Students for Justice in Palestine Chicago will hold a fundraising dinner, Sumoud, to raise funds to support the legal defense of Rasmea Odeh on 3 February. Announcement below from Facebook Event:

Join us on February 3rd at 7:30 pm for a fundraising dinner to celebrate the resilience of Rasmea Odeh. Tickets will be sold online and at the door. All proceeds will go to Rasmea’s legal defense fund.

– Students/low-income: $10 online, $15 at door
– General admission: $25 online, $30 at door

Purchase your tickets here:

Rasmea Odeh is a 67-year-old Palestinian community leader in Chicago. In October 2013, Rasmea was indicted for supposedly falsifying information on her immigration papers. The accusations made against her were based on information that was obtained via torture nearly 20 years prior. The attack on Rasmea is an effort by the government to silence those who advocate for Palestinian self-determination and human rights.

This past November, Rasmea was served a guilty verdict after an unfair trial, in which the core of her defense was not allowed to be presented in court. The judge ruled that her sentencing date will be on March 12.

After being imprisoned for one month, and spending a significant amount of that time in solitary confinement, Rasmea Odeh was released on a $50,000 cash bond on December 11.

In Arabic, sumoud, or صمود, means steadfast perseverance. Throughout her case, Rasmea Odeh has exemplified resilience. On the day of her verdict, she told the crowd to keep their search on for justice. In spite of all odds and obstacles put in her way, Rasmea has shown the community the meaning of strength. After all she has done and continues to do for the community, now is the time to come together and show our support for Rasmea Odeh!