Michael Riordon

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59. Freedom rides have begun: live video.

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The first Freedom Ride in Palestine is underway.  At the moment (9:05 AM EST) Israeli soldiers and police are ordering the Freedom Riders to get off the bus, and they – quite rightly and quite bravely – are refusing.

The international social justice action site, Avaaz, is carrying a live video stream from inside the bus.  Not surprisingly, transmission is patchy.  Even so, you can discern both the voices of repression and the voices of resistance, in several languages.

On the same page, Avaaz is building an international petition to stand in solidarity with the Freedom Riders and their non-violent campaign for human rights.  When I signed a few minutes ago, it already had close to 45,000 signatories from around the world.

The Freedom Riders are in danger.  Whatever happens next, our support is crucial.

Please join the Freedom Riders now, here.


Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

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