Jen Marlowe

Jen Marlowe is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, author, playwright, human rights advocate, and founder of donkeysaddle projects. Her new book, The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian’s Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker, co-written with and about Palestinian peace activist Sami Al Jundi, has just been published by Nation Books. Her previous book was Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 8:30am
Two Years After Troy Davis' Execution, Our Fight to End the Death Penalty Lives
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 1:00pm
Terror and Teargas on the Streets of Bahrain
Jihan Kazerooni and I drove past scores of armed riot police on Budaiya highway as her iPhone buzzed non-stop: phone calls, Skype calls and, incessantly, Twitter. I had wondered what the phrase “Twitter revolution” really meant when I heard it used in connection with Iran in 2009 and Egypt in 2011.
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Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 1:26pm
Troy Davis’s Legacy: A New, Deeply Personal Movement
On Sept. 21, at 11:08 p.m., Martina Correia leaned forward in her wheelchair on the grounds of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Ga. Though weak from battling illness, she called out to Laura Moye, Amnesty USA’s death penalty abolition campaign director.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 9:47am
A Circle of Prayer for Troy Davis—and the Country That Would Kill Him
Motivational posters line the hallways en route to the visitation room. Images of rock climbers, an eagle soaring over clouds, a collection of hands of all pigmentation on a basketball, each with an inspirational one-word message: LEADERSHIP, OPPORTUNITY, ACHIEVEMENT, FOCUS, TEAMWORK.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 5:31pm
From An Israeli Prison to Tahrir Square
As pro-democracy demonstrations sweep across the Middle East, ousting dictators in Tunisia and Egypt, many in the West have expressed surprise that such a strong, sophisticated vision of a democratic future is being articulated by ordinary citizens and grassroots movements in the Arab world.
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Sunday, May 10, 2009 - 12:23pm
The Death Penalty Club
It's a hard time for those who care about the fate of Georgia death row prisoner Troy Davis.
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Thursday, January 1, 2009 - 1:27pm
Abeer’s Baby
Abeer was excited when I called her today. "It's my time, Jen!" she told me breathlessly. "The baby might come today or tomorrow-any moment now!" Last time I saw Abeer, a year ago, she had shown me pictures of her fiancé, a teacher, and last time we spoke, months ago, she told me she was pregnant. But I had no idea how far along she was and that she was about to give birth now. Now, of all times.
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Monday, February 25, 2008 - 3:22pm
The Tightening Noose: Gaza Under Hamas, Gaza Under Siege
Images from Rafah flicker on my computer screen. Gazans blowing up chunks of the wall that stood between them and Egypt, punching holes in the largest open-air prison in the world and streaming across the border. An incredible refusal to submit. I learn via email that my friend Khaled Nasrallah rented a truck in order to drive food and medicine from Egypt into the Gaza Strip. He was acting for no humanitarian organization. He's just a resident of Rafah, a Palestinian town which borders Egypt, with a deep need to help and an opportunity to seize.
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