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Floating Library, Sept. 6 – Oct. 3 in NYC

Floating Library

SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 – OCTOBER 3, 2014




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The Floating Library is a pop-up, mobile device-free public space aboard the historic Lilac Museum Steamship berthed at Pier 25 on the Hudson River in New York City for September 6- October 3, 2014. The people-powered library is initiated by artist Beatrice Glowand brings together over seventy participants to fortify a space for critical cultural production by pushing boundaries under the open skies that are conducive to fearless dreaming.The ship’s main deck will be transformed into an outdoor reading lounge to offer library visitors a range of reading materials from underrepresented authors, artist books, poetry, manifestoes, as well as book collection, that, at the end of the lifecycle of the project, will be donated to local high school students with demonstrated need. Ongoing art installations include a Listening Room that will feature new works by six sound artists in response to literature, site-specific paper rope swings, The Line, by Amanda Thackray, andLeading Lights by Katarina Jerinic in the Pilot House.


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Back from Ferguson activistz Rosa Clemente & Russell Shoats III

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

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Rosa Clemente, an activist and former Green Party VP candidate will speak to us about the police terrorism she and others suffered while protesting in Ferguson, Missouri on August 20,2014. She told Ebony online that “officers swooped in on us from all directions and locked us down. The threats, their eyes, postures, weaponry said it all: “We have the power, we don’t care how many cameras there are, we can do what we want and we will never have to be held accountable.”

Russell Shoatz III speaks with us tonight about his father Russell Maroon Shoatz who is a political prisoner currently being tortured in prison after being convicted in a Kangaroo trial for killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1970. The Philadelphia police was notorious for its abuse of Black people in the city and worked directly directly with the FBI in its illegal COINTELPRO activities…

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Letter to the Americans — Ammiel Alcalay


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Letter to the Americans

Ammiel Alcalay


You know as well as I do that a people under occupation will


be unhappy, that parents will fear for the lives of their precious children,


especially when there is NOWHERE TO HIDE.




You know as well as I do that a husband’s memory of his wife forced to


deliver their child at a checkpoint will not be a happy one. You know as


well as I do that the form of her unborn child beaten to death in the womb




will never leave a mother’s mind. And you know as well as I do that a girl will


have cause to wonder at the loss of her grandfather, made to wait on his


way to the hospital, and she’ll have cause to cry at the bullet lodged




in her brother’s head — You know as well as I do that watching


someone who stole the land you used to till water their garden


while you hope some rain might collect to parch your weary throat




might cause bitterness — You know as well as I do that a family,


a village, a city, and a people punished for the act of an individual


might not react well to the idea of “two sides.” You know as well




as I do that Hamurabi’s Code was a great legal precedent and that


the translation of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth means






no thing less. You know as well as I do that aerial bombardment


and white phosphorous and naval blockade and tanks and snipers


and barbed wire and walls and house demolitions and land




confiscation and the uprooting of olive trees and torture without


trial and collective punishment and withholding water and


access to the sea and even the sky itself are no match for rocket




propelled grenades and all the nails ever put into every homemade


bomb ever made even though metal still pierces every skin — You


know as well as I do that justice dwells in the soul as in the soil




and though you can’t ever know what you’d do if you were in


someone else’s shoes, maybe you would have the strength to carry


your elders on your back, the courage to stay at the operating table




or drive an ambulance after your children were killed, the nerve


to face the daily grief compounded by loss after loss until all


you have left is the unutterable scream you possess in the




heave of your breast and the depth of your chest. But you also


know as well as I do that the size of the prison increases the capacity


to resist, and the extent of the suffering makes fear




just another feeling among many because the


most occupied are also the most free since there are no illusions


left but the vision of freedom and how to




realize it. You know all this but you know


too, just as I do, that enough is enough


and those below will continue to rise up.



Ammiel Alcalay


August 1-3, 2014


Click here to download Ammiel Alcalay’s Letter to the Americans with design by Garth Davidson Gallery


Image by Naji al-Ali. Painted on the Palestinian side of the separation barrier close to Bethlehem. 

Ammiel Alcalay is a poet, translator, critic, scholar and activist, he teaches at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of numerous books, including Scrapmetal and After Jews and Arabs: Remaking Levantine Culture. Some of his translations include Sarajevo Blues and Nine AlexandriasIslanders, a novel, came out in 2010. His new selection of poetry, Neither Wit Nor Gold, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2011. A 10th anniversary reprint of from the warring factions and a new book of essays, a little history, were published by re:public / UpSet in Fall, 2012. He is the founding editor of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, a series of student and guest edited archival texts emerging from the New American Poetry.


Huey P. Newton Gun Club Pushes #BlackOpenCarry to Protest Police Violence

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aMiRi BaRaKa, bLaCk MaGiC pOeTrY, 1961-1967



Purpose and Practice of the United Panther Movement (2014)

Originally posted on Moorbey'z Blog:

Why We Must Build the UPM

Racism is not going to go away, nor is repression, nor the continued cycles of mounting crises created by the capitalist-imperialist system. These can only be ended by proletariansocialist revolution. The masses are not going to be quick to recognize and take this path. They have to see its benefits to be convinced that it is the only way forward first.

While they have an inexhaustible enthusiasm for learning and liberation on the one hand, they also burn out and get demoralized and defeatist on the other. The struggle advances in waves with high tides and ebbs.

One of the causes of burnout and demoralization by the masses and even those who’ve aspired to lead them in struggle is the idealist expectation that things will move forward in a straight line. Terrorism and the fascist approach are expressions of impatience and beliefs…

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Revolutionary Poet Samih al-Qasim Dies at 75

I don’t like you, death
But I’m not afraid of you
And I know that my body is your bed
And my spirit is your bed cover
I know that your banks are narrow for me
I don’t love you, death
But I’m not afraid of you.


“Travel Tickets,” trans. A.Z. Foreman:

The day I’m killed,
my killer, rifling through my pockets,
will find travel tickets:
One to peace,
one to the fields and the rain,
and one to the conscience of humankind.
Dear killer of mine, I beg you:
Do not stay and waste them.
Take them, use them.
I beg you to travel.


From Arabic Literature:

Beloved Palestinian Poet Samih al-Qasim Dies at 75.


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Mon., Aug. 18 NYC protest & petition to Demand Justice 4 Michael Brown!

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We are ALL Michael Brown!

The Police are the Criminals
       NOT OUR YOUTH!      

STAND with the


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Speakout at
1 Police Plaza

6:30 PM – 7 PM
March to City Hall

Initiated by the People’s Power Assembly             212.633.6646

    Click here to SIGN the Justice Petition  

We, the undersigned, demand:
Justice For Michael Brown

Click here to download the Justice for Michael Brown Petition(PDF)


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TRGGR Radio Summer MiXtApE

From TRGGRAs the esteemed philosopher Ice Cube once observed: “Here’s what they think about you…


About TRGGR:

TRGGR is the transmission of knowledge for self and community education. Our journalism illuminates the conditions that we as a global hip hop generation find ourselves in, with specific focus on people of color, poor and working class, oppressed and repressed communities. It is a celebration of our rebellious spirits, our dedication to struggle and our commitment to bridging the gaps between and within our communities, to open dialogue across generations. TRGGR is foremost a space of grassroots intellectual thought that seeks to inspire thoughts into action and TRGGR ideas into motion.