Black August 2010 in DC


Black August 2010 in DC
sponsored by the Black August Planning Organization (BAPO)

For More INFO:  202-271-7763, Facebook, or black.august07@gmail.com

8/1​ Black August Unity Reception co-sponsored by the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) beginning at 5pm at Sankofa Video & Books 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
Beginning at 5 o’clock, this gathering will coincide with the film showing ofFinally Got the News, part of the Black August Sunday Film Series at Sankofa.  Members of BAPO and MXGM will be on hand to engage in lively and politically educational discussion.  All are encouraged to join.  Refreshments will be available.
8/7                African Heritage Festival from noon to dusk at Roots Public Charter School, 15 Kennedy St NW
The African Heritage Festival will be an all day event featuring performances, food, vendors, info booths, and community services.  Free admission; bring the whole family.  For more info or vending opportunities, contact 202-256-2518

8/8                Discussion with Standish Willis, Esq. regarding the report that he submitted to the United Nations citing Human Rights violations as they relate to political prisoners in the United States from 2-430 at MLK library room A-10.  901 G st NW, WDC

Earlier this year, Standish Willis and others submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Commission to outline the string of human rights abuses related to political prisoners and political repression in the United States.  This submission was a stakeholders report to the Universal Periodic Review which is a mechanism used by the UN to evaluate member States regarding there adherence (or lack thereof) to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related treaties.  Through this mechanism citizens and NGOs (e.g. stakeholders) are able to participate in this evaluation process.

The work of Mr. Willis, and others, follows in the footsteps of Malcolm X, who advised that we should not diminish our struggle by settling for civil rights, but should take our grievances to the world stage as part of a demand for the respect of our human rights.  We want to support this effort and do what we can to raise awareness and encourage involvement.  BAPO intends to join the many other organizations within the US Human Rights Network (www.ushrnetwork.org).

Read the report:http://www.ushrnetwork.org/sites/default/files/US_Political_Prisoners_Joint_Report_USA.pdf.

Also see http://www.ushrnetwork.org/campaign_upr

8/12             Performance and Discussion with Bilal Sunni Ali from 7-10pm at Roots Activity Learning Center, 6222 North Capitol St NW, WDC
This program will feature Republic of New Afrika citizen and world-class saxophonist, Bilal Sunni Ali.  In the 1970s he was a member of Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band.  In 1981, Bilal was charged in the “Brinks Conspiracy” case along with Mutulu Shakur and his wife Fulani Ali.  Defended by Chokwe Lumumba, Bilal and Fulani were able to beat the government’s trumped up case.  He will speak from his perspective as a life-long freedom fighter and musician. Tickets are $15; for more info contact Baye Services at 202-256-2518.

8/14             Book Showcase and Discussion from 2-4pm at Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, WDC

The Greatest Threat by political prisoner Marshall Eddie Conway
The Greatest Threat puts the government’s war on the Panthers into historical context. Marshall  “Eddie” Conway, a veteran of the Black Panther Party (and former Minister of Defense for the Baltimore chapter) who has been held as a political prisoner for four decades, has compiled the available documentation  and research on COINTELPRO, and  traced its dirty history, from the active repression of the black revolutionary movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, to the conditions of Black America today and the dozens of political prisoners who remain in U.S. prisons on charges stemming from their involvement in the Black liberation movement.
The Discussion will be led by Baltimore BPP veteran Rev. Ann Chambers

8/21             Black Women and the Prison Industrial Complex
from 3-6pm at Sisterspace & Books, 3717 Georgia Ave NW, WDC
Co-sponsored by Sisterspace and D.A.D.A Sister’s Circle, BAPO will host Theresa Shoatz [daughter of Russell ‘Maroon’ Shoatz] and Crystal Hayes [daughter of Robert Seth Hayes] as they discuss the cases and conditions of their fathers, as well as, how this relates to their own experiences.  Also, as part of the discussion, Monica Bowles, an activist with ONE DC, will speak from her personal experience as an ex-offender on the issue of the alarmingly high rise of incarcerated Black women who now represent the fastest growing demographic within the prison system.

8/26             “Let Your Motto Be Resistance”, Lecture by Dr. CR Gibbs from 2-4pm at Sankofa Video & Books, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, WDC

Dr. Gibbs will give a historical account of slave rebellions and other forms of resistance to slavery in the Western hemisphere.  Dr. Gibbs is an internationally noted lecturer, exhibitor of historical artifacts, and historian of the African Diaspora. He is the author/co-author of six books including “Black Explorers, 2300 B.C. To The Present,” “Black Inventors: From Africa To America,” and “Black, Copper, & Bright: The District of Columbia’s Black Civil War Regiment,” the subject of an upcoming documentary by Three Dimensional Publishing.

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