Jóvenes en Resistencia presentan: DESDE IXIM ULEU (GUATEMALA) Un dialogo con muxeres mayas

6-8pm  Sábado 20 de febrero

En la casa solidaria del sur

4163 S. Central Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90011

 

 

 

12715860_10153442878422219_6429296902810772539_oXuana Mulul Castro cuenta que los proyectos mineros se han afectado fuertemente a las comunidades indígenas.

“Aunque las tierras son indígenas, que el gobierno tenga derecho a los bienes del subsuelo los lleva a concesionarlos para proyectos extractivos”, cuenta Mulul Castro subrayando que –aparte de violentar con ello cientos de años de cultura- no han sido consultados. Su comunidad, cuenta que, “ha vivido por años del arte y los tejidos, de la cerámica a mediana escala, en producciones familiares”. Después de siglos de olvido, los gobiernos movidos por los grandes capitales llegan a esos territorios.

“Se nos ha tachado de no querer el desarrollo porque no queremos la carretera o las grandes construcciones o la minería. Eso es desarrollo, ¿para quién? Para las grandes empresas y un pequeño número de familias”, dice Mulul en el marco de una audiencia en la subcomisión de derechos humanos de la eurocámara. “Queremos hacer público que no es generalizado el interés en esos proyectos, que no hay consulta a los pueblos, que tomen conciencia que aquí hay una realidad y allá hay otra”, afirma.

*Ixchumul Kantzija (Sociologa Lingüística) Presentara sobre la importancia de la recuperacion nutricional.

 

+ Ingrid Ainspac y Marvin Velasco

Prodigio musical de 14 años que dejó su hogar para Los Ángeles y la madre quien le recibió

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http://thegroundtruthproject.org/the-14-year-old-music-prodigy-who-left-his-home-in-guatemala-for-los-angeles/

Jóvenes en Resistencia presentan: DESDE IXIM ULEU (GUATEMALA) Un dialogo con muxeres mayas

Black Herstory! Casa 1 year anniversary!

There are not enough autonomous community spaces in Los Angeles. I am proud to know some of them; RAC, Eastside Café, La Concha, El Hormiguero, to name a few. Solidarity House of the South/Casa Solidaria del Sur sprung a year ago when a few of us decided to convert a store into a community space with different classes, poetry nights, and political events to bring awareness about different issues poor people of color face. It’s beautiful how we continue to grow reminding ourselves about our principles of unity such as having a people of color only space, centering the voices of queer, womxn, gender non conforming, trans folx, building community, anti-capitalists, and intergenerational. It’s not easy to sustain a space; when it’s all volunteered ran, donation based, we do this to remain autonomous. It’s a struggle against gentrification, capitalism, and competition. We are all learning by keeping each other accountable step by step. This week is our 1 year anniversary. Come celebrate community spaces!

No hay muchos espacios de autonomia en Los Angeles. Puedo decir que he conocido algunos como RAC, Eastside Café, La Concha, El Hormiguero. Casa Solidaria del Sur dio comienzó hace un año cuando alugnxs de nosotrxs tuvimos la oportunidad de transformar una tienda a un espacio comunitario con diferentes clases, noches de poesía, y eventos políticos sobre asuntos que la gente pobre de color tiene que enfrentar. Ha sido un aprendizaje estar en un colectivo recordándonos de nuestros principios de unidad como tener un espacio solo para gente de color, centralizado en la voz de personas no conformes al genro, muxeres de color, trans, y queer. Asi como creando comunidad, anti-capitalista, y trabajando con diferentes generaciones. No es fácil sostener un espacio, cuando todxs somos voluntarixs y nos sostenemos por donaciones. Es una lucha contra el aburguesimiento en ciudades como Los Angeles, el capitalismo, y la competencia. Todxs vamos aprendiendo paso a paso. Esta semana es nuestro aniversario! Ven a celebrar espacios comunitarios!

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Black Herstory! Casa 1 year anniversary!

