Poetic Injustice: A Night of Cultural Resistance

Poetic Injustice: A Night of Cultural Resistance


In case you haven’t figured it out from the giant wall standing between Damen and Mertz, this week is Palestine Awareness Week at Loyola.  Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and the Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) teamed up to spread awareness about the Palestinian resistance and liberation movement.

Yesterday, a friend of mine invited me to one of the events for Palestine Awareness Week.  We joined with many of our fellow students in Mullady Theater for Poetic Injustice: A Night of Cultural Resistance.  Two Arabic artists came to Loyola to perform a sort of hip-hop poetry slam show.  In light of the recent divestment legislation in USGA, the energy in the room was palpable.

Now wherever you stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this event was amazing.  The performers were a cool blend of popular culture and social justice, and the crowd hung off their every word.  I can only think to describe Omar Offendum as an Arabic Macklemore, with music that transcends the genre and seeks to spread truth.

The event certainly drew me, even though I don’t have the first-hand experience with the conflict that most of the people in the theater shared.  And even more, it made me want to find out more about Palestine Awareness Week.  Kudos to all those who made the event so amazing!



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