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A Passion for Justice: One Man's Dedication to Civil Rights چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A Passion for Justice: One Man's Dedication to Civil Rights!

 07/28/2018

 
"Ralph D. Fertig documents origins and episodes in the Civil Rights Movement. He has been a steady and consistent advocate for civil rights through non-violent direct action in most of his 88 years. We met in the 1961 Freedom Rides and in his book, A Passion for Justice, Fertig chronicles struggles for desegregation before, through and since then. In the current political climate, this is a book for today."

-John Lewis, US Congressman

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"Hailed by the Washington Post as the "Conscience of Washington," and by the Los Angeles Times as "a cog in the wheel of justice," Ralph D. Fertig began his social activism in his home, filled with German Jewish refugees."

  Ralph Fertig was born to German immigrant parents in 1930 and was raised in Chicago.

In high school and college, he campaigned for desegregation and justice in housing and employment. At the University of Chicago, he fought for academic freedom.

He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1950, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1952, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago in 1955.

While earning his bachelor's degree, Fertig formed a student branch of the NAACP. He subsequently became a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and viewed Paul Robeson as one of his heroes.

He began social work organizing peace between warring street gangs on Chicago's South side. Fertig organized programs for equal rights with the Congress Of Racial Equality and the Americans for Democratic Action.

He became a Freedom Rider on a bus bound for Jackson, Mississippi, to help integrate interstate buses. The Sheriff in Selma, Alabama threw him in jail, where White prisoners kicked in his ribs.


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An Interview with Maryam Pirband a director and producer چاپ ارسال به دوست
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ISA award-winning Maryam Pirband:

"When I saw the videos of ISIS in Kurdistan, I was shocked"

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07/25/2018

Iranian ISA award-winning Maryam Pirband talks on "Fermysk/فرمێسک ", a short film about a young pregnant Kurdish girl who survived an ISIS attack.

Congratulations, Maryam! Tell us about your award and your experience in Independent Shorts Awards?

Maryam: Thank you very much. Actually, this is a great experience and affected my film journey. For me, the best gift is letting my film be seen by audiences and receiving feedbacks and when it is chosen by such a great, popular festival like ISA and awarded it happens better and my film can be seen better.

ISA: Which festivals "Fermysk" attended so far?

Maryam: I started the distribution recently and I submitted "Fermysk" in 5 festivals. Three of them selected it: Action On Film and Hollywood Dreamz Festivals and Independent Shorts Awards, in which it was awarded. Before that, I submitted "Fermysk"‘s script in some festivals and it was selected by International Las Vegas Screenwriting Competition and Baku International Film Festival. 

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Dr. Soraya Fallah; VOKRadio interview چاپ ارسال به دوست
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Dr. Soraya Fallah; VOKRadio interview

Interviews with Kurdish Writers Series

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June 7, 2018
Exclusive; VOKRadio, Los Angeles

In honor of the Kurdish Women Writers, Voice of Kurdish American Radio for Democracy, Peace, and Freedom, from the U.S, in collaboration with the organization World Women for Life (WWFL), conducted interviews with women identified writers from Kurdish decent. In this series, we learn about the lives and work of these talented writers, as they share with us the inspiration behind their work and contribute their insightful wisdom on working as Kurdish writers in today's world. In these interviews, we learn about the writer's backgrounds, interests, their role models, motivations, the role of mother tongue and relationship to other languages, as well as their take on feminism in their writing, experiences of gender-based discrimination, and misogyny.

These writers work in diverse fields and span different genres of writing. Some are accomplished authors of novels, while others work in journalism, poetry, and non-fiction. 

Interview with Dr. Soraya Fallah, a writer in the research arena

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On April 24, March for Justice at the Turkish Consulate in L.A. چاپ ارسال به دوست
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 On April 24, March for Justice at the Turkish Consulate in L.A.

 

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 LOS ANGELES- The Armenian Genocide Committee, a broad-based, unified, coalition of the major religious, political, social, youth, and cultural organizations of the Armenian community of Southern California, has announced that on April 24 beginning at noon, the March for Justice will take place from Pan Pacific Park to the Turkish Consulate in Los Angeles.

"We call on all segments of the community to join us as we commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and as we continue to voice our collective demands for justice for this immense crime against humanity," said AGC Chairman Karo Khanjian.

Continuing a more than four-decade tradition of bringing the demands of the Armenian community directly to the offices of the Turkish Consul General in Los Angeles, the AGC has been working diligently for the past year to plan the Rally for Justice which will take place immediately upon the conclusion of the March for Justice in front of the Turkish Consulate located at Wilshire Blvd. and Crescent Heights. 

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A Joint Letter to Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights چاپ ارسال به دوست
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A Joint Letter to Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on Imminent Execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran

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H.E. Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein

United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights

Palais Wilson

52, rue de Paquis 10

1211 Geneva Switzerland

Re: The Imminent Execution of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran

Your Excellency,

Yet another Kurdish human rights activist, Ramin Hossein Panahi is in imminent danger of execution in Iran. According to Hossein Ahmadiniaz, Mr. Panahi’s lawyer the supreme court of Iran has upheld the death sentence rather than advising the proper legal functions and procedures to be followed. Although no documented charges have been brought against Mr. Panahi, he has been kept in solitary confinement and incommunicado, leading to his ongoing hunger strike against the unbearable prison conditions.  Mr. Panahi’s father, who had recently been able to speak to his son briefly on the phone, is apprehensive and wants the whole world to know about the imminent danger that his son faces. The terrified parents of Mr. Panahi have announced a sit-in front of the prison and have threatened that if their son is executed, they will also put an end to their own lives. The plight of this family is typical of many Kurdish and other Iranian families whose members are in prison, many of whom are on death row.

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