Banksy: Graffitist of the White Bourgeoise

{via truth-out}

Synopsis: Middle-class outrage at the recent removal of Banksy’s graffiti in an area of poverty and racial tension indicates how disconnected the bourgeoisie are from the realities of working-class life in Britain, and is an example of the appropriation of subversive art forms by the elite.

Read article here: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/26742-banksy-graffitist-of-the-white-bourgeoisie

{thank you sister shtetl chic!}


Six Poems by Amjad Nasser

Here. (via Pen)

If You Are Passing Through Rome
Amjad Nasser
(Translated from the Arabic by Sinan Antoon)

Since you will not strike roots in the earth and will not lean like a willow to a brook, what use are these glances you cast. At times fierce, blank at others, but imploring in the end. You will only catch what appeared by mistake; the hand under the table, or a face that looked back unintentionally. It is not with a glance alone, no matter how long, concentrated, or even Medusean, that you, who are passing through Rome, can change the ways of Romans. This is not a cardboard décor that will crumble under your sweeping glance. Touch it with your hand to believe that reasons gather at times in an idiotic laugh, or a shirt with figures. You have no knowledge as to why that woman, who is passing by like a long gasp, is holding on to that man who appears so unattractive to you. Or how that bulky man leans on the woman who could fly away with a breeze. It is not with the glance alone, no matter how trained, piercing, and intense, that you could stir the sugar spoon in her coffee. For you, alone, believe that lowering an eyelash, or a knight bending down, can barter a life of flesh and blood. So, when your glances return crestfallen, do not say that it is money, fame, or even luck. The one passing through does not leave a tattoo on an arm, or a scar on a chest. But remember that reasons have gathered themselves for you in another Rome with one word. You do not know how it was revealed to you, nor how you uttered it, because the glances cast upon the one who fell in your arms with a full load of her lavender have gone astray.


SOS-Calling All Black People

SOS–Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader.

Description from UMassAmherst Press:

This volume brings together a broad range of key writings from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, among the most significant cultural movements in American history. The aesthetic counterpart of the Black Power movement, it burst onto the scene in the form of artists’ circles, writers’ workshops, drama groups, dance troupes, new publishing ventures, bookstores, and cultural centers and had a presence in practically every community and college campus with an appreciable African American population. Black Arts activists extended its reach even further through magazines such as Ebony and Jet, on television shows such as Soul! and Like It Is, and on radio programs.

Many of the movement’s leading artists, including Ed Bullins, Nikki Giovanni, Woodie King, Haki Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Askia Touré, and Val Gray Ward remain artistically productive today. Its influence can also be seen in the work of later artists, from the writers Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman, and August Wilson to actors Avery Brooks, Danny Glover, and Samuel L. Jackson, to hip hop artists Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and Chuck D.

SOS—Calling All Black People includes works of fiction, poetry, and drama in addition to critical writings on issues of politics, aesthetics, and gender. It covers topics ranging from the legacy of Malcolm X and the impact of John Coltrane’s jazz to the tenets of the Black Panther Party and the music of Motown. The editors have provided a substantial introduction outlining the nature, history, and legacy of the Black Arts Movement as well as the principles by which the anthology was assembled.


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

Floating Library

SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 – OCTOBER 3, 2014

ABOARD THE LILAC MUSEUM STEAMSHIP

 

 

via the site:

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.

 

See Calendar of Events Here:

http://www.floatinglibrary.org/activities.php

 


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

 

{via Warscapes}

 

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

 

ONE PUNISHMENT FOR ONE CRIME— no thing more and

 

 

 

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

{via Hit and Run Blog}

http://reason.com/blog/2014/08/20/black-open-carry-in-dallas?n_play=53f60fbae4b07ffc705da2ba

 


aMiRi BaRaKa, bLaCk MaGiC pOeTrY, 1961-1967

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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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