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cairo solidarity art: hip hop live from nyc

dear readers,

just got a sec, but i wanted to share two things with you:

1. check out this site for fresh art coming up for cairo solidarity: http://heart-of-the-revolution.tumblr.com

2. watch this lil flick, a remix of biz markies “you got what i need,” i guarantee this will make you feel, short and sweet, with a punch, watch it!

peace,
roopa

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open mic 2nyt: subcontinental drift (NYC)

dear readers,

here’s where i’ll be tonight, and where at great line up of folks are going to be doing their damn thing, raising our voices at a time when we must, cairo wont be the only thing on the brain, but it will be in my song, and in my comedy too. and i get the feeling we are going to be rejoicing. come through, i bet you’ll leave with a full heart!

come thru:
where: CULTURE FIX, 9 clinton st
where: F TRAIN TO E. HOUSTON, like at Ave B
when: tonight till at least 11
how much: FREE
what: subcontinental drift (more on them below)

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A group of talented DC desis got together in 2007 to form Subcontinental Drift, an open mic night encouraging creative expression and artistic participation amongst South Asian Americans. The idea was a hit, and spread to Chicago last year. Now, bringing it all to the greatest city in the world: Subcontinental Drift – NYC!

Celebrate, innovate and experiment on Thursday, February 3 @ Culture Fix. We guarantee it’ll be one of the best nights of your month.

No creative limits: improv, comedy, music, performance art, oratory, dance, spoken word, or whatever else you can think of.

Anyone can perform. Anyone can watch. To schedule a slot in front of the mic, or if you have any questions, email us at SubDriftNYC@gmail.com.

Show starts at 8, ad hoc sign-up for the mic starts at 7:30 (first come first serve).

Join the Subcontinental Drift – NYC Facebook page for more info: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Subcontinental-Drift-NYC/179365938761976

Peace,
roopstar

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egypt 101: what’s going on in cairo sounds a lot like “fuck the police.”

dear readers,

in case you were wondering, the people’s movement, also known as the “jasmine revolution,” that is sweeping egypt and cairo in particular has a lot to do with you, wherever you are. especially if you have, let’s say, a contentious relationship with the police and state authority. this young lady says it simple and effective:

101 breakdown: hosni mubarak, fourth and longest ruler of modern egypt, is a dictator who is fueled by mad american money to help rule his people like he’s a CO and they all on lock. folks got so tired of it that they actually got together to try and get dude to step down. enough, chanted the protestors, enough. mubarak’s regime shut down internet access for the entire country, but protests continue with real strength.

check out this clip of folks, just like you and me, taking over a bridge, losing comrades and praying all along the way. one question to keep in mind, is what happens if the people do get power? how will they keep it people’s power and not just open the door for the next oppressive regime?

names you’ll hear and read: mohamed el-baradei, a beloved former leader and nobel laureate, is back at the helm, helping to guide this largely youth led revolution; the muslim brotherhood is a small but organized group in this mass protest, the mb may or may not swoop in with their own hardcore agenda if and when the peoples movement gains access to power. vijay prashad, such a resource of history and political analogy during times like this, hopes for peaceful transition of power, and says this about egypt:

“Don’t underestimate the repression. In Egypt, the 2006 budget for internal security was $1.5 billion. There are 1.5 million police officers, four times more than army personnel. I am told that there is now about 1 police officer per 37 people. This is extreme. The subvention that comes from the US of $1.3 billion helps fund this monstrosity.”

the u.s. media is taking great pains to cover the bloody tracks between the obama administration (to be fair, this includes most u.s. administrations before his) and mubarak’s decades long rule. the media watchdog’s FAIR do a nice breakdown of how all the papers, the times, the post, are using the terms “tightrope” and “balancing act” to explain the largely unexplainable relationship between democracy and facismo.

so here we are, the first day of february, and certainly change is in the air, even while slush and snow rule the new york city ground.

peace,
roopa

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