Camille Odeh is Executive Director of the South West Youth Collaborative, in Chicago. She started out her organizing and activism in the Palestinian Movement, and was Director of the International Organization Union for Palestinian Women.
- She’s committed to working with young people of color, and creating sustainable change and solidarity across struggles and communities.
1987 Rainbow conference/Board
Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration
Freedom Road event
In 1991 a Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Forward Motion Forum was held in Chicago. Speakers were Bernardine Dohrn, former Nat. officer Students for a Democratic Society, Abdul Alkalimat, convenor Malcolm X conference, Camille Odeh from the Arab Community Center, Joe Iosbaker from Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Stephanie Weiner of Freedom Road Socialist Organization moderated.
Jack Siegel tribute
special guest included State Senator Jesus Garcia, Alderman Helen Shiller, Harold Rogers from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Carole Travis from the UAW, Larry Reagan from the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, Bernice Bild from the Coalition for New Priorities, Camille Odeh, from the Coalition of Palestinian Women and Meca Sorrentini from the Puerto Rican Socialist Party
Committees of Correspondence connection
Richard Criley Memorial
In 2000, Camille Odeh served on the welcoming committee for the Chicago Memorial Service for Richard Criley, a long-time activist with the Communist Party USA and a leader of the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights.
- We are a loose network of women who respect and admire Baker’s legacy, and are either interested in or already engaged in work that represents a continuation of her democratic, egalitarian humanistic tradition. We do not want to reinvent the wheel or duplicate or compete in any way with existing efforts. An argument can be made that the potential for a renewed progressive movement already exists and is embedded in the local trench work of organizers like Ella Baker.
- Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration Program, Nov. 10, 1991
- CoC newletter, Oct./Dec. 1993, page 5
- Chicago CoC "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" 10.14.94
- Memoriam Service Program, 2000