WE SAY “NO MORE!” Chicago Benefit for the BAsics Bus Tour July 8, an evening of music and spoken word at the Elastic Arts Gallery in Logan Square. Writer Jacqueline Lewis performed a spoken word piece she put together for this event. To the rhythm and beat of the Prince Saleem Ensemble and with a soaring flute from Prince Saleem himself, Jacqueline declared, “I say no more!” and, fist in the air, said “Today—tonight—is the right time for change!”
Alpha Bruton is an artist who attended the July 8 WE SAY “NO MORE !” benefit. She made the following comments about the significance of the evening and then posted her own words to her blog:
“I didn’t expect for things to be so heavy. I know about the societal issues that are going on, but as the night unfolded I think that everyone had a voice to speak on what was going on. I think that set the pulse for the revolution. I just came from a great art exchange in Maryland, I was there last week, and the artists there were doing the same thing, exchanging how they are dealing with the 99 percent and Occupy. I was there for my project that I am doing, “Critical Currency—Words to Live By.” And I’m doing a Yard Sign project with other artists. I’m going to use the words that I heard here tonight. I wrote some of the words down that the poets were using onstage, and I’m gonna use them as part of my signage project. I’m going to blog on our blogspot what happened here tonight. Some of the words that struck me were—well, first of all, it was the musician that started the evening , I wrote down his script and how he talked why he wrote those songs and their history, you know, when the Polish revolted, and those things. So I just chose words that they were saying, some of the poets—I just chose some of their words and some of their topics, so I could use those as positive affirmations of what we need to do. And that’s what the signs are going to do. We’re going to use the signs during an arists month. I’ll repurpose them and put them out on the landscape.”
This artist then went ahead and posted the following on her blog with a clickable link from the words WE SAY “NO MORE!” to the Chicago Revolution Books blog with more information about the BA Bus Tours and BAE Campaign:
“On Sunday I was invited to this event “We SAY “NO MORE”… It was very heavy for me, but it was a reason the universe took me there. Last week my oldest sister lost her grandson who was twenty, my nephew lost his first born, he was buried on Friday July 6th. He was shot in the back, while his younger 19 year old brother watched him bleed out. Gang, retaliation, girlfriend, words, he was lost, and caught up in the streets, born to two teenage parents, and buried by a Muslim tribe in Madera, California, he had joined only two weeks before the incident. My sister raised him Christian, but his body now points to Mecca, a land he will never see. Is this his obituary? No just a summation of his life at its end, not the twenty years in the heart of his grandmother, father, uncle, aunties, brothers, sister, and his 5 month old baby girl who will never know her father just of him.”
Chicago’s South Side: Benefit for BAsics Bus Tour
The Band Leader opened the evening with a shout-out to “the Revolution” and the band broke into the song “What’s going on.” It was an evening of Rhythm and Blues to benefit the BAsics Bus tour, the entire event put together by people whose family members were murdered by police. BAsics 1:13 provided a common focus for the evening. A banner was displayed on the front of the stage with pictures of 25 people killed by the police. The audience was visibly moved when the MC pointed out the picture of his son on the banner and recounted how his son was shot 18 times by the police.
Chicago Anti- July 4th celebration
Kick-Off Parties in Atlanta and nationwide this Friday!
Taking REVOLUTION, COMMUNISM, and BOB AVAKIAN to the South! The official Kick-Off Party to send the BAsics Bus Tour on the road!
7-10pm, Friday, May 18th
Little 5 Points Community Center
1087 Austin Ave. (at Euclid)
Join the celebration and excitement, see the decorated RV, meet the volunteers and all those supporting this, listen to live music and poetry, watch videos documenting our efforts so far and clips of Bob Avakian, bring a dish to share, and more. $10 suggested donation.
Kick-Off Parties all across the country this Friday to celebrate this Tour heading further South: