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Monday, May 28, 2007

HARLEM FOCUS: June 2-3 Let Everyone Know About June 12th at the Schomburg

updated May 31, 2007


Saturday June 2nd
Harlem State Office Building, 125th & Adam Clayton Powell
All Day, Meet up the team at the Harlem State Office Building.
Come when you can, and bring your friends.

Sunday June 3rd
135th & Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox)
by the Schomburg

Get out information about an extraordinary evening
Revolution Why: It’s Necessary, Why It’s Possible, What It’s All About
On: June 12, 2007
Time: 7:00PM
Place: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd & 135th Street

Tuesday, May 29

9:30 am
Court support: 1st day of trial in Malcolm Ferguson civil suit
. Ferguson was killed by NYPD officer Louis Rivera in the Bx on 3/1/00. Trial is expected to last all week. 4:30 pm: press conference w/Juanita Young (Ferguson's mother), atty Seth Harris, Justice Cmt, Peoples' Justice & Oct 22 Coalition. At Bx Supreme Court, 851 Grand Concourse, Bx (at 161st St (4, D to 161st St). Info: Gina Arias, 646-321-5425, Kathie Cheng, 917-414-4612, Esther Wang, 512-769-1585,

6:00 pm
Suzan-Lori Parks, 365 Days/365 Plays

Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Between 124th and 125th Streets
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-665-7400
Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) comes to Hue-Man for an intimate dialog about creativity and inspiration. Following the success of Topdog/Underdog, the incomparable Suzan-Lori Parks got an idea to write a play every day for a year. She began that very day, finishing one year later. The result is an extraordinary testament to artistic commitment. This collection of 365 impeccably crafted pieces, each with its own distinctive characters and dramatic power, is a complete work by an artist responding to her world, each and every day.

Wednesday, May 30

Revolution out to the high schools

Michelle Goldberg
Barnes & Noble
267 Seventh Ave
In Kingdom Coming, Goldberg investigates the rise of Christian nationalism and its imminent threat to democracy.

Jammin with Baraka - A Tribute to Amiri Baraka
Synod Hall on the Grounds of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue @110th Street
Contact Malaika Adero , 212-926-8090
Sponsored By: Up South International, Inc. and the Hue Man Bookstore
Admission Fee: $150.00

Thursday, May 31st

7:30PM, Doors open at 7:00pm
Remembering Kurt Vonnegut --
Honoring His Humanism
NY Society for Ethical Culture

64th @ Central Park West
In cooperation with the American Humanist Association and the Vonnegut family.
Kurt Vonnegut, author, social critic, and Humanist, will be remembered by:
Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!
Howard Zinn, historian and longtime friend
Donald Farber, author and literary agent
Fred Edwords, AHA, Director of Communications
Tony Hileman, Senior Leader presiding.

6:00 pm
Marc Morial, State of Black America
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Between 124th and 125th Streets
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-665-7400
Marc H. Morial, a lawyer by profession, is head of the National Urban League and many say, is leading it into “a new era with street smarts and boardroom savvy." NUL, the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights and direct services organization empowering African Americans and other ethnic communities, has been at the forefront of major public policy issues, research and effective community-based solutions.

Friday, June 1

4-9 pm & 6/2 SAT, 8 am-9 pm
Conference: 1st Annual Harlem Anti-Gentrification Conf. The Historic Community of Harlem Under Attack: Fight Back & Resistance.
St Ambrose Church
9 W 130th St (btw 5th & Lenox Aves).
Workshops incl Senior Citizens' protections, tenants' rights, roles of prison industrial complex, Katrina & war in gentrification, & many more; w/screening of doc "Bkn Matters," networking & closing plenary: "Which Way Forward: Forging Alliances Around Principled Unity." At Sponsors: Harlem Tenants Council, Delano Village Tenants Assn, St Ambrose Church, Harlem Fight Back. Info: Harlem Tenants Council,

