Red Emma's Radical Pavilion brings cutting-edge authors and ideas to the heart of the city.
Radical Bookfair Pavilion
Stage: Monument Circle - East
Friday, September 27
Red Emma's "Open Tent"
Visit the Radical Bookfair Pavilion to meet vendors from around the country, and browse the books! Enjoy a cup of transparently-traded, cooperatively roasted coffee from Thread Coffee, the new Red Emma's coffee roasting project, and a vegan treat from Red Emma's delectable bakery.
Plus: free wireless internet all day long provided by Civilization Systems, Baltimore's cooperatively-owned educational technology company!
Medea Benjamin, Drone Warfare
Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. Her book, Drone Warfare, is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. The US Air Force trains more drone “pilots”; than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. The human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children in Pakistan and Yemen.
Saturday, September 28
Jorell Melendez, Voces libertarias
Jorell A. Meléndez has presented on the topic of Puerto Rican anarchism in local and international forums. In order to analyze the origins and influence of anarchism on the island of Puerto Rico, Voces Libertarias traverses through the history of the emergent labor movement during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Product of a rigid research, the book hopes to open a breach inside Puerto Rican historiography for the study of past from a critical perspective.
New Views of Civil Rights
In A New Deal for All? Andor Skotnes examines the interrelationships between the Black freedom and workers' movements in Baltimore during the Great Depression and the Second World War. Jeanne Theoharis’s definitive political biography, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, challenges perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement. Akinyele Umoja’s, We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement, refutes the notion that the civil rights movement in the southern United States was a nonviolent movement.
Chris Crass, Towards Collective Liberation
Longtime organizer and activist Chris Crass offers a firsthand look at the challenges and the opportunities of antiracist work in white communities, feminist work with men, and bringing women of color feminism into the heart of social movements. Drawing on two decades of personal activist experience and case studies within these areas, Crass's newest book, Toward Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy explores ways of transforming divisions of race, class, and gender into catalysts for powerful vision, strategy, and building movements in the United States today.
Stay Solid!: A Radical Handbook for Youth
This scrapbook-style collection of essays, excerpts, explanations, and images pushes back against a culture that relentlessly demands that kids give up their best ideals, abandon their hopes, forget their ethical objections to dominant life, soothe their rage, and accept their fates. Stay Solid! provides essential support for radically inclined teens who believe that it's possible for all of us to hang on to our values and build a life we believe in.
Juliana “Jewels” Smith, (H)afrocentric
Juliana “Jewels” Smith is a cultural worker and an aspiring revolutionary. She created (H)afrocentric: the Comic, first as catharsis and then as a way to present issues of race, class, gender and sexuality through dialogue. It stars a posse of disgruntled undergrads of color as they navigate their way through Ronald Reagan University. Follow the self proclaimed radical Black feminist, Naima Pepper (who has a White mama), as she deals with the contradictions of her own life.
George Ciccariello-Maher, We Created Chávez
Since being elected president in 1998, Hugo Chávez has become the face of contemporary Venezuela and, more broadly, anticapitalist revolution. George Ciccariello-Maher contends that this focus on Chávez has obscured the inner dynamics and historical development of the country’s Bolivarian Revolution. In We Created Chávez, by examining social movements and revolutionary groups active before and during the Chávez era, Ciccariello-Maher provides a broader, more nuanced account of Chávez’s rise to power and the years of activism that preceded it.
Sunday, September 29
Anabel Hernández & Óscar Martínez
Anabel Hernández is one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal and its investigative supplement emeequis. She currently contributes to the online news site Reporte Indigo. Óscar Martínez writes for ElFaro.net, the first online newspaper in Latin America. Martínez is currently writing chronicles and articles for El Faro’s project, Sala Negra, investigating gang violence in Latin America. In 2008, Martínez won the Fernando Benítez National Journalism Prize in Mexico, and in 2009, he was awarded the Human Rights Prize at the José Simeón Cañas Central American University in El Salvador. Hernández and Martínez will be discussing their latest books, Narcoland and The Beast, both published by Verso Books.
Jobs With Justice
Through a series of interviews and essays, this compendium gives voice to the community, labor, immigrant, student, and faith activists that have built Jobs with Justice. The book speaks on both the core principles of the organization for workers’ rights and the experiences since its founding in 1987. Though the discussion reflects on the last 25 years of the JwJ coalition, it also looks openly and optimistically at the next 25.
LOVE the Poet, Black Marks on White Paper
Michelle Antoinette Nelson, also known as LOVE the poet, is a prominent indie artist/author/teacher on the national performance and literary art scenes, and in the field of creative writing education. Ferociously attacking her personal demons, and fearlessly revealing her own struggle with provocative and moving confessional poems, Black Marks on White Paper is not just about the words you see but the words you don't, the erasures, revisions, and conversations; the past, the present, and the future.
Marisela Gomez; Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore
Several years in the making, Marisela Gomez's Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore draws on her long history as an anti-displacement activist in East Baltimore, working with communities to resist gentrification and displacement. Gomez offers a narrative history of development in East Baltimore, highlighting the key themes of race, class, and power, and examining their intersections. She also offers a wealth of strategies for resisting displacement and pinpoints key changes that could make development in Baltimore a community-driven, beneficial, participatory process for neighborhood change.
Maroon the Implacable
Russell Maroon Shoatz is a dedicated community activist, founding member of the Black Unity Council, former member of the Black Panther Party, and soldier in the Black Liberation Army. He has also been a political prisoner for over thirty years, including two decades in solitary confinement. Maroon the Implacable: The Collected Writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz is the first complete collection of his writings, and will be presented by editor Quincy Saul and contributor Theresa Shoatz.
Jen Marlowe & Martina Davis-Correia, I Am Troy Davis
On September 21, 2011, Troy Anthony Davis was put to death by the State of Georgia. Davis’s execution was protested by hundreds of thousands across the globe. How did one man capture the world’s imagination and become the iconic face for the campaign to end the death penalty? I Am Troy Davis, coauthored by Jen Marlowe and Davis’s sister Martina Davis-Correia, tells the intimate story of an ordinary man caught up in an inexorable tragedy. From his childhood in racially charged Savannah; to the confused events that led to the 1989 murder of a police officer; to Davis’s sudden arrest, conviction, and two-decade fight to prove his innocence; I Am Troy Davis takes us inside a broken legal system where life and death hang in the balance. It is also an inspiring testament to the unbreakable bond of family, to the resilience of love, and to how even when you reach the end of justice, voices from across the world will rise together in chorus and proclaim, “I am Troy Davis,” I stand with you.
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