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CELEBRATION OF LIFE 2019

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Harmony Gold

7655 Sunset Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90046

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We know theocracy doesn't work, look at Saudi Arabia and Iran as an example. So why then is America creeping toward it despite our Separation of Religion and State? In that light we will be presenting the 2019 Badshah Khan Beacon of Truth Award to Ghazala and Khizr Khan. This will also be the inaugural year for the Fatima al-Fihri Visionary award going to Tunisian President Essebsi for his many women's rights initiatives; the MPV Media Awards to National Geographic and KCET. We will also honor human rights defenders – Iranian Masih Alinejad, and 16 Saudi women in jail, and Sudanese Mahmoud Mohammed Taha. These special awards recognize each awardee’s commitment to ideals at great professional, personal and political sacrifice.

We welcome everyone to Celebration of Life, our signature and transformative event in Los Angeles, California, to highlight the achievements of human rights defenders in the U.S. and around the globe. An afternoon of music, poetry, and appearances by prominent human rights advocates, with a mission to draw attention to pervasive threats to human rights, which can only be thwarted through education and the freedom to think critically. We promise you will leave this event with a heart full of love and hope.

In a colorful program of personal tributes, we will laud the tireless efforts of individuals and entities who have fought to affirm the equal worth of all human beings. By celebrating and honoring these defenders of truth and humanity, MPV affirms that we can inspire others to do the same.

Join Host Committe Members Nahil Sharkasi-Wang, Kevin Jennings, Momal Iqbal and Ansari Family Foundation, and Chairwoman Mandana Azad in saluting our honoress.

HONORING

  • Fatima al-Fihri Visionary Award: President of Tunisia, Beji Caid Essebsi

  • MPV Media Awards: National Geographic and KCET

  • Badshah Khan Beacon of Truth Award: Ghazala and Khizr Khan


Human Rights Defenders from the Muslim World

Masih Alinejad: Iranian journalist and author who launched #MyStealthyFreedom, a Facebook page that invites Iranian women to post pictures of themselves without a hijab. The page garnered over 100,000 likes and sparked the current protests of Iranian women taking their hijabs off in public. Alinejad fled Iran at risk of being jailed or killed for her activism and now cannot leave the US due to Trump’s travel ban.

16 Saudi Women Activists: At least 16 feminist activists have been jailed in Saudi Arabia for their women’s rights advocacy including the right to drive. We will be honoring all of these women as they currently sit in jail, one even awaiting the death penalty, while the Saudi government is praised for recently allowing women to drive.

Mahmoud Mohammed Taha: Sudanese engineer, author, and reformer. Taha advocated for an egalitarian practice of Islam including women’s rights, freedom of and from religion, and secular governments. He founded the Republican Brotherhood, a small but influential political party, which openly opposed Sharia law. He was executed by the Sudanese government in 1985 under charges of apostasy.

For more information please email us at events@mpvusa.org

To request a media pass, please email events@mpvusa.org and include your credentials.




PROGRAM

2:30 to 3:30 pm: Doors open/Reception

3:30 to 5:00 pm: the Celebration begins

5:00 – 5:30 pm: Reception post event

Watch a recap of our Celebration of Life 2016 here.

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