"Your Struggle Does Not Define Your Greatness" & Other Messages from Ameena During the OVEE Chat

By Interrupt Violence

A few weeks ago we hosted a special 3-year anniversary event for the release of the Interrupters to commemorate the film’s impact. The event, which was a online screening accompanied by a live chat with Ameena Matthews, the film’s heroine, Anton Seals, the film’s outreach coordinator, and Hind Makki, an interfaith educator and activist, was attended by over 100 people. Many important issues were covered and an overall great success!

Below are some highlighted quotes from the conversation. You can also see the full transcript of the chat here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4SlEin0WngpTzRoa1NVWU52RUk/edit?usp=sharing

AMEENA: If I can give them just one message... For the sisters that come from from the struggle, your struggle does not define your greatness, and for the sisters who do not come from the street struggle but come from the spiritual and emotional struggle, we must come together because we are women. We are the women that keeps this world moving through life, death, love, and war. Poverty is the worst form of violence. Then education.

ANTON: @frontline: Chicago, because a big part of its history and motif is centered in violence and corruption. This is the same city that has Al Capone tours. We celebrate certain communities usage of violence while condemning others. Its also the south-side of Chicago, the largest contiguous black community in America. The level of poverty and disinvestment are more pronounced because of this fact. I also think because the POTUS comes from Chicago, special attention has been paid to the violence

HIND: The concept of peace is embedded in Islam. Muslims greet each other with the phrase "Assalamu Alaikum" which means "peace upon you." The greeting also refers to one of the 99 Divine Attributes of God - Peace. So, when we say assalamu alaikum, we mean, God's peace with with you. God's nature is Peaceful and all Muslims are encouraged to implement that attribute in their interactions with each other, with their families, neighbors and strangers. Unfortunately, there are racial, geographic and economic cleavages between the congregations of suburban & city mosques. Folks from the suburbs need to be nudged hard to see the faces of their own sons in Trayon Martin; to hear the voices of their own sisters in Ameena story.


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