3 Boroughs, 3 Mosques: Resistance to Mosques in NYC
Plans to build mosques in downtown Manhattan near the World Trade Center site, in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, and in Midland Beach, trudge forward, meeting resistance at every step. This past Sunday, there was yet another protest against the building of the proposed Staten Island mosque in an empty convent. Those against the mosque-building raise various objections, from the threat of terrorism to parking congestion. Muslim community members have been organizing in response. We'll talk to ZEAD RAMADAN of the Council of American Islamic Relations New York, LANA SAFAH of Muslim American Society, and HESHAM EL-MELIGY, a Staten Island community organizer.
Nearly 200,000 farmers have committed suicide in India in the past ten years, but this fact is ignored by much of the mainstream Indian media. A new documentary follows veteran journalist P.Sainath as he puts faces and names to India's agrarian crisis and challenges the state and the general public to take action to stem the country's growing inequality. We’re joined by director DEEPA BHATIA in advance of the film’s screening at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on Thursday, June 24th.
Deepa Bhatia is director of Nero's Guests.
Sunny Jain's "Taboo"
In his latest album, composer and percussionist SUNNY JAIN draws artistic inspiration from ghazals for his musical exploration of the taboos of homosexuality, domestic violence and religious strife in the South Asian community. We will listen to some of the tracks and speak with SUNNY about the creative process behind this album and his political message.
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