Gathering Voices is a live, monthly zoom conversation series in which FOR-USA engages with activists and thought leaders. This homepage for the live conversation series will include upcoming events as well as recordings of our past live conversations. This is a continuation of the Gathering Voices conversation series that we began recording with leaders from across the United States in the height of the pandemic lockdown. All of those conversations can be found here.
Gathering Voices — Dr. Zoharah Simmons
Our February 2023 Gathering Voices conversation will welcome Dr. Zoharah Simmons. Dr. Simmons recently retired from the University of Florida, where she researched Islamic feminism and the impact of Sharia law on Muslim women. She was a civil rights activist, serving as a member of both the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Nation of Islam (NOI) and is a founding member of the National Council of Elders.
Dr. Simmons and her family are the subjects of a new biography “Stayed on Freedom: The Long History of Black Power Through One Family’s Journey.” That Kirkus describes as “Both personal and with a big-picture view—a welcome contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement.”
FOR-USA executive director, Ariel Gold, will host.
The event will take place on Zoom on
Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 4:00 pm ET. REGISTER HERE.
Past Gathering Voices Events
January 17th — Zoughbi AlZoughbi, IFOR Committee President
For January 2023’s Gathering Voices conversation, FOR-USA executive director, Ariel Gold hosted Zoughbi AlZoughbi live from Bethlehem, Palestine. Zoughbi is the founding director of the Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution Centre in Bethlehem and the new committee president of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation — the global movement of FOR branches in 50 countries.
December 20th–Medea Benjamin
FOR-USA’s executive director, Ariel Gold, hosted Medea Benjamin on Tuesday, December 20th at 4pm ET. Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK. She is also co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange, the Peace in Ukraine Coalition, ACERE: The Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect, and the Nobel Peace Prize for Cuban Doctors Campaign. Medea has been an advocate for social justice for 50 years. Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times.
November 15th–Pastor Tabatha Holley
FOR-USA’s executive director, Ariel Gold, hosted Pastor Tabatha Holley on Tuesday, November 15 at 4pm ET. Pastor Holley is the 2022-2023 Wink Fellow. She is a Black, Queer, feminist pastor.
October 18th–Rev. Graylan Hagler
FOR-USA’s executive director, Ariel Gold, hosted Rev. Graylan Hagler, anti-racism activist and Senior Minister at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ (Washington DC) for a live conversation on Tuesday October, 18th at 4pm ET.
September 20th–James Zogby
Our inaugural “Gathering Voices,” live event on Tuesday September, 20th was an overwhelming success with over 80 people gathered on Zoom and Facebook Live for a conversation between FOR-USA’s executive director, Ariel Gold, and her good friend, James Zogby, founder and president of the Arab American Institute. Check out our video of the event below.
(Note: due to connectivity issues during the first 30 seconds of the event there are some minor issues at the very beginning with the audio/video sync.)