[IMC-DC] Fwd: RABIA RAYFORD remembered... Wed April 18, 5-9pm Al-Fishawy Peoples MEDIA Center
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Tue Apr 17 15:54:00 PDT 2007
> RABIA RAYFORD remembered...
> Dear friends and allies:
> It is with great sadness that we have to inform
> you that our good friend KhaRabia Rayford, campaign
> manager for the Hagler Campaign, transitioned April
> 16, 2007, at 6:10 a.m.
> We ask that you keep us and her entire family in
> your thoughts and prayers as we begin to process
> this enormous loss. The Peoples MEDIA Center, of
> which she was a member, is hosting a funeral fund
> raising tribute party for her with music, spoken
> word, open mic, films, artwork and media
> productions. Wednesday April 18th, from 5-9pm at
> Al-Fishawy Cafe' which hosts our Campaign Office,
> at 4132 Georgia Avenue, NW, between Uphur and
> Taylor in PETWORTH, 3 blocks North of the green
> line metro station, 202-399-7290.You can bring your
> artistic and money contributions wednesday night or
> any time, either to the Cafe or the church. For
> further directions, call the cafe at 202-722-0150.
> The funeral is at Plymouth Congregational Church,
> North Capital and Rigg Road, Friday April 20th with
> the viewing from 9-11am and the service at 11am.
> Despite Rabias serious condition she was part and
> parcel of the campaign until the last few hours of
> her death. Rev. Hagler was at her bedside along
> with her daughter and three sons.
> Although very ill battling breast cancer, Rabia
> worked on this campaign in a way that signifies
> dignity in the face of death as a means of saying to
> the world that our work is never finished. As late
> as yesterday, she was still making campaign calls.
> Rabia will be dearly missed and in her honor we
> will continue her hard work until victory.
> Rabia is well known in our community as an artist,
> activist, mother, art teacher, poet, political
> campaign strategist, Rep. Cynthia McKinney's Press
> Relations coordinator, a radio producer with Voices
> With Vision, Thursdays 11am on
> 89.3FM WPFW.org, and an independent media activist
> who fought hard in the National Campaign to recaim
> Pacifica Radio Network. Those of us who know her
> have admired her vigor, optimism and constant
> radiant energy. She worked hard at providing a
> better future for all through words and deeds. Her
> friends and family were always greeted with her
> grace and smile and love of all people.
> Rabia lived much of her life here in the District
> of Columbia. She is well known for her active work
> in community and tenant advocacy. Her neighbors
> credit her for cleaning their streets, alleys and
> buildings and providing many the opportunity to
> purchase their first home. Rabia dreamed and worked
> hard to build a city where everyone is welcomed and
> honored. Where diversity is cherished and where
> children are loved and their needs are met.
> It is with that great spirit of perseverance that
> Rabia exhibited working on this campaign that we
> move forward and fight for
> it in the same way she did. She did not let up and
> she insisted on winning! She has been called home.
> Now, we have to win this -- for her.
> We, all, have to re-invigorate and re-double our
> efforts to ensure that we carry this campaign to
> the finish line in mighty fine style, winning each
> step of the way. Hours after she passed, we marched
> with Stand Up for Democracy --Free DC, an
> organization that shares our view on this matter:
> DC Statehood now, and representation in the House
> and the Senate.
> We have to say out loud, "Don't worry Rabia. We
> are going to win this one for you!"
> Written by Jane English, Mai Abdul Rahman & Ryme
> Ryme Katkhouda
> cell 917-681-7228 wbixclass at yahoo.com
> co-founder of the dcradiocoop.org and wbix.org
> Executive Producer of "Voices With Vision", Th 11am
> on WPFW 89.3FM in DC
> Senior Producer and trainer at WPFW 89.3FM for 2 1/2
> National Correspondent with
> Free Speech Radio News FSRN.org
> Be a realist: Dream the incredible: you will
> accomplish the impossible!
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