Only 6 days left to support Bread and Roses

285Dear friend

Thanks to 82 people, we have managed to raise £2,465 towards our second Bread and Roses fundraising campaign for much-needed equipment.

With only 6 days left and more than £12,500 more to raise, though, we were hoping you or someone you know might be willing and able to help us reach our target.

Bread and Roses is an important taboo-breaking, freethinking political-social TV magazine in Persian and English broadcast in Iran and the Middle East via New Channel satellite TV and globally via social media. Millions have already seen the programme. It has been extremely well-received and can play an important role in opposing Islamism and promoting universal rights, free-thought and secularism.

To continue long-term, though, we will need additional equipment. We cannot keep producing our programmes with the current computer and without a video mixer or proper lighting.

Please help us if you can.

16 June is the last day you can help.

For your information, we have produced the following programmes so far:

* Mothers of Khavaran and their movement for justice in Iran (with an interview with Iran Tribunal London Spokesperson Mersedeh Ghaedi), English, Farsi

* Stealthy Freedom and Unveiling of Women in Iran (with an interview with Journal Editor Keyvan Javid), English, Farsi

* Apostasy and right to belief highlighting case of Sudanese apostasy case Mariam Yahya Ibrahim (with an interview with Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain co-Spokersperson Nahla Mahmoud), English, Farsi

* Secularism as a Human Right (with an interview with Philosopher AC Grayling), English, Farsi

* Sharia Law is madness (with an interview with Southall Black Sisters Director Pragna Patel), English, Farsi

* Nude Protest as a form of resistance to Islamism (with an interview with Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and Tunisian activist Amina Sboui), English, Farsi

The programme is hosted by Maryam Namazie, an award-winning secularist and atheist blogger and campaigner; Fariborz Pooya, founder of the Iranian Secular Society and Bahram Soroush, a civil rights activist. Its director is Reza Moradi; programme consultant is Poone Ravi.

Please support our fundraising campaign if you can. You can donate here. Every penny will help.

Also, don’t forget to like our Facebook Page, Subscribe to our Youtube Channel and follow us on Twitter: @NanoGoleSorkh.

Thank you for any support.

Warmest wishes
Maryam Namazie
Bread and Roses
Nan  o Gole Sorkh
BM Box 1919, London WC1N 3XX, UK
Twitter: @NanoGoleSorkh

PS Listen to my interview with Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist on the importance of Bread and Roses here.


69 hours left to help…

37 wonderful people have given £1,790 to make our taboo-breaking, free-thinking TV magazine a reality. The donation that has pleased us the most so far is the £1 given by an Iranian asylum seeker who couldn’t afford more but we’re also very excited about every other donation up to £500! Thank you!

But here’s our problem. There are only 69 hours left to support Bread and Roses before our fundraising campaign comes to an end and we still need £8,210! Well, we actually only need £7,210 as the lovely Muriel Seltman has sent us a cheque for £1000. (Did I say only £7,210?!)

satelliteIranAs you know, the weekly programme will be broadcast via New Channel TV to Iran and the region. People will receive it via “illegal” satellites like the ones pictured on the left being destroyed by tanks courtesy of the Iranian regime.

Bread and Roses – in Persian and English to begin with – will deal with everything from Sharia law, the veil, sex segregation, religious education, theocracy, Islamism, class divisions and racism to secularism, humanism, gender equality, ethics without religion, atheism, ex-Muslims, citizenship rights and universal values…

A programme likes our represents a real “danger” to the regime of Iran, Islamism and brutality in general, and is much needed for people in Iran and elsewhere. Many of the very same issues we will raise are contested right here in Europe and need coverage like ours. Bread and Roses will be available on the internet and via social media for those without satellite dishes.

To be able to begin the programme, though, we need two more cameras and microphones as well as extra lighting as the New Channel studio in London does not have all that we need. We have tried to tape a programme and found it impossible without the added equipment so do help us if you can. Once we raise the money and buy the equipment, we can go ahead immediately as:

We have already cleaned our section of the studio:

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Gone shopping for our “stage” at IKEA using our credit cards:tv2014 042

Set up our studio (by the way, the TV in the corner doesn’t work)!

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Taken our technical wizard Reza Moradi to the studio to give us a final list of the minimum we need:

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Warmed our seats and practised our first programme a few hundred times:

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But we can’t do anything more until we get the equipment, so if you can spare some change and can do it within the next 60 plus hours, help us out. You won’t regret it.

We will thank you publicly for your support and also give you some other goodies like posters and lunches as well as raise any issues you want raised if you help. You can find out more about these on our Indiegogo site.

Also please like our Facebook Page.

And feel free to think of other ways to raise funds for us. Sahra Bahar is organising a small concert for her friends and acquaintances to help us raise money for the programme.

Any amount will help. And once you help you can say you were part of an important development in the fight against reaction and for rationalism and free thought.


Will you support a free-thinking, taboo-breaking TV magazine?

I and a group of activists want to start Bread and Roses – a weekly taboo-breaking, freethinking political-social TV magazine in Persian and English broadcast in Iran and the Middle East as well as globally via satellite TV and social media.

The programme will address crucial issues such as Sharia courts, sex segregation, Islamism, religion and Islam, the right to atheism and apostasy, nudity as a form of resistance, freedom of expression, secularism, child marriages as well as social and cultural issues namely how to deal with bullying, the status of women in society, the role of artists and underground musicians and whether one can live moral lives without religion.

Today, via Indiegogo, we are kick-starting a 3 week fundraising campaign to raise money for the initial equipment we need including cameras, a computer, lighting, paint, a rug, lamps, tables and chairs. Here’s our appeal in English:

Please support us if you can.

With your donations you will get a shout-out and thank you on our programme, will be able to decide issues for discussion, receive signed posters or a beautifully designed T-shirt, and even meet the hosts for a lunch on us! Most importantly you will get the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped bring crucial discussions to audiences in Iran, the Middle East and globally.

As you all know, we have been active for many years on issues deemed taboo or controversial. We have consistently defended universal values, equality and civil rights despite the insistence on a racism of lower expectations and standards and a cultural relativism that insists that the “other” has less rights and freedoms depending on the “community” they are deemed to belong to. Things are changing, however, and we hope that Bread and Roses can help further articulate, strengthen and encourage universal values.

Please don’t worry if you can’t support us financially. We know how difficult times are for many people but even if you can’t donate, help get the word out and bring attention to our programme. You can use the Indiegogo share tools!

Please also like or follow our programme:
+44 20 3287 6128

Thanks for any and all your support.

By the way, here are some photos of our first get together to discuss our programme: