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Arts & Culture Committee

Arts & Activism Forum, Video

Thursday, June 13, The Commons

How effective can artists be as activists? Are they leaders? Followers? Compilers? Playwright and director Karen Malpede, musician and activist SpiritChild, and artist and organizer Megan Trevino from Arts in Bushwick tried to answer these and other questions at Arts & Culture’s panel: Arts & Activism.

Video of the event can be seen on Brooklyn For Peace’s channel here.





After answering our’s and the audience’s questions, and bouncing ideas off of each other, the evening ended with musical performances from SpiritChild and two of his students who were in attendance.

As SpiritChild said at one point, ‘This panel is dope.’

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Panel Discussion – ICU: Snowden Surveillance You Me

Monday, April 21, 2014


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.

Presentation, Q&A with Jeffrey B Perry

Friday, January 31, WORD Bookstore

Jeffrey B. Perry presented on The Invention of the White Race, by Theodore W. Allen, as well as on Hubert Harrison, whom Perry has written a biography of as well as collected Harrison’s works for upcoming publication at Columbia University. The event was held January 31st at WORD Bookstore in Greenpoint.




The WORD event space was at capacity with people sitting on the stairs leaning in to see Perry’s presentation, which first traces Harrison’s life as a radical political writer, activist, thinker and intellectual in early 20th Century Harlem. After covering Harrison’s life as background to Allen’s work, the presentation told the story of Invention‘s explanation of racial oppression as a social control mechanism and that, “When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no ‘white’ people there; nor, according to the colonial records, would there be for another sixty years.”

Theodore Allen lived at 97 Brooklyn Avenue and late in his life worked in the History Section and the Homework Hotline at Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza.

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.


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


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 »

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