Tonight at Seattle Town Hall: Tunisian-American Rajaa Gharbi on the Arab Revolt

Rajaa Gharbi

Reminder: Local Tunisian-American artist Rajaa Gharbi will speak tonight at Seattle Town Hall on the democracy movement spreading across much of the Middle East.

The event is called Tunisia, Egypt and Beyond: Protest, Politics and Change. As Gharbi told me, we should remember that the Arab Revolt began when one man in Tunisia just couldn’t take the abuse any longer.

“This is a real revolution and we should dare to call it that. It’s about human rights, people reclaiming their dignity.”

Gharbi hopes that by encouraging community dialogue on what’s rocking much of the Arab world right now we will be able to move beyond stereotypes, simplistic “us versus them” mindsets, and seek ways to support what may be one of the world’s greatest democracy movements in recent history.

CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday did a report out of Tunisia about the 26-year-old fruit seller, Mohammed Bouazizi, who killed himself by setting himself on fire as a desperate statement of protest against abuse by Tunisian officials:

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