Free Speech

International Solidarity Campaign To Defend Professor Rabab Abdulhadi

A Frivolous Lawsuit A right wing Zionist organization, the Lawfare project, has filed a lawsuit  against San Francisco State university, and named Professor Abdulhadi as co-defendant. This is an attempt to silence academicians who teach and research Palestine, get rid of Professor Abdulhad’s AMED Studies program, the General Union of Palestinian Students and her personally … Continue reading International Solidarity Campaign To Defend Professor Rabab Abdulhadi

Open Letter of Response to the Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU, Fresno

By Professor Vida Samiian and Professor Joe Parks August 28, 2017 On April 26th Fresno State abruptly closed the Edward Said search in Middle East Studies (MES). The Administration claimed procedural violations in the search. This claim was made after the search committee had completed all aspects of the search and submitted a rank ordered … Continue reading Open Letter of Response to the Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU, Fresno

Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU Fresno

Introduction Why did Fresno State cancel a search for a professorship named after Edward Said? University says procedural errors occurred, but scholars say it didn't like the pool of Middle Eastern finalists with Palestinian research portfolios.  ~ Colleen Flaherty Learn what prompted the current director, Vida Samiian, professor of linguistics and former dean of the … Continue reading Closure of Edward Said Search at CSU Fresno

Open Letter to CSU President Castro: Attack on Academic Freedom

June 2, 2017 OPEN LETTER Joseph I. Castro, Ph.D., M.P.P. President, California State University, Fresno Harold H. Haak Administrative Center Henry Madden Library, 4th Floor, Room 4104 5200 N. Barton Ave., M/S ML48 Fresno, CA 93740 Phone: (559) 278-2324 presidentjic@csufresno.edu Dear President Joseph I. Castro: I am writing out of concern that the interview process … Continue reading Open Letter to CSU President Castro: Attack on Academic Freedom

The Latest Assault On Academic Freedom: Fresno State University

Arab and Muslim academics need not apply? By Dr. Hatem Bazian As salaamu alaykum, The late Edward Said was and is a legendary figure in academia, as well as a stalwart defender and amplifier of Palestinian, Arab and Muslim voices. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so deeply disturbing and disheartening to hear that … Continue reading The Latest Assault On Academic Freedom: Fresno State University

Standing Rock: Protesting Is Not Terrorism

URGENT: Proposed Law Would Charge Protesters With Terrorism Take A Stand With Us and Sign The Petition. This is a disaster. A new law proposed by a State Senator in Washington would allow the authorities to charge protesters with "economic terrorism," and slap them with serious felony charges that could lead to jail time, just … Continue reading Standing Rock: Protesting Is Not Terrorism

NLRB Confirms Legality of Union Support for Boycott of Israel; Union Condemns Political Attacks on BDS

July 24, 2016 - For Immediate Release Media Contacts Peter Knowlton, UE General President, 774-264-0110 Al Hart, UE News Managing Editor, alan.hart@ueunion.org, 419-450-6994 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reaffirmed its dismissal an unfair labor practice charge brought by an Israeli law firm against a U.S.union, the United Electrical Workers, over its support of … Continue reading NLRB Confirms Legality of Union Support for Boycott of Israel; Union Condemns Political Attacks on BDS

#Anthroboycott Vote Should Not Be Suppressed

By: Roberto J. González Guest blogger Roberto J. González is an alumnus of UC Berkeley. He is chair of San José State University’s anthropology department and author of several books including Militarizing Culture: Essays on the Warfare State (2010) and Zapotec Science: Farming and Food in the Northern Sierra of Oaxaca (2001). His position on … Continue reading #Anthroboycott Vote Should Not Be Suppressed

Let Hedy Epstein Speak Her Truth

February 22, 2015 Dear Ms. Heather Wokusch and the Austrian Parliament, I am writing as a U.S. citizen who learned of your extension, followed by your retraction of an invitation to Hedy Epstein, to speak at the conference, ‘In Grandmother’s Words: The Fate of Women in the Second World War.’: I am aware she graciously … Continue reading Let Hedy Epstein Speak Her Truth

An Open Letter to the Austrian Media

'Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.' ~ United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights Overview We request that the Austrian media take responsibility to report with … Continue reading An Open Letter to the Austrian Media