As summer 2015 was beginning, Black Lives Matter and the prevalence of systemic racism was on the minds of many. After the Afghan American Conference (AAC) a call went out for AAC members to continue the conversations happening at the conference, and join in reflecting on the uprisings occurring in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. A group of ten AAC participants signed up to have an internal conversation, but then decided to broadcast it via YouTube so they could open up the dialogue beyond the conference participants. What began as a one time conversation sparked widespread feedback and interest across the diaspora community.
Taking that interest, the coordinators decided to create a group that would ensure these discussions occur regularly. Thus, The Samovar Network was born.
Our panels consist of Afghan activists, scholars, artists, professionals and community members committed to exchanging ideas and discussing issues that were often seen as taboo. Racism, Gender Roles, Homophobia, Sunni-Shia dynamics, Politics in the US and Afghanistan, and even Dating have all been part of TSN's monthly discussions. Our mission is to ensure that Afghan voices are given a platform and that the diaspora has a space where they can come together inclusively and productively.
The Samovar Network discusses ideas old and new, to share information, and advance issues relevant to the Afghan community.
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