6:00 pm
10th Anniversary of Audre Lorde Project.
Celebrate 10 years with ALP!
Living a Legacy:
Celebrating Action, Imagination and Struggle
Join us in honoring 10 years since we opened our doors.
Learn how it all started and where we are headed! Info: 6:00 PM FOOD and GALLERY
7:30 PM PERFORMERS and SPEAKERS ticket info.$25, $50, $75, $500, $1,000
Reservation and Questions: or 718-596-0342 x15

Saturday, June 2nd

Harlem Focus: June 2-3
9:00am -- All Day
125th & Adam Clayton Powell,
Harlem State office building
You're invited to join us in Harlem this Saturday June 2nd to deliver this message:

"Chuck D.; Fa. Luis Barrios St. Mary's Church*; Herb Boyd Amsterdam News*; Phil Rice, M.D.; Rev. Earl Kooperkamp St. Mary's Church*; Christopher McElroen Classical Theatre of Harlem*; Revolution Books invite You To A Special Evening at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

"You've heard the name! You've seen the paper! REVOLUTION! and now it's time to hear and see a film of BOB AVAKIAN on the DVD 'REVOLUTION! WHY IT'S NECESSARY-WHY IT'S POSSIBLE-WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT!' An historic event on June 12, 2007 at the Schomburg Center in Harlem."

BAM: Sundance Film Festival
joe strummer, the future is unwritten
BAM Rose Cinemas
30 Laffayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
In his latest documentary, filmmaker Julien Temple (The Filth and the Fury) chronicles the transformation of a self-described “mouthy little git,” born John Mellor, into an anti-establishment icon known to the world as Joe Strummer—the front man of seminal punk band The Clash.
Through previously unearthed interviews with Strummer and recollections of those who knew him best, Temple reveals a complex man who used his music as a bullhorn for his conscience, as well as a means to educate others about the injustices of the world. The film includes live concert footage spanning Strummer’s career and tapes of his BBC radio program, all of which provide a fitting soundtrack to his legendary and storied existence.

3:00 pm
Film/discussion: "The Ground Truth: The Human Cost of War."
Church of the Evangel
Bedford Ave & Hawthorne St, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Bkn (Q to Parkside, B49 to Hawthorne St).
Free; refreshments served; child care. Sponsors: Prospect Lefferts Voices for Peace & Justice, Black Veterans for Social Justice, Bkn Parents for Peace. Info: 718-624-5921, iraq@brooklynpeaceorg &

Faith Ringgold Lecture
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy @ Washington Avenue
Mixed-media sculptor & author Ringgold was an early advocate of equality for women in the art world. In conjunction with the museum's recent openiongof its feminist art center, Ringgold speaks about her art and activist involvement.

10:00am – 6:00pm

152nd. Street (Between Jackson & Union Ave. )
Bronx, NY

6/2 SAT-6/30 SAT - Films: Riverside Theatre's 9th Annual NY Family Arts, festival of interactive multicultural activities for families. Strives to empower & celebrate the family through culturally innovative performances, workshops & dialogues where families can share creative experiences & improve communication. At Sakura Park, 122nd St & Riverside Drive (1 to 116th St). Free.
Info/RSVP (for picnic): 212-870-6784,
--6/2 SAT, noon-5 pm - Free Community Unity Picnic to launch festival. Afternoon of music, games, & performances w/free hamburgers & hot dogs. Multicultural performances incl: steel pan rhythms of Something Positive; Zulu dance of Juxtapower; gospel stirrings of Claude Jay; Chili Pepper, D'Magic Clown; storytelling of Pickney Players & more. Local supermarkets D'Agostino, Morton Williams, Fairway Market, Met & C-Town have donated all of the food for the event.

