FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE MARTIN BROD FUND
Click on the videos below to view speeches from the “Criminalizing Dissent” event.
Linda Sarsour is a Palestinian-American political activist and co-founder of MPower Change, the largest Muslim-led social and racial justice organization in the nation. She is also former co-chair of the Women’s March.
Omar Barghouti is a founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. He received the Gandhi Peace Award in 2017.
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. An acclaimed college lecturer, he is the author of seven books, including the bestselling White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son.
Shaun King is a journalist and activist, CEO and Founder of The North Star, Writer in Residence at Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, and one of the leading voices of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Dima Khalidi is the founder and director of Palestine Legal and Cooperating Counsel with the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). She oversees Palestine Legal’s array of legal and advocacy work to protect people speaking out for Palestinian rights from attacks on their civil and constitutional rights.
Cornel West is a prominent and provocative democratic intellectual. A professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, he is best known for his books, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud.
Click on the videos below to view other portions of the “Criminalizing Dissent” event.
The Media Education Foundation produced a 7-minute video to open the event.
Sut Jhally, the Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation, introduces the event.
Stellan Vinthagen, the Director of the Resistance Studies Initiative, makes opening remarks.
Roger Waters is an English rock musician, singer-songwriter, and composer best known for his work with the legendary rock band Pink Floyd. Over the last few years, he has emerged as one of the world’s most prominent advocates for Palestinian human rights and a cultural boycott of Israel.
International Media Coverage of the Backlash Against “Criminalizing Dissent: The Attack on BDS & Pro-Palestinian Speech”
Criminalizing Dissent: The Attack on BDS & Pro-Palestinian Speech, a panel featuring leading advocates for Palestinian rights, was held at the UMass-Amherst Fine Arts Center on Nov. 12, 2019 in front of a capacity crowd despite being condemned by university officials and right-wing pro-Israel pressure groups. The panel addressed mounting efforts by U.S. political leaders, right-wing lobbying groups, and college and university administrators to silence pro-Palestinian speech on American campuses and criminalize support for BDS, a nonviolent movement that seeks to pressure Israel to end its violations of Palestinian human rights. Topics included the recent bipartisan vote by the U.S. House of Representatives to condemn BDS, a new U.S. Department of Education policy that threatens to withdraw federal funding from institutions that allow pro-Palestinian speech critical of Israeli policy, and a formal statement issued by the chancellor of UMass condemning the event.EVENT POSTER