March 14, 2006

THAT'LL TWIST SOME TURBANS (via Rick Perlstein):

Iran Freedom Concert (March 18, 9 p.m., Leverett House, Harvard University)

The coalition of activists and organizations supporting the Iran Freedom Concert spans the spectrum. As individuals, we hold a wide range of views on appropriate policies for handling the Iranian regime. As a coalition, we are united by the belief that the essential individual rights of all Iranians must be respected. We recognize that because we live in freedom, we have a responsibility to help echo the call of Iranians our own age demanding freedom.

The Harvard student organization hosting the concert is the Harvard College Middle East Review. Co-sponsoring organizations include the Harvard Democrats, Harvard Republicans, Woodbridge Society, BGLTSA, Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship, Free Culture Society, Harvard Salient, and Veritas Records. On other campuses across the country, various groups and individuals are organizing programming to mark the day.

Funding for the concert has generously been provided by the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Institue of Politics (IOP). Guidance and logistical support comes from HAMSA: Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance (a project of the American Islamic Congress). Other organizations backing the Iran Freedom Concert include the Damascus-based Tharwa Project, a Middle East minority rights initiative; Students for Global Democracy, an international alliance of student activists; and the Committee to Protect Bloggers, which has led high-profile campaigns to release jailed Iranian bloggers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 14, 2006 2:17 PM

Just for information, "BGLTSA" stabds for "Harvard Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Association." One hesitates to guess what use they make of supporters.

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Posted by: Lou Gots at March 14, 2006 8:24 PM

Another chapter for the "You Can't Make Up This Stuff" anthology.

Posted by: erp at March 15, 2006 7:39 AM