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Announcement :: Politics
Lucy Parsons Center Events and News!!
13 Jan 2004
Modified: 03:35:49 PM
This is a twice monthly mailing put out by the Lucy Parsons Center, to keep you updated on great events happening at the bookstore, and other exciting LPC news.
Lucy Parsons Center Events and News!!

This is a twice monthly mailing put out by the Lucy Parsons Center, to keep you updated on great events happening at the bookstore, and other exciting LPC news.

In this Issue (more detailed descriptions are below):

1. LPC News
a. Get your raffle tickets!

2. Upcoming Events
a. January 25, 3pm: Human Rights poet, Alan Conrath
b. February 27, 7pm: Novelist and Political comedian, Robert Newman
c. April 15, 7pm: National Lawyers Guild Tenants Rights Clinic

3. Ongoing Events
a. Radical Movie Night: Every Wednesday at 7pm
++ Jan 14: Alias, La Gringa
++ Jan 21: Truth, War and Consequences
++ Jan 38: A Grin Without a Cat
b. Personal Indy Media Viewing Station

4. New Book Arrivals
a. We Real Cool by bell hooks
b. The Decline of American Power by Immanuel Wallerstein

5. About LPC
a. Where are we?
b. What are we?
c. Volunteer
d. Use our Space for radical stuff
e. Donate MONEY!


+++ If you haven’t already heard, we are raffling off a beautiful hand sculpted bust of our namesake, Lucy Parsons. Lucy Parsons was a labor rights activist, woman of color, political agitator, and mother. This sculpture would serve as an inspiration in any place where people organize for social justice. The tickets are just $5 and all proceeds will go towards buying a building to give the Lucy Parsons Center a permanent home and secure our future as a center for Boston’s radical community.


+++ January 25: Alan Conrath

Sunday January 25 at 3p.m. local human rights poet Alan Brady Conrath will read from his publication Work is the Blackmail of Survival. Conrath writes
in several poetic styles and his themes include gay rights, injustice against indigenous peoples, Palestine, the Holocasut, and other subjects. The reading is intended for discussion with audience on poplitical and literary themes.

+++ February 27: Robert Newman

Robert Newman is a novelist and political comedian whose last show From Caliban to Taliban—500 Years of Humanitarian Intervention just ended a fourth month sell-out run at the Soho Theater in London. His event will include readings from his new novel, comedy and even a little ukulele!

Fountain at the Center of the World is an epic novel, a family saga that spans two continents and an ocean of economic, political and class chasms. Set in set in the United States, Britain, Mexico, the story takes us, via container crate and conference suite, from refugee detention center and trawler boat to the streets of Seattle amid a hail of tear gas and rubber bullets. It traces the path of Evan Hatch, a British corporate PR executive and adopted child, who learns he is dying of “chagas,” a disease endemic to Latin America. Traveling to Mexico in search of his long lost brother and a bone-marrow tissue match, Hatch finds himself standing on the fuse of the neo-liberal powder keg set to ignite the region.

The writing of Fountain at the Center of the World took Robert Newman across Mexico and Costa Rica. He spent a week on a Spanish trawler researching the book and covered the WTO in Seattle—the setting of some explosive scenes—for Channel 4. The writing of Fountain at the Center of the World is the subject of a BBC film, Scribbling. It is in its second printing one month after being published in the UK. Newman has been politically active with Reclaim The Streets, the Liverpool Dockers, Indymedia, Earth First and People's Global Action. In the last month he gave the keynote speech at the People & Planet conference and has been a guest speaker of the New Economics Foundation.

+++ April 15: National Lawyers Guild Tenants Rights Clinic

more information to come


+++ Wednesday Radical Film Nights:

Every Wednesday, the center hosts videos, films and documentaries on freedom struggles in this country and around the world. And it’s FREE! If you have a movie you would like to show, please contact the store.

***************MOVIE SCHEDULE ************

Jan 14: Alias, La Gringa-- This powerful political drama from Peru follows the adventures and escapades of La Gringa, a likeable criminal capable of escaping from any jail.

Jan 21: Truth, War and Consequences-- Frontline documentary. Why did the US go to was in Iraq? What were the consequences? And at what cost?

Jan 28: A Grin Without a Cat-- A film essay on the worldwide political wars of the 1960s and 1970s: Vietnam, Bolivia, May '68, Prague, Chile, and the fate of the New Left.

+++ Indymedia Personal Viewing Station: New donation of a 13" TV/VCR with headphones with all of the latest coverage from the great noncorporate news source, Indymedia. Stop by any time to watch anything from the Indymedia library, or any of the other films and documentaries LPC has in the store.


+++ We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity, by bell hooks

Black men are cool. But most books about black men miss the mark, making the same points-difficult childhood, white racism, poverty-they describe without meaningful explanation. bell hooks' brilliant new book We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity goes where everyone else has been unwilling to go. Without casting blame, hooks tells hard truths: black men are feared, admired, made the objects of sexual fantasy, envied, but rarely loved. Black men are hated, and hooks tells us why. In these critical essays, hooks examines what black males fear most (maternal sadism, loss, emasculation) and probes the depths of their longing for intimacy, for fathers, for meaningful relationships. Highlighting the value of a feminist approach to understanding black masculinity, hooks looks at the way patriarchal thought and action undermine black male self-esteem. This is the book that everyone seeking to understand black male identity must read.

+++ The Decline of American Power: The US in a Chaotic World, by Immanuel Wallerstein

The internationally renowned theorist contends that the sun is setting on the American Empire. The United States in decline? Its admirers and detractors alike claim the opposite: that America is now in a position of unprecedented global supremacy. But in fact, Immanuel Wallerstein argues, a more nuanced evaluation of recent history reveals that America has been fading as a global power since the end of the Vietnam War, and, in the long term, its response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 may well hasten that decline.


+++ Where are we?

Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Telephone: 617.267.6272
Email: lucyparsons (at)

+++ What are we?

The Lucy Parsons Center, Boston's collectively run radical bookstore features an extensive selection of radical books and magazines, internet access, space for talks and meetings, and free movies Wednesday nights. Located at 549 Columbus Avenue
in the South End the store is just down from Mass Ave and easily reached from the Mass Ave and Symphony T stations and the #1 bus. Regular store hours Mon-Fri 12-9pm Weekends 12-6.

+++ Volunteer

Volunteering at LPC isn't just about donating your labor. All of the Lucy Parsons Center volunteers contribute to all aspects of running the store and
can take part in all decisions in how it's run. If you know anything about grant writing, web design, or any other skills you think would be useful, or if you just want to be part of this great radical project, please email lucyparsons (at), attn Anne

+++ Use our space for radical stuff

One of the most important apects of the Lucy Parsons Center is providing a community meeting place for radical activities. If you want to host an event, please send an email to Rebecca at rebeccabatchelder (at) Make sure to give enough notice so that we can approve the event at our bimonthly meetings.

If you have a group that needs a space to have regular meetings, just come to the bookstore and fill out a space request form. Again, make sure to allow time for approval by the collective.

+++ Donate MONEY!

We need support to help ensure the Lucy Parsons Center continues to grow and be an important resource for the community. Donations can be made in the form of cash, check or credit cards. Please call the store for more info. If you don't have a lot, don't worry, even donating the change of your purchase can make a difference.


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