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Community, Culture, Resistance From the Crescent City to Chi-town

Community, Culture, Resistance From the Crescent City to Chi-town

Thursday, September 23, 2010 (All day)

An evening of politics, art and spoken word

The Chicago book release for
Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena 6 <>
"the most important book about Katrina and what came after." (Eve Ensler, playwright, The Vagina Monologues)

Music by DJ Searchl1te <>

Students FREE, $5 suggested donation, no one turned away
Cermak-Chinatown Red line, Halsted Orange line
Halsted Bus, Cermak Bus, Lot parking available

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Chicago, IL—As Mayor Daley leaves office with the devastation of school closures, gentrification, privatization, and the police torture scandal in his wake, community organizers and grassroots leaders face a renewed fight for justice in their communities. Regardless of who becomes Mayor in 2012, many Chicagoans will still be facing dire issues in their communities—from evictions and deportations to the lack of affordable housing and safe schools to send their children. The struggles for social justice will continue; here, in the city of social movements whose recent history includes taking back a major union, helping to shut down an Olympic bid, bringing back May Day in the U.S., pressuring a Republican Governor to put a moratorium on the death penalty, and similar heroic everyday people feats.

Haymarket Books and New School Poetics invite you to celebrate that spirit, while we hear the voices from the front lines of our struggles today and chop it up with activists from New Orleans, featuring award-winning journalist Jordan Flaherty, author of the newly released Floodlines: Community and Resistance from Katrina to the Jena Six <> . New Orleans, the city of Shock Doctrine-style post-Katrina privatization, Gulf Coast drilling disasters, and a racist justice system, is also home to resilient, dynamic grassroots that engendered the first mass civil rights march in many years for the Jena Six, a group of African-American high school students who faced life in prison for their alleged part in a school fight.

And, as Flaherty writes in his book, in New Orleans, culture and community resistance go hand in hand. We'll be adding to the mix poets from Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival <>  and co-founder Kevin Coval <> , audio pieces from writers inside Cook County Juvenile Detention Center via the Free Write Jail Arts <>  program, and more, for an evening of Community, Culture, Resistance.

Also available:
--"Field Work" a "gorgeous" (TimeOut Chicago <> ) visual art exhibit by Doug Fogelson
--offerings from Haymarket Books <>  and New School Poetics, collections from Free Write Jail Arts <> , activist literature on current grassroots campaigns, goods from DoublePlusGood <> , and more
--music by DJ Searchl1te <>

About/cosponsors/speakers/performers (list in formation)

New School Poetics is dedicated to publishing and creating public space and readership of new literature. New School Poetics is a program of Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival and supported generously by Columbia College Chicago. Watch for in the future.

Chicago Anti-eviction Campaign <>  "The time for a bail-out of the people at the bottom is long past-due. We are calling for a national moratorium on economically-motivated evictions. In the mean time, we are instituting a people's moratorium on evictions by putting our bodies in front of sheriffs and putting our people back in their homes."

Free Write Jail Arts <>  teaches formal creative writing and poetry workshops every day inside the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center, engaging students in the study of contemporary poetry and literature which is relevant to their life experience.

Haymarket Books <> is a nonprofit, progressive book publisher based in Chicago. Our work aims to help arm a new generation of activists take ideas, politics, and lesons from history into the many struggles for social justice today.

Jordan Flaherty <>  is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans, and an editor of Left Turn <>  magazine. In addition to his award-winning post-Katrina journalism, he brought the story of the Jena Six case to a national audience. He has produced news segments for Al-Jazeera, TeleSur, and Democracy Now! and appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN, NPR, and various community radio programs.

DoublePlusGood is a collaborative between Chicago artists and activists, Genevieve and Hugostyle, who are committed to social justice and wrap their creative work around human and civil rights, economic and racial justice, and immigration.

For more information, or to request a review copy of Floodlines, or interview with Flaherty, contact Sarah Macaraeg, Director of Publicity, Haymarket Books, at

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Contact Information: 


Sarah Macaraeg


Chicago Urban Art Society (CUAS)
2229 S. Halsted (1/2 block south of Cermak)
Chicago , IL