abby Martin is an American journalist and presenter of famous American news agency The Empire File, Abby Martin was also the former host of the popular Breaking the Set and Empire Files. She was also the co-director of 99% The Occupy Wall Street.

Abby Martin

Abby Martin is an American journalist and presenter of famous American news agency The Empire File, Abby Martin was also the former host of the popular Breaking the Set and Empire Files. She was also the co-director of 99% The Occupy Wall Street.

Ahmed Abuznaid   Ahmad Abuznaid is a Palestinian American lawyer, activist and organizer. Ahmad co-founded the Florida based Dream Defenders, serving in numerous roles and leading several delegations to Palestine before moving on to direct the National Network for Arab American Communities. NNAAC is a network of 27 independent Arab American non-profits across 11 states.

Ahmed Abuznaid

Ahmad Abuznaid is a Palestinian American lawyer, activist and organizer. Ahmad co-founded the Florida based Dream Defenders, serving in numerous roles and leading several delegations to Palestine before moving on to direct the National Network for Arab American Communities. NNAAC is a network of 27 independent Arab American non-profits across 11 states.

American South Asian Community Services   The American south Asian service committee based in Brooklyn, NY is a center for the empowerment of their local community. They provide social services especially to elders and youth, immigration support, and focus on empowering minorities.

American South Asian Community Services

The American south Asian service committee based in Brooklyn, NY is a center for the empowerment of their local community. They provide social services especially to elders and youth, immigration support, and focus on empowering minorities.

Anakbayan     Anakbayan is a comprehensive National Democratic mass organization and we aim to build unity among Filipino youth of all backgrounds — young workers, students, peasants/farmers, professionals, women, migrants, Filipino-Americans, etc. — to stand for the basic rights and welfare of Filipinos at home and abroad.

Anakbayan

Anakbayan is a comprehensive National Democratic mass organization and we aim to build unity among Filipino youth of all backgrounds — young workers, students, peasants/farmers, professionals, women, migrants, Filipino-Americans, etc. — to stand for the basic rights and welfare of Filipinos at home and abroad.

Ana Patricia Robelo   Ana Patricia Robelo is an organizer with the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) USA chapter, serving on the Ad Hoc National Secretariat as well at the International Coordinating Body (ICB). She has helped coordinate IMA's integration with one of the Central American Migrant Caravans this past November in Mexico City as well as a Border Solidarity Mission to San Diego/Tijuana to contribute to building an anti imperialist migrant led movement.

Ana Patricia Robelo

Ana Patricia Robelo is an organizer with the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) USA chapter, serving on the Ad Hoc National Secretariat as well at the International Coordinating Body (ICB). She has helped coordinate IMA's integration with one of the Central American Migrant Caravans this past November in Mexico City as well as a Border Solidarity Mission to San Diego/Tijuana to contribute to building an anti imperialist migrant led movement.

Hussain Khdour   Hussain Khdour is a PhD candidate at Rutgers University, where he is mentored by the laboratories of Dr. Pierre-Olivier Polack in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience and Dr. Tracy Tran in the Department of Biological Sciences. Since 2015, he's studied the molecular mechanisms of neuronal wiring and connectivity in the mouse primary visual cortex and been involved in writing a book chapter about this subject in conjunction with one of his mentors. Before beginning his PhD, Hussain completed his medical degree (MD) at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Palestine. While in medical school, Hussain joined the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative (PNI) and received training on the basics of cognitive neuroscience research, research ethics, critical thinking, statistical analysis and research design. Upon his graduation from Al-Quds University in 2013, he received the Dr. Samih Darwazah’s postdoctoral fellowship and worked full time as a post-MD researcher with the PNI. Hussain's work with the PNI has resulted in international research collaborations, multiple presentations across the United States, and two scientific publications.

Hussain Khdour

Hussain Khdour is a PhD candidate at Rutgers University, where he is mentored by the laboratories of Dr. Pierre-Olivier Polack in the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience and Dr. Tracy Tran in the Department of Biological Sciences. Since 2015, he's studied the molecular mechanisms of neuronal wiring and connectivity in the mouse primary visual cortex and been involved in writing a book chapter about this subject in conjunction with one of his mentors. Before beginning his PhD, Hussain completed his medical degree (MD) at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, Palestine. While in medical school, Hussain joined the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative (PNI) and received training on the basics of cognitive neuroscience research, research ethics, critical thinking, statistical analysis and research design. Upon his graduation from Al-Quds University in 2013, he received the Dr. Samih Darwazah’s postdoctoral fellowship and worked full time as a post-MD researcher with the PNI. Hussain's work with the PNI has resulted in international research collaborations, multiple presentations across the United States, and two scientific publications.

Bill Dores   Bill has been active in the left since the 1960s. He helped organize some of the first rallies and campaigns for Palestine in the US with the Committee to Support Middle East Liberation. Bill Dores also helped found the Nov. 29 Coalition for Palestine, later the Palestine Solidarity Committee, in 1981. He was arrested in Palestine with other PSC members in 1988 during the First Intifada. Bill joined Al Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

Bill Dores

Bill has been active in the left since the 1960s. He helped organize some of the first rallies and campaigns for Palestine in the US with the Committee to Support Middle East Liberation. Bill Dores also helped found the Nov. 29 Coalition for Palestine, later the Palestine Solidarity Committee, in 1981. He was arrested in Palestine with other PSC members in 1988 during the First Intifada. Bill joined Al Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition.

Cathy Rojas   Cathy Rojas is a Queens Native, daughter of two Colombian working class immigrants, a public high school teacher, and a socialist. She is a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and leads the Queens party group which was one of the leading organizations in the struggle against Amazon. Since her trip to Colombia with Alliance for Global Justice in 2017 she has been organizing a U.S. movement in solidarity with Colombian leftist.

Cathy Rojas

Cathy Rojas is a Queens Native, daughter of two Colombian working class immigrants, a public high school teacher, and a socialist. She is a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation and leads the Queens party group which was one of the leading organizations in the struggle against Amazon. Since her trip to Colombia with Alliance for Global Justice in 2017 she has been organizing a U.S. movement in solidarity with Colombian leftist.

Charlotte Kates   Charlotte Kates is the international coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (http://samidoun.net), an international network of activists that workto support rights and freedom for Palestinian political prisoners. She is a law graduate of Rutgers School of Law and the coordinator of the US National Lawyers Guild's International Committee (http://nlg.org) and an organizer with the Palestine Right to Return Coalition. She has travelled to Palestine on multiple occasions with international delegations, which have included attending the Israeli military trials and meeting with numerous former prisoners and family members of current prisoners.

