[act-ma] (Wed.) 4/1 Cambridge Forum Host Iyad Burnat on Non-Violent Resistance in Palestine

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MARCH 21, 2015


On Wednesday, April 1, 2015  at 7:00 pm Cambridge Forum hosts IYAD 
BURNAT discussing his effort to carry out weekly non-violent protests in
the West Bank for the past decade.  Social justice activist TRINA JACKSON,
who met Burnat at a demonstration when she was art of a human rights
delegation to Palestine, moderates the conversation.  The free program
takes place at the First Parish (Unitarian Universalist) in Cambridge, 1446
Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square.   Burnat discusses his
motivations and strategies for non-violent popular resistance.  How has he
brought potential adversaries to share his goal of peace and prosperity for
all people?

IYAD BURNAT was born in 1973 in Bil`in, Palestine, where he currently heads
the Bil’in Popular Committee.  Since 2005, citizens of Bil’in, joined
by Israeli and international peace activists, have held weekly non-violent
demonstrations against the confiscation of their land, destruction of their
olive trees, and Israel’s illegal Separation Wall and the encroachment of
illegal settlements. The protesters have maintained a commitment to
non-violent resistance in the face of armed military opposition. The
demonstrations are the subject of the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary film
/5 Broken Cameras/, which was made by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat.

TRINA JACKSON has nearly 20 years of community based experience as an
organizer, facilitator, and strategist in the social justice movement. Her
background includes activism within communities of color in Boston and
working with non-profits, facilitating community dialogues, and consulting
on issues of anti-oppression, economic justice, racial justice, leadership
development, collaboration, and movement building. She is currently the
program coordinator of the Inclusion Initiative, an anti-poverty program
focusing on cross-sector network collaboration within communities of color,
at Third Sector New England. Trina's approach is to explore the
intersections of identity and the lived experience; to work for structural
and institutional change; to use reflective, participatory and cultural
practices for deeper connections between communities directly impacted by
oppression; and to construct new narratives which advance social
transformation and achieve justice for all. In November 2014 she
participated in the third African Heritage delegation to Palestine
organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders.

/Co-sponsored by Don and Jeannette McInnes and by Unitarian Universalists
for Justice in the Middle East – Massachusetts Chapter; the Middle East
Education Group of First Parish (UU) in Cambridge; Alliance for a Secular
and Democratic South Asia; Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights; Jewish
Voice for Peace – Boston; Jewish Women for Justice in Israel- Palestine;
Palestinian House of New England; and United for Justice With Peace./

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