Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Book Launch: San Francisco

April 27, 2009
The book, Long Time Passing: Mothers Speak about War and Terror is officially published as of today. The launch celebration, in Grace Cathedral's Gersham Hall, included Military Moms Rachel Avila and Mary Tillman and Afghan Americans Asma Eschen and Rahima Haya sharing their stories. Robert Abdul Hayy Darr brought Rumi's poetry and Jack Hirschman his poem, "Path." Rose Aguilar of KALW's Your Call radio and singer Kaylah Marin co-MC'd the event. Keep an ear out for Kaylah Marin - this young woman has a powerful and beautiful voice and you'll be hearing more from her in the future. She brought the audience together with Pete Seeger's 1960's anti-war song, "Where have all the Flowers Gone? Long Time Passing."

The event included Iraqi children's art, Liam Curry's "Soldier's Cross," Doug Minkler's posters, and Susan Galleymore's 3 sets of masks.
See the gallery for initial pix of the event - more to follow.

On to Portland where Maxine Fookson of No More Victims and Dr. Butti representing the Iraqi community of Portland will share their stories and Mona will share her music. Thanks to Tess Beistel for her hard work pulling this event together.

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