Inviteyouto submitup to two (2)poems(no poem longer than 1,000 words)to
“100Poemsof Solidarityfor Haiti”
·The poem and AN INTERVIEW of one (winning) writer will be published in the ART CHANGES section of In Motion Magazineand$200.00 will be donated to the Haiti relief effort in their name.
·In addition, the best poems of the 100 will be published in In Motion Magazine.
·ANDall one hundred poems will be available for download in a PDF(for a small fee, which will be donated to Haiti relief efforts).
Following one of the most devastating natural disasters in modern memory, Haitians are digging themselves out from under tons of rubble. The true extent of the earthquake is not known because few people have ventured outside of the capital to find out the fate of those living in rural areas. While there has been constant news coverage, much of what I have heard has been tinged with denigrating remarks towards the Haitian people. I believe we are witnessing a new wave of racist speech and news coverage that rivals coverage pre 1960. As the world pours out prayers and sends appeals for aid to help the survivors and those trapped, Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh have chosen to raise their race baiting hate speech to an all new level.
We know that art can heal, we invite you to write poemof solidarityfrom your heart to the people of Haiti to help them in their healing. You may submit up to two (2) poems with no poem longer than 1,000 words. There is no fee involved. All poems should be submittedas an attachment in .doc format to:firstname.lastname@example.org
We know that art can heal, we invite you to write poemof solidarityfrom your heart to the people of Haiti to help them in their healing. Poems may be any length. There is no fee involved. Deadline February 14, 2010. All poems should be submittedas an attachment in .doc format to:email@example.com
·$200.00 will be donated to the Haiti relief effort.
·The poem and AN INTERVIEW of one (winning) writer will be published in the ART CHANGES section of In Motion Magazine .
please spotlight some jazz. this is a call to action for those who either care about jazz or who follow oprah (or those who do both).
if nothing else check out the accompanying video featuring jazz pianist and vocalist hazel scott (with charlie mingus on bass!). hazel scott was doing a march of dimes promo in a successful fifties effort to wipe out polio in the usa. hazel scott is absolutely magnificent!
Mumia tee shirts are now for sale at the Wooden Shoe, Anarchist bookstore, at 704 South St. Check out www.woodenshoebooks.org or call 215 413 0999.
There is a limited quantity! Get them now to support ICFFMAJ, the Wooden Shoe, and be VISIBLE in support of Mumia's LIFE!
MOVE 9 TEE SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
Last April 24 we made teeshirts publicizing Mumia's most recent book, Jailhouse Lawyer's. The idea was to sell those shirts and use the profit as seed money to then make shirts for the MOVE 9. We would continue using the seed money to make more shirts and donating anything earned after towards organizing for Mumia and the MOVE 9. Tee shirts are important-- they're visible, a conversation starter. Lauryn Hill wore a “Welcome to Philly” tee shirt that generated a lot of interest in the MOVE 9. People have talked about coming across “Free Mumia” tee shirts in Kuwait, Chiapas, and beyond. They become a living, walking, artistic form of resistance and history. In a movement with limited resources, but boundless energy, we want to make use of everything at our disposal.
So far we've sold $300 worth of teeshirts. We need to sell another $300 to afford a printing of the MOVE 9 shirts. Also, we need a design. So, here's the thing: We have beautiful, amazing, TALENTED artists in the movement the world over. We need you to design something that somehow communicates the battle for parole for the MOVE 9. It doesn't have to be wordy-- it's often better if the viewer is left curious but with resources at their disposal, like listing the website www.onamove.com.
As we receive submissions we'll post them on the website of Phil Africa's art work, managed by the dedicated Dave Johnson, at http://philafrica.bravehost.com/. Folks can look at the site and comment on what designs they'd like to see printed as a teeshirt. Also, if submitters are comfortable with this, the art could be used for future poster and flyer designs.
We have a global network. This is a great way to get involved if you're not geographically close to Philly and want to help the movement. It is so meaningful to get submissions from the Czech Republic, Mongolia, Morocco, Brazil and beyond. This is another way for us to build solidarity and connection.
If you aren't an artist but can donate monetarily, please do! It will help us get the shirts printed faster, and hopefully (fingers crossed!) by the 25th anniversary of the MOVE bombing: May 13th, 2010. If you want to purchase a Jailhouse Lawyer's teeshirt please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All art submissions should be emailed to email@example.com by April 24, 2010. Thanks for your commitment and work.
this is a video from hope for haiti now telethon, beyonce performing "halo" and morgan freeman reciting excerpt from "tomorrow's toussaints," a poem from the book iron flowers by kalamu ya salaam. go here to read the whole poem: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=279447254616
This is a new set up to construct my media platform accessible worldwide.
This is the poem Morgan Freeman read from on the Hope for Haiti Now telethon.
photo by: Lynda Koolish
By Kalamu ya Salaam this is Haiti, a state slaves snatched from surprised masters, its high lands, home of this world's sole successful slave revolt, Haiti, where freedom has flowered and flown fascinating like long necked flamingoes gracefully feeding on snails in small pinkish sunset colored sequestered ponds despite the meanness and meagerness of life eked out of eroding soil and from exploited urban toil, there is still so much beauty here in this land where the sea sings roaring a shore and fecund fertile hills lull and roll quasi human in form there is beauty here in the unyielding way our people, colored charcoal, and banana beige, and shifting subtle shades of ripe mango, or strongly brown-black, sweet as the suck from sun scorched staffs of sugar cane, have decided we shall survive we will live on a peasant pauses clear black eyes searching far out over the horizon the hoe motionless, suspended in the midst of all this shit and suffering forced to bend low still we stop and stand and dream and believe we shall be released we shall be released for what slaves have done slaves can do and that begets the beauty slaves can do