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Arts & Culture Committee

Newsletter – Arts & Culture News September 2014

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what arts & culture is up to

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From A&C member Emily Mendelsohn: ‘I’m pleased to announce the launch of my Hatchfund fundraising campaign in support of upcoming US/Ugandan exchange and theater performance, Maria Kizito. We will be partnering with ArtSpot Productions to finish developing Erik Ehn’s play in New Orleans, performing November 14-16 and 21-23.

 

 

‘She’s a Palestinian’ is a collaboration between A&C member Charity Case and a myriad of photographers who made a music video for the song possible. Hundreds of pictures of protests and demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine.

 

 

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Scheduled to be released in October, our compilation album is called NSA Listening Party and was conceived of and some of the songs composed in response to the Edward Snowden leaks and the culture of surveillance. Look for our announcement of the release soon!

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local news & a&c artists

Extreme Whether will run October 2-26 at Theater for the New City, along with a full Festival of Conscience. The play was written by Karen Maplede and produced by Theater Three Collaborative. A&C helped promote TTC’s last production, Another Life, and Malpede was a panelist in A&C Arts & Activism Forum 2013.

NYCity Council is considering a resolution supporting the union campaign to provide pension benefits for jazz musicians in the city’s major jazz clubs. Check out the campaign and sign the petition!

A&C favorite Gio Safari has just released Gio Safari Does NYC, self-described as being ‘the product of his struggle to make a name for himself and his work in the heart of empire.’ GS has a song on A&C upcoming compilation NSA Listening Party.

Another contributor to the A&C compilation, Irka Mateo, has released Vamo A Goza, a new single from her upcoming album. So good.

Solitary Light tells a story through the eyes of those who witnessed New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire that resulted in the death of 146 people in 1911. Using historical documents and newspaper articles, the musical depicts the lives of Frank and Louise, two young politically minded immigrant workers in love, as they navigate the financially strapped owners and the incredibly rich families of 1911 New York who had little concept of the horrors of the working class experience.’ The play runs September 10-October 4 in NYC.

Creative Time and Weeksville Heritage Center present Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, a walkable month-long art exhibition of four community-based art commissions by Xenobia Bailey, Simone Leigh, Otabenga Jones & Associates, and Bradford Young. Black Radical Brooklyn launches from the site of Weeksville, a Brooklyn community established by free and formerly enslaved Black citizens 11 years after abolition in New York State. Black Radical Brooklyn draws inspiration not only from this story–achieving self-determination through the claiming and holding of a neighborhood–but also from radical local battles for land and dignity from the 1960s to today.’ This. Looks. Amazing. Sept. 20-Oct. 12.

New York City’s first peer-operated support line, Community Access, Inc., has opened to support those experiencing mental distress.

opportunities for artists

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Creative Action Network is looking for submissions for its 1200 Posters community campaign based on Margaret Wheatley’s Turning to One Another.

IVAW will gather in New York City on October 2 to celebrate success in resisting militarism over the past ten years, and fundraise for their 2015 campaigns, at Judson Memorial Church. They are seeking artists to donate art and merchandise for silent auction to raise funds for their 2015 campaign.

Urban Rebuilding Initiative is giving away 100 trees in NYC on October 11, to be planted in NYC. Contact them if you’d like one!

Before It’s Gone – Take It Back: Documenting Brooklyn – Fighting Gentrification is a web-based response to the crisis of gentrification of Brooklyn, NY. Residents will contribute to a documentary art project that celebrates everyday life.’

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a&c news: usa & beyond

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Organic for the People is Al-Jazeera’s article about the farming project at United Community Centers, which A&C and BFP have worked with in the past. Good reading.

Why we must tell our own stories or how the white narrative hurts – important reading for all.

‘A 3-minute song can be more effective than a 400-page textbook in informing people beyond the party lines. Long ago, troubadours used to spread the news, which sometimes was dangerously opposite to what current authorities wanted people to know.’ Read Three Questions About Human Rights With Buffy Saint Marie.

A teacher and novelist in Maryland, who wrote several novels under a pen name, was ‘taken in for emergency medical evaluation’ after school officials learned one of his books was about a school shooting that took place 900 years in the future. Isn’t it good to live in freedom’s land?

