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World Poetry Celebrates Universal Day of Children!

Ariadne’s Notes: Just got a call this morning from our wonderful human rights and advocate Alaha Ahrar. She was our first director a number of years ago.

This proclamation is important. The children and youth are the leaders of the future. We need to empower and believe in them, band together to bring projects of hope and inspiration that creates success for them.  World Poetry Canada International calls for all our 10,000 participants to come together individually and collectively for the precious children of the world.

JUSTICE FOR ALL CHILDREN by Alaha Ahrar.

Alaha with World Poetry medal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUSTICE FOR ALL CHILDREN

Today, November 20th, is the Universal Day of Children!! How wonderful and lovely, but I wish the United Nations showed some practical actions in support of refugee children as well. If refugee children are also included, then this day would have a real meaning and would be very appropriate for all children, but how? Some children have privileges that others are unable to afford or are denied including their basic human needs and rights. The weather is getting colder day by day, but some children have no support.

* Happy Children’s Day to all children around the world!

* All children are sweet and lovely regardless of their immigration status, race, religion, tongue and region, abilities and disabilities.

* All children should be treated the same regardless of the amount of wealth their parents have in their bank accounts.

* All children should be loved and cared for the same, regardless of whether their parents are around to nurture them.

* All children should be supported the same. Instead of calling them orphans of war, everyone should create a garden of care for each one of them.

* No child should be punished or called irresponsible for not having anyone to teach him/her manners.

* No child should be discriminated against based on the level of the poverty that they live in now, whether with their parents or without their parents.

* All children should be given equal attention regardless of the level of their intelligence.

* All children must be treated the same way regardless of not having supportive families, cute clothes and beautiful looks.

* All children should have access to the same amount of water and food to survive on a daily basis.

*All children must be protected from all predators, all kinds of abuses including emotional and physical violence.

 * All Children must have adequate clothes for each season.

* Everyone should help to protect children and make it a safer environment for them to grow up peacefully because children are the future of this world.

* All children must live under a roof because all children’s bodies are the same. The homeless, displaced and refugees, children’s bodies also cannot tolerate the intensity of this cold weather.

Are we still proud of ourselves? Are we satisfied with the knowledge that we have about the needs and violations of the rights of the refugee children? Do we know enough to help other children in need of food, clothes and shelter? Have we done anything to support at least one child in our life-time.

 

 By Alaha Ahrar, Human Rights Activist, Community Development Advocate-FACETS,Board of Directors,Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Director of Media and Publication Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA) &The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada.

*** Children’s Day is a day recognized to celebrate children. The day is celebrated on various calendar dates in different countries. Children’s Day was begun on the second Sunday of June in 1856 by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts: Dr. Leonard held a special service dedicated to, and for the children. Dr. Leonard named the day Rose Day, though it was later named Flower Sunday, and then Children’s Day. Source: Wikipedia. 

World Poetry Celebrates John Vanore!

Ariadne’s Notes: Another great guest on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, September 7, 1:35 pm, PST! John Vanore , composer and trumpet player called in to talk about his tribute album Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson, that was released in August.  I was impressed with his attention to detail and hard work to  create a loving , beautiful yet professional CD for Oliver Nelson.  WP Team: Ariadne Sawyer, Victor Swartzman tech, Sharon Rowe,  Braitwaite and Katz and Katherine Growdon.

To hear the show  CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bandleader/composer/trumpeter John Vanore’s all-star large ensemble album Stolen Moments: Celebrating Oliver Nelson comes out August 18 on Acoustical Concept.

Watch the EPK

This is one of the best ideas for a jazz record in decades…. [Vanore is] an arranger and a bandleader who truly knows backwards and forwards the subject of his tribute….. a first-rate record…. This is an Oliver Nelson tribute record that Nelson himself would have been proud of…” – Jeff Simon, Buffalo News “John Vanore is Philadelphia’s greatest big band leader and also its best-kept secret…. [a] brilliant new CD. …. Vanore makes great players greater, and creates space for stars to shine. This is an elegant  and unrivaled tribute to one of the great arrangers in jazz history.” – Jerry Gordon, WPRB FM, Princeton Though he was only 43 years old when he passed away suddenly in 1975, Oliver Nelson left behind a body of work that is staggering in its breadth and depth. More than 40 years later, his influence as a composer and arranger is still felt, though Nelson’s name isn’t mentioned as often as his innovations might merit.  Vanore’s Stolen Moments revisits nine pieces that were either composed or arranged by Nelson over the course of his prolific career. The album features Vanore’s Philadelphia-based band Abstract Truth, with saxophonists Steve Wilson and Bob Malach; trumpet players Tony Kadleck, Augie Haas, Jon Owens and Dave Ballou; Adam Unsworth and George Barnett on French horns; trombonists Ryan Keberle and Dave Taylor; and the rhythm section of pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Mike Richmond, drummer Danny Gottlieb, guitarist Greg Kettinger, and percussionist Beth Gottlieb. Stream a short compilation of music from the CD 

 

World Poetry Celebrates National Aboriginal Month! 

World Poetry Celebrates  National Aboriginal Month! 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate with us!

June 28, 6:30-8:30 PM New Westminster Public Library, 716, 6th Avenue

Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Wanda John-Kehewin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Chief Rhonda Larrabee

Poet Laureate: Alan Hill,  Candice James , Poet Laureate Emerita.

Tony Antonias

Music: Lavana La Brey

National Aboriginal Month with a Tribute to Vera Manuel

Book Launch Ahn Bong Ja

Book Launch Herb Bryce

Woven Word Tapestry Poem, How I First Came to Know Myself by  Vera Manuel

Open Mic

Free raffle

Food, Refreshments. Bannock by Wanda!  Cake!

Information: www.worldpoetry.ca  604-526-4729

Hosts: Ariadne Sawyer and Wanda John-Kehewin