Video highlights from the Unity March against gun violence in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The event, organized by State Senator, Jesse Hamilton, is in response to the relentless gun violence in the US, especially after Alton Sterling and Philando Castilo in Baton Rouge, LA and Falcon Heights, MN and five police officers in Dallas.
The event started at the 77th Police Precinct in Crown Heights and the police and demonstrators marched peacefully for about 10 blocks on Utica Ave. Most people appreciated the event, and were glad to participate, but one man next to me, who did not want to be identified, huffed off after hearing a couple of the politicians speak and said, “This is bullshit. Another person is gonna get killed tomorrow and then what?”
But as Assemblywoman, Diana Richardson said, “It’s important to take action and get involved.”
To learn more about becoming a member of the United Against Violence Task Force click here.
After the shootings at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, by Omar Mateen, a U.S. resident of Afghan descent, we can’t help but revisit a past interview with Afghani gay activist, Nemat Sadat. His intelligence and honesty on what it means to be gay in Afghanistan is extremely insightful.
The screenings took place at the
New York Institute of Technology Auditorium
1871 Broadway @ 63rd St.
The filmmakers tackled tough issues they are grappling in their young lives like identity, beauty, race, police, violence, poverty and grief. They felt a great sense of accomplishment and a stronger connection to the community by sharing very personal things they thought only they grapple with.
When asked what was the key thing he learned from the filmmaking process, Ray Graham said, “Patience. I wanted to quit the lab two times because I didn’t think the film was coming together.”
Judging from the audience’s supportive response, Graham’s patience and the gamble to open up paid off, they learned they are not alone with their feelings and perceptions about living in Brownsville Brooklyn in these volatile times.
En route to Tehran from Isfahan, we drove a couple of hours to the holy city of Qom. The day of our visit happened to be the Day of Ashura, the remembrance of Imam Hussain Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.