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Friday, April 17, 2020

Video: Today's Huge Rally For Palestinian Prisoners Day

Dear James,
What an incredible Zoom rally! Though we are “social distancing,” I couldn’t have felt more connected to our beautiful and powerful community as we came together on behalf of incarcerated people everywhere, from the notorious Rikers Jail to Israel’s infamous Ofer Prison.
On Palestinian Prisoners Day, we gathered to show solidarity with the prisoners whose incarceration puts them at extreme risk for coronavirus infection. In the words of speaker Ahed Tamimi, we did indeed heed the call to “stand and support Palestinian prisoners because our humanity commands us to do so.”
If you couldn’t join us this afternoon, you can view a recording of the rally on Facebook, even if you do not have a Facebook account.
I am heartened by the work of so many who are making the connections between the need to free prisoners here and in Palestine:
Marc Lamont Hill: “COVID is forcing us to recognize how unsafe and how dangerous prisons are. The overcrowding in prisons in Palestine and the U.S. means that if you are arrested for throwing a rock, or writing a poem, or for politically dissenting, you aren’t being imprisoned for a few months – you’re getting a death sentence.”
Dareen Tatour: “Our prisoners are suffering daily from the epidemic of occupation, oppression, suffering, and medical neglect. In these difficult days of coronavirus, the prison administration is taking advantage of this pandemic and global crisis. On Palestinian Prisoners Day we unite in our commitment to work together until Palestinians are liberated and Palestinian prisoners are set free, and we finally are all cured from this disease.”
Our huge thanks to speakers:
Marc Lamont Hill, Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University
Ahed and Bassem Tamimi, Nabi Saleh, Palestine
Mariame Kaba, Organizer and Educator
Arab Marwan Barghouti, son of Palestinian political leader and hunger strike organizer Marwan Barghouti
Dareen Tatour, Poet
Randa Wahbe, Al-Shabaka and Addameer
Brad Parker, Defense for Children International, Palestine
Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director, Project South; past president, National Lawyers Guild
Lex Steppling, Director of Policy and Campaigns, Dignity and Power Now
Andrea James, Executive Director, National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls

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Thank you for all you do as this inspiring community. My heart is full.
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Stefanie Fox
Executive Director

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