Wed. June 1 at 7pm: Eyewitnesses in Egypt and Palestine: People Power and Popular Resistance in the Middle East with Sharat Lin, and Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta

Cover of Maxine's book.

Wed June 1 at 7 PM
Live Oak Green Grange, 1900 17th Ave, Santa Cruz
Sliding scale $5-15, no one turned away for lack of funds

Reception & book signing follows presentations.

Sharat Lin, President of the San Jose Peace and Justice Coalition, was in Egypt during one of its most life affirming historical events, the mass uprisings which swept away the 30 year old dictatorship of Hosni Mubarak. Even though the military is now in control, the people in Egypt still have more freedom than they have in decades. Sharat will show photos and a short video from Tahrir Square and discuss his perspective, based on his 5 years living in the Middle East and his research, on the Egyptian nonviolent peoples’ revolution and its import for the region and the world. Dr. Lin writes on geopolitics, labor, public health, South Asian and Middle Eastern affairs for a variety of print and on-line media. A medical researcher by training, he brings his interests in problem solving, inventiveness and healing to his analysis of sociopolitical trends.

Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta will start the evening with discussion based on her recently published book, Refusing to Be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation. Ms. Kaufman-Lacusta is a Jewish Quaker and dual citizen of Canada and Israel. Her book is based on interviews with about a hundred Israeli, Palestinian and international nonviolent activists, many of them colleagues from her seven years of living in Jerusalem.

After Sharat Lin’s presentation, there will be Q&A with both speakers and then a reception and booksigning.

The event is sponsored by the RCNV and the Palestine-Israel Action Committee.

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