Rest In Power, Lynne StewartEDITOR’S NOTE: This message comes from the New York Jericho Organization, announcing the transition to the Ancestors of Lynne Stewart, human rights attorney, who defended political activists, dissenters and the wrongly accused, as well as those charged by the US government with crimes such as sedition and terrorism. Her dedication to providing a proper defense to her clients earned her the respect of the activist community, as well as the ire of hard-core members of the law enforcement community. Here, we share the announcement from the New York Jericho Organization, as well as a news article about her passing and brief tributes from several of the people whose lives she has touched. For the story, click here.
In December 2015, Sis. Kim Poole, a self-described Soul-Fusion Teaching Artist from Baltimore (Tubman City), Maryland, founded the Teaching Artist Institute. The overarching goal, as stated by Sis. Kim and in the organization’s literature, is Art for Social Transformation. The global campaign is The Rhythm People, a recognition of the degree to which the rhythm of the Afrikan Drum has empowered and energized Afrikan and other Indigenous communities around the world.
TAI Tours is the vehicle through which TAI Fellows travel to different areas of the world to advance TAI’s mission. The TAI Tour for March is to Ghana, from March 3-March 12.
In support of that mission, TAI Tours hosted the first annual Ghana Sendoff Event to announce the Ghana TAI Tour to the community. The event was held on Tuesday, February 28 at Tabba-Tabba Coffeehouse in Catonsville, Maryland. Several TAI Fellows who are accompanying her on this trip spoke at the event, including Jah Kente International founder and TAI Elder Rufus Tiefing Stevenson. For the full story, click here.
As part of the Teaching Artist Institute’s TAI Tour to Ghana from March 3-12, 2017, to participate in Ghana Music Week, the first annual International Conference on Art for Social Transformation, Artizen 2017, will be held on March 7th at the British Council on Liberia Road in Accra, Ghana. Featured artists at the Artizen Conference will include Bice Osei Kuffour, President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Linus Abraham, Rector of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI), and Kim Poole, Soul-Fusion Teaching Artist and Founding Fellow of the Teaching Artist Institute. For more details on the TAI Tour, the Artizen 2017 Conference and Ghana Music Week, click here.
On Tuesday, February 7, 2017, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren stood to voice her objection to the nomination of Alabama Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as the new Attorney General under the administration of President Donald J. Trump. The Senate debate over Sessions’ candidacy had just heated up, and the world was watching as the drama (by Senate standards) unfolded. As she gave her remarks, she began to read from a letter written 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King, the widow of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King III, in which Mrs. King strongly criticized Sessions’ conduct as an Alabama prosecutor in the 1980s and urged the Senate at the time to reject his candidacy for a federal judgeship for which he had been nominated by then-President Ronald Reagan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to Mrs. Warren’s reading of the letter by citing a little-used, arcane and elitist procedural rule (“Rule 19”, which forbids Senators to “impugn” the reputation or motives of another Senator) to order Mrs. Warren to, in effect, sit down and shut up.
In this article, we share the letter Mrs. King wrote to the United States Senate 30 years ago, as well as accounts of Sessions’ record as Alabama’s Attorney General when his office prosecuted Afrikan-American activists who were registering Black people to vote in 1985. For the article and links to other stories, click here.
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