From Pelican Bay & Guantanamo to Palestine: Prisons • Repression • Resistance

May 9, 2013

The NLGSF is a cosponsor of this event.

Keynote Address by Ms. Sahar Francis, Executive Director, Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

$10 requested donation to offset cost of event.

Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED) College of Ethnic Studies San Francisco State University 1600 Holloway Ave, EP 425 San Francisco, CA 94132

Sahar Francis has been General Director of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, since 2006. An attorney by training, she joined the association in 1998, first as a human rights lawyer, then as head of the Legal Unit. With over eleven years of human rights experience, including human rights and counseling and representation, Ms Francis regularly represents Addameer Association at various international, regional and local human rights conferences and meetings with EU and UN representatives. She gave an expert testimony before the UN Fact Finding Mission on Gaza, in Geneva on 6 July 2009. She also addressed the European Parliament in 2008 in Strasbourg and represented Addameer at a regional Middle Eastern seminar on monitoring human rights in places of detention, organized by the Association for the Prevention of Torture. Ms. Francis sits on the Board of Defence for Children International – Palestine Section. She will be touring the US and Canada in May 2013 to discuss Addameer campaign to end Admistrative Detention.

Teach-in continues on Friday, May 10th. Here is the full program:

Friday, May 10th, 8:30am-6pm
08:30 – 09:00am coffee
09:00 – 09:30am Opening and welcome
09:30 – 11:00am Panel I: Global COINTELPRO: Then and Now!
11:00 – 11:15am Break
11:15 – 12:45pm Panel II: Immigration, Repression & Borders
12:45 – 2:00pm Lunch
02:00 – 3:30pm Panel III: Hunger Strikes-Strategies of Resistance
3:30 – 3:45pm Break
3:45 – 5:45pm Final Plenary

Confirmed Speakers & Topics: • Ziad Abbas, Middle East Children’s Alliance Palestinian Children behind Bars and Palestinian Hunger Strike

• Fahd Ahmad, Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM) National security & the profiling, criminalization and Entrapment of Arabs and Muslims

• Jessica Antonio*, Bayan USA The Struggle of the Filipino People against Repression

• Hatem Bazian, UC-Berkeley & Zaytouna College COINTELPRO, Islamophobia and Palestine

• Hamdiya Cooks-Abdullah, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children Experiences of Muslim Women Prisoners in US Jails

• Gregory Dobbins*, UC-Davis H-Block/Armagh Hunger Strike and the Irish Struggle for Self-Determination

• Claude Marks, Freedom Archives (US) COINTELPRO: History, Repression and Resistance

• Summer Hararah: Muslim Legal Fund of America Guantanamo Hunger Strike

• Rachel Herzing, Critical Resistance The Prison Industrial Complex & Community Accountability

• Alicia Jrapko, International Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 The Case of the Cuban 5: Struggle for Human Rights

• Manuel La Fontaine, All of Us or None Surviving Violence Before, During and After Incarceration

• Pierre LaBossiere*, Haiti Action Committee Repression and Resistance in Haiti

• Isaac Ontiveros, Critical Resistance Pelican Bay Prisoners’ Resistance

• Denia Perez*, Eyes on Arizona Collective Border Control, Immigration and Walls: From Mexico to Palestine

• Annie Paradise, California Coalition for Women Prisoners Women Prisoners in US Jails

• Tamara Lea Spira, University of Oregon Chile: Memories of Friends and Families of the Disappeared

• Jaime Veve, Puerto Rican Pro-Independence, Anti-war & Labor Activist Puerto Rican Political Prisoners and the Struggle for Independence

• Azadeh Zohrabi, Pelican Bay Human Rights Movement Pelican Bay Hunger Strike and Prisoners’ Human Rights