The Girls’ Room Recap: 7 Lessons We Learned From #MGFerguson

2. On the connection to Palestine

Ahmad Abuznaid (@diplomatesq): We were organically united via our fight against oppression, against systems that were created for us to live under, that were not created for us to live. After a couple of years of discussion, the Dream Defenders decided to lead a delegation to Palestine – and really in revisiting the historic traditions and ties between the black liberation movement and the Palestinian liberation movement.

Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour): For me, the telling of our own stories, and the stories of revolution, started with the Arab Spring. We were able to feel like we were right there. I think that was then implemented in a place like Ferguson. Communities of color across the world are basically saying, we’re not going to wait for the media to tell our story, we’re not going to wait for someone to document our history. It was from the hands of the activists, the hands of the residents and the citizens there telling us their story and what they were enduring.