[News] NY - The Criminalization of Home: Organizing to Protect Communities from NYC to Palestine

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Tue Nov 28 11:56:06 EST 2017

*The Criminalization of Home: Organizing to Protect Communities from NYC 
to Palestine*

*Wednesday, November 29 at Verso Books, 20 Jay St., Suite 1010, 
Brooklyn, NY**
**Doors open at 7 p.m., panel begins at 7:30*


Sahar Francis of Addameer
Darializa Avila-Chevalier of Black Youth Project–100
Mujahid Farid of Release Aging People in Prison (RAPP)
And moderated by Bina Ahmad

This panel explores the different ways criminalization fractures 
communities and separates people from the place(s) they call home. 
Bringing together activists from New York City to Palestine, it looks at 
how state violence enforces a system of racialized dispossession, 
whether through eviction, deportation, incarceration, or colonization 
andethnic cleansing. We'll also learn how people are protecting their 
communities by fighting back against the increasingly militarized 
policing of their neighborhoods, supporting prisoners' rights, and 
advancing a vision of freedom and self-determination.

DARIALIZA AVILA-CHEVALIER is an organizer with the NYC chapter of Black 
Youth Project 100, a member-based organization of radical 
18-to-35-year-old people that work toward the liberation of Black 
people. BYP100 works to center the most marginalized, which includes 
incarcerated people and trans/gender non-conforming people. Their work 
is done via direct action, political education, and internal leadership 
development. Their current long-term project is Campaign H.O.M.E. 
(Housing Over Monitoring and Evictions), which seeks to end the racist 
NYCHA policy of Permanent Exclusion. Before joining BYP100, Darializa 
organized with Students for Justice in Palestine and helped launch the 
Columbia University Apartheid Divest campaign.

MUJAHID FARID is the lead organizer for the Release Aging People in 
Prison Campaign (RAPP), which aims to decarcerate US prisons by 
accelerating the release rate of elderly people. Farid himself was 
confined for 33 years in New York State and released in 2011, after 
entering the system in 1978 with a sentence of 15 years to life. While 
confined, Farid earned four college degrees, including two Master’s, and 
was part of a trio that created the first HIV/AIDS peer education 
program in NYS prisons, which later developed into the widely acclaimed 
PACE (Prisoners AIDS Counseling & Education) program. In 2013 he was 
awarded an Open Society Soros Justice Fellowship, a joint NYS 
legislative commendation, and a Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. award 
for social activism. In 2016 RAPP was awarded the New York Nonprofit 
Media’s Cause Award.

SAHAR FRANCIS has been the director of Addameer (Arabic for conscience), 
a prisoner support and human rights advocacy organization, since 2005, 
and has been a human rights legal advocate since 1994. She specializes 
in issues of Palestinian political prisoners, including ill treatment 
and torture, administrative detention, prison conditions, and prisoners' 
rights. She has extensive litigation experience in the Israeli military 
court system as well as in Israeli civil courts.

Co-organized by Adalah-NY: Campaign for the Boycott of Israel, Addameer 
Prisoner Support & Human Rights Association 
<https://www.facebook.com/AddameerAssociation/>, BYP100 NYC chapter, and 
the Center for Constitutional Rights 

Verso Books is wheelchair accessible.

If you can't be there in person, go to the Verso Books Facebook page on 
Wednesday at 7:30pm EST and watch the event live: 
https://www.facebook.com/VersoBks/ <https://www.facebook.com/VersoBks/>
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