Independence! Celebrate Peace!
Join us for a Concert
by the Desi
their original songs, and Indian and Pakistani hits)
to mark the Joint
Celebration of the Indian and Pakistani
28, 5 pm -
of California, Berkeley
Ave., Berkeley, CA (map,
is free and open to the public
will be available for purchase, provided by Mehran Restaurant
This Concert for
hopes to start and deepen conversations within South Asian
communities of the SF Bay Area on the subject of peace and justice in
South Asia. The event is being organized by a coalition of bay area
organizations dedicated to the promotion
of South Asian Unity. Some of the issues that are of concern to us are:
the vital link between Peace and Development, the ongoing cost and
threat of mutual nuclear destruction and the role of the
military-industrial complex in fomenting a regional arms race between
India and Pakistan.
believe that people-to-people contacts are a crucial part of the peace
process and that ordinary citizens can, by supporting the political
will for peace, contribute substantially to a de-escalation of conflict
and a scaling down of the official rhetoric of war.
advocate the choice of cooperation over confrontation and advance an
agenda of peaceful co-existence and mutually beneficial engagement. We
invite each and every one of you to become a part of this celebration
of peace, justice and shared values!
- THE BAND
a Desi pop-rock band, has been performing at sold-out concerts in and
around the San Francisco Bay Area since 2001. Front man Rajesh is the
face of the band. Satyajit
on guitars is ably assisted by Pronob on
keyboards, while Amber
(drums) and Mahesh
(bass) hold a tight line as
the rhythm section. Their repertoire spans film classics from the
70's to contemporary hits peppered with non-filmi songs from other
Indian and Pakistani bands. Antariksh is currently working on an album
of original songs. More at http://www.antariksh.com
THE INDIA-PAKISTAN PEACE
six weeks (March 23 - May 11, 2005), Indians and Pakistanis from all
walks of life marched together for peace, starting at New Delhi,
India and ending in
Multan, Pakistan. The march provided a unique opportunity for
people-to-people contact, for people to inter-mingle, reflect on, and
negate the destructive
tendencies of distrust, hatred, and enmity, and spread the message of
peace and harmony. The evening will feature a short video from
the march. For more details about the march and related solidarity
events, go to FOSA's Ind-Pak
Peace March mainpage.
||Friends of South Asia (FOSA)
is a voluntary organization based in the SF Bay Area, and its mission
is to achieve a peaceful,
prosperous and hate-free South Asia. The group works towards
a demilitarized, nuclear-free South Asia, where the rights of
all minorities are
respected and protected, regardless of religious, ethnic, sexual or
for India's Development, Inc. (AID) is a voluntary non-profit
organization committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just
development in India, by working with grassroots organizations and
movements in India. AID supports and
initiates efforts in various interconnected spheres such as education,
livelihoods, natural resources, health, women's empowerment and social
justice. Visit the AID SF Bay Area chapter website at http://www.aidsfbay.org
House at UC Berkeley is an independent, self-supporting, non-profit
close ties to the University of California at Berkeley. International
House's mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding,
lifelong friendships and leadership skills for the promotion of a more
tolerant and peaceful world.
|ASATA, the Alliance of South
Asians Taking Action, is a San Francisco
Bay Area group working to educate, organize, and empower the Bay Area
South Asian communities to end violence, oppression, racism and
exploitation within and against our diverse communities.
is a South Asian progressive network, based in the SF Bay Area, that
works to provide a platform for social change through art, dialogue,
is the Berkeley chapter of ASHA for
Education, a secular organization dedicated to change
in India by focusing on basic education, in the belief that education
a critical requisite for socio-economic change.
|Narika aims to address the unmet needs of
Asian women by providing advocacy, support, information, and referrals
within a culturally sensitive model, serving women who trace their
origins to Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and
diasporic communities such as Fiji and the Caribbean.
MAP, DIRECTIONS and PARKING
||Directions: International House is located
on the University of California,
Berkeley campus at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and
Bancroft Way. More info about I-house and how to get there can be
found at http://ihouse.berkeley.edu/i/visitor.html
Parking is limited
at UC Berkeley.. however, many of the campus parking lots do allow
public parking during weekends.
The nearest public parking garage is at
2558 Bancroft Way (near Bowditch St.)
There is also a covered public parking structure on Telegraph Ave
between Channing Way and Durant Ave. (two blocks to I House).
For more info on parking at
Berkeley, visit the UC Berkeley
Parking and Transportation page.
By Public Transport:
downtown Berkeley BART, walk south to Bancroft and go up Bancroft
(towards east) to International house (on Piedmont at Bancroft - a 15
Alternatively, from BART you can take AC transit bus 51 going towards
Rock Ridge (the stop is on Shattuck Ave on southeast side of the main
exit). Get off on College Ave at Durant Ave. Walk up Durant (east) to
Piedmont, and walk a block north to Piedmont and Bancroft.
If you have questions on how to get there, contact Siddharth at (408)230-5242.
This map is courtesy of the UC Berkeley
campus map webpages