Constellations # 2 – Ronit Lentin

Dr Ronit Lentin is an activist, a writer and a former Associate Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin.
She has been an active voice for the freedom of the Palestinian people.
She was born in Haifa prior to the establishment of the State of Israel and has lived in Ireland since 1969. She is a political sociologist and a writer of fiction and non-fiction books.
She was the Head of the Sociology Department and the director of the MPhil in Race. Ethnicity, Conflict at Trinity College Dublin. She is also the co-founder of the Trinity Immigration Initiative.
Ronit has published extensively on racism in Ireland, Israel and Palestine, gender and genocide.
Her research has been focused on the issues of Israel and Palestine; racism and immigration in Ireland; migrant-led activism, Israel; gender and the Holocaust; gender and genocide and feminist research methodologies.
If you are interested in knowing a bit more about Ronit’s work and research you can find her online here

Constellations # 1 – Lucky Khambule – Ireland

Lucky Khambule is an activist and human rights campaigner based in Dublin.
Lucky is an inspiring and tireless voice for the rights of asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland.
He is also a representative for MASI (Movement for Asylum Seekers in Ireland) and a strong campaigner to bring an end to the system of Direct Provision.
For the ones who are not familiar with what Direct Provision here is a little synopsis greatly put together by the lovely folks from RAMSI (Refugee and Migrant Solidarity Ireland):

What is Direct Provision?
People seeking refuge (asylum) in Ireland are placed in Direct Provision (DP) until the state decides whether they should receive refugee status or not. Many people have been stuck in DP for up to 10 years (more in some cases). They cannot work. Adults and children are given €21.60 per week. They often have no cooking facilities. It is common for one family to live in one room. Many DP centers are far from towns and villages. Institutionalised living makes it incredibly hard for people to create purpose and meaning in their lives and to integrate in a newly found society.