As the Mideast Solidarity Project (MSP) enters into its seventh year, the overarching purpose of the festival remains the same: to create space for marginalized and oppressed peoples of the Middle East, and surrounding regions, to self-represent and to strengthen our solidarity with them in their struggles.
The schedule can be found here
This is more relevant than ever in the present
historical moment. Last March marked the 7th anniversary of the US
invasion of Iraq, while the occupation of Afghanistan has entered into
its 9th year and is spreading into Pakistan. Palestinians mourned the
62nd anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe) this April as billions of US
dollars continue to support the Israeli occupation of their homeland.
Meanwhile, Gaza is still reeling from Israel's assault last year and the
These superficial facts fail to represent the humanity of the occupied peoples and the realities of occupation in their everyday lives. And it is these people who tell their stories in the films, challenging the mainstream Orientalist discourse that has dehumanized them, rewritten their histories, and provided a rationale for continued occupation.
Film and speaker topics this year include occupation and resistance in Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan; labor rights; LGBTQ identity and struggle in Iran; immigration and the Diaspora; Iranian cinema after the '79 revolution; anti-Arab racism in the US and Israel; deconstructing stereotypes of Muslim women; US war resisters; the distinction between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism; and more.
All screenings are FREE of charge and open to the public.
Tickets: OFS members $5, General $8, Youth $3
(360) 754-6670 www.olympiafilmsociety.org
Benefit for Youth Peace Volunteers of Afghanistan
You can watch Youth Peace Volunteer videos at Our Journey to Smile.
You can watch a related Olympia FOR’s TV program from anywhere on the world at olympiafellowshipofreconciliation.blip.tv. Search past episodes for Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.
This event is a project of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation with help from the Olympia Film Society.
On Thursday March 25, from 5 to 7 pm, (Joseph) Dana Visali will be at the Olympia Timberland Regional Library (313 8th Ave. SE Olympia, WA) to present information about Afghanistan, including from recent travel to Afghanistan earlier this month. This will be a power point presentation
Dana has been traveling in Afghanistan with the San Francisco based Global Exchange, and is scheduled to begin returning today (March 15.) The focus of the trip was to study the impact of the war on women and children in Afghanistan, and to also look at the impact of 30 years of war on the environment.
Other topics in the presentation will include how war effects possibility of transitioning to a sustainable society.
Even if you can't be there by 5 pm, please show up for what is likely to be a very informative, interesting and engaging presentation!
The event is free. And Dana will graciously accept donations in order to defray the costs of travel.
for more information, (360) 259-4291
Sponsored by The Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation.
Why isn't this story broadly featured in the mainstream US media?!
If you care about humanity, please watch this story:
There is a local effort underway to draw attention to the work of young people in Afghanistan, who have set-up an ongoing vigil to call on President Obama to recognize their need for peace.
I believe that people need peace to be truly and fully healthy. So I am supporting the work of these young people in their quest for peace, truth and reconciliation.
For more information about the Afghanistan Youth Vigil for Peace, please visit:
Our Journey to Smile.
Local organizers would like to maintain a constant presence in solidarity alongside the people of Afghanistan. There is much need for support to staff the vigil. If you want more information, or to schedule time to staff the vigil, please contact Doug Mackey at (360) 485-3764, or firstname.lastname@example.org
A world without war is possible!
Come hear a representative of RAWA (The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan)
Two events on Tuesday, October 27
The Evergreen State College
SEM II E1107
Traditions Fair Trade
300 5th Ave SW, downtown
Among the many excuses for the US war in Afghanistan is that the US is saving the Afghan women. But what do Afghan women have to say about this?
The most outspoken Afghan women's organization is RAWA, the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan. For over 30 years, RAWA has struggled against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the fundamentalism of both the Taliban and the Northern Alliance, and the US occupation of Afghanistan.
Now members of RAWA are touring the US to tell you their story.
Olympia will soon be visited by Zoya (not her real name). At 28 years old, Zoya has been involved with RAWA for half her life. Her parents were killed when she was 14. Zoya has traveled across the world speaking about her experiences and the work of RAWA. She is also the author of Zoya’s Story: An Afghan Woman’s Battle for Freedom.