Tag: Syria

JTMP Meets With International Visitors through State Department International Visitor Leadership Program

MAY 24, 2012 – JTMP has been a participant in the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program for 3 years now, where citizens from around the world involved in the arts get to come to America and visit to learn about the role of arts in the US. This year we had visitors that came from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia to see how Justice Through Music Project uses art to raise awareness on issues, and to bring about social change. This year's contingent had musicians, playwrights, and people involved in art production. We gave them a presentation and showed them many of our musical art videos that deal with politics and issues, while we spoke about how we operate and produce our art videos. We then showed them how we use this art on our website and YouTube channel to raise awareness on an issue to help bring about positive social change.

The program also hopes to spur and support cross-cultural dialogue, and we experienced a great debate and discussion with the group. We even had one person ask us if the US government interfered with our free speech, which of course we explained as long as its peaceful and  legal, a free society must have the free flow of thoughts and ideas, and no restrictions on expressions of art. We even had a great discussion on the role of the US interfering or getting involved in foreign countries, which there were many different opinions, but that was good. We showed them how a free society respects different opinions and solves things peacefully. We talked about how JTMP thinks the best way to bring about peace and social change in a country is for those citizens to be educated and informed, and have a free flow of opinions and dialogue, and be free to set up peaceful democracies. We explained how we feel art plays a big role in democracies, as they are the canaries in the coal mine, and can speak out about issues in unique way and sometimes see or sense problems such as civil rights issues in society before others do.

We chatted after our presentation, and answered many questions, as they were all curious about life in America, our freedoms, and how art plays a role. All of them come from emerging democracies, and most were from the Arab Spring countries setting up democracies for the first time and holding their first free elections, such as Egypt did today. We took photos, and even had the Tunisian guitarist play a few jazz riffs, and promised to stay in touch and continue to network using the Internet and work together on our shared social, political, and cultural goals.

For more information on the US State Department's International Visitor Leadership program, go to: http://exchanges.state.gov/ivlp/

Obama to Syrian Citizens: “We are with you, Assad Regime must come to an end.”

FEB 6, 2012 – President Obama has issued a strong statement against the Assad regime and its brutal tactics it has perpetrated on its own citizens, and saying to the Syrian people, "We are with you, and the Assad regime must end." The statement goes on to describe how Assad has been killing citizens, and he has lost all legitimacy to rule. President Obama also calls on the nations of the world through the UN to act, telling the council it "now has an opportunity to stand against the Assad regime's relentless brutality and that it is a credible advocate for the universal rights that are written into the UN charter."

To Read the Full Statement click READ MORE.


Puppet Show Mocks Assad and Helps Freedom Movement Cope in Syria

FEB 1, 2012 – A group of 10 socially-conscious artists inside Syria are using art to help Syrians cope with the violent and hard struggle they are going through in trying to secure a democratic government and push for more freedoms, and they call for President Assad to step down. They use puppets and humor, and videos on the Internet, which allows them a little anonymity to avoid detection and arrest by Assad's security forces. Watch a video of one of the puppet shows below, and there is a great story with awesome pictures over at MSNBC.com here.

JTMP Supports Syrian Opposition and Calls For Assad To Step Down

JAN 31, 2012 – JTMP supports the civilian Syrian opposition and calls for President Bashar al-Assad to step down. Assad's security forces have used brutal tactics on peaceful civilians, that have called for major reforms and more freedom. Assad has been widely accused of major human rights violations in trying to hold on to power. JTMP believes that the only way to peace is for Assad to step down, and the people of Syria form a new government that represents them and secures their human and civil rights. 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended a UN debate on a resolution calling for President Assad to step down, Josha Hersh on HuffPo has a great post up about it here.

For more news and information on the Syrian opposition and current events, check out The Syria Monitor, a site ran by CLIME, an organization supporting individuals and civic groups spreading democratic values of liberty and tolerance in the Middle East. Check out the Center for Liberty in the Middle East website here.
(photo credit Maggie Osama/Flickr)

Social Media Activist Central


JTMP is committed to supporting civil and voting rights for young people at home and all around the world. We want this place to be a forum for the peaceful and non-violent protests calling for freedom that is spreading from Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and even home here in New York when it comes to Youth, Social Media, and Freedom, civil rights, and free and fair elections.

If you have a peaceful and non-violent Twitter Account, Facebook Page, story, photograph or cell phone or other video that you think will help spread peace, freedom and democracy, or you feel needs to be seen by the world, please send it to us and we will try to post it.

Below you will find Twitter Accounts you can follow, the latest videos, and current events at Occupy Wall Street and throughout the world when it comes to peaceful protests by youth around the world calling for freedom and democracy. Spread the word about us! Send us your videos!




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