The Antidote of Despair is Action: A Special Edition of Critical Conversation with Dr. Sahar Shafqat (Part 2)

On Oct. 12th, a Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Sahar Shafqat joined Co-Directors, Dia and Darakshan, along with our intern, Amirah, at the Washington Peace Center office for a critical conversation that lasted over two hours. With the depth of the conversation, we decided to produce a two-part edition in order to capture the honest vulnerability and intimate look into the global to local connections that are so important to movement and community building.

Global to Local: A special two-part edition of Critical Conversation with Dr. Sahar Shafqat (Part 1)

 On Oct. 12th, a Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Sahar Shafqat joined Co-Directors, Dia and Darakshan, along with our intern, Amirah, at the Washington Peace Center office for a critical conversation that lasted over two hours. With the depth of the conversation, we decided to produce a two-part edition in order to capture the honest vulnerability and intimate look into the global to local connections that are so important to movement and community building.

Anti-racism Statement from the Washington Peace Center

Anti-racism Statement from the Washington Peace Center
In community and solidarity from the board and staff

In 2014, the board and staff of the Washington Peace Center (WPC) developed a strategic plan for the next three years to continue to deepen our work and prioritize intentionally creating spaces for collaboration, reflection, and movement building.

Labor of Justice: Critical Conversation with Elizabeth Falcon, DC Jobs with Justice

 The Washington Peace Center continues our new critical conversation series with Dia Bui, Co-Director, and Elizabeth Falcon, Executive Director of DC Jobs with Justice,  who discusses her transition into labor from housing, upcoming local campaigns, union engagement in racial justice and the "Ill Be There" Awards.

Disability & Race: Critical Conversation with Dustin Gibson of the Harriet Tubman Collective

[Image Description]: Dustin Gibson, a Black man wearing a white shirt with visible backpack straps and khaki colored pants holds a sign that reads: Accessible Transportation. Others are marching past a truck parked on the street in the background

The Washington Peace Center continues our new critical conversation series with Dia Bui, Co-Director, and Dustin Gibson of the Harriet Tubman Collective, who discusses the intersection of disability and racial  justice, #CharlotteUprising, and criminalized minds and bodies.

Healing from Oppression: Critical Conversation with Danielle Stevens, This Bridge Called Our Health

The Washington Peace Center continues our new critical conversation series with Dia Bui, Co-Director, and Danielle Stevens, who discusses her organization, This Bridge Called Our Health, a Black queer-woman led digital publication and community healing resource. She describes the importance of self-care and healing in a world where Black women, Black queer women, and people of color are oppressed. She offers methods of healing to combat trauma and oppression.

 

Post 9/11 Resistance: Critical Conversation with Dr. Maha Hilal

The Washington Peace Center continues our new critical conversation series with Dia Bui and Dr. Maha Hilal, Professor at UDC and George Mason University and Executive Director of National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedom. Dr. Maha Hilal gives insight into her protest of Secretary Jeh Johnson at the largest Muslim American convening, intersectional analysis of 9/11 and self-care while fighting against Islamaphobia.

 

Statement from the Co-Directors; Transparency, Accountability and Revolutionary Movements

Statement from the Co-Directors

Transparency, Accountability and Revolutionary Movements

Washington, DC - With a new direction at the Washington Peace Center, we share our own voices and remarks to introduce our co-directorship.  We are two women of color with complex immigrant backgrounds and a continually evolving framework on how we navigate this work towards collective liberation.

A Vision for Black Lives: Policy Demands for Black Power, Freedom, and Justice

by The Movement for Black Lives

Originally posted on policy.m4bl.org

Black humanity and dignity requires Black political will and power. Despite constant exploitation and perpetual oppression, Black people have bravely and brilliantly been the driving force pushing the U.S. towards the ideals it articulates but has never achieved. In recent years we have taken to the streets, launched massive campaigns, and impacted elections, but our elected leaders have failed to address the legitimate demands of our Movement. We can no longer wait.

Black Lives Matter Activist Sentenced to 90 Days for ‘Lynching’

By Nicole Knight Shine

Originally published by Rewire

A California Black Lives Matter activist who faced up to four years of jail time for “lynching” was sentenced Tuesday morning to 90 days in county jail, a sentence activists denounced as a “mockery of our justice system.”

What Activist Jasmine Richards's "Lynching" Conviction Means for the Black Lives Matter Movement

By Victoria M. Massie

Originally published byVox

Activist Jasmine Richards, a 28-year-old black woman and founder of Pasadena's Black Lives Matter chapter, was convicted of felony lynching, a technical term in California penal code referring to "the taking by means of a riot of another person from the lawful custody of a peace officer."

Baltimore United for Change (BUC) Statement on Officer Edward Nero Not Guilty Verdict

Article originally published by Baltimore United for Change, written by Kinetics.

Baltimore (BUC) – The not guilty verdict handed down in the case of Officer Edward Nero today comes as no surprise to those of us who have long recognized that securing justice – especially in the courts of the United States – is more marathon than sprint.

ICE Plans Largest Immigration Raid of the Year; Here’s What You Need to Know

By Yara Simón 

Originally Published in Remezcla 

In an especially rough year for undocumented immigrants, the next two months will be an even more trying time as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gears up for what is being called this year’s largest deportation sweep under President Barack Obama’s administration.

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War

Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War (Book Review) 

Originally Published in Pluto Press here

Leila Al-Shami reflects on five years of struggle in Syria, in which grassroots, democratic and revolutionary movements have endured airstrikes, state repression and Islamist militancy. Her new book on the subject, Burning Country, co-authored with Robin Yassin-Kassab, is out now.

"Just the Beginning" as 400 Arrested on Capitol Steps Protesting Big Money in Politics

Published on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 

Originally published by Common Dreams

'If you choose to defend the status quo of corruption, there's going to be growing nonviolent resistance in the streets, at the Capitol, at your fundraisers, and in the polls, to say that we will not take it anymore.'

by
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

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