Charlotte Kates

Charlotte Kates is the international coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (http://samidoun.net), an international network of activists that workto support rights and freedom for Palestinian political prisoners. She is a law graduate of Rutgers School of Law and the coordinator of the US National Lawyers Guild's International Committee (http://nlg.org) and an organizer with the Palestine Right to Return Coalition. She has travelled to Palestine on multiple occasions with international delegations, which have included attending the Israeli military trials and meeting with numerous former prisoners and family members of current prisoners.

Christie Russell   Cleveland bred, NYC resident DJ Christie Love combines her hometown influences of southern, west coast and east coast hip hop, along with classic hip hop, the 80’s, 90’s RnB, pop, international and top 40 hits to create the ultimate experience no matter the venue. Being a cello player and mixtape creator, with a desire to create original music, led the way to crate digging and turntable mixing. DJ since 2004, club DJ since 2012. First female DJ to spin, in the over 40 year history, at the Rock and Soul Annual Holiday Party in 2015, as well as the first female DJ for the monthly party Vinyl Night Live in Brooklyn.

Christie Russell

Cleveland bred, NYC resident DJ Christie Love combines her hometown influences of southern, west coast and east coast hip hop, along with classic hip hop, the 80’s, 90’s RnB, pop, international and top 40 hits to create the ultimate experience no matter the venue. Being a cello player and mixtape creator, with a desire to create original music, led the way to crate digging and turntable mixing. DJ since 2004, club DJ since 2012. First female DJ to spin, in the over 40 year history, at the Rock and Soul Annual Holiday Party in 2015, as well as the first female DJ for the monthly party Vinyl Night Live in Brooklyn.

Dan Cione   Daniel Cione is one of the founding members of Within Our Lifetime, and has been engaged in the Palestine movement since 2013, joining Hunter College Students for Justice in Palestine during the israeli massacre in Gaza in 2014, and is also a member of CUNY Law SJP. Daniel is now a rising second-year law student at the City University of New York School of Law, and upon graduation aims to work on immigration issues as well as defending communities and individuals targeted by U.S. national security policy.

Dan Cione

Daniel Cione is one of the founding members of Within Our Lifetime, and has been engaged in the Palestine movement since 2013, joining Hunter College Students for Justice in Palestine during the israeli massacre in Gaza in 2014, and is also a member of CUNY Law SJP. Daniel is now a rising second-year law student at the City University of New York School of Law, and upon graduation aims to work on immigration issues as well as defending communities and individuals targeted by U.S. national security policy.

Eben Egbe   Eben Egbe is the main spokesperson for the emerging Global Initiative to end the Cameroons Colonial Conflict. He has been an active participant in the movement against neocolonial control of Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons) since the 1990s when he was a leader in the Ambazonian student movement. Since his exile he has done human rights work with folks from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Iranian Socialist Party (Jonbesh), Zapatista solidarity networks, and the global indymedia movement.. Eben is currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Scientific Computation in the College of Science & Engineering.

Eben Egbe

Eben Egbe is the main spokesperson for the emerging Global Initiative to end the Cameroons Colonial Conflict. He has been an active participant in the movement against neocolonial control of Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons) since the 1990s when he was a leader in the Ambazonian student movement. Since his exile he has done human rights work with folks from the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), the Iranian Socialist Party (Jonbesh), Zapatista solidarity networks, and the global indymedia movement.. Eben is currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Scientific Computation in the College of Science & Engineering.

Hanine Ghazawneh   Hanine Ghazawneh is a Palestinian-American dabke instructor and a College Student majoring in biology. Hanine was born in the US but lived in Palestine for 10 years and taught dabke to youth at schools and universities in the West Bank. She now teaches Dabke to Palestinian and Arab Youth in Bay Ridge, as a part of Within Our Lifetime’s cultural resistance program.

Hanine Ghazawneh

Hanine Ghazawneh is a Palestinian-American dabke instructor and a College Student majoring in biology. Hanine was born in the US but lived in Palestine for 10 years and taught dabke to youth at schools and universities in the West Bank. She now teaches Dabke to Palestinian and Arab Youth in Bay Ridge, as a part of Within Our Lifetime’s cultural resistance program.

Heather Tenzer   Heather Tenzer is a filmmaker, journalist, and activist based in NYC and Philadelphia. She is currently directing The Rabbis’ Intifada (http://www.therabbisintifada.com) a documentary in progress. It tells the story of her experience following the Orthodox rabbis of Neturei Karta across the globe to find out why they support Palestinian liberation when most other rabbis will not.

Heather Tenzer

Heather Tenzer is a filmmaker, journalist, and activist based in NYC and Philadelphia. She is currently directing The Rabbis’ Intifada (http://www.therabbisintifada.com) a documentary in progress. It tells the story of her experience following the Orthodox rabbis of Neturei Karta across the globe to find out why they support Palestinian liberation when most other rabbis will not.

Hebh Jamal   Hebh Jamal is widely regarded as an advocate for education reform, tackling injustice and her vision for the possibility of a transformed society. She made a huge buzz in 2017, when she organized a city-wide student walk out to protest Trump’s “Muslim Ban”. She co-founded the first ever City-Wide Youth Council on School Integration run by IntegrateNYC. Currently, she’s the VP of her college’s Students for Justice in Palestine and the Youth Director of Muslim American Society of NY. She is also the NY member of American Muslims for Palestine.

Hebh Jamal

Hebh Jamal is widely regarded as an advocate for education reform, tackling injustice and her vision for the possibility of a transformed society. She made a huge buzz in 2017, when she organized a city-wide student walk out to protest Trump’s “Muslim Ban”. She co-founded the first ever City-Wide Youth Council on School Integration run by IntegrateNYC. Currently, she’s the VP of her college’s Students for Justice in Palestine and the Youth Director of Muslim American Society of NY. She is also the NY member of American Muslims for Palestine.

Husnieh Kiswani   Husnieh Kiswani was born in 1938 in Beit Iksa, Palestine, 10 years before the creation of the zionist entity. She experienced the Nakba firsthand, fleeing Beit Iksa from zionist terror at a young age and even being seperated from her family at one point. After living in many places throughout Palestine, and then Jordan, she moved to Brooklyn in the 80's where she participated in many community efforts for Palestine. As a matriarch in her family and in the community, she instills the history and importance of fighting for the Palestinian liberation movement unto the next generation.

