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World Poetry Celebrates Solutions By Racism Panel!

 

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Ariadne’s Notes:
The World Poetry Café Radio Show  with Ariadne Sawyer, host and producer, co-host Neall Ryon, engineer Victor Shwartzman and volunteer Sharon Rowe, proudly presented a strong panel on racism  and the need for cultures standing together, on July 28, 1-2 PM on CFRO 100.5 pm  and offered  personal stories and solutions for change.  Also mentioned was the  powerful  upcoming book  Conflict is not Abuse by Sarah Shulman which will be published in October by Arsenal Pulp Press.

A must listen show! CLICK HERE!

http://www.coopradio.org/station/archives/1707

Our wonderful panelists:

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Jennifer Chieh Ho.
Representing  workers in BC both for the federation of labour and psac, Representative for workers of colour on the BC federation of labour executive council

Representative for public service alliance of Canada BC regional workers of colour. Jennifer Chieh Ho is of ethnic Chinese background, born and raised in Brunei Darussalam, North West Borneo in South East Asia. She immigrated to Canada in 1988 with her family.

Jennifer has been a strong union activist for a number of years and empowers members in her community and union. In 2011, she was elected the first racialized Regional Vice President for BC and Yukon in the Union of National Employees of Public Service Alliance of Canada. Then in 2014, she was re elected by acclamation of the same title for the 2014 – 2017 mandate.

Jennifer is the Representative for racialized workers for two labour organisations; The BC Federation of Labour and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.

As a leader of the racialized equity group, Jennifer fights discrimination, mentors and builds networks of potential leaders from democratic grassroots and pushes for inclusion and fairness in the workplace.

Jennifer`s principle is “Go with your heart and respect“.

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Lorene Oikawa is an activist who speaks and writes on a range of topics including women in leadership, human rights, and social media. She is the President of the Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association. She is the founder of the Asian Canadian Labour Alliance in BC. She is a director on the board of the Canadian Labour International Film Festival. She was the first Asian Canadian Executive Vice President for the BC Government and Services Employees’ Union and served from 2005-2014. Lorene is a fourth generation British Columbian whose family migrated from Japan in the 1800’s and 1906.

Added information and links: “We will be launching the Hastings Park 1942 website that will include more stories and photos about Japanese Canadians imprisoned there in 1942. The signs are on permanent display in Hastings Park.” Here is the link for The Greater Vancouver Japanese Canadian Citizens’ Association: http://www.gvjcca.org/

Source: http://worldpoetry.ca/?p=9386

 Featured Poet

Anita Aguirre Nieveras, Life Time Achievement Award Winner, WP Ambassador to the Philippines, she is   educator, poet writer and humanitarian, Anita came from the Philippines a number of years ago and through personal experience has dealt with racism on various levels. She brings her experiences and wisdom to this panel.

 

World Poetry Café Radio Show Schedule for August!

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Upcoming World Poetry Café Radio Shows 100.5 FM, CFRO,  1-2 pm PST. Thursday  August features in August:

August 4, Patrick de Moss,Playwright, poet, prose writer  and Anupma Garg,   educator and poetry.

August 11,  Ruth Kozak with her new book Volume 2  SHADOW OF THE LION: THE FIELDS OF HADES is due to be published in October. This is part 2 of her novel about the fall of Alexander’ the Great’s dynasty. Published by MEDIA-aria. CDM Bristol, England.

August 18, Nightwood Editions authors with new books: The Red Files by Lisa Bird Wilson and How Festive the Ambulance by Kim Fu.

August 25, Nightwood Editions: How To Be Eaten By  A Lion by  Michael Johnson and Kris Allen, CD Beloved,  Braithwaite & Katz , Jazz music.

*Thanks to Nightwood Editions, MEDIA-aria. CDM Bristol, England  and Braithwaite & Katz.

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World Poetry Celebrates Mahmood Jan from Afghanistan!

Ariadne’s Notes: I have been receiving so much e-mail from all over the world, some of it is so unique. This poem was read on the World Poetry Café Radio Show several weeks ago and I would like to feature him as an example of the quest for peace around the world.

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“My name is Mahmood Jan from Afghanistan.

I am a 52 year old man I am living in Kabul, a shopkeeper in the selling of tiles.

I am sorry :  I am studying English is   but it is poor

I have a  little knowledge of English

language. But I  feel the pain of the world creating such pain topics as (  Voice of the heart of the world)  that I wrote.

I thought I would share my topics the outcomes that  I feel that I am alive to read especially in the writing or singing to express my feelings.

This is for reading on the world peace day with full singing sound on September 21st.

Voice of the Heart of the World

Our world   Your world   Our world

Our sky   Your land   Our space

I am   As you are   You are   As I am

Our place   You live   We live   Your place

Our love   Your ambition   Our ambition   Your love

Our world   Your world   Our world

Our sky   Your land   Our space

Hey person   Hey human   Hey mankind

Our color   Your blood   Our body

Our intellect   Your brain   Our mind

We see   You see   Our lookout

We become dust   We are melting

We become growth   We become leaves

We become flowers

Our flowers  Your flowers   Our grass and land

Our world   Your world   Our world

Our sky   Your land   Our space

Our stones   Your mountain   Our universe

Our stars   Your moon   Our sun

We become light   We become lamps   We shine

This is our heart   This is our heart   This  is our heart

Asia is our heart   Australia is our heart   Africa is our heart

America is  our heart   Europe is our heart

All people the world are one heart

All people the world are one heart

Mahmood Jan  (C)