COMING UP THIS WEEK
David Sheen - African Migrants in Israel
Tuesday, March 4th - 6:00pm
CS Young Hall 24
Journalist David Sheen will present his work about the plight of African refugees in Israel. Based in south Tel Aviv from 2010 to 2013 as Israel's persecution of African refugees spiked to horrific levels, Sheen produced volumes of incisive coverage on the topic, making him the most important and informed journalist on this topic.
About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in this ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecution and have been branded as "infiltrators" by right-wing politicians and activists determined to get them to leave the country.
David Sheen has covered the plight of African refugees in Israel for journals as diverse as Ha'aretz, 972 Magazine, Mondoweiss, The Daily Beast, Open Democracy, Black Agenda Report, Al Jazeera, Electronic Intifada, and Muftah. He has been featured on news reports on the topic in the Huffington Post, CBC, CTV, France 24, Vice, and other international outlets. His homepage and YouTube channel dedicated to the topic of Africans in Israel serve as important resources for international news agencies and anti-racist activists alike.
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Recent events in LA & at UCLA
Wednesday, February 5, 7pm
Divestment Teach in #3
Tuesday, January 28, at 7pm
at Culver Palms United Methodist Church (4464 Sepulveda Blvd)
A Christian, a Muslim and a Jew go to Palestine
Report back on recent trips to Israel by members of Christian Peacemaker Teams, Students for Justice in Palestine, and Jewish Voice for Peace
Wednesday, January 29, 7pm
Haines A44 - Open to UCLA students only.
Teach in on Divestment: What it is, What is isn't, Why everyone should support it.
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PRESS RELEASE: STUDENTS FOR JUSTICE IN PALESTINE DECRIES FAILURE TO SUPPORT PALESTINIAN STUDENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS AT USAC HEARING
"As a movement dedicated to justice and equality, our organization was proud to center this process on the voices of Palestinians on campus, and humbled to be joined by a wide ranging coalition of students and student organizations who believe in solidarity and whose support was so meaningful to us last night and throughout this year...
We eagerly look forward to, and continue to work ceaselessly towards, the day that our University's student government votes to support Palestinian students' equality, and to release them from a condition in which they are forced to participate in their own oppression. We have every confidence that that day is approaching rapidly."
Prison Divestment Bill passes:
SJP at UCLA congratulates Afrikan Student Union on the passage of "A Resolution to Divest from Corporations Supporting the Private Prison Industry" Read about the passage of the resolution here.
New SJP blog posts:
On Divestment and "True Justice"
A Rainbow of Reasons to Support Divestment
Honor Mandela by viewing Palestine with the same moral clarity as apartheid South Africa
"As we mark the death of Nelson Mandela and think about his legacy here at UCLA, we must recognize that 1974 and 2014 are not so different. Today we are investing in a very similar kind of apartheid. A new set of corporations are providing the goods and services that are required in order to deny Palestinians the same basic freedoms that blacks in South Africa were denied for so long. And a new set of students are joining the divestment movement across the state. If Mandela’s legacy lives on, it must be in our constant effort to understand our relationship to systems of oppression. It must be in our struggle for divestment from oppressive systems like the prison industrial complex in our own country and the apartheid system operating in Palestine today."
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