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FRI, JAN 29, 6:30 pm & SAT JAN 30, 2 pm:
African Americans Against the Bomb:
Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, &
The Black Freedom Movement:
Author Vincent J. Intondi speaking

pid_23490Before Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke out against nuclear weapons, African Americans were protesting the Bomb.

Now for the first time, African Americans Against the Bomb tells the compelling story of those black activists who fought for nuclear disarmament by connecting the nuclear issue with the fight for racial equality.

Join us to hear author Vincent J. Intondi speak and answer questions! Copies of his book will be available for signing.
Check out his most recent article in Huffington Post.




Friday, January 29, 6:30–8:30 pm @ WORD Bookshop, 126 Franklin St. corner of Milton, in Greenpoint (Not wheelchair accessible.)
Sat January 30, 2 pm @ Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn St, between Boerum Place and Smith, Downtown Bklyn (Co-sponsored by Peace and Social Action Committee 0f the Brooklyn Monthly Meeting (Quakers) This space is wheelchair accessible

Both events are on Facebook:  Fri Jan 29  and Sat Jan 30

About the Author

vincent j intondiVincent J. Intondi is Associate Professor of African American History at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland, and Director of Research at the Nuclear Studies Institute of the American University in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and author of the book, African Americans Against the Bomb: Nuclear Weapons, Colonialism, and the Black Freedom Movement. 

In 2009, Intondi was named the Director of Research for American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute in Washington, DC. As Director of Research, Intondi annually teaches in Hiroshima and Nagasaki alongside atomic bomb survivors, nuclear policy experts, and various dignitaries. Prior to teaching at Montgomery College, Intondi was an Associate Professor of History at Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida. In 2011, Intondi was named Distinguished Visiting Scholar of African American Studies at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he co-created the “Harry T. Moore Legacy” program. Intondi is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, has appeared publicly alongside Benjamin Jealous, Bobby Seale, Julian Bond, Tom Hayden, Daniel Ellsberg, Peter Kuznick, and Oliver Stone. He holds a BA in economics from SUNY Potsdam (1997), an MA in history from SUNY Oswego (2003), and a PhD in history from American University (2009).

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Phil Ochs’ 75 Birthday Celebration Concert
Saturday, Dec 19 at the Commons

Dec.16, 2015

Come out this Saturday for a Tribute Birthday Celebration of Phil Ochs at the Commons. There will be dozens of artists and musicians performing. Our own Dave Lippman and Sharleen Leahey will be one of the many talented performers honoring the life and art of this iconic singer-songwriter. (Commons Facebook events)

When: Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 7:00 pm

Where: The Brooklyn Commons
388 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phil Ochs, Berkeley, CAApril 1969 sheet 272 frame 11-12

Phil Ochs (1940 – 1976) was an American protest singer and songwriter known for his wit and humor, humanism and activism, insightful lyrics and distinctive voice. He wrote hundreds of songs in the 1960s and ’70s and released eight albums. Ochs performed at many political events, including anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies, student and labor events, in addition to many concert appearances at such venues as New York City’s Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. View details

(image Phil Ochs, Berkeley, CA April 1969)

Christ Butters’ Artist Statement

Dec 16, 2015

In the summer 2015,  the Arts & Culture Committee ran WEB of Life peace campaign – Nuclear Zero, requesting for artists’ submissions around the theme of Nuclear Disarmament. We accepted various types of art for posting on our website, one of which was a poem titled “Sacred Cow” by Chris Butters, posted on August 8, 2015. Shortly thereafter we received an email from one of our members who felt offended by the poems use of what is considered sacred in her religion. We brought this to the attention of the poet Chris Butters and here is his complete statement.

My intention in this poem was to apply this metaphor towards the unquestioning acceptance by too many Americans of the Pentagon and the military-industrial-complex, particularly its use of “national security” and the “war against terrorism. ,” These institutions do this as a way to prevent criticism and action against its policies.

It is true that the poem, in developing this metaphor, also criticizes several aspects of the sacred cow practice in India. It states that, “its time is past” , as “millions starve and the cows block traffic”. However, I believe the thrust of the poem remains the Pentagon and the military industrial complex. In using the “sacred cow “metaphor I meant no disrespect to Hinduism as a religion.

The reader’s objection/question may well  be : why the sacred cow metaphor has come to be a commonly used metaphor in America for any unquestioned practice when every religion today involves similar practices (if we look at them without western blinders). Rightly or wrongly, though, that is beyond the scope of this poem. 

Chris Butters

Final Week to View: The Hiroshima Panels
and A Body In Fukushima

Dec 16, 2015

The FINAL WEEK to view two powerful exhibits at the Pioneer Works Gallery.

The exhibition is part of a series of programs at Pioneer Works that explore the discourse between art and trauma. Pioneer Works thanks Kathleen Sullivan, PhD, and Robert Croonquist of Hibakusha Stories for their support in the organization of the exhibition and related programming.

159 Pioneer Street (between Imlay & Conover streets)
Brooklyn, New York 11231
1 718 596 3001

Viewing Hours:
Wednesday – Sunday, from 12pm – 6pm


The Hiroshima Panels

Produced by Yoshiko Hayakawa
Curated by Yukinori Okamura
November 13 – December 20, 2015

Fifteen in total, the Hiroshima Panels are monumental, folding wood panels completed by Japanese couple Iri and Toshi Maruki over a span of thirty-two years, from 1950-1982. In a classic byobu format, vacillating between photographic realness and abstraction, the panels complicate, challenge, and deepen common perceptions of the nuclear bombing and its aftermath. Learn More


A Body in Fukushima

Eiko Otake
November 13 – December 20, 2015

A Body in Fukushima, curated by Pioneer Works Director Gabriel Florenz, presents a series of color photographs by artist Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston taken in Fukushima following the destructive explosion of the nuclear plant in 2014. Learn More


11/20, FRI: Amy Goodman & Friends Celebrate Joe Hill!

Amy Goodman & Friends Celebrate Joe Hill!

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! will lead a group of musicians and actors in a rousing evening of performance to honor the great labor radical and songwriter Joe Hill.

WHERE: The New School’s John L. Tishman Auditorium, 63 Fifth Ave, NYC

WHEN: Fri 11/20, 7:00 pm

Admission Free but Ticket Required! Click here for Free Tickets

Presented by Haymarket Books and The New School.

Co-sponsored by Brooklyn For Peace, New York State Nurses Association, Legal Services Staff Association 2320, Teaching for Change, Zinn Education Project, Brandworkers Association, and others.

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