Lecture to discuss similarities between black, Palestinian struggles for human rights

Aaron Dixon, an activist and former captain of the Seattle chapter of the Black Panther Party, will deliver a lecture at Western Washington University Feb. 10 titled "The Stark Similarities between the Black and Palestinian Struggle for Human Rights."

Dixon will present that lecture, part of the World Issues Forum series, from noon to 1:20 p.m. in the Fairhaven College Auditorium. From 5 to 7 p.m. in Miller Hall Room 005, the Center for Education, Equity and Diversity, Dixon will deliver a different talk sponsored by the Ethnic Student Center.

Dixon describes his World Issues Forum presentation:

"At the forum presentation, I will discuss the connection between Black and Palestinian struggles; how Blacks have long been considered the political and social conscience of America, and how racism is the epicenter for all injustice in the United States. And today, Palestinians have become the conscience of the world. Like American racism, Israeli Zionism has become an epicenter of injustice and conflict. Ironically, the U.S. government supplies the same weapons to Israel that it uses on its own Black population. Over the last thirty-five years, gentrification has replaced millions of Blacks forcing them to be resettled out of their traditional communities. During the same period, we have seen thousands of Palestinians forced off their land to make way for Israeli settlements. I will discuss these topics and more to make the argument for Black and Palestinian unity."

Co-sponsors: Ethnic Student Center, the Sociology Department, the Political Science Department and the Women, Sexuality and Gender Studies program.