Civic Cipher - Sunday, March 24th

This episode is our second installment of a two-part series that will see sympathizers of Israel and Palestine giving us updates on the war taking place in Gaza. Today’s guest is Suzanne Aslam, former Miss Arab USA, actress, activist, and a friend of the show. She has spent time in Palestine working with a peacekeeping team and has a deep, personal understanding of the occupation in Palestine. In the first half of today’s episode, we discuss the feelings in Pro-Palestinian circles now that global support has shifted away from Israel in support of Palestine. We also discuss Suzanne’s responses to some of what was discussed on last week’s episode about the narrative in Pro-Israeli circles.

In the second half of today’s show, we discuss some of the developments since Suzanne’s last visit—including her thoughts on Joe Biden’s SOTU address, the organization of the Arab-American community at the polls to show the Democratic establishment their dissatisfaction with Biden’s support of Israel, and some of the now-debunked narratives that were initially associated with Palestine.

Our Way Black History Fact is about a book called Black Power and Palestine…a must-read for anyone wanting to know how deep the activism roots go between these two communities.

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About Civic Cipher

Civic Cipher is a weekly radio show hosted by Ramses Ja and Q. Ward. This show is dedicated to empowering Black and Brown voices, allowing them to engage directly with their communities as well as the general population. Self-determination is critical to securing a future free of oppressive systems, and Civic Cipher exists to facilitate discussions toward this end. Furthermore, Civic Cipher seeks to inform non-POC allies who may not be privy to these types of discussions and optics. Finally, Civic Cipher seeks to provide long-form conversations in spaces where there is often a lack of significant resources, potent dialogue, or the necessary engagement for facilitating a healthy and productive civil discourse.

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