1:00 pm
Action: deliver an order of deportation to Sen Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for failure to qualify for legalization under the new Senate immigration bill. Meet at Grand Army Plaza, Bkn (2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, Q to 7nth Ave); 2 pm: deliver order to Schumer's home, 9 Prospect Park W (near Carroll St). Sponsor: Immigrants Communities in Action (ICA): Adhikaar, Audre Lorde Project, CAAAV-Organizing Asian Communities, Centro
Hispano "Cuzcatlan," DRUM- Desis Rising Up & Moving, DAMAYAN Migrant Workers Assn, Domestic Workers United, Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, Immigrant Justice Solidarity Project, National Alliance of Latin American & Caribbean Communities, Queers for Economic Justice, ROC-NY, Salvadorian American National Network, Ugnayan. Info: 718-205-3036 (Eng), 718-298-5083 (Esp), &

Sunday, June 3

Harlem Team -- Expanded
135th & Lenox, by the Schomburg

Philippine Parade & Festival
Madison Avenue, from 41st to 27th Streets
followed by a festival at 27th Street, until 6pm

"What is Riverside Church's stand on the deportation of Immigrants?"
Riverside Church
120 & Claremont

Monday, June 4th

Tayannah Lee McQuillar: When Rap Music Had a Conscience
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Between 124th and 125th Streets
New York, NY 10027
Tel: 212-665-7400
What goes up must come down! What was once the progressive, conscious race and political music of inner-city kids has now morphed into a new form of black oppression. Whatever way you flip this coin, there is no question that rap music is under fire. This is an important social dialogue that affects us all. Why did the golden age of rap give rise to crass materialism, sex and violence? Come and find out.

8:00 pm
Benefit: "There Has to Be a Way: A Common Ground Cabaret."
Playwrights Horizons
416 W 42nd St (9th & 10th Aves, A/C/E to 42nd St-Port Authority).
W/Staceyann Chin, David Cale, Less the Band, Shorey Walker, Lunchaford, Andrew Boyd, Lanna Joffrey, Daniel Ajl Kitrosser, Amelia "Lady Rizo" Zirin Brown. Benefits Common Ground Collective (CGC), organization for Hurricane Katrina victims. Silent art auction in lobby. At $25/premium $50 & $75 (incl 6:30 pm cocktail hour). Info/tix:

Sundance Institute at BAM
May 31-June 6

Tuesday, June 5th

NYC TimesTalks
Global Warming, Local Solutions
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
With a problem as immense as human-caused climate change, how can individuals and communities make a difference? Discover the latest scientific findings on global warming and real-world solutions that can have an impact. Hear New York Times science reporter Andrew Revkin discuss the challenges and what we can do now with Alex Matthiessen, president of Riverkeeper; Bill McKibben, activist and author of "Deep Economy"; Billy Parish, founder of the Climate Campaign and co-founder and coordinator for the Energy Action Coalition; and Cynthia Rosenzweig, senior research scientist, Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Sunday with the Magazine, NY Times series

James Carroll
Barnes & Noble
2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024
at 82nd St.
National Book Award winner Carroll shares his historical work House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power.

Next Issue:

Wednesday, June 6

Kanye West & Donda West
Borders Penn Station
32nd & 7th Avenue
Book signing: Raising Kanye

7:00 pm
Talk/book signing: "The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, 1 Economy at a Time." W/Antonia Juhasz (author/critic/policy analyst).
Unitarian Church of All Souls, Reidy Friendship Hall, 1157 Lexington Ave & 80th St (6 to 77th St).
Free/donations appreciated. Sponsors: Peace Task Force of All Souls Church, Action for Justice Community Church of NYC, Resistance Cinema. Info: 718-843-0515, 610-730-3566 &

