NLG Chicago’s The United People of Color Caucus and the Palestine Solidarity Committee present
From Puerto Rico to Palestine: Colonial Domination and Political Prisoners
Monday, May 13th, 4-6pm
John Marshall Law School, 304 S. State St, Room 420
Puerto Ricans and Palestinians have experienced decades of colonization by foreign powers. Their movements for independence have been suppressed through a variety of means, the imprisonment of political activists being a primary one. This CLE will explore the commonalities in the Puerto Rican and Palestinian experiences and the intersections between colonization and political repression. Some of the questions explored will include: What is the legal status of the colonization and occupation of these lands? What are the respective independence movements trying to achieve? What are the legal and other tools the colonial powers use to maintain their authority over colonized populations without granting them the same rights and privileges as their own citizens? How do the colonial powers, the US and Israel in this case, continue to evade legal and moral accountability for their treatment of their colonial subjects? How have the colonial powers dealt with decades of resistance? How have independence movements in Puerto Rico and Palestine, as well as in the US, been repressed by the Israeli and US government? What is being done to address the situation of Puerto Rican and Palestinian political prisoners?
Sahar Francis is the General Director of Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, a Palestinian NGO providing legal and advocacy support to Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli and Palestinian prisons.
José E. López is the Executive Director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and has been a leading figure in the struggle for Puerto Rican human rights for the past 30 years.
Jan Susler is an attorney with the People’s Law Office, she has worked with the Puerto Rican Independence Movement challenging U.S. foreign and domestic policies for over 30 years. She has represented Puerto Rican political prisoners and has served as lead counsel in the efforts culminating in the 1999 presidential commutation of their sentences. She continues to represent those who remain imprisoned.
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Free for those who do not want CLE credits.
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