August is drawing to a close and the Equality for HER team is back from our hiatus but we've been repping EFH all #SummerSixteen. Check out our Summer Sixteen Recap.
Ammarah Rehman & Sana Naz linked up in Pakistan
This summer, our programming director, Ammarah Rehman traveled to Karachi, Pakistan to lead two projects focused on advocating for self empowerment and breaking Muslim stereotypes. Ammarah finally caught up with our regional correspondent Sana Naz. During the trip Ammarah interviewed TV anchor for, “Sawal hai Pakistan ka” on Aaj News, Rizwan Jaffar as well as members of the Youth Parliament of Karachi. Ammarah was honored at a Youth Parliament event in Karachi and given an award after being a guest speaker. She was also offered to conduct a session at the Lincoln Corner PACC and talk to our students about your initiative of spreading the message of Islam during the month of Ramadan.
BLAIR IMANI, KEEM O. MUHAMMAD, & ELLIE WARNER HOSTED FEMME FILM FESTIVAL
On June 17, Equality for HER hosted a SOLD OUT Femme Film Festival featuring 9 Months in the Bronx. The documentary follows, Felicia is 22, a pregnant resided in the Bronx. She knows that as soon as she gives birth, Children Services may come to the hospital and take her baby away. And she’s determined to stop that from happening. This documentary follows the very personal journey of Felicia, filmed over the course of 9 months in the Bronx, by the BBC’s Anna Bressanin, a New York based video journalist.
Equality for HER also partnered with Trap Bob and The Lost Queens to bring pop-up shops from two black femme owned businesses during the Femme Film Festival. The event was hosted by Blair Imani and bilphena yahwon.
Blair Imani was arrested at a peaceful protest in Baton Rouge
On July 8, Our very own Blair Imani returned to Baton Rouge in support of the fight for Black lives following the state sponsored killing of Alton Sterling. On July 10, a seamlessly executed and completely peaceful youth-led march drew community members together to honor the life of Alton Sterling. The event was organized by three young women between the ages of 15 and 17; Myra Richardson, Raheejah Flowers, and Jeanette Jackson. Following this march at a separate and impromptu gathering on the evening of July 10, Blair Imani was arrested along with several other protesters and community members.
While detained in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, Blair met our newest team member, Taylor Ely. Taylor was brutalized by police after peacefully assembling on France St. in Baton Rouge.
Following the murder of three member of Baton Rouge’s public safety department, Blair also organized a vigil and healing space for grieving community members. The event was hosted by Louisiana State University’s Student Government.
Blair Imani spoke at The Emergency Youth Forum Addressing Police Brutality
On July 19 in New York, Blair Imani spoke at The Emergency Youth Forum Addressing Police Brutality organized by V.O.Y.C.E. The event was presented by Council Member I. Daneek Miller and co-sponsored by Congressman Gregory Meeks, Senator Leroy Comrie, Senator James Sanders, Chair Adrienne Adams, Community Board 12 and 1st Avenue Marketing & Publishing. The event was moderated by Khaair J. Morrison, co-founder of V.O.Y.C.E. Panelists included:
- Retired NYPD Lt. Carlos Monroue
- Edwin Raymond, NYPD
- Rev. Cassius Rudolph
- Blair Imani, Equality for HER
- Zellie Imani, Black Liberation Collective
- Carmen Perez, Justice League NYC
Ammarah Rehman spoke on Let Your Voice Be Heard
It doesn’t end there! Ammarah also talked about the lack of attention and media coverage on ISIS and US attacks against Muslims on “Let Your Voice Be Heard”, an award winning weekly broadcast. Ammarah discussed the recent killing of the priest in France & ISIS attacks like the one in Niece. She mentioned how the GOP is spreading fear and Islamophobia. Ammarah also spoke about the recent attacks against Muslims (i.e. the US-backed bombing in Syria) and the lack of attention and media coverage on Muslims being killed by ISIS.