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MAUDELLE MILLER SHIREK | June 18, 1911 – April 11, 2013

Monday, April 29th, 2013


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Maudelle Shirek, conscience of the Berkeley City Council, dies at 101

By Judith Scherr
Contra Costa Tim
Posted:   04/15/2013 03:39:55 PM PDT
Updated:   04/16/2013 05:05:15 AM PDT

BERKELEY — Maudelle Shirek, city council member for 20 years, is best known for her public face: picketing the Port of Oakland to protest a shipping company doing business with apartheid South Africa, or getting handcuffed at the Claremont Hotel supporting workers organizing a union. Less well known are her visits to families in crisis or the times she brought food to an ailing elder and stayed to scrub the floors.

Shirek died peacefully Thursday night in hospice in Vallejo at the age of 101.

“She was a woman who understood that she had to have a comprehensive agenda,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, whom Shirek mentored. “It couldn’t just be about health care or seniors or peace and justice, but it had to be about change.” arrow

Read the rest of Judith Scherr’s obituary of Maudelle Miller Shirek

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013


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SFJAZZ Center Poetry Festival


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SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Ishmael Reed brings a diverse group of poets center stage, many riffing with improvising instrumentalists. Following each night’s final performance, young poets will have a chance to get onstage during an open-mic session and perform their work beginning around 10:30PM.

The first annual SFJAZZ Jazz Poetry Festival features a diverse cast of poets – among them the state’s current poet laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera, the celebrated feminist poet Lorna Dee Cervantes, the elegant Beat writer Michael McClure and Reed himself – many performing with improvising instrumentalists. Those musicians include such gifted Bay Area players as woodwind master Melecio Magdaluyo, jamming with poet and performance artist Genny Lim on June 7. The following night, Reed mixes it up with pianist Mary Watkins, on a bill with the commanding Al Young, performing his poetry with bassist Dan Robbins.

“For SFJAZZ’s first annual Jazz Poetry Festival, we have assembled some of the most prominent Bay Area poets, some of whom will be accompanied by some of the finest local musicians,” says Reed, a prolific writer of poems, essays, novels and plays who taught for decades at UC Berkeley. “This may be the most exciting and diverse poetry festival held in San Francisco in recent years.”



Wayne State University Celebrates National Poetry Month | April 18, 2013

Thursday, April 18th, 2013



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WSU Reading 4-18-2013


SHADOWS OF LIBERTY | a documentary film by Jean-Phillipe Tremblay

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013



In this powerful film, director Jean-Philippe Tremblay exposes the extraordinary truth behind American mainstream media: censorship, cover-ups, and corporate control. It has been shown at the top film festivals around the world throughout the past several years, yet Link TV’s screening was the first time it was publicly shown in the United States. While American film festivals and media outlets shrunk away from this controversial topic, Link TV could not be more proud to air it.

Shadows of Liberty is airing on KCET and Link TV regularly, and is currently available free online at 

After the screening, we live-streamed a panel discussion about the film moderated by Democracy Now!‘s Amy Goodman and featuring Tremblay, media critic Norman Solomon, and professor Robert McChesney, all featured in the documentary. The film highlights the crucial need to reform the American media system, and stresses the fact that a functioning media is necessary for a vital democracy.

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STAND BY ME | Global Version from Playing For Change & Concord Music

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013


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From Santa Monica, New Orleans, New Mexico, to the Netherlands, South Africa, Congo, Italy, France, Brazil, Russia — and all around the world

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“Stand By Me” (© Ben E. King, Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller); inspired by the spiritual, “Lord, Stand By Me”