2/17: Activists from Egypt, Tunisia & Palestine Speak Out!

Ben Ali and Mubarak Out!

What next for the Revolts in the Arab World?

Thursday 2/17
7pm University of Washington

In less than a month not just the Arab world, but the entire globe has been rocked by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. U.S. backed dictators of multiple decades in both countries have been driven out by the power of millions of people protesting. They have shown the whole world what a determined and courageous mass mobilization can accomplish, even in the face of overwhelming odds. Emboldened by their victory the next phase of the struggle has begun. Will democratic governments be set up? What role will the military play? Will economic policies be changed so people have the right to jobs, cheap food, and independent unions? Can we build a movement in the U.S. to force the government to stop the $2 billion in annual military aid to Egypt? How will these revolutions affect the Palestinian people? These and many other questions will be discussed and debated. Celebrate the victories of the Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions and join this panel of activists from the Middle East in a discussion about the wave of revolution sweeping the Middle East and what lies ahead.

Featured Speakers (more speakers To Be Announced soon)
Tarek Dawoud - Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Washington*
Tarek Dawoud is a student of Quran, a husband, a father, a software engineer and a computer nerd. Originally from Egypt, Tarek has been living in the Northwest for the past 10 years. He has been a speaker and presenter about Islam for the past 9 and is a founding member of the Islamic Speakers’ Bureau of Seattle. He is currently the president of CAIR-Washington.

Amin Odeh - Voices of Palestine*
AMIN ODEH was born in a refugee camp near Bethlehem in Occupied Palestine. He was detained many times by the Israeli army and spent months in Israeli military prisons. After coming to the U.S he continued to advocate on behalf of the Palestinian people. In the year 2000 he and other Palestinian activists founded the group Voices of Palestine. The group’s main objective is to educate the public about the Palestinian struggle for freedom and Justice. Amin is also a board member with the Arab American Community Coalition in Seattle.

Zied Mhirsi - Live from Tunisia via Skype
Zied Mhisi is a Tunisian medical doctor and holds a master's degree in public health from the American University of Beirut. He graduated from the UW school of Public Health and Community Medicine and was in Tunisia during its recent revolution. Mr. Mhisi will join us via Skype to share his first hand account of the Tunisian revolution.

*organizations listed for affiliation purposes only

Sponsored by the UW International Socialist Organization, Student Anarchist Study Group, Antechamber Collective, Voices of Palestine, and Seattle Solidarity Network
To co-sponsor please contact info@seattleiso.org or 206-612-6137