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This Month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night April 16th!

The Internationalist Prison Books Collective brings you this month’s Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night!

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Wednesday, April 16th, 7:00pm

Write letters and birthday cards to political prisoners whose birthdays fall during the month of April.

Bring snacks and money to help with postage!

Letter writing is an easy way to let these people know they aren’t forgotten. If you can’t make it to the letter writing night then please send a birthday card from home.
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Recently freed political prisoner Eddie Conway, when asked by Amy Goodman what gave him hope for the 44 years he was in prison, said
“Well, I appreciate you asking me that, because I want to take this opportunity to thank the tens of thousands of people that have supported me over the years and that have sent letters, postcards, marched, rallied, organized across America, around the world. Those letters, postcards, rallies, marches, organizing, etc., gave me hope, gave me encourage, gave me energy, and kept my spirit high. And it made me know that I was loved. And that same love needs to go out to the other political prisoners that remain locked up today for almost 40 years, most of them. And one of them is a little over 44 years. They need to have that same kind of support, that same kind of encouragement and that same kind of work to help get them free, because I think when you know that people work and love you, then you can do work yourself. And I think those are what political prisoners are doing, work in their particular areas, and they need to be encouraged to do that by people coming out and giving them that kind of support that I got.”

New Issue of Rolling Thunder Out Now!

We have copies of the brand new issue of Rolling Thunder in stock now. Come get yours today, and join us for a release party Thursday, April 10th at 7:00 pm.rt11

 

The new issue features national and international content, and a story that is much closer to home – an article about the resistance to the Greenbridge development in Chapel Hill, NC.

The Inside Story of the Resistance to Greenbridge

The new issue of Rolling Thunder offers insight into a previously dark and mysterious chapter of Triangle area history: anarchist participation in the movement that ran the developers of Greenbridge into bankruptcy.

Read more…

scott crow Presents “Black Flags and Windmills: Creating Power From Below” April 8th

Tuesday, April 8th at 7pm
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Black Flags and Windmills: Creating power from below

This visual and engaging presentation drawn from scott crow’s book Black Flags and Windmills illustrates through stories, analysis and diverse political movement histories how individuals and communities can create collective liberation to change their own worlds by creating power from below. It covers how the ideas, philosophies and practices of anarchism have grown shaping and influencing modern political movements and tendencies from the post-Seattle alternative globalization movements to the Common Ground Collective after Hurricane Katrina, the Occupy uprisings, environmental and animal rights movements and beyond. It also covers the rise of the surveillance state and the implications of political activism being labeled ‘terrorism’. The presentation which is equal parts personal story, radical history and organizing philosophies asks questions about how we engage in social change, the real and perceived challenges presented by the state and power and dares us to rethink how we engage in creating sustainable and liberatory futures.

scott crow is an international speaker and author. He has spent his varied life as a coop business owner, political organizer and educator, strategist, and underground musician who is a proponent of the philosophy and practices of anarchism. He is the author of the book Black Flags and Windmills (PM Press) and appears in the anthologies Grabbing Back: Essays Against the Global Land Grab (AK Press) and What Lies Beneath: Katrina, Race and the State of the Nation(South End Press). He has appeared in international media including the NY Times, Democracy Now, CNN and NPR as well as the documentaries Informant, Better this World and Welcome to New Orleans. He was under surveillance by the FBI as a domestic terrorist threat for a decade without charges being brought. NPR’s This American Life called him “a living legend among anarchists” and the New York Times characterized him as “anarchist and veteran organizer… that comes across as more amiable than combative”. He can be found speaking at college campuses and community centers internationally or at www.scottcrow.org

“The Failure of Nonviolence” Reading Group, April 7th, 14th, & 21st

Join us for a reading group on Peter Gelderloos’ brilliant new book:

“The failurefrontcoverFailure of Nonviolence: From Arab Spring to Occupy”

Email ibooks@internationalistbooks.org to reserve your copy of the book, or for more information.

The readings and meetings will be split into three sections:

Monday, April 7th at 7:00pm (pgs 11 – 97)

Monday, April 14th, at 7:00pm (pgs 98 – 215)

Monday, April 21st, at 7:00pm (pgs 216 – 281)

About the book: Read more…

Renowned feminist poet and activist Margaret Randall reads from her new work Che on My Mind

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@ 7pm
@ Internationalist Books
Renowned feminist poet and activist Margaret Randall reads from her new work Che on My Mind, an impressionistic look at the life, death, and legacy of Che Guevara. Randall, winner of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett grant for writers victimized by political repression, and resident of Mexico and Cuba, reflects on his relationships with his family and fellow insurgents, including Fidel Castro. She is deeply admiring of Che’s integrity and charisma and frank about what she sees as his strategic errors. Randall concludes by reflecting on the inspiration and lessons that Che’s struggles might offer early twenty-first-century social justice activists and freedom fighters.”Thoughtfully exploring the complex and contested record of the life and work of Che Guevara, Margaret Randall—with, as she says, ‘the intuition of a poet’—presents a compelling personal meditation on a figure who has inspired legions of people, young and old, throughout the world, who struggle for a more just and decent human existence.” -Noam Chomsky

Description
Che on My Mind is an impressionistic look at the life, death, and legacy of Che Guevara by the renowned feminist poet and activist Margaret Randall. Recalling an era and this figure, she writes, “I am old enough to remember the world in which [Che] lived. I was part of that world, and it remains a part of me.” Randall participated in the Mexican student movement of 1968 and eventually was forced to leave the country. She arrived in Cuba in 1969, less than two years after Che’s death, and lived there until 1980. She became friends with several of Che’s family members, friends, and compatriots. In Che on My Mind she reflects on his relationships with his family and fellow insurgents, including Fidel Castro. She is deeply admiring of Che’s integrity and charisma and frank about what she sees as his strategic errors. Randall concludes by reflecting on the inspiration and lessons that Che’s struggles might offer early twenty-first-century social justice activists and freedom fighters.

About The Author(s)
Margaret Randall, born in New York in 1936, is a feminist poet, writer, photographer, and social activist. After living in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua since the 1960s, she attempted to return to the United States in 1984. Randall had inadvertently lost her U.S. citizenship when she acquired the citizenship of her Mexican husband in 1967. The U.S. government refused to reinstate her citizenship after finding opinions expressed in some of her books to be “against the good order and happiness of the United States.” The Center for Constitutional Rights defended Randall, and many writers and others joined in an almost five-year battle for reinstatement of her citizenship. She won her case in 1989. In 1990 she was awarded the Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett grant for writers victimized by political repression. Randall is the author of more than eighty books, including the oral histories Cuban Women Now, Sandino’s Daughters, and When I Look into the Mirror and See You: Women, Terror, and Resistance. A documentary, The Unapologetic Life of Margaret Randall, was released in 2001. Randall lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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