Monday, March 2, 2015

Des Moines Event! "Ferguson to Palestine: Linking the Struggles," Presentation by Dr. Nikitah Okembe-RA Imani, Chair of UNO"s Black Studies Dept.

Tuesday March 3rd; 6:30pm
Drake University Des Moines, IA

Please join us for what promises to be an inspirational lecture on student activism and understanding the vital connections across all movements for justice by the esteemed Chair of the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Black Studies Dept., Dr. Nikitah Okembe-ra Imani. 

The summer’s events in Palestine and across the U.S., specifically in Ferguson, have clearly shown the connections between racist and colonial oppression in both locations, sparking transnational solidarity and consciousness raising. It is in the spirit of forming a stronger global movement to liberate all peoples that inspires and challenges us to move towards thinking in terms of joint struggle- how our work in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the struggles to dismantle racism, militarism, sexism and colonialism in the U.S. and other parts of the world/ And to move towards creating meaningful changes in our communities and beyond.
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Dr Imani’s speech is in conjunction with a touring national poster exhibit. Boycott Posters: The Art of Economic Activism provides a visual history of economic activism over the last 60 years, and highlights the role boycotts have played in those struggles. Several posters will be on display during the program.

Dr. Imani is available for media interviews either before or after his presentation.

The speech and related events are sponsored by:

The American Friends Service Committee-Iowa (AFSC) is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

- Drake's  Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance (MEPPA) is a student-led campus organization providing education and information forums about issues related to Middle East culture, history, and current political realities.

For more information please contact: 
Katie Huerter (AFSC) 
Ali Jandal (MEPPA)

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