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

cheonmymind March 20th
@ 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.

2014 Bob Sheldon Award Honors the Work of the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Celebrating BREDL’s 30th Anniversary

bob sheldonBob Sheldon founded Internationalist Books in 1981. More than 20 years after his tragic death, Bob’s memory endures through the friends, family and community that knew him, the work he did, and the project he began that has continued for decades to bring people together and inspire political action in North Carolina. His example shows us that living a life of conviction creates something that can outlast our own times.  We award the Bob Sheldon Award each year in his memory to celebrate collective resistance and groups or individuals whose work nurtures our communities and our commitments to justice.

This year, we have chosen to give the Bob Sheldon Award to the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL). BREDL is a regional, community-based, non-profit organization whose founding principles are earth stewardship, environmental democracy, social justice, and community empowerment. As BREDL celebrates their 30th anniversary this year, we want to honor their rich history of supporting people in defense of the environment and environmental justice. We applaud their style of organizing to support local, autonomous organizing. BREDL chapters work to oppose a range of threats to the environment and human communities across the Southeast, and we encourage everyone to learn more about their work and 30th anniversary celebrations at their website: www.bredl.org.bredlWe are especially grateful for BREDL’s work in recent years in the fight against fracking in North Carolina. We are inspired by the work that BREDL is doing to support and grow grassroots resistance with their local chapters, educational materials, speaking tours, thorough research and tenacious monitoring of legislative and industry developments. We believe our communities can work together to defeat fracking before it begins here, and we think the work of BREDL is invaluable to that effort.

We are happy to celebrate this anniversary with them and are proud to honor them with the Bob Sheldon Award. We look forward to presenting and celebrating this award together at the Internationalist Cabaret, at the Nightlight at 405 W. Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill at 9 pm on February 28th.

november19thIn the nomination process for this year’s award, many people shared that they wanted to find a way to highlight the ongoing struggles for justice after the death of Jesus “Chuy” Huerta. We felt there was no clear way to acknowledge only one individual or group out of a dynamic and evolving community response to the tragic loss of Chuy and a larger movement against the police. What we want to offer the family is not an award for the tragedy they have been through, but our committed and continuing support. We ask that as people celebrate Bob Sheldon’s memory this year, they find ways to support the Huerta family and the struggle for justice in Durham.

Fri, Feb 28th: Internationalist Cabaret and Bob Sheldon Award Ceremony

cabaretcolornoneFriday, February 28th
9pm
$5-20 Sliding Scale
@ The Nightlight 
405 1/2 W. Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill

Get ready for an evening filled with puppetry, dance, music, stand up, skits, a local pie auction, and more. We will also be presenting the 2014 Bob Sheldon award to this year’s recipient. All proceeds of this volunteer-run benefit will go directly to Internationalist Bookstore & Community Center so that it can continue its work as an activist and social center. Internationalist Books and Community Center has served Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities for over 30 years. To show your continued support, come out to the Internationalist Cabaret.

Friday, Feb 14: Valloween!

From Croatan Earth First!

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An anti-valentine’s day dance party…proceeds from this benefit support independent media covering struggles for animal, earth & human liberation.

Calling for Acts and Pies! The Internationalist Cabaret is Coming February 28th!

Last year’s Internationalist Cabaret & Pie Auction Benefit was a blast – and it was a huge support to the financial ability of Internationalist to keep the doors open for another yeaibooks-sticker-logo-through-the-heart-of-the-south1.bmpr of important programs, events, and resources. We loved it so much, we’re doing it again! We’ll be working with our friends at The Nightlight to return to their awesome space on February 28th to put on a show that rivals last year’s.

Join us in this new tradition to celebrate our amazing community, to support the work of Internationalist Books and Community Center, and to celebrate the life of Bob Sheldon by presenting an award in his memory.  We want puppet shows, dances, music, stand-up acts, skits…

We are now seeking acts for the cabaret and bakers for pies! If you are interested in participating, let us know at ibooks (at) internationalistbooks.org.

We will also be announcing this year’s recipient of the Bob Sheldon Award at the Cabaret, as we did last year. We love celebrating Bob’s life and vision in the company of so many friends and community members. We are taking nominations from the membership and volunteer collective now, and we look forward to announcing the award in February.

 

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