Monday, July 25 at 5PM
Philadelphia Ethical Society
Sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace - Philadelphia, the Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, and COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras)
Join journalists Max Blumenthal and Juan Gonzalez, COPIHN activist Rosalina Dominguez Madrid, and filmmaker and media scholar Wazmah Osman for a critical conversation about the state of U.S. foreign policy and (neo)colonialism in Palestine, Puerto Rico, Honduras, and Afghanistan.
Moderated by television journalist Anya Parampil, the panel will look ahead to the next four years and explore how America's military, diplomatic, and economic interventions might impact people around the world. Linking occupation and economic neoliberalism, the panelists will discuss U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the economic takeover of Puerto Rico, the occupations of Afghanistan and Palestine, and the military coup and neoliberalization in Honduras, touching on extraction economies, debt crises, drone warfare, land rights and physical dispossession.
What policies should we expect in the next four years from the Democratic and Republican candidates, and what challenges and opportunities will exist for activists fighting for freedom and equality in the U.S. and abroad?
Panelists (listed alphabetically):
Max Blumenthal is a senior editor of the Grayzone Project at AlterNet and the author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel and The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza. His articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post, Salon, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a former Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow for The Nation Institute. In 2003, he won the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Award for his investigative print journalism.
Rosalina Dominguez Madrid was born in 1970 in the indigenous Lenca community of Río Blanco, Intibucá, Honduras. She is a mother of seven daughters and three sons. She has stood out as a community leader defending Lenca territory and especially the Gualcarque River where the DESA corporation is trying to build the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project. As a result of the struggle against this project and her joining COPINH she has received a series of threats from the DESA corporation. Currently she is in the charge of finances for the Indigenous Council of Río Blanco and is the treasurer on the board of the community's women's group. Areas of Expertise: US Militarism & Foreign Policy, Indigenous People Rights, Environmental Justice, Grassroots Feminism
Juan González has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987. With Amy Goodman, he co-hosts Democracy Now!, America's premier left-progressive radio show. A founding member of the Young Lords Party in the 1970s and of the National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights in 1980s, González has twice been named by Hispanic Business Magazine as one of the country’s most influential Hispanics and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Puerto Rican Coalition. He is the author of Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, among many other books and articles.
Wazhmah Osman is a filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University. For the academic year 2016-2017, she is a visiting fellow at New York University's Center for Media, Culture, and History. Her current research focuses on the politics of representation and visual culture of "The War On Terror". In her forthcoming book she analyzes the impact of international funding and cross border media flows on the national politics of Afghanistan. Her critically acclaimed documentary “Postcards from Tora Bora” has screened in festivals nationally and internationally.
Anya Parampil is a Correspondent for RT America in Washington DC. Before joining the news team, she was a producer on the hit show Breaking the Set with Abby Martin. Her reporting focuses on criminal and economic justice, embodied in her reporting on the Baltimore Uprising in 2015. Anya will be moderating in her personal capacity.