Kristian Davis Bailey

Writer and cross-pollinator

Kristian Davis Bailey is a writer and cross-pollinator based in Chicago. His work has focused on intersections between the Black and Palestinian struggles, and Black internationalism. He is a co-founder of Black for Palestine and a co-author of the 2015 Black for Palestine Statement signed by over 1,000 Black activists including Angela Davis, Cornel West and Mumia Abu-Jamal. He is a member of LeftRoots and works at Palestine Legal. His cross-pollination work has taken him to Detroit, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, South Africa, Morocco and Brazil.
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A case study: Palestine-Israel and bridging across power differences
Israel-Palestine has long been referred to as the center of the world's most intractable conflict, but is it? The case study of Palestine-Israel human rights organizing allows us to consider real world challenges of bridging: How do you bridge for the greater good when there are serious power imbalances between groups or individuals, or when you're up against overwhelming narratives that promote endless conflict? In the work for structures that include all people, what can you gain and what can you lose by bridging? How do people navigate the messiness of long-bridging, and how do group...