Black Herstory Poetry Night!! Solidarity House of the South Community Space 1st YEAR Anniversary!!!

5-9pm Saturday February 13, 2015

4163 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011

Come celebrate solidarity house of the south 1st year anniversary with some poetry, food, and tincture making workshop!

Our motto is Black herstory! Honoring revolutionary, queer, black womnx who have and are still contributing to live in a better world through their ideas, books, and/or struggles!

3$ at the door (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
*All donations go to support community space ♥

FEATURING:
*Anastasya Broccoli

*Ambeeka Mathis

FullSizeRender (2)Ambeeka is a multi medium artist. From the stages to the pages Ambeeka creates connections. With greats like Nina Simone, Lauren hill,  Eryka Badu inspiring her, there is depth and soul in her content. “The arts are meant to allow us to beautifully evolve.” Fans love her energy and ounce you have experienced the electricity you will be captivated.

 

*Ashaki Jackson

Ashaki M. Jackson is a social psychologist and poet residing in Southern California. She is a Cave Canem fellow and former member of Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA) and Idyllwild Summer Arts writing communities. In addition to the enclosed publications, various organizations have featured her readings, including Write Word Write Now’s Summer Solstice Reading Series (Detroit, MI), LouderArts at Bar13 (New York, NY), Courting Risk (New York, NY and Seattle, WA), and Rhapsodomancy (Los Angeles, CA), among others. She is currently mentoring and conducting research for initiatives involving teen girls.

*Lena Cole Dennis

*Edxie

Edxie Betts is a Black Queer Gender Non Conforming Liberation artist cultural worker who uses all creative tools  and technologies at their disposal to empower   themselves and those who are oppressed, and to propagate resistance culture.

*Ale Sanchez  

*El Rio

El Rio is comprised of Los Angeles (Occupied Tongva Land) locals, Melissa Uribe and Bryan Diaz. Inspired by the urban and natural landscape of the Los Angeles River, the Highlands along the Arroyo Seco and the red tailed hawks that fly above our heads, El Rio evokes sounds and energies of the earth. Their words are of resistance and revolution expressed through Latin American folk rhythms in a lyrical dance that unifies their past and present through song. In solidarity with communities fighting and resisting oppression worldwide, El Rio aims to provoke thought and change through music.

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Big Momma’s Legacy offers a Topical Cream, Salves, Body Butter and Lip Balm. All of our products are made with 100% Natural Products and Certified Essential Oils. Our products are geared for Holistic Use and provide relief for body pains and aches. Our products are created with over 13 different Essential Oils that together with cannabis alleviates pain, Relaxes your body and soothes sore muscles.

OPEN MIC!!!

Also we will be sharing the community space new classes!!

Solidarity House of the South works with the following principles of unity:
~people of color space
~wimin, queer, trans, gender non conforming people of color voices are prioritize
~anti-capitalists
~pro-community love
~intergenerational

 

 

 

 

Black Herstory Poetry Night!! Solidarity House of the South Community Space 1st YEAR Anniversary!!!

We Will Not Be Silenced!

We Will Not Be Silenced!

Monthly Open Mic      /    Second Saturdays

6-9pm January 9th     /     4163 S. Central Ave.

In honor of Zora Neale Hurtsonzora2

Hurston’s idyllic childhood came to an abrupt end, though, when her mother died in 1904. Zora was only 13 years old. “That hour began my wanderings,” she later wrote. “Not so much in geography, but in time. Then not so much in time as in spirit.”

After Lucy Hurston’s death, Zora’s father remarried quickly–to a young woman whom the hotheaded Zora almost killed in a fistfight–and seemed to have little time or money for his children. “Bare and bony of comfort and love,” Zora worked a series of menial jobs over the ensuing years, struggled to finish her schooling, and eventually joined a Gilbert & Sullivan traveling troupe as a maid to the lead singer. In 1917, she turned up in Baltimore; by then, she was 26 years old and still hadn’t finished high school. Needing to present herself as a teenager to qualify for free public schooling, she lopped 10 years off her life–giving her age as 16 and the year of her birth as 1901. Once gone, those years were never restored

“Someone is always at my elbow reminding me that I am the granddaughter of slaves. It fails to register depression with me.”

http://zoranealehurston.com/about/index.html
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Featuring Kellie Dantzler and her Zora(ish)-consciousness-inspired musings in the form of a spoken word piece called, The Deduction, and a very short 10 minute play called, Passed On But Not Forgotten: (Episode One) Esther Jones.

