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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Now Anything Is Possible! Tunisia, Egypt & the Arab World?


What began as a single act of desperation in Tunisia has led to a series of significant uprisings of millions of people in Egypt and beyond.

In a region that has long suffered the impacts of colonial exploitation, oppressive puppet tyrants, and chronic misrepresentation, we are now witnessing a historic moment in which people are rising up to reclaim their lives, present and future.

The world is watching, but what are we seeing? Join us for a timely and much needed discussion and analysis as these historical events unfold.


Speakers:

Sonia Djelidi is a human rights activist who Studied Economics and Politics at University of Montreal. She lived for 3 years in West Africa, working with civil society. She is Member of GRILA (Group for Research and Initiative for the Libration of Africa). Currently she is the coordinator of the Collectif de Solidarité au Canada avec les luttes sociales en Tunisie and works as a communication coordinator for an international organization.

Mostafa Henaway is an Egyptian Canadian who has been active in Palestine solidarity with Tadamon Montreal! which works in solidarity with social movements in the Arab world: Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisa, and Iraq. He is also active in the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Campaign to end Israeli Apartheid, participating in organizing of the 2010 BDS Conference in Montreal. He is a community organizer at the Immigrant Worker Center in Montreal, and is also an independent writer and radio producer.

Mohammed Mohsen is a Toronto based visual artist, with experience and involvement in several art organizations. Mohammed continues to contribute to the cultural and political life in Toronto, with history that includes involvement in the Arab Students' Collective, Jawqet Al-Sheikh Imam (the Sheikh Imam Ensemble), Toronto Arab Film Festival, OCAD Student Union, and several art organizations.

Moderated by Ghadeer Malek. Ghadeer is a Palestinian activist and feminist. She writes and performs spoken word and poetry and is part of an arts collective called AqsaZine. She is active on women's rights issues and is a strong advocate of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign to end Israeli Apartheid, Occupation and Colonization of Palestine.

Organized by HUNA, (“here” in Arabic ) - is a diverse, tight-knit group of Arabs Engaged in Politics, Society, and Culture.


Sponsored by Beit Zatoun, OPIRG UofT and OPIRG York.

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Need to know:
- Doors open at 6:45 pm
- PWYC / Donation
- Sorry, not wheelchair accessible

Tasty refreshments (non-alcoholic) and Zatoun oliveoil+za'atar dipping.

Beit Zatoun is a non-profit art & culture centre at 612 Markham Street (by Bathurst subway). For more info:

www.beitzatoun.org
info@beitzatoun.org
647.726.9500

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