In the wake of Charlottesville, join us for two important presentations on Black August and the current day Black liberation struggle!
Every year, the Black liberation movement and activists for prisoners' rights commemorate Black August to honor the fallen warriors and demand the freedom of political prisoners. The tradition began because on Aug. 21, 1971, heroic Black Panther writer, thinker and Field Marshall George Jackson was assassinated by San Quentin prison guards. Jackson's death led to the Attica prison uprising two weeks later. The Black freedom fighter and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal described it as "A month of divine meaning, of repression and radical resistance, of injustice and divine justice; of repression and righteous rebellion; of individual and collective efforts to free the slaves and break the chains that bind us”.
We'll be joined by Zaquanna Albert - whose partner, Delrawn Smalls, was murdered by an off duty white cop in Brooklyn in July 2016. Smalls was killed in a road rage incident caught on video - his killer NYPD officer Wayne Issacs will be facing second degree murder charges in court in September. We see killer cops getting away with murder in nearly every case of racist brutality, so his family and loved ones are continuing the fight to ensure he gets justice by filing two lawsuits against Delrawn's killer.
The Electric Cinema Screen Test 3 is a collaborative multi-disciplinary arts happening with a focus on inclusivity. This all-Chicago event includes work from local poets, authors, filmmakers, bands, visual artists. After the screening portion of the evening, we will launch into a group talk-back with the filmmakers and then some live music by Kelroy!
Suggested Donation Admission - $10
Beer and wine donation bar
7:00PM Doors open
8:00PM GO TIME
SPOKEN WORD POET - Juliana Gonzalez
"The Lost Marionettes" by Tyler Pistorius and Joseph Richard Lewis
"Geranium" by Casey Puccini
"Bama Belle" (work in progress) by Layne Marie Williams
"Exodus" by Lonnie Edwards
"Uninsurable" by Anya Solotaire, Clare Austen-Smith, and Mimi Wilcox
"The Air We Breathe" by Gretchen Hasse
"Standing Rock" by Soft Cage Films
FILMMAKER/AUDIENCE TALKBACK - Theme is REVOLUTION: What is it? Do we need one? Why? What would it look like? Is it possible? Where does it start? Where should it take place?
The talkback will be introduced with a short video by the Party for Socialism and Liberation - PSL in which Abraham Marquez discusses the idea of "revolution".
LIVE ACOUSTIC BAND - Kelroy
Eyewitness report and analysis from North Korea
Trump threatens nuclear war on North Korea
As the world marked the 72 nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed hundreds of thousands, Trump threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
A new nuclear war aimed at annihilating the DPRK, with weapons immensely more powerful than those dropped on Japan, is now being openly promoted by elements of the U.S. ruling establishment. The mainstream media has served, as usual in times of crisis, as the source of disinformation and propaganda. What is really behind the latest crisis? What is the hidden history of the U.S. and Korea? Join us for a report from activists just back from the DPRK and analysis of the current situation.
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Primera Mano sobre Corea del Norte y Análisis
Trump amenaza guerra nuclear contra Corea del Norte
Mientras el mundo marcaba el 72 aniversario del bombardeo atómico estadounidense de Hiroshima y Nagasaki que mató a cientos de miles, Trump amenazó a la República Popular Democrática de Corea con “fuego y furia como el mundo nunca ha visto.”
Una nueva guerra nuclear encaminada a aniquilar la RPDC, con armas mucho más poderosas que las que cayeron sobre Japón, ahora es promovida abiertamente por elementos del establecimiento dominante estadounidense. Los medios corporativos han servido, como de costumbre en tiempos de crisis, como fuente de desinformación y propaganda. ¿Qué es lo que verdaderamente está detrás la última crisis? ¿Cuál es la historia oculta de los EE.UU. y Corea? Acompáñenos para un informe de los activistas recién de la RPDC y el análisis de la situación actual.
President Trump made his disgusting and racist anti-immigrant stance a principal tenant of his campaign from the very start. Now 8 months into his presidency, he has fulfilled his promise of increasing the arrests and detentions of undocumented immigrants. His so-called "Muslim ban" was failure thanks to the hundreds of thousands of people who took the streets and the airports to protect those traveling from Muslim majority countries. He has promised to massively increase the aleady bloated ICE and DHS budgets, resulting in the continued hyper-militarization of these agencies and increased brutality against undocumented migrants attempting to cross the border.
Immigration from oppressed and formerly colonized countries to the United States is caused by global capitalism and the imperialist conquest of labor and markets worldwide. At least three quarters of of all immigrants to the United States are women. A third of immigrant women work in low-wage service jobs and immigrant women make less than every other demographic including immigrant men and US-born men and women. The exploitation doesn't stop there. A 2006 UN report found that 60-70% of all women attempting to enter the US through Mexico are sexually assaulted. The connection between women's oppression, racist immigration policies, capitalism, and imperialism are unmistakeable.
Join us for an informative and critical discussion of women's liberation and the fight for immigrant's rights on Sunday August 20th at 3 PM!
image photo credit : Joe Catron
Join #DeeperThanWater - an abolitionist coalition working to tell the story of incarceration and water injustice in Massachusetts (and across the country ) while holding the state accountable by demanding the immediate provision of clean, safe, free, healthy water to prisoners effected by contaminated water.
Join us to learn more AND get connected to prisoners in MA, so we can build solidarity and relationships with our incarcerated family.
Sunday, August 20
encuentro 5 - 9a Hamilton Pl (accessibility info below)
Last month, the Boston Globe broke the old story of MCI Norfolk - black and brown water, contaminated with metal filings and manganese. Our contacts inside the prison, and nearby prisons, confirm the story of nearly century-old piping producing unsafe water, and tell the story of dogs being given free bottled water while prisoners must use the contaminated tap water. The state and DOJ have consistently kicked the can down the road on resolving the situation.
If you don't have a subscription, here is the article on a Google page:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AWUba9UpCAFDroaiyn7xSMzK6SfX-2PCAbFiHpE01tM/edit?usp=sharing
One building block of our campaign is real connections with prisoners - so join us for August's match night, learn about the issues, and get connected to a person who needs your support! We'll lay out the campaign issues, and coach you through your first letter.
- encuentro 5 is right off Park St Station next to the Orpheum
encuentro 5 is not wheelchair accessible; we are happy to bring this type of event to other venues and groups, please DM Elizabeth Rucker (co host) to set that up.
There are about 8 steps total to get into the space
Let us know if you need:
- ASL or other translation services
- child care
help us keep the space scent free by not wearing perfumes or scented lotions, and keeping them sealed while in the space
there will be plenty of seating at this event
there are 2 gender neutral bathrooms
cover image description: a brown person with short hair and a pink shirt looks to their right at a white person with short hair and glasses. Over the image in white text the question "how do you balance abolition and a commitment to immediate needs?"
East Harlem is one of fourteen neighborhoods in New York City that Mayor De Blasio has slated for rezoning. Zoning is a set of laws that dictate how tall buildings can be, how they are built, and what they are used for. The proposal, as it stands, does not meet the needs of the neighborhood and has been vehemently rejected by the people of El Barrio.
Come join us in understanding how politicians accelerate gentrification and transform neighborhoods to profit the developers. How can we defend East Harlem from losing its essence as an affordable neighborhood for immigrants and low income people of color? Together, we will learn lessons from the past in order to help us move forward. Join organizers from the Justice Center en el Barrio as we study and fight together to preserve, protect, and defend East Harlem!