On June 14,
2008, a wide coalition of grassroots organizations – including NOLAPS (New
Orleans, Louisiana Palestine Solidarity); INCITE Women of Color Against
Violence; New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival; and the Third
World Coalition of American Friends Service Committee - held an historic event
called Liberation Hip Hop, commemorating the 60th year of Al-Nakba;
the dispossession of the Palestinian people.
On Monday, August 25, 2003, 21 community members gathered for the first meeting of what would become NOLAPS ( New Orleans, Louisiana Palestine Solidarity).
For the next two years, NOLAPS presented a breathtaking array of events, from films, demonstrations and speakers to art shows, a Palestinian hip-hop show, presentations in high school and college classrooms, and a regional conference with US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation. We met with local newspaper editorial boards, appeared on radio shows, set up literature tables at busy public locations, spoke at churches and more. We organized two Human Rights Delegations To Palestine, including sending nine delegates to the occupied Palestinian West Bank in the summer of 2004. We printed a book and a newsletter, released a film, and co-founded and helped coordinate two years of the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival....