Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Puppet History of Prison Indust. Complex: Tues 7/12 NYC

Puppet Show History of the Prison Industrial Complex Tuesday July 12
More legible with graphic & links at: <http://nycabc.wordpress.com/>

NYC Anarchist Black Cross
Free all U.S.-held political prisoners and prisoners of war!
BK/NY - Tuesday, July 12 - Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army at Book Thug Nation
WHAT: Puppet Show History of the Prison Industrial Complex
WHEN: 7:00-9:00pm, Tuesday, July 12
WHERE: Book Thug Nation [100 North Third Street, Between Berry Street
and Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn]
COST: Free, but we're passing a hat (Roadshows need loot to travel.
Otherwise, they're just shows).

Join NYC ABC and Book Thug Nation as we welcome a traveling puppet
show of a history of the Prison Industrial Complex from slavery to
where it is today. There will also be some other road show elements
and presentations as well as a few anti-capitalist fairy tales using
rod puppets. The roadshow is a product of the Mysterious Rabbit
Puppet Army, whose past work highlighted security culture in the
midst of the feds and cops working to destroy our movements and communities.

The tour will raise awareness about the Prison Industrial Complex and
the ways in which police and policing hurt our communities.

"Our goal in this tour is to use art to explore these relationships
and brainstorm with our audiences how we can fight this brutally
racist system," said Mysterious Puppeteer Michael Snacks.

The United States currently imprisons nearly 3 million people. About
6.5 million people are presently under some form of supervision
within the criminal justice system. Racism continues to be a major
factor in the United States, illustrated by policies and programs
that sustain white supremacy. Racism, as it is used through criminal
laws that target people of color, is essential to prisons, not
accidental. The Prison Industrial Complex is also fueled by dramatic
and racist reporting about "crime," "delinquency," and "rebellion,"
creating a culture of fear. As a result, people (primarily people of
color, youth, and the poor) are locked in cages for longer and longer
in the interests of "public safety." The way the many parts of the
Prison Industrial Complex interact is exactly what makes it so
powerful and destructive. In order to fight this system, we have to
recognize what drives and shapes it.

These shows are child-friendly and we greatly encourage you to bring
younger folks to this event. The focus is not sub-culture specific,
in an attempt to make it more appealing to a larger number of folks.

For more information, please visit:

Mysterious Rabbit Puppet Army: http://mrpuppetarmy.wordpress.com
NYC Anarchist Black Cross: http://nycabc.wordpress.com
Book Thug Nation: http://bookthugnation.com

[see also <http://ow.ly/5AksP>
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