No Cages on Stolen Land: Dismantling the Global Carceral System
Date(s) - 10/17/2019
8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
NYU Students for Justice in Palestine, the Incarceration to Education Coalition, the Asian Pacific American Coalition, and NYU Jewish Voice for Peace are excited to co-host a panel discussion on the global prison industrial complex and how the settler-colony structure fuels the carceral system with Lana Ramadan, International Advocacy Officer of Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and Aree Worawongwasu, organizer with Decolonize This Place and No New Jails!
ADDAMEER (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association is a Palestinian non-governmental, civil institution that works to support Palestinian political prisoners held in Israeli and Palestinian prisons. Established in 1992 by a group of activists interested in human rights, the center offers free legal aid to political prisoners, advocates their rights at the national and international level, and works to end torture and other violations of prisoners’ rights through monitoring, legal procedures and solidarity campaigns. Addameer is arranging a speaking tour to the USA which includes conversations, meetings and events in order to raise awareness about the issue and build and plan for joint future campaigning, activities and events around prisoners movements.
Lana Ramadan was born in Dheisheh refugee camp, near Bethlehem in the West Bank. After being actively involved in community activities, Lana studied Human Rights and International Law in the joint Al Quds University and Bard College program. After graduating, Lana went directly into a master’s program at the London School of Economics. She graduated with a Master in Human Rights in 2016. Lana worked with Badil Refugee Resource Centre. She worked as a researcher, specifically focusing on forced displacement and the creation of coercive environments by Israeli policies. In December 2017, she began at Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association as the International Advocacy Officer.
Areerat (Aree) Worawongwasu is a Mon Teochew Thai prison abolitionist organizer and transformative justice practitioner. Her work in grounded in the grassroots, using research to serve movement work, and leveraging resources of the academia to redistribute to local working-class communities of color. Aree organizes with Decolonize This Place, stewarding youth organizing, and No New Jails, as a research team member. She is the President Emeritus and co-founder of the NYU Asian American Political Activism Coalition (APAC), which is an organization that politically educates and mobilizes an Asian American student movement. Aree recently graduated with a BA from New York University in May 2019, with an academic concentration in decolonization with a minor in Asian / Pacific / American Studies. Her thesis “The Fabric Of Thai America”, is a community-based research project with the survivors of El Monte Sweatshop enslavement that argues for argues for understanding the history of El Monte Sweatshop slavery as emerging out of a transnational system of labor exploitation and as an ongoing struggle faced by survivors, rather than an anomaly or an isolated moment entrenched in the past that ended with the closure of legal cases. It identifies and challenges hegemonic narratives from the U.S. and Thai governments, the non-profit industrial complex, and media sensationalism, examining uphold larger systems of oppression and subjugates the agency of survivors.