Afshan Jilani, Saira Jilani and Lili Nasr were featured in in the Houston Chronicle article, “It’s Just Lunch? Not for these strong Muslim Women“. Read More »
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This was a presentation of award winning local film maker Mara Ahmed’s film, “The Muslims I Know.” The film is about getting to know your Muslim neighbors. We framed the event as a Human Library Event and held it at a very nice new public library in a suburb not often included in this conversation. The showing was attended by a small but enthusiastic group of about 15. Several attendees came from Rochester Americorps. Some who attended were interested in knowing more about building our local Fellowship of Reconciliation Chapter.
Mara Ahmed has shown this film a number of times in different venues and different parts of the country and I highly recommend it. She did a great job of balancing the mundane and the local with her background in Lahore Pakistan; of balancing the lives of middle class immigrants with an understanding of our country’s participation in the development of events in west Asia. According to George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers who introduced the event, “Mara was brilliant and we had a robust Q&A afterwards. ” We are planning another event in the near term.
Mara’s response to the evening: Read More »
A weekend of good food,good company and interesting Panels and Speakers! A great event for networking with other activists.
I’m going to pull in videos of the Friday night panel, Saturday keynotes by Medea Benjamin of CodePink Women for Peace and Arun Kundnani, author of “The Violence Always Comes Home: Terrorism, Empire and Islamophobia” and “The Muslims are Coming” and the discussion Saturday Afternoon.
Nowruz, celebrated on the spring equinox each year in Afghanistan, Iran and Kurdish regions everywhere is a very special holiday that celebrates the New Year, literally, New Day. Families and friends gather on Nowruz to celebrate and to appreciate the beginning of a new cycle. The Global Days of Listening Skype Call also broadcast on Livestream on March 21 was very much a celebration of Nowruz with friends and peace lovers around the world sharing ideas and actions in solidarity.
Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) facilitated the discussion from Chicago. Over the course of three hours, Dr. Hakim Young with Zarguna in Bamyan and Hoor and the APVs (Afghan Peace Volunteers) joined the conversation from Bamyan and Kabul. Sherri Maurin called in with Dr. Fatih Faiz from Erbil, Iraq with his students Chra and Husan. Madelyn MacKay from rural British Columbia, Canada joined to talk about Nonviolent Peace Force. Bernie Myer from Olympia Washington shared his experiences as the American Gandhi in India, and George Fisher and Susan Peretti, Quakers from long Island discussed the atrocities at Kunduz Hospital and what can we do now. Read More »
On March 13, 2016 hundreds gathered in NYC to rally and march against the wars at home and abroad, organized by The United National Antiwar Coaliton, UNAC, UNACpeace.org, by anti-war, anti-racist and social justice activists starting with a rally at Herald Square:
Money for Jobs and People’s Needs, not War! Rebuild Flint! Rebuild our Cities! End the wars! Defend the Black Lives Matter movement! No to Islamophobia! “NO” to continued war and to demand money for human needs. Endless wars abroad mean austerity and militarized police at home.
Following the rally at Herald Square, they marched to the United Nations and held a rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.
Click here to see the video and some photos: Read More »
It was a very informative event, and a great networking opportunity as well. Keynote speakers were Vijay Prashad and Chris Hedges. Activists and experts, including natives of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain were brought together on a series of informative panels. There was an excellent livestream by the Real News which has been preserved on the Real News Network Website.
One Feb. 14th, 2016, the Islamic Society of Greater Houston Social Services Committee passed out 300 roses to shoppers in the Rice Village area of Houston. We attached a verse from the Quran onto each rose that read,
“Humanity is but a single brotherhood; So make peace with your brethren”.
We had an amazing response and people really loved that we were out there spreading the message of peace and friendship in our community. Please take a look at the video that we made, I think it captures the response to our event perfectly. Read More »
Here’s a description of the vigil that was written by co-planner Maureen Aumand, who worked with Maud Easter on the Grannies for Peace’s 10th annual Valentine’s Day vigil ably assisted by many other Grannies and joined by allies from the community:
Basking in the warmth of camaraderie, the bundled up group, sporting lots of red and good humor, were acknowledged enthusiastically by many driving by. The messages being saluted included: GRANNIES EMBRACE REFUGEES; SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE; WELCOME REFUGEES; SAY NO TO ISLAMOPHOBIA; DEFEND THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.
The Virginia Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality held a Solidarity Forum at the Richmond Public Library’s Main Branch Feb. 20 as part of the National Week of Unity & Solidarity promoted by the United National Antiwar Coalition. Nearly 60 people attended, half of them African-American, along with Latinos, Palestinians, Jews and progressive whites. Six speakers addressed attacks on Middle Eastern and African-American Muslims, Latino immigrants, the Black community in general, low-income workers and the environment. Taking place the day before the 51st anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, the forum was dedicated to his legacy and began with a video clip of one of Malcolm’s final speeches, along with reactions of Harlem residents to his death. At the end of the program a dozen people signed up to be part of a “Solidarity Network” ready to oppose right-wing threats in the area.
On February 17 the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul Afghanistan met to share messages of Unity and Solidarity with all people everywhere. The APV have a Borderfree school for street children in Kabul.
Here are photos taken at their event:
If you would like to learn more about the Afghan Peace Volunteers and their Borderfree school, their website is Our Journey to Smile. They have delightful videos of their activities and campaigns which include a Duvet Project that provides warm comforters to poor people in the Afghan countryside and endless small gestures of compassion and solidarity with the many victims of international imperial wars.