Monday, June 10, 2013

Chicago Palestine Events

Connecting Chicago to Palestine: A Conversation About Transnational Solidarity 
When: Tuesday, June 11, doors open at 6:30pm, program begins at 7:00pm
Where: Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607 
Both here and abroad, people of color struggle to protect their communities from violence, displacement, and systematic dismantling. Listen to activists from Chicago and Palestine share their experiences with working against forces threatening to undermine their communities. Join us as we learn from each other’s movements and gain strength in our common struggles for justice and liberation. 
Reyna Wences will be moderating the panel. She is an activist and organizer with the Immigrant Youth Justice League. Reyna is undocumented, and is an advocate for undocumented immigrants facing restrictions and deportation because of their status. She has been instrumental in the national movement to keep the Dream Act a part of immigration reform. Reyna has also participated in the UndocuQueer project, which explores the identity intersections for people who are both queer-identified and undocumented.
Abir Kopty is a feminist and political activist based in Ramallah. Abir is well known for being a key organizer of the Bab al-Shams protest village that garnered significant international attention earlier this year, a culminating moment of the weekly protests across the West Bank and East Jerusalem. She is a former Nazareth City Councilwoman and today works as a media analyst and consultant. She also blogs at 
Aisha Truss-Miller works with Affinity Community Services, a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities and allies. Aisha has focused on youth leadership and development, as well as building connections between intersecting movements in Chicago. Aisha attended an African heritage delegation to Palestine in 2012. 
Alaa Mukahhal is a Kuwaiti-born Palestinian raised on Chicago’s south side. Alaa came to the United Stated at the age of 6 with her family in 1993 from Jordan. Alaa and her family became undocumented after their tourist visa expired. Alaa applied for asylum in April of 2011, was referred to an immigration judge and was placed in deportation proceedings. Alaa has organized closely with undocumented and immigrant youth and is a graphic designer in Chicago. She currently works as the citizenship project manager for the National Partnership for New Americans. 
Veronica Morris Moore is an organizer with Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY), a Woodlawn based youth organization fighting to make the lives of people in their community better. She has been a fierce leader in the struggle to raise awareness about the lack and necessities of trauma centers on the south side of the city. As a member of the community, Veronica tirelessly supports issues such as restorative justice, housing rights, school closings and more.
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From Bab Al Shams to Chicago: Protest at TIAA-CREF with Abir Kopty
When: Wednesday, June 12 at 12:00pm noon
Where: TIAA-CREF Chicago office, 200 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60601 
Join Chicago Divests and Abir Kopty, as we take divestment demands from Palestine to TIAA-CREF! 
Despite growing demands from its clients, TIAA-CREF is refusing to allow a vote on divestment from the Israeli occupation. TIAA-CREF-a self-described "socially responsible" corporation-invests more than $2 billion in corporations that profit from systematic oppression of Palestinians. One of these companies is Veolia, which provides racially segregated buses to Jewish Israeli settlements in the West Bank. We call on TIAA-CREF to include a resolution for divestment from Veolia at its next Shareholders meeting! 
Activist Abir Kopty will be joining us in demanding divestment. Abir Kopty has organized actions in the West Bank against Israeli settlements and theft of Palestinian land. Abir will speak alongside students calling for TIAA-CREF to be held accountable!

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Unfriend the IDF in Chicago!

When: Thursday, June 13, 5:30-6:30pm 
Where: Vertigo Sky Lounge, 2 E. Erie St., Chicago, IL 60654

Join a protest of the Friends of the IDF fundraiser called "Boys Night Out: Barbeque and Bourbon" this Thursday at the Vertigo Sky Lounge (part of the Dana Hotel and Spa) on Erie & State.
On their website, the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) says "Their Job is to Look after Israel, Our Job is to Look After Them". Protesters want to let them know that foreign occupation armies that oppress the Palestinian people, kill civilians, and torture prisoners are not welcome in Chicago. The FIDF is a "charity" whose fundraising is tax deductible. At the NYC fundraiser in March, the FIDF raised $27 million. So U.S. Zionist supporters get tax deductions for giving money to the Israeli Army's violations of human rights, while Palestinian humanitarian aid philanthropists here get shut down and indicted, and social services and education funding is cut all across the country.
Call the Dana Hotel and Spa at 312-202-6000 or email them at and demand that they cancel the FIDF event.
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Sponsored by: Palestine Solidarity Group (PSG) - Chicago, US Palestine Community Network (USPCN) -Chicago, Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) -Chicago, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) - Chicago, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) - Northwestern University