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A Video by the BIC: Not Another Year! – #ReleaseBahai7now

This official video titled Not Another Year! was produced by the Baha’i International Community (BIC) to commemorate the 9th anniversary of the arrest and imprisonment of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders who are being held in prisons for nothing more than being a Baha’i.

For more information about the “Not Another Year” campaign and how you can support it, visit the Baha’i International Community’s website.

You can use the hashtag #‎ReleaseBahai7Now‬ for the campaign, and “Like” the campaign Facebook page hereContinue reading

Help Support Documentary about Afro-Iranian Musician Shanbezadeh

I am so excited to let everyone know about a new upcoming documentary being directed by Flavio Azm Rassekh, a Brazilian-Iranian Filmmaker. The documentary is about Afro-Iranian musician Saeid Shanbehzadeh, and through Shanbehzadeh’s experience as an Afro-Iranian, plus his friendship with Flavio, the film not only explores the connection between Afro-Iranian and Afro-Brazilian culture, but it also describes Shanbehzadeh’s first encounters with the Baha’i community, and demonstrates how over the years, like the population of Iran, his views on the Baha’is have changed. This story is a metaphor for the Iranian people’s re-discovery of the legacy and potential impact of the Baha’i Faith, and it deals with issues of prejudice and self-reflection. Continue reading

“Not Another Year!” – Help Release the 7 Baha’i Leaders Now

It is impossible for me to imagine what it would feel like to be wrongfully imprisoned for nine years. Nine years is such a long time. In that time period, all of my nephews and nieces have been born, friends and family members have passed away, and loved ones have achieved major milestones like completing their educations, winning artistic prizes, and changing careers. Nine years is a long time to miss out on a life that is rightfully yours. Nine years is a long time not to be able to hold a newly-born loved one in your arms, to offer a shoulder of strength during a time of grief, or to watch a child blow out their birthday cake candles.

It is with heavy hearts that on May 14, we mark the 9th anniversary of the wrongful arrest and imprisonment of the seven Baha’i leaders of Iran (known as the Yaran, which means “the Friends”). These seven Baha’is made up the entire membership of the now-disbanded ad hoc group tending to the spiritual and social needs of the Iranian Baha’i community (in the absence of formally elected Baha’i leadership which was banned in 1983), and they were arrested and have been imprisoned since 2008 for nothing more than being Baha’is. Currently, about 90 Baha’is are also imprisoned for their beliefs.

We all can lend a voice in helping to end this injustice and to bring attention to the plight of the Baha’is in Iran and those who suffer human rights violations. In observance of the ninth anniversary of the Baha’i leaders’ incarceration, the Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign in which we can all participate.  Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 16: Maziar Bahari

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode I interview Maziar Bahari, an Iranian Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist who was imprisoned and tortured by the Iranian government for five months in 2009. After he was released, he wrote his memoir called Then They Came for Me, which became a New York Times bestseller and is the basis for Jon Stewart’s 2014 film Rosewater. In the conversation I ask him why, even though he is not a Baha’i, he has been actively campaigning for the rights of the Baha’is in Iran. We talk about his religious background; his thoughts on tyranny; why the situation for Baha’is in Iran is so important for the Iranian people as a whole, and how he went from being a journalist to being an activist. He shares what he learned from his experience in prison, and he also offers some personal advice to the Baha’i community, and a message to the people of Iran and the world. Continue reading

House of Worship of Norte del Cauca News Bulletin #1

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Colombia have released the first news bulletin documenting the exciting developments of their local house of worship in Norte del Cauca! The video presents a summary of the advancements made in the construction process of the House of Worship, a project that is nurturing in all—children, youth and adults—an appreciation for the importance of a life that is centered in worship and service.  Continue reading

Changing the World, One Wall at a Time – The Trailer

#EducationIsNotACrime has released the trailer for their anticipated documentary Changing the World, One Wall at a Time! #EducationIsNotACrime is the world’s biggest street art campaign. Its aim is to raise awareness of the denial of education of the Baha’is in Iran and this film captures the art and spirit behind their visually stunning global fight against injustice and human rights violations.  Continue reading

7 Valleys: An Album by Paloma Marin

Paloma Marin is a pianist, visual artist, and jeweler based out of Bogota, Colombia, and she’s recently released a beautiful instrumental piano album called 7 Valleys, which is inspired by Baha’u’llah’s mystic and poetic work, The Seven Valleys.

The sound engineer and producer of the album Daniel Badi Rinaldi, told me that when recording the album, they made sure the whole process was a spiritual one. Before recording, they both read all of The Seven Valleys.

I caught up with both Paloma Marin to find out more about her new album 7 Valleys: Continue reading

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