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Poetic Justice: Poetry Reading in Support of Iranian Human Rights

June 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


WHAT: Poetic Justice is an intimate evening with local poets writers and artists – including world-class guitarist Mir Ali – who’ll present works based on the theme of social and political justice. Iranian human rights issues will also be discussed.

WHEN & WHERE: Friday, 6/16: 7pm at the Meeting House, 5658 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221.

WHO: Organized by Nadia Shahram, Esq, mediation attorney, author, activist, founder and president of Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women; Gunilla Kester, author and poet; and the WNY Peace Center (WNYPC). All are welcome.

The WNY Peace Center has been working for human rights since its inception as part of Rev. Dr. King’s Clergy & Laity Concerned in 1967. It pursues its mission of “Peace through Justice at home and abroad” through a wide range of activities, including through the arts.

Mir Ali is a world-renown guitarist, playing classical, Flamenco, Latin and world music. A composer and recording artist, he has won numerous awards, including the Hollywood Award of Excellence for his score for the movie “Roots and Branches. As a Pakistani-American, he is well aware of justice issues, and we are more than thrilled that he’s agreed to play at the event.

WHY: Iranians are suffering mightily under a murderous regime: an average of 5 people are being executed per day. The killing of Mahsa Amini in 9/22 by the Morality Police has led to an uprising with the slogan of #WomenLifeFreedom; and young people, women, and the population at large are risking their lives to stand up for those principles. This event will give a window into the situation, including the jailing of two female reporters who first reported on the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, and possible responses.

A petition is also available, urging the UN to renege on its outrageous assignment of an Iranian regime representative as head of the UN Human Rights Council.


June 16, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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Nadia Shahram
Gunilla Kester
WNY Peace Center


The Meeting House
5856 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221 United States
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1 (716) 632-4120
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