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Speakers and Performers

  • Ziad Abbas is the Program Manager for Cross-Cultural Programs at the Middle East Children’s Alliance and cofounder of the Ibdaa Cultural Center in Dheisheh refugee camp. Follow on Twitter @MECAForPeace.

  • Ahmad Abuznaid is a co-founder and Legal & Policy Director of Dream Defenders, an uprising of communities in struggle, shifting culture through transformational organizing. Follow him on Twitter @DiplomatEsq. 

  • Rev. Dr. Alex Awad is a missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church serving in Israel/Palestine and author of Through the Eyes of the Victims and Palestinian Memories

  • Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute of Policy Studies and is author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer. Follow her on Twitter @PhyllisBennis. 

  • Nadia Ben-Youssef is a human rights lawyer and the USA representative of Adalah—The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. Follow her on Twitter @nadiaby. 

  • Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III is the Senior Pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, a community-oriented church that embraces service, performing arts, and radical displays of hospitality. Follow him on Twitter @HeberBrown. 

  • Patrisse Cullors is an artist, organizer, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, and founder of Dignity and Power Now, which is dedicated to protecting incarcerated people and their families in Los Angeles Follow her on Twitter @osope. 

  • Eran Efrati is the Executive Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA, and an investigative researcher into the Israeli military. 

  • Nada Elia is on the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Follow on Twitter @USACBI. 

  • Nadia Hijab is Executive Director of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Follow her on Twitter @nadiahijab. 

  • Ramzi Jaber is a co-founder of Visualizing Palestine, which creates data-driven tools to advance a factual, rights-based narrative of the Palestinian-Israeli issue. Follow on Twitter @visualizingpal. 

  • Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and the editor of Poets For Palestine. Follow him on Twitter @Remroum. 

  • Aja Monet is an internationally established poet, performer, singer, songwriter, educator, and human rights advocate. Follow her on Twitter @aja_monet. 

  • Paige Murphy is an organizer with The Red Nation in Albuquerque, NM, which was formed to address the marginalization and invisibility of Indigenous struggles within mainstream social justice organizing and to foreground the disproportionate destruction of Indigenous life and land. Follow on Twitter @The_Red_Nation. 

  • Adelina Nicholls is the Executive Director of Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, which educates, organizes, and empowers Latinos in Georgia to defend and advance their civil and human rights. Follow on Twitter @GLAHR_. 

  • Rasmea Odeh is a Palestinian-American community leader who has been persecuted by the U.S. government and convicted unjustly of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization in a trial where she was not allowed to bring up the torture she went through while in Israeli prison in 1969. Follow her case on Twitter @Justice4Rasmea. 

  • Loubna Qutami is an active member of and the former International General Coordinator of the Palestinian Youth Movement and former Executive Director of the Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco. 

  • Ruby Sales was a Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer in Alabama and Georgia from 1963-1966. She is founder and director of Spirit House, a human rights organization in Washington, DC. 

  • Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education & Research Institute before traveling to Ferguson, MO on behalf of the Fellowship of Reconciliation to organize alongside local and national groups following the police killing of Michael Brown. Follow him on Twitter @RevSekou. 

  • Azadeh Shahshahani is the President of the National Lawyers Guild and previously directed the National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. Follow er on Twitter @ashahshahani. 

  • Naima Shalhoub is a songstress, musician, performing artist, and educator. Follow her on Twitter @naimashalhoub. 

  • Sarah Schulman is a professor of humanities at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York and author of Israel/Palestine and the Queer International. Follow her on Twitter @sarahschulman3. 

  • Nelini Stamp is Co-Director of Rise Up, which brings social change to communities throughout the state of Georgia through bold action to demand political, economic, and social equality regardless of race, class, gender, ability, and citizenship status. You can follow her on Twitter @NelStamp.

  • David Wildman is the executive secretary for Human Rights & Racial Justice with the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries. 

  • Maya Wind is a board member of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA She is an Israeli conscientious objector and previously worked at New Profile, the feminist movement for the demilitarization of Israeli society and ICAHD Jerusalem.