Civilians under Fire from Iraq to Somalia: The Struggle for "Humanitarian Space"
Wednesday, June 6th, 7:00 pm, reception at 6:00 pm
Cooper Union
The Great Hall
7 East 7th Street at Third Avenue
Free Please join us as Scott Anderson, novelist and journalist with The New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair, takes the stage with aid workers from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Political Humor and Political Reality
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street (enter at 66 West 12th Street).
At a time when many people report getting their news form Comedy Central rather than Fox, CNN, or the broadcast networks, the role of humor in politics is ripe for reappraisal. Do jokes about politicians or political issues offer a more effective path to a certain kind of the truth than straight reportage? The Wolfson Center for National Affairs at The New School presents an evening of performance and discussion dedicated to political humor, featuring Ira Shorr (aka Senator Jess Trussme); Bill Hartung, World Policy Institute arms control expert and stand up comic; and progressive comedian and New School standup comedy workshop instructor Scott Blakeman. $8

June 7

Gay and Lesbian Relationships: Fighting the Politicization of Science
June 7, 2007 7:30pm
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street (enter at 66 West 12th Street).
The Wolfson Center for National Affairs in association with the Rockway Institute for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Research & Public Policy presents a panel on how the existing social science and mental health research on same-sex couples, lesbian/gay parents, and “ex-gay” therapies strongly refutes the anti-gay propaganda being distributed by right-wing groups in the media, legislatures, and the courts.

Freedom Next Time: An Evening with John Pilger and Amy Goodman
The New School, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street.
Nations Books ( and The New School present award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, and Amy Goodman, as they discuss struggles for freedom and independence in Iraq, Palestine, South Africa, and the island of Diego Garcia.

Saturday, June 9

116th Street Festival
116th Streets between 2nd and Lexington Avenues; 3rd Avenue from 106th to 122nd Streets

"Evening of Revolutionary Love." W/former
rep Cynthia McKinney & activist atty Lynne Stewart.
St Mary's Episcopal Church
521 W 126th St (near B'way, 1, A/B/C/D to 125th St)
Reception after speeches. . $10; donations accepted to repay Cynthia McKinney's campaign debts. Info: &
--4 pm: reception w/Cynthia McKinney. At Sistas' Place, 456
Nostrand Avenue, Bkn (at Jefferson Ave, A to Nostrand Ave).
$50; seating limited. Reserve: 718-398-1766.

June 10

Sunday, June 10, 2007 – 11:00am
2007 NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADEOn Fifth Avenue, from 44th. to 86th. Streets – NYCOPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Celebration of Ethiopian Millennium
Schomburg Center for Research in Black culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
(212) 491-2200
The Beta Israel of North America (BINA) Cultural Foundation and the Schomburg Center invite you to a screening of ADWA: An African Victory directed by Haile Gerima followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Ephraim Isaac and Howard Dodson. This program hopes to highlight the cultural and historical achievements and triumphs of Ethiopia and the special position it holds in the African Diaspora in celebration of the upcoming Ethiopian Millennium that begins on September 12, 2007. Light refreshments will be served. Free admission.

"Every Mother's Son"
Brooklyn Museum
Cantor Auditorium, 200 Eastern Pkwy, Bkn
Tami Gold & Kelly Anderson. 3 women turn the deaths of their sons at the hands of police into an opportunity for profound social change.. Free w/museum admission. Info: 718-638-5000.

Monday, June 11th

Kamau Brathwaite, Dreamstories
Hue-Man Books & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Brathwaite’s dazzling, inventive language, his tragic yet unquenchable vision, his haunting beats and timing makes for one of the most compelling voices of the late twentieth-century poets. Do yourself a favor. Come see Kamau so you, too, may go around spouting his words and sounding amazingly erudite.

"Judy Chicago: Jewish Identity,” with Laura Kruger, co-curator with Gail Levin art historian and author of “Becoming Judy Chicago” of the current exhibition at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute Of Religion Museum .
Mid-Manhattan Library
455 Fifth Avenue @ 40th Street
(212) 340-0849
A power point presentation discussing both the trajectory of Judy Chicago's life and the development of her art. This show will use the newly published biography by Gail Levin.

