Dick Platkin • Eric A. Gordon • Pesach Chananiah
Sunday, 13 October, 3:20 p.m.
Dick Platkin has been involved with Middle East peace groups since the early 1970s, most recently LA Jews for Peace and the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA. He is a retired city planner with 30 plus years of experience working in the public sector (Seattle and Los Angeles), as well as the private and nonprofit sectors in Los Angeles. Since retiring from the LA City Planning Department, he has taught planning classes at the University of Southern California and California State University-Northridge, consulted to many community groups in Los Angeles, and joined the boards of United Neighborhoods for Los Angeles (UN4LA) and the Planners Network. He also writes a weekly column on planning issues in Los Angeles for City Watch LA and has edited two special issues of Progressive Planning, the journal of the Planners Network.
Eric A. Gordon is the author of a biography of radical American composer Marc Blitzstein, co-author of composer Earl Robinson’s autobiography, and the translator (from Portuguese) of a memoir by Brazilian author Hadasa Cytrynowicz. He holds a doctorate in history from Tulane University. He chaired the Southern California chapter of the National Writers Union, Local 1981 UAW (AFL-CIO) for two terms and is director emeritus of The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring Southern California District. In 2015 he produced “City of the Future,” a CD of Soviet Yiddish songs by Samuel Polonski.
Pesach Chananiah is a depth psychologist, organizer, and educator. He has been involved as an organizer and leader in community, labor, electoral, and interfaith organizing efforts. He has also worked as a teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels – in both secular and Jewish settings. He first became committed to peace in Israel-Palestine through researching displacement in Skid Row while at Occidental College, and seeing a need to witness and contribute “sweat equity” to the conflict. He pursued this calling when he volunteered at two Palestinian farms in the West Bank as part of his graduate research. Pesach has since earned a PhD in Depth Psychology, with an emphasis in Community, Liberation, and Ecopsychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He is interested in approaches to the conflict that prioritize reconciliation, spiritual texts, and connections to the earth.