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March 15, 2017

Tonight: Agadez - The Music and the Rebellion
Tonight: Agadez - The Music and the Rebellion
We showed this informative and entertaining documentary in 2012 and it was enjoyed by all
Wednesday, March 15 at 7:00pm
Community Cafe,  2444 Central Ave,  St. Pete

Tuareg nomads have lived in the Sahara Desert for centuries, connecting North Africa and West Africa with their Camel Caravans. They are fiercely independent and have become famous for their rebellions, fighting to protect their freedom and culture. Omara Moctar, known as 'Bambino' is a young musician who has become a cult hero in Niger and represents a new generation of Tuareg. He is becoming known as one of the great guitar players of West Africa. After several years of exile, he has returned to his hometown, Agadez, a remote center of Tuareg culture at the edge of the Sahara. With the Sultan's blessing, he recently had a concert outside the Grande Mosque to celebrate their culture and their transition to the modern world. 1hr, 15min.  SHARE ON FACEBOOK

Film background information:
In 2012, the US, France and the African Union carried out a coup in Mali, in part targeting the Tuareg population featured in this week's film.  READ MORE
  Mali is a uranium-rich country of 14 million people in Africa, where the north meets the west. Once colonized by the French, Mali's population is 90% Muslim and it's most recognizable city is Timbuktu. Geographically, Mali is about the size of Texas and California combined.
Antiwar Cornering at the Make America Great Again March
Saturday, March 25 at 10:30am
Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater at the Bayfront Tennis Complex

This month’s cornering happens to fall on the same day as the MAGA (Make America Great Again) march being held in cities across America. According to the MAGA event page, they are "marching for our President, Vice President, Military, and First Responders. We love our freedom and owe the men and women who put their own lives on the line to ensure that freedom”. 

We think this is a great opportunity to have a different kind of conversation with people who have historically been assumed to have pro-war values. The best way to support the military is to end US foreign wars abroad and reduce America’s veteran population now and in the future. Engaging in drone warfare, destabilizing nations, overthrowing governments and supporting various terrorist groups is by far the worst way to guarantee the safety of the American people.

We have chosen the MAGA march not to yell at or directly confront the participants. We are looking to provide an honest platform for constructive conversation, in hopes of finding or creating common ground with people we share the world with. St. Pete for Peace will not be bringing megaphones. We will have our two most recent banners, some signs, and literature for those who wish to take it.

The event will be held at Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater at the Bayfront Tennis Complex. The MAGA event starts in the park at 11:00 am, where they will have speakers, and then a march. Our event will begin at 10:30 am, and will last until the march leaves the park. If you have questions or would like to be involved, please email dina@stpeteforpeace.org  
Junction 48 Screening

One night only screening of Junction 48. The film follows the life of a young Palestinian hip hop artist. As Kareem's star potential as "the first Arab rapper" garners attention, his own political consciousness grows and his lyrics become more defiant toward the oppressive political climate of living near Tel Aviv. Kareem and his girlfriend decide to use their songs to fight against oppression through the universal language of music. The screening will take place Thursday, April 20th at 8:30pm @ AMC Regency 20 in Brandon. Tickets can be purchased here .  5% of the proceeds will go towards Love Has No Borders mutual aid survival programs supporting recently arrived refugees. 
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