General Meeting & Public Forum
Libya, North Africa & the “Middle East”
Thursday, February 7th
518 Valencia St
With a focus on North Africa, this month’s forum will include a discussion on recent developments in Libya taking into account the historical context and examining imperialism as a determining force in the region. We will hear an on the- ground analysis and report back about Libya, and a geopolitical analysis of the region.
AROC has started a rotating schedule between community potluck socials, and general public forums
on the first Thursdays of the month. Our last two general meetings/public forums were followed by
rich discussions on Syria and Yemen, with themes and analysis building from each event. Our next
forum will focus on North Africa. While the focus is broader in nature, our intent is to zoom out and
talk about the greater geopolitical context and regional influences.
INFO@ARABORGANIZING.ORG | 415/861.7444 Continue reading
When Tunisia and Libya began exhibiting what appeared to be the early stages of a popular uprising, some analysts and commentators turned to Morocco, the only remaining kingdom in North Africa, and tried to make sense of what Morocco is (or is not) experiencing:
“Morocco is a regional model.”
“Morocco is not like [insert your choice of country].”
“This King is not like his father.”
“Moroccans are not ready for democracy.”
“Morocco is the most democratic country in the region.”
“The monarchy is needed to preserve national unity.” Continue reading
Arab community and allies: Join us in marking the one year anniversary of Egypt’s revolution and honoring all the Arab revolutions of 2011. This is a time for us to be together to reflect on the transformations we have witnessed across North Africa and the Middle East and build community in support of liberation for all peoples. Continue reading
No matter how it unfolds, the Egyptian revolution will go down in the history books as a defining moment in the 21st century. Millions of Egyptians brought down one of the world’s most repressive regimes, that of the US-backed Hosni Mubarak, in just 18 days. Continue reading
by Kate, originally appears on: blog.meedan.net
On Saturday March 26th, Meedan and the Arab Resource and Organizing Center co-hosted an “Voices from the Arab Meedan.” For those who aren’t familiar with the word, ‘meedan’ is an Arabic word that means town square or gathering place. With this event we created a small gathering place, enabled by technology, where activists in the Middle East North Africa region could have a conversation with Bay Area community members. Continue reading
Originally posted: http://iraqleft.wordpress.com, by Ali Issa. On March 22nd, 5 Iraqi grassroots organizations announced an initiative that will target “the occupier and its agents”, that’s to say: US military bases and Iraq’s Maliki-led government. Continue reading
AROC will be co-hosting ‘Voices from the Arab Meedan: A meeting point between Arab revolutionaries and Bay Area community’ with Meedan (http://news.meedan.net/). What makes this event stand out, is that it is an interactive event, and not a static panel!
With this event we aim to connect individuals actively engaged in shaping this moment history with Bay Area community members who want to understand and contribute meaningfully to Arab movements of civic engagement, political organizing, and institutional change.
Live online discussion with influential revolutionaries and participants based in Arab countries such as:
- Ahmed Mekkawy – founder of Spirula Systems, which defended Egyptian opposition websites from DDoS attacks (twitter @linuxawy)
- Rayan Al-Emine – Lebanese activist, teacher and former editor of Left Turn Magazine.
- Ahmed Ragab – Egyptian revolutionary and journalist for al Masry al Youm (@Ahmed_Ragab )
- Fatma Emam – Cairo-based researcher at Nazra for Feminist Studies and Islamic feminist interested in the intersection of gender, religion and ethnicity (@fatmaemam).
Participants will hear reflections and perspectives from the speakers and discuss as a group what people outside the region may be able to do to help – as concerned journalists, techies, translators, activists and citizens.
Saturday March 26 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: Mission Social: 972 Mission Street (between 5th and 6th) in San Francisco, 5th floor
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
We, the undersigned, support the guiding principles and demands listed in this statement. We call on groups who want to express solidarity with the Arab revolutions to join our growing movement by signing this statement or keeping with the demands put forward herewith. Continue reading
Hossam el-Hamalawy, The Electronic Intifada, 2 March 2011
The Egyptian revolution, rather than coming out of the blue on 25 January 2011, is a result of a process that has been brewing over the previous decade — a chain reaction to the autumn 2000 protests in solidarity with the Palestinian intifada. Continue reading