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Toward Lasting Peace & Justice: A Roundtable with U.S.-based Activists & Palestinians Living Under Occupation 


This roundtable brings together speakers for a community dialogue about the path toward lasting peace and justice in the occupied lands of Palestine. Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey, with more than a half-century of social justice movement-building experience, will dialogue with younger generations of activists, educators and peace-builders for a public discussion about the path toward lasting peace and justice in the besieged and occupied lands of Palestine and our need for vision of and movements for genuine security in Palestine and globally.

Light refreshments will be served. 


Cosponsored by Decolonizing Humanism(?) Programming Stream at the Center for Ideas & Society, UCR Departments of MCS & Gender & Sexuality Studies, and African Student Programs


Speaker Bios


Margo Okazawa-Rey, Professor Emerita San Francisco State University, is an activist and educator working on issues of militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women examined intersectionally. She is a founding member of the International Women’s Network against Militarism and Women for Genuine Security and is President of the Board of Directors of Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).


Adam M (we are not publishing his last name for the security of his family in the Occupied West Bank)  is a 26 year-old structural engineer who has lived his entire life under Israeli military occupation. Adam completed his BA in 2020 from the Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron in Engineering. Adam describes the daily reality for young people in Palestine eloquently, including the situation in his home village of Wadi Foquin (foo-keen) and life due to the expanding settlements. He discuss Palestinians lives in general to address the Palestinian life and culture. Adam supports building friendship and inter-faith understanding. 


Shaheen Nassar is a graduate of UC Riverside, who majored in Ethnic Studies and a member of the Irvine 11. He is a community educator and organizer and  works for the non-profit Sahaba Initiative.  Shaheen worked as a Community Organizer with the Council for American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) Los Angeles Chapter for ten years. His family is from Shuja’iyya, central Gazaand he now resides in Corona, California with his wife. He has authored articles on Islamophobia, gender,  white supremacy and intersectionality published by Aljazeera.   

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