Save the Date! – OCTOBER 26, 2010
PROJECT PALESTINE PRESENTS – Mainstreaming Palestine
An evening of music, words and a motion picture.
“One of the most talented emcees I’ve ever heard, black or white, male or female”—Talib Kweli
THE NEW SCHOOL 66 W. 12th Street, Room A-404
Pamela Olson Oklahoma-born Author, Hear excerpts from her book-in-progress, Fast Times in Palestine.
Fida Qishta Palestinian Filmmaker,
View a piece of her nearly-complete film, Where Should the Birds Fly?
Invincible Detroit-based Hip Hop Artist,
Watch her perform People Not Places and other songs.
Project Palestine is a newly recognized student organization at The New School aimed at illustrating the Palestinian plight through films, music, literature, poetry, art and discussions.
Please help Project Palestine meet their Kickstarter fundraising goals!
A personal message from Andy Stepanian
My close friend, Noor Elashi is a brilliant, creative, peacemaker. Noor needs you to help her reach her Kickstarter fundraising goals. I will be donating $40, because thats all I can afford, but please consider donating as much as you can (see link above.) Please also attend Noor’s first event at the New School, Next Tuesday at 8:30pm.
Noor’s father, Ghassan Elashi is currently incarcerated in the Communications Management Unit (CMU) Marion, Illinois serving a sentence of 65 years for his alleged support of the people of Gaza. Ghassan is accused of allegedly providing physical humanitarian aide in the form of millions of dollars of baby food, infant formula, medicine, and sundry items. Even though almost every non-Muslim, non-activist American with a conscious who hears about Ghassan’s charges becomes enraged at the injustice, Noor however has not allowed that injustice to make her cynical or jaded. Instead Noor has used her own creative writing and organizing skills as a college activist to start an ongoing dialog about Palestine, the middle east, and the repression of Muslim communities.
“Mainstreaming Palestine” is a lecture/film/music series aimed at braiding arts, liberation, and culture, and will launch on October 26th with a screening of Fida Qishta’s Where Should The Birds Fly, a reading from Pamela Olson’s Fast Times In Palestine, and a performance from Detroit’s ground-breaking, underground hip-hop artist Invincible.
With a nation currently engaged in what seems like an endlessly open-ended war on “terror” we often cloak what “we” deem as our opposition as enemies when we don’t even understand them. “Mainstreaming Palestine” is about building bridges. Invincible is a female Jewish artist who raps about the parallels between the ghettoization of Palestine and the ghettoization of post-industrial Detroit, poverty, gentrification, desperation and crime, Noor is a Palestinian whose family was deeply effected by the occupation, apartheid and related imposed sanctions. Their collective message is one about peace, understanding, and traversing differences to build a better tomorrow.
Please join me as this event series launches and please donate to Project Palestine via kickstarter.com
Love & Liberation,