It is Mumia Abu Jamal’s 60th birthday today. Having spent over 30 years on death row for a contested murder conviction, Mumia is one of America’s most vital voices of social justice, bringing light to the invisible recesses and shrouded politics of the U.S. prison industrial complex. Jailhouse lawyer, journalist and activist. So many works. If he’s done so much from behind bars, think how much he could do for a healthy society as a free man. #insteadofprisons
Big day tomorrow guys. Not only did this guy moonwalk out of death - ostensibly, laying one of the more solid claims on the god thing - it is also George Takei’s 77th birthday. Best character in Star Trek. It’s unfortunate George shares the birthday with Adolf Hitler. On a less fascistic thread it is also the birthday of Rodney from British cult classic TV show ‘Only Fools & Horses.’ Nicholas Lyndhurst turns 53. Benny Hill died on the 20th April, 1992. Sunday marks the 3-year anniversary of the passing of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, two of the most prolific and skilled photojournalists of their generation. Tomorrow is also 4-20, a high holiday for stoners worldwide. Apparently, a bunch of Marin County high school kids originated the code-phrase and deadheads carried the torch. On the 4-20 Wikipedia page is a photograph of college kids at my alma mater communing and consuming weed in a field. How does a bunny lay chocolate eggs? Are the eggs delivered in their foil or are they wrapped later?
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: excerpts from The Incidental Insurgents, 2012-2013
The Part about The Bandits
We are believing and dis-believing
We are in the midst of the not yet material
or perhaps the already determined
inhabiting a time of radical potentiality and its collapse
In search of a new political language
in need of this
always on the verge
always becoming and yet …
The Incidental Insurgents: The Part about The Bandits is a search that begins with three seemingly disparate coordinates: the early anarchist life of Victor Serge and his contemporary bandits in Paris in the 1910s; Abu Jilda and Armeet’s gang of bandits involved in a rebellion against the British in 1930s Palestine, and the artist as the quintessential bandit in Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives, set in 1970s Mexico. The first part of the story looks at the resonances between the inspiring, bizarre and sometimes tragic stories of these diverse bandits, outsider rebels par excellence. Intended as an investigation into the possibilities for the future rather than the past, and using literary and factual texts as starting points, a convoluted detective story situated in multiple times starts to emerge. Initiating a journey where the artists try to figure out how we, like the bandits before us, find ourselves inhabiting a moment full of radical potential and disillusionment, in a continual search for a language of the moment.
… And then I did a double-take: “They inverted the freaking Y axis!”
Reuters, please suck less.
Desert Christ Park.
Yucca Valley, CA.
Pleased to be a part of the Homecoming Project’s latest exhibition War & Memory opening this Saturday, April 12 at Fovea in Beacon, NY. If you find yourself in the area please go to support Erin Trieb and the Homecoming Project that strive to share the stories of returning veterans.
For more information please see the links below…
The American Cultures Center at UC Berkeley recently commissioned a poster to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the American Cultures requirement. As part of the process of developing the piece I interviewed students, staff and faculty about the role the students have the opportunity to play, in serving their communities through an engaged praxis, via the American Cultures classes. Their history is rooted in the Campaign Against Apartheid, a movement of “students, staff, faculty, and community members demanding that UC divest its portfolio of multiple billions of dollars in investments tied to apartheid South Africa.” #acrequirement #dignidadrebelde #poster #antiapartheid #divest #ucberkeley
Update (at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel)
The night before our descent to the remote community of Supai. I’ve never seen the moon so bright.
I’ll be at Princeton for the next couple of days, partaking in its BUILDING A NEW CRIMINAL JUSTICE conference.
(via Conference — SPEAR)