When you wish upon a star. 


With 18mr:

Yuri Kochiyama is a prominent Japanese American human rights activists and a huge proponent of Afro-Asian solidarity and solidarity amongst movements. In 1960, Kochiyama moved to Harlem in New York City and joined the Harlem Parents Committee. She became acquainted with Malcolm X and was a member of his Organization of Afro-American Unity, following his departure from the Nation of Islam. Yuri was present at his assassination on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, and held him in her arms as he lay dying.  Kochiyama was also a member of the Young Lords, the group of Puerto Ricans who fought for Puerto Rican independence and at one point took over the Statue of Liberty to draw attention to the struggle.  She is revered for her six decades of intensive social justice commitments.
FOR MORE INFO Search: “Organization of Afro-American Unity”, “Young Lords”, “Civil Liberties Act of 1988”, “Mumia Abu-Jamal”, “MALCOLM X”

lost but never forgotten


The Times published a great article today on Larry Kramer, LGBT rights activist and the playwright behind The Normal Heart. You can read the piece here, and check out several signed books from Kramer’s library in our latest Rare Books Catalog here.


So What?Students on Environmental ActivismP.S. 3 The Bedford Village SchoolM.S. 57 Ron Brown Academy
A culmination of MoCADA’s 2013-2014 Artists-in-Schools program, So What? showcases the original artwork of students from P.S. 3 The Bedford Village School and M.S. 57 Ron Brown Academy, both located in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant. For 25 weeks, students and teaching artists Joseph Zoboi and M. Scott Johnson explored the possibilities and complexities of this year’s theme, “Environment.” Passionate and inspired, students reflected on the physical environments of their home communities, while also learning about larger social and political issues such as recycling, global warming, sustainability, genetic modification, and food justice. The resulting work, in the form of photography, collage, papermaking, video, and school-wide sustainability initiatives, is a thoughtful meditation on the youth’s role in preserving our planet and communities.
Public Programs
Opening CelebrationWednesday, May 21 | 4-6PM MoCADA | 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Please join us for an Opening Celebration honoring the work of these young artist-activists! The afternoon will feature music, soft drinks, and catering by Syd’s Serious Sandwich Shop.
Artist Talk & Paper Making WorkshopFriday, June 6 | 5-7PM MoCADA | 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Student artists from So What? discuss the inspirations, processes, and discoveries that led to creating the work in the exhibition. In addition to a dialogue with the teaching artists, the evening will feature a slideshow presentation by the students of M.S. 57 and a papermaking workshop led by third and fourth grade students from P.S. 3.
Artists-in-Schools is supported in part by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with Councilmember Albert Vann.

from the mouths of babes


Reblog to celebrate this huge step forward!

celebrations for pennsylvania!


This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York. This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.

turn crank; raise wage: http://www.colorofchange.org/campaign/raise-the-wage/




This rules.



72 years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 giving the War Department the authority to relocate civilians within the United States. He created the War Relocation Authority to oversee the relocation of Japanese Americans, many of whom were citizens, because the Army considered them a risk if Japan invaded the United States.Milton Eisenhower, Director of the War Relocation Authority, justified the relocation of 120,000 Japanese Americans saying that “some” Japanese Americans were “potentially dangerous,” and that it was impossible to tell which, so all Japanese Americans, regardless of citizenship, birth, age, or any other factor, should be relocated.

on remembrance day, let’s remember the atrocities our government has perpetrated on human beings in the name of “security.” no one is safe when tyranny rules the day and racism is deemed reasonable.

The Juche State of Joneseyism
Bridget Jones Mad About The Boy, Helen Fielding
I’m a 30-something single woman, which puts me very firmly in the Bridget Jones wheelhouse. I read the previous books with zeal and gusto and just a soupçon of embarrassment. I made the requisite feminist critiques and then added my own also-requisite feminist support to the Jones-verse. I did my part. So, when I heard that Helen Fielding was going to grace us with another novel in the series, I was thrilled. 
And then I read it. Womp. 
So, Helen Fielding catapults us back into Bridget’s life after her beloved Mr. Darcy has met a most-untimely end. And, so we return to our harried heroine at the age of 51, grappling with a newly-widowed life, two young children, and seemingly the exact same gaggle of friends and insecurities that she had when she was 30. Could there be anything more depressing?
The joy of Bridget was that she seemed to be a mess but she was no messier than any of us— we could recognize and sympathize and, hell, often empathize with her middle class strugglings, romantic foibles, and professional uncertainty. But to still be struggling with the same issues a good 20 years on is beyond the pale. I spent the whole time slogging through this book reading off her obsessive cataloging of calories and pounds; cigarettes and units of alcohol screaming— “GET YO LIFE, LADY!” 
No. In the end, it’s a rote retread of what was once a beloved tale of plucky femmeitude. (I’m just making up words now…) If you want to revisit Bridget Jones, crack open her original diary and trundle down memory lane. This latest installment can and should be missed. Hard.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  (Author)

Adichie is such a skillful author that in the span of a few pages, she can make Nigeria seem like a home you’ve always known and, in turn, make moving to America a culture shock even to someone who has barely ever left her shores. 

Americanah tells the story of two Nigerians falling in love and navigating life. But in Adichie’s skillful way, it’s about so much more and so much less— it’s about home. And nationalism. And belonging. And searching. And finding. It’s about the brutal and miraculous negotiations of opportunity.

If you’re looking for something as profound as her previous works — Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus — you’ll be sorely disappointed. Americanah is more observational and less sea-changing. But I’m so in love with Adichie’s prose, it hardly matters. She had me at kèdú.

so, i decided to forego actual resolutions this year. instead, i’ve replaced mundane resolutions with skillsbuilding exercises. one of which was— reading more. and not must more for more’s sake, but more substantively. so that i remember what i read. enter, pajiba’s cannonball read contest. i signed up for a half cannonball (26 books). i’m going to be reading books and reviewing them and in the process- reading more substantively, writing more, and updating this blog every now and again. everyone wins! (except, perhaps for the internet…) 

square peg in a round world