Quilter Denise Sheridan displayed her quilt “In the Fortress of the Enemy, You Inspired Us” as the International Quilt Convention Africa, organized in part by the Women of Color Quilters Network.

A deaf Miami woman is suing Baptist Hospital, which is refusing to provide a sign language interpreter for her during her upcoming delivery. See this helpful article on the exclusions people with many different disabilities face in the U.S.

In Chicago: No Selves To Defend: Criminalizing Women of Color features original art, running through September 21.

What’s it like to try out for the Brooklynettes? Find out.

Why Don’t Artists Get Any Respect? A good read.

Shipping containers made into art. And houses.

Protest Music and People Movements. Yes.

media to check out

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MUSIC VIDEO

We will not go down Gaza tonight is a breakdance performance for Gaza by Camps Breakerz Crew. Beautiful, and will make you cry.

Musician and part-time substitute teacher Jonathan Hurley was fired by a school in Cape Cod for posting a music video, That Doesn’t Make Sense, poking fun at religious belief on his personal website. The school has since settled with Hurley and ‘as part of the settlement, the town has agreed to hold a training session in August about First Amendment rights for teachers and administrators.’ The song is really catchy.

Horrifying and beautiful music video from, ‘Requiem 432‘, by Filastine & Nova, ‘a funeral for the age of materialism, filmed primarily in Cairo’s squatted necropolis, the City of the Dead.’

Fuck Tha Police‘ by Mason Knight addresses the murder by police of Ezell Ford, and police violence against people of color. The victim’s mother is featured telling her horrifying story of being brutalized by the police when she tried to find out what happened to her child.

Jasiri X has released ‘212 degrees‘ addressing the police murder of Mike Brown.

Deniro Farrar’s ‘Notice‘ is great on single-parents, street harrassment.

Skidan, another A&C favorite & contributor to our upcoming compilation, posted Singing Bob in Brighton. Fun!

‘She’s a Palestinian’ is a collaboration between A&C member Charity Case and a myriad of photographers who made a music video for the song possible. Hundreds of pictures of protests and demonstrations in solidarity with Palestine.

MUSIC

Ten hip-hop tracks that demand freedom for Palestine. Enough said.

FILM

Death To the Arabs by Benjamin Doherty is a terrifying short film showing footage of the destruction of Palestine in Summer 2014, intercut with demonstrators in Israel calling for ‘death to the arabs.’

Control is a feature documentary about Luther, a young African-American man who has been caught into the complex web of the U.S. criminal justice system.

Invisible Threatis a documentary by high school students in California about the dangers of the anti-vaccination phenomenon.

Adel Farmers Market‘ is a short film about a farmers market in Palestine. While it is not in English, it’s always interesting to see how similar our lives are in many respects, after we’ve been told to believe just the opposite for so long. With music by Shusmo.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mexico to NYC: Through Photography, Immigrant Single Moms and Children Share Stories

READING

Hidden from History: the poetry of the First World War you don’t study at school.’

Poems About Police Brutality.

Growing Up Class-Conscious‘ by Howard Zinn is wonderful, and features a poem written by a teenage Zinn.

FOOD

Foodies, feds and factory farms — Why we need vegans now more than ever.

what we’re reading

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He saw himself as a sad little song trickling through the empty air. [from The Takers of the City by H.R. Hays, a largely forgotten writer from the 1940s. Based in early Spanish-occupied America and following Father Bartolome de las Casas, who fought to end slavery in the Americas, it was great to read a novel about this time and place of the world we have inherited].

It is absurd to claim that ours is the era of individualism. Ours is merely a more poignant repetition of the phenomenon of all history: every effort for progress, for enlightenment, for science, for religious, political, and economic liberty, emanates from the minority, and not from the mass. Today, as ever, the few are misunderstood, hounded, imprisoned, tortured, and killed. [from Anarchism and other essays by Emma Goldman].

Markets do not provide concrete information about how my decisions affect the life prospect of others. They do not even provide accurate summaries of the social benefits and costs associated with what I decide to do since they misevaluate external effects, and external effects are the rule rather than the exception. Actual market allocations undersupply social goods and activities and oversupply individual goods and activities, thereby establishing incentives for individuals to wean themselves of needs that can be met individually. [from The Political Economy of Participatory Economics by Michael Albert & Robin Hahnel].

