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Tears in Bahrain: An Open Mic Event

February 10, 2012

In Solidarity with the People of Bahrain
On the 1 Year Anniversary of the Uprisings

“But vain the Sword and vain the Bow,
They never can work War’s overthrow.
The Hermit’s prayer and the Widow’s tear
Alone can free the World from fear.

For a Tear is an intellectual thing,
And a Sigh is the sword of an Angel King,
And the bitter groan of the Martyr’s woe
Is an arrow from the Almighty’s bow.”

— William Blake

Sunday, February 12th, 2012


The DiMenna Center
Benzaquen Hall, 2nd floor
450 West 37th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
New York, NY 10018

They may use tear gas on you. But the tears you shed are of a different kind. Your tears shed on principle — for injustice, tyranny and oppression wherever it exists. That is why we are with you. Our tears are yours, and yours, ours. And together, our tears will win your freedom.

**This event will be live streamed for our friends in Bahrain and others at the link below**

Attendees are asked to wear some combination of red & white.
If you would like to present at the Open Mic, please email us at with your name, city of residence, contact information and copy of your submission by Sunday, February 5th. We are accepting poems, prose, monologues or skit ideas of up to 5-10 minutes that have some explicit or symbolic relevance to the struggle of the people of Bahrain. If presenting someone else’s work, please mention the name of the author in your email.

Sponsored by American Council for Freedom in Bahrain
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