Justice cannot wait. Ahead of the second presidential debate, Palestinians in the U.S. plan to reiterate critical demands for justice: to end military funding to Israel, to end Israel’s siege on Gaza, and to allow Palestinians their internationally-recognized right to return to their occupied homes. Congress’ responsibility to Gaza is political, not humanitarian. A humanitarian approach seeks to apply a bandage to a gaping wound that should instead be healed by ending the blockade, creating true justice in policy. Only when Palestinian voices are centered in determining their futures can their hopes for freedom and justice can be realized. Join expert Palestinians and progressive allies to discuss policy demands that aim to stop the roots of the violence on Gaza by removing U.S. support for Israel’s ongoing violations of Palestinian rights.
This launch event is hosted by We Are Not Numbers & the Invest in Justice for All Coalition: Adalah Justice Project, DSA Palestine Solidarity & BDS Working Group, Eyewitness Palestine, FOSNA, and MPower Change, and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.
--Nada El-Eryan will moderate. She is a Palestinian-American and Managing Director of Eyewitness Palestine, a transformational education program that inspires and trains participants to be accountable lifelong social justice advocates in the Palestine solidarity movement.
--Sandra Tamari will present newly reasserted Palestinian demands to Congress. Sandra Tamari is a Palestinian organizer and the Executive Director of Adalah Justice Project (AJP).
--Issam Adwan will speak alongside other Palestinian youth writers from Gaza. He is Gaza Project Manager for We Are Not Numbers, is a trained translator/interpreter, journalist and English teacher with more than four years of experience.
--Jehad Abusalim will speak on the impact of the blockade on Palestinians in Gaza. He is the Education and Policy Associate at the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago.