*Please circulate widely*
Two upcoming events:
1) Wed., Dec. 6 Protest the NYPD and the shooting of Sean Bell!
2) Friday, Dec. 8 - Film Showing of "Letter to the President: The streets get political"
Wed., Dec. 6 Protest the NYPD and the shooting of Sean Bell!
Join thousands, from dozens of community organizations, next Wednesday, December 6, at 4:30pm to protest the NYPD and the shooting of Sean Bell.
The protest will be held at 1 Police Plaza. (Take the 4/5/6/R/W to City Hall, or the J/M/Z to Chambers St.) This protest was announced by organizers of the vigil and march held in Jamaica, Queens the day after Sean Bell was murdered.
Friday, Dec. 8 - Film Showing: Letter to the President
Friday, Dec. 8,
2295 Adam Clayton Powell
(At 135th St.)
Take the 2/3 or B/C to 135th
$5 donation requested, no one turned away for lack of funds
In the Black community, the period of the early 80s saw intensified government repression and the spreading of the crack cocaine epidemic. The progressive era of the 1960s and 1970s was over, and the far-right came back with a vengeance. The Reagan and Bush administrations' "War on Drugs" initiated a new war on inner city communities and their youth.
In Letter to the President, directed by Thomas Gibson, rappers like KRS-One, Run DMC, Snoop Dogg and others, make it a point to show the world Hip Hop's ties to America's social and political policies in the last thirty years. The film portrays the rise of rap music as a response to the increased racial profiling and police brutality, following what was left of the civil rights and black power movements.
Join us in previewing this powerful documentary, followed by a discussion on racial profiling and police brutality, as well as the state of the current Hip Hop community.