Monday, October 20, 2008

Separate is Never Equal: Analysis from South Africa and Palestine

I just got back from an evening planning meeting in Dearborn as preparations are being made to host the only Michigan stop for the national "Separate is Never Equal" Tour. Two international experts on the Israeli occupation in Palestine will stop in Dearborn on Thursday, November 13, 2008. Mark you calendar. Details of the event are provided below.

The featured speakers are Diana Buttu and Rev. Eddie Makue. Here are their short biographies as provided by the event sponsors:

Diana Buttu is a Palestinian Attorney who has worked tirelessly to influence and bring more balanced coverage of Palestinian issues in the media. Ms. Buttu was also a Palestinian advocate in the litigations at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, which resulted in the landmark opinion against Israel's Apartheid Wall. She also works with PalTel on sustainable agricultural development and teaches at Birzeit University in Palestine.

Rev. Eddie Makue founded the Independent Forum on Electoral Education Committee in 1992, the Democracy Education and Lobbying Forum in 1994, and the South African Civil Society Election Observation Coalition in 1998. In 2005, Rev. Makue was a member of the Election Monitoring Delegation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In 2006, Rev. Makue was appointed to his current position as General Secretary of the South Africa Council of Churches.

Details of the event:

"Separate is Never Equal"
Analysis from South Africa and Palestine
Dinner & Reception
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Time: 6:30 p.m.

Byblos Banquet Hall
7258 Chase
Dearborn, Michigan 48126
Donation: $30

The event is being brought to Michigan by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation in conjunction with the Palestine Office-Michigan, the Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing, and numerous other peace organizations. The event is officially endorsed by the Congress of Arab American Organizations of Michigan (CAAO).

A group will be traveling to the event on November 13th from Greater Lansing (Michigan). If you are interested in attending with the Lansing delegation please contact the Peace Education Center at 517-889-1175 or send an email message to The Peace Education Center's Middle East Awareness Committee has a limited number of scholarship tickets available for college and university students.

Event information is also available from the Palestine Office-Michigan at 313-945-9660.
-- Rico Thomas Rico

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