Wednesday, 30 March
5:00 pm – Rally and March
7:00 pm – Forum
Rally Location: University of Houston-MD Anderson Library, 4800 Calhoun Rd, Houston, Texas 77204
Forum Location: KIVA Room, University of Houston – Farish Hall Houston, Texas 77004
Students For a Democratic Society invites you to attend a rally and march for the Palestinian activist, Rasmea Odeh. Rasmea Odeh is a 67 year old Palestinian American community leader who was tortured by the Israeli government in 1969. On November 10th in front of supporters in the courtroom, Rasmea was unjustly convicted of one count of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization and sentenced to 18 months in prison and deportation. Rasmea’s struggle is far from over and we still need your support to ensure that we win justice.
As part of our day of action, we will be holding a rally and a march on campus, as well as a presentation. Bring signs that say things like “Justice For Rasmea Odeh” and related slogans. We will have a banner as well, and will be handing out leaflets for our forum that will be held later that evening. If you have a Palestinian flag, you can bring it to the rally; we want to have as many Palestinian flags as possible.
We will assemble in front of the MD Anderson Library, and then march around the campus. We hope you will join us.
Students for a Democratic Society and Students for Justice in Palestine will follow the rally and march with a presentation on the Palestinian activist, Rasmea Odeh.
Rasmea Odeh is a Palestinian activist who has devoted her life to the cause of Palestinian liberation and is one of the most respected activists in the Arab-American community. Rasmea is a community icon who overcame vicious torture by Israeli authorities while imprisoned in Palestine in the 1970s, and an example for the millions of Palestinians who have not given up organizing for their rights of liberation, equality, and return. She is facing government repression based on trumped charges designed to silence her for her political activities.
Recently, Rasmea Odeh won a partial victory when her defense won an appeals hearing. We will be giving a presentation, in which we will give some background on Rasmea Odeh’s life, her political activism, and her struggle against imperialism. We will give an update on the campaign to get the charges against her dropped.
We will be in the KIVA room in the Farish Hall