Kerry Washington – Sojourner Truth

Born in New York circa 1797, Sojourner Truth was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Her best-known speech on racial inequalities, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, was delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.

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Documentary: 5 Broken Cameras

While listening to KPFK radio this morning, the Sojourner Truth show w| Margaret Prescod
http://www.kpfk.org/index.php/programs/142-sojournertruth#.U3Yf-qzn99A

The show highlighted this documentary and played excerpts which gave light to the conflict in Palestine/Israel. I went to a conference at UCLA a couple months back to hear the experiences of an activist group who visited Palestine. The violence against the people of Palestine is heart wrenching.

They are kicked out of their own homes, killed, beaten and the U.S. government is an ally with the entity inflicting these should-be crimes, Israel. There are certain roads they may and may not drive which is enforced by different colored license plates.

Nominated for an Oscar, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.