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Commemoration, Compassion & Community

Commemoration, Compassion & Community:
A Day-long Fundraiser for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina
Poetry, Music, Film, Theatre, Food

Sunday, September 11, 2005, 9 AM to 11 PM
Busboys & Poets
14th & V, NW, Washington DC
U Street/Cardozo Green line Metro

To benefit the People's Hurricane Fund/Young People's Project and the Southern Relief Fund of the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights, organizations led by and working directly with low-income communities of color in the effected areas.

All are invited to bring a poem to read - one of your own or any poem that speaks to you in these difficult times. The organizers will also have poems available to choose from, if you like.

Highlights of the day:

9 AM - Busboys & Poets Owner Andy Shallal opens the day, reading new poems by Def Poetry Jam veteran Suheir Hamad.

10 AM - Anu Yadav will perform excerpts from her one-woman show in progress, Capers, about residents displaced from the Arthur Cappers public housing development in SE Washington.

10:45 AM - Camille Dungy, reading her own poetry and the poems of Sterling Brown, D.C.'s first Poet Laureate.

11 AM - Kathryn Blume will perform excerpts from her acclaimed show The Accidental Activist, chronicling her launch into anti-war activism when she founded the Lysistrata Project. Kathy's first DC appearance!

12 PM - The Insurgent Poets, plus poetry by Reginald Dwayne Betts.

1 PM - Conscious Hip Hop by Princesss of Controversy - Activist, Artist, Diva.

1:30 PM - Chris Ntaka and Mahala with township jive of South Africa. Ntaka is the former lead guitarist for Lucky Dube and the Slaves. A real treat!

2:30 PM - Poetry hosted by Sarah Browning, DC Poets Against the War, with poets Luis Alberto Ambroggio, Naomi Ayala, Laurie Blair, Kyle Dargan, Esther Iverem, Reuben Jackson, Judith McCombs, Jennifer Steele, Silvana Straw, Kathi Wolfe, and Andrea Wyatt.

5 PM - Poetry hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, Busboys & Poets Poet-in-Residence and Cave Canem Fellow.

7 PM - Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear, and the Selling of the American Empire, a film narrated by Julian Bond. Examines how a radical fringe of the Republican Party used the trauma of the 9/11 terror attacks to advance a pre-existing agenda to radically transform American foreign policy while rolling back civil liberties and social programs at home.

8 PM - Open Rehearsal, Fear Up: Stories from Baghdad and Guantanamo, Compiled and Adapted by Marietta Hedges and Karen Bradley; directed by Joe Brady.

10 PM - Jazz by The Sanga Equation, a straight-up standard jazz quartet with repetoire spanning the whole of jazz history--from Thelonious Monk to Stevie Wonder. Members: John Paul, piano; Jamal Borden, bass; Steve Helfand, drums; Lena Seikaly, vocals.

Hosted by Busboys & Poets, cosponsored by D.C. Poets Against the War, CodePink, Teaching for Change, and The Fund for Women Artists.

For more information: Pamela Pinnock, Busboys & Poets,, 202-528-4987 or Sarah Browning, DC Poets Against the War,, 202-545-7959.


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Meanwhile on the far side

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Out of the Earth

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From the Gods

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Their Happy Motto

They are already Dead

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