Saturday, April 16, 2011

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere Screening Dates

Iara Lee: Cultures of Resistance Film Premiere 
Screening Dates Global and USA

IARA LEE: has begun a USA film premiere. Iara were on the Mavi Marmara and has traveled the world documenting art, culture and the use of that as a tool for positive resistance. Her film is amazing.


1. APRIL 27 @7:30pm- NEW YORK CITY - at Columbia University, Room 417, Int'l Affairs Building 420 West 118th Street- New York, NY 10027 between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive


2.  APRIL 29 @8:00pm- CHICAGO - at Gene Siskel Film Center: 164 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60601 -


3. APRIL 30 @12:15pm- BOSTON - Independent Film Festival of Boston at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square  -

4. MAY 2 @7pm ALBUQUERQUE, NM - as part of People Before Profit Film Series at UNM at Mayat the UNM Student Union Building Theater -


Booking in Buffalo NY and Pakistan in progress!

Please see above if you are in each city and also if you wish to review the film. Contact myself or Iara Lee. Please share and spread in your city!

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Help Empower Japan Send Postcards in Solidarity!

you can live anywhere and help!

In wake of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit the Pacific Ocean, Pakistan Youth Alliance proposed the creation of a charity project that mobilized the power of youth to participate in spreading relief to Japan.  Students and alumni from both the University of British Columbia and the University of Calgary committed to this project.  

PYA Canada is fully supporting this project and wants everyone to participate in this great cause.  This is important for students to be able to contribute with their creativity so their lack of personal funds does not hinder their compassion to help relief efforts.

Pakistan Youth Alliance

Everyone is are asked to create a postcard (4" x 6" OR 5" x 7" ) with supportive, positive, hopeful and encouraging messages via pictures and text. The postcard will target envisioned recipient(s) according to age and gender: family, elderly, adults and children. The collection of art pieces will be filtered for appropriate content according to our guidelines before being sent. 

Please scan you postcard or send us the soft copy of your digital postcard at   
 We will print it for you without any cost and will add to our collection. 

The postcards will be allocated in different shelters around various affected regions in Japan. We are currently connecting with Red Cross in Japan to aid in the distribution of postcards. Our goal is to have 500 postcards divided and distributed to reach 10-20 locations. 

For more info:

© 2011 Sana Khan International CEO PYA Canada


Your creation, if you wish, will be posted on the internet for promotional purposes only. We do not hold responsibility if the image is taken by a third party for their personal use. You hereby acknowledge that any work posted online is liable to be stolen or misused and waive any accusation against our team.

Our pledge to you is that we will post it on the gallery of our website (i.e under the project named: Empowering Japan) with your description. This is only for promoting the project. We are not accountable if the image was used for other purposes than the above mentioned. You hereby waive the right to take legal actions against the misuse of your image once it is in public circulation.

The team holds the right to reject any postcard due to content deemed inappropriate by us. By submitting your postcard to our team, you are agreeing to these terms of use.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Vittorio Arrigoni, Riposi in Pace VIK #Gaza #Palestine #Italian #Journalist

* This is a celebration of a life 
fully lived for humanity *

Arrigoni loved, lived & died for peace in and he will always be remembered as one of the many fallen heroes on The Strip.

- Mohammed Elshamy

Friday 15 April 2011

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank unite in mourning of slain activist Vittorio Arrigoni

Palestinians across the Gaza strip and the West Bank will join today in mourning slain activist Vittorio Arrigoni. People will gather both in the Al Manara square in Ramallah and at Al Jundi al Majhull, the unknown soldier park, in Gaza City. Mourners will be received at up by the ISM and local popular committees and BDS and civil society activists.

16.00, Al Jundi AL Majhoul - demostration will move towards al Jundi al Majhoul, the unknown soldier park. A mourning tent will open at the fisherman’s port Al Mina al sayadeen


16.00, Al Manara square - gathering to commemorate Vittorio The crowd will then march to Al Bireh where mourners can pay their respect at an event held at the Al Bireh Municipality hall.

© VA

Further events will take place across the West Bank and the Gaza strip. Protest demonstrations have taken place fallowing the Friday prayer across from the UN head quarters in Gaza. The villages of Bil'in and Al Masara have dedicating their weekly demonstrations to Vittorio today. Tomorrow in Nablus the poplular committee has called for a commemoration in the centre of the city with political parties in condemning Vittorio's killing and celebrating his work.