 

 

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Also in recognition of Paul Robeson who transitioned to another life on Janurary 23, 1976, we’ll be hosting The Robey Theatre Company whose mission is to explore, develop and produce provocative plays written about the Global Black Experience. Located in the melting pot of the world’s vibrant mixed-race milieu known as Los Angeles, Robey offers an encouraging environment of understanding and support where multi-cultural theatre advances and stimulates discussions about universal themes that reflect life as seen through the eyes of Black characters on stage struggling to survive, advance and simply maintain.

http://robeytheatrecompany.com/

Paul Robeson was a famous athlete, singer, actor, and advocate for the civil rights of people around the world. The son of a runaway slave, he rose to prominence in a time when segregation was legal in the United States, and Black people were being lynched by racist mobs, especially in the South.paul

Also featuring El Memo Blaxicano, the Blaxican Voice of South Central LA; and X’s on Skella (local metal band)

$3-5 donation, no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Principles of Unity:
~Pro-Love~Intergenerational~Anti-Capitalist~People of Color Space
~Womxn, trans, queer & gender non-comforming voices are prioritized
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Winter Solstice Appreciation Block Party

5-10PM SUNDAY DECEMBER 20TH

We gather on this year’s winter solstice weekend to celebrate and appreciate each other’s efforts in the struggle for a better tomorrow.

Our motto is: “The personal as the political can begin to illuminate all of our choices”.-Audre Lorde

Solidarity House of the South works with the following principles of unity:
~people of color space
~wimin, queer, trans, gender non conforming people of color voices are prioritize
~anti-capitalists
~pro-love
~intergenerational

Come to our appreciation block party to celebrate our unity and solidarity!

5pm-6:30pm: We will start with food and family activities at Solidarity House of the South (4163 S. central Ave. 90011)

6:30pm-9/10pm: Appreciation Music and Poetry at Zumba & Aerobics space ( 4157 S. Central Ave. 90011)

Pre sale Tickets $7/ Entrance @ Door $10 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
*All funds go to sustain community space

for more information e-mail: casasolidariadelsur@gmail.com

Featured Artists:

Florence Avognon

featur[ing] the story of LAUSD teacher, Florence Avognon, a literacy specialist teacher at Phoenix Academy and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, focusing primarily on kids that nearly everyone else has given up on, such as those residing in drug rehabilitation facilities. She has also taught at Central Juvenile Hall, teaching incarcerated youth. Florence Avognon, herself a product of the public school system, raised by a single mother, and who benefited from the welfare system as a child, uses literature as one of her teaching tools. Avognon was recently recognized for her teaching work, being named California’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. Her one-woman play “Makin’ Us Whole: A Tribute to Literary Activists” opens this Friday as part of Women’s History month, and features works by such African American literary giants as Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou, and many others. – See more at: http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/03/22/california-teacher-of-the-year-performs-her-one-woman-play-makin-us-whole-a-tribute-to-literary-activists/#sthash.6gzDtksY.dpuf

Luivette Resto

Luivette Resto

Born in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico, poet Luivette Resto was raised in the Bronx. The first in her family to graduate from college, Resto earned a BA at Cornell University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she studied withMartín Espada.

Resto’s poems engage themes of romantic love and cultural identity. In a 2008 blog interview with blogger Cindy E. Rodríguez, Resto discussed her commitment to the art, stating, “I enjoy the challenge of finding the right set of words to express a series of thoughts, emotions, or observations in a compacted space. For me, poetry can be the most beautiful way to express some of the most painful yet truthful side to life.”

