Discussion: Yemen's Revolution: Perspectives from Tagheer Square

Tue, July 26, 2011 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Alwan for the Arts and NAAP-NY are proud to present a discussion on the ongoing Yemeni revolution with photojournalist Raja Althaibani and freeland journalist Amel Ahmed.

“We are not afraid…If it comes down to it, we will remain here until the last drop of blood.” Yemeni Protestor

Please join us on for an inspiring discussion on Yemen’s ongoing revolution from two Yemeni New Yorkers, Amel Ahmed and Raja Althaibani who dropped everything to cover the uprisings as independent journalists.

They have just returned to New York and will share with us their perspectives, stories and insight from their vantage point of the past few months, from the ground in Sanaa.

About the Speakers:

Raja Althaibani is a college student, a community organizer, media stringer, and a photographer, and she’s only 24. She is currently covering the revolution in Yemen working as a photojournalist and stringer for media outlets like CNN and MSNBC and has been a frequent guest on NPR’s The Takeaway and many other global radio programs. You can also find her work and interviews through other media outlets like the BBC. Ms. Althaibani is a proud Yemeni American, born and raised in Brooklyn, and her passion for her heritage is translated through her work with Not-for-Profit organizations domestically and internationally. As a researcher she focused on the evolution of tribal law and the influence of the Yemeni central government system on the traditional tribal systems. Raja Althaibani is an AmeriCorps alumna who served one year in the largest Arab American community in New York state providing bilingual culturally sensitive social service support to newly arrived Arab immigrants.

Most recently, Ms. Althaibani helped launch the “Understanding Islam Initiative” with President Jeremy Davis of John Jay College of Criminal Justice which included an exhibition of her photography. She is currently pursuing her CUNY BA in Human Rights and International Development. Through her work with numerous accredited human rights organizations, she has insight on diplomacy and international relations. Ms. Althaibani’s strengths lie in community mobilization, political analysis of the status of Yemen, international human rights and Islam.

Amel Ahmed is a freelance journalist currently based in Yemen, where she is covering the current uprisings. Iqadh seeks to document these uprisings. The title means “awakening” in Arabic and is inspired by the historic revolutions that have swept the Arab world, known collectively as the Arab Spring.

Prior to Iqadh, Amel was the Assistant Producer for a documentary called Changing Face of Harlem, a film that examines the revitalization of Harlem told through the personal stories of its residents, small business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy.

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