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July 25 Global Day of Action in Second Life
July 25 was the Global Day of Action for Iran. Not only did people around the world gather together, but avatars in Second Life did the same, attending an event organized at the Four Bridges sim to demonstrate solidarity with the people of Iran.
Avatars were welcomed by millay Freschi of Amnesty International in Second Life. Videos of protests and chanting in Iran were shown, followed by a video of Archbishop Desmond Tutu inviting people to join in the Global Day of Action. Then MC Medora Chevalier introduced Siri Vita of Amnesty International-E and Peace Train. Siri began by saying “This global day of action was organized for a show of solidarity with the people in Iran. It's taking place in 110 cities throughout the world today and as we speak videos of these rallies are being uploaded to youtube and shared with the people of Iran to show them the world is indeed watching and supports them. The violence in Iran has been absolutely horrific. As we gather peacefully in all these cities they gathered today and were met with yet another round of violence.” She continued by reading messages from Twitter written by people attending rallies in Iran, describing the violent reactions of the security forces. One such message said “I feel sooo down. Just came from a car ride . saw such bravery ! But How much does the world know? we were checking out areas, in beginning of Vanak, the beautiful brave ppl were swarmed with sec forces,thugs a rain of batons on each person, with no exception everyone had injury there but Not ONE MOVED!! Not ONE.” Later on Siri also described ways to help support Iranians trying to get information out to the world. These include projects to help provide unfiltered internet access, such as Haystack and Tor.
After Siri finished reading the twitter messages, Medora Chevalier read three poems, one she had just written following her attendance at the protests in London, entitled “The Bull and the Sea”, one by Leonardo Zimring called “Poem for Neda”, which included the the wonderful line“it takes a hero’s eye to see the truth” and finally another poem Medora had written, this time about Evin Prison, “A Place with No Name”. When Medora had finished, a member of the audience, DanteOsaka Deschanel read a piece he had written “To the Ruling Council of Iran I Speak”.
More videos were shown, one from the upcoming movie “The Stoning of Soraya M”, and another of Iranian pop musician Hossain Zaman, imprisoned because he opposes the current regime.
Musician Robina Hula sang three songs, “The Person I Will Never Be”, about not becoming a repressor, “Information Revolutiion” and “Another Country”.
Following Robina, Carmen Gray, a long time peace activist in Los Angeles spoke to the audience, particularly addressing the issue of how violence affects the children of Iran growing up in such chaos. After, a video of worldwide demonstrations set to “Imagine” by John Lennon was played.
Zathras Afarensis then sang to the group. He began with “Mary Don’t You Weep” , continuing with “We Shall Overcome”, to which many people began singing along, either in voice or in chat, a touching moment of solidarity in Second Life between people who had gathered from all over the world. Zathras finished with “Sing Their Souls Back Home” by Billy Bragg. Medora Chevalier then thanked everyone for coming, officially ending the Global Day of Action in Second Life.