Resto is the author of the poetry collections Unfinished Portrait (2008), which was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Ascension (2013). A CantoMundo Fellow, she has taught at Citrus College and Mt. San Antonio College, and has served as a contributing editor for Kweli Journal. She lives with her family in the Los Angeles area, and hosts the monthly reading series La Palabra in Highland Park.

The Steven McGill Project

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Welcome to the Steven McGill Project.  We are here to provide your ears with the best jazz music available be it recorded or in live performance.  We perform standard and original compositions.  We are here to provide music to make YOU happy.   I, Steven McGill – percussionist,  am lucky enough to be in a musical community that enjoys making all types of music.  With the help of friends we have been able to  produce two CD’s and one EP over the last eleven years none of which would have been possible without the support of this community. Now I would like to let everyone know we are presently recording a new CD “Nia” which means “Purpose” in Swahili as in this is what we were meant to do at this point in time.  The music keeps improving as everyone in this community works very hard at what they do.  No one is ever satisfied with where they are, so we all keep working to improve our skills which this upcoming CD will show. So that brings us to today, a new day, a great day to make great music!!!!  The band is available to perform live which is an even more incredible experience (in my opinion) when it comes to enjoying this music.  Life presents us with a short period of time to enjoy.  Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy us!!!  For the most current and updated information about what is happening with the band be sure to take a look at our Blog.

Alejandra Hernandez

Alejandra artista de mexicana de ceramica y cantante del genero de Trova.
Ha incursionado en la actuacion en grupos de teatro Latino en LA, asi como tambien en diferentes shows de ceramica en lugares como The folk Tree, Hollywood Forever y Xiem Clay Center.

Participa cantando en eventos culturales principalmente para organizaciones nonprofit en LA. Alejandra estudio canto en Pasadena City College, Ceramica en Glendale College y actuacion con el maestro y actor Damian Delgado.

The Oracle, Denise L. Cook

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Recent two time Spoken Word Billboard Award Winner, Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Motivational Speaker and Award Winning Arthur, Denise L. Cook, is  The ORACLE.

Denise is a prolific writer and captivating performer. The ORACLE has been   inducted in the International Who’s Who in Poetry. Her works represent her true nature and is summed up in The ORACLE’s mantra, “all-ways remember to love yourself”.

Denise established her first dance company at the age of eight.  She went on to receive her B.A. in Dance, MFA and Teaching credential from the Graduate school of Education at U.C.L.A. and later a M.Ed at National University. She taught at numerous schools throughout L.A. county, including her last position as Performing Arts Department Chair at Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles and Pacific Oaks Teaching College in Pasadena, where she taught the art of writing. Denise is an award winning published author of two books of poetry, prose and song and was nominated for the Los Angeles Poet Laureate, 2014.

The ORACLE’s writing workshop, “The Oracle’s Self-Love Workshop, is a hit amongst students of all ages, women’s organizations and social organizations which address abuse of all kinds, self-love and awareness issues and the like. Denise has lived the lives of many, which makes her content and approach so effective.

The ORACLE is coming to town to Speak with you….

Las Sangronas y El Cabron

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Las Sangronas y El Cabron are SusyRiot (gritos), Angie Rata (guitar/voz) and Louie D.K. (drums). LSyEC is a Chican@ and Latina/o punk band from Highland Park, Los Angeles. We formed in a tight-squeeze garage and have been playing on-and-off since 2006. Many of our shows have been for community events and fundraisers that benefit local non-profit organizations that reach out to queer youth, women of color, and homeless women. LSyEC have been included in a Chicas Rockeras of S.E.L.A. (chicasrockerasofsela.org) compilation. We all bring something different to the table, drawing from different musical and artistic interests, politics, and pre-occupations, but find solidarity in punk rock.

 

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Winter Solstice Appreciation Block Party

#SiHuboGenocidio, Radical Feminism, & Jazz

Join the Solidarity House of the South every second Saturday of the month for our poetry night/open mic.

