Bitter Lake Recordings presents a benefit for the Zakat Foundation of America for the Yemeni Crisis
January 4th, 2019
MYSTIC 100’S (formerly known as Milk Music. One of the most important bands of contemporary times returns to NYC to play their first East Coast show in over five years!)
HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS (NYC, Toxic State. You know them, you love them. Responsible for one of the best records of the 2018!)
VANITY (NYC paisely overground tavern rockers fresh off their new album on Beach Impediment)
SPIRITUAL CRAMP (San Francisco punks fly to NYC just to support the cause)
BIG CITY (Transnational city rockers namely from Tokyo/NYC, members of Hank Wood and the Hammerheads and Rational Animals. It’s a big city, you’re just living in it. First show. Last show?)
@ Brooklyn Bazaar
150 Greenpoint Ave
8pm, $20, All Ages
Despite the Yemeni population of NYC being an intrinsic part of the city’s social structure and the additional attention garnered from the Yemeni Bodega Strike in early 2017, many of us do not know much about them, their home country of Yemen, or what has drawn them to our city. Hopefully, the following will illuminate some basic yet essential information about Yemen and the conflict that has enveloped it.
Yemen is the poorest and least developed nation in the Middle East. In 2011, in the midst of the Arab Spring, Yemeni citizens staged mass demonstrations against rampant government corruption and record levels of unemployment and poverty. In turn, the government responded with extremely violent crackdowns. This conflict has led to a bloody civil war between the incumbant Hadi Government (backed by a Saudi-led coalition and the U.S.) and the Houthis (backed by Iran) that has devastated the country. Civilians’ daily lives are defined by airstrikes, drone strikes, mortar bombardments, minefields, and famine. Here are some quick points to give you an idea of the plight of the Yemeni people:
-Over one million citizens have Cholera, which has been weaponized by the Saudi-led coalition. This is the worst recorded Cholera outbreak in human history.
-Yemen is suffering from one of the worst cases of famine and mass starvation in the world. Over eight million citizens are reliant on aid for survival and half a million children are suffering from severe malnutrition.
-Almost 300,000 refugees from the Horn of Africa (Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti) have fled conflict to Yemen, a country that does not even have the infrastructure to take care of its own citizens. These people are in desperate of help, as well.
This is a crisis and conflict that is seldom discussed in the media, so it is my hope, Inshallah, that this benefit will not only provide material benefit to those in dire need, but also that it will shed a little light on the situation, at least within our community. Thank you.
Zakat Foundation of America is unique among humanitarian organizations in advancing zakat as a vehicle for social change. The third pillar of Islam, zakat is an obligatory claim on the wealth of the affluent to empower the indigent. Zakat Foundation channels this egalitarian spirit of zakat into a global vision of social development that transcends national boundaries, and stands as the foremost authority on interpreting zakat as a factor for positive change. In Yemen, Zakat Foundation of America has focused on providing emergency humanitarian relief through its use of a mobile crisis tent that distributes emergency aid to communities in its vicinity.
You can read more about the organization here: https://www.zakat.org/en
Please, if you have any questions about the benefit or Yemen, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly (preferably at bitterlakerecordings [at] gmail [dot] com) and I would love to speak with you. If you cannot make it to this show and would like to donate, you can drop off cash donations to Material World Records or contact me directly.