Join the Center for Constitutional Rights and our partners at the War Resisters League for an evening of music, art, and activism as we jointly launch “Against All Odds: Voices of Popular Struggle in Iraq,” a new book that presents the unique voices of progressive Iraqi organizing on the ground.
Author Ali Issa will be joined by hip hop artist and performer The Narcicyst, and the event will feature artwork by Sundus Abdul Hadi. Join us as we all celebrate Iraqi culture, art, and movement building!
Note: For those attendees observing fast for Ramadan, there will be light snacks served at 8:30 PM, so no reason to leave early for Iftar. Ramadan Kareem!
WHERE // Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10004
WHEN // Thursday, June 25 at 6:30PM (doors open at 6:00 PM)
RSVP // Click here to RSVP
About the book //
Collected from dozens of interviews with, and reports from, Iraqi feminists, labor organizers, environmentalists, and protest movement leaders, Against All Odds presents the unique voices of progressive Iraqi organizing on the ground. Dating back to 2003, with an emphasis on the 2011 upsurge in mobilization and hope as well as the subsequent embattled years, these voices belong to Iraqis asserting themselves as agents against multiple local, regional, and global forces of oppression. As Vijay Prashad notes in the foreword: “Other histories had been possible for Iraq, and indeed might yet be possible. The social basis for the Popular Movement to Save Iraq remains, even if in the shadows. It is the only force that could provide an alternative to the history of blood that stands before Iraq, the nest of bones, the sky of death.”
Workers’ justice, gender liberation, anti-imperialism, and global solidarity have been on the agendas of many Iraqi organizations, in contrast to almost all media and scholarly representations—even those that are sympathetic to popular Iraqi struggles. Media and scholarship instead focus on geopolitics, mass violence, and sectarianism to the exclusion of attempts at independent political action and imagination in Iraq. With the legacy of wars since 1980, followed by the brutal sanctions of the 1990s and the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation, not to mention the recent emergence of the threatening forces of the Islamic State, understanding and acting in solidarity with these struggles is more crucial than ever.
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