Monday, April 19, 2010

April 19, 2010 - Palestine, Cambodia and Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Mu Sochua is one of the leading human rights and gender activists in Cambodia.  She was a member of Parliament and minister of women's affairs, before resigning her government posts to protest political corruption.  Following this courageous move, she was prosecuted for "defaming" the prime minister.  She was sentenced to a fine but has refused to pay it and says she will go to jail to bring attention to the human rights issues in her country.  Preeti Shekar talks with Sochua, whose appeal has now been taken up by the Cambodian Supreme Court.

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Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa, is the story of one Palestinian family over four generations. The story begins with the Abulheja family at their home in the village of Ein Hod), near Haifa. In 1948, the family is forced from their ancestral home and goes to live in a refugee camp in Jenin. Susan Abulhawa is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine, an NGO that builds playgrounds for Palestinian children in the occupied territories and refugee camps elsewhere. Mornings in Jenin marks her first major fiction publication. Malihe Razzazan spoke with Susan about how she tells the story of Palestine in her debut novel.

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Readings will be:
Wednesday, April 21, A Great Good Place for Books, Montclair, 7:00 PM
Thursday, April 22, San Jose State University Engineering Auditorium, 7:00 PM
Friday, April 23, Resource Center for Non Violence (RCNV), Santa Cruz, 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 24, Middle East Children's Alliance Office, Berkeley, 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 24, Arab American Cultural Center (AACC), San Jose, 7:30 PM
Click here for addresses and more info.

In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Kate Raphael checks in with Janelle White, Executive Director of San Francisco Women Against Rape about their work on rape prevention and supporting survivors, and the upcoming Walk Against Rape. Walk Against Rape, a community empowerment event, takes place Saturday, April 24, beginning at 10:00 p.m. at Justin Hermann Plaza and culminating in a festival in Dolores Park at 1:30 p.m.
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