Racial Profiling and Police Brutality from Ferguson to Palestine

Image: Nidal El Khairy
Image: Nidal El Khairy

Representatives at the forefront of the movements for Black lives and racial justice in the US have taken a historic trip to Palestine and two of them are joining us to share their stories in Montreal! A discussion on past and ongoing racial violence and race relations in the United States, Canada, and Occupied Palestine.

Nargess Mustapha

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Cherrell Brown

[audio https://archive.org/download/FergusonToPalestine/Cherrell%20Brown.mp3]

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Ahmad Nabil Abuznaid

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Dream Defenders, Black Lives Matter and Ferguson reps recently took a historic trip to Palestine to build solidarity, create links, and share tactics! And two of them are coming to Montreal to share their stories and insights with us!–

This is the keynote event of the Centre for Gender Advocacy’s event series, Thick Skin: reflections on race, gender, & political resistance:https://www.facebook.com/events/591097231035168/

A collaboration with Israeli Apartheid Week (http://www.iawmontreal.org/), RadLaw & Justice Palestine.

With Nargess Mustapha (Montréal Nord Republik), Cherrell Brown (Justice League NYC) & Ahmad Abuznaid (Dream Defenders, Miami)
Tuesday March 10th, 6-8pm
Moot Court, New Chancellor Day Hall, McGill University 3644 Peel (Metro Peel)

Representatives at the forefront of the movements for Black lives and racial justice in the US have taken a historic trip to Palestine and two of them are joining us to share their stories in Montreal! A discussion on past and ongoing racial violence and race relations in the United States, Canada, and Occupied Palestine. Systemic links will be drawn across borders, and government tactics and the ways that police and military reproduce colonial mentalities will be explored.

Nargess Mustapha is an anti-police brutality activist, pro-Palestine, anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and a feminist, and has been advocating for social justice for many years now. She is a member of the Montréal-Nord Républik collective, and has organized many events to raise awareness about the realities in her neighbourhood as well as about the police shooting that took the life of Fredy Villanueva in August 2008. She is also starting a Masters degree in sociology at UQAM. Nargess will speak in French, and there will be simultaneous type-written translation to English projected on screen.

Ahmad Nabil Abuznaid Esq., is a co-founder of the Dream Defenders. The Dream Defenders develop the next generation of radical leaders to realize and exercise our independent collective power; building alternative systems and organizing to disrupt the structures that oppress our communities. Ahmad was born in East Jerusalem, Palestine. It was there growing up while living under a brutal military occupation that he first developed his interest in social justice. Ahmad returned to the US for high school and then attended the Florida State University, where he received his bachelors in International Affairs, with a minor in business in 2006. Ahmad later received his JD from the Florida Coastal School of Law in 2011, and he is a member in good standing of the Florida bar. Ahmad has been a commentator on CNN, MSNBC and has had op-eds published in the National Journal, MSNBC, and other online editorials. Most recently Ahmad co-authored an article that was published in the University of Miami Law Review titled: “Stand Your Ground” Laws: International Human Rights Law Implications. He recently organized a delegation to Palestine with the Dream Defenders, where US organizers from Ferguson, LA, Chicago, and NYC met with Palestinian activists.

Cherrell Brown has been organizing since her freshman year of college. She worked with Americorps to develop programs to improve retention of first generation college students, interned with the Beloved Community Center working on initiatives ranging from police accountability to environmental justice. In 2011 she led a grassroots campaign that organized hundreds of students to effectively stop the reopening of a city landfill near a residential neighborhood. The march was the largest public action in Greensboro since the 1960’s sit-ins. She currently works as a National Organizer for Equal Justice USA, a national criminal justice reform advocacy non-profit based in Brooklyn, New York, and volunteers with Justice League NYC. She recently traveled to Palestine on a solidarity trip with the Dream Defenders where US activists form Ferguson, LA, Chicago, and NYC met with Palestinian activists to share, build, and learn.

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