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Active Arts Youth Conference (english)
11 Sep 2002
BOSTON’S FIRST NATIONAL HIP HOP YOUTH CONERENCE:
INSPIRING, EDUCATING, AND MOBILIZING THE HIP HOP GENERATION - BOSTON, MA SEPT 20 - 22.
Minister Ben Chavis Muhammad, Dead Prez, Medusa, Fred Hampton Jr., & other hip hop artists and political figures join youth from all over the country to enagage in constructive hip hop and youth activism.
AMERICAN FRIENDS SERVICE COMMITTEE
New England Regional Office w 2161 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140 w 617-661-6130 w www.afsc.org
NEWS RELEASE: Hip Hop Activism Brings Thousands of Youth to the Boston Area

For Immediate Release: 9/1/2002
Media Contact: Erik Wissa (AFSC) or Ben Leff (Redeye Magazine): 617-661-6130

AFSC’S CRITICAL BREAKDOWN, NORTHEASTERN’S BLACK STUDENT ASSOCIATION, MULTICULTURAL AIDS COALITION, JRI HEALTH, AGITARTE, & REDEYE MAGAZINE PLAN
BOSTON’S FIRST NATIONAL HIP HOP YOUTH CONERENCE:
INSPIRING, EDUCATING, AND MOBILIZING THE HIP HOP GENERATION - BOSTON, MA SEPT 20 - 22.
Minister Ben Chavis Muhammad, Dead Prez, Medusa, Fred Hampton Jr., & other hip hop artists and political figures join youth from all over the country to enagage in constructive hip hop and youth activism.
(Boston, MA) -- On September 20th-22nd, young people from all over the country will convene at Northeastern University in Boston for the first annual Active Arts Youth Conference (AAYC) under the motto: Inspiring, Educating, and Mobilizing the Hip Hop Generation. The event brings together prominent hip hop stars such as dead prez, Medusa, Davey D, the Welfare Poets, political figures, social activists, and youth organizations, and will feature a concert, guerrilla theatre, graffiti/art exhibits, performances, social action workshops, and an outdoor open mic.
“Our goal is to engage young people” says lead organizer Erik Wissa of the American Friends Service Committee’s Critical Breakdown. “For the first time in Boston, and in a large, very visible way, youth will be able to gather, network, enjoy great music, and talk about the issues affecting their lives.”
The Friday kick off concert will feature dead prez, Medusa, La Bruja & Suheir Hammad (of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam fame), and Berklee College of Music Jazz/Hip Hop Ensemble, as well as West Coast media personality Davey D and political activists such as MOVE member Mario Africa and hip hop activist Rosa Clemente. Saturday’s keynote ceremony will be one of the highlights of the weekend featuring Minister Benjamin Chavis Muhammad-Director of the Hip Hop Summit Action Network with Russell Simmons, and a heartwarming post 9/11 presentation featuring Jeremy Glick who lost his father last September, and a multi-faceted artistic performance by the all female Mahina Movement.
Similar to the wide variety of people participating in the actual conference, the planning of the AAYC brings together a diverse group of organizations in the Boston community, including the American Friends Service Committee’s Critical Breakdown, Northeastern University’s Black Student Association, Redeye Magazine, the Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Agitarte, and JRI Health’s Urban Youth Institute. Many of these organizations, such as Northeastern’s Black Student Association (NBSA) and Redeye Magazine, are run by youth from the Boston area who are helping to coordinate the weekend’s events.
“The Active Arts Youth Conference will support young people in their organizing work and artistic expression,” says Ben Leff, one of the lead organizers for the conference and editor of youth-run Redeye Magazine. “The conference is designed to encourage local youth and their organizations to connect with hip hop artists, political activists, and other young people locally and nationally to address the concerns of today’s youth. We will be looking at issues such as the growing militarization of society, the prison industry, AIDS, media representation and lack of civic participation.”
NBSA President and conference organizer Nema Jackson adds that the conference is open to the entire community as well as high school and college students. She says, “Northeastern’s Black Student Association is all about connecting the students to the surrounding community. This is a perfect opportunity to open the campus to the community in support of issues of importance to us all.”



