Zahra’s Paradise: Day One of Ten Days of Peace!

By @ 09/04/12 in News

Each Ten Days of Peace blog post will begin with information, followed by reflection.

Meet the Author of Zahra’s Paradise! Connect our local struggle for peace and justice with the struggle in Iran.

September 11, 2012, 6 PM, The Oakland Peace Center (111 Fairmount Ave., Oakland, CA 94607)

To honor “Axis of Friendship Day,” and in partnership with Faith Voices for the Common Good, the Oakland Peace Center is hosting a conversation with the author of Zahra’s Paradise, to recognize our connection to peace and justice work around the world.

Set in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009, Zahra’s Paradise is the fictional story of the search for Mehdi, a young protestor who has disappeared in the Islamic Republic’s gulags. Mehdi has vanished in an extrajudicial twilight zone where habeas corpus is suspended. What stops his memory from being obliterated is not the law. It is the grit and guts of a mother who refuses to surrender her son to fate and the tenacity of a brother—a blogger—who fuses culture and technology to explore and explode absence: the void in which Mehdi has vanished.

The author Amir is an Iranian-American human rights activist, journalist and documentary filmmaker. He has lived and worked in the United States, Canada, Europe and Afghanistan. His essays and articles have appeared far and wide in the press.
While the Oakland Peace Center’s focus is on bringing together people and organizations dedicated to creating access, opportunity and dignity for all people in Oakland and the Bay Area, we recognize how critical it is to pause and recognize our solidarity with sisters and brothers engaged in the same struggle in other parts of the world. Zahra’s Paradise is raw and heartbreaking and yet inspiring and true, like our own stories of struggling for peace in west Oakland, the Berkeley flats or the Tenderloin. Oppression and corruption run so deep that we need each other and need to know each other as sisters and brothers in the struggle for equity, freedom, and justice. Your evening will not be wasted if you come to better know our sisters and brothers in the struggle in Iran. And your life will be better for meeting Amir, the reamarkable and courageous author.Don’t miss an inspiring evening, and help kick off the Oakland Peace Center’s Ten Days of Peace!


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  1. Sandhya

    For an excerpt from this event, please go to:

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