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Online Palestine Solidarity Space – 11 December 2023

Scottish BPOC Writers Network stands in solidarity with Palestine and the people of Gaza and condemns the genocidal violence led by apartheid state Israel. This is a community space to come together and share Palestinian art, take collective action, and find support during this devastating time. Read our full statement here.

Online Solidarity Space  

11th December 

6pm – 7.15pm

Register for free here

By attending the space you opt to abide by our safer space policy.

This is open to people who stand in solidarity with Palestine, including Black people, people of colour and our white allies. We will prioritise BPOC voices, but we welcome everyone in Scotland or with ties to Scotland who supports #FreePalestine.

Access: Live captioning and transcript via otter.ai will be available at the event.

Session and Guest Artist

Scottish Palestinian writer, Amira Al Shanti (she/her) will be joining us. The session will include sharing resources, a wellbeing check-in, creative activity and solidarity action step.

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Amira Al Shanti is a Scottish Palestinian writer, actor and singer. Most recently, she was shortlisted for the Kavya New Writers Prize for her piece ‘The Witch of Womanhood’. Her work has been published in The Herald and the online zine Dardishi. She also wrote and starred in the short film ‘Said the Dove to the Olive Tree’ (Interabang Productions), and followed this up with a spoken word piece at the Take One Action Film Festival 2022. Recent performance credits include her West End debut in the world premiere of Rumi at the London Coliseum; and providing Arabic voiceover work in the National Theatre of Scotland’s screenplay adaptation of Adam (BBC Scotland). Amira has recently completed a doctorate in Psychology, and has had publications of her work in scientific journals. She received a YWCA Scotland 30 under 30 reward in 2020. 

Get Involved

SBWN’s Palestine Solidarity Space is currently run on a voluntary basis. Want to help? Get involved.

Are you Palestinian and would like to be a guest at a future event? We plan to pay our Palestinian and BPOC guests. Email us or complete our get involved form.

More event details

In this solidarity space, please join us as we hold space for creativity, share resources and ideas, hold space for collective grief, and combat hopelessness by gathering with others and discussing collective action.

At SBWN, we believe our continued resistance requires us to show care, solidarity, love, and resilience. We will disseminate an updated resource pack that contains information on sit ins, protests, and strikes, as well as template letters, BDS updates and more. 

We will provide a space to collaborate and share any ideas you have for action and resistance to collectively inform further steps we can take as a community. However, there is no pressure to bring ideas or resources. Please come as you are.

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