Some time before Polybius’s day the Arcadians had subjected themselves to the cultural discipline of a compulsory universal education in community singing; and the effectiveness of this Arcadian institution was demonstrated, towards the close of the third century B.C., by one of those exceptions that prove a rule. At this date the Hellenic World was shocked, and the rest of Arcadia put to shame, by a startling relapse into barbarism in the single Arcadian community of Cynaetha, where the national Arcadian institution of the intensive cultivation of music had been allowed to fall into local neglect. [from A Study of History, Vol. 4 by A.J. Toynbee].

support arts & culture

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You can support Brooklyn For Peace’s Arts & Culture Committee by:

- joining us. Our Committee is always looking to grow. You can contribute in a number of ways, just email us and tell us your ideas or ask us questions.

- donating to Brooklyn For Peace

- come to our events, look for the new album! and support our affiliated artists!

 

she’s a palestinian – music & pictures in solidarity with palestine

pictures:
anna calcutt
andrew courtney
bud korotzer
stacy lanyon
sainatee suarez
len tsou

song: she’s a palestinian
music by: charity case
inspired in part by: the palestinian people

thanks to Adalah-NY & photographers

Videos – List of All A&C Videos from A&C Events

ICU: Snowden Surveillance You Me
Panel Discussion with: Debra Sweet, Carl Dix, Faiza N. Ali
April 21, 2014
The Commons, Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Arts & Activism Forum 2013:
Karen Malpede, Spiritchild, and Megan Trevino
Part 2
June 13, 2013
The Commons, Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Who is Bradley Manning? An Evening with Chase Madar
January 25, 2012
WORD Bookstore, Greenpoint

Audio – WBAI spots from Arts & Culture

Arts & Activism Forum 2014:
Panel Discussion with: Brooke McGowen, Professor Louie, George Emilio Sanchez
June 16, 2014
The Commons, Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

ICU: Snowden Surveillance You Me
Panel Discussion with: Debra Sweet, Carl Dix, Faiza N. Ali
April 21, 2014
The Commons, Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Arts & Activism Forum 2013:
Panel Discussion with: Karen Malpede, Spiritchild, and Megan Trevino

June 13, 2013
The Commons, Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

Who is Bradley Manning? An Evening with Chase Madar
January 25, 2012
WORD Bookstore, Greenpoint

Peace Fair 2012 – Ending War, Promoting Peace
w/ Jeremy Scahill, Capt. Paul Chappell
April 28, 2012
Brooklyn College, Student Center

Newsletter – Arts & Culture Newsletter, Summer 2014

WHAT ARTS & CULTURE IS UP TO

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A&C’s 2nd annual Arts & Activism community forum on June 16th was a great evening of performance from Professor Louie, and riveting fun and challenging talk from our panelists: Brooke McGowen, Professor Louie, and George Emilio Sanchez.

And if you missed our 2013 forum featiruing Spritchild, Megan Trevino, and Karen Malpede, you can see it here.

LOCAL NEWS AND A&C ARTISTS

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Jeffrey B. Perry, who hosted an evening with A&C at WORD Bookstore in January, will be presenting his amazing lecture series on The Invention of the White Race, at the Brooklyn Commons through August.

Seeger Fest in New York City and beyond! The event is ‘a five-day festival of free events, takes place this July 17-21 in New York City and the Hudson Valley and held to honor and commemorate the lives of revered folk musician Pete Seeger and his wife, Toshi Seeger. The events will consist of concerts, film screenings, a memorial service, sing-a-longs, and a photo exhibit.’

Anya Skidan, who has contributed a song to A&C’s NSA Listening Party album, has released her beautiful new EP, Butterfly King.

Brooklyn Community Foundation has launched Brooklyn Insights, using audio, video and photography to collect stories from the people of Brooklyn. Currently they are featuring the stories of East New York’s Bangladeshi community.

La Casa Azul Bookstore is collecting donated books July 10-August 10. The book drive is ‘for children who were apprehended and detained at the Mexico-US border and are currently in deportation proceedings in the New York City area.’

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ARTISTS

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The Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN) has announced October 2014 as the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation, leading to nationwide demonstrations October 22. SMIN has issued a Call To Artists and is currently seeking artistic contributions for the campaign, from amateur as well as professional artists.

