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[24 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
Saying NO! Is Not a Betrayal

Nawal Rajeh interviewed Aishah Shahidah Simmons, an award-winning African-American feminist lesbian independent documentary filmmaker and international lecturer, about her film NO! The Rape Documentary.
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Tell us where the idea to make this documentary began.
The idea started in the early 90’s when Mike Tyson was accused and charged of raping an African American woman. At that point many African American leaders were enraged that she came forward and accused him. I myself am a survivor, but when I started the process of this film, I didn’t think it had anything to do …

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[23 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Five reasons to go to jail like you mean it

Nadine Bloch
United States
“Let’s open up our strategic toolbox and find room for a deeper discussion of the pros and cons of jail time within a given campaign plan.”
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I’ve had it. Enough with the phone calls, emails and Facebook entreaties for money to pay bail to get someone out of jail for their part in a civil resistance action. Let me explain why I think this is such a big problem.
I want to start by talking openly about taking responsibility for our actions. For the moment, let’s put aside the discussion …

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[17 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Inside the Israeli Conundrum: Insights from Mati Milstein – Part 2

Connection Point Director
Yasmina Mrabet interviewed writer and photojournalist Mati Milstein about his recent book, My New Middle East: Inside the Israeli Conundrum.
His responses are below. This is the second part of a two-part interview. Read part one here.
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You mentioned that you wanted to remove readers from their comfort zone. Do you feel you have removed yourself from your comfort zone? And if so, in what ways?
I was terrified of Palestinians. I was terrified of entering the West Bank. It was a place I didn’t know and didn’t understand. It was a place where …

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[17 Jan 2013 | One Comment | ]
Inside the Israeli Conundrum: Insights from Mati Milstein – Part 1

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed writer and photojournalist Mati Milstein about his recent book, My New Middle East: Inside the Israeli Conundrum. His responses are below. This is the first part of a two-part interview. Read part two here.
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What was the inspiration and intent behind your recently published book My New Middle East: Inside the Israeli Conundrum? Why was it important for you to share this part of your life?
The chapters that make up My New Middle East were written as newspaper columns over the course of ten years. The intention of …

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