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Building Bridges


Monday, January 13, 2014   7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Amiri Baraka, In His Own Words – Presente!

       “The attempt to divide art and politics is a bourgeois which
       says good poetry, art, cannot be political, but since everything 
       is … political, even an artist or work that claims not to have
       any politics is making a political statement by that act.”

Building Bridges presents an encore performance, Baraka, as he spoke to
city workers of Local 371, DC 37 where he “rocked the boulevard.”  Amiri
Baraka the djali (poet, historian, musician, signifier), and the griot  (storyteller
who perpetuates the oral tradition and history of people) emerged like the
jazz horn trumpeting the experience, the culture of his people.  He was the
drum beat of the urban Black experience, whose rhythms pierced our
psyches and settled deep inside of us.  His harmonies were gutsy and robust,
dissonant notes, penetrating chords capturing the yearnings of and quest for
freedom, for self-determination of Africa and the African Diaspora.  Baraka’s
voice soloed amidst the long chorus for racial justice and the quest for power
of the working class while he “rocked the boulevard.”
Could This Be the Year in NYS for a Single-Payer Health Care System?
with Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Chair NYS Assembly Health Committee
and Dr. Mary O'Brien, Board Member of Physicians for a National Health Program,
primary care physician at Columbia Univ., and participant in the
medical economics section of the clinical practice course for fourth-year
medical students.

Assemblyman Richard Gottfried is rolling out his bill establishing a statewide
single-payer health care system, a structure often shorthanded by advocates
nationwide as “Medicare for All.”  Even though the nation is only beginning to
implement the federal Affordable Health Care Act, Gottfried said the Empire
State shouldn’t have to wait years before seeing where it falls short. “Federal
health care reform has done a lot of good, but it still leaves us in the hands of
insurance companies...It would save the billions of dollars that we now spend
on insurance company administrative costs.…You and your doctor would
work to keep you healthy. New York Health would pay the bill with funding from
broad-based revenue based on ability to pay,” Gottfried said. “New York
can do better.”
Unpackaging the US Role and What Happened in this Latest Round of
Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks with Rashid Khalidi, author of six books about the Middle East. His writing on Middle East history and politics has appeared in New York Times, Boston Globe and numerous other newspapers and journals.  He is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in N.Y.C.

Khalidi draws on his own experience as a Palestinian negotiator and combines
history, common sense, and his first hand understanding of Arab-Israeli peace
talks, as brokered by Washington, to unpackage the latest endeavor and
discuss the difficult but essential steps needed to achieve peace in the






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Mon., January 13, 2014, 7 - 8 pm EST
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Poet, scholar, and activist Amiri Baraka