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Houston students prepare for Rasmea Odeh events

By Fabian Van Onzin |
March 28, 2016
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Houston Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) banner in solidarity with Rasmea
Houston Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) banner in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh. (Fight Back! News / Staff)

Houston, TX - Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) are organizing events in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh this week at University of Houston. Rasmea Odeh is a 68-year-old Palestinian American woman, tortured and imprisoned by the Israeli military occupation in 1969. For the past 20 years, she lived in Chicago, serving the Arab American and American Muslim community. She is beloved by many and won multiple awards for her work with women and children. The U.S. government is targeting Odeh for political reasons. She is being charged with minor immigration paper work offences, but the trumped-up case involves the judge and prosecutor talking on and on about terrorism.

On March 30, SDS is planning a rally and march at the University of Houston demanding justice for Rasmea Odeh. Later in the evening, they will hold a joint forum with Students for Justice in Palestine to educate students and the community about Rasmea Odeh’s life, activism and her struggle against oppression. The event on campus will also raise awareness about U.S. funding for the Israeli military.

The rally and march will be in front of the UH library at 5:00 p.m. on March 30. The forum will be held at 7:00 p.m. on campus in the Farish Hall, Kiva room.

Over the weekend, students went to Houston’s Menil Park make a banner for the event. Many people in the neighborhood of Montrose were interested and came to look at the banner. The students talked to many people about the anti-war movement, the Palestinian liberation struggle and Rasmea Odeh. This is going to be a large event and many people are expected to attend.

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