Event Title

Beyond Borders, Walls and Marginalities: Solidarity Forever

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Description

What does it mean to have solidarity with people oppressed and marginalized by government policies that separate, suppress or cause suffering? Drawing on many years of human rights activism, Shirley will share interconnections among solidarity movements she has been deeply involved with: from the Sanctuary movement with Central American political refugees during the 1980s, to No More Deaths on the U.S.-Mexico border and campaigns for Palestinian rights today. Commonalities of resistance and resilience, courage and nonviolence, signal effective strategies for the many challenges we face today.

About the Lecturer:

Shirley Osterhaus is a Senior Instructor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and for the past 15 years, Coordinator for the World Issues Forum. An educator, organizer and activist, Shirley has been involved in solidarity and human rights education and work for the greater part of her life Having lived in Bellingham for over 30 years, she was one of the co-founders of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, the Central American Refugee Assistance (CARA), Bellingham-El Salvador Sister City Organization (BESSO), and for the past 16 years, she volunteered with the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival. Her travels have taken her to conflict areas of the world, ie Central America, Palestine and South Africa to better understand the reality of people on the ground. With students, she has traveled to India, Thailand, the Tibetan Plateau, Peru and the U.S./MX borderlands.

Shirley will be retiring from her teaching and work at Fairhaven College in June 2016 and, with leisure, continue to pursue her passion with human rights concerns, solidarity, travel, gardening and the great outdoors.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

1-6-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

1-6-2016 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Human rights activism, Solidarity movements

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Language

English

Format

video/mp4

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Beyond Borders, Walls and Marginalities: Solidarity Forever

Fairhaven College Auditorium

What does it mean to have solidarity with people oppressed and marginalized by government policies that separate, suppress or cause suffering? Drawing on many years of human rights activism, Shirley will share interconnections among solidarity movements she has been deeply involved with: from the Sanctuary movement with Central American political refugees during the 1980s, to No More Deaths on the U.S.-Mexico border and campaigns for Palestinian rights today. Commonalities of resistance and resilience, courage and nonviolence, signal effective strategies for the many challenges we face today.

About the Lecturer:

Shirley Osterhaus is a Senior Instructor at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and for the past 15 years, Coordinator for the World Issues Forum. An educator, organizer and activist, Shirley has been involved in solidarity and human rights education and work for the greater part of her life Having lived in Bellingham for over 30 years, she was one of the co-founders of the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, the Central American Refugee Assistance (CARA), Bellingham-El Salvador Sister City Organization (BESSO), and for the past 16 years, she volunteered with the Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival. Her travels have taken her to conflict areas of the world, ie Central America, Palestine and South Africa to better understand the reality of people on the ground. With students, she has traveled to India, Thailand, the Tibetan Plateau, Peru and the U.S./MX borderlands.

Shirley will be retiring from her teaching and work at Fairhaven College in June 2016 and, with leisure, continue to pursue her passion with human rights concerns, solidarity, travel, gardening and the great outdoors.