On Tuesday, 28 September, the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel hosted a webinar, “We Will Not Be Silenced: Defending Palestine, Academic Freedom and Anti-Colonial Pedagogy: A Community Teach-In.”
The event featured a conversation with Prof. Rabab Abdulhadi, Prof. Tomomi Kinukawa and Omar Zahzah on two grievances filed against San Francisco State University over the university’s consistent undermining of the AMED studies program, its sabotaging of the incorporation of Palestine into critical ethnic studies, its consistent flouting of academic freedom, its privileging of Zionist Jewish voices, feelings and perspectives over the lived experiences and struggles of anti-Zionist Jewish students and activists as well as Arab, Muslim and/or Palestinian students. The respondents, who emphasized the importance of supporting the AMED studies program, were Alexei Folger, Cynthia Franklin, Charlotte Kates and Bill Mullen.
You can support the campaign to Save AMED Studies. Visit the campaign website, hosted by National Students for Justice in Palestine, and take the steps below: https://www.nationalsjp.org/save-amed
1. Uplift on social media using our social media tool-kit!
2. Take action and sign the letter: On Thursday, September 30th, the AMED Studies Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU) will begin their first of two grievance hearings in response to the heavily funded, right-wing attacks against Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi and the AMED Studies Department. In advance of the September 30th hearing, please send a letter to SFSU President Lynn Mahoney and California State University (CSU) Chancellor Joseph Castro to affirm your support for AMED Studies and demand accountability from the University!
3. Attend the grievance hearing on 9/30 from 10-4pm PST for Rabab Abdulhadi, and Professor Tomomi Kinukawa, who are seeking redress for the cancellation of an AMED open classroom they co-organized. Attend this grievance at:
4. Attend the second grievance hearing on 10/19 from 10-4pm PST addressing 14 years of attacks on Professor Abdulhadi and the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) program she directs. Attend this grievance at: