Lara Kiswani

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Lara Kiswani is the executive director of the Arab Resource & Organizing Center (AROC). She is from Beit Iksa and Aqir, Palestine, and was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. AROC serves poor and working class Arab and Muslim immigrants and organizes to build power and overturn the social systems perpetuating forced migration, racism, exploitation, and war. Understanding the liberation of Arab people as inextricably tied to the liberation of all oppressed people, AROC members build power by participating in local campaigns, coalitions and mobilizations. Recent victories include the implementation of Arabic in public schools; Stop Urban Shield, ending the largest militarized law enforcement training in the world; and working with ILWU Local 10 to Block the Boat, one of the most successful BDS victories for Palestine in US history.