Husnieh Kiswani

Husnieh Kiswani was born in 1938 in Beit Iksa, Palestine, 10 years before the creation of the zionist entity. She experienced the Nakba firsthand, fleeing Beit Iksa from zionist terror at a young age and even being seperated from her family at one point. After living in many places throughout Palestine, and then Jordan, she moved to Brooklyn in the 80's where she participated in many community efforts for Palestine. As a matriarch in her family and in the community, she instills the history and importance of fighting for the Palestinian liberation movement unto the next generation.

Huwaida Arraf   Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian American lawyer and human rights advocate. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and her JD from the American University Washington College of Law. She co-founded the Nobel Peace Prize nominated International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a Palestinian-led non-violent resistance movement she also helped build the first accredited clinical legal education program in the Arab world, based at Al-Quds University.

Huwaida Arraf

Huwaida Arraf is a Palestinian American lawyer and human rights advocate. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and her JD from the American University Washington College of Law. She co-founded the Nobel Peace Prize nominated International Solidarity Movement (ISM), a Palestinian-led non-violent resistance movement she also helped build the first accredited clinical legal education program in the Arab world, based at Al-Quds University.

Ibrahim Shikaki   Ibrahim Shikaki. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Ibrahim Shikaki is an Economics PhD Student at the New School for Social Research in New York. He was previously lead economic researcher for Diakonia's International Humanitarian Law Research Center and instructor of economics at the universities of Birzeit and Al Quds.

Ibrahim Shikaki

Ibrahim Shikaki. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Ibrahim Shikaki is an Economics PhD Student at the New School for Social Research in New York. He was previously lead economic researcher for Diakonia's International Humanitarian Law Research Center and instructor of economics at the universities of Birzeit and Al Quds.

Jabbar K   Jabbar is a Palestinian-American rapper, producer and activist who is a member of Existence is Resistance.

Jabbar K

Jabbar is a Palestinian-American rapper, producer and activist who is a member of Existence is Resistance.

Jehad Abusalim   Jehad Abusalim is the Palestine Israel program associate at the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago. Abusalim is from Gaza, Palestine where he lived for most of his life. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Al-Azhar University and received a diploma in Hebrew language from the Islamic University, both located in Gaza City. . He has been published in +972 Magazine, Al-Jazeera English, Palestine Square, and Vox.com. Jehad contributed to a book on Gaza titled Gaza As Metaphor. He is currently a PhD student at the Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History joint program at New York University.

Jehad Abusalim

Jehad Abusalim is the Palestine Israel program associate at the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago. Abusalim is from Gaza, Palestine where he lived for most of his life. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from Al-Azhar University and received a diploma in Hebrew language from the Islamic University, both located in Gaza City. . He has been published in +972 Magazine, Al-Jazeera English, Palestine Square, and Vox.com. Jehad contributed to a book on Gaza titled Gaza As Metaphor. He is currently a PhD student at the Hebrew and Judaic Studies and History joint program at New York University.

Khaled Barakat   Khaled Barakat is the international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He is a Palestinian leftist writer whose work has been widely published in English and Arabic, including in Al-Adab, Al-Akhbar and Quds News Network, and he has been interviewed on a range of topics related to the Palestinian political situation on satellite channels including Al-Jazeera and al-Mayadeen. He has been actively organizing in the Palestinian movement since his teens, when he was an organizer of Palestinian young workers in New York City during the first Intifada.

Khaled Barakat

Khaled Barakat is the international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa'adat, the imprisoned General Secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. He is a Palestinian leftist writer whose work has been widely published in English and Arabic, including in Al-Adab, Al-Akhbar and Quds News Network, and he has been interviewed on a range of topics related to the Palestinian political situation on satellite channels including Al-Jazeera and al-Mayadeen. He has been actively organizing in the Palestinian movement since his teens, when he was an organizer of Palestinian young workers in New York City during the first Intifada.

Laura Whitehorn   Laura Whitehorn spent 14 years in federal prison for the “Resistance Conspiracy case,” which included attacks on the U.S. Capitol after the invasion of Grenada and shelling of Beirut; the PBA (police benevolent association) after the murder of Eleanor Bumpurs; and the offices of Israeli Aircraft Industries. Released in 1999, she is an organizer for Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP (RAPPCampaign.com) and a member of Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition, both committed to ending prison injustice and freeing incarcerated people including political prisoners. She edited “The War Before” by the late Safiya Bukhari. She was honored to be part of a prison, labor, and academic delegation to Palestine in March 2016, along with her partner of 30 years, writer/activist Susie Day.

Laura Whitehorn

Laura Whitehorn spent 14 years in federal prison for the “Resistance Conspiracy case,” which included attacks on the U.S. Capitol after the invasion of Grenada and shelling of Beirut; the PBA (police benevolent association) after the murder of Eleanor Bumpurs; and the offices of Israeli Aircraft Industries. Released in 1999, she is an organizer for Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP (RAPPCampaign.com) and a member of Northeast Political Prisoner Coalition, both committed to ending prison injustice and freeing incarcerated people including political prisoners. She edited “The War Before” by the late Safiya Bukhari. She was honored to be part of a prison, labor, and academic delegation to Palestine in March 2016, along with her partner of 30 years, writer/activist Susie Day.

Johanna Fernández   Johanna Fernández teaches 20th Century US history and the history of social movements in the Department of History at Baruch College (CUNY). Her book on the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party is forthcoming (July 2019, UNC Press). In 2015, she directed and co-curated, ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York an exhibition in three NYC museums cited by the New York Times as one of the year’s Top 10, Best In Art. In 2014, Dr. Fernández sued the NYPD for its failure to honor her research-driven, Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. Her suit led to the recovery of the "lost" Handschu files, the largest repository of police surveillance documents in the country, namely over one million surveillance files of New Yorkers compiled by the NYPD between 1954-1972, including those of Malcolm X.

Johanna Fernández

Johanna Fernández teaches 20th Century US history and the history of social movements in the Department of History at Baruch College (CUNY). Her book on the Young Lords, the Puerto Rican counterpart to the Black Panther Party is forthcoming (July 2019, UNC Press). In 2015, she directed and co-curated, ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York an exhibition in three NYC museums cited by the New York Times as one of the year’s Top 10, Best In Art. In 2014, Dr. Fernández sued the NYPD for its failure to honor her research-driven, Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. Her suit led to the recovery of the "lost" Handschu files, the largest repository of police surveillance documents in the country, namely over one million surveillance files of New Yorkers compiled by the NYPD between 1954-1972, including those of Malcolm X.

Leena Widdi   Leena Widdi is a first-generation Palestinian American, born and raised In Brooklyn, New York. Her family is originally from Al-Quds and Beit Hanina. Leena graduated from CUNY with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Human Rights. At CUNY, she organized for Palestine and founded John Jay College’s Students for Justice in Palestine. She was a coordinating committee member of National Students for Justice in Palestine. Leena is a founding member of Within Our Lifetime. She is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, and will begin working as a public defender in the Bronx later this year.

