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A Message from the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee

December 22, 2014

Comrades and Friends,

As of 9am on Saturday, December 20, comrades of the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee – NYC have surrendered to the custody of the NYPD, for their alleged involvement in an incident on the Brooklyn Bridge on the night of the Millions March.NYPD Detective William Aubry called the incident, in which one cop received a bloody nose and another a few bumps and bruises, “right up there with being one of the most violent acts that I’ve seen.” Apparently Aubry and the NYPD have forgotten the meaning of the word “violent.”  They have not once used the term to describe the police murder of Eric Garner, the execution of Ramarley Graham and Akai Gurley, or the countless others harassed and brutalized by the police.

For the past week—while Eric Garner’s murderer, officer Daniel Pantaleo, has walked the streets a free man—the NYPD has pursued a vicious campaign of harassment and repression against NYC activists. Seemingly random visits to the homes of activists and their associates have involved raids by dozens of officers, threats of deportation, and beatings. The city has employed the lure of a $25,000 bounty in a desperate attempt to make arrests. Yet our movement remains unbowed.

The Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee – NYC commends all demonstrators across the country who refuse to leave their friends in the hands of murderous, abusive police. If this movement has taught us anything, it is that resistance is not only justified, but necessary. We will stand behind our comrades as they face whatever charges the city will throw at them. We know they are the victims here – not the NYPD. We are all victims at the hands of the white supremacist, capitalist state. For the same reason, we are the ones to overturn it.

We ask that you support our comrades too by donating to the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee bail and legal fund. Our comrades have had our backs. It’s time to have theirs.

Donate here.
Sincerely,
Members of the Trayvon Martin Organizing Committee – NYC
https://www.facebook.com/tmocnyc
@TMOCNYC
TMOCNYC@gmail.com
 

Announcing Derica Shields, Sam Lavigne, and Anwar Batte

December 19, 2014

The New Inquiry is incredibly proud to introduce our newest contributing editors Derica Shields, Sam Lavigne, and Anwar Batte.

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Derica Shields is a writer, editor and film curator based in London. Her research interests include black visual art, film and futurisms. She is the co-founder of The Future Weird, a film screening and discussion series where she curates experimental and speculative films by black and brown filmmakers.

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Sam Lavigne is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn. His work deals with surveillance, cops, data, and automation. He is the founder of the Stupid Shit No One Needs and Terrible Ideas Hackathon.

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Anwar Batte studies liberation movements and revolutions, with a special interest in continuities against dominant conceptualizations (how people connect their struggles to others separated by space, time, and organized opposition).

We can’t wait to share the work Derica, Sam, and Anwar will do with us here at TNI in the new year.

 

I BURN THE WAY MONEY BURNS @ Lux Salon

December 12, 2014

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A screening of experimental feminist film on gender, time, and work

Often During the Day, Joanna Davis (1978)
She Said, Susan Stein (1982)
Pictures on Pink Paper, Lis Rhodes (1982)
Mutiny (Is this what you were born for: Part 2), Abigail Child (1983)
Armchair Terrorist, Marion Reichert (1994)

Curated and introduced by Victoria Brooks, curator of time-based visual art at EMPAC (Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY

In her poem The Breast Anne Sexton ends with the line, “I burn the way money burns,” suggesting the complex and contradictory nature of female desire and its structurally dictated dual role—as lover but also care-giver and mother. These five films selected from LUX and Cinenova collections (1978-1994) not only confront this dual nature of women’s work. Through formal experimentation of both sound and image tracks, they also envision what Susan Stein describes in She Said as the “geometry of creeping lines” that inscribe the social relation of reproduction onto space itself.

In grappling with the multiple time-scales of women’s work, these films use a wide variety of techniques to make visible the real difficulty of representing domestic labour and unwaged time. Through the lens of a gendered camera, they attend to details and patterns of these underlying processes to offer innovative representations of the quotidian and unending time of women’s work. Read more.

Wednesday 17th December 2014
7pm
LUX,
18 Shacklewell Lane, London E8 2EZ.
Tickets: £6

 

Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema with author Tina Hassannia @ Videology (12/14)

December 8, 2014

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Since winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012 for his film A Separation, Asghar Farhadi has been understood to be one of the most important and popular filmmakers in Iran. Toronto-based critic Tina Hassannia, author of the first book-length study of this important artist, Asghar Farhadi: Life and Cinema, will discuss Farhadi’s work and the current state of Iranian cinema with Godfrey Cheshire (RogerEbert.com), one of the first critics to bring Iranian cinema to the attention of Western audiences in the 1990s. A book signing will take place afterwards.

308 Bedford Ave #1
Brooklyn, NY
December 14th
5 pm
Free
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