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From Port-au-Prince to Puebla: Poor People of Color Resist!
Friday, May 04, 2012
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
La Estrellita Cafe, 446 East 12th Street at 5th Ave (east of lake merrit)
From Port-au-Prince, Haiti to Puebla, Mexico: Poor people of color resist colonial rule, and WIN!
Please join us for a night of poetry, music and resistance as we build Black-Brown solidarity in paying homage to our warrior ancestors who struck back even when the odds we...re against them!
The first week of May is the *150th ANNIVERSARY* of The Battle of Puebla (la Batalla de Puebla) when Mexico accomplished its historic defeat over the French occupying army. This victory could not have been accomplished had the Caribbean island of Haiti not proved to be such an inspiration in resisting colonial rule. In 1804, Haiti’s slave rebellion successfully created the first black-led nation to have conquered their colonizers and the first independent nation in all of Latin America.
The people of Haiti and the people of Puebla share a common bond—in Puebla, mestizo soldiers were outnumbered two to one while Black Haitians faced Napoleon’s heavily armed military—but both oppressed peoples prevailed in what many refer to as two David and Goliath victories.
We hope this celebration of community can inspire us to begin to form the strength in what is possibly the most insidious Goliath to date—the United States of America. Only united can people of color be the most powerful David we can be.
All over the world, May Day is celebrated all week long! Lets continue to draw energy from the May Day march, and on May 4th come together for an evening of friends and fierce family!
Poets, Performers and Speakers Include:
DJ Lola Ambriz Dacumos
Opening Song Wicahpiluta Candelaria(Luta) Rumsen Ohlone
Ayodele "WordSlanger" Nzinga
Alison Chokwadi Fletcher
Poetas POBRES/Po' Poets Project of Prensa POBRE!
Eduardo Valadez Arenas
Lisa “Tiny” Grey-Garcia
Cinthebuilding and Krsna
Mo Betta Foster
Toussaint Du Bois
Marcelo 'Freestylero' Munoz,Aztech and Dregs1
There will be a few open mic spots so come prepared to share and inspire!
Added to the calendar on Fri, May 4, 2012 1:13AM