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  • Fahd Ahmed is legal and policy director of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM). He leads DRUM’s work on national security, racial profiling, and police accountability in the Racial and Immigrant Justice program. Fahd led the group's work with Muslim, Arab, and South Asian immigrant detainees before, and immediately after 9/11, by coordinating the detainee visitation program. 

  • Riham Barghouti is a Palestinian American activist who lived in the Occupied Palestinian Territory for 10 years. She is a founding member of Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and PACBI, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Khaled Elgindy is a fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Between 2004 and 2009, he served with the Negotiations Support Unit in Ramallah as an adviser to the Palestinian leadership on permanent status negotiations with Israel, and was a participant in the round of negotiations launched at Annapolis in November of 2007.

  • Nada Elia teaches Global and Gender Studies at Antioch University- Seattle. She is a member of the Organizing Committee of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. A scholar-activist, Nada is a founding member of the Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network and a former member of the steering collective of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence.

  • Noura Erakat is a Palestinian American activist and human rights attorney. She is currently a Abraham  L. Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University Beasley School of Law and a member of the Legal Support Network for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights. Noura is a Co-Editor of Jadaliyya and a former national organizer with the US Campaign. 

  • Melissa Franklin is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma who co-organized the first Indigenous Youth Delegation to Palestine in 2009. She traveled to Gaza in 2011 with the Maia Mural Brigade to bring attention to the water crisis and their universal right to clean drinking water. Melissa is a researcher for the American Indian Records Repository in Kansas.

  • Barbara Harvey has long advocated for human rights with such organizations as the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights. 

  • Nadia Hijab is a co-founder of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network She is a frequent public speaker and media commentator and a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies.

  • Robin D. G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA and serves on the Advisory Board of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. He is the author of eight books including Race Rebels: Culture Politics and the Black Working Class and Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

  • Sara Kershnar is the co-founder and co-coordinator of the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network. She began her Palestinian solidarity work during the second intifada.

  • Dima Khalidi is Cooperating Counsel at the Center for Constitutional Rights' Palestine Solidarity Legal Support.  

  • Maria LaHood is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. She specializes in international human rights litigation, seeking to hold government officials and corporations accountable for torture, extrajudicial killings, and war crimes abroad. Her cases have included Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, to prevent the “targeted killing” of a U.S. citizen in violation of constitutional and international law;  and Corrie v. Caterpillar, on behalf of Palestinians killed and injured in home demolitions and Rachel Corrie.

  • 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. Sydney lived in Jerusalem for seven years, where he received his Masters degree in Jewish History from the Hebrew University. 

  • Ashley Malloy is a senior at Central Connecticut State University, earning her BFA in Theatre Performance. After meeting actors from the Freedom Theatre in Jenin and hearing their stories of life in a refugee camp in the West Bank, Ashley questioned why Americans weren't being made more aware of the realities of the occupation. To bring this issue to light, Ashley used her skills as a performer to produce My Name is Rachel Corrie. 

  • Danya Mustafa is an undergrad at the University of New Mexico where she is studying Women studies as well as Multi-Media Journalism. She is the co-chair of her University's Students for Justice in Palestine and is on the Adhoc steering committee and coalition building committee for National Students for Justice in Palestine. 

  • Brad Parker is an international advocacy officer and staff attorney at Defence for Children International Palestine. He works on international and legal advocacy aimed at promoting respect for Palestinian children’s rights and challenging impunity. Brad regularly writes and speaks on the situation of Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, particularly issues involving detention, ill-treatment and torture of child detainees within the Israeli military detention system.  

  • Josh Ruebner is National Advocacy Director at the US Campaign. He is a former Analyst in Middle East Affairs at Congressional Research Service and is the author of the upcoming book Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace

  • Kristin Szremski is Director of Media and Communications at American Muslims for Palestine. She is an award-winning journalist, spending more than 20 years as an investigative reporter and editor, and has been published nationally and internationally. 

  • Sandra Tamari is Palestinian American BDS organizer with the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee. She serves on the Steering Committee of the US Campaign. 

  • Sahar Vardi is the Israel Program Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee. In August 2008 she refused her mandatory military service and was sent to prison for several months. She has also been working since with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement.   

  • David Wildman is the executive secretary for Human Rights & Racial Justice with the United Methodist Church's General Board of Global Ministries. He also relates on behalf of GBGM with grassroots partners in the Middle East and Afghanistan.