Saturday October 10, 2015

Event Time: 6pm-9pm

4163 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011

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In collaboration with Colectivo Guatemalteco LA there will be background history of Guatemala’s people resistance against military dictatorships and genocide. On September 3rd, 2015 Otto Perez Molina resigned to his presidency after months of protests. Although the decision is huge, the people of Guatemala (especially indigenous communities) continue to speak up and highlight the genocide and remembering all disappeared people.

Honoring the Radical Puerto Rican Feminist Luisa Capetillo

“When there is no longer the need to steal a roll of bread, for lack of food; when private property no longer exists and we all begin to view each other as brothers and sisters, then and only then will the prisons and useless, destructive churches disappear. Misery, hate and prostitution will cease to exist. Free trade will exist because all frontiers and borders will be abolished and then true liberty will reign on this planet” – Luisa Capetillo

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Luisa Capetillo was the first Puerto Rican woman to commit to writing her feminist ideas and theories on the rights of women. In 1909, Luisa wrote and published Mi opinion sobre las libertades, derechos y deberes de la mujer (My opinion about the liberties, rights and responsibilities of women) which is the first feminist thesis written in Puerto Rico. Although she considered herself a feminist, she did not join any of the feminist organizations that emerged during that time. She instead dedicated all her efforts to the labor movement, believing that the union was the vehicle for poor working women to obtain justice and equality. She wore pants in public, challenging the social mores of the time. She advocated for free and liberal education for all womxn and men. Perhaps one of her most controversial ideas was “free love,” which many misinterpreted as encouraging promiscuity. In her essays she explains that women should choose whom they will love freely, without legal interference or matrimony.

“The institution of slavery no longer exists, but as long as there are masters, there will be slaves” – Luisa Capetillo

Featured artist: Luivette Resto 

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We will also be celebrating the birthday of a great Jazz musician, Thelonious Monk. Recognized as one of the most inventive pianists of any musical genre, Monk achieved a startlingly original sound that even his most devoted followers have been unable to successfully imitate.

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“With jazz musicians, issues and assumptions about of drug use always come up—particularly in Monk’s case because he was…odd. So odd, in fact, that the question of mental illness always looms large when we think of him. But with access to medical records and to his family, I got a sense of a man who suffered more from prescription drugs and bad diagnosis than he did from illicit drugs and bipolar disorder. He received very bad medical treatment, bad advice and bad prescriptions for a very long time. The impact that had on his ability to function shocked me.

In films of Monk, we get an image of Nellie (his wife) as the loyal helpmate—there’s some truth to that, she was the person most responsible for keeping him together. But I really came to see her as a fully realized human being with her own goals and dreams, desires and frustrations, as someone who suffered quite a bit. One of the things [we try to do is] look at the so-called male genius in the context of his family…to understand how important his spouse was, his partner, in the realization of that genius.” –Robin Kelley

“Interviewer: ‘What other interests do you have?’
Monk: ‘Life in general.’
Interviewer: ‘What do you do about it?’
Monk: ‘Keep breathing.’ ”
“Interviewer: ‘What do you think the purpose of life is?’
Monk: ‘To die.’ ”

— Down Beat magazine, October 28, 1971

Jazz music by: Lady McD and The Steven McGill Project

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http://stevenmcgillproject.com/

#SiHuboGenocidio, Radical Feminism, & Jazz

Tlatelolco ’68: Anniversary of the Student Uprising

730-10pm  Friday, October 2nd

4163 S. Central Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90011

Mexico’s tragedy unfolded on the night of October 2, 1968, when a student demonstration ended in a storm of bullets in La Plaza de las Tres Culturas at Tlatelolco, Mexico City. The extent of the violence stunned the country. When the shooting stopped, hundreds of people lay dead or wounded, as Army and police forces seized surviving protesters and dragged them away. Although months of nation-wide student strikes had prompted an increasingly hard-line response from the Diaz Ordaz regime, no one was prepared for the bloodbath that Tlatelolco became. More shocking still was the cover-up that kicked in as soon as the smoke cleared. Eye-witnesses to the killings pointed to the President’s “security” forces, who entered the plaza bristling with weapons, backed by armored vehicles. But the government pointed back, claiming that extremists and Communist agitators had initiated the violence. Who was responsible for Tlatelolco? The Mexican people have been demanding an answer ever since. http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/NSAEBB/NSAEBB10/intro.htm


