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The opening plenary of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) 2017 on the topic: « 100 years of Palestinian resistance against settler colonialism. »
2017 marks 100 years since the signing of the Balfour Declaration. It also marks a 100 years of Palestinian popular struggle for justice and freedom – a struggle rooted in international resistance against state sanctioned violence and institutionalised racism everywhere. As we see the criminalisation of indigenous struggles, Black and Muslim/Arab communities, refugees and migrants – we choose to join one another in resistance.
This Israeli Apartheid Week opening plenary brings together veteran activists from the anti-apartheid struggle, Black Lives Matter and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in dialogue to mark our collective resistance at the current moment. To learn from each other and build our movements stronger.
Aja Monet – A contemporary poet, lyricist and activist of Cuban-Jamaican descent from Brooklyn, New York. A volunteer with Dream Defenders, part of the broader Movement for Black Lives.
Farid Esack – A veteran anti-apartheid activist and Professor in the Study of Islam and Head of the Department of Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Dr Karma Nabulsi – A Professor of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, and Fellow in Politics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
The youngest individual to win the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam title—Aja Monet is a Caribbean-American poet & educator from East NY, Brooklyn.
Aja Monet independently published her first book of poetry, The Black Unicorn Sings (2010). In 2012, she collaborated with poet Saul Williams on a poetry anthology entitled, Chorus: A Literary Mixtape (MTV Books/Simon & Schuster). In 2014, Aja Monet was awarded the YWCA of the City of New York’s “One to Watch Award”—an award established in honor of Monet’s work: for women under the age of 30 who exemplify the mission to empower women and eliminate racism. She was an active member of Justice League NYC, an organization created by Harry Belafonte’s Gathering for Justice, a movement to end youth incarceration and to eliminate the racial inequities in the criminal justice system. Co-founder of Smoke Signals Studio.
Aja Monet currently lives in Little Haiti, Miami and volunteers with the Dream Defenders and Community Justice Project. She spearheaded an arts & activism initiative, “Voices: Poetry for the People” that provides free poetry workshops for grassroots leaders & organizers in Florida. Her first full collection of poems is forthcoming in May 2017 on Haymarket Books entitled, “my mother was a freedom fighter.”
Farid Esack is a South African Muslim liberation theologian, Professor in the Study of Islam and Head of the Department of Religion Studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Esack is known for his opposition to apartheid, his appointment by Nelson Mandela as a gender equity commissioner, and his work for interreligious dialogue.
This event is organised by KCL Action Palestine, UCL Friends of Palestine Society, LSE Palestine Society, Goldsmiths Palestine Campaign, UEL Palestine Society and SOAS Palestine Society.
Sponsored by War on Want, Palestine BDS National Committee (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement), the NUS Black Student Campaign, SOAS Palestine society and KCL Action Palestine.
More information about Israeli Apartheid Week events internationally, please visit: http://apartheidweek.org/