© VA Immortalando lo storico sbarco

April 14, 2001 - Today, friend and colleague, Vittorio Arrigoni, a journalist and human rights defender working in the Gaza Strip, was kidnapped by Salafists, members of a very small extremist group in Gaza.

© VA

Vittorio has been active in the Palestine cause for almost 10 years.  For the past two and a half years, he has been in Gaza with the International Solidarity Movement, monitoring human rights violations by Israel, supporting the Palestinian popular resistance against the Israeli occupation and disseminating information about the situation in Gaza to his home country of Italy. 

He was aboard the siege-breaking voyage in 2008 with the  Free Gaza Movement and was incarcerated in Israeli prisons several times. He was in Gaza throughout Israel’s brutal assault [Operation Cast Lead], assisting medics and reporting to the world what Israel was doing to the Palestinian people. 

He has been arrested numerous times by Israeli forces for his participation in Palestinian non-violent resistance in the West Bank and Gaza. His last arrest and deportation from the area was a result of the Israeli confiscation of Palestinian fishing vessels in Gazan territorial waters.

Vittorio frequently writes on the issue of Palestine for the Italian newspaper, IL Manifesto and Peacereporter. Additionally, he maintains Guerrilla Radio and on Facebook.
Khalil Shaheen, a friend of Vittorio and Head of the Economic and Social Rights Department at the Palestinian Center for Human Rights said, "This is outside of our traditions. We are calling for the immediate release of my best friend. 

Vittorio Arrigoni is a hero of Palestine. He was available everywhere to support all the poor people, the victims. I'm calling on the local authorities here in Gaza, and all security departments, to do their best to guarantee his safety and immediate release."

Vittorio was granted honorary citizenship for his work on promoting the cause of the Palestinian people. Members of Gazan civil society are demanding his release; tomorrow at 4:00pm there will be a mass demonstration in Jundi Square.

For more information, please contact:

1. Inge Neefs, ISM Gaza, English, 00 972 597 738 436


2.  Silivia Todescini ISM Gaza, Italian 00 972 595 447 660

3.  Nathan Stuckey, ISM Gaza, English, 00 972 597 650 864

4.  Huwaida Arraf, Free Gaza Movement, English & Arabic

00 972 598 336 215

5.  Adie Nisterooly (close friend of Vittorio's), ISM Gaza, English,


 Traduzione ed edizione per la terra d'Albione concepita con materna cura da Daniela Filippin

 International Solidarity Movement (ISM) is a Palestinian-led  non-violent resistance movement committed to ending Israel's illegal occupation of Palestinian land.  We call for full compliance with all relevant UN resolutions and international law.
For specific media inquires such as interview requests, photo usage, etc. please email the ISM Media Office at

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cultures of Resistance: Iara Lee Film Screening : Boston IFF April 30

Cultures of Resistance: A Film For Peace and Justice
at Boston International Film Festival
The Brattle Theatre

Take Action!  


Cultures of Resistance is filmmaker Iara Lee's (Modulations, Synthetic Pleasures) travelogue as she filmed in the most dangerous places in the world.  Lee searched for creativity to be used as ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.  Iara documented Resistance and Resistance Movements through art, culture and music.

Iara Lee, Director, presenting her filming on the Mavi Marmara to the United Nations HERE

Cultures of Resistance features Medellin Poets for Peace, Capoeira Masters from Brazil, Niger Delta Militants, Iranian Graffiti Artists, Women's Movement, Leaders in Rwanda, Lebanon's Refugee Filmmakers, US Political Pranksters, Indigenous Kayapo Activists from the Xingu River, Israeli Dissidents, Hip Hop Artists from Palestine, Saffron Revolution Burmese Monks.

Iara Lee and Cultures of Resistance:

Iara Lee states, "The message of Cultures of Resistance is that people throughout the world need to rise up to create positive change. That is something I have always felt. But I never expected to see this spirit being put into action so dramatically as it is now in so many countries in North Africa and the Middle East. Hopefully that spirit of change will continue to inspire people in many more countries to come. Cultures of Resistance is a celebration of people's power and creativity. It promotes the notion that, if we all work together, we can--as Gandhi said--be the change we want to see!"

