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Announcement :: Politics
Upcoming Events at the Lucy Parsons Center
by Lucy Parsons Center
Email: events (nospam) lucyparsons.org
Phone: (617) 267-6272
Address: 549 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118
20 Jul 2004
Modified: 02:44:52 PM
A jam-packed schedule of free events for this summer at the Lucy Parsons Center.
Upcoming Events at the Lucy Parsons Center – read on for more details!
+ RAFFLE ANNOUNCEMENT
(1) Wed Jul 21, 7: Movie Night - The IMC
Israel/Palestine Wall Trilogy
(2) Fri Jul 23, 6: The “Miami Model” – A Documentary, Presentation and Discussion
(3) Sun Jul 25, 7: Horns and Halos Film Screening
(4) Tue Jul 27, 7: Combating Fortress Europe -The
Fight Against Far-Right Political Movements
and Social Trends in the European Union,
Presented by Bob Wester
(5) Thu Aug 5, 7: Peter Khan Zendran Event – Free
(6) Wed Aug 4, 7: Collecting Anarchy - Continuing
the Legacy of the Joseph Labadie Collection
(7) Sat, Aug 7, 6: The Yellow City Revolution
(8) Thu Sep 16, 7: MOVE Documentary Screening
(9) Sat Sep 25, 7: Murdered By Capitalism - John Ross
(10)Tue Oct 26, 7: Zine Video Tour
*** All LPC events are free and open to the public (though donations are greatly appreciated). If you have any questions, please call us at (617) 267-6272. For info about who we are, how to host an event, how to become a collective member
or how to get to the LPC, please read the end of this email. ***
+ WIN A SCULPTURE OF LUCY PARSONS AND HELP THE LPC BUY A NEW HOME!!!
ITS RAFFLE TIME!! The LPC is currently running araffle drawing to win a beautiful hand-sculpted bustof Lucy Parsons made by a local artist.
By purchasing a raffle ticket you will not only gain the opportunity to win a piece of art valued at over $3,000, but you will be helping an all-volunteer run radical bookstore buy a new home which will have room for offices and a large
community area and, more importantly, freedom from landlords!
The drawing, originally planned for May 2004, will now take place in mid-September in order to give us enough time to plan a party and invite all our
friends to join us at the drawing. Updates with more information on the party will be forthcoming.
Tickets are only $5 each, so drop by the store and buy yours now!
(1) Wed Jul 21, 7: Movie Night - The IMC Israel/Palestine Wall Trilogy
*** Temporary Inconvenience (40 min)
The story of Masha Encampment against the separation fence that lasted five months last year and developed Israeli/Palestinian/International cooperation.
*** Democracy is Not Built on Demonstrators' Bodies (30 min)
The media aftermath of the shooting (by the IDE) of an Israeli demonstrator at Masha during a nonviolent direct action.
*** Rough Cuts of Rough Demos (15 min)
Development of solidarity between Israeli & Palestinian activist into a grassroots movement as it faces increased violence by the IDF.
*** This event is part of our Free Radical Film Night Series. Every Wednesday night at 7pm we show a movie from a wide variety of political themes and genres. It happens year round, so if you don’t get an email about it you can always call
the store to see what’s playing that week or just show up! ***
(2) Fri Jul 23, 6: The "Miami Model" – A Documentary, Presentation and Discussion
A showing of the newly finished IMC documentary entitled "The Miami Model" about police brutality in Miami at the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) Ministerial last November. The film will be followed by a presentation and discussion about police misconduct/brutality, the "Miami Model" and it’s repercussions for mass mobilizations such as the DNC. The discussion will be led by IMC members who we present at the FTAA Ministerial and were witness to some of the police atrocities.
(3) Sun Jul 25, 7: Horns and Halos Film Screening
What if someone wrote your biography? Would there be horns and halos involved?" - Author J.H. Hatfield
Horns and Halos captures the unlikely connection of three men--a U.S. president, a discredited author and an underground publisher--whose paths to power and popularity become tangled in a book.
In October 1999, a short article appeared in the New York Times: St. Martin's Press recalled Fortunate Son, the first published biography of George W. Bush. At the time of its recall, the book was #8 on Amazon.com's best-seller list--no
doubt due to the book's widely publicized allegations that Bush had been arrested for cocaine possession in 1972. However, Bush wasn't the only one with a hidden past. Citing distrust of the author, J. H. Hatfield, the publisher
pulled the book from stores after learning that he was a convicted felon.