ArtRage Gallery has announced a call to artists for a juried exhibition, September 6-October 18. The gallery ‘exhibits progressive art that inspires resistance and promotes social awareness, supports social justice, challenges preconceptions, and encourages cultural change.’Trans_ is collecting proposals until August 1. Trans_ ‘is the first anthology to collect the voices and experiences of trans people speaking to how the Internet has impacted our lives and how we have impacted the Internet.

Want to know how to make a short documentary? #docchat, PBS and others worked together to create this video guide.

Want to make your own deodorant that’s not full of dementia-causing aluminum? Mix: 1/4 cup corn starch + 1/4 cup baking soda + 8 tablespoons coconut oil + any essential oil you prefer. Pour into an empty applicator and keep in fridge. Even during these hot summer months, it offers the same or better sweat-protection with none of the dementia!

A&C NEWS USA & BEYOND

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‘I think more and more young artists are genuinely interested in making art that connects to a community.’ So says a student in this article from Sarah Nicole Prickett, Who Are The People That Get To Make This Thing We Call Art. The piece touches on themes addressed at A&C Arts & Activism forum.

Labor NotesFight For Health Care Justice Moves To States recounts one organizer’s testimony that ‘Our most powerful organizing tool was to get people to tell their own stories about the injustices of the for-profit health care system.’

OneStruggle.net is trying to raise awareness about the conditions for Haitian workers. ‘The conditions for Haitian sweatshop workers are among the harshest and most abusive in the world. … As artists and writers, we raise awareness and help shape public opinion about social and political issues.’ The statement was signed by 90 artists worldwide.

In The Common Core and its Discontents, Owen Davis reminds us of how dramatic the changes in arts-funding have been in recent years for the most marginalized people among us. ‘In the era of accountability, black and Latino students have lost more arts and music than their white peers. According to Americas for Arts, less than a third of black and Latino children now receive a full arts education, and the number is slipping.’

Philadelphia City Paper interviewed Mary Dewitt, a Philladelphia artist who has ‘been visiting seven women serving life without parole in Pennsylvania since the late ’80s, all while painting their portraits and recording their thoughts.’

The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) ‘have created a traveling poster exhibition highlighting diverse historical boycott movements’ called Boycott! The Art of Economic Activism, which ‘features 58 posters from than 20 boycotts, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, United Farm Workers‘ grape and lettuce boycott,’ and others.

Think GMO and non-GMO foods are the same? Some independent scientists have conducted a study that shows otherwise.

A recent article about Chuco’s Justice Center in LA is very encouraging, describing it as ‘a radical art space’ that ‘teaches artists & activists to “use direct action organizing, advocacy, political education and activist arts to mobilize youth, and their allies … to bring about change.”‘

Media Diversified’s great interview with writer Bill Campbell, “Popular culture” is no longer a “marketplace of ideas.” It’s a cartel.

The Beethoven Festival in Chicago, as Ellen McSweeney writes, reveals how little we value our artists, like the musicians the festival has failed to pay for last years’ performances, and tries to answer, ‘Why were the wronged musicians and their friends still so quiet? And, come to think of it, why did we maintain silence for nine months as we awaited sums of money that, to us, make or break our ability to pay the rent?’

Great article about POC Activists Leading the Gathering Resistance to Standardized Tests. ‘In the name of closing the achievement gap, entire communities of color in cities around the country have seen classrooms converted to test prep centers, where the time spent on studying strategies for eliminating wrong answer choices has pushed out inquiry, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, the arts, and culturally relevant pedagogy.’

An awesome activist in Chile, Francisco Tapia, destroyed $500 million worth of student debt papers.

As reported in Gawker, after a school in Iowa banned Sherman Alexie’s novel Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, some students bought copies of the book to hand out for free to any students who wanted to read it. Some parents thought they were McCarthy and called the cops. But the books continue to be distributed. Hell yes.

