Join Dispatches from the Struggle in welcoming Leena Al-Arian and Daniel McGowan! They will bring their decades of experience to engage in dialogue on their intersecting and collaborative work defending the civil liberties and freedoms and advocating for the rights of Muslim & Activist political prisoners, with moderator Jamila Hammami, Co-Organizer of External and Labor Relations at the Adjunct Project.
Daniel McGowan is a former political prisoner and former member of the Earth Liberation Front (ELF). He spent 48 months in experimental Communication Management Units (CMUs) operated by the federal Bureau of Prisons during his seven year sentence. Daniel has been involved with political prisoner support and prison struggles for most of his activist life. He is currently a member of the Certain Days collective, NYC Books Through Bars and the Anarchist Black Cross Federation (ABCF). Daniel works on the campaign to defend and free anarchist political prisoner Eric King and is an advisory board member of the Civil Liberties Defense Center (CLDC) & the Coalition for Civil Freedoms. Daniel is a lifelong New Yorker and grew up in Far Rockaway, Queens, NYC. He works professionally as a paralegal and consults with people preparing to go to prison and their family & friends in setting up defense committees.
Check out these critical readings from the PSC-CUNY union as well as CAIR, the Intercept, and the film, Watched:
– NYPD Spy Scandal Hits CUNY: Muslim Students Target of Profiling by PSC-CUNY
– Muslims want answers on surveillance by PSC-CUNY
– New film uncovers pain of spying at BC by PSC-CUNY
– “I Feel Like a Despised Insect”: – Coming of Age Under Surveillance in New York. The Intercept. Theoharis, J. (2016, February 18).
– Mapping Muslims: NYPD Spying and Its Impact on American Muslims. CAIR. (2019).
– Watched by Mitchell, K. Collective Eye Films.
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Dispatches from the Struggle is a series that focuses on intersectional community organizing and social movement struggles outside of CUNY that intersect with CUNY struggles. The Dispatches from the Struggle series was created to benefit CUNY adjuncts, graduate workers, and students through political education on critical issues that impact the CUNY community. Dispatches from the Struggle seeks to connect struggles and build solidarity and power across movements and is free and open to CUNY and the global community.
Questions? Contact the Co-Organizer of External & Labor Relations at the Adjunct Project and Founder & Organizer of Dispatches from the Struggle, Jamila Hammami, jamila.hammami[@]pm.me