1. Local Station Board and Pacifica National Board Meetings
2. WBAI  SALSA  Fundraiser at SOB – Thu. 6/4
3. Fundraiser for WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign - Sat., June 6 - 6:30-10:30 PM
4. Oscar Lopez Rivera, Puerto Rican Political Prisoner: Demand His Freedom Now!
5. Mumia Abu-Jamal: Still Endangered
6. Political Prisoner Robert Seth Hayes Urgently Needs Adequate Medical Care
7. Various Community Events - including Left Forum
8. Housing is a Human Right: Housing Workshops – Fri. & Sat. 6/12,13
9. Annual Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage – Sat. 6/13


1. WBAI Local Station Board Mtg.: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Local Station Board (LSB) meets on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 7pm: Central Harlem ARC Senior Center, 120 West 140th Street, btw. Malcolm X & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds., NYC 10030. Have your say in Public Comment.

Pacifica’s National Board will meet in person in Los Angeles from Friday, June 12 to Monday June 15, 2015. The open portions of the meeting will be web-streamed at http://kpftx.org/

2. WBAI Fundraiser: Thurs., 6/4 - SALSA! at SOB's

204 Varick Street at Houston, NYC 10014, $20 adv. $25 door: www.give2wbai.org, 212-209-2950.Six Bands: Avenida B, Dr. Mambo & the Experience Ensemble, Kambalche Negro, Mauricio Smith Jr. & Tipica Novel w/special guest Chico Alvarez, Oscar Hernandez & the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. Tribute to Milton Cardona, with Jose Mangual, Jr., Don Byron, and more.

3. Fundraiser for WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign - Sat., June 6 - 6:30-10:30 PM

263 Eastern Parkway, Apt. 5D (between Franklin & Classon Aves.), Crown Heights, Brooklyn

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Come to a party to celebrate the 60th birthdays of WBAI producers John Riley and Bob Lederer. Whether you can attend or not, you are encouraged to become a WBAI member ($25 donation at 212-209-2950 or give2wbai.org). Also make a donation to Justice & Unity by sending a check or money order to "WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign," at PO Box 2690, Manhattanville Station, New York, NY 10027. You're welcome to attend, even if you're not able to make a donation at this time.


WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign, http://www.justiceunity.org

4. Free Oscar Lopez Rivera, Puerto Rican political prisoner
Imprisoned for 34 years for demanding an independent Puerto Rico, it’s past time to Bring Oscar Home!  
Info: http://freeoscarnycmay30.org/

·      Fri., 5/29: Call the White House (202) 546-1414 and Justice Dept (212) 514-2000
·      Sat. 5/30: 11am Gather at W. 125th St. & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. and March through Harlem to rally at 2:15 pm at Lexington Ave. & E.106 St. NYC
·      Sat. 5/30: 12 Noon-1:50: Left Forum Workshop: We are our own liberators! When we free our political prisoners, we free ourselves - with Lynne Stewart, Pam Africa, and others. Panelists will then lead participants to rally.
·      Sun. 5/31: 4pm Rally 14th Street Union Square - 33 Women for Oscar
·      Sun. 5/31: 7-10pm Exclamation Points!  Talk, art, music. Forging new alliances, forming new visions. The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave. nr Bond St., Bklyn 11217

5. Mumia Abu-Jamal: Still in Danger

They still want to silence Mumia! Back in prison after a second and extended hospitalization, treatment for his “undiagnosed” diabetes and severe eczema and access to his lawyers, doctors, and family are not what they should be. Stay informed and vigilant: http://www.freemumia.com/

6. Political Prisoner Robert Seth Hayes Urgently Needs Adequate Medical Care

Former Black Panther Robert Seth Hayes is one of the longest held political prisoners in the US (42 years and counting, now at Sullivan Prison in upstate NY). He is 66 years old and suffers from multiple chronic medical problems, including poorly controlled diabetes and rapid weight loss. More recently, he has been having trouble breathing. Prior efforts to obtain proper care have not succeeded.

Sat., June 6 - 1-3 PM - Picket Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NYC Office333 Third Avenue, New York, NY (between 24th & 25th Sts.; #6 train to 23rd St.)
Tues., 6/9 & Wed., 6/10 -  please call Governor Cuomo at (518) 474-8390 x2, and Acting Corrections Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci at (518) 457-8134. Demand proper medical care and diet for Robert Seth Hayes.
Info: powmedicaljustice.com/ • www.jerichony.org/sethmedical.html * This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. • 917-544-1577

7. Community Events

a.  Fri. 5/29 6:30-8:30pm “Brooklyn’s Promised Land: The Free Black Community of Weeksville” Discussion with author Judith Wellman who researched this 1800’s community of un-enslaved African-Americans. Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave., Bklyn 11213. Free.

b.  Fri. 5/29 4-7pm & Sat. 5/30 11am-2pm - Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center Auditions for Youth Dance Ensemble 857 Lexington Ave, Bklyn 11221. To schedule, write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./718-443-9800. Bed-Stuy’s new state-of-the-arts center offers a range of classes for children and adults: www.dwanasmallwoodpac.org

c.  Fri. 5/29 - Sun. 5/31 - Left Forum at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St. at Amsterdam Ave. Plenary broadcast live on WBAI , Fri. 6-9 PM. Conference Theme: No Justice, No Peace: Confronting the Crises of Capitalism and Democracy.

