Sep 162014
 

 

10384210_10203472584028982_5523299284003079339_nWhile we may spend our days fighting individual or group struggles, in a global system, our causes and campaign are very much interconnected. Join Existence is Resistance and The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home for a night of music and discussion, as we link the lives of everyday people, from Palestine to Puerto Rico to Ferguson, political prisoners to U.S. imperialism, from police brutality to war.

Location: Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center

Address: 3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Time: 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

 

Speakers Include:

Bassem Tamimi (Head of Popular Resistance in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh)

Ramona Africa (MOVE Organization)

Nancy Mansour (Existence Is Resistance)

Glen Ford (Black Agenda Report)

Hamde Abu Rahma (Palestinian Photo Journalist/Activist Photography by hamde abu rahma)

Yasser Quos (Director of the African Community Society of Jerusalem

Nerdeen Mohsen (President of Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island)

Michael Madormo (Teacher at Friend’s School in Ramallah)

Carlio Rovira (former Young Lord, Puerto Rican Independence Movement)

Gabi Lazaro (Existence Is Resistance)

Johanna Fernandez (The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home)

with a special guest cal from Mumia Abu Jamal

With performances by

Tahani Salah (Poet)
Remi Kanazi(Poet)
Bomba Yo (Puerto Rican Folklore)
Mazzi
M-1
Rebel Diaz

Stay tuned for updates!

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 Posted by at 10:07 am
Nov 192013
 

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Why I Wrote Strange Fruit (Class Of 2013)

By Jasiri X

I’m just not the type of person that can hear about tragedies that happen on our community and just keep it moving. When I first heard about the senseless murder of Renisha McBride, I couldn’t sleep. Here was another young Black person who was shot and killed after a car accident, just for trying to get help. Just weeks before in Charlotte, Jonathan Ferrell was killed by police when he ran to them after his accident. A few weeks before that I heard about Kendrick Johnson, who was found dead rolled up in a mat at his school. Instead of investigating Kendrick’s murder , the police said he committed suicide and closed the case.

As more information came out about these cases, I got even angrier. In the case of Renisha, first the police said her body was dumped, then they said it was found on the porch where she was killed. And even though Ted Wafer shot an unarmed 19 year old young women in the head with a shotgun, and didn’t call 911 until hours later, he was not arrested. He wasn’t even charged with a crime until a week later. In Jonathan’s case we found out he was shot 10 times by the police, even though he had no weapon.

The murder of Kendrick Johnson, and botched investigation is like a bad hollywood movie. Recently, when the high school released the video taken in the gym the day Kendrick was killed , it had clearly been tampered with. Kendrick as well as other students appear and disappear, like when footage is cut and pieced together. And the one camera pointed at the mats where Kendrick was found dead, is so blurry no faces can even be made out. Even stranger, when his body was recently exhumed to perform a second autopsy, all over his organs were missing and had been replaced by newspaper.

The constant devaluing of Black life has to stop. I began to write out of pure frustration. I knew what some people will say, which is why I started the song with the line, “they say Jasiri X you preach too much”. My frustration also comes from the fact that we put so much stock in celebrities, pundits, and rappers, who never seems to speak to the most important issues in our community. It’s not there fault, it’s our, because we don’t hold them accountable. Lastly, I chose to use the book, “Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America” in the video, because if we can still be killed and be denied justice in 2013, what has really changed?

“12 Years A Slave, we still fighting for freedom, just look at the headlines, seeing is believing.”

Nov 302012
 
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Thursday December 6, 2012 from 4pm – 11pm.

Existence is Resistance presents Hands Off Gaza (Part 2), a fundraising benefit event to raise medical aid for Gaza.

Film Screening, Panel Discussion and Performances from 4pm – 10pm – People are welcome to come anytime – this is a fundraising event and all proceeds raised will go directly for medical aid in Gaza. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

 

