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ITHACA, NY – “From Baltimore to Palestine: Connecting the Dots” will address the links between the struggles for racial justice, equality and freedom in the U.S. and Palestine/Israel.  The event is free and open to the public, and snacks will be provided.
Rev. Graylan Hagler speaks out against U.S. “law enforcement’s long tradition in dehumanizing Blacks,” the police treatment of Black neighborhoods as “occupied territories,” and the role of Israel in the militarization of police in the U.S.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Rev. Hagler has praised young people from Baltimore to Palestine who protest police and military brutality and occupation, and denounce their political leaders’ failure to address institutional barriers to economic opportunities and political empowerment.  Rev. Hagler is a co-signer of the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine.
Known for leading a courageous, social justice oriented ministry, Rev. Hagler has always “connected the dots” between struggles against oppression within and outside the United States, for example taking a leading role in struggles against segregation of public housing in South Boston and against apartheid in South Africa.
He served on the Steering Committee of United for Peace and Justice, which works to end war and oppression and to shift resources towards human needs. He is now involved in a campaign to support Washington National Airport workers in their struggle for a living wage.
Short videos depicting solidarity between Black Americans and Palestinians, including When I See Them, I See Us, will be shown, and the international and local campaigns against the British private security company G4S will be discussed.  G4S, which is the largest security company in the world, provides technologies for prisons in the United States and Palestine/Israel.

Co-sponsors for “From Baltimore to Palestine: Connecting the Dots” at GIAC include Ithaca Jewish Voice for Peace, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Ithaca Committee for Justice in Palestine, the Ithaca Democratic Socialists of America, Cornell Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Congo Square Market.

The event will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 5:30-7:15 p.m. at the GIAC gymnasium, 301 W. Court St., Ithaca.

Rev. Hagler will also speak on Tuesday, March 1, 4:30pm at the Cornell Africana Studies and Research Center, 310 Triphammer Rd.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Michael Smith

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