Justice in the U.S. and Palestine
Noura Erakat and Danielle Ponder
Sunday, October 14, 2:00 p.m.
Incarnate Word Lutheran Church
597 East Avenue, Rochester
Parking entrance on Goodman Street
It’s a matter of fairness and justice. How does the law help / hinder the pursuit of same? What are the legal avenues that might lead to justice and peace for both Palestinians and Israelis? How can domestic U.S. law help overcome the centuries of racism in North America? Two noted attorneys, each a compelling speaker, will be with us to explain this subject in accessible, layperson’s language. Of course they’ll address your questions.
Noura Erakat is a Palestinian/American human rights attorney, activist, and an assistant professor at George Mason University, Fairfax VA. She is a Co-Founding Editor of Jadaliyya e‑zine and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Palestine Studies. She has served as legal counsel for a Congressional Subcommittee in the House of Representatives and as the Legal Advocacy Officer for the BADIL Resource Center for Refugee and Residency Rights. Noura’s scholarly interests include humanitarian law, human rights law, refugee law, and national security law. Her book about international law is due out in March 2019.
Witness Palestine Film Festival screened her film Gaza in Context in 2017.
Until recently, Rochester native Danielle Ponder was an attorney in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office. She’s now in private practice focusing on human-rights law, including refugees and immigration. She founded the music group Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People. Its repertoire includes a multi-media performance For the Love of Justice. She’s on the board of Teen Empowerment, which helps low-income, urban youth hone their understanding of social problems and use their skills to create change in their own lives and in their communities.