For more information visit the AAYC website at www.activeartsyouthconference.com. Tickets for the opening concert on Friday are available at Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 617-931-2000, or at the Somerville Theater box office. All other events are free admission and open to the public.

(Hip Hop Gathering, page 2)
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Friday, Sept. 20th at the Somerville Theatre:
7:30PM-1:00 AM: Hip Hop show featuring dead prez, Medusa, Davey D, The Welfare Poets, La Bruja, Suheir Hammad, Jahi, and local and national talent as well as speakers on various issues.

Saturday, Sept. 21st at Northeastern University’s Curry Student Center:
10:00-1:30: workshops
1:30-3:00: Lunch
3:00-4:30: workshops
5:00-6:30: Keynote Speaker Ceremony (featuring Min. Ben Chavis Muhammad, and post 9/11 ceremony)
6:30-11:00: Critical Breakdown Open Mic (Centennial Commons-outdoors)

Sunday, Sept. 22nd at the Middle East Restaurant:
11:00-2:00: Networking/Strategy Session and Art Exhibit-Brunch served

CONFERENCE PRESENTERS AND TOPICS:
· Redeye Magazine- “Independent Media”
· Kazi Toure, Ramona Africa, Ashanti Alston- Former Political Prisoners-“Bridging the Gap”
· Marquetta Peltier, Netdahe Williams, Russell Shoatz, Kamel Jacob-Bell, Dana Grace, Crystal-“Bridging the Gap: Linking the generations of resistance”
· Hayes, Mike Africa, Jonathan Wilson, Jaceon Kimbro-“Children of Political Prisoners”
· Mario Africa and AWOL-"Parallel Histories of Hip Hop and Resistance"
· Rosa Clemente-"Bigger than Hip Hop"
· Prison Moratorium Project-“No More Youth Jails Workshop”
· Welfare Poets- “The Struggle in Vieques”
· Jahi of BET’s Rap It Up-“Hip Hop & AIDS; A Practical Approach”
· Boston Independent Media Center- "Steal This Media: The Global Indymedia Uprising!"
· Tony Coleman and Mindzeye Collective-"Know Your Rights"
· Walidah Imarisha, La Bruja, Queen Godis, Suheir Hammad-“Women’s Voices”
· Blackout Arts Collective-"Lyrics on Lockdown – Slamming the Prison Industrial Complex”
· Not4Prophet & Vagabond of Ricanstruction-“Guerrilla Art”
· Harry Terrell -“Marketing Safe Sex to the Hip Hop Community”
· Teen Voices Magazine- “Dusting Off Stereotypes: Women & Girls in the Media”
· Not In Our Name-“Youth Resistance to the War”
· Victory Gardens Project; Uhuru-“Freeing the Land:
Revolutionary Perspectives on the Environment”
· Bruce Ellison-“All-American, Like Lynchings and Smallpox Blankets”
· Active Element Foundation- “Future500.com”
· Letta Neely-“Homophobia”
· Scherazade King and Project: Think Different
· “We Interrupt this Message: Hip Hop as Media
· “Selling Life, Love and the Pursuit of Happiness: Hip Hop and Marketing”
· “Freedom Songs: Linking Music, Spirituality and Social Reform”
· Youth on Fire- “Innovative Motivation”
· Conscious Movements Collective-“Before you drink, stop! Listen! Why we need to focus on Coca-Cola and their AIDS in Africa policy.”
· RAWEARTH-“Pyramids: Let’s Build!”
· JRI Health’s Urban Youth Institute-“Life After Safe Sex 101”
(Hip Hop Gathering, page 3)


Photos of hip hop performers from Critical Breakdown have been emailed to you as attachments.
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The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. Its work is based on the belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.

Redeye Magazine is a youth-run political hip hop magazine that encourages
critical thinking and provides resources for self-empowerment.


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Conference Organizing Committee
American Friends Service Committee - New England Region
617-661-6130, ext. 121
activearts (at) hotmail.com
Work schedule: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm


See also:
activeartsyouthconference.com
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