Come join fellow activists in the fight against all oppression!
“You are invited to come out and participate on stage or relax in the audience. Either way, you are most welcome! We are all family in struggle for liberation and freedom from New York to Palestine. Be prepared to share, cry, laugh, sit back and relax or stand up to your feet and snap your fingers as we speak truth to power and connect with one another.
We want to hear from you. Bring your original pieces of poetry, lyrics, etc., and come out and share your message and experiences with us. Palestine does not have the money, U.S. support or any of the resources that Israel has, but Palestine has something more: It has its connection with all oppressed people of the world. We are drawing on the organic connections folks have already made in Palestine and Ferguson, Missouri. Due to recent events in both places, the tone for the evening will be on oppression, including racism, militarization of police, ethnic cleansing, with rage, resistance, and love.
COST: THE EVENT IS FREE FOR ALL!
This venue is a safe space where we can all meet and express ourselves. We will also be educated on our legal rights and be introduced to the movements in NYC.
WHY: THE IMAGES COMING FROM FERGUSON WOKE UP MANY OF US ACROSS THE NATION. THEY RESEMBLE THE IMAGES THAT HAVE COME OUT OF PALESTINE FOR YEARS. FAR TOO OFTEN BLACK COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN OPPRESSED BY THE SYSTEM PUT IN PLACE TO SERVE ITS PEOPLE. WE WANT TO CONNECT OUR PEOPLES LIKE OUR STRUGGLES ARE CONNECTED BECAUSE OUR LIBERATION IS COLLECTIVE. LET’S BUILD POWER TOGETHER.
AS THE NATION WATCHED THE TEAR GAS AND RUBBER BULLETS BEING SHOT AT AMERICAN CITIZENS IN HORROR. SO DID THE REST OF THE WORLD AND IT WAS THE PEOPLE OF GAZA THAT RESPONDED WITH LOVE AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR SURVIVAL.
IT WAS DURING THIS TIME THAT OTHERS BEGAN TO SEE WHAT SO MANY OF US HAD ORIGINALLY STATED REGARDING THE OPPRESSION AGAINST THE PALESTINIANS. THE EXACT SAME TEAR GAS THAT IS USED DAILY ON THE PEOPLE OF GAZA WERE BEING USED ON THE WOMEN, CHILDREN AND MEN OF FERGUSON. THEIR STREETS IMMEDIATELY BECAME A WAR ZONE. DUE TO THE PEACEFUL PROTESTS BECAUSE OF A CHILD(MICHAEL BROWN) BEING MURDERED BY POLICE OFFICER WILSON, WHILE UNARMED AND WITH HIS HANDS UP.
HOW MANY MOTHERS IN GAZA HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS SAME PAIN? GAZA BEING THE WORLD’S LARGEST OPEN AIR PRISON, ONLY LEADS ONE TO WONDER JUST HOW DO THE PALESTINIANS SURVIVE?
A DIVERSE GROUP OF US SAW COMMON GROUND. FROM THE DAILY ILLEGAL SEARCHES POLICE DO ON OUR STREETS TO THE ILLEGAL RAIDS CONDUCTED IN GAZA. TO THE CHILDREN BEING SWEPT OFF THE STREET BY IDF TO OUR NATIONS SCHOOL-TO-PRISON-PIPELINE. AS WE MET, A FEW WORDS KEPT POPPING UP. SUCH AS RAGE, OPPRESSION AND GENOCIDE. SO WE DECIDED TO COLLABORATE AND GET THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED.
WHAT DO WE NEED: WE NEED FOR YOU SHARE AND SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS IN THIS MOVEMENT. YOU CAN START TODAY BY INVITING YOUR FRIENDS TO OUR EVENT. THINK OF US AS FAMILY! THIS IS THE FIRST OF MANY EVENTS WE WILL BRING TO OUR COMMUNITIES.
AFTER YOU SHARE THE EVENT WE NEED FOR YOU TO GATHER BOOKS. BOOKS THAT CAN BE SENT TO GAZA TO ASSIST THE CHILDREN IN THEIR STUDIES. HERE IN AMERICA OUR CHILDREN OF COLOR NEED MORE BOOKS ACCESSIBLE TO THEM ON THEIR TRUE HISTORY. AND WE ALSO RECEIVED A REQUEST FROM A LIBRARIAN THAT THE SYSTEM IS IN NEED OF SPANISH LITERATURE FOR CHILDREN.
REMEMBER TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY, REMEMBER THE CHILDREN IN NEED AND BRING A BOOK. COME IN PEACE AND READY TO EXPRESS YOURSELVES!