We will be showing the film “Las Claves de la Masacre” to help generate discussion, leading to further actions. We will also be highlighting the numerous other cases that go untold of forced disappearances and extra judicial killings carried out due to the imperialist’s “drug war” and narco-police state.

Featuring music by Dub Addicted Sound System, DASS Family
Food and drinks will be available. Donations welcomed!

From Ayotzinapa, to Ferguson, to South Central…
FTP!

Tlatelolco ’68: Anniversary of the Student Uprising

Banned Books Week and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Join CESA @ Casa Solidaria del Sur @ 6pm for a Sunday evening film screening of Precious Knowledge, 2011 (Running time 70 minutes).

With the passing of AB 101 in the California Senate we’ll be welcoming Jose Lara, Coordinator of the Ethnic Studies Now Coalition, he will discuss the movement to make Ethnic Studies part of the public high school curriculum for graduation, the recent victories and the importance for our youth to learn their herstories and histories and how we can support the movement.

We will then follow with the screening of the film which is centered on the struggle in Arizona of the MAS program (Mexican-American studies) which has been suspended by the Tuscon Unified School Board.

We will also be celebrating Banned Book Week, which begins Sept. 27 to Oct. 3rd

“Dehumanization, although a concrete historical fact, is not a given destiny but the result of an unjust order that engenders violence in the oppressors, which in turn dehumanizes the oppressed”

“The greatest humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves…”

“If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed”

“It is necessary that the weakness of the powerless is transformed into a force capable of announcing justice. For this to happen, a total denouncement of fatalism is necessary. We are transformative beings and not beings for accommodation.”
― Paulo Freire

Join us for an evening of critical pedagogy!

we will be using excerpts from the “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” to serve as a base for our discussion, while remaining critical of global white supremacy and cis-hetero-patriarchy.

we will be joined by local artist Amitis Motevalli, an artist born in Iran and moved to the US in 1977 pre-revolution. She explores the cultural resistance and survival of people living in poverty, conflict and war. Her experience as a working-class immigrant in Los Angeles, is foundational to her drive for creating art that contests stereotypical beliefs about people living in diaspora.
http://amitismotevalli.com/
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FEATURED ACTIVITY
Baba Karam Lessons

In a performance inspired by Adrian Piper’s “Funk Lessons” called “Baba Karam Lessons”, I taught an audience in Santa Monica, California how to do a dance, mythologicaly from the south side of a Tehran, considered a “slum”. The dance is a caricature of something danced by street tough men called “jahel”. Throughout the years, the dance has often been performed by women, in drag to fit the image of the jahel. The dance has gone on the be complex and layered resisting gender and class constrictions. The installation for the dance included all of the costume items and two mirrors with directions for the dance written on them. At the performance, I taught my predominantly American audience to dance the Baba Karam like the jahels of south Tehran.


We will also have live bossa nova music performed by a local south central band, Risa Balbina.

It would be extremely naive to expect the dominant classes to develop a type of education that would enable subordinate classes to perceive social injustices critically. – Paulo Freire

Support CASA SOLIDARIA DEL SUR!

Banned Books Week and Pedagogy of the Oppressed

OPEN MIC/POETRY NIGHT – SEPTEMBER 12, 2015

INTER-COMMUNAL SOLIDARITY

FROM SOUTH CENTRAL TO CHILE, PALESTINE AND BORICUA

*DUE TO THE EXPECTED ATTENDANCE AND AS AN ATTEMPT TO RECLAIM PUBLIC SPACE, WE WILL BE HOSTING THE EVENT AT THE NEARBY JAZZ PARK ON THE INTERSECTION OF E.42ND PLACE AND CENTRAL AVE.

CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY WEEK OF SONIA SANCHEZ

Poet. Mother. Professor. National and International lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation, Peace and Racial Justice.

featur[ing] the story of LAUSD teacher, Florence Avognon, a literacy specialist teacher at Phoenix Academy and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, focusing primarily on kids that nearly everyone else has given up on, such as those residing in drug rehabilitation facilities. She has also taught at Central Juvenile Hall, teaching incarcerated youth. Florence Avognon, herself a product of the public school system, raised by a single mother, and who benefited from the welfare system as a child, uses literature as one of her teaching tools. Avognon was recently recognized for her teaching work, being named California’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. Her one-woman play “Makin’ Us Whole: A Tribute to Literary Activists” opens this Friday as part of Women’s History month, and features works by such African American literary giants as Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou, and many others. – See more at: http://uprisingradio.org/home/2012/03/22/california-teacher-of-the-year-performs-her-one-woman-play-makin-us-whole-a-tribute-to-literary-activists/#sthash.6gzDtksY.dpuf

HONORING THE LIVES LOST TO THE ORIGINAL 9/11

Before 2001, 11 September was universally identified as the date of an attack on democracy: the day, precisely four decades ago, when Augusto Pinochet ended hope of a progressive, socialist and pacifist democracy in Latin America, by leading a bloody military coup in Chile.

The brutal attack on the citizenry of the small nation entailed a sustained period of violence during which Pinochet’s regime employed torture, disappearances, and the systematic and selective death of thousands of people – all the while touting messages of reform and progress.

For two decades, Chile’s authoritarian rule dashed the hopes of the millions who had supported Allende’s vision, through repression, a complete lack of justice and accountability, and the relentless persecution of pro-democracy advocates. Yet, throughout the reign of terror, Chilean human rights advocates persisted, and resisted, pressing the international judicial community to act in accordance with their responsibilities to uphold the rights of the people, to stop standing idly by in the face of injustice.

Their dedication came with heavy costs, but it did eventually pay off. In 1998, Augusto Pinochet was arrested in London on charges of genocide, torture and terrorism against his people. When he was returned to Chile, new investigations began there, as well.

And as became clear to the world during the course of the investigations, the US-backed dictator had broken every possible ethical code. In addition to his violent criminality, he was an economic predator as well, having used his mandate and position to launder tens of millions of dollars into secret bank accounts in the US while many thousands of Chileans suffered from poverty.

We will be featuring a local Chilean singer/songwriter and cherished collaborator,

Angela Roa

http://www.angelaroa.com/angelaroa.com/Home_English.html

SOLIDARITY WITH PALESTINE AND JUSTICE FOR RASMEA!

When Rasmea Odeh is under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!

The outrageous arrest, trial, and sentencing of Rasmea Odeh is a political attack on Arab Americans and Palestinians, on Muslims, and on anti-war and international solidarity activists. While the charges being appealed deal with minor problems on her immigration application, the truth is this is a political trial about U.S. Empire. The U.S. government is acting viciously, spending millions of tax dollars targeting a victim of Israeli military torture.

Despite the unfairness, with you we can continue to beat back this political attack, and prevent an icon of the Palestinian freedom struggle from going to prison or being deported.

Living in Chicago for 20 years now, Rasmea Odeh is surrounded by friends, family and community. For her work serving Arab American women and their families in need, she won many awards and public recognition. The U.S. government began targetingRasmea Odeh after the FBI raids and grand jury investigation on the Antiwar 23!

Angela Davis, who recently spoke to 500 people at a Chicago rally, said in her solidarity statement, “As a person with first-hand knowledge of the devastation wrought by politically motivated prosecutions — during the era of COINTELPRO, I was falsely charged with three capital offenses — I see Rasmea Odeh’s case as a continuation of the embarrassing history of decades of suppression of social justice activists in the U.S.”