Leena Widdi

Leena Widdi is a first-generation Palestinian American, born and raised In Brooklyn, New York. Her family is originally from Al-Quds and Beit Hanina. Leena graduated from CUNY with a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Human Rights. At CUNY, she organized for Palestine and founded John Jay College’s Students for Justice in Palestine. She was a coordinating committee member of National Students for Justice in Palestine. Leena is a founding member of Within Our Lifetime. She is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, and will begin working as a public defender in the Bronx later this year.

Lorena Ambrosio   Lorena Ambrosio, she/they, is an andinx, queer, fat, femme, and cultural worker, singing songs and writing poems of freedom. They are a third of the dynamic musical collective, Mahina Movement. She is a first generation daughter of Peruvian immigrants, born and raised in Paterson, NJ. In 2016, she went to occupied Palestine with Existence is Resistance, deepening her commitment to the liberation of Palestine, all indigenous lands, and peoples.

Lorena Ambrosio

Lorena Ambrosio, she/they, is an andinx, queer, fat, femme, and cultural worker, singing songs and writing poems of freedom. They are a third of the dynamic musical collective, Mahina Movement. She is a first generation daughter of Peruvian immigrants, born and raised in Paterson, NJ. In 2016, she went to occupied Palestine with Existence is Resistance, deepening her commitment to the liberation of Palestine, all indigenous lands, and peoples.

Lorraine Torres-Colón   Lorraine Torres-Colón is a doctoral scholar at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in Sociology in 2013. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant for a project on welfare receipt and cognitive ability among children, and since graduation she has been working as a paralegal for an immigrant rights organization. Her doctoral research is focused on qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of racial health disparities, including an analysis of social network effects on mental health status among different Latinx groups, with a focus on Puerto Ricans.

Lorraine Torres-Colón

Lorraine Torres-Colón is a doctoral scholar at the City University of New York's Graduate Center. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in Sociology in 2013. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant for a project on welfare receipt and cognitive ability among children, and since graduation she has been working as a paralegal for an immigrant rights organization. Her doctoral research is focused on qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of racial health disparities, including an analysis of social network effects on mental health status among different Latinx groups, with a focus on Puerto Ricans.

Marc Lamont Hill   Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. 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 Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple UniversityDr. 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. Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. 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 Steve Charles Professor of Media, Cities, and Solutions at Temple UniversityDr. 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. Trained as an anthropologist of education, Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. (with distinction) from the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the intersections between culture, politics, and education in the United States and the Middle East.

Max Ajl   Max Ajl has a history of organizing and supporting the movement for Palestine for many years. Max Ajl is a doctoral student in development sociology at Cornell University. His academic writing has been published in many venues, including Historical Materialism, MERIP, and the Journal of Palestine Studies. He has presented at universities in Tunisia and across North America, including at Cornell, Columbia, and the University of California – Berkeley. He co-edits the Palestine page at Jadaliyya.

Max Ajl

Max Ajl has a history of organizing and supporting the movement for Palestine for many years. Max Ajl is a doctoral student in development sociology at Cornell University. His academic writing has been published in many venues, including Historical Materialism, MERIP, and the Journal of Palestine Studies. He has presented at universities in Tunisia and across North America, including at Cornell, Columbia, and the University of California – Berkeley. He co-edits the Palestine page at Jadaliyya.

Maya Lazzaro   Maya Lazzaro is Quechua photographer, researcher, and jewelry artist. Her work primarily focuses on Indigenous peoples rights and sovereignty. In 2016 Ms. Lazzaro was one of the primary videographer for a documentary film “Being Black in the Holy Land.” Ms. Lazzaro was invited on a tour of the West Bank where she, alongside other artists from New York City, visited refugee camps, hospitals and schools to begin filming a documentary on the violent treatment of Afro- Palestinians. Ms. Lazzaro holds a bachelors degree in Culture and Media, and Journalism and Design from The New School. She has spoken on panels at The New School, Columbia University and at grassroots cultural centers on Native American water rights and on her experience working in Standing Rock.

Maya Lazzaro

Maya Lazzaro is Quechua photographer, researcher, and jewelry artist. Her work primarily focuses on Indigenous peoples rights and sovereignty. In 2016 Ms. Lazzaro was one of the primary videographer for a documentary film “Being Black in the Holy Land.” Ms. Lazzaro was invited on a tour of the West Bank where she, alongside other artists from New York City, visited refugee camps, hospitals and schools to begin filming a documentary on the violent treatment of Afro- Palestinians. Ms. Lazzaro holds a bachelors degree in Culture and Media, and Journalism and Design from The New School. She has spoken on panels at The New School, Columbia University and at grassroots cultural centers on Native American water rights and on her experience working in Standing Rock.

Na’eem Jeenah   Na'eem Jeenah is a well-known academic and leader in the Muslim community and the anti-capitalist and anti-war movements in South Africa. Na'eem Jeenah is currently the Executive Director of the  Afro-Middle East Centre , a research institute dedicated to studying the Middle East and North Africa and relations between that region and the rest of Africa.

Na’eem Jeenah

Na'eem Jeenah is a well-known academic and leader in the Muslim community and the anti-capitalist and anti-war movements in South Africa. Na'eem Jeenah is currently the Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, a research institute dedicated to studying the Middle East and North Africa and relations between that region and the rest of Africa.

Nadine Kawas   Nadine is the Solidarity officer of Within Our Lifetime. She is also involved with Muslim American Society, as well as Know Thy Heritage and serves the Palestinian community in New York City.

Nadine Kawas

Nadine is the Solidarity officer of Within Our Lifetime. She is also involved with Muslim American Society, as well as Know Thy Heritage and serves the Palestinian community in New York City.

Nana Khalil   Nana is a member of Existence is Resistance since 2014. She grew up around Palestinian activism and attending demonstrations since she was a child. She traveled to Palestine with EIR in 2015 to begin the filming of the documentary Black in the Holy Land.

Nana Khalil

Nana is a member of Existence is Resistance since 2014. She grew up around Palestinian activism and attending demonstrations since she was a child. She traveled to Palestine with EIR in 2015 to begin the filming of the documentary Black in the Holy Land.

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".

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".

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan   Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan is an Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Her work focuses on the economic exploitation and discrimination against low-wage Latina/o immigrant workers, as well as legal support in the face of the economic and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. She works on both domestic litigation and international advocacy before human rights mechanisms concerning a myriad of issues, including state-sanctioned violence and failure to protect, self-determination and decolonization processes, gender justice and immigrants’ rights. Natasha is the immediate past President of the National Lawyers Guild, the nation's largest and oldest progressive bar association, and Co-Chairs its Subcommittee on Puerto Rico.

