Tuesday, August 25, 2009
In the spirit of George Jackson and the prison uprisings of the 60s and 70s, we celebrate Black August, calling for the release of all political prisoners, and an end to the mass incarceration of young people of color... For more info on the concept of Black August, click here. This Thursday August 27, RDAC will be hosting a pre-Black August event, as a precursor to the Black August Hip Hop Project extravaganza at BB KINGs in Time Square, NY this coming Sunday. Performing live at RDAC on Thursday are Division X, Red Clay, Mazzi of S.O.U.L Purpose, WACO Division, Rebel Diaz, YC the Cynic, Hipnotic, Marcel Cartier, DJ Vega Benetton, and more! Admission is free with purchase of Black August ticket ($20) or $5 at the door. All proceeds benefit the political prisoner project led by Malcolm X Grassroots Movement.. Come thru!
Tomorrow! Wednesday August 26, join RDAC as we support South Bronx community activist Victor Toro, who is facing deportation proceedings in US Federal Court... After fleeing a murderous regime in his native Chile more than 25 years ago, Victor Toro was declared dead by that military dictatorship, and thus lacked the documents to be granted political asylum in the US. After almost three decades in the South Bronx, the very same government that supported the murderous Chilean dictatorship that forced him here in the first place, now wants to deport him and separate him from his family and his community... Join us tomorrow at 12pm, 26 Federal Plaza, in Manhattan, we will say POLITICAL ASYLUM FOR VICTOR TORO, NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL!! More info on his case in video below:
The Immigrant Festival at Brook Park was a resounding success this past Saturday, with more than 300 community members attending. The community enjoyed free food, musical performances, and free health and blood pressure screenings. The Boricua, Mexican, Garifuna, South American, and Carribbean community in the South Bronx represented big! A big thank you to La Peña del Bronx, Taller Experimental de Arte, Friends of Brook Park, the volunteer doctors from Albert Einstein, the Garifuna community for preparing the delicious food, and Councilmember Melissa Mark Viverito, the only politician who ventured to support the event... Lookout for our next festival next month at St. Mary's Park!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This Saturday August 22, 3-8pm at Brook Park, 141st and Brook Ave. in the BX, join us for a live performances, free food, and dope music... We will be celebrating immigrant rights, demanding legalization for all undocumented immigrants, and dancing away to Cumbia, Bachata, Rancheras, Salsa, Merengue, Hip Hop... Rebel Diaz will be there in full effect!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
We thought we'd remind ya'll about our successful film festival this past Spring, which featured new documentaries by the A-Alikes, Detroit's Invincible, RDAC's very own Drizz Rodriguez, amongst others. Well, due to popular demand, we will be hosting a another film festival soon, so stay tuned!
For those in the know, muralist and world renowned grafitti artist Zekis is down with RDAC and he's putting together some beautiful pieces for our space... Be on the lookout as we will soon announce the unveiling event for the murals, which will feature live performances and live art in our outdoor patio... There's still some summer left, don't fret!
We had a packed house last Tuesday as the youth from the Choose to Change coalition came deep to support the Peace Through Words open mic. Youth did poetry, rapped, sang, and even staged a dramatic piece as they spoke out against violence in our South Bronx schools. Big ups to all the youth in attendance, who battled the heat to enjoy an evening of dope performances and a strong message for peace in our schools!