Solidarity! Solidarity! Solidarity!

Rasmea Odeh’s fight is not a one sided battle with predetermined outcomes. Solidarity makes a big difference! It was solidarity that forced Judge Borman, with financial, political and family ties to Israel, to step down from the case last year. It was solidarity that made reporters show up to cover the 200 people protests in front of the Detroit courts. It was solidarity that found out Rasmea Odeh was being held in solitary confinement and got her out again.

If you care about peace and justice, if you oppose political repression, then you need to act. If you support Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions that target the U.S. government and corporations propping up Israel Apartheid, then this is for you! You can join the Week of Justice for Rasmea and help overturn this judicial travesty by the U.S. government.

What: Week of Justice for Rasmea Odeh
When: September 8 thru September 14, 2015, pick your day and time
Where: Around your city, on your campus, at your holy place, in your community
Who: People of good will with great determination, in other words you and your friends

http://justice4rasmea.org/

WE WILL BE FEATURING LOCAL POET, ARASH SAEDINIA

http://www.saedinia.com/sections

CELEBRATING THE BIRTHDAY OF AFRO-BORICUA LIBERATOR:

PEDRO ALBIZU CAMPOS

Many people in Puerto Rico consider Harvard-educated Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos the patron of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement.  Following the conclusion of the Spanish American War (1898) Puerto Rico became a colonial territory of the United States. Albizu Campos spent most of his life, from 1924 to his death in 1965, fighting to make Puerto Rico an independent nation. For his activities he spent much of this life in prison, both in the United State and Puerto Rico.

Pedro Albizu Campos was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on September 12, 1891

While in prison…He was, in fact, being subjected to lethal TBI (Total Body Irradiation) in his prison cell. This radiation continued for several years, until it finally killed him.

On February 18, 1951, while in solitary confinement, Albizu saw “ribbons of light on all the walls, in all colors, brilliant as the aurora borealis. Sometimes it looked like a cascade of melted gold.” Then, for the first time in his life, he passed out. When he regained consciousness, he had a splitting headache and what felt like a full-body sunburn.

The next day the lights returned, and so did his headache. Sometimes there was no visible light, but he could feel the rays. After a week he noticed that each wave of radiation swelled his legs, hands, head, and whatever other part of his body it hit.

Within a few weeks, Albizu’s legs had swollen to elephantine proportions. His arms were covered with burn marks, and the skin was peeling from his hands and wrists. His feet, ankles and calves were swollen red balloons. His chest and back were covered with stripes, as if someone had flipped him over on a barbecue grill.

In every way, from every angle, Albizu Campos looked like he was burning alive.

The radiation torture continued until March 27, 1956, when Albizu Campos finally suffered a cerebral thrombosis. The prison authorities waited two full days, until March 29, before taking him to San Juan Presbyterian Hospital. By this time, he was in a coma.

After that, for the last nine years of his life, Albizu Campos was unable to walk, unable to speak and the right side of his body was paralyzed.

(Via socialjustice.ccnmtl.columbia.edu)Albizu

…Nearly 40 years after Albizu Campos’s death, his FBI files (carpetas) were declassified, and a veil of secrecy was finally lifted. These files show that Pedro Albizu Campos was one of those 16,000 people subjected to a radiation experiment…

…except that in Albizu’s case, it was no mere experiment.

It was a deliberate, slow-motion, atomic lynching.

Albizu Campos was subjected to lethal TBI for an extended period of time, until it finally killed him.

Governor Luis Muñoz Marín knew all about it.

He collaborated with the U.S. government in the torture and murder of Albizu Campos.

http://www.latinorebels.com/2015/03/10/king-of-the-towels-the-torture-and-murder-of-pedro-albizu-campos/

WE WILL BE FEATURING THE CONGA POET, JULIO RODRIGUEZ

OPEN MIC/POETRY NIGHT – SEPTEMBER 12, 2015