Log in to Boston Independent Film Festival with Facebook to Purchase tickets HERE

SEE Event in Boston, The Brattle Theatre HERE 

BOSTON Facebook Event HERE 

A screening coming soon to you!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Goo Goo Dolls Tour Dates 2011 w/Michelle Branch: Warner Bros Records


For Immediate Release:

Goo Goo Dolls Confirm Tour Dates Summer 2011

Michelle Branch and Parachute to Support

GOO GOO DOLLS have extended their American tour with dates that will take the band across the U.S. through late August including cities that they have not played in some time.  The band’s current album, SOMETHING FOR THE REST OF US, continues to garner global critical praise: 

“’Something For The Rest of Us’ flows with emotional rock anthems" - USA Today

“Anthemic rock really doesn’t come much better than that of the Goo Goo Dolls.  Twelve soaring radio anthems to make you smile” - KERRANG! (U.K.)

“’Something For The Rest of Us’ displays both emotional and musical heft and dynamic ebbs and flows” – Billboard

"More than ever, the songs of John Rzeznik seem to resonate deeply into the common consciousness of us all reflecting the universal emotional fallout of our times in song.  It’s no wonder the GOOS have broken the record for The Most Top 10 or higher Hits in Radio History", per Billboard Magazine.

Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac, and drummer Mike Malinin are on the road now. Don’t miss GOO GOO DOLLS live this summer with Special Guests Michelle Branch and Parachute. Confirmed dates are as follows: 

  • Fri            April 8              Gerhard Fieldhouse                     Lewisburg, PA 
  • Sun         April 10            Thomas Fieldhouse                   
  • Lock Haven, PA                       
  • Tue        April 12             Covelli Centre                                  Youngstown, OH
  • Thur      April 14             Diamond Jo Casino                        Dubuque, IA
  • Fri         April 15             Lamkin Activity Center                  Maryville, MO
  • Sun        April 17             SUNY Brockport Arena                   Brockport, NY
  • Thur     May 26             Chumash Casino                                   Santa Ynez, CA                     
  • Fri         May 27             Pechanga Resort and Casino              Temecula, CA  
  • Sat        May 28             Pechanga Resort and Casino               Temecula, CA                        
  • Fri         June 3              Red Rock Resort                                     
  • Las Vegas, NV                 


    Newly confirmed tour dates - Michelle Branch and Parachute support on all dates unless otherwise noted:

    • Wed     July 13              PNC Pavilion at Riverbend                     Cincinnati, OH
    • Fri        July 15              Harrah's Council Bluffs                          Council Bluffs, IA
    • Sat       July 16              Charter One                                           Chicago, IL
    • Sun      July 17              Meadowbrook                                       Rochester (Detroit), MI
    • Tue       July 19              Bank Of America Pavilion                      Boston, MA
    • Wed     July 20              Oakdale Theatre                                    Wallingford, CT
    • Fri        July 22              PNC Bank Arts Center                            Holmdel, NJ
    • Sat       July 23              Tropicana Casino Resort/The Quarter  Atlantic City, NJ

      (Parachute not appearing)

    • Sun      July 24              Nikon at Jones Beach Theater                Wantagh, NY
    • Tue       July 26              The Filene Center                                   Vienna, VA
    • Wed     July 27              The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre   Columbus, OH
    • Fri        July 29              Darien Lake Performing Arts Center        Darien Center, NY
    • Sat       July 30              Bethel Woods Center for the Arts           Bethel, NY
    • Sun      July 31              Saratoga Performing Arts Center            Saratoga Springs, NY
    • Tue       Aug 2               Stage AE                                              Pittsburgh, PA
    • Wed     Aug 3               nTelos Wireless Pavilion                        Portsmouth, NH
    • Fri        Aug 5               Pompano Beach Amphitheater               Pompano Beach, FL
    • Sat       Aug 6               Tropicana Field                                     St. Petersburg, FL

    (Michelle Branch and Parachute not appearing)

    • Sun      Aug 7               Verizon Wireless Amph at Encore Park   Alpharetta, GA
    • Tue       Aug 9               Uptown Amphitheatre                            Charlotte, NC
    • Wed     Aug 10              Raleigh Amphitheater                             Raleigh, NC
    • Fri        Aug 12              Live at the Garden                                 Memphis, TN
    • Sat       Aug 13              Hard Rock Hotel/Hard Rock Live            Biloxi, MS