7:00 pm
Reading: "Waiting 'Til the Midnight Hour."
W/author Peniel E Joseph on how the Black Power Movement
transformed the US's racial, social & political landscape.
Bluestockings, 172 Allen St (at Stanton, 1 bk S of Houston, F/V to
2nd Ave). Free. Info: 212-777-6028, &

June 12

7:00-9:30 pm
Film/discussion/reception: "Revolution: Why It's Necessary, Why It's Possible, What It's All About," film of talk by Bob Avakian. W/poet Staceyann Chin, excerpts from film, other performers TBA. Reception to follow. At Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd (at 135th St, 2/3 to 135th St). $15. Sponsors: Revolution Books, Chuck D, Rev Earl Kooperkamp, Herb Boyd & others. Info/tix: 212-691-3345.

Race, Law & American Society: 1607 to Present
Gloria Browne-Marshall,
Hue-Man Bookstore & Cafe
2319 Frederick Douglass Blvd
Between 124th and 125th Streets
The Preamble to the Declaration of Independence advocates equal justice under the law for all. In reality that never happens. This book, by renowned John Jay College Law Professor Gloria Marshall, examines race and its role in the American legal system. Readers will discern the impact that civil rights cases had on American society and on the legal system.

13, 14 Jill Scott Radio City Music Hall. $49.50–$69.50.

Thursday, June 14, 2007,

Human Rights Watch: International Film Festival
6:00pm 6/14 Opening Reception & Benefit Screening
Mon Colonel
Walter Reade Theater,
Lincoln Center

Artist’s Talk
Location: MoCADA – 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY
Cost: $8 for the general public; $4 for MoCADA members, senior citizens and students with ID
Space is limited; Please RSVP to or call 718-230-0492
Alexis Peskine will discuss the concept of the exhibition and the inspiration for the art included in it. There will be a
talk in English and French to ensure that this exhibition also caters to native French speakers.

14 The Neville Brothers Celebrate Brooklyn at the Prospect Park Bandshell. $3.

15 Cassandra Wilson + Olu Dara Central Park SummerStage.
From 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM Central Park SummerStage Opening Night!

6/16 SAT & 6/17 SUN - Event: Clearwater Music & Environmental Festival: Great Hudson River Revival 2007. At Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.Info: Jen Rubbo, Volunteer Coordinator, 845-454-7673 x123, or

6/16 SAT, noon-1:30 pm - Rally: for peace. "Music, street theater & energy! We want to reach out to groups & individuals to show the strength & diversity of Staten Islanders who want this endless war to end & US troops to come home." At Clove Lake Parks, SI. Sponsor: Peace Action SI. Info:

6/16 SAT, 7 pm - Performance: "Antiwar Expressions: A Poetic Rhythmic Journey from Qns to Borinquen to Baghdad." A Latino response to the Iraq war, combining poetry, spoken word & music to convey the horrific effects of war on communities in the US & abroad. At Hunter College, Lang Center, 424 HN, 68th St & Lexington Ave (6 to 68th St-Hunter College). $15 adv/$20 door/$5 for high school students w/student ID. Tix: 646-594-4344, &

6/17 SUN Gay Pride Rally Bryant park (42nd St & 6th Avenue) 2-6pm

6/18 MON, 9:30 am - Court support: for Juanita Young, outspoken police brutality activist (mother of Malcolm Ferguson, murdered by NYPD in 2000) awaiting trial on bogus criminal charges brought against her by the precinct whose officers attacked her. Stand w/Juanita on the day that motions are due from her lawyer Geoffrey Stewart. At Bx Criminal Court, 161st St & Sheridan Ave, Bx (B/D/4 to 161st St-Yankee Stadium). Info: 866-235-7814, &

6/18 MON 8pm Yoko Ono in Conversation with Anthony DeCurtis Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street Y Kaufmann Concert Hall Yoko Ono is a ground-breaking and award-winning musician, artist, filmmaker and peace activist. Her most recent work includes the albums, Yes, I'm a Witch and Open Your Box. One of the boldest creative thinkers and cultural icons of our time, she discusses her extraordinary life journey with Anthony DeCurtis, who is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Work.

