THE BELOW EVENT IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. It will not take place on June 18; we hope to reschedule for the Fall.
New York Honors and Welcomes Arab-American Champions of Free Press and Speech:
Helen Thomas and As’ad AbuKhalil
Saturday, June 18
As the revolutions demanding an end to proxy-colonial systems in the Arab world progress, Arab societies are clamoring for liberation from economic and political repression.
The power of the people to freely organize and speak despite violent government repression is reshaping the Arab world and perhaps the whole world.
What will happen to Palestine? Will it finally see an end of colonialism?
What forces keep the discourse on Palestine so grossly limited in the US?
Will the American people and governmental institutions allow the same freedoms and normalize the language of liberation?
Or will Palestine remain taboo, even criminalized, by the mainstream?
Join us for a panel with:
Helen Thomas, champion of freedom of the press and freedom of speech, and hero to the next generation of Arabs in America. Known as the “Dean of the White House Press Corps,” Ms. Thomas served for half a century in Washington until she was fired in retaliation for telling the truth about ethnic cleansing in Palestine. She has continued to speak the truth bravely since then.
Professor As’ad AbuKhalil, an unapologetic activist-academician, who in writings at angryarab.blogspot.com and elsewhere, and in speeches, keeps information flowing between Arabs across all borders, and whose analysis cuts through the hype from regimes of all stripes and their apologists.
Sponsored by Al-Awda NY, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition