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Arts & Culture Committee

Panel Discussion – ICU: Snowden Surveillance You Me

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Brooklyn For Peace and World Can’t Wait will co-host a panel discussion about Whistleblowers & Surveillance on April 21, at the Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave, in Brooklyn. Panelists include Debra Sweet from World Can’t Wait, Carl Dix from the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, and Faiza N. Ali from the Arab American Association of New York.

This panel event wants to present several viewpoints on the topics of Whistleblowers and Surveillance.

The event came out of our discussions about the Edward Snowden leaks, which led us to talk about how many people of color were not surprised at the leaks because of how their own lives and bodies are surveilled all the time, not just emails or phone calls. For some of us these discussions once again showed us how our white-skin privilege prevents us from realizing a problem (surveillance) and who is affected by it (non white-skin people, poor people, other marginalized groups).

Our thoughts were trying to broaden the scope of the Whistleblowers and Surveillance themes to address all types of Surveillance and how different populations are surveilled, why, and what can be done about it.

Who and what is surveilled more than others? Why? When is surveillance appropriate and when is it harmful?

The panel discussion, followed by an audience Q&A, will be 7-9pm at the Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave, in Brooklyn.

East African/US exchange, update from Emily Mendelsohn

January 2014

Arts & Culture member Emily Mendelsohn sent the below update on her theater work with an East African/US exchange:

Happy New Year!,

Dear friends/colleagues,

Hope this message finds you well. I wanted to take this turning of years as an opportunity to share my news and reflections on the East African/US exchange I’ve been participating in since 2009.

In 2013, we had a major milestone in our exchange where 4 artists from East Africa traveled to Los Angeles to collaborate with local artists on the premiere of Deborah Asiimwe’s Cooking Oil. Produced by Miranda Wright’s Los Angeles Performance Practice and CalArt’s Center for New Performance, we hosted performances and panel-led conversations addressing aid on local and global stages.

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And we have some exciting work coming up in 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

Playwright and Performer Dan Kinch Performs Dec.17, Talks Stories

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One of A&C’s favorites, Dan Kinch, wrote us this missive about an upcoming performance on the LES, Friday, December 13. Also below, you can find an interview with DanĀ about his involvement with Occupy Wall Street, jury nullification, his own work and performances, stories and The Griot.

I know it’s the holidays and everybody’s dance card is full. I know I promised no more new gigs in this calendar year. But the dangdest thing happened after I performed last week Read the rest of this entry »

Arts and Activism Forum

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Join us for a community forum on Arts and Activism!

How effective can artist be as activists? Are they the new leaders? Followers? Compilers? Join us for a panel discussion on how artists use their creativity to participate in and mobilize the peace and justice movement. There will be a Q&A following the speakers.

The panel features: -Karen Malpede, playwright -SpiritChild of mental notes, musician and activist -Megan Trevino, artist and organizer, Arts in Bushwick Read the rest of this entry »

Mural of a Whistleblower: An Interview
with street artist BAMN

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In the summer of 2011, a large mural of Bradley Manning appeared in the neighborhood. Straddling the nexus between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the image had “Hero” written above the smiling face of the world’s most famous whistleblower, who had supposedly leaked hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. documents to Julian Assange and Wikileaks.

Through a bit of digging, I tracked down the artist of the mural, sort of. The artist chooses to be known as bamn, Read the rest of this entry »

 
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