    (Parachute not appearing)

    • Wed     Aug 17              1st Bank Amphitheater                           Denver, CO
    • Thur      Aug 18              Deer Valley Ski Resort                           Park City, UT
    • Sat       Aug 20              Mammoth Mountain Ski Area                  Mammoth Lakes, CA
    • Sun      Aug 21              The Mountain Winery                             Saratoga, CA
    • Tue       Aug 23              Fox Theater                                           Oakland, CA
    • Wed     Aug 24              Antelope Valley Fairgrounds                  Lancaster, CA
    • Thur      Aug 25              Grand Sierra Casino/Summit Pavilion     Reno, NV 

    Additional dates TBC shortly. Go to for ticket information.   

    © Goo Goo Dolls 

    For further information contact Warner Bros. Records Publicity:

    Regional/Tour Press:  TJ Tauriello  (818) 953-3311 /


    Saturday, April 9, 2011

    Unity of Buffalo: Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery

    is honored to be hosting   

    Tibetan Buddhist Monks 

    Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 PM

    A Buddhist Approach to Working with the Emotions    

    Our emotions bring tone and color to our experiences, and predispose us to dealing with challenges and problem situations in specific ways.  When the emotional body is strong and healthy,  we are predisposed to meet life most effectively and creatively.             

    Saturday, April 9 at 7:00 PM:  

    Dug-Sher-Seng-Sum puja    

    An ancient Buddhist prayer ceremony performed by monks for centuries.   It is known for its immensely powerful and swift energy towards removal of obstacles and negative energies that may be affecting an individual, family or community.  The ceremony entails chanting of sutra texts through meditation, recitation of mantra and synchronized clapping by the monks to symbolize sending away of the negative energies. It is recommended for the very purpose of clearing away negative forces and establishing a calm mental and emotional well-being.

    No one is ever turned away due to inability to donate the suggested amount.

    Event Passes on sale at Unity of Buffalo office and online:

    Unity of Buffalo, 1243 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209

    (716) 882-0391  |  Website Email Facebook  |  Twitter

    Drepung Loseling is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. A center for the cultivation of both heart and intellect, it provides a sanctuary for the nurturance of inner peace and kindness, community understanding, and global healing.

    Unity of Buffalo is committed to living from that place of knowing that our prayers have already been answered.  They believe in the innate goodness of all people ("original virtue") and that we all have a great untapped potential within us waiting to be called upon.  They believe in the power of prayer and the power of our positive thoughts, words and deeds to make a profound difference in the world.

    Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Defending Education: Here and Abroad: HEC

    Message from Dr. Atta ur Rahman


    Dear Colleagues

    In a shocking move, the present government approved the shredding of the Higher Education Commission into pieces handing the functions to the provinces. The Cabinet formally approved this last week.

    This was illegal as HEC was a Federal Regulatory Authority and protected under the 18th amendment of the Constitution like other Federal Regulatory Authorities.

    6 easy steps, two event pages, petition, protest, website, group, you tube 


    Join hands and shoulders under one slogan. "Save HEC, save our future"  Help us spread the word that all universities (students, faculty, administration) in Islamabad peacefully gather outside HEC building to show solidarity with the Commission until the government takes back its decision and agrees to release all promised funds to it.

    It's time to give back.  Time to stand up for upcoming young talent in Pakistan and their education.

    The organization has done so much.  Now is time to see what we can do for it.

    Everyone abroad, gather signed petitions. 

    In PakistanTake your class fellows and protest before Pakistani High commissions. Gather local media's attention, make videos, send them to us. We will send them to local News Channels.


    Atif  0300-5575303 
    Farhan 0312-5343821 
    Umer 0333-5247827

    Islamabad Chapter
    Atif Abdul Majeed
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    Lahore Chapter   visit website
    Karachi Chapter  visit website 

    United Kingdom Chapter
    Farhan Manzoor
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    Italy Chapter
    Raheel Maqsood Hashmi
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    Sweden Chapter
    UAE Chapter
    Naeem Akhtar 

     Are you with us or will you just sit back and wait for others?

    © Defending HEC, Galib Khalil

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