Camille Odeh

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Camille Odeh


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[1].

She’s committed to working with young people of color, and creating sustainable change and solidarity across struggles and communities.

Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration

On November 10, 1991 Camille Odeh was listed as a member of the 1991 Tribute Committee for the Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration.[2]

Jack Siegel tribute

Chicago Committees of Correspondence held a tribute banquet to 88 year old member Jack Spiegel, on October 3, 19993, with 250 in attendance.

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 Sorentini from the Puerto Rican Socialist Party

Keynote speakers CoC co-chair Manning Marable. Illinois CoC co-chairs Sandy Patrinos and Mildred Williamson presented the awards. Maggie Brown sang songs, some written by her father Oscar Brown.[3]

Committees of Correspondence connection

In 1994 Camille Odeh, Chicago, was listed on a "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" for the Chicago Committees of Correspondence, an offshoot of the Communist Party USA[4]

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.[5]

Ella's Daughters

In 2009 was a member of Chicago based organization Ella's Daughters-A network of artists, scholars and writers working in the tradition of militant Civil rights activist Ella Baker[6].

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.

Prominent members include Bernardine Dohrn, Tracye Matthews and Barbara Ransby.

References

  1. http://ellasdaughters.org/about-us/member-bios
  2. Chicago Committee to Defend the Bill of Rights Bicentennial Celebration Program, Nov. 10, 1991
  3. CoC newletter, Oct./Dec. 1993, page 5
  4. Chicago CoC "Membership, Subscription and Mailing List" 10.14.94
  5. Memoriam Service Program, 2000
  6. http://ellasdaughters.org/about-us/ellas-tradition