Standing for justice: From Chicago to Arbaeen (ep14)
On the 14th episode of Nader’s Show we hosted Mama Edie Armstrong. Mama Edie is a bilingual storyteller, a Speech and Language Pathologist and percussionist. She was awarded a National Storytelling Network Grant and a RaceBridges Fellowship for her residency “What About the Children?” encouraging refugee children to tell their own stories.
Mama Edie starts the interview with her stunning comments on her 2017 experience of participating in the Arbaeen Walk from Najaf to Karbala saying that “it reminded me of the first time that I went to West Africa and I felt an unmistakable sense of being back home”
Then she brings up the matter of “language” use in this great walk; Mama Edie believes that it didn’t matter, that we spoke different languages, because we care to communicate and that’s important.
Mentioning her participation in Chicago March in 1966 along with Martin Luther King, Edie tells us how they asked for justice and civil rights for African Americans and how people were cursing and spitting at them; telling this she compares the two walks naming Imam Hussain and how he stood for justice and the point that Imam Hussain was an example of patience, tenacity, determination, and internal institute.
At the end, Mama Edie emphasizes on the unique aspects of Arbaeen Walk and the fact that people can be reminded of the pain but also of the triumph of spirit and we need to talk to each other and don’t’ allow anything get in the way of what we can achieve, as a human family.
“Nader’s Show” is hosted by Iranian filmmaker and writer Nader Talebzadeh, who has produced programs for an Iranian audience including a vast number of interviews with the US dissidents and whistleblowers.
American government couldn’t stand his voice of truth thus put sanctions on him to silent his voice, but Nader started a show to be the voice of the voiceless. Voice of the people who has been sanctioned either by governments or by the corporate media.
In “Nader’s Show” he wants to go beyond the borders and let the voices be heard.