Rally described below.. AIME will also have an opportunity to speak along with our friends and allies from the Kashmiri community, Muslims for Social Justice, Black Workers for Justice, Jewish Voice for Peace and other peace and social justice faith and community leaders. This is an opportunity to bring the Palestine Liberation struggle to this Kashmiri nightmare and help connect the dots. It is no accident that India and Israel's Prime Ministers Modi and Netanhahu are close comrades. Half of India's military equipment purchases come from Israel. And their tools of ethnic cleansing and dispossession are eerily familiar.
We will gather by the steps right in front of the capitol. I will be driving and hope others can drive as well so we have a strong showing. I will be speaking as co-chair of the Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East (AIME), but I hope another AIME working group member or partner organizations will also join the speaker's platform. Please let me know if you can join me by calling or texting me at (917) 825-0884. IF AIME or parnter organization or congregation accepts the invitation to speak, please contact Manzoor Cheema at the email address above. Also please share the important reads below that Manzoor has provided. NOTE: Our international peace gathering plans to hold subsequent teach-ins that address the intersectionality of global liberation movements and challenges to growing racist oppression both here at home and abroad.
MANZOOR has put together some important reads below.
Kashmir Rally on Sept 15
Please consider attending Kashmir Freedom rally on Sunday, September 15, from 1-3pm at the State Capitol Building, 1 East Edenton St. in Raleigh. We will meet in front of the building by teh steps. This rally will protest the brutal violence by Hindu nationalist government of India (BJP - Bhartya Janta Party) against Kashmiri people. This rally on will invite Kashmiri community members who are cut off from their family members/friends in Kashmir and have heard reports of horrible human rights abuses there. Allies in Black Freedom Movement, Palestine Freedom Movement, anti-Islamophobia movement, and other movements will also be invited.
Learn about Kashmir
I had shared the following resources with many of you and thought to share once more. I have also included a statement by Project South at the end.
Azad Essa, “India’s Annexation of Kashmir is Straight out of the Israeli Playbook” https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/indias-annexation-kashmir-straight-out-israeli-playbook
Hafsa Kanjwal, “India’s settler-colonial project in Kashmir takes a disturbing turn” https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/08/05/indias-settler-colonial-project-kashmir-takes-disturbing-turn/
Arundhati Roy, The Silence is the Loudest Sound
Tariq Ali, Kashmir on the Edge of Abyss
Project South's Statement on Kashmir