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan is an Associate Counsel at LatinoJustice PRLDEF. Her work focuses on the economic exploitation and discrimination against low-wage Latina/o immigrant workers, as well as legal support in the face of the economic and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. She works on both domestic litigation and international advocacy before human rights mechanisms concerning a myriad of issues, including state-sanctioned violence and failure to protect, self-determination and decolonization processes, gender justice and immigrants’ rights. Natasha is the immediate past President of the National Lawyers Guild, the nation's largest and oldest progressive bar association, and Co-Chairs its Subcommittee on Puerto Rico.

Nerdeen Kiswani   Nerdeen Kiswani is a Palestinian organizer based in NYC. She is the founder and chair of Within Our Lifetime - United for Palestine, a community based Palestinian youth organization. Nerdeen has been centrally involved in several coalitions for Palestine, speaking for the Palestinian cause at international conferences, and building multiple Palestine student organizations at different universities throughout CUNY where she earned a degree in international relations in the Middle East and Human Rights. She has organized multiple successful campaigns in the Palestinian community of New York, ranging from boycotting israeli dates in Bay Ridge, to demanding accountability from leaders and politicians regarding their stance on Palestine, and organizing rallies in the thousands. Nerdeen will be a J.D student at the CUNY school of law in the fall.

Nerdeen Kiswani

Nerdeen Kiswani is a Palestinian organizer based in NYC. She is the founder and chair of Within Our Lifetime - United for Palestine, a community based Palestinian youth organization. Nerdeen has been centrally involved in several coalitions for Palestine, speaking for the Palestinian cause at international conferences, and building multiple Palestine student organizations at different universities throughout CUNY where she earned a degree in international relations in the Middle East and Human Rights. She has organized multiple successful campaigns in the Palestinian community of New York, ranging from boycotting israeli dates in Bay Ridge, to demanding accountability from leaders and politicians regarding their stance on Palestine, and organizing rallies in the thousands. Nerdeen will be a J.D student at the CUNY school of law in the fall.

Nick Rodrigo   Nick Rodrigo is a Sociology PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and Adjunct Professor at Queens College and member of Within Our Lifetime. In 2018 he co-founded "The Social Anatomy of a Deportation Regime" a research working group examining the deportation and border enforcement system in New York City. 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.

Nick Rodrigo

Nick Rodrigo is a Sociology PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center and Adjunct Professor at Queens College and member of Within Our Lifetime. In 2018 he co-founded "The Social Anatomy of a Deportation Regime" a research working group examining the deportation and border enforcement system in New York City. 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.

Norman 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.

Norman 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.

Noura Erakat   Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and assistant professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She has served as legal counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives and as a legal advocate for Palestinian refugee rights at the United Nations. Noura's research interests include human rights and humanitarian, refugee, and national security law. She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals.

Noura Erakat

Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and assistant professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She has served as legal counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives and as a legal advocate for Palestinian refugee rights at the United Nations. Noura's research interests include human rights and humanitarian, refugee, and national security law. She is a frequent commentator, with recent appearances on CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NPR, among others, and her writings have been widely published in the national media and academic journals.

Meera Shah   Meera Shah joined Palestine Legal in 2019. She supports the organization’s casework and public education and oversees the advocacy work on free speech, academic freedom, and the right to boycott. Meera has devoted her career to advancing human rights and social justice for marginalized communities. Before joining Palestine Legal, Meera was a Senior Legal Advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she helped launch a program to ensure the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls affected by conflict.

Meera Shah

Meera Shah joined Palestine Legal in 2019. She supports the organization’s casework and public education and oversees the advocacy work on free speech, academic freedom, and the right to boycott. Meera has devoted her career to advancing human rights and social justice for marginalized communities. Before joining Palestine Legal, Meera was a Senior Legal Advisor at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she helped launch a program to ensure the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls affected by conflict.

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss   Rabbi Weiss is an ultra-orthodox Rabbi, activist and spokesman for a branch of Neturei Karta, an anti-Zionist group of Haredi Jews. Based in Monsey, New York, he believes that observant Jews should peacefully oppose the existence of the Israeli state: "It would be forbidden for us to have a State, even if it would be in a land that is desolate and uninhabited."

Rabbi Yisroel Dovid Weiss

Rabbi Weiss is an ultra-orthodox Rabbi, activist and spokesman for a branch of Neturei Karta, an anti-Zionist group of Haredi Jews. Based in Monsey, New York, he believes that observant Jews should peacefully oppose the existence of the Israeli state: "It would be forbidden for us to have a State, even if it would be in a land that is desolate and uninhabited."

Raja Abdulhaq   Raja Abdulhaq is a Palestinian activist, community organizer, and researcher. Raja is the co-founder of Quds News Network. He is currently the Executive Director of Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York. Raja has Masters degree in International Affairs from Brooklyn College.

Raja Abdulhaq

Raja Abdulhaq is a Palestinian activist, community organizer, and researcher. Raja is the co-founder of Quds News Network. He is currently the Executive Director of Majlis Ash-Shura: Islamic Leadership Council of New York. Raja has Masters degree in International Affairs from Brooklyn College.

Rami Ibrahim   Rami Ibrahim, the longest active Muay Thai fighter in North American history, originally hails from the Palestinian town of Silwad, and is carving out a name for Palestinians in the world of combat sports. The No.1 ranked fighter in the United States and 10th in the world, Ibrahim is the only professional Muay Thai fighter who holds ten championship titles and who has defended the World Kickboxing Association North American Muay Thai Champion title four times over.

Rami Ibrahim

Rami Ibrahim, the longest active Muay Thai fighter in North American history, originally hails from the Palestinian town of Silwad, and is carving out a name for Palestinians in the world of combat sports. The No.1 ranked fighter in the United States and 10th in the world, Ibrahim is the only professional Muay Thai fighter who holds ten championship titles and who has defended the World Kickboxing Association North American Muay Thai Champion title four times over.

Rana Shubair   Rana Shubair is a Palestinian writer, activist and blogger who has been participating in and documenting the Great Return March since it was launched on March 30, 2018. She is a regular contributor to the blog “We Are Not Numbers” and author of the book “In Gaza I Dare To Dream,” published in the summer of 2016. Through her writing she has illuminated the role of Palestinian women, youth and political prisoners in the struggle for national liberation and uplifted the martyrs of the past year, including 21-year old volunteer medic Razan al-Najjar who Rana wrote an open letter to after she was killed.

