This Saturday, April 19, at Evergreen State College in Olympia, the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice is hosting Peace Works 2014, a daylong conference leading up to a keynote conversation titled Yet Again as Captives: Mass Incarceration in the U.S. & Palestine. Angela Davis and Noura Erakat will be this year’s keynote speakers.
Angela Davis is an educator/activist and Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. On August 14, 1970, a warrant was issued for her arrest with regards to a courtroom shooting in Marin County, California. Though Davis was not directly implicated in the crime, she owned the weapons used and was arrested and kept in jail for 18 months during which time she became a focal point of an international campaign to free her. Subsequently she became a founding member of Critical Resistance and is best known for her activism to dismantle the prison industrial complex.
Noura Erakat is a human right’s attorney, activist, educator, and writer. She is a Abraham L. Freedman Teaching Fellow at Temple University and the co-editor of Jadaliyya, an ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute. She is also a member of the Legal Support Network for the Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Refugee and Residency Rights.
The workshop sessions include a range of topics from a comparative examination of mass incarceration in the U.S. and Palestine to immigrant activism at the Northwest Detention Center, decolonizing prisons, youth incarceration, and transformative and restorative justice.
Other presenters include: Maru Mora Villalpando, a trainer, political analyst for local Latino media outlets, Palestinian journalist Saed Bannoura, Naomi Tajchman-Kaplan, the Academic Program Coordinator for Gateways for Incarcerated Youth and many more.
Here is the link for more information or to register for the conference.