Friday, May 3, 2013

US Tour for Sahar Francis of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association

Since 2006 Sahar Francis has been the General Director of Ramallah-based
Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a Palestinian NGO providing legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. 

This tour comes at a crucial moment: More than 4,900 Palestinians are detained by Israel, including 236 children, 14 elected members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and 170 administrative detainees held without charge or trial. Since 1967 more than 52 prisoners have died from medical neglect and 73 from torture during interrogation, most recently 64 year old Maysara Abu Hamdiyeh who was denied cancer treatment. Since 2011 Palestinian political prisoners are continuously on hunger strike to protest their arbitrary arrest and detention, including Ayman Abu Daoud, who has been on hunger strike for over 3 weeks. 

Meanwhile in the United States, 166 prisoners are still detained in Guantanamo Bay, many of them on hunger strike to protest their extrajudicial incarceration, especially those who have served years without being charged. African-American children in Cook County, Illinois make up 71% of youth arrests despite only being 32% of the total population. At Pelican Bay Maximum Security Prison in California, mass hunger strikes regularly erupt in protest of the inhumane conditions. 

Spanning seven major cities across the United States this May, Addameer seeks to build bridges between our shared struggle against oppression by finding commonalities and strategizing ways to resist the institutionalized systems of control. For more information:

Addameer also recently launched a global campaign against adminitrative detention:

(The ADL has issued a warning about Sahar's tour and "goal of linking problems in the American prison system such as discrimination, racial profiling, and lack of rehabilitation options, to the issues faced by Palestinian prisoners.")

Monday, May 6
Crystal Cove at the University of California- Irvine
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
More Information here
Tuesday, May 7
Palestinian Political Prisoners: The Intersection of International Law and the Palestinian Struggle
Culver Palms United Methodist Church 
4464 Selpulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230
More information here

Thursday, May 9
Keynote Speech at the opening of “From Pelican Bay to Guantanamo to Palestine” Conference
College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, EP 425, San Francisco, CA 94132
More information here

Saturday, May 11
12:30pm Lunch and Program
Juvenile Injustice: Criminalization of Youth in Palestine and Chicago
Al Hambra Palace Restaurant
1240 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL
Contact to RSVP.

Monday, May 13
From Puerto Rico to Palestine: Colonial Domination and Political Prisoners
John Marshall Law School
304 S. State St, Room 420, Chicago, IL
More information here.

Thursday, May 16 6:30-8:00pm
Incarceration and Community Resistance: From DC to Palestine
Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ 

5301 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20011

Saturday, May 18 
Ending Mass Incarceration: From Palestine to Pennsylvania
Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
More information here.

Tuesday, May 21
Calls to Conscience: Prison Resistance in Palestine, Guantánamo, the U.S. and Iran
The Brecht Forum
451 West Street, New York, New York 10014
More information here.