Presenting: “Activism on College Campuses: How to Build the Movement in a Climate of Repression?

Presenting: Activism on College Campuses: How to Build the Movement in a Climate of Repression?

Washington, D.C. | | June 10, 2014 – TThe American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is proud to announce “Activism on College Campuses: How to Build the Movement in a Climate of Repression?” The session will be held as part of the upcoming ADC National Convention on Friday, June 13 at 4:00 P.M. Presenting at the session will be Radhika Sainath, a staff attorney at Palestine Solidarity Legal Support and cooperating counsel at the Center for Constitutional Rights; Tareq Radi, founding member of George Mason University’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA); and Lena Ibrahim, a student organizer with the Students for Justice in Palestine coalition. 

Faculty and students on U.S. campuses are at the national forefront of the global struggle for Palestinian rights. As the movement has grown, so too have concerted efforts to silence this activism. Students for Justice in Palestine chapters have been suspended, prohibited from using the word “Palestine” or forced to pay exorbitant security fees to host their events as colleges react to pressure to punish speech critical of Israel’s policies from donors and well-resourced national organizations. This panel of activists and lawyers will discuss examples of how students and faculty who support the Palestinian struggle are targeted: from home visits by the police to their jobs being jeopardized and false accusations of anti-Semitism. Arab and Muslim student activists and professors are particularly at risk of racist and Islamophobic attacks. Panelists will discuss their work, how it’s part of a larger intersectional grassroots struggle to end institutionalized injustice, and how students and non-students alike can strengthen the movement.

Students interested in attending the session can still take advantage of scholarship opportunities! To inquire please send an email to Register now for the ADC National Convention and join us in honoring Dr. Anthony and other community leaders and activists, June 12-15 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Space is limited so make sure to sign up today! To view the full Convention program click here.



Radhika Sainath is a Staff Attorney at Palestine Solidarity Legal Support and Cooperating Counsel at the Center for Constitutional Rights. Her work includes advising students and professors on free speech and academic freedom issues and protecting the right of activists to advocate in support of Palestinian rights. Prior to joining PSLS, Radhika was a civil rights litigator, representing clients in individual and class action civil and constitutional rights cases involving employment discrimination, human rights abuses, unlawful search and seizure, whistleblowing, and wage and hour violations.  Radhika has been active in U.S. campus and grassroots movements for Palestinian rights for over a decade. She has supported indigenous rights and democracy movements in Bahrain, Mexico, Pakistan, and the Philippines and is a contributor and co-editor of Peace Under Fire: Israel/Palestine and the International Solidarity Movement (Verso 2004).
Tareq Radi is a Palestinian-American organizer based in Washington, DC and founding member of GMU’s Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA). He has a BS in Finance from George Mason University, and hopes to research Palestine’s political economy. He has written on anti-normalization and aided the community in distinguishing the differences between co-resisting and co-existing.
Lena Ibrahim is a first generation Palestinian American undergraduate student studying Global Affairs with a concentration on the Middle East. She organizes with various Students for Justice in Palestine groups in DC, Maryland, and Virginia with the DMV SJP coalition. Lena Ibrahim is a member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and the American Studies Association Activism and Community Caucus which passed an Israeli academic boycott at the 2013 American Studies Association Conference. She has been a BDS community and student organizer for 3 years and is actively organizing for social justice and solidarity building.


Early Registration Still Open for 2014 National Convention!

Early Bird Registration rates for the Annual Convention are still available! Register now and get a $100 discount ($199 for ADC Members, and $299 for Non-Members). Registration includes access to all meal events, as well as all panels. A full program can be found here.

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