Tawakkol Karman, journalist, activist and the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace prize, doesn’t mince words when it comes to women’s rights, democracy and human rights. She has spent many years on the front lines in the fight for freedom and dignity for the women of Yemen and the global south, and as a leader of non-violent protests that led to Yemen’s participation in the Arab Spring. Ms. Karman didn’t hold back in her speech for UCSB’s Arts & Lectures series, calling for bold action to insure that despotism, greed and militarism are overthrown, and oppressed people are given the opportunity to live in a world of peaceful and equitable governments. She has been called the “mother of revolution” and the “iron lady,” and it’s easy to see why when you listen to her impassioned and trenchant oration. Maybe someday the dreams of peace and freedom will come true, but the first 100 days of Trump are not too encouraging for the prospect of it happening soon, making voices speaking loudly and forcefully for justice more necessary than ever.