Racial justice has no borders: Embedding Palestinian rights in the 2020 progressive agenda

Proposed panel for Netroots Nation 2019

Grassroots activists with shared experiences facing racial profiling, mass incarceration, and repression taught us that racial justice has no borders: at Black Lives Matter protests, activists call for freedom, from Ferguson to Palestine, and at rallies to end family separation, participants have even raised their voices for an end to racist walls, from Palestine to Mexico. In response to the global rise of the authoritarian right, activists are calling on institutions of power - from the mainstream media to Congress - to support freedom, justice, and equality for all people, including the Palestinian people. Learn how activists in the progressive movement are building power for racial justice that extends beyond and across borders.
  • Submitted by: Leah Muskin-Pierret
  • Moderator: Ramah Kudaimi
  • Panelists: Marc Lamont Hill, Noura Erakat, Vincent Warren, Sandra Tamari

What are the takeaways for people who attend this panel? Why is this panel important to the progressive movement?

Attendees will learn a winning organizing and narrative shift tactic that has reshaped the media narrative and the congressional conversation on Palestinian rights: our panelists will explain how their messaging and organizing shifted one movement from the security-based approach, which justifies racism in domestic and foreign policy, to a rights-based approach, which repositions activists to win by centering universal values of freedom, justice, and equality.

Why should the Netroots Nation community vote for your session?

The 2018 primaries showed that candidates who apply their values of justice and equality across borders can win. People who are young, women, and/or of color constitute a rising progressive block that is challenging the Democratic status quo, including the human rights exception for Israel, and making support for Palestinian rights a defining issue for progressive politics in 2020.Activists across movements should learn from the intersectional organizing that made this continuing shift possible.

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