National director, Standing Together
Living in: Tel Aviv/Jaffa
Fields of work: movement building, public policy, governance, grassroots organising
Alon-Lee Green is the founding National Director of Standing Together, a progressive Jewish-Arab grassroots movement. Throughout his political and social years of activity, he has organised numerous campaigns against the recent wars between Israel and Palestine, and for a just peace and equality and social justice in Israel.
As a teenager, Alon-Lee was active in organising Israel’s first trade union of waiters in a chain of coffee shops. As leader of the union, he led a six-week strike, was fired by management and returned to his job by court order, and eventually won the strike and signed the first-ever collective agreement in Israel’s restaurant industry. He went on to found Israel’s first National Waiters’ Union, and has appeared numerous times in the media speaking about young workers’ rights.
In the summer of 2011, he played a prominent role in Israel’s social protest movement and convened some of its largest rallies. As one of the protest’s leaders, he appeared on media and at public events, underscoring the connections between social justice and peace, as well raising the question of who profits from social-economic structures.
Alon-Lee also worked for five years as a political and parliamentary adviser in the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, and was involved in the legislative process and the building of citizens’ campaigns that influenced parliamentary decisions. During that time, he was responsible for a few laws that are now on the Israeli statute books, including advances in the rights of workers, students and the LGBT community.
Together with Arab and Jewish partners, Alon-Lee founded Standing Together in late 2015. It organises locally and nationally around campaigns for peace, equality and social justice, in order to build power and transform Israeli society. Since then, on a number of occasions and campaigns, Standing Together has mobilised more than 100,000 people, and has more than 1,400 members and 2,500 activists around the country.