Ani Zonneveld is with us. She represents a group called ‘Muslims For Progressive Values’. With the lofty goal of bringing together people who want to work towards a more humane world.
She was here to talk about the upcoming event entitled,"Celebration of Life," at CBS Studios in Los Angeles.
An evening of music, poetry, and appearances by our own Mayor Eric Garcetti, prominent human rights advocates, their families, and their celebrity supporters, to draw attention to pervasive threats to human rights. Threats which can be thwarted only with education and the freedom to think critically. The event can be followed on social media through the #FreedomOfConscience hashtag.
Raif Badawi - Imprisoned for 10 years and sentenced to 1000 lashes for critically analyzing the oppressive theocracy and archaic status quo in Saudi Arabia.
Waleed Abu Al-Khair - Raif's lawyer, sentenced to 15 years for defending Badawi’s right to free speech.
Farkhunda Malikzada - A 27-year-old theology teacher who publicly opposed a prominent mullah who sold charms and took advantage of the poor; was lynched by a mob of over 50 men in Afghanistan.
Samira al-Nuaimy - Tortured and murdered at the hands of Daesh in Iraq after criticizing its barbarism and destruction of Islamic heritage sites.
Salwa Bugaighis - Lawyer, political and human rights activist who was murdered in Libya for fostering egalitarian governance.
Sabeen Mahmud - Human rights activist and NGO worker, assassinated for shedding light on the atrocities faced by minorities in Pakistan.
Saado Ali Warsame - A Somali parliamentarian and singer of socially relevant songs who was gunned down by Al Shabaab in 2014.
Nisha Ayub - Arrested, fined, and sexually abused while imprisoned, simply for being transgendered in Malaysia.
Islam Behery - A progressive Islamic scholar jailed for challenging Al-Azhar University’s religious ideology in Egypt.
About Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV):
Established in 2007, Muslims for Progressive Values, is a grassroots, faith-based human rights organization with Consultative Status at the United Nations, working to counter radical fundamentalist narratives on the ground and at the policy level, and ensuring that human rights are upheld and not denied on the basis of culture, theology or theocracy.
MPV is the only American institution that established egalitarian expressions of Islam for women, minorities, and for LGBTQI rights. MPV does this by creating inclusive spaces for religious discourse through the arts, education and social activism, as well as community events.
For more information, visit www.mpvusa.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@mpvusa).
The ‘Celebration Of Life’ event will be held Sunday night, January 24th on the CBS Radford Lot in Studio City.
WHEN: Sunday, January 24, 2016
5:30pm – 6:00pm – Photos with Artists, Activists, VIPs
6pm – 7pm – Dinner with Artists, Activists, VIPs
7pm – 8:30pm – Presentation and Performances
WHERE: CBS Studios Center, Carla’s Cafe
4024 Radford Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 91604