I feel connected to Worldview, Jerome McDonnell, and Steve Bynum in so many ways. As executive director of the Arab American Action Network (AAAN), and co-founder of the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN), I’ve had the privilege of both being on the show and hearing my closest colleagues interviewed. Steve produced a beautiful video of Palestinian Rasmea Odeh for a Chicago Cultural Alliance awards banquet where she was honored, and then booked her attorneys on Worldview a year later to discuss the politically charged legal attack that ultimately led to her deportation from the U.S. And Jerome once graced us with his words at a farewell event for Mona Khalidi, the AAAN’s past board president.
Many Arabs and Palestinians are regular listeners, as Worldview has become part of the culture for those searching for principled journalism around hot-button topics from around the world, especially the Arab World. Our issues do not get regular coverage in mainstream media, but Steve and Jerome have given us real time to discuss political repression in the U.S. against Palestinians specifically, as well as racial profiling against Arabs and Muslims more generally.
Most recently, USPCN spoke on Worldview, with Jewish Voice for Peace, about U.S. Zionist support for hate groups that attack Palestinian activists and organizations, while AAAN’s Lead Organizer Muhammad Sankari was on a few months later to discuss our campaign to shut down the racist, anti-Arab, anti-Muslim Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) program. Steve and Jerome also regularly offer the Worldview mic to our friends from the most important social justice movements in Chicagoland, including immigrant rights, Movement for Black Lives, police accountability, women’s rights, peace and justice, and more.
These grassroots voices must be heard, and we need Steve, Jerome, and Worldview to continue broadcasting them!Hatem Abudayyeh
Arab American Action Network