Several weeks later, small underground imprint Soft Skull Press, the self-styled "punk of publishing," announced that it would re-publish the book. But getting Fortunate Son back on the shelves wouldn't prove so easy. Operating out
of a tenement basement on New York City's Lower East Side, 29-year-old founder Sander Hicks struggled without significant success for over a year to get the book back into stores and into the national consciousness. After months of lawsuits, bad press, and disagreements with the distributor, Soft Skull made one final desperate attempt to make a splash at the 2001 Book Expo of America.
Against the author's wishes, Hicks revealed the sources for the book's cocaine allegations, which leads to electrifying consequences.
The filmmakers worked in the direct cinema tradition of the Maysles Brothers to bring the viewer into the world of underground publishing. Horns and Halos is also peppered with sit-down interviews that help unravel the details of this
bizarre story. Key players such as Pete Slover, the journalist who broke the story about Hatfield's past, and Mark Crispin Miller, media critic and an avid defender of the book, help to shed light on the complexities of the story.
The filmmakers have a history of making fiction films outside the realm of traditional narrative, about subjects existing outside the realm of traditional society. Their previous films deal with the underground music community.
Although they were interested in documenting their community, they felt too close to the subject matter to make a traditional documentary. Instead they wrote scripts based on their experiences. This allowed them to explore their world from both insider and outsider vantage points. From outside Hollywood and even Indiewood, they understand what it is like to be part of underground culture trying to impact mainstream culture. They bring this sensitivity to the portrayal of characters attempting to do the same thing in a different
In addition to shooting, editing, and directing Horns and Halos, Hawley and Galinsky have made two feature films together ("Half-Cocked" -1995 -
released on video by Matador records, and "Radiation" - Sundance 1999 in addition to over 30 other festivals worldwide). They have made over 50 short subject videos. David Beilinson co-produced the film. He is a documentary producer for PBS's In the Mix.
As screenwriter and scholar Robert McKee states, "True character is revealed in the choices human beings make under pressure." When faced with
difficult decisions there is rarely one clear answer. Horns and Halos reveals the complexities of the decisions rather than simply the results.
(4) Tue Jul 27, 7:30pm: Combating Fortress Europe - The Fight Against Far-Right Political Movements and Social Trends in the European Union
Presented by Bob Wester
The last few years have seen an enormous rise of anti-refugee, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim attitudes and policies within self-acclaimed
"humanitarian" super power European Union. Both within governments, and the wider population.
The Netherlands, is no exception, although its rise of xenophobia had an unusual pathway. Unlike some other EU countries like Belgium, France or Italy, which have strong fascist parties represented in parliament, the Dutch had it their
way. Since halfway the 1990's right-wing opinion leaders tried to break the "taboo" on the "immigration debate". Although partly successful, the big "breakthrough" came only later. In the aftermath of September 11, the eccentric extreme right-wing populist Pim Fortuyn stole the hearts of big parts of the white population with its Muslim, refugee, and immigrants bashing agenda and a vague rhetoric of "New Politics" which would bring politics closer to citizens. After Pim being murdered, the dominant frame moved from a progressive liberal to a conservative liberal one.
Since then nationalism and racism are on the forefront of Dutch politics. But critique on it is associated with the "leftist church", and "political correctness". Every protest against it is accused of leading to another murder of a politician and so a threat to democracy. After an
initial total defeat of anti-racist groups, the last few months saw a rise in critique on and a resistance against the deportation of 27,000 refugees.
How could this move to right happen? Will the new resistance against deportations grow and be able to change the tide?
*** Bob Wester is a Dutch anarchist/social ecologist squatter from Amsterdam who is involved with anti-racist activism and solidarity with immigrant communities. He is interested in dialoguing with North American anti-racists in an effort to better combat the rise of the far-right on both sides of the Atlantic ***.
(5) Thu Aug 5, 7: Peter Khan Zendran Event – Free Iran
Mr. Zendran is a half-Asian human rights activist and author. Most recently, he has written the book "Victimization of the Farsi, Arab, Turanian, and Central and Western Asian Peoples". The book was released May 5th, 2004. He will be doing a talk based on his book as well as a report on his recent attack by the Rhode Island Police, his victory in criminal court and his pending civil court against the Rhode Island Police.
A basket will be passed to help in his legal fees during the event.
(6) Wed Aug 4, 7pm: Collecting Anarchy - Continuing the Legacy of the Joseph Labadie Collection
The Labadie Collection, part of the University of Michigan Library, is one of the world's largest archives of social protest literature. This slide
presentation and talk begins with the life and activities of its founder in the 19th century, through the 20th century to the present.
