Rana Hamadeh, Program Coordinator // Next Up Ottawa

Rana Hamadeh is a Palestinian-Canadian student, activist, artist, and writer. Over the past six years, she has been immersed in community organizing, both locally in Ottawa, and in her second home, the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

While working on her BA in human rights and law at Carleton University, Rana became interested in organizing for students issues, from food poverty to reviving the fight for accessible tuition. On campus, she became a member of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) and joined their battle for a socially ethical investment policy at Carleton. She also volunteers with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), a centre for student organizing on the lines of social, environmental, and economic justice. In Palestine, she worked as an independent journalist and within local direct-action activism collectives.

Rana will always contend that change is possible if we push the right buttons. She is all about expanding practical understandings and building useful skills. Rana’s passion for work with oppressed and marginalized peoples is informed by her experiences: arriving in Canada as a settler and a refugee; growing up in the Palestinian diaspora, and resisting exile as an adult; and living in Canada as a woman of colour. She is interested in creating spaces where oppression and colonization can be addressed and deconstructed, for the betterment of our movements and ourselves.

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