Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Monday, November 3, 2014: The Power in Our Hands: Nora Barrows-Friedman discusses her new book.

In Our Power

Journalist and author Nora Barrows-Friedman talks about her new book IN OUR POWER: Students Organize for Justice in Palestine, which compiles interviews with 70 young activists from 30 universities around the country who are finding their collective strength. Nora Barrows-Friedman discusses the meteoric rise of the national campus organization, Students for Justice in Palestine, its successes and challenges, and its relationship to other movements including feminist and queer movements on campus.

Nora Barrows-Friedman is a journalist, staff editor at The Electronic Intifada and the author of In Our Power: US Students Organize for Justice in Palestine. She has also contributed to Al-Jazeera English, Inter Press Service, Truthout.org, Left Turn magazine, and various other international media outlets. From 2003-2010, she was the Senior Producer and co-host of Flashpoints, an award-winning investigative newsmagazine operating out of KPFA/Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, California. Nora has been regularly reporting from Palestine since 2004.

In the years following Israel’s 2008–9 “Operation Cast Lead” assault on the Palestinians of Gaza, a new kind of student movement emerged on US campuses, in support of the idea that Palestinians should gain the full exercise of their human and political rights within their historic homeland. This new movement of students for justice in Palestine has helped to put “BDS,” the worldwide campaign supporting the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions of Israel until it abides by international law, firmly onto the national map.

In 2013 and early 2014, journalist Nora Barrows-Friedman crisscrossed the United States interviewing the young activists who form the core of this movement, and their voices ring out strongly from every page of her new book. In Our Power reveals the rich political legacy these students are building. This new student movement in support of Palestinian rights faces many challenges from on and off-campus opponents. But the strength and intelligence of the voices revealed in the pages of In Our Power show us that truth, justice, and “people power” are capable of withstanding such attacks and continuing forward to victory.

Nora Barrows-Friedman book launch events:

Thursday, November 6th, 7 to 9 PM

Friday, November 7th, 7 to 8:30 PM
at Modern Times Bookstore, San Francisco, CA

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