Fundraising Event: Deep Dish Presents David Barsamian and Prachi Patankar on Global Uprisings: Rebellion and Repression
Thu, March 12, 2015 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
GLOBAL UPRISINGS: REBELLION AND REPRESSION
Featuring David Barsamian and Prachi Patankar
Shock waves of popular rebellion have shaken elites across South Asia and the Middle East. But radical change has been stymied and the exhilaration of revolt against dictatorship and autarchy has been deflated by brute force and political maneuvering.
How to look at these developments? Is there a road forward?
Please join us in conversation with activist Prachi Patankar and David Barsamian (recently banned from travel to India by the government of the "worlds largest democracy," because of his reporting on Kashmir). Barsamian's radio program is heard on over 130 radio stations. He has co-authored books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmed, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Arundhati Roy. Prachi Patankar, an activist, educator, and arts administrator, grew up in rural India and was raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in peasant movements. For over a decade in New York City, she has been part of many movements against war, police brutality, and racism.
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For 23 years Deep Dish has been a laboratory for new, democratic and empowering ways to make and distribute video. It is a hub linking thousands of artists, independent videomakers, programmers and social activists. The network has produced and distributed over 300 hours of television series that challenge the suppression of awareness, the corruption of language, and the perversion of logic that characterizes so much of corporate media.
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About Prachi Patankar
Prachi Patankar is an activist, educator and writer living in New York City. She grew up in rural India, raised by a freedom-fighter grandmother and parents deeply involved in anti-caste and peasant movements. For over a decade in New York City, she has been part of movements against war, police brutality, and racism. Currently, Prachi works at the Brooklyn Community Foundation implementing the Foundation’s core initiatives and new grantmaking strategies. She is a co-founder of South Asia Solidarity Initiative (SASI), a New York–based collective that works in solidarity with social movements in South Asia. She also serves on the Board of War Resisters League and Afghan Women's Mission.
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