(7) Sat, Aug 7th, 6pm: The Yellow City Revolution
Popular St. Louis zinester and fiction writer Carissa van den Berk will embark on a tour in late July/earlyAugust with Matthew Berliant and Rachel Jacobs.
The Yellow City Revolution Tour will include an audio-visual presentation of van den Berk’s new book, May it Come Quickly, with music by Rachel Jacobs, poetry by Matthew Berliant, a series of local Boston zinesters Kim/Mother Rebel, Jef
Taylor/The UrbanPantheist, and Ciarra Xyerra/A Renegades Handbook reading from their most recent zines, and a slew of sizzling interactive writing games designed to draw out the creative zeal in us all.
*** Carissa van den Berk is the author of May It Come Quickly, published by Yellow City Press, a daring sequel to the young anarchist coming of age story, Yours for the Revolution.
*** Matthew Berliant is the author of escape ism, a compilation of radical poetry published by re/creations press this July, and mastermind of the Wide Open Collaborative Writing Labs.
*** Rachel Jacobs’ groundbreaking "Mechanical Kid" CD has just been released by Solution Records, featuring her unique blend of sultry lyrics rhapsodized in a current of acoustic punk.
(8) Thu Sep 16, 7pm: MOVE Documentary Screening
Screening of the brand new documentary on MOVE, followed by Q&A from MOVE folks and the film makers.
Sponsored by the Boston Anarchist Black Cross.
(9) Sat, Sept 25, 7: Murdered By Capitalism: The U.S. Left, A Continuum of Resistance Presented by John Ross
Dubbed "the new John Reed" by La Jornada, Mexico's most left daily, author/activist/poet/correspondent John Ross will be teaching at and touring with his latest volume "Murdered By Capitalism: 150 Years of Life & Death on the U.S. Left," both a personal memoir of six decades on the barricades of America and a hallucinatory chronicle of the Left continuum from Haymarket to Baghdad and back.
Raised in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, Ross, who has lived for decades in Mexico City's old quarter, is the author of seven works of fiction and non-fiction and won the American Book Award in 1995 for "Rebellion From the Roots", the first look at the Zapatista rebellion in Chiapas, which he has covered since its earliest hour. Other volumes vital to understanding the Zapatista struggle have been "The Annexation of Mexico: from the Aztecs to the IMF", a post-Zapatista re-encounter with Mexican history, and "The
War Against Oblivion" (2001), a chronicle of nine years of the rebellion that has become a staple of Zapatista literature.
In addition, Ross has published a novel of the Mexican cataclysm, "Tonatiuh's People", a political guidebook to Mexico, an anthology of
basketball writings, and eight chapbooks of poetry, the latest of which is "Against Amnesia" (Calaca de Pelon, Mexico City).
"Murdered By Capitalism is a hilarious way to learn the true down home history of the American Left's heroic past: bravo to John Ross!" writes
Beat godfather Lawrence Ferlinghetti of Ross's latest offering. "It is a rip-snorting and honorable account of an outlaw tradition in American politics which too seldom gets past the bouncers at the gateway of the national
narrative" adds cult novelist Thomas Pynchon.
In addition to his literary output, John Ross is long-time Mexico correspondent for Noticias Aliadas in Lima Peru, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Texas Observer and publishes his own on-line newsletter "Blindman's Buff"
(formerly "Mexico Barbaro"), available at nicadlw (at) earthlink.net.
(10) Tue Oct 26, 7: Zine Video Tour
The tour will feature:
*** Dave Roche (On Subbing) who will do readings from his zine-turned-book about being a substitute teacher in Portland,
** Nicole Georges, a comic zine artist who will do slide show presentations from her zines, and
*** Joe Biel who will show his video, “$100 & A T-Shirt,” A full length video documentary about zines in the Northwest US. A cultural analysis of what causes zine makers to tick; what the hell zines are, why people make zines, the origin
of zines, the resources and community available for zine makers, and the future of zines. Interviews with about 70 zine makers, ex-zine makers, and readers from the northwest. Featuring footage of the Portland Zine Symposium, other zine
related events, and activities bringing zine culture to life. An original documentary with over 64 hours of footage for people with a new interest in zines as well as pros and novices. The video sparks untapped creativity and new interest into zine making and reading. Artwork by Cristy Road and music by J Church and Defiance, OH!
+++ Where are we?
Lucy Parsons Center
549 Columbus Avenue
Boston's South End
Email: lucyparsons (at) tao.ca
+++ 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.
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 Pete at petestid (at) yahoo.com
+++ 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 events (at) lucyparsons.org. 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. The LPC is a 501(c)3 certified non-profit.
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