The Unique Voice of Suheir Hammad

Suheir Hammad is a Palestinian-American poet, author, and political activist. She was born in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian refugee parents and immigrated with her family to Brooklyn when she was five.

NY Magazine interview with Suheir.

EI interview.

Poems by Suheir (here too).

• Her home page.

(videos embedded)

Sudan Plane Crash, Accident?

Another plane crashed in the Sudan. This time in the capital of Khartoum. As Fox News states, “Sudan has a poor aviation safety record. In May, a plane crash in a remote area of southern Sudan killed 24 people, including key members of the southern Sudanese government.” It’s likely that wasn’t an accident. I wonder about this one as well. Here’s video of the plane on fire.

Last week I listened to a guy named Justin who had recently been in Southern Sudan with Christian Solidarity International. The group he was with met with the vice-president of Sudan, Salva Kiir. The man he succeeded, John Garang, was killed in a helicopter crash in 2005. Kiir basically said that the south was preparing for war against the north. Which means what we’re seeing in Darfur is only the tip of the iceberg.

Katie-Jay Scott and Gabriel are in Chad, at the border of the Sudan now. They will be working in the Darfur refugee camps. They will be uploading webcast and blogs during their trip on I-Act. As they left Chad during their last trip in February, there was a coup attempt on the city, and they were forced to hide in the hotel kitchen as they listened to gunfire outside. Keep up with what happens to Katie-Jay and Gabriel here.

Here are some picture of our Camp Darfur event at PSU. We had over two hundred people write letters to legislatures urging them to do more about Darfur.

Refugee Camp in Portland

If you’re in downtown Portland on Thursday between 10am-8pm I recommend spending some time in the PSU park blocks for the Roots Festival.

I’ll be there with Camp Darfur where we’ll be talking about genocide in our mock refugee camp while providing opportunities for everyone to send hand written letters to local government officials about the Darfur genocide.

Wednesday night at 8, we’ll also be showing the movie Screamers at the 5th Ave. Cinema for free.