Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Palestine and the African American Experience

Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere: Palestine and the African American Experience
An event organized by Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) and co-sponsored by Way to Jerusalem Mission Group as part of Occupy AIPAC

Join participants on Interfaith Peace-Builders 2011 African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel, as well as other prominent African American leaders in the struggle for a just peace in the Middle East. As AIPAC steps up efforts to court African American communities, many are standing firm and striking back. Participants on IFPB’s 2011 African Heritage delegation exchanged lessons learned from Black Power, Civil Rights, anti-apartheid and anti-racist struggles in the US with those waging similar campaigns in Palestine/and have returned to work for change here at home. Join them, and others, for a unique conversation regarding the historic role of the African American community in pursuing peace and justice for Palestinians.

When: Sunday, March 4th, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church (900 Massachusetts Ave)

$5 – $50 suggested donation (none will be turned away for lack of funds)
All proceeds benefit participants on IFPB’s 2012 African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel.

Speaker Biographies:

Sterling Pack

Sterling Pack is a member of Shepherd’s Life Church of God in Baltimore and a graduate of Loyola University. She works as an accountant in Anne Arundel County. As a young leader in the African-American community, Ms. Pack joined IFPB’s 2011 African Heritage Delegation to Palestine/Israel because of her interest and enthusiasm for international affairs.

Felicia Eaves

Felicia Eaves has been a dedicated human rights activist and advocate for nearly 20 years. She became active in the most recent U.S. anti-war movement and served as Vice Chair of Black Voices for Peace. Eaves co-led an Interfaith Peace-Builders/US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation delegation to Palestine in 2008. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Avery Blakeney

Rev. Avery Blakeneyis a Pastor at Lighthouse Ministries and is affiliated with the Church of the Savior in Washington, DC. Pastor Blakeney is trained in nonviolent communication and Kingian nonviolence and has been active in a range of local and international issues. He is a member of the Way to Jerusalem Mission Group, and is active with Sabeel: The Palestinian Liberation Theology Center, Love Thy Neighbor, and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. IFPB’s 2011 African Heritage Delegation was Rev. Blakeney’s second visit to Palestine /Israel.

Carolyn Boyd

Rev. Carolyn Boyd is Adjunct Pastor at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington DC. A long-time activist for peace and justice, she has been involved in advocating for many local and national causes. Boyd has served as the national Co-Chair of Black Voices for Peace, and has worked with Every Church a Peace Church, among other organizations. She is an author and the host of “Spirit In Action”, a Talk Show broadcast on DC’s WPFW 89.3 FM radio. Boyd joined Interfaith Peace-Builders 2011 African Heritage Delegation, her fourth visit to Palestine/Israel.

Bill Fletcher Jr.

Bill Fletcher Jr. is the Executive Editor of The Black Commentator and founder of the Center for Labor Renewal. A longtime labor, racial justice and international activist, he is the immediate past president of TransAfrica Forum, a national non-profit organization organizing, educating and advocating for policies in favor of the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America. Fletcher is also a founder of the Black Radical Congress and is a Senior Scholar for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. Fletcher is the co-author (with Fernando Gapasin) of Solidarity Divided, The Crisis in Organized Labor and A New Path Toward Social Justice (University of California Press). He was formerly the Vice President for International Trade Union Development Programs for the George Meany Center of the AFL-CIO. Prior the George Meany Center, Fletcher served as Education Director and later Assistant to the President of the AFL-CIO. Fletcher also serves on the Steering Committee of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

Darryl Jordan

Darryl Jordan has been an organizer for more than 30 years, working on issues of hunger and food security, neighborhood security, voter education, peace, justice, apartheid, immigration, union/labor, health and political empowerment. Darryl lives and works in Philadelphia where he is employed with the American Friends Service Committee’s Third World Coalition, focusing on issues of concern for people and communities of color in the US and internationally. During his organizing life, Darryl has had the benefit of learning from many activists, community leaders and organizers, and tries to incorporate all that he has learned in his work. Prior to joining the Board of Directors, Darryl co-led the people of color delegation IFPB co-sponsored with the Third World Coalition in 2008 and served on the ad-hoc organizing committee for the African Heritage Delegation in 2011. He will lead IFPB’s upcoming African Heritage Delegation in October 2012.

Heber Brown

Rev. Heber M. Brown, III is a clergy-activist who serves alongside a variety of community organizations that address issues of homelessness, poverty, racism, worker’s rights, environmental justice, self-determination for Afrikan people and justice for oppressed people groups throughout the world. He is a regular voice in local media in Baltimore and the DC metro region and for nearly 5 years has explored the intersection of religion, policy, and activism on this blog appropriately called Faith in Action. Rev. Brown earned his B.S. in Psychology from Morgan State University, his Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Union University, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (Washington, D.C.). He is the pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore and joined an Interfaith Peace-Builders delegation to Palestine/Israel in 2010.