Rana Shubair

Rana Shubair is a Palestinian writer, activist and blogger who has been participating in and documenting the Great Return March since it was launched on March 30, 2018. She is a regular contributor to the blog “We Are Not Numbers” and author of the book “In Gaza I Dare To Dream,” published in the summer of 2016. Through her writing she has illuminated the role of Palestinian women, youth and political prisoners in the struggle for national liberation and uplifted the martyrs of the past year, including 21-year old volunteer medic Razan al-Najjar who Rana wrote an open letter to after she was killed.

Raphael Agosto-Miranda   Raphael Agosto-Miranda is a member of New York Boricua Resistance, a chapter of the national organization Boricua Resistance, an alliance of organizations educating, organizing, and mobilizing Boricuas in the diaspora and allies for a free anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, Puerto Rico. Our four main principles are decolonization, international solidarity, diaspora as integral to the struggle for independence, and liberation, by any means necessary, as a human right.

Raphael Agosto-Miranda

Raphael Agosto-Miranda is a member of New York Boricua Resistance, a chapter of the national organization Boricua Resistance, an alliance of organizations educating, organizing, and mobilizing Boricuas in the diaspora and allies for a free anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist, Puerto Rico. Our four main principles are decolonization, international solidarity, diaspora as integral to the struggle for independence, and liberation, by any means necessary, as a human right.

Raymundo Valentin   Raymundo is a member of Within Our Lifetime for Palestine. Ray recently traveled to Lebanon as part of the Black4Palestine delegation and Mexico to the International Migrant Alliance conference.

Raymundo Valentin

Raymundo is a member of Within Our Lifetime for Palestine. Ray recently traveled to Lebanon as part of the Black4Palestine delegation and Mexico to the International Migrant Alliance conference.

Remi Kenazi   Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City. He is the author of the new released collection of poetry Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine. He is also the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine (RoR Publishing, 2011) and the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world including the New York Times, Salon, Al Jazeera English, and BBC Radio. He has appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a Lannan Residency Fellow and is on the advisory committee for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Remi Kenazi

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City. He is the author of the new released collection of poetry Before the Next Bomb Drops: Rising Up from Brooklyn to Palestine. He is also the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine (RoR Publishing, 2011) and the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world including the New York Times, Salon, Al Jazeera English, and BBC Radio. He has appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a Lannan Residency Fellow and is on the advisory committee for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Rokeya Mohammed   Rokeya Mohammed is a member of Within Our Lifetime and has been organizing to help build the Palestine Liberation Movement here in New York, specifically in the Bay Ridge community and is currently a lead coordinator for the Palestinian Cultural Resistance Program. She's also part of Muslim American Society and took lead on multiple projects and workshops to bring awareness to the Muslim and Arab Community. Aside from her role in organizing and educating her community to fight for liberation and justice, she is also a certified teacher and has a background in teaching in multiple different educational setting including private schools, movement based schools from early education to elementary.

Rokeya Mohammed

Rokeya Mohammed is a member of Within Our Lifetime and has been organizing to help build the Palestine Liberation Movement here in New York, specifically in the Bay Ridge community and is currently a lead coordinator for the Palestinian Cultural Resistance Program. She's also part of Muslim American Society and took lead on multiple projects and workshops to bring awareness to the Muslim and Arab Community. Aside from her role in organizing and educating her community to fight for liberation and justice, she is also a certified teacher and has a background in teaching in multiple different educational setting including private schools, movement based schools from early education to elementary.

Rosa 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.

Rosa 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.

Ruwayda Widdi   Ruwayda Widdi is an Alumna of The College of Staten Island and former member of CSI SJP (College of Staten Island Students for Justice in Palestine). I’m currently apart of Al-Awda NY & Within Our Lifetime | United for Palestine.

Ruwayda Widdi

Ruwayda Widdi is an Alumna of The College of Staten Island and former member of CSI SJP (College of Staten Island Students for Justice in Palestine). I’m currently apart of Al-Awda NY & Within Our Lifetime | United for Palestine.

Sammy Nijem   Sammy is currently the President of John Jay’s Students for Justice in Palestine as well as a leader in Within our Lifetime. His family is from the Aamari Refugee camp in Palestine and he’s a resident of Bay Ridge. Sammy is also a member of the renowned Freedom Dabke Group based in NYC that travel all over the county preserving Palestinian heritage.

Sammy Nijem

Sammy is currently the President of John Jay’s Students for Justice in Palestine as well as a leader in Within our Lifetime. His family is from the Aamari Refugee camp in Palestine and he’s a resident of Bay Ridge. Sammy is also a member of the renowned Freedom Dabke Group based in NYC that travel all over the county preserving Palestinian heritage.

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.

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.

Suhad Khatib   Suhad is a San Francisco based artist, creative director and filmmaker. Her father Maher, a Palestinian businessman, born in Lydd, survived a massacre in 1948. Her mother, Majida, a fashion designer and entrepreneur, born in Tulkarm, a Palestinian city that was invaded by Europeans in 1967. Therefore, Suhad was not allowed to live in her parents’ hometowns, ended up being born in Oman, raised in Amman and currently living in the US, where she works as a creative director. Before moving to The Bay Suhad lived in St. Louis where she organized with local groups during the Ferguson uprising.

Suhad Khatib

Suhad is a San Francisco based artist, creative director and filmmaker. Her father Maher, a Palestinian businessman, born in Lydd, survived a massacre in 1948. Her mother, Majida, a fashion designer and entrepreneur, born in Tulkarm, a Palestinian city that was invaded by Europeans in 1967. Therefore, Suhad was not allowed to live in her parents’ hometowns, ended up being born in Oman, raised in Amman and currently living in the US, where she works as a creative director. Before moving to The Bay Suhad lived in St. Louis where she organized with local groups during the Ferguson uprising.

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.

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.

Susan Rosenberg   Susan is a human rights and prisoners rights advocate, adjunct lecturer, communications consultant, award-winning writer, public speaker and a former political prisoner. Her memoir, An American Radical, details her 16+ years in federal prison as well as her conclusions about her prison experience and her past. She was released from prison in 2001 through executive clemency by then President Bill Clinton. Upon her release she worked at American Jewish World Service for 12 years beginning as a writer then becoming the director of communications. She is a working member of the Family and Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur. She is an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, in Women and Gender studies. She is a member of the prison writing committee of PEN America. She is in the board of directors of Thousand Currents, an international development organization.

