AUSTIN: Sacrifice for Justice: Immigrant rights activist Rama Carty @ Resistencia!

Southside Wall, Pan-Am Recreation Center Austin Tejas 1978
mural by Chicano muralist/activist Raul Valdez

7pm Thursday Feb. 25, 2010Sacrifice for Justice:

Immigrant rights activist Rama Carty speaks after his release from detention.

Going on hunger strike is not a crime, it’s making a sacrifice for justice.”

Rama Carty is an immigrant rights activist and leader outside/within immigrant detention centers in the U.S.  Spurring Amnesty International’s investigation of the Port Isabel Detention Center in the Rio Grande Valley, Rama has been organizing within the detention system.

He will speak on the realities of immigrant detention and the organizing on the inside.

Local activists will also talk about how people can stand in solidarity and support those on the inside:  Texas organizers Anayanse Garza & Lauren Martin, National organizer Silky Shah of the Detention Watch Network, & Haitian-American artist/activist Carole Metellus.

Rama Carty is a Haitian immigrant who has lived in the United States for 38 years.

He was detained by ICE for over 20 months after serving a 2 year sentence for a drug conviction.  He continues to advocate on behalf of those held in detention.

The event is sponsored by Grassroots Leadership, Southwest Workers Union, and Resistencia Bookstore.

9pm Saturday Feb. 27, 2010

CONJURE: Calling up the Spirit of Struggle, Resistance, & Liberation

We invite you to a forum for progressive artist/activists: a series of experiments in jazz music, spoken word, and dance.

This session will feature:

award-winning author/activist sharon bridgforth, Chicana performance artist/cultural worker Virginia Grise,

dance/body movement by Pinay artist/activist Czarina Aggabao Thelen, & black improvisational music by the 3Collective.

$5 dollar suggested donation.

Rooted in the tradition of improvisation, revolution, and blues, Conjure is a sovereign site for artistic/exploratory/spiritual collaboration, expression, and rejuvenation. Each jam session will highlight the “Afrological improvised music” of the 3Collective along with a featured spoken word performer, dancer, and filmmaker inspired by the jazz aesthetic.

Co-sponsored by the UT Austin Community Engagement Center, John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. a salmon rojo production.

7pm Friday March 5, 2010Red Salmon Arts presents Café Libro, a bi-monthly open mike series, featuring

Mujeres de PODER Celebrating International Women’s Day

with guest artist Natalie Goodnow and the women of PODER: Susana Almanza (Co-Director), Erika Gonzalez (Co-Director), Carmen Llanes (Natural Resources Coordinator/Organizer), Nancy Flores (Volunteer),

and Corazon Renteria (Board Member) with guest host PODER Board Chair & community elder Janie Rangel.

We invite poet/artistas to come share/enjoy the cantos & cuentos of emerging & established writers/musicians.


12 noon – 4pm Saturday March 6, 2010

Más Memoir Writing Workshop & Reading


New & Recent Titles

La Pinta: Chicana/o Prisoner Literature, Culture, and Politics by B.V. Olguin {UT Press}

Illustrations from the Inside: The Beat Within forward by Adam Mansbach {Mark Batty Publisher}

Lunar Braceros 2125-2148 by Rosaura Sanchez & Beatrice Pita {Calaca Press}

Other: an Asian & Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology compiled by Eddy Zheng & the Asian Prisoner Support Committee

Iraqi Girl: Diary of a Teenage Girl in Iraq {Haymarket Books}

Jailhouse Lawyers: Prisoners Defending Prisoners V. the USA by Mumia Abu-Jamal {City Lights Books}

Take Back the Land: Land, Gentrification, & The Umoja Village Shantytown by Max Rameau {Nia Press}

Children of the Desert Mountains (chapbook) by Vernon “Joe” Montoya {Red Salmon Press/Calaca Press joint onda}

Liberation, Imagination, & the Black Panther Party: A New Look at the Panthers & their Legacy edited by Kathleen Cleaver & George Katsiaficas

Blood Lines: Myth, Indigenism, & Chicana/o Literature by Sheila Marie Contreras {UT Press}

Falling Angels: cuentos y poemas by Olga Garcia Echeverria {Calaca Press}

does your mama know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories edited by Lisa C. Moore {2nd Edition, Red Bone Press}

The Real Cost of Prisons Comix edited by Lois Ahrens {PM Press}

A Poetry of Remembrance: New & Rejected Works by Levi Romero {Univ. of New Mexico Press}

Brown Unlike Me: Poems from the Second Layer of Our Skin (chapbook) by Emmanuel Ortiz {Calaca Press & Red Salmon Press}

Writ Writer: One Man’s Journey for Justice by Susanne Mason {New Day Films} DVD

she danced by 3 Jazz Collective (CD)


the panza monologues DVD

written & performed by virginia grise/co-written by irma mayorga

filmed live at plaza de la raza’s margo albert theatre, los angeles, ca



Resistencia Bookstore, casa de Red Salmon Arts1801-A South First St., Austin, Tejas 512-416-8885

Red Salmon Arts is funded & supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division & by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts & an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.


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