Workshops, Kite-flying, & Docs=Youth Team Building @ADInitiative
New York~Again, PITAPOLICY is excited to share what has been presented at the 2nd Annual Envision Arab Summit, which is being held at New York University’s Kimmel Center. If it weren’t for #PITAPALS, Bareeq Barqawi, certain aspects like Like PITAPOLICY Founder, Mehrunisa Qayyum, is also serving as a Project Mentor.
- As Barqawi tweets about another organization working in Palestine “Voices Beyond Walls – an initiative for children to get involved with film, arts and theater in Gaza,” the raw footage of “Flying Paper” by Nittin Sawhney contrasted with some of the more financially focused projects.
Human Rights Advocacy is Not Just A Right, But a Responsibility
- Nasser Weddady (known on Twitter as @Weddady), a Human Rights Activist from Mauritania, does not limit himself to talking about his country’s activities. In his 17 minutes, he described the steps involved in bringing about “Blogospheric pressure”. For example, he described his earlier HAMSA project effort. HAMSA organizes campaigns, develops campaigns, to unite people of conscious to support the movement to secure civil rights in the Middle East–in particular: Iraq, Egypt, and Bahrain.
- HAMSA project is the brainchild of the American-based American Islamic Congress. Although AIC includes some colorful characters on its board. Nonetheless, their advocacy campaigns included challenging Nokia’s commercial role as Arab activists were jailed during the Arab Awakening. The crowd had to stifle nervous giggles as the screen showed Nokia’s logo as “Connecting People” to “Jailing People”
Logging off now because Rafif Jouejati (known on Twitter as @RafifJ), a Syrian American woman whom I interviewed when the Syria uprisings first broke, has now taken the stage with “Good Afternoon, Future Leaders…” (I need a slice of humble pie before my next posting.) As Ms. Jouejati shares, “My father worked for the United Nations. In many ways, I am a product of the Syrian regime…I worked for state television as a news reporter.” Immediately I want to shout out “There’s no need for you to apologize. You are taking ownership of a problem…you’re cultivating a public space for diaspora consciousness…”
- Not many activists acknowledge that working within an oppressive regime’s public sector as almost “complicit” with working with an oppressive regime. Usually they take pride in setting themselves above the government if they have had the luxury to escape the regime, or a real choice to work outside of government. However, Ms. Jouejati, like many Syrians, worked for one of Syria’s public television channels, thereby “working for them regime” as she courageously states–although it was indirect and any reporter within a media-censored society would have also faced if placed in her shoes. It is easier to disassociate oneself when not working in the country. She is an activist through and through, and as she’s inspired by non-violent protests, I am inspired by her example from the last 19 months. I still remember her peacefully demonstrating against the Syrian ambassador outside his residence in Woodley Park.
TWEETS Worth REPEATING!
Learning about organization ‘Voices Beyond Walls’ – initiative for children to get involved with film, arts, and theater in Gaza.
Mr. Sawhney showing some stories and photos from their youth workshops in
#Gaza, teaching children about film and journalism #EAS12
@ADInitiative summit talking about one of my idols and his friend, Juliano Mer-Khamis of the Freedom Theater in Jenin. #EAS12
#eas12 @flyingpaperdoc and such campaigns are our way to free ourselves not only from current dictatorships but from any future dictators
@FlyingPaperDoc exclusive look into life in Gaza. Telling the story of a world we have ignored for too long. Incredible #EAS12
#EAS12 @ADInitiative todays speakers are truly inspiring. the girls from tahrir supplies are real examples.
We’re flattered to have followed a video pres. by one of the most inspiring people of these years in our opinion,
Reading tweets from
#EAS12 while waiting at the dentist..I’m definitely missing out on Day 3 ..keep tweeting people.. 🙂
Getting goosebumps from the
@FlyingPaperDoc trailer- “it’s not about flying the kites, it’s about something more spiritual” #EAS12
Prof. Nitin Sawhney from
@FlyingPaperDoc is speaking now at #EAS12 on his new documentary- watching a trailer and a special preview today!
@YaraAlSayes: “Working on something like this restores your faith in humanity and in Egyptians- at least for us” #EAS12
Rest in peace to all the people lost in the battle for freedom in egypt, an example for the entire arab world!
@AmiraAS: “No matter how many times you fail, remember that you stepped up & took responsibility for something that no one else did” #EAS12
@DrBassemYoussef: “You are the global Arabs, we have high hopes for you and have put a huge burden on you”- on the role of diaspora #EAS12
@DrBassemYoussef: “Forget about the old world- we are old news- it’s up to you to make a difference through you passion and effort” #EAS12
@DrBassemYoussef: “What have you contributed as Arabs and Muslims to your communities? What have we achieved as a community?” #EAS12
@DrBassemYoussef: “It’s time to change the world, and not through burning flags but by being the best ambassadors of our identities” #EAS12
#EAS12 Day 2 is about to start!
@ADInitiative 17 year old arab women scientist 3azza MASHALLAH #eas12 #arabdev http://pic.twitter.com/A8JSjtLX
Walla enkom kafoo ya ADI team. Love the video very inspiring. Thank you for the hard and dedicated work
I wonder if any events like
#EAS12 happening in London… can some one let me know plzzz??
Nicolas Fayad: How valid is the past in shaping the identity of a growing city?
Nicolas Fayad: “Technological change presents a dillema for the planner who wishes to maintain history, and culture”