Category Archives: voices

little did u know (part 2)

The little did u know podcast is produced by Matthew Charles, transracial adoptee, poet, and activist. I had the great pleasure of conversing with Matthew Zoom-wise for a few hours, and those conversations resulted in the current podcast as well … Continue reading

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little did u know (part 1)

The little did u know podcast is produced by Matthew Charles, transracial adoptee, poet, and activist. I had the great pleasure of conversing with Matthew Zoom-wise for a few hours, and those conversations resulted in the current podcast and the … Continue reading

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ineradicable voices: narratives toward rerooting: event video

In a previous entry [link ➤] I announced my participation with a collective performance/witnessing of adopted and fostered people in a safe and welcoming environment. It was an amazing experience, and I looked forward to our weekly virtual gatherings as … Continue reading

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Adoption Initiative statement on Black Lives Matter

This statement was written on behalf of The Adoption Initiative [Twitter: @AdoptionConf], the conferences of which I have had the pleasure of working on and presenting at for eight years now. The Initiative’s 20th anniversary conference was planned for this … Continue reading

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“What It Cost to be Adopted” by Michele Merritt

I was honored to have participated in this much-needed rebuttal to the ever-repugnant New York Times’ article, “What I Spent to Adopt my Child”. Quoting from the piece: The New York Times (NYT) recently published a piece, “What I Spent … Continue reading

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Citizen, Denizen, Alien: Lecture • Film Screening

The Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at AUB presents: A fellowship lecture on the topic of adoption via Lebanon by Daniel Drennan, followed by a screening of the film Memory: Unknown, which documents those adopted via Lebanon to Scandinavia and their … Continue reading

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Fanon on #Lebanon [almost].

The following is excerpted from a pamphlet I found at Alibris, entitled: “Frantz Fanon, Soweto, and American Black Thought”. Given the current split between the Lebanese bourgeoisie and the “chaab”—meaning, the actual masses within the country who aspire to something … Continue reading

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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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Adoption activism: Lebanon in a global context

Today Bada’el/Alternatives presented a workshop on “The Right to Origins” co-hosted with Legal Agenda, in Badaro, Beirut [link to site]. There were six adoptees present from the Netherlands, others from France and Switzerland. We’ve been doing a lot of media … Continue reading

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Right to Origins Workshop: Beirut

You are cordially invited to the launching of the NGO Badael-Alternatives, which addresses for the first time in Lebanon and in the Arab region the right to origins. For this very special occasion, we have prepared a workshop in partnership … Continue reading

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