Speakers and Performers
- Dalit Baum is coordinator of the Middle East program of American Friends Service Committee- Pacific Mountain Region. She is a co-founder of Who Profits from the Occupation, a vital resource for dozens of campaigns around the world, providing information about corporate complicity in the occupation of Palestine. As a feminist/queer activist, she has been active with various groups in the Israeli anti-occupation and democratization movement, including Boycott from Within, Zochrot, and Anarchists against the Wall.
- Hatem Bazian, Chairman of American Muslims for Palestine, is co-founder and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College, the first Muslim Liberal Arts College in America. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Bazian teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America: Communities and Institutions, De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
- Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist on Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found the US Campaign. She works closely with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global peace movement. Phyllis is the author of eight books, including Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer (2009).
- Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance. His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world. He recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing Workshop and is on the organizing committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI).
- Sydney Levy is Director of Advocacy at Jewish Voice for Peace. He has worked for more than 15 years in nonprofits advocating for LGBT human rights organizing for media justice, and assisting in the preparation of death row appeals. He is the son of Egyptian Jews who immigrated to Venezuela, where he was born. Sydney lived in Jerusalem for seven years, where he received his Masters degree in Jewish History from the Hebrew University.
- Dave Lippman is a satirist/troubadour and a fixture on the Palestine solidarity scene, writing and performing music for Adalah-New York street actions and appearing around the country. His comedic evil twin, Abe Foxhole of the "Arab Defamation League," offers balance by providing the pro-apartheid, anti-international law point of view. Together they provide laughs, singalongs, and a dash of hearty flavor that's always welcome in human rights struggles.
- Dina Omar is a writer and a graduate student studying Anthropology at Columbia University in New York. She is a founding member of Students for Justice in Palestine National and serves on the National Executive Board of the Palestine Youth Movement.
- Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American nonprofit leader, civil rights activist, and community organizer. She is the National Advocacy Director for the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) and ACCESS and serve as the Director of the Arab American Association of New York, a social service agency serving the local Arab community. Linda was honored by the White House in 2011 as a “Champion of Change” and received the 2010 Brooklyn Do-Gooder Award from the Brooklyn Community Foundation.