Susan Rosenberg

Susan is a human rights and prisoners rights advocate, adjunct lecturer, communications consultant, award-winning writer, public speaker and a former political prisoner. Her memoir, An American Radical, details her 16+ years in federal prison as well as her conclusions about her prison experience and her past. She was released from prison in 2001 through executive clemency by then President Bill Clinton. Upon her release she worked at American Jewish World Service for 12 years beginning as a writer then becoming the director of communications. She is a working member of the Family and Friends of Dr. Mutulu Shakur. She is an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College, in Women and Gender studies. She is a member of the prison writing committee of PEN America. She is in the board of directors of Thousand Currents, an international development organization.


Suzanne Adely   Long-time Arab-American community organizer, global labor and human rights lawyer. Al-Awda-NY, USPCN & NLG.

Suzanne Adely

Long-time Arab-American community organizer, global labor and human rights lawyer. Al-Awda-NY, USPCN & NLG.

Tanya Villalobos   Tanya is a member of Anakbayan NY, a Filipino youth organization dedicated to fighting for the welfare of Filipino youth abroad and in the US. Anakbayan along with hundreds of other organizations around the worldis part of the International Migrant Alliance. The IMA organizes migrant alliance and adresses the root cause of migration.

Tanya Villalobos

Tanya is a member of Anakbayan NY, a Filipino youth organization dedicated to fighting for the welfare of Filipino youth abroad and in the US. Anakbayan along with hundreds of other organizations around the worldis part of the International Migrant Alliance. The IMA organizes migrant alliance and adresses the root cause of migration.

Tarin G   Tarin is an Existence is Resistance member. Artist.

Tarin G

Tarin is an Existence is Resistance member. Artist.

Tef Poe   Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Kareem Jackson is a rapper and agent for social change. Through his unwavering integrity, sincere rhymes and passionate actions, Kareem – better known as Tef Poe – is changing the musical and social-political landscape. Tef built his reputation as a battle rapper in St. Louis and has continued to grow and expand his vision to a broader spectrum. Always having penchant for politics and social justice – the subject matter easily found itself laced throughout his music. However, Tef Poe does not consider himself a “conscious rapper”. Humans are complex and multidimensional. His music is a reflection of that same human experience. This holistic approach has resulted in a healthy catalog of well received projects.

Tef Poe

Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Kareem Jackson is a rapper and agent for social change. Through his unwavering integrity, sincere rhymes and passionate actions, Kareem – better known as Tef Poe – is changing the musical and social-political landscape. Tef built his reputation as a battle rapper in St. Louis and has continued to grow and expand his vision to a broader spectrum. Always having penchant for politics and social justice – the subject matter easily found itself laced throughout his music. However, Tef Poe does not consider himself a “conscious rapper”. Humans are complex and multidimensional. His music is a reflection of that same human experience. This holistic approach has resulted in a healthy catalog of well received projects.

Wahwahtay Benais   In the Anishinaabe language, the term “Wahwahtay Benais” describes a great thunderbeing that lives within the northern lights. To the Anishinaabeg, the thunderbird is a powerful being whom works with the balance of Mother Earth and the northern lights represents the physical dimension where our ancestors live. Wahwahtay Benais is a hip hop artist from the Leech Lake ojibwe Reservation located in Northern Minnesota. He has organized music exhibitions and workshops focusing on community empowerment and reconnecting to traditional teachings and culture on reservations, as well as performing on a national level. His work has taken him to many places including Orlando, Albuquerque, Michigan, Maine, California, Washington state, New York and a number of other places across turtle island. Wahwahtay Benais continues to utilize his artistic expression to promote cultural identity, decolonization and resistance through hip hop music.

Wahwahtay Benais

In the Anishinaabe language, the term “Wahwahtay Benais” describes a great thunderbeing that lives within the northern lights. To the Anishinaabeg, the thunderbird is a powerful being whom works with the balance of Mother Earth and the northern lights represents the physical dimension where our ancestors live. Wahwahtay Benais is a hip hop artist from the Leech Lake ojibwe Reservation located in Northern Minnesota. He has organized music exhibitions and workshops focusing on community empowerment and reconnecting to traditional teachings and culture on reservations, as well as performing on a national level. His work has taken him to many places including Orlando, Albuquerque, Michigan, Maine, California, Washington state, New York and a number of other places across turtle island. Wahwahtay Benais continues to utilize his artistic expression to promote cultural identity, decolonization and resistance through hip hop music.

Yamila Shannan   Dr. Yamila Hussein-Shannan is a scholar, an educator, an activist and public speaker dedicated to social-economic and political justice. Her work examines matrices of oppression and liberation particularly institutionalized and structural supremacy, anti- black racism and settler-colonialism. Dr. Hussein-Shannan teaches at the graduate level on the intricacy between language, power and (in)justice and critical race theory. Her courses examine how structures and institutions sustain and reproduce systems of oppression and the centrality of our political clarity in contributing to liberation and the creation of a just world. Prior to doctorate work, Dr. Hussein-Shannan founded and ran Yammita Activity Center for Children, co-founded the Teacher Creativity Center and worked for Defence for Children International in Palestine. She has designed, directed and/or taught intensive academic programs for teachers and developed curricula in Boston (Harvard, Boston College, Goddard College, Lesley University, BTR/UMass Boston) and internationally (Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Palestine, Mexico, and the Balkans). A Palestinian born in Colombia, raised in Jerusalem, and currently residing in Boston, Dr. Hussein-Shannan is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English.

Yamila Shannan

Dr. Yamila Hussein-Shannan is a scholar, an educator, an activist and public speaker dedicated to social-economic and political justice. Her work examines matrices of oppression and liberation particularly institutionalized and structural supremacy, anti- black racism and settler-colonialism. Dr. Hussein-Shannan teaches at the graduate level on the intricacy between language, power and (in)justice and critical race theory. Her courses examine how structures and institutions sustain and reproduce systems of oppression and the centrality of our political clarity in contributing to liberation and the creation of a just world. Prior to doctorate work, Dr. Hussein-Shannan founded and ran Yammita Activity Center for Children, co-founded the Teacher Creativity Center and worked for Defence for Children International in Palestine. She has designed, directed and/or taught intensive academic programs for teachers and developed curricula in Boston (Harvard, Boston College, Goddard College, Lesley University, BTR/UMass Boston) and internationally (Morocco, Jordan, Spain, Palestine, Mexico, and the Balkans). A Palestinian born in Colombia, raised in Jerusalem, and currently residing in Boston, Dr. Hussein-Shannan is fluent in Spanish, Arabic and English.

Zena Agha   Zena Agha is a Palestinian-Iraqi writer and poet from London. Her work explores immigration, war and life in the diaspora. Zena’s poems have been translated and published internationally and she has performed at universities and festivals around the US, UK and France.

