Thayer Hastings

Thayer Hastings (Alternative Information Center - AIC): Thayer received his BA degree in International Studies with a focus on Human Rights and the Middle East at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and graduated in June of 2011. After graduation, Thayer worked as a research assistant on human rights at an international development consulting firm, Williamsworks. He also contributed regularly to Real Change, a street newspaper based in Seattle, and interned in South Africa. After his fellowship Thayer wrote: “My fellowship with the AIC has exposed me to the application of grassroots organizing and information dissemination. AIC's advocacy work is natural, extremely well connected and morally honed. I have had the opportunity to utilize the AIC's network and reputation in order to deepen my understanding of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and develop my writing skills. The broad issues and experiences I have encountered through my fellowship will have lasting impressions on my continuing work on Palestinian human rights issues.”



CULTURAL RESISTANCE: JENIN FREEDOM THEATRE

01 Oct

The Freedom Theatre, an infamous and decidedly political theatre in Jenin, Palestine, is in the midst of a 9-day ‘Freedom Bus tour.’ The Freedom Theatre is one of a few professional venues for performing theatre in the occupied Palestinian territories and is located in the Jenin refugee camp, a struggling community with minimal resources including cultural ones.

The Theatre’s tour involves a series of events including poetry and music, political demonstrations against Israel’s Separation Wall and playback theatreperformances. In essence, the Freedom Bus tour promotes cultural resistance to occupation and injustice.

 

Freedom Theatre listens to and reenacts a story about Beit Sahour during the 1st Intifada at the Alternative Information Center
Freedom Theatre listens to and reenacts a story about Beit Sahour during the 1st Intifada at the Alternative Information Center

 

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Posted By Thayer Hastings

Posted Oct 1st, 2012