A Pre-Celebration of International Womens Day
Brutally Injured, MEDEA BENJAMIN deported to Turkey and then to US
Three members of an international delegation attempting to travel through Egypt to visit Gaza for International Womens Day were denied entry and deported from Egypt on March 4 and 5. The women include Northern Ireland Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire (who has been a guest on this show), American human rights campaigner Medea Benjamin, and Northern Ireland human rights advocate Anne Patterson.
We were refused entry and given no reason by Egyptian authorities, said Mairead MaGuire, It is a sad day when Egypt refuses entry to peace people and is complicit with Israeli and US policies in continuing the blockade of Gaza.
On the night of March 3, 2014, co-founder of the peace group CODEPINK MEDEA BENJAMIN was on her way to Egypt to join an international delegation of women going to Gaza when she was detained by border police in the Cairo airport, held overnight in a cell, and then brutally tackled (her arm badly injured), handcuffed, and deported to Turkey. During her time in the detention cell she had access to a cell phone, from which she contacted colleagues at CODEPINK about the poor conditions of the cell. When the Egyptian police removed her from the detention center, they used such excessive force she sustained a fracture and torn ligament in her shoulder. Alli McCracken the National Code Pink Coordinator will discuss Medea's condition.
Celebrate IWD and Womens Hist Month with Outstanding Doc Films
SheDocs Online Film Festival March 1 31, 2014
Throughout the month of March, Women and Girls Lead and Eileen Fisher, Inc. celebrate Womens History Month by launching #SheDocs, an online film festival showcasing 12 documentaries that highlight extraordinary women and their accomplishments. This month-long festival presents a collection of films by prominent independent filmmakers that focus on women and girls who are transforming their lives, their communities, and the world. There is no other online film festival that brings documentary film about women and girls to U.S. online audiences for free! Locsi Ferra, Thematic Campaign Manager, Women and Girls Lead and Independent Television Service (ITVS), discusses the series. You can watch these films at your convenience through March 31.
Tune in Saturday, March 8 for more special programming for International Womens Day where MEDEA BENJAMIN will be speaking.comments powered by Disqus