The Dream Defenders , a Florida-based organization founded in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin’s murder that works on issues including ending police brutality, ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and supporting solidarity with Palestinians, issued the following statement today: On December 15th, 2017, 15-year-old Mohammad Tamimi was shot in the face by an Israeli soldier while participating in an unarmed … Continue reading These African American Cultural Figures Stand with Ahed Tamimi and the Palestinian Freedom Struggle
Defenders of free speech and Palestinian human rights won a victory in the Massachusetts legislature on Thursday, February 8, when a key committee refused to advance a bill that would have prevented the state government from signing contracts with those who support an economic boycott of Israel. The legislature’s Joint State Administration and Regulatory Oversight … Continue reading In Massachusetts, a Victory for the Right to Boycott
In the aftermath of Friday's decision, Arab American organizations released statements opposing the Census Bureau's rejection of the MENA category. AAI & ADC released the statements below. Statement from AAI Executive Director Maya Berry on the Rejection of the “Middle Eastern or North African” Category from the 2020 Census: Today’s announcement from the Census Bureau … Continue reading “Middle Eastern or North African” Census category rejected
The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the nation’s largest Arab-American civil rights organization, strongly condemns the New Orleans City Council for rescinding Resolution 18-5, which upheld New Orleans’ commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Despite what detractors had claimed, the resolution neither mandates any political program nor is it concerned with foreign affairs. It … Continue reading ADC Strongly Condemns New Orleans City Council for Rescinding Human Rights Resolution
Women for Palestine L.A.'s open letter and the Palestinian American Women's Association boycott inspired several powerful on-stage statements yesterday at #WMLA, and prominent media coverage. Melina Abdullah, Chair of Pan-African Studies at Cal-State LA and Black Lives Matter-LA organizer, gave a rousing speech on the main stage. Then, in a surprise move, she handed the … Continue reading 14-yr old’s surprise Palestine speech at Women’s March LA
In a statement issued on its Facebook page, the Palestinian American Women's Association announced that it is boycotting this Saturday's Women's March in Los Angeles. The announcement came after actress Scarlett Johansson was confirmed to speak at the march. Johansson was a spokesmodel for SodaStream, an Israeli company that manufactures home fizzy drink machines in … Continue reading Palestinian American Women’s Association pulls out of Women’s March LA
Today the Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA), a Christian voice for Palestine, issued this statement congratulating New Orleans BDS activists for their victory: Today, after a year of campaigning and community pressure, the New Orleans City Council unanimously passed a resolution to implement a socially responsible investment screen on the municipal level. The campaign was led … Continue reading BDS WIN! Congrats New Orleans Palestine Solidarity Committee!