The Not In Our Name movement was born after September 11 to strengthen and expand resistance to US militarism and war. The key issues that inform the movement are preventing war on the people of the world; stopping the disappearances and vicious attacks on Arab, Muslim and South Asian people in the US and stopping the destruction of civil, legal and political rights, including the very right to dissent, here in the US.
On Sunday October 6th, thousands will gather at Not In Our Name rallies in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and over a dozen cities around the country, to take a stand against war. Today we talk with musician, playwright and political activist Oscar Brown Jr., Palestinian-American poet Suheir Hammad and Miles Solay of Refuse and Resist
Oscar Brown Jr., is considered by many to be the father of rap music. A successful lyricist, poet, songwriter, playwright, actor and vocalist, Oscar first gained national attention in 1960 with the release of “Sin and Soul”, his critically acclaimed debut album. His original plays include “Kicks & Company”, “Joy ’66” “Summer in the City”, “Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadow”, “Opportunity Please Knock” and the musical “Big Time Buck White” which appeared on Broadway and featured Muhammad Ali in its title role.
Suheir Hammad is a Palestinian-American poet and political activist. She has published a book of poems, “Born Palestinian, Born Black” and a memoir “Drops of this Story” and is prominently featured in “Listen Up! An Anthology of Spoken Word Poetry.” She is a recipient of the Audre Lorde Writing Award from Hunter College, the Morris Center for Healing Poetry Award. In addition to her work as a creative artist, Hammad has written and spoken out about issues such as the defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal, domestic violence, sexual abuse, racism and homophobia.
Miles Solay is an organizer for the Not In Our Name rally in New York and an activist with Refuse and Resist.
- Ed Asner, actor and social activist.
- Oscar Brown, Jr., musician/playwright.
- Suheir Hammad, Palestinian-American poet and political activist.
- Miles Solay, Not in Our Name organizer.