#124 Juneteenth with Jessieca McNabb and Monique Tinsley and Multicultural Festival with Sarah Litvin and Caprice Rouge members Laura Crimmins, Karen Levine and Elena Erber

Today, we’re talking Black Lives Matter, multicultural community and UNITY!

Joining me in the first hour is Jessieca McNabb, comedian, co-host of Harambee Radio,No One Like You and oft guest on My Kingston Kids on Radio Kingston… and an active member of the Harambee Coalition, a mid-Hudson valley coalition that supports and promotes the strength of our community through cultural and educational events that enriches the lives of youth and adults. You can also catch Jessieca’s last appearance on “i want what SHE has” Episode #106, from February 5, 2020.

Joining Jessieca is Monique Tinsley, Jessieca’s “day 1,” who is also a vital member of the Harambee Coalition, working with Jessieca on initiatives to protect and restore the African Burial Ground on Pine Street and the upcoming online Juneteenth Celebration taking place online this Saturday from 1-4pm.

The Juneteenth holiday is considered the “longest running African-American holiday”[22] and has been called “America’s second Independence Day”. This Saturday’s Celebration will take place live on Harambee’s Facebook page to celebrate and remember the African-American Independence from slavery in America. This online festival will entertain, encourage and educate guests on parts of the African-American experience. This is a family friendly event which will include song, dance, spoken word, history, talk and more from various participants at locations throughout Kingston. This event is in loving Memory of Pastor Paul Worthington.

Jessieca and Monique speak with me about the Black Lives Matter protests, Juneteenth, the African Burial Ground and the importance of self care. Words they shared that I want to amplify are the need for white people to really pause regularly and soak up the reality of the black experience in the past few hundred years so that we don’t stop the pressure until there’s real equality and appreciation for black lives.

In the second half of the show I am joined by Sarah Litvin, PhD., Director of the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History to talk about the Multicultural Festival that is happening online now. The online festival website is the host to rich content from our diverse history and community; performances, cooking instructional videos, greetings in various languages, a list of our diverse restaurant scene and a community quilt.

Joining Sarah are three members from the band, Caprice Rouge, Laura Crimmins, Karen Levine, and Elena Erber, who are participating performers in this year’s online festival.

Caprice Rouge is an acoustic ensemble from the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State playing Balkan, Roma-Gypsy and Klezmer dance tunes! Performing on traditional instruments including accordion, violin, bouzouki, gypsy jazz guitar, clarinet, and percussion, the band is happy to play for dancers, revelers, and listeners at taverns and cafes, festivals and farmers’ markets, at weddings and other celebrations!

Stay tuned for live performances by the band once we’re safe for social distancing, and in the meantime, join in the online festival which will continue to have more content added to it in the coming weeks!

Today’s show was engineered by Nick Panken of Radio Kingston, www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from Caprice Rouge and Shana Falana.

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#109 Manda Zand Ervin “Alliance of Iranian Women”

MANDA ZAND ERVIN, Founder and Director of the Alliance of Iranian Women is today’s very honored guest. We will be talking about Iran, the beautiful history of Iran, the ruling Women-Gods, the plight of women in Iran under Sharia law, and her new book, “The Ladies’ Secret Society: History of the Courageous Women of Iran.

During the Iranian Islamic revolution, Manda witnessed the execution of many innocent people, including her high school principal who was murdered because she was a woman and the secretary of education.  She witnessed the human rights of the Iranian people, especially the women, taken away from them. She witnessed her homeland leaving the twentieth century to turn backward and she witnessed the effect.

Manda came to the United States as a political refugee on June 17th, 1980, became a citizen three years later and began her fight for human rights in Iran. She is the founder and president of the Alliance of Iranian Women a group which has deep connections within the Iranian diaspora and within Iran.

As the head of the Alliance of Iranian Women, Manda Ervin works to bring the West’s attention to the plight of Iranian women under Islamic Sharia laws.  She almost single-handedly gathered the support to pass a 2003 U.S. Senate Resolution on the human rights of the women of Iran. In 2005 Manda was invited to speak at the UN conference on the family in Islamic societies.

Manda is an analyst and writer, published by many online political magazines, like the Hudson Institute, American Thinker, and Family Security Matters, National Review and others.  She speaks on TV and radio programs, nationally and internationally, including CNN, BBC, Radio France, VOA, Radio Liberty.

Her book reveals, in print for the first time, the long history of struggle against clerical domination that Iranian women have been engaged in for centuries. Rooted in the proud history of ancient Iran, where Mother-Gods were once worshipped, the Ladies’ Secret Society, an organization founded in the early decades of the 20th Century, was both the inheritor of this proud history, and the progenitor of the contemporary women’s rights campaign in the Iran of today. Zand Ervin relates the stories, and records the accomplishments, of generations of individual women activists, who fought like lionesses for every scrap of freedom they gained, only to see all their hard-won rights destroyed with the coming of Khomeini’s Islamic Revolution. During the Islamic revolution, Zand Ervin witnessed the execution of many innocent people, including her high school principal, who was executed simply because she was a woman, and the Secretary of Education. She offers heartbreaking and compelling eyewitness testimonies of strong and emancipated women who were brutally pushed backwards to living under a crude, medieval society, and who have fought back, under sometimes impossible odds, and continue fighting today. Manda Zand Ervin’s History of Iran, the Iran that has been imprisoned behind a veil offers an insight and context to news of terrorism and the dangers caused by the misogynistic clerical regime ruling Iran which continues to dominate headlines.



Today’s show was engineered by Maddy Bogner of Radio Kingston, http://www.radiokingston.org.

We heard music from our fave, Shana Falana, http://www.shanafalana.com/

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