#PopJustice

just#PopJustice: Social Justice and the Promise of Pop Culture Strategies

I’m pleased to have been able to work with Liz Manne recently to contribute on the #PopJustice reports.

Intended for funders, advocates, and entertainment industry professionals interested in the promise and potential of popular culture as an agent of change, the reports are now available for download at http://www.lizmanne.com/popjustice.

The Illuminator

Maybe it’s all the retrograde planets now making me remember old times. Or maybe the fact that Mark Read appeared to me in a dream, messing around with machines and wires. Whatever the reason, the Illuminator‘s early days have been on my mind & looking at this site I realized I never posted much about it.

Here’s a video of the first night we drove into Manhattan to Zuccotti Park fully expecting to get arrested. We had a lawyer with us on board, just in case, Lopi steering the ship, Danny & I repping the library, Brandon on documentation & Mark. Apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone else who was with us in the van, seems so long ago already.


N17 blew people’s minds. The light then really made me know that the city is ours, the streets are ours. “You are a part of a global uprising… Another world is possible.” It’s been almost five years, is there still any doubt? I’m so deeply grateful to have been part of this & share the video below for those who weren’t there.

other Illuminator/N17 coverage:
AlterNetBeautiful Trouble | Boing Boing | CNNThe Guardian | The New York Times |

let the sun shine

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SUNSHINE FOR GARNER GRAND JURY

Support the release of the Eric Garner grand jury proceedings!

The struggle for justice for Eric Garner continues. A Staten Island grand jury failed to indict anyone for Garner’s death, now millions of people want to know: What’s in those grand jury proceedings? So far, almost no information about how the grand jury did its job has been made public.

What are they hiding? In another case of national importance – Mike Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri – just about everything has been released.

The Legal Aid Society, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, and the New York Civil Liberties Union are all working hard to let in the sunshine.

Even the conservative New York Post, in a strong editorial, has called for release and the paper is also sending its lawyers to court.

Today we packed the court to let the judge know that We The People want those records!

The next hearing is scheduled for January 29, 2015.

more info:
RT | Jan. 6, 2015
New York judge might release Eric Garner grand jury transcripts, by Rebecca Myles

New York Times | Jan. 5, 2015
Judge Sets Date to Consider Release of Eric Garner Grand Jury Records, by Nate Schweber

The Guardian | Jan. 5. 2015
Judge agrees to hear arguments over release of Garner grand jury records, by Lauren Gambino

NY1 News | Jan. 5, 2015 7:53 PM | Dean Meminger
Advocacy Groups Appear Before Judge Over Making Details Public in Eric Garner Grand Jury Case [VIDEO]

National Lawyers Guild NYC News | Winter 2014
Garner Grand Jury Decision: Some Legal Considerations, by Martin Stolar 

New York Post | Dec. 19, 2014
EDITORIAL:  Let it all hang out, by Post Editorial Board

New York Daily News | Dec. 12, 2014
Eric Garner grand jury evidence could still be released: Public Advocate Letitia James

Belladonna* Benefit

bellauctionThroughout December, support the work of Belladonna* by taking part in the Online Auction. There are loads of great items. (I would happily accept a gifted IFC membership, btw.)

The Belladonna* Collective organizes events and conversations around feminist writing, hosts readings, and supports radical diversity in the poetry community. They’re also bringing out my book soon.

There aren’t that many feminist avant-garde collectives around these days.
Please help support the work if you can. More about Belladonna* here.

checks were in the mail

Following up on the lawsuit settlement, if anyone’s still curious, the money the People’s Library working group received is finally disbursed. The money we received in the settlement we gave away to groups that are continuing work that is aligned with the spirit and vision of the People’s Library.

 

For transparency, the groups we sent checks to are:

Word Up Community Bookshop
The Brecht Forum
Bluestockings Books
Queers for Economic Justice
National Lawyers Guild
Food for Thought Books
Waging Nonviolence
Reader to Reader
Silvia Rivera Law Project
OWS Jail Support / Just Info
Indiana Prison College
Free University NYC
Books Through Bars
Housing Works
NYC Anarchist Black Cross
Black and Pink
Urban Librarians Unite
Queens Café (new community space in Queens)
Leadnow
Free Press
Electronic Frontier Foundation
NYCLU
Demand Progress
Brooklyn Public Library
Queens Library Foundation
New York Public Library
New Alternatives
Bailey House
Lesbian Herstory Archives
Interference Archive
American Indian College Fund
Brooklyn Base
Tamiment Library
OWS poetry Anthology

Yes, it is years later. Consensus is difficult to achieve and the process we committed to in selecting and evaluating groups required a lot of work. Jaime detailed it on the website, but I want to have as many thanks out in the world as possible for the people who bottom-lined the process when everyone else lost the will. Thank you Zachary, Michele and Danny for all your hard work! I’m excited to see what we do next.

writing workshop

From October through December, I’ll be leading a writing workshop at the Poetry Project. Let’s write together!

I will be facilitating a writing workshop in which participants will delve into physical experience: writing through the senses — to create an embodied poetics and journey along a path toward a new body of work. Over the 10-week course we will incorporate/examine/manifest/experience Sight (visuals!), Sound (beats!), Taste (mad flavor!), Touch/Sensation, and Scent through writing exercises, readings and possibly field trips around the neighborhood. We do not subscribe to the notion that there are only five senses, but there are only 10 weeks in the course: at least a few sessions will be dedicated to an investigation of other, less familiar senses and what constitutes a sense. Make sense? One of the primary aims of the workshop is to kickstart the writing process– there will be a focus on generative writing exercises and collegial feedback.

Space is limited. Enrollment details here: http://poetryproject.org/get-involved/sign-up-for-workshops

Babylon makes the rules

Michael’s round-up of media coverage on the library blog brought the Daily News’ article to my attention. It’s got a lovely quotation that recalls some of what this settlement’s about:

“Remember the anti-authority message of Occupy Wall Street? Remember the backlash over its vague goals and nebulous methods? Surprise! Occupy Wall Street (OWS) just struck a sizeable victory, and it came by working within the system.”
Read more here.

Working within the system.

Babylon makes the rules, but that doesn’t mean we’re incapable of playing by them.