2016 Festival

Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back


SUNDAY, APRIL 17, 5:00pm

Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back - Screening and Discussion

"Pinkwashing" is a term activists have coined for when countries engaged in terrible human rights violations promote themselves as "gay friendly" to improve their public image. Israel is the country most famous for this strategy, having initiated it as part of a rebranding campaign has been engaged in for the last decade. In 2012, activists in the Pacific Northwestern region of the US responded to an Israeli Consulate-funded pinkwashing tour featuring Israeli gay and lesbian activists that was coming to the region. Local queer Palestine solidarity activists exposed the "Rainbow Generations" tour as pro-Israel propaganda and got some of the events, including the tour's centerpiece event hosted by the City of Seattle's LGBT Commission, cancelled. A significant backlash ensued involving the Seattle City Council and Seattle's leading LGBT and HIV organizations. Through the inspiring story of these activists' victory, Pinkwashing Exposed explores how pinkwashing works and what local activists are doing to fight back. Running Time: 56 minutes. Directed by Dean Spade. Cast member in attendance.

Post screening discussion with Nada Elia, a Diaspora Palestinian scholar activist who is also featured in the film.  A long-time grassroots organizer, Nada Elia has served on the National Steering Collective of INCITE! Women and Trans People of Color Against Violence, where she co-chaired the Anti-Militarism/Anti-Occupation Taskforce.  She also served on the Steering Collective of AWSA (Arab Women's Solidarity Association) and currently serves on the Organizing Collective of USACBI, the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

Featured organization: New Orleans Palestine Solidarity Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace – New Orleans.