Austin Activists Stands with the Egyptian Revolution

 

 

 

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Friday, 11 Feb 2011. It's 18 days that changed the history of a country Roy Casagranda cares deeply about.

"It's unimaginable and I have a feeling it will take a long time for it to set in, to realize that this guy [ President Hosni Mubarak ] is really, really gone,” said Casagranda.

Casagranda, a political science professor at Austin Community College returned from visiting family in Egypt just days before the uprising started.

“I wanted to be there,” he said.

During the uprising Casagranda kept in touch with family and friends in Egypt mainly via Facebook and Skype.

“My younger relatives are unbelievably excited and they can’t believe this guy is finally gone,” he said.

Over at The University of Texas , Milad Pournik, a graduate student from Iran, remembers the feeling he got from Egyptians when he lived there last year working at the United Nations.

“When I was living there, I felt people were unhappy,” Pournik said.

Pournik’s parents still live in Cairo, but were evacuated by the UN to Greece. Pournik hopes the Egyptian revolution will be contagious across the Middle East.

“I really hope this is not just a victory for Egypt, but a victory for freedom and the progress toward more representation and true democracies throughout the region and throughout the world,” Pournik said.

Back at ACC, Casagranda said he can’t wait to return to Egypt to see his family and to see what life is like after Mubarak.

“I have a feeling that I am going to go back to a country where Egyptians feel good about themselves and are proud about who they are,” Casgranda said.

Ramsey quotes Immortal Technique in his song "4th Branch"
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Austin Stands with the Egyptian Revolution - Solidarity March

 
 
Inspired by the resilience of Egyptian people during their recent uprising, several notable musicians from North America have teamed up to release a song of solidarity and empowerment. The track is fittingly titled "#Jan25" as a reference to both the date the protests officially began in Egypt, and its prominence as a trending topic on Twitter. Produced by Sami Matar, a Palestinian-American composer from Southern California, and featuring the likes of Freeway, The Narcicyst, Omar Offendum, HBO Def Poet Amir Sulaiman, and Canadian R&B vocalist Ayah - this track serves as a testament to the revolution's effect on the hearts and minds of today's youth, and the spirit of resistance it has come to symbolize for oppressed people worldwide.

Artist Information:
Omar Offendum (MC #1) - http://twitter.com/Offendum
The Narcicyst (MC #2) - http://twitter.com/TheNarcicyst
Freeway (MC #3) - http://twitter.com/PhillyFreezer
Amir Sulaiman (MC #4) http://twitter.com/AmirSulaiman
Ayah (R&B Vocalist) - http://twitter.com/AyahMusic
Sami Matar (Producer) - http://twitter.com/SamiMatar
Artwork by Ridwan Adhami http://www.ridzdesign.com
Blamethelabel - http://twitter.com/blamethelabel

Mp3 download link: http://www.usershare.net/6cjtbiapu5y8

"First they ignore you Then they laugh at you Then they fight you Then you WIN" - Ghandi
Lyrics: http://www.facebook.com/notes/omar-offendum/jan25-lyrics/10150093099861500

 

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