Adoption Initiative Conference

SAVE THE DATE: June 9–11, 2016

THEME: Myth and Reality in Adoption: Transforming Practice Through Lessons Learned

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Narratives of Hope: #MalcolmX

In sponsorship with CASAR, the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship, the Arab Studies Institute, the Arts and Humanities Initiative and the English Department at the American University of Beirut, a panel discussion “Narratives of Hope” discussing Malcolm X was presented by Ajamu Baraka and Daniel Drennan, and moderated by Dr. Rania Masri, on February 23, 2015.
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Adoption Is War I+II; Lebanon 2015/1975

I’ve just added a new page, Lebanon 1975: Adoption is War II. It is based on an article found in the news magazine Monday Morning from January, 1975, three months before the “start” of the Lebanese Civil War. It is a reactionary promotion of adoption practice, and it presents the disturbing picture of source countries such as Lebanon in which the “progeny of the enemy” of the ruling class is targeted for expulsion from the country.

Click the above page link, or else here:

The original Adoption is War post I’ve renamed Lebanon 2015: Adoption is War I. It also speaks of reactionary adoption propaganda in the present day and age. That nothing much has changed in all this time should give us great pause.

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#SimplePieceOfPaper #OurRecordOurRight @NYAdoptEquality

I was asked to show my “simple piece of paper” in a recent Tweet from New York Adoption Equality [link to site]. I’ll have that soon! In the meantime, I decided to use up some extra scratchboard from my illustration class and make some bumper stickers:

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Malcolm X Returns to Beirut

This is my second piece for Land of Gazillion Adoptees/Gazillion Voices [link to article].

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In Memory of Sakia Gunn

Sakia Gunn was murdered on May 11, 2003, in Newark [link to documentary]. I wrote this after attending a sparsely attended vigil for her on the piers of the West Village where she was hanging out with her friends that night. In striking contrast to Matthew Shepard, who garnered 113 stories in the New York Times—three with their lead on the front page—this much more local story failed to elicit more than the following headline under the rubric Metro Briefing, New Jersey; Newark: “Warrant Issued for Arrest in Stabbing”. A grand total of 98 words.

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الذاكرة : مجهولة | Memory: Unknown (film screening)

Badael/Alternatives presents:
Origins Café
A monthly venue for the discussion of issues
related to all those separated from their origins.

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What is the obverse of “ghost” and “haunting”?

Originally posted on Transracialeyes:

We’ve spoken about ghosts here and there. Lately, with reunion looming, I feel like I am haunting my own life, finding might-have-been footsteps; meeting could-have-been friends and, inch’allah, even family.

But the metaphor is bothering me. A ghost is the immaterial which haunts the physical plane of the past, of what was. What is it when our physical self falls into phase with a phantom “future”, a ruptured would-have-been?

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Research/writing at @academia

I’ve uploaded papers, conference presentations, articles, etc. to [link to]; I hope this will serve as a more central repository of output than my various blogs/web sites.

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حبل صرّة | Umbilical Cord (theater performance)

Badael/Alternatives presents:
حبل صرّة | Umbilical Cord
Testimonies from the world of forced separation.
After more than a century, the wars are still going on.
Featuring the photography of Samer Mohdad.

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