Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

January 20, 2010

Friday at Columbia: Ali Abunimah on the Gaza Freedom March

Filed under: Articles, ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 1:58 am

The Barnard-Columbia ISO is pleased to be co-sponsoring an event on campus with Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada, author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse and participant in the Gaza Freedom March.

Check out one of Abunimah’s excellent recent articles: “Israel resembles a failed state

Also, read Socialist Worker coverage of the Gaza Freedom March from Laura Durkay, one of the participants:”Egypt’s Shameful Ban on Freedom Marchers

Ali Abunimah Speaks on: Global Grassroots Activism & the Gaza Freedom March

1300 People, 43 countries, 1 aim: Lift the Siege on Gaza

Date: Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at 2:15pm
Location: Earl Hall Auditorium (2nd Floor), Columbia University

Address: 2980 Broadway, NY, NY 10127

RSVP recommended via Facebook.

Ali Abunimah, author of “One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse” and co-founder of the Electronic Intifada (EI), which is one of the primary news media resources that offers sound analysis and refreshing perspective on the Israel-Palestine conflict, will speak on his experience on the March, grassroots activism, and the current state of the “peace process.”

ABOUT the Gaza Freedom March (GFM):

The Global grassroots initiative inspired by Gandhi/Mandela aims to break the blockade of Gaza.

The Gaza Freedom March that will take place in Gaza on December 31 is an historic initiative to break the siege that has imprisoned the 1.5 million people who live there. Conceived in the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and nonviolent resistance to injustice worldwide, the march will gather people from all over the world to march—hand in hand—with the people of Gaza to demand that the Israelis open the borders.

Marking the one-year anniversary of the December 2008 Israeli invasion that left over 1,400 dead, this is a grassroots global response to the inaction on the part of world leaders and institutions. Over 1,000 international delegates from 42 countries have already signed up and more are signing on every day. Participants include Pulitzer Prize winning author Alice Walker, leading Syrian comedian Duraid Lahham, French Senator Alima Boumediene–Thiery, author and Filipino Parliament member Walden Bello, former vice president of European Parliament Luisa Morgantini from Italy, President of the U.S. Center for Constitutional Rights Attorney Michael Ratner, Japanese former Ambassador to Lebanon Naoto Amaki, French hip-hop artists Ministere des Affaires Populaires, and 85-year-old Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein.

Also marching were families of three generations; doctors; lawyers; diplomats; 70 students; an interfaith group that includes rabbis, priests and imams; a women’s delegation; a veterans group; and Palestinians born overseas who have never seen their families in Gaza.

Source: http://www.gazafreedommarch.org/article.php?list=type&type=416

***This event is sponsored by the Arab Student Association at SIPA, TURATH, Adalah-NY, Codepink, MSA and the Grassroots Policy Network.
Co-sponsored by the Columbia Coalition Against War, Students for a Democratic Society, ISO, and Al-Awda NY.
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