AUSTIN: VISIONS OF ABOLITION next week @ Resistencia! – April Events

Resistencia Bookstore, casa de Red Salmon Arts
April 2011 Calendar of Events

7pm – 9pm Thursday April 21, 2011

Son en Movimiento: Talleres de Son Jarocho

  • Jarana
  • Verso y Poesia
  • Zapateado

$10 suggested donation:  no one turned away due to lack of funds!

son en movimiento is a project focused on honoring our ancestral forms of healing through music, song & dance.

rooted in the resistance of african & indigenous slaves on the coast of veracruz, 

son jarocho is a communal artform defying oppression & colonial power.  son en movimiento strives to create a safe space of community building through social tranformation.


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7pm Friday April 22, 2011

Save Our Youth & the Ex-Pinta Support Alliance 


a documentary film screening of

Visions of Abolition:

From Critical Resistance to A New Way of Life

a new feature length documentary

about the prison industrial complex and the prison abolition movement.    

A discussion will follow with special guests Jorge A. Renaud, Chicano ex-prisoner and author/poet, & Tañia Rivera of ESA, the Ex-Pinta Support Alliance. 

They will speak on their experience with the Texas criminal justice system and compare it to the challenges and injustices faced by prisoners in California.

Part IBreaking down the Prison Industrial Complex” weaves together the voices of women caught in the criminal justice system, and leading scholars of prison abolition, examining the racial and gendered violence of the prison system.  The film features the work of Susan Burton, a formerly incarcerated mother who established A New Way of Life, a group of transition homes for women coming home from prison in South Los Angeles (39 mins).

Part IIAbolition: Past Present and Future,” documents the recent history of the prison abolition movement through the organizing efforts of Critical Resistance and explores the meaning of abolitionist politics. By focusing on the collaboration between Critical Resistance and A New Way of Life, the second half of the film unfolds a vision of abolition in practice (48 mins).  

Directed, written, and produced by Setsu Shigematsu, the film features Angela Y. Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Susan Burton, Melissa Burch, Dylan Rodriguez, and Andrea Smith.


7pm Friday April 29, 2011
Cafe Libro Open Mike presents
Visions of Poesia:
celebrating & honoring the voices of young writers
Saray Rosales
Olivia Lorena Slusher
Nick Menchaca
   Lisa Sweeney  

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


Organized & hosted by Carole Metellus & Lilia Rosas.

8pm Saturday April 30, 2011
son en movimientoson armado
two documentary film screenings centered on son jarocho y comunidad:
followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Simon Sedillo:
(35 minutes) This film takes us deep into the lives of the traditional Son Jarocho family band “Los Raíces.”  Son Jarcho is a traditional Afro Indigenous music with is primarily found in the state of Veracruz. However in the film a Mother, Father, son, two daughters, and two family friends all from the neighboring state of Oaxaca take on the musical genre as their own and transform it into their loudspeaker for social protest. The entire Raíces family actively participated in the 2006 Oaxacan People’s Popular Assembly – APPO social uprising in Oaxaca, they are known for the song ” El Son de la Baricada” (The Son of the Barricade). Today they continue to play their protest music against state sponsored repression. A truly inspirational film, which demonstrates an entire family’s sacrifice for their people.
(20 minutes) Set in Otatitlan, Veracruz, Mexico “El Jardin Kojima” (Kojima Garden) gives us a look at how traditional Son Jarocho music is used as a tool for community organizing and conscience building. Son Jarocho music is primarily found and rooted in afro-indigenous communities in the state of Veracruz. Today, this community-based art form is played and enjoyed all over the world. At its core, Son Jarocho music strengthens pride in community identity and also inspires different kinds of organizing. “El Jardin Kojima” is just one example of how Son Jarocho music and traditions are keeping communities strong in a time of limited opportunities.

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 New & Recent Titles

Manga/double book-cd projectDeadly She-Wolf: Assassin at Armageddon! music & concept by Fred Ho/ written by Fred Ho & Ruth Margraff/ illustrations by Mac McGill PLUS Momma’s Song: music & concept by Fred Ho/ written by Christine Stark/ illustrations by Mac McGill {innova Recordings & Transformation Art Publisher}

What Does Justice Look Like?: The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland by Waziyatawin {Living Justice Press}

Soccer vs. The State: Tackling Football and Radical Politics by Gabriel Kuhn {PM Press}

A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM & American Experimental Music by George E. Lewis {Univ. of Chicago Press}

Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today edited by Josh MacPhee {PM Press}

El Monstruo: Dread & Redemption in Mexico City by John Ross {Nation Books}

Malcolm X Talks to Young People: Speeches in the US, Britain, & Africa {Pathfinder Press}

Igniting A Revolution: Voices in Defense of the Earth edited by Steven Best & Anthony J. Nocella, II {AK Press}

Lucasville: The Untold Story of a Prison Uprising by Staughton Lynd (2nd Edition) {PM Press}

Furia: Poems by ire’ne lara silva {Mouthfeel Press}

sweet tea: Black Gay Men of the South: an oral history by E. Patrick Johnson {Univ. of North Carolina Press}

Forgetting the Alamo Or Blood Memory: A Novel by Emma Perez {UT Press}

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

The Black Panther Suite: All Power to the People!  music-video performance DVD: music & concept by Fred Ho/ Art by Paul Chan {Big Red Media}

she danced by 3 Jazz Collective (CD)
Speak the Truth (hip hop CD) by Riders Against the Storm
Resistencia Bookstore, casa de Red Salmon Arts

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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