4PM – 6.30PM

FILM SCREENING: “Hip Hop Is Bigger Than The Occupation”
Followed by a Q&A panel of artists and organizers featured in the filmThe documentary revolves around a ten day journey of artists traveling through Palestine, teaching and performing Non Violent Resistance through the arts.The tour included M1 of Dead Prez, Shadia Mansour, Marcel Cartier, Mazzi of Soul Purpose, DJ Vega Benetton, Lowkey, Jody McIntyre and Trinidad, Brandon and Lavie from the South West Youth Collaborative/University of Hip Hop Chicago. Staying in the heart of Balata Refugee Camp @ the Yafa Cultural Center in Nablus the group witnesses night raids, toured places like Hebron where there are roads for the Arabs and roads for the Jews, they meet families of shaheeds as well as young Palestinians who have been jailed, shot, humiliated, the group visits Bi’lin where they get shot at and tear gassed and experience first hand what it felt like living under occupation.
7PM -8.30PM
PANEL DISCUSSION: “Hip Hop, Resistance and Palestine – Views from Global Community”
Panel of Artists discussing global resistance through the arts, especially hip hop and making the connections from the Ghetto to Gaza…some of these artists have been to Gaza and the West Bank.
The panel will include:
IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE
M1 OF DEAD PREZ – Traveled to Gaza in 2009 and the West Bank in 2010
MAINO
HASAN SALAAM
MAZZI (SOUL PURPOSE) – Traveled to Gaza in 2009 and the West Bank in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
JASIEL- Traveled to the West Bank in 2012More to be announced9PM – 10PM
LIVE PERFORMANCES
Some of the artists from the previous panel will perform as well as poetry from Tahani Salah and DJ Vega Benetton on the Turntables.
NO AGE RESTRICTIONS
$20 SUGGESTED DONATION
PLEASE EMAIL EIR.NYC@GMAIL.COM TO RSVP AND/OR ENDORSE – PLEASE PUT “HANDS OFF GAZA PART 2″ IN THE SUBJECT LINE.HANDS OFF GAZA PART 1 CAN BE SEEN HERE:http://vimeo.com/9003712
Nov 122012
 

 

Thursday, Nov. 15

Hip Hop is Bigger Than the Occupation (Palestine) – free film showing
Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:00 pm
Spitzer Auditorium, Sanders Hall
Vassar College
124 Raymond Ave.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
“Hip Hop Is Bigger Than The Occupation” is documentary about a ten day journey of artists traveling through the West Bank, Palestine, teaching and performing Non Violent Resistance. The tour included M1 of Dead Prez, Shadia Mansour, Lowkey, Marcel Cartier, Mazzi of Soul Purpose, DJ Vega Benetton, as well as many others. The group stayed at Bulata Refugee Camp in Nablus and experienced first hand what it felt like living under occupation. Both film showings will include some live performances.
Organized by The New Jim Crow Action Committee
Cosponsors: Middle East Crisis Response, Dutchess Peace, Peace Action NY,
Vassar Grassroots Alliance for Alternative Politics (GAAP), the Vassar Prison Initiative (VPI), Hip Hop 101, and the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS).
Contact: 845-475-8781

Friday, Nov. 16

 Hip Hop is Bigger Than the Occupation (Palestine) – free film showing
Friday, Nov. 16 at 6:00 pm
Family Partnership Center
29 N Hamilton St.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
“Hip Hop Is Bigger Than The Occupation” is documentary about a ten day journey of artists traveling through the West Bank, Palestine, teaching and performing Non Violent Resistance. The tour included M1 of Dead Prez, Shadia Mansour, Lowkey, Marcel Cartier, Mazzi of Soul Purpose, DJ Vega Benetton, as well as many others. The group stayed at Bulata Refugee Camp in Nablus and experienced first hand what it felt like living under occupation. Both film showings will include some live performances.
Organized by The New Jim Crow Action Committee
Cosponsors: Middle East Crisis Response, Dutchess Peace, Peace Action NY,
Vassar Grassroots Alliance for Alternative Politics (GAAP), the Vassar Prison Initiative (VPI), Hip Hop 101, and the Young Democratic Socialists (YDS).
Contact: 845-475-8781
Sep 292012
 
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The SOULJOURNEY TRUTH TOUR is our full creative expression of being a stand for freedom, peace and joy all over the planet during our lifetime. We believe we can end violence and bring peace to the Congo, to Aotearoa, to Palestine and Israel, to Harlem, to Utah, one song at a time to one ear at a time. We believe that this can only happen when each and every woman is truly free in her full self-expression and owns her voice. And what we mean by “woman” is the woman and feminine in every one: transgender, men, women, girls, boys and many more. We believe it starts with ourselves: you and me.

 

On this Souljourney Truth Tour we will record our live performances– audience interaction and all–to create our second album to come out in 2013. Our debut album, Speak the Fire, was birthed in May 2008. We know this second album is long over due. We have so many new songs and poems to lay down and share with you.

Special Guest on the Tour will be the amazing Lah Tere.

Check out the Indiegogo page to see how you can donate towards this project.

http://www.indiegogo.com/mahinamovement2012tour?show_todos=true