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Existence Is Resistance (via the Southwest Youth Collaboration)

Nancy Mansour Leigh and Mariam Aryai Rivera founded Existence is Resistance in 2009 as a way to encourage Palestinian youths to convey their feelings about living in containment and isolation through hip-hop and other urban art forms.

The Cultures of Resistance Network helped support Existence is Resistance’s first Bus Stop Hip Hop tour through Israel and the West Bank in July 2010. During the 10-day tour, hip-hop artists like M-1 of the American duo Dead Prez and British-Iraqi Lowkey, with whom CoR has teamed up before, joined grassroots activists and other artists to organize interactive educational workshops on break dancing, graffiti, and other forms of urban expression.

The Southwest Youth Collaboration served as a fiscal sponsor for this grant.

Website: www.existenceisresistance.org