Hundreds of workshops including (just to cite a few organized by WBAI people):

·      one organized by Justice & Unity and WBAI board member Sharonne Salaam, "Achieving Justice for the Wrongfully Incarcerated," including her son Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Lynne Stewart, Sat. 10:00-11:50 am

·      political prisoner workshop listed under #4 above - Sat. 12-1:50 pm

·      a workshop organized by Lynne Stewart and Ralph Poynter: "Public Schools vs. Charter Schools - The Legacy of the NYC Community Control Struggle: The True Debate Must Be Education vs. Mis-education" (also including NJ teacher Marilyn Zuniga, recently fired for encouraging her students to send get-well cards to Mumia) - Sat., 5:10-7:00 pm

·      two sponsored by United National Antiwar Coalition:
        ·      "Why We Focus on Imperialist Wars," Sat., May 30, 10:00-11:50 am
        ·      "The Wars Come Home," Sun., May 31, 12:00-1:50 pm


·      one organized by Wuyi Jacobs of WBAI's Afrobeat Radio: "Slave Routes: A Global Vision," Sat. 10:00-11:50 am - and 3 other Afrobeat workshops - details at http://www.afrobeatradio.com/academic-professional/2015/5/17/afrobeatradio-panels-at-left-forum-2015

Full schedule at: http://www.leftforum.org/2015/schedule

Register at: http://www.leftforum.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=833

d.  Sat. 5/30 Noon-6pm   Bronx Literary Festival: http://bxlitfest.com/schedule/

Bronx Library Center/NY Public Library,
310 E. Kingsbridge Road, BX 10458 The day’s program includes writers, memoirists, storytellers, and musicians, and poets J. Ivy and representatives from Canto Mundo, Cave Canem, and Kundiman; plus a woman’s writing workshop and an open mic. Opens with Nuyorican School Poetry Jazz Ensemble feat. poet Americo Casiano Jr. reading his work and that of the late Louis Reyes Rivera.

e.  Sun. 5/31 2pm -  Sister Betty Dopson Leaves NY

St. Albans Family Life Center, 172-17 Linden Boulevard, Jamaica 11434

Sister Betty Dopson, of CEMOTAP (Committee to Eliminate Media Offensive to African People) and BEPAA (Board of Education of People of African Ancestry), and author of “Shared Secrets of Elder Sisters,” goes back to Ohio. Come say farewell and Happy 81st Birthday!

f.  Sun. 5/31 3-6pm - Otto Neals: An Artistic Legacy

Reception at Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkeleba,
219 E. 2nd St. at Avenue B,
NYC 10009 Multi-site presentation of the works of multi-media visual artist Otto Neals in Manhattan & Brooklyn through 9/30; Free: www.ottoneals.com

g.  Thurs. 6/4 6-8pm - Pride & Gender: A Film Conversation

Films – Premier of Oya: Something Happened on the Way to West Africa a gender-nonconforming Nigerian connects with the Orisha tradition. Plus, You’re Dead to Me a Chicana mother prepares to celebrate Day of the Dead/La Dia de Muertos  Hero Mars on self-knowledge FU377 animated film about India’s law defining “gay sex” as criminal. Discussion –  Sasha Alexander and Olympia Perez of Black Trans Media; filmmakers Seyi Adebanjo and Skyler Cooper. $10. Tix: http://is.gd/jTVdOA

Kumble Theater, Long Island Univ, Flatbush & DeKalb Aves., Bklyn 11201

(5:30pm Refreshments provided by Buka Nigerian restaurant.)

h.  Thurs. 6/4 6:30pm - “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga”

Journalist and author Pamela Newkirk presents her new book about the African man put on display at the St. Louis World’s Fair and the Bronx Zoo in the early 1900’s. http://is.gd/pEZQbJBrooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Bklyn 11201

8. Housing is a Human Right: The Rent Really Is Too Damned High

Fri. & Sat. 6/12, 13: 8am - Demystifying Housing  Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Harlem State Office Bldg., 163 W. 125th St at AC Powell Jr. Blvd., NYC 10027. Half of your neighbors gone and many others in Housing Court?  Who’s managing your HDFC manager?  Would-be buyers camping out on your doorstep? Learn how to keep what is yours. Special workshops re. seniors, NYCHA, rent-regulated tenants, ANCP/TIL/HDFC, homeowners, and more. FREE but must RSVP: 212-491-2541 or register online: http://www.palanteharlem.org/Demystifying_Housing_Confrence.html

P.A.L.A.N.T.E. means People Against Landlord Abuse and Tenant Exploitation

9. Sat. 6/13 Noon - Sunset Tribute to the Ancestors of the Middle Passage

Join the 26th annual tribute inspired by Toni Cade Bambara’s words and brought to reality through the efforts of Dr. Mary Omulu, the photographer-griot Akeem, and others. The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective and the Medgar Evers Student Government have organized to honor those millions of Africans lost in the ocean during the transatlantic slave trade and to pay homage to more recently transitioned ancestors including Medgar Evers’ own Dr. Derrick E. Griffith http://www.mec.cuny.edu/Dr-Griffith.aspx

If possible, wear white; bring drums for praise and flowers for tribute.