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|Mexico: John Ross speaking at UCSC|
|Date||Tuesday October 24|
|Time||7:30 PM - 9:30 PM|
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Oakes Learning Center
UC Santa Cruz
I wanted to let you know about an interesting event coming up on Tuesday. John Ross, an important journalist, poet and activist who lives in Mexico and has travelled to Palestine and Iraq will speaking at the Oakes Learning Center on Tuesday Oct. 24 at 7:30pm.
"ZAPATISTAS!" & "BOMBA!" – LEFT COAST TOUR
Tagged by La Jornada. Mexico's left wing daily, as "the new John Reed", author-poet-correspondent-and globetrotting troublemaker John Ross will kick off his 2006 Left Coast tour this October and November with multiple presentations from his hot off the press ZAPATISTAS! Making Another World Possible –
Chronicles of Resistance 2000-2006 (Nation Books, New York) and BOMBA! (Calaca de Pelon,Mexico City), his newest and most explosive chapbook of poetry.
Winner of both the American Book Award and the ACLU's coveted Uppie (for Upton Sinclair) prize, Ross's fourth volume on the Zapatista rebellion, an uprising he has covered since its earli4est hours, chronicles the most underreported and mystifying period of the Mayan rebels' on-going struggle for autonomy, in addition to examining international resistance to neo-liberalism and Bush's war on terror as seen through the Zapatistas' eyes. The new volume also details the massive fraud in Mexico's July 2nd presidential balloting.
ZAPATISTAS! Is Ross's eight published work of fiction and non-fiction and follows on the heels of his highly praised autobiography "Murdered By Capitalism – 150 Years of Life & Death on the U.S. Left" which earned kudos from Beat Generation
Godfather Lawrence Ferlinghetti and America's most elusive novelist Thomas Pynchon who called the work "a rip snorting and honorable account of an American outlaw tradition." In praising
the volume, Harper's John Leonard noted "Ross was in no more danger of selling out than he is of finding a buyer."
BOMBA! the author's ninth chapbook of personal and political poetry is dedicated to the struggle of the Palestinian people for a homeland and is inspired by Ross's visits to Palestine to pick in the olive harvest and to Iraq where he was a human shield on the
eve of Bush's genocidal war.
John Ross is a contributor to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, the Texas Observer, Noticias Aliadas (Lima), and La Jornada in addition to the on-line left journal Counterpunch. He has lived in
the old quarter of Mexico City for the past 20 years.