INFO: book signings--katrina, race, and the state of the nation
May 16, 2007 07:56 PDT
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Dear Friends and Allies,
South End Press has just released a powerful new anthology of post-Katrina
writing called WHAT LIES BENEATH: Katrina, Race, and the State of The Nation.
The book features a new piece I wrote about race, reconstruction, and
community organizing in New Orleans post-Katrina, as well as several excellent
contributions by an impressive and inspiring array of writers, poets, teachers and
I will be participating in two book release events in the next few weeks –
one in New York City, and one in New Orleans. For those of you in one of those
cities, I hope you'll come out. See below for more details on the events, and
on the book.
WHAT LIES BENEATH:
Katrina, Race, and the State of The Nation
edited by the South End Press collective, afterword by Joy James
New York City Book Release Event
Thursday, May 24, 7:00PM
Discussion on Katrina, Race and Resistance, featuring Jordan Flaherty and
Eric Tang. (see below for bios) Presentation will also include new video from New
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington :: 212.777.6028
New Orleans Book Release Event
Friday, June 8, 6:00PM
Panel and discussion, featuring contributing authors Kalamu Ya Salaam, Mayaba
Liebenthal, and Jordan Flaherty.
Community Book Center
2523 Bayou Rd (near Broad and Esplanade) (504) 948-7323
"We who live below the water line have no choice. Our first priority is to
survive. Our second priority is to struggle. Our ultimate responsibility is to
win. Survive. Struggle. Win. This book is a record of these efforts." –
Kalamu Ya Salaam, from the introduction to What Lies Beneath
More about the book:
With an eye toward community organizing and radical scholarship, this
accessible anthology is both a people's history and a collective vision for the
future of New Orleans.
Contributors include: Kalamu Ya Salaam, Charmaine Neville, INCITE! Women of
Color Against Violence, Jordan Flaherty, Suheir Hammad, Common Ground, and
What Lies Beneath rests on the premise that Hurricane Katrina mirrors with
terrible poignancy the state of a nation-a damning and bitterly accurate
portrait of everyday life in America. Despite a chorus of claims to the contrary,
Hurricane Katrina was not an equal opportunity disaster. Its asymmetrical impact
on people's lives vis-à-vis their relative place within the matrix of
oppression cannot be denied. If your life was hard before the hurricane, it was
exponentially harder during and after the storm-and remains so up to this day. For
those who suffer daily the existing, pervasive, and insidious social inequities
that are the US reality, Katrina was not an anomaly. It was simply business
"What Lies Beneath will keep us thinking for a long time about what happened,
why it happened, and provoke us to examine honestly the nature of the society
in which we live."
- Howard Zinn, author, A People's History of the United States
"What Lies Beneath tells the real story of those abandoned to face Hurricane
Katrina, and reveals the people's uprising that provided shelter, aid, and
comfort where there would be none."
-Jeff Chang, author, Can't Stop, Wont Stop
About the authors/presenters:
Mayaba Liebenthal is a Black feminist, anarchist, human rights advocate and
community organizer committed to creating projects/institutions that support
self-determined and sustainable community development.
Kalamu Ya Salaam is a poet, writer, editor, teacher, filmmaker, arts
administrator and co-director of Students at the Center, an independent writing
program that works within New Orleans public high schools.
Eric Tang was Associate Director at CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities,
serving as a community organizer in the refugee
neighborhoods of the Bronx, New York. The author of numerous essays and
articles on Southeast Asian refugee politics, community activism, and social
movement theory, Tang teaches at the Worker Education Center of CUNY. Eric's writing
in ColorLines Magazine shared a journalism award from New America Media for
best Katrina-related coverage in the Ethnic press.
Jordan Flaherty is a writer and community organizer based in New Orleans. He
is an editor of Left Turn Magazine and has written about politics and culture
for the Village Voice, New York Press, Labor Notes, Radical Society, and in
several books. Jordan's articles from the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina
have appeared in periodicals around the world, including Die Zeit in Germany,
Clarin in Argentina, Juventude Rebelde in Cuba, Red Pepper in England, and many
more. His writing in ColorLines Magazine shared a journalism award from New
America Media for best Katrina-related coverage in the Ethnic press.
For more information or to purchase a copy of What Lies Beneath:
A portion of the proceeds from What Lies Beneath will be donated to the
People's Hurricane Relief Fund and Oversight Coalition. www.peopleshurricane.org
Letter From New Orleans Grassroots:
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