Zena Agha

Zena Agha is a Palestinian-Iraqi writer and poet from London. Her work explores immigration, war and life in the diaspora. Zena’s poems have been translated and published internationally and she has performed at universities and festivals around the US, UK and France.

Mohammad M. Herzallah   Mohammad M. Herzallah M.D., Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and physician. He is the founder and director of the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative at Al-Quds University in Palestine, and research scientist at Rutgers University in the USA. He obtained an M.D. degree from Al-Quds University, Palestine in 2009, and a Ph.D. in behavioral and neural sciences from Rutgers University, USA in 2015.At the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative, Mohammad’s efforts aim to create a powerhouse for neuroscience research in Palestine, train the next generation of Palestinian researchers and healthcare professionals, and create a viable research institution in Palestine to host Palestinian and other neuroscientists to pursue research careers in Palestine (http://neuroscience.med.alquds.edu/). In 2011, Mohammad received the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Young Arab Neuroscientist Award from the Society for Arab Neuroscientists. In 2013, Mohammad received the prestigious TED fellowship, and he was selected among the 500 most powerful Arabs in the world by Arabian Business. In 2016, Mohammad was selected by the Lancet to be on their Commission for Global Mental Health. His work was featured by Forbes, Science Magazine, Nature, TED, The Verge, and Ozy, among many other media outlets.

Mohammad M. Herzallah

Mohammad M. Herzallah M.D., Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and physician. He is the founder and director of the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative at Al-Quds University in Palestine, and research scientist at Rutgers University in the USA. He obtained an M.D. degree from Al-Quds University, Palestine in 2009, and a Ph.D. in behavioral and neural sciences from Rutgers University, USA in 2015.At the Palestinian Neuroscience Initiative, Mohammad’s efforts aim to create a powerhouse for neuroscience research in Palestine, train the next generation of Palestinian researchers and healthcare professionals, and create a viable research institution in Palestine to host Palestinian and other neuroscientists to pursue research careers in Palestine (http://neuroscience.med.alquds.edu/). In 2011, Mohammad received the Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Young Arab Neuroscientist Award from the Society for Arab Neuroscientists. In 2013, Mohammad received the prestigious TED fellowship, and he was selected among the 500 most powerful Arabs in the world by Arabian Business. In 2016, Mohammad was selected by the Lancet to be on their Commission for Global Mental Health. His work was featured by Forbes, Science Magazine, Nature, TED, The Verge, and Ozy, among many other media outlets.

Suleiman M. Baraka   Ph.D., is an astrophysicist from Gaza working as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and as the director of the Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences at Al-Aqsa University. He received his Bachelor of Physics from Al-Quds University, a Master of Science in Theoretical Physics from Islamic University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Astrophysics from the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Baraka spent a year working for NASA as a postdoctoral associate studying space simulations. Dr. Baraka is a 2018 International Renata Borlone Award Winner and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chair holder since 2012, where he promotes astronomy and space sciences in the Palestinian territories.

Suleiman M. Baraka

Ph.D., is an astrophysicist from Gaza working as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and as the director of the Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences at Al-Aqsa University. He received his Bachelor of Physics from Al-Quds University, a Master of Science in Theoretical Physics from Islamic University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Astrophysics from the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Baraka spent a year working for NASA as a postdoctoral associate studying space simulations. Dr. Baraka is a 2018 International Renata Borlone Award Winner and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chair holder since 2012, where he promotes astronomy and space sciences in the Palestinian territories.

Sabiha Azad   An immigration paralegal and a graduate of John Jay College with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Law. She is a member of both John Jay SJP (Alumni) and Within Our Lifetime (WOL) and an organizer for the annual Israeli Apartheid Week in NYC.

Sabiha Azad

An immigration paralegal and a graduate of John Jay College with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Law. She is a member of both John Jay SJP (Alumni) and Within Our Lifetime (WOL) and an organizer for the annual Israeli Apartheid Week in NYC.

Faisal Salah   Faisal Saleh is the founder of the Palestine Museum US in Woodbridge, Connecticut. After 40 years of entrepreneurial work in employee benefits, magazine publishing, and software development, Saleh decided to focus his determination on creating an institution where, in his words, “Palestinian artistic achievement is celebrated as part of the rich diversity of people and cultures that make up the United States.” Saleh’s family was among the 750,000 Palestinians who were left homeless by the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. For Palestinians, this was the Nakba—the life-changing catastrophe. As a teenager, Saleh grew up against the backdrop of Israel's military occupation of Palestine. Excelling in school, Saleh ranked first in class for eleven years straight. Just before his senior year of high school, he traveled on full scholarship to the United States to complete his diploma at George School in Pennsylvania. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 1974, also completing an MBA at the University of Connecticut. He has lived in the United States since then, marrying and raising a family.

Faisal Salah

Faisal Saleh is the founder of the Palestine Museum US in Woodbridge, Connecticut. After 40 years of entrepreneurial work in employee benefits, magazine publishing, and software development, Saleh decided to focus his determination on creating an institution where, in his words, “Palestinian artistic achievement is celebrated as part of the rich diversity of people and cultures that make up the United States.” Saleh’s family was among the 750,000 Palestinians who were left homeless by the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. For Palestinians, this was the Nakba—the life-changing catastrophe. As a teenager, Saleh grew up against the backdrop of Israel's military occupation of Palestine. Excelling in school, Saleh ranked first in class for eleven years straight. Just before his senior year of high school, he traveled on full scholarship to the United States to complete his diploma at George School in Pennsylvania. He went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in 1974, also completing an MBA at the University of Connecticut. He has lived in the United States since then, marrying and raising a family.

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

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

CUNY Clear   The CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.  CLEAR is rooted in CUNY School of Law’s relationship with community-based organizations whose members wish to shape and respond to national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices affecting them. It is a cross-clinical project that began as a collaboration between the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, and the Defenders Clinic. Today, CLEAR is staffed by law students from across the clinical program, including the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, the Defenders Clinic, the International Women’s and Human Rights Clinic, and the Economic Justice Project.

CUNY Clear

The CLEAR (Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility) project primarily aims to address the unmet legal needs of Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and other communities in the New York City area that are particularly affected by national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices.

CLEAR is rooted in CUNY School of Law’s relationship with community-based organizations whose members wish to shape and respond to national security and counter-terrorism policies and practices affecting them. It is a cross-clinical project that began as a collaboration between the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, and the Defenders Clinic. Today, CLEAR is staffed by law students from across the clinical program, including the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, the Defenders Clinic, the International Women’s and Human Rights Clinic, and the Economic Justice Project.