Voices Breaking Boundaries presents "Struggles for Freedom: Arab Spring/Occupy Houston"
"Struggles for Freedom" gives voice to the Arab Spring movement two years to the day that Egyptian activists and protesters rose up in Tahrir Square to overthrow the government and demand justice and democracy. Two years later, VBB invites a dialogue about the changes and challenges of the Arab Awakening and the U.S Occupy movement.
The show features University of Houston professor Hosam Aboul-Ela. His Egyptian heritage and recent travels to his second home promise a current and on-the-street insight of recent events. He will be joined by Occupy Houston activists in a historical, cultural and political comparison of the two movements. The event will include a short collage of videos by Michael Woodson to highlight comparative themes. A slide show tracking the chronology of Occupy Houston movement by Burnell McCray will set the stage for comments by Shere Dore, a spokesperson for Occupy Houston's General Assembly. As a complement to McCray's Occupy Houston's visuals, photography by Vanessa Bahmani documents the voices of struggle and freedom from the Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland movements.