Peaceful Protest and the Response

Our special guest co-host is Emma Wilson, Nevada girl and student of Middle East politics and broadcast journalism. She brings us Esam Boraey, an Egyptian human rights advocate, now an exile living in Des Moines, who was in the middle of the Tahrir Square in 2011, where the demand to the Mubarek regime was three words: "Freedom, Justice and Dignity". He shares the horror of seeing friends killed and blood on the street, and shock from the U.S. non-response. We also hear from two members of the local Egyptian community, ISU PhD candidate Noor Abdelsamad and professor Ayman Fayed, about life in Ames after growing up in Cairo. Then, host Greta Anderson shares footage from outside Saturday's GOP tent at the tailgater preceding the Cyclone-Hawkeye game, where candidates were scheduled to appear, and where an ad hoc student group "Students against Bigotry" carried a banner in protest of the hate speech of one of those candidates. We talk with the group's leader, Maria Alci'var, about the goals of the protest, the solidarity in numbers and some of the harassment her group faced from haters. Also: a fond look back at this weekend's Maximum Ames Music Festival, with a poem from Saturday's reading by Brett Brinkmeyer.

    Other KHOI shows mentioned in this program:
  • Ready, Ames, Fire! Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  • First Hand Poetry, Wednesday 8:30 - 9:00 PM
  • Dulce Pan Monday 10:00 PM - 12:00 aM (more tonight on Students Against Bigotry)

Listen Here Now Originally broadcast 09/14/2015
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