WAR BEGINS JUNE 6 - WAR ENDS AUGUST 8
"Resist much, obey little" - Walt Whitman
HIROSHIMA MEMORIAL PEACE CONCERT
Ngoma is a performance poet and multi-instrumentalist who has worked and performed with other Harlem poets and artists, such as Amira Baraka, for the past 30 years. The Welfare Poets are an important musical force in the Nuyorican movement. Their diverse music combines poetry and rhyme with a mixture of Hip Hop, Funk, Salsa, Blues, and Jazz. Steve Ben Israel is a performance artist who has been a downtown fixture since the 1960s. He is known for his varied attempts to "conduct seances to contact the living."
Wednesday, June 12.
On May 17,1968 nine Vietnam War protesters including Daniel and Phillip Berrigan, walked into a Catonsville, Maryland draft board office, grabbed hundreds of selective service records and burned them with homemade napalm. Investigation of a Flame takes an intimate look at this band of resisters who chose to break the law in a defiant poetic act of civil disobedience. Suggested donation $5.00.
In 1973 Chile's Salavador Allende government was overthrown by the C.I.A. under direction from Nixon and Kissenger. Thousands were murdered in the coup including American journalist Charles Horman. This gripping film stars Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek. Free.
Wednesday, July 17.
Since it was established in 1946 the U.S. Army School of the Americas has trained thousands of Latin American and Caribbean soldiers. This documentary shows how officers who studied at the school are responsible for the massacre of tens of thousands of people including Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador. Narrated by Susan Sarandon. Suggested donation $5.00. Proceeds to SOAW.
Wednesday, July 24.
During the 1936-39 Civil War in Spain, 3200 Americans volunteered to fight against Franco's fascist army, aided by Hitler ad Mussolini- compelling history not taught in high school. Free.
Wednesday, July 31.
The Reagan/Bush administrations spent $5 billion in
their war against the El Salvadorian people in the 1980s, killing one
hundred thousand. "Enemies of War" documents these years focusing
on the rape and murder of four nuns in 1980 and the assassination of
six Jesuit Priests in 1989 by government death squads. Ostensibly, the
war was a "fight against communism," however, "Zoned
for Slavery" reveals that the war was really about securing cheap
labor. This revealing film documents how El Salvadorian young women
are worked to the bone in maquiladora free trade zones for scant dollars
a day sewing clothes for major U.S. apparel makers pocketing millions.