Blue Triangle Network, 3rd I NY,

and Queens Museum of Art Present


VOICES RISING: the 3rd National Day of Solidarity

 with Muslim, Arab and South Asian Immigrants


Free shuttle bus to the Queens Museum will be available from Jackson Heights Bus will leave at Minute=”20″>1:20 sharp, in front of Eagle Theater, on 37th Road , between 73rd  Street and


Saturday, February 21, 2004

Films, Queens Museum, 2-5pm

Music, Galapagos Art Space, 8pm please note earlier time


2:00pm-5:00pm, Queens Museum of Art, FREE

Film screenings and panel discussion with filmmakers and activists


FAROUK ABEL-MUKHTI: Political Prisoner – Konrad Aderer


PHOENYC-by Hima B.

B.E.S. (BANGLA EAST SIDE) -Sarita Khurana & Fariba Alam (WORLD PREMIERE)

And JUST ADDED:  DRUM BEATS by Desis Rising Up and Moving


8:00pm, Galapagos Art and Performance Space

Performances By:


DJ Siraiki (Mutiny, NYC)

DJ Abu Jorjj (damar-wa-fawda)

*$10 Cover-proceeds go to Blue Triangle Network


About the National Day of Solidarity

Around the country on the National Day of Solidarity, many people will come together to voice our outrage to the detentions and deportations, the forced registrations and racial profiling, the surveillance and the overall climate of demonization of Muslims, Arabs and South Asians.

On this day we will declare our collective determination to stop this repression; this time they are coming for the Muslims, Arabs and South Asians first but as have seen in recent times these attacks have already struck much broader sections of people: from the finger printing of all immigrants entering the US (except those from European countries), to the surveillance and intimidation of anti war activists.


We also express solidarity with International Mother Tongue Day, declared by UNESCO in 2000.  This day was chosen to honor the language martyrs who were killed in Bangladesh in 1952 while protesting the Pakistan government’s decision to impose Urdu as the national language for then-undivided Pakistan.”


For more information:

call: 917 733 1121

email: or


*******ABOUT THE PROGRAM**********


*****About the films*****



DRUM  BEATS by Desis Rising Up and Moving (4 min.)

Youth activists from DRUM discuss 9/11 policies that affect South Asian immigrants.


FAROUK ABEL-MUKHTI: Politcal Prisoner – Konrad Aderer  (5min.)

Farouk tells his own story from Passaic County Jail, and speaks out against the injustices inflicted on Muslim immigrants since 9/11.


JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE Jon Osman, (20 min.2003)

This feature documentary is based on the brutal murder of two Puerto Rican young men, Antonio Rosario and Hilton Vega who were shot by two NYPD detectives in the Bronx in early 1995. One detective was Mayor Giuliani’s former bodyguard. We will show an excerpt from film.


PHOENYC (previously known as Mistaken Identities) -by Hima B., (5min. 2003)

Interviews with six queer New Yorkers of South Asian and Arab descent immediately after 9/11.  We will show an excerpt from film.


B.E.S. (BANGLA EAST SIDE) -Sarita Khurana & Fariba Alam, (45 min. 2004)


A documentary portrait of four Bangladeshi teenagers growing up in the Lower East Side of New York City as they negotiate the complications of their lives as young immigrant teens in post 9-11 America.  One minute they’re giddily performing the latest Bollywood dance; the next, they’re having a serious discussion about the Bill of Rights, about the virtues of the educational system in America, or about growing up as Muslims in Bangladesh versus NYC.  A collection of verite, collage, and home movies, B.E.S. tells a different story of culture and possibility through young people’s own voices and experiences.


****About the Music*****


OUTERNATIONAL – Outernational describe their style as rebel music.  They have created a unique sound, mixing rock, hip hop, reggae, funk and bhangra.  They are becoming infamous for being the baddest band this side of the revolution.


DJ Siraiki  (Mutiny, NYC) is one of the major forces behind the rise of new South Asian music in NYC.


Abu Jorjj (damar-wa-fawda)has been instrumental in exploding Arabic traditional and dance music at the hottest spots in NYC. 




Queens Museum of Art – Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Directions: Take 7 train to Willets Point/Shea Stadium, follow yellow signs on a ten-minute walk through the park to the museum, which is located next to the Unisphere.   Check website for transportation updates.


Free shuttle bus to the Queens Museum will be available from Jackson Heights Bus will leave at 1:20 style=”FONT-SIZE: 11pt”> sharp, in front of Eagle Theater, on 37th Road , between 73rd  Street and Broadway. 



Galapagos Art and Performance Space

70 North 6th St. (between Kent and Wythe) Williamsbu Bedford (1st Stop in




February 20th is an opportunity to open the eyes of many more people to the reality of this repression and mobilize many more into this movement to stop it. On this day, communities of Muslim, Arab and South Asian immigrants can see that there are many others who will stand with them and act fearlessly to stop this repression.


Standing together on the National Day of Solidarity sends an important message to the government that they will face a growing multi-national and inter-religious movement of citizens and non-citizens who are organizing an unstoppable fight to end this kind of repression! 


For a list of events around the country please go to:


Read and endorse the Call for this day: