Dear Supporters of Palestine, Supporters of Liberation & Return,
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
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I hope you all are having a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration, and we wish you a healthy and happy 2020!
Please keep reading our 2019 year in review below, and thank you all for your continued support!
Suzanne Adely, USPCN National Coordinating Committee, New York City
It’s been another year of great struggle in Palestine and across the world, with the incredible #GreatReturnMarch entering its 22nd month in Gaza. Over 200 unarmed protesters have been killed by the Israeli military since it began in March of 2018, with close to 20,000 injured. But our people continue to demand their Right to Return!
Vicious attacks against the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (#BDS) movement continue on a daily basis, but they are not unopposed. We publicly supported Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib for their strength in combating racist attacks against them, and also fight for everyone’s #RightToBoycott!
In addition, Trump and his racist and white supremacist merry men, including son-in-law Jared Kushner, have gone absolutely nowhere with their Deal of the Century, another example of the Palestinian and Arab masses rejecting not only Trump, but also any attempts at normalization with Israel’s apartheid and colonialist regime.
USPCN is also proud to have helped bring our best and brightest directly from Occupied Palestine to the U.S in 2019. We toured in April with Ramallah’s Wishah Popular Dance Troupe to Toledo, Dearborn, Cleveland, and Chicago, where this brilliant debka troupe performed in front of over 2,000 people. Watch this beautiful video from the Chicago show, produced by Sensitive Visuals.
In August, we then hosted the inimitable teenaged Palestinian journalist, Janna Jihad (left), in Detroit and Chicago, two legs of her U.S. tour. Read more about it here.
Lana Ramadan (below), a representative of the most important Palestinian political prisoners’ rights organization in the world, Addameer, visited the U.S. from Ramallah and made a stop in Chicago in October, where USPCN hosted her presentation to over 100 Palestine support activists and organizers. That very same weekend, USPCN-Milwaukee co-sponsored a number of events for Yousef Aljamal (right), a Palestinian writer and human rights activist from Gaza.
USPCN also played a leading role in the largest gathering of Black, Latinx, and other police accountability organizers in the country – the refounding conference of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. This picture below is of Arabs from USPCN, Students for Justice in Palestine, and other organizations who attended the conference. Read more here.