Activism in Process: Projects from Afghanistan, Puerto Rico, and Tunisia
April 29, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join us for a panel discussion with CHRA’s current collaborators in “Activism in Process”.
CHRA collaborates annually with a group of activists and organizers who are leading grassroots efforts in their communities. For our first “Activism in Process”, we are bringing together Badr Baabou from Damj (a LGBTQ++ rights organization based in Tunisia); Ernesto Pujol (a social choreographer based in Puerto Rico); and Elizabeth Rubin and Natasha Matteson from Last Exit Kabul (a global network supporting Afghan refugees).
Elizabeth Rubin and Natasha Matteson from Last Exit Kabul
Last Exit Kabul is a civic initiative made up of journalists and activists who came together to help Afghans, left behind by the U.S. withdrawal, escape and survive. It has become part of a transnational network for direct action that has arisen as a response to the U.S. government’s crime of indifference.
Ernesto Pujol is founder of The Listening School, which teaches deep-listening skills for the creation of conscious culture; The Savage Gardener Studio, which works to decolonize island ecology by designing native & edible gardens of sited memory; and Casa Pujol, an interdisciplinary residency for visiting scholars in San Juan. Ernesto is currently the Master Gardener at Hope Plantation, the Program Coordinator at Save a Sato Foundation animal shelter, and the Residency Director at Casa Pujol.
Badr Baabou from Damj
Damj is the first LGBTQ+ rights organization in Tunisia. Following a wave of arrests in 2008, Damj began its work by creating safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community in Tunisia and a legal support team to counter the arrests. Damj works towards a vision of a pluralistic, egalitarian and safe Tunisia. It focuses on abolishing law 230 of the penal code, which bans homosexuality. Dialogue and collaboration are at the heart of Damj, seeking to eradicate all forms of discrimination against minorities in Tunisia.
Photo by Yassine Gaidi.