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IAW 2018: "From Gaza to the Grasslands"


IAW 2018: "From Gaza to the Grasslands"

From Gaza to the Grasslands*: Indigenous Refusals and Anti-Colonial Resistance
with Ghada Ageel, Nick Estes, and Chandni Desai

The keynote event of Israeli Apartheid Week 2018 — featuring Ghada Ageel, Nick Estes, and Chandni Desai — will explore Indigenous refusals and anti-colonial resistance against the ongoing violence and dispossession of settler colonial projects in Turtle Island (North America) and historic Palestine. Panelists will reflect on how far anti-colonial movements have progressed over the past few decades and make sense of the directions they have taken during that time.

*We thank Erica Violet Lee whose poem, written during the 2014 Gaza attacks, inspired the title of this event. To read the full poem, please visit her website: https://moontimewarrior.com/2014/08/19/our-revolution-first-nations-women-in-solidarity-with-palestine/

About the Speakers:

Ghada Ageel is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. She holds a PhD and MA in Middle East Politics from the University of Exeter (Britain) and a BA in Education from the Islamic University/Gaza. Her research interests focus on rights-based approaches to forced migration, Palestinian refugees in comparative perspective, oral history, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the permanent status issues involved in the Middle East peace process. Dr. Ageel's work has been widely published in several newspapers, magazines and journals worldwide, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Middle East Eye, The Hill, CNN,The Guardian, Journal for Palestine Studies, Palestine Chronicle and many Arabic newspapers throughout the Middle East. In addition to her book "Apartheid in Palestine: Hard Laws and Harder Experiences" (University of Alberta 2016), Dr. Ageel is currently working on an oral history book project: From Paradise to Hills of Sands. She is also active in Faculty4Palestine—Alberta.

Nick Estes is Kul Wicasa from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe. He holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and is currently the American Democracy Fellow at Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Estes is the author of the forthcoming book Our History is the Future: Mni Wiconi and the Struggle for Native Liberation (Verso 2019) and a co-editor with Jaskiran Dhillon of the forthcoming volume #NoDAPL and Mni Wiconi: Reflections on Standing Rock (University of Minnesota Press 2019). In 2014 in Albuquerque, NM, Estes co-founded The Red Nation, an organization dedicated to Native liberation.

Chandni Desai is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. She holds a PhD in Education from the University of Toronto (OISE), and was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Social Justice Initiative at University of Illinois, Chicago. Desai is currently working on a forthcoming book “We Teach Life”: Refusing Gradual Genocides Across Territories through the Radical Tradition of Palestinian Resistance Culture. She is also a co-editor with the renowned historian Baraba Ransby on freedom making across three political sites - Palestine, South Africa and of the Black Liberation Movement in the US. Desai has been a grassroots organizer for over a decade, specifically in the Palestine Solidarity Movement. She is one of co-creators of the Indigenous Land Defense Project Across Borders, and the Decolonization Journal.

This event is organized by the UTGSU BDS Committee and the CUPE 3902 BDS Political Action Committee.

Reimbursements for TTC and childcare costs are available.

About Israeli Apartheid Week 2018:

First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has grown to become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. This year, IAW will take place in more than 150 cities across the globe. The week aims to raise awareness about Israel's ongoing practices of apartheid, occupation, and dispossession against the Palestinian people. Lectures, films, and creative performances will build support for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

Palestinians have fought for their dignity, rights, and lands since the 1917 Balfour Declaration but the year 2018 marks 70 years of Palestinian popular resistance since the 1948 Nakba. The 14th annual IAW will reflect on anti-colonial resistance and Indigenous refusals both in historic Palestine and across Turtle Island.

For more information on other IAW events taking place in Toronto, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1750261708358708/

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