Supporting Amnesty International, this is a rousing collection of poems by an international array of poets, mixing well known names with relative newcomers. They are as much about assertiveness and hope as they are about injustice and the outrages that scar human history. 100 poems deal with colossal historic events (for example, Siamanto’s ‘The Dance’, about the Armenian genocide) as well as more domestic concerns (Rita Anne Higgins’ exploration of deprivation in Ireland, for instance). Includes the work of Adrienne Rich, Kimiko Hahn, Lorna Goodison, Abdulah Sidran, Harryette Mullen, Leila Djabali, Valerie Bloom, Tenzin Tsundue, Robert Hershon, Forough Farrokhzad and Margaret Atwood.
Amnesty International & Gael García Bernal Release Immigration Films
Today Amnesty International released The Invisibles, a series of four short documentaries about the wretched journey thousands of Central Americans make traveling across Mexico in an attempt to reach the U.S. These migrants carry with them the hope of a new life in the U.S. and an escape from the grinding poverty and insecurity back home.
The Neda video was the first viral video to change the course of political events. Many people were killed in the violence after the disputed election. Neda’s death was caught on film. It awakened the world to the brutality of the regime and widespread resistance to it by the Iranian people. It’s one of the first examples of the democratization of broadcasting—that broadcasting is no longer solely in the hands of corporations and government, but in the hands of people.
The benefit at the Echo is sold out but I wanted to spread the word on the Neda Project and Airborne Toxic Event’s support through Amnesty International, since they’re doing it is the best possible way.
As mentioned, this event is sold out, but the overall project is brilliant and worth supporting and keeping an eye on.