Justice movements and how they coordinate
Commonality of Oppression; Solidarity in Struggle; Liberation for a Better World: Freedom!
Keynote: Khury Petersen-Smith, Ph.D.
- Boston-based activist
- Areas of focus: Black liberation, Palestinian solidarity, and U.S. Empire
- Co-author and co-organizer of the 2015 Statement of Black Solidarity With Palestine, which was signed by over 1,100 Black scholars, activists, and artists
- Traveled to Gaza in 2009 with a Viva Palestina medical relief delegation
- Took part in a 2004 peace delegation to Iraq
- Has lectured in Australia, Greece, and Switzerland as well as the U.S.
- Book manuscript in progress: Rocket's Red Glare: An Introduction to U.S. Empire (forthcoming in 2019)
- Born in Albany; studied in Rochester: B.S., Multidisciplinary Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology (2004)
Listen to the keynote here.
Responses from panelists
Iman Abid, Director, Genesee Valley Chapter, New York Civil Liberties Union
- City & State Rising Star recipient in 2017
- Writes for MuslimGirl.com
- The NYCLU has opposed anti-BDS actions, e.g.,
- Served as President of the Monroe County Young Democrats and western region vice president of the New York State Young Democrats
- Political science degree from RIT
Melanie Funchess, Director of Community Engagement, Mental Health Association
- Advocate for healthcare reform
- Founding member, Coalition for the Beloved Community
- Participant with Black Women's Leadership Forum, African American Health Coalition, and FR-EE Health Disparities Work Group
Danielle Ponder, Assistant Public Defender, Monroe County Public Defender's Office
- Lead vocalist, producer, and songwriter, Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People
- Independent Consultant-Community Outreach/Diversity
Co-sponsored by the UR Students for a Democratic Society, this event took place in Dewey Hall on the University of Rochester's river campus on November 8, 2017.