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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 6:30-9pm
Renowned author and activist ALI ABUNIMAH is coming to Portland! This lecture is part of an ongoing tour for his latest book, "The Battle for Justice in Palestine," published earlier this year by Haymarket Books. Accoring to Abunimah, efforts to achieve a "two-state solution" have finally collapsed, and the struggle for justice in Palestine is at a crossroads. As Israel and its advocates lurch toward greater extremism, many ask where the struggle is headed. Abunimah's lecture will offer a clear analysis of this crossroads moment and looks forward with urgency down the path to a more hopeful future. Abunimah is the author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli Palestinian Impasse, and co-founder and director of the widely acclaimed publication The Electronic Intifada. Based in the United States, he has written hundreds of articles and been an active part of the movement for justice in Palestine for 20 years. He is the recipient of a 2013 Lannan Cultural Freedom Fellowship. *Cosponsored by the Portland State University chapter of the International Socialist Organization* ---------------- Feedback on Ali Abunimah's book: "Every community that stands fast, loving its people and its land, its customs and its ways, will be seen, eventually, as worthy of saving. This is because it is our own humanity we are learning from, our own value. There will also arise a special voice to champion us, one that is brave, trustworthy and true. In The Battle for Justice in Palestine it is the voice of Ali Abunimah, fierce, wise - a warrior for justice and peace - someone whose large heart, one senses, beyond his calm, is constantly on fire. A pragmatist but also a poet. This is the book to read to understand the present bizarre and ongoing complexity of the Palestine/Israel tragedy. And though it is filled with the grim reality of this long and deadly, ugly and dehumanizing, conflict, it also offers hope: that as more people awaken to the shocking reality of what has for decades been going on, we can bring understanding and restitution to the Palestinian people. Their struggle to exist in dignity and peace in their own homeland - and this may be the biggest surprise of Abunimah's book - is mirrored in the struggles for survival and autonomy of more than a few of us." —Alice Walker "This is the best book on Palestine in the last decade. No existing book presents the staggering details and sophistication of analysis that Abunimah’s book offers. Abunimah’s scope includes an analysis of the politics, economics, environmental policies, identity politics, international relations, academic scholarship and activism, global solidarity, and official and unofficial lobbies that have come to bear on Palestine and the Palestinians. The Battle for Justice in Palestine is the most comprehensive treatment of Palestinian suffering under Israeli control and offers the only possible way to end it. It is a must read for anyone seeking to understand the current situation of the Palestinians and Israel." —Joseph Massad, Columbia University "With incisive style and scrupulous attention to documentation and detail, Ali Abunimah's new book offers a complex portrait, from every angle, of the Palestinian struggle for justice today." —Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director, Jewish Voice for Peace "A crucially needed dose of educated hope. This is what hits me from this fascinating amalgam of incisive journalism, analytic prose and intellectually compelling vision that emanates from many years of brilliant activism. Sailing effortlessly from the domestic to the global, from Johannesburg to Belfast and from Chicago to Tel Aviv, Ali Abunimah paints a lucid, accessible picture out of a complex web of racism, racialized oppression, and creative resistance. Abunimah does not give us hope; he helps us dig for it within us by meticulously laying out before us the facts, the trends, the challenges and the inspiring resistance to them." —Omar Barghouti, Palestinian human rights activist, co-founder of the BDS movement, author of Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions: The Global Struggle for Palestinian Rights "In The Battle for Justice in Palestine, Ali Abunimah—the most astute commentator writing on Palestine today—bursts the leaky myths of Israeli exceptionalism while carefully examining where the battle for Palestine is currently being waged. Forget the endless “peace process,” which has ushered in little more than massive economic exploitation, tragic environmental degradation, and servile and destructive politics. Focus instead, Abunimah tells us, on the many civil society and campus initiatives around the world that are bravely ushering in a new era of global grass-roots organizing for justice. Rich in information and deep in analysis, The Battle for Justice in Palestine will inspire readers that Palestinian self-determination is not only possible but absolutely necessary." —Moustafa Bayoumi, author, How Does It Feel to Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America "The Battle for Justice in Palestine is a crucial book appearing in a crucial time... Abunimah strips away Israel’s justifications for its occupation and makes a vital contribution to real justice in Palestine." —Ron Jacobs, CounterPunch "The inspiring vision Abunimah lays out reflects the hope stirred by a growing and increasingly successful movement on the ground, which is helping to turn the tide in the struggle for Palestine. For those active in this movement, this book is a must-read, but its lessons are for anyone interested in the fight for a better world." —Wael Elasady, Socialist Worker http://www.facebook.com/events/611111062296270/
Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 6:30-8:30pm
Join us for the first ever Sharing Economy summit in the Pacific Northwest! Add your experience to the conversation with a panel of Sharing Economy experts as they explore the innovations, challenges, and opportunities presented by the explosion of peer-to-peer sharing. Sponsored by PEERS.org and Shareable.net, featuring: Steve Gutmann - Business Development, Getaround Mira Luna - Organizing Director, Shareable, Rob Toews - Chief Technology Officer, TrustCloud Peter Newell, Chief Technology Officer, Bright Neighbor Sam Brier - Sharing Expert, Airbnb (formerly) Randy White - Founder, Bright Neighbor