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NYC Book Party for “Maroon The Implacable”

TRUE SKOOL HIP HOP MEETS JAZZ @ MAY 3RD NYC BOOK LAUNCH OF “MAROON THE IMPLACABLE”

A NEW BOOK BY POLITICAL PRISONER RUSSEL MAROON SHOATZ
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
7pm-9pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 w. 37th st
New York, NY 10027
Admission: $20 Book Purchase Of “Maroon the Implacable”
On Friday, May 3, 2013, from 7pm-9pm, an historic book collecting the writings of former Black Panther Party leader and current BLA Political Prisoner of War, Russell “Maroon” Shoatz, who has been held in tortuous solitary confinement in the state of Pennsylvania for the past 30 years, will be officially released at New York’s DiMenna Center. The event will be presented by Scientific Soul Sessions.
New York Corrections Association director Soffiyah Elijah, a former law professor at Harvard Law School, will review the legal and political basis for the call for Maroon’s immediate release; veteran civil rights activist Ben Chaney – brother of the martyred student activist James Chaney – will discuss the connections between the movements of the past with current efforts for judicial reform and justice.
Attendees will also enjoy a special public performance by the distinguished Grammy-winning saxophonist Gary Bartz, alumnus of the bands of Miles Davis, Max Roach, and considered by Jazz critic Stanley Crouch as “one of the best who ever picked up the horn.” Also performing will be acclaimed political hip-hop group and Bronx-based activists Rebel Diaz, who have shared the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, and Public Enemy. Judith Malina, theater and film actress, writer, and director, and a founder of The Living Theatre, will perform one of her politically-charged short pieces. This will be one of the final performances of this era of Living Theater companies, as the troupe which rose to prominence in New York City and Paris during the 1950s and 60s has recently closed its Lower East Side performance space. EmCee Majesty, who has graced the stage with Immortal Technique and has his own brand of political hip-hop, will be participating as well.
Speakers will also include author and educator Matt Meyer, whose human rights work with the War Resisters International and the International Peace Research Association has taken him to speaking engagements on five continents; Black Waxx radio personality Iyanna Jones, also known for her vocal talents as Nana Soul, will co-host the event with Meyer. Both are active in the national Campaign to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz. Maroon’s daughter, Theresa Shoatz, will also be presenting at the event.

 

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