Monthly Archives: November 2012

Puppet Extravaganza Dec. 14th: DINOSAUR SAINTS & HUMBLE ROBOTS

FRIDAY,  December 14,  7 pm

@ Internationalist Books
405 Franklin St, Chapel Hill

$8-12 Sliding scale (no one turned away)

Poncili Co. (Puerto Rico),
Jawbone Puppet Theater (Brooklyn, NY/Taiwan)

The Shows: Poncili Company (Pablo, Ephrain, Zuleyka, and Jimena) will perform several short, surreal, whimsical shows:  a robot, a giant crow, a moose!  Jawbone Puppet Theater, father and son act from Brooklyn, NY & Taiwan will perform original puppets shows with toy dinosaurs, Peruvian saints, folk tales and Kafka.  The house band playing Loretta Lynne heartbreak songs & Mariachi songs about drinking yourself to death over lost love–and we put our hearts and souls into it!  

And we have cheap art for sale–hand made monster prints, comics and paper mache sculptures



Poncili Co.

Poncili Company is a collective of four young experimental puppeteers from Puerto Rico.  In Puerto Rico, they have done murals, taught workshops, and held weekly puppet shows.

Jawbone Puppet Theater

Father & Son Act.  Father puppeteer is the Director of Ren Jian Bao (Taiwan), Tamales de Chivo Teatro de Titeres (Mexico) and Squid and Puppet Theater (Thailand) with five-year-old son, Corn Snake, acting as musical director and puppeteer assistant.


Now is a great time to make a year-end donation to Internationalist Books!

At the end of another wonderful year at Internationalist Books and Community Center, we’re preparing for our annual members meeting, a slew of great events, and an exciting new year.  Check out our schedule and come see us in the store!

Among the many things we are, we’re also a non-profit, so now is a great time to make a tax-deductible financial gift to the store before the end of the year.

Your support keeps our doors open for the broad range of projects and community groups who use our space for meetings and events, and keeps us able to bring new and unique books, magazines, zines and art to the store. We love what we do together in the store, and we love doing it together with all of you!


Donations can be made through our PayPal account here.


Checks can be mailed to:

Internationalist Books

405 W. Franklin St.

Chapel Hill, NC 27516


New Posters at Internationalist Books!

We’ve got a ton of new posters in the store, from some of our favorite artists and projects! Come check them out.


New posters in from:

Nikki McClure

Justseeds’ Celebrate People’s History series

Prints from Justseeds artists

Radix Media’s Anarchist Printers series

Beehive Collective – “The True Cost of Coal”


We also have notecards, calendars, journals and organizers from these and other awesome artists.

Jorge Cornell guilty on three counts of racketeering

From Yes! Weekly Blog

A jury of 12 in Winston-Salem has convicted North Carolina Latin Kings leader Jorge Cornell of three counts of criminal racketeering, while convicting two other defendants of a single count.

The jury of eight women and four men (eight white and four black) found Cornell’s brother, Russell Kilfoil, guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering, along with Ernesto Wilson, a defendant who was never a Latin King but whom the government argued was an associate in fact with the enterprise.

Three other defendants, Randolph Kilfoil, Samuel Velasquez and Irvin Vasquez, were found not guilty.

Cornell faces a sentence of life imprisonment because of the convictions on the additional counts, respectively aiding and abetting assault with a dangerous weapon and knowingly carrying a firearm during a violent crime in aid of racketeering.

The two additional counts both relate to a shooting at Maplewoods Apartments in Greensboro in April 2008 in which construction workers Rogelio Lopez was shot in the chest with birdshot. Marcelo Ysrael Perez, a defendant who pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government, admitted that he was the shooter.

Michael Patrick, Cornell’s court-appointed lawyer, argued during the trial that Cornell had been nowhere near the scene of the crime and had nothing to do with it.

The jury attributed a single act of attempted murder, a single act of conspiracy to commit murder, multiple acts of robberies, a single act of interference with interstate commerce and multiple acts of bank fraud to Cornell, Russell Kilfoil and Ernesto Wilson, while finding that the defendants did not engage in arson, extortion or narcotics trafficking. The attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder elements both relate to the Maplewood Apartments shooting, as all other evidence of murder was suppressed during the trial.

Curtis Holmes, Wilson’s court-appointed lawyer, questioned how the jury could have found that his client was responsible for attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and bank fraud when the only evidence presented by the government during the trial had to do with his alleged participation in robberies.

US District Court Judge James A. Beaty responded that Wilson was alleged to have committed more than two robberies, and that the jury evidently determined that they were guilty of all acts committed as part of the enterprise. The judge had declined to clarify a question from the jury on that matter during deliberations, but indicated to counsel outside of their presence that he took the same view of the law.

None of the supporters were in the courtroom when the clerk read the verdict, although two or three have waited in the café on the fourth floor of the federal building throughout the week. The judge excused the three defendants who were acquitted. Two, Randolph Kilfoil and Vasquez are currently serving time for other crimes. Velasquez is expected to walk out of jail at about 11 p.m. tonight.

Four supporters were holding a banner on North Main Street when the verdict came down. When informed of the three guilty counts against Cornell, supporter Daniel Stainkamp wept and embraced a friend.

As a small crowd gathered outside the Forsyth County Detention Center to await Velasquez’s release, supporter Saralee Gallien said that Cornell wants to appeal the verdict before calling the Rev. Nelson Johnson and other friends.

Visibly upset at the verdict, some of the supporters yelled at the jurors as they emerged from the federal building parking garage in a van and berated television reporters, calling them “vultures” because cameramen tried to film them while they were crying.

Prosecutor Leshia Lee-Dixon declined to comment after the verdict was handed down. 

Multi-Author Tour Featuring Fiction, Poetry and Comic Art Coming to IBooks Dec. 18th

On December 18th join Elwin Cotman, Ben Passmore, and Luca Miro for a night of comics, fiction, poetry, and music, and hear debut readings from their newest works.
They will be performing at 7:00 pm at Internationalist Books and Community Center.
Author, performance artist, and storyteller Elwin Cotman is the author of the acclaimed story collection The Jack Daniels Sessions EP (Six Gallery Press, 2010), and of the upcoming collection Hard Times Blues.  He has built a reputation as a dynamic and engaging reader, having toured across the United States. He will be on-hand with the updated third edition of The Jack Daniels Sessions EP. The Jack Daniels Sessions EP is a collection of fabulist stories, many based out of Afro-American folklore. It was nominated for two 2011 Carl Brandon Society Awards.
The Hard Times Blues Tour 2012 is his first full fledged tour through the southern United States.

Joining Cotman is New Orleans-based graphic artist Ben Passmore, who will do readings and projections from his newest DAYGLOAYHOLE full-color release, It’s All Over, as well as maybe some soulful music to sadden the soul. Luca Miro will be sharing poetry from their most recent collection, Cane Break.

Elwin Cotman:

Ben Passmore: