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Ahmad Abuznaid

Visionary Social Justice Advocate

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Date of Birth:



East Jerusalem, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Ahmad Abuznaid's tireless advocacy and leadership in social justice, particularly in linking the struggles of Palestinian rights with broader global movements for racial justice and equality, distinguish him as a pivotal figure in contemporary activism.

Brief bio

Ahmad Abuznaid is a Palestinian-American lawyer, social justice advocate, and a leading figure in the movement for Palestinian rights in the United States. Co-founding the Dream Defenders in the wake of Trayvon Martin's murder, Abuznaid has worked at the intersections of racial justice, human rights, and international solidarity, particularly between Black and Palestinian communities. His work extends to leadership roles within the National Network for Arab American Communities and the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, highlighting his commitment to advocating for systemic change through a lens of collective liberation and solidarity.

Major Milestones


  • Co-founded Dream Defenders following the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, aiming to address systemic injustices and mobilize youth towards social change...See More

  • Organized significant solidarity delegations, including trips to Palestine for Black activists, journalists, and community organizers to build connections and understand parallel struggles for liberation.

  • Advocated at national and international levels, presenting before entities such as the United Nations Human Rights Committee, showcasing his commitment to addressing state violence and mass incarceration globally.

  • Directed the National Network for Arab American Communities, emphasizing the importance of community organization and empowerment within Arab-American populations.

  • Became the Executive Director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, leading efforts to challenge U.S. support for occupation and apartheid policies towards Palestinians.

  • Leadership in bridging movements across racial and national lines, particularly highlighting the interconnectedness of struggles between Black Americans and Palestinians.

  • Innovative legal and policy advocacy, leveraging his background as a lawyer to fight against systemic injustices both within the United States and internationally.

  • Organizing and participating in solidarity delegations, enhancing mutual understanding and support between marginalized communities across the globe.

  • Public speaking and education, effectively utilizing platforms to raise awareness, educate, and inspire action towards justice for Palestinians and other oppressed peoples...See More

  • Community organization and empowerment, fostering a sense of agency and solidarity among Arab-American communities and beyond, aiming for a world that values people over profit and emphasizes collective liberation...See More

Date of Last Update: 
May 9, 2024

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