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BRING THEM DOWN! Walls From Palestine to Turtle Island. From Physical to Invisible.

Nov/10/2010 - 6:30 pm


Walls From Palestine to Turtle Island. From Physical to Invisible.

November 10th: 6:30pm
York University, GSA Conference Room, Student Centre Rm. 430

Join Students Against Israeli Apartheid and No One Is Illegal as we mark the week of solidarity with the Palestinian people against the illegal Apartheid Wall. This event will feature a panel discussion that traces the network of walls that have been built as barricades to dispossess, divide and isolate people here and around the world. From Occupied Palestine to Occupied Turtle Island, these walls permeate everyday life. These may be walls that create open air prisons in Gaza, Bantustans in the West Bank, border walls strewn with barbed wire that bleed migrants or walls that are erected as barriers to our own dignity and humanity. Walls so grotesquely visible and walls that are so conspicuously invisible – walls that crisscross the streets we walk on, this city we live in.

Join us as we trace this network of walls from Palestine to Mexico to United States to Canada. Hear stories of people working tirelessly to bring them down. Most important of all, be part of a resistance movement that seeks no other compromise but a complete destruction of these oppressive structures.

Speakers Include:

Clare O'Connor, is a member of the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and an editor for Upping the Anti: A journal of theory and action. She was involved with Palestine solidarity activism at York University between 2005-08, and now works for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group at the University of Toronto.

Graciela Flores, an anti-racist feminist, student, and activist who combats individual and systemic oppression particularly around issues of gender and migrant justice. A Mexican migrant who lived without status in the United States near the Mexico-U.S border for the majority of her life, Graciela uses her personal experience to educate people about the consequences of physical and invisible racist walls that seek to dehumanize. Aside from working with Latina youth in order to empower them and help create safe spaces where intersecting oppressions are challenged through education, Graciela is also a member of No One Is Illegal-Toronto, a grassroots migrant justice organization.

Jean McDonald, a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. Her research examines migrant illegalization and the production of 'internal borders' within the realm of service provision in Toronto, focusing on gender violence, racism, nationalism and global capitalism. Recent publications include, “Citizenship, Illegality and Sanctuary,” (2007) in Interrogating Race and Racism, ed. by Vijay Agnew. Jean is a long-time member of No One Is Illegal in Toronto.

Katherine Lapointe, an organizer with Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) and the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA). She is also a graduate student in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, where her research is on decolonizing education and critical pedagogy.

**Childcare available**

++Light refreshments will be provided++

For more about the Week Against the Wall, visit:

For more information about Students Against Israeli Apartheid -York and No One Is Illegal- Toronto:

Endorsed by: Ontario Public Interest Research Group at York,York University Graduate Students' Association (YUGSA)