One of us recently read a book about the industrial disaster in Bhopal, India in 1984, and came across these amazing lyrics by Mr. Balli Singh Cheema:
With flaming torches we march / with flaming torches in our hands / we march / we the people of Bhopal / now we will conquer darkness / we the people of Bhopal / the huts ask and the farms ask us too / how long we will be oppressed / we the people of Bhopal / every obstacle screams as we kick it out of our way / we make music with our shackles / we the people of Bhopal / see friends, the morning looking pale in these times / we will fill it with the colour red / we the people of Bhopal / knowing that you cannot get anything without struggle / we are fighting a battle / we the people of Bhopal / we have tied our shrouds on our heads / and we hold swords in our hands / we have come out to look for our enemies / we the people of Bhopal
Bhopal will now come alive in every corner of the world / and we will continue with our battle / we the people of Bhopal.

 

In London, P21 Gallery is showing Palestinian photographer Rawan Serhan’s work that ‘depicts families – and particularly women – in the Palestinian village of Biteen.’

And just in case none of us weren’t in the know, this is bitter but also good to be acknowledged: Expensive cities are killing creativity.

MEDIA TO CHECK OUT

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Brooklyn Movement Center‘s podcast – BMC Third Rail – is released the first Friday of the month, dealing with local topics and social justice issues. Check it!

Wonderful 44 seconds from the Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and middle school protesters. ‘Are you keeper of the mountain?’

Luc Roderique has released Union Solidarity Rap. So fun to hear awesome music that supports working people – all of us!

Need a dummy number to give out to creeps and don’t want to keep using H&H’s? Check out the bell hooks hotline number, which sends back an instructional feminist response from hooks when the number is contacted.

Women in the Zapatista Movement is a short video for educators and students that offers a clear introduction to women’s participation in the Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico.’

Subcomandante Marcos recently issued his final communication as Zapatista spokesperson, heralding the groups’ efforts at change. ‘Instead of constructing barracks, improving our weapons, and building walls and trenches, we built schools, hospitals and health centers… We chose to construct life.’

Brooklyn For Peace has been a grassroots organization that has survived for 30 years, only able to do so because of volunteer labor and supporters. This piece by @DarkMatterRage on why folks who are able should donate to grassroots activist organizations should is an awesome reminder.

Awesome music from March Against Monsanto protesters.

From Latino USA, Environmental Racism in San Diego, a short podcast about ‘Barrio Logan’s multicolor murals at Chicano Park tell the story of the Chicano struggle’ in San Diego.From Public Radio International (PRI), check out this interview with artist and cultural organizer Favianna Rodriguez about art in the immigrants’ rights movement, and Arts & Activism.

Short video about the life of a courtroom artist. While POCHO’s Lalo Alcarez explains How to draw a cartoon character.

From podcast Reality Cast, ‘talking to a playwright who went undercover in the anti-choice movement.

Rapper Frank Waln of the Rosebud Sioux tribe in South Dakota, wrote ‘Oil For Blood‘ in opposition to the KXL-pipeline. ‘Oil for blood / Making you rich, you soil my love.’

WHAT WE’RE READING

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From Nicole Aschoff at Jacobin: ‘If we’re going to get through this crisis and end up better off on the other side, we need to tell different stories, new stories, stories that don’t glorify docility and subservience, stories that don’t, as C. Wright Mills once said, confuse personal troubles with public issues. What better place to start than Detroit? Not the Detroit of corporate propaganda, but the Detroit that fights, the Detroit of the sit-down strikes and the Battle of the Overpass. We can draw inspiration and learn lessons from Madison, Chicago, Immokalee, and New York, and any place people speak truth to power. These stories define us. These are the stories we should tell.’

From Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby: ‘Queen of France was already showing lights scattered like teardrops from a sky pierced to weeping by the blade tip of an early star.’ So beautiful. And: ‘…Michael was a purveyor of exotics, a typical anthropologist; a cultural orphan who sought other cultures he could love without risk or pain.’

An interview with Noam Chomsky answering questions from high school age students had the famous intellectual asked ‘Do you think comedy and humor can be useful in politicizing people in radical directions?’ He responded, ‘Sure, it’s done all the time. Way back in history, the court jester was the one person who was given some latitude to satirize and criticize – and it probably opened minds to an extent. … Questioning authority is often done effectively through ridicule, mockery, lampooning, satire, that is a very effective device, and a perfectly legitimate one.’

 

SUPPORT ARTS & CULTURE

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- come to our events and support our affiliated artists!

 
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