Civil rights activist Lenni Brenner will discuss human rights in Palestine as the latest Human Rights and Genocide Forum talk at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Geneva Room. His lecture is titled “Peace Must Mean Justice in Palestine/Israel”. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Brenner's talk will emphasize the need for human rights in Palestine. “Half of the people in the lands controlled by Israel are not Jewish, and trying to make a Jewish state where half the people are not Jews is wrong,” said event organizer Daniel McGowan, professor of economics. “With war looming, the topic is both timely and relevant to our mission addressing human rights and genocide.”
Brenner was born into an Orthodox Jewish family. He became an atheist at 12, and a Marxist at 15, in 1952. His involvement with the Black civil rights movement began on his first day in the organized left, when he met James Farmer of the Congress of Racial Equality, later the organizer of the “freedom rides” of the early 1960s. He was active in the mid 1950s with Bayard Rustin, later the organizer of Martin Luther King's 1963 March on Washington.
Brenner is presently organizing the Coalition for Narcotic Law Reform. He is the author of four books, “Zionism in the Age of the Dictators,” “The Iron Wall: Zionist Revisionism from Jabotinsky to Shamir,” “Jews in America Today,” and “The Lesser Evil: The Democratic Party” and more than 100 articles.