Viva Egypt: Defend Egypt’s Revolution, Honor a Year of Arab Uprisings

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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

Call-Out for Solidarity with Egypt: Defend the Revolution

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Originally posted on en.nomiltrials.com

A letter from Cairo to the Occupy/Decolonize movements & other solidarity movements.

After three decades of living under a dictatorship, Egyptians started a revolution demanding bread, freedom and social justice. After a nearly utopian occupation of Tahrir Square lasting eighteen days, we rid ourselves of Mubarak and began the second, harder, task of removing his apparatuses of power. Mubarak is gone, but the military regime lives on. So the revolution continues – building pressure, taking to the streets and claiming the right to control our lives and livelihoods against systems of repression that abused us for years. But now, seemingly so soon after its beginnings, the revolution is under attack. We write this letter to tell you about what we are seeing, how we mean to stand against this crackdown, and to call for your solidarity with us.

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CALL FROM GAZA: OPEN THE RAFAH CROSSING PERMANENTLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY

AROC is honored to sign on to the below statement coming directly from organizations and civil society in Gaza.

Article 13 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly states that:

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.

(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

This article follows others that unequivocally recognize the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of ALL members of the human family, which naturally includes Palestinians.  Continue reading

A People’s History of the Egyptian Revolution

By:Rami El-Amine and Mostafa Henaway– www.leftturn.org
July 7, 2011

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

‘Voices from the Arab Meedan: A meeting point between Arab revolutionaries and Bay Area community’

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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)
  • 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: info@araborganizing.org, kgoodin@meedan.net

Solidarity Actions with the People of Egypt

mubarak outToday Mubarak has been forced out of presidency. We must continue to stand by the Egyptian people to force out the entire Mubarak regime and usher in a truly popular and democratic leadership. We honor those who have ushered in this revolution through their years of struggle for liberation in the Arab world, reaching a peak these past 18 days. We honor Tunisia’s inspiration, and we look to the future to follow in these footsteps for the liberation of all people.

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