John Carlos praises Rams in their Solidarity and whitey on the moon



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Saint Louis Rams NFL team comes out on the field with #handsup in Solidarity with Mike Brown's family and community.

Saint Louis Rams NFL team comes out on the field with #handsup in Solidarity with Mike Brown’s family and community.

“How about those Rams?,” John Carlos, who along with Tommie Smith raised a gloved fist for human rights awareness in the 1968 Olympics, told Dave Zirin of The Nation. “They may be under contract to play football, but greater than that, they have a right to care about humanityThey have the right to feel whether something is just or unjust. They are entitled to their opinions, most centrally that Michael Brown’s life should not have been taken. Asking them to just ‘shut up and play’ is like asking a human being to be paint on the wall. They have the right to say what they feel in their heart.”

from the article in the Washington Post.

imrs 1968 Black Power…

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Banksy: Graffitist of the White Bourgeoise

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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.

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Six Poems by Amjad Nasser

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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




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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

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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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