A fundraiser in support of Gaza Community Mental Health Program through the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA)
Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) is pleased to present an evening of poetry performances by internationally renowned spoken word artists from across Southern Ontario (Guelph, Toronto and Ottawa), musical performances by local artists, as well as a silent auction of offerings donated by local community members.
The Gaza Community Mental Health Program (GCMHP) was established in 1990 by Dr. Eyad el-Sarraj to meet the mental health needs of people who were exposed on a daily basis to humiliation, loss of freedom, injury, detention, destruction of homes and the loss of family members. Much of GCMHP’s work is directed at helping traumatized children, women who are victims of violence, and the victims of torture.
Ikenna “OpenSecret” Onyegbula
2014 World Poetry Champion and Founder and Artistic Director of Canada’s National Youth Poetry Festival, YouthCanSlam
International spoken word poet, arts educator, author of “Bleeding Light” and “Firesmoke”.
‘Make Spoken Word Go Viral’ and ‘Fly Poets Society’ mastermind, spoken word practitioner, youth arts educator, rap emcee, and stage performer.
Public performance artist, diaspora narratives, storyteller and sharer, shifting social consciousness on othering.
Jessica Deutsch (violin), Maryem Tollar (vocals), and Magdelys Savigne (percussion)
Lisa B. & David James Hudson
2013 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word finalists duo from Attawandaron territory (Guelph).
YBS Frack & Golden
Skeleton Crew Assassin and Hip Hop Hero
• $25 advance tickets
• $35 at the door
All proceeds from ticket sales, silent auction and additional donations will be donated to Gaza Community Mental Health Program via the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) – mecaforpeace.org
Founded in 2008, Independent Jewish Voices – Canada is a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties.
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