Left Forum: Panelists Discuss KGIA as well as Dissent on Israel

March 15 and 16- Debbie Almontaser and members of Communities in Support of KGIA participated in two panels at the Left Forum conference at Cooper Union. The following is a summary of the panels:

Panelists will discuss the ways in which different communities are addressing the challenges they face fighting for justice in education, how they have resisted and organized, and how their particular struggles–including the campaign in support of Debbie Almontaser and the Khalil Gibran International Academy– speak to the larger political climate of the US.
Priscilla Gonzalez – Center for Immigrant Families
Donna Nevel – Center for Immigrant Families
Mona Eldahry – Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media
Adem Carroll – Muslim Consultative Network
Fatin Jarara – Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media
Moderator: Makani Themba-Nixon – Executive Director, The Praxis Project

Drawing upon their own experiences, panelists will address how dissenting voices on Israel have been suppressed or silenced, and ways to respond politically to the backlash that is taking place against dissent on Israel.
Joel Kovel – Author, Overcoming Zionism, Founding Member, Committee for Open Discussion of Zionism (CODZ)
Debbie Almontaser – Educator, Founding Principal, Khalil Gibran International Academy, New York City
Mona Eldahry – Arab Women Active in the Arts and Media (AWAAM)
Donna Nevel – Community Psychologist and educator
Alison Weir – Journalist, Founder of If Americans Knew
Moderator: Esther Kaplan – Investigative editor at the Nation Institute, Author of With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right


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