6/19 TUE 6-8:30 pm - Film/discussion: "Heir to an Execution."W/Ivy Meerepol. Tamiment Library 70 Washington Sq South, 10th fl (A/C/E, B/D/F/V to W 4th St, R to 8th St-NYU, 1 to Christopher St-Sheridan Sq). Sponsors: Tamiment, National Cmt to Reopen the Rosenberg Case. Info: 212-998-2428, &

6/23 SAT, 5 pm - March: 15th annual NYC Dyke March. Bring noisemakers, signs & rebel-rousing lesbians. "The dyke march is a protest march, not a parade--we don't ask for a permit, because we have the right to protest. As lesbians, we recognize that we must organize amongst ourselves to fight for our rights, for our safety, for visibility." At Bryant Park, 42nd St & 6th Ave (D/F to 42nd St/6th Ave, 7 to 5th Ave). Planning meetings: 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22

6/24 SUN Gay Pride March

**6/26 TUE, 11:30 am - Rally: "Day of Action to Restore Law & Justice." "Demand Congress & the president restore the great principles upon which this country was founded--freedom & fairness." Restore due process, habeas corpus, reform Military Commissions Act by passing Restoring the Constitution Act of 2007, end torture & abuse in secret prisons, stop extraordinary rendition, close Guantanamo Bay detention camp, accountability for those who broke the law. At Upper Senate Park, near the Capitol, DC. Sponsors: NY Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty Int'l, Leadership Council on Civil Rights, National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Info:

26 The Nightwatchman Bowery Ballroom. $16.

**6/27 WED-7/1 SUN - Conference: US Social Forum. At various locs in Atlanta. $20-$125. Info: Alice Lovelace, 404-622-1133, &

**6/27 WED - Event: welcome "Iraq Veterans Against the War Deployed: Northeast Bus Tour." Vets' bus tour, w/barbecues at every military base they can get to, starting in DC on 6/15 & stopping at Camp Meade, Walter Reed, Andrews AFB, Fort Belvoir, MCB Quantico, VA. Volunteer to help w/media contact, site for barbecue, advance outreach to troops, planning the event, housing, etc. At Ft Hamilton, Bkn. Info/volunteer: 917-520-076,

in conversation with Andrew O’Hagan:
The 20th Century on Trial
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
at 7:00 PM
Celeste Bartos Forum
Humanities and Social Sciences Library
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
“I always thought violence was one of the frontiers left to us as novelists. The great writers of the nineteenth century did not deal with violence. They dealt with disappointment and love, with corruption, they dealt with society as a general abstract force that could bend a person’s will. Then came the 20th century."
Norman Mailer, Paris Review.
"Auschwitz was not a manifestation of common human bestiality; it was a repeatable consequence of a network of responsibilities so organised and so subdivided that the individual was conscious of no responsibility at all. The action of every individual who participated or did not participate in the crime was determined, knowingly or unknowingly, by a narrow conception of duty."
Gunter Grass, What Shall We Tell Our Children?

Ozomatli + Babylon Circus
Central Park SummerStage.
Saturday, June 30, 2007
From 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Central Park SummerStage


7 Live Earth with AFI + Akon + Alicia Keys + Bon Jovi + Dave Matthews Band + Fall Out Boy + John Mayer + Kanye West + Kelly Clarkson + KT Tunstall + Ludacris + Melissa Etheridge + Rihanna + Roger Waters + Smashing Pumpkins + The Police Giants Stadium. $55, $85, $175, $350.

28 / 29 Rock the Bells with Rage Against the Machine + Wu-Tang Clan + Public Enemy + Cypress Hill + The Roots + Mos Def + EPMD + MF Doom Randalls Island. $83.


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