Panel Updates: Speakers!

We’re thrilled to let you all know about two of the speakers confirmed for our upcoming panel!  We’ll keep this website and our Facebook event page up-to-date as we receive additional speakers’ bios.

MIKE KREBS is an Indigenous activist of Blackfoot, Cree and european descent. Based in Vancouver, he has previously been active in Palestine solidarity organizing.

NADA ELIA is a Diaspora Palestinian. Both of her parents were expelled from Jerusalem in 1948, she was born in Iraq, and grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. A professor of Global and Gender Studies, Elia is a scholar-activist who serves on the Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, and writes and speaks about BDS as a strategy to end Israel’s apartheid practices and policies. Her current research is about the gendered aspect of resistance, including the denunciation of Pinkwashing, Israel’s attempt to tout its (Jewish) gay-friendly record so as to distract from its violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people.

We are also excited to announce that we have confirmed funding for ASL interpretation for the panel!  We’re still in the process of corresponding with interpreters and we’ll let you all know when they’re confirmed!

Update:  We are pleased to announce we will be screening a video of a panel presentation by Selma Al-Aswad!  The video will include English captions.

SELMA AL-ASWAD is a queer Palestinian based in Seattle, Washington.  As a member of the media collective Reteaching Gender & Sexuality, Selma engages in media making as a way to engage conversations around queer complicity and resistance.  In 2012, she took part in Queer Visions at the World Social Forum: Free Palestine in Porto Alegre, Brazil where she spoke about local efforts to incorporate Palestinian liberation movements into the greater anti-colonial activism in her queer communities.  She is a founding member of QuAIA Seattle and lately can be found learning the quirks of film production.

Check out our last post for more information on the Settler Colonialisms, Queer Activism and Pinkwashing panel or find the event on Facebook.

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