1. WBAI Committee of Inclusion Meeting
2. Mumia Abu-Jamal Faces Death by Neglect
3. What’s At Stake, Brooklyn?
4. WBAI Spring Fund Drive
5. Community Events


1. WBAI Committee of Inclusion (COI) Mtg.: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Come to the re-awakening of the WBAI committee dedicated to monitoring the diversity of the station’s staffing and programming. The COI meets on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6pm: The Atrium, 60 Wall Street at William Street, Downtown Manhattan, New York, NY 10005

2. Mumia Abu-Jamal Faces Death by Neglect; Birthday April 24

Mumia fell into diabetic shock on March 30 with a blood sugar reading of 779 (800 means a diabetic coma) and was briefly taken to an outside hospital where supporters had to force family visits. Months of treatment and “comprehensive” tests by prison personnel had failed to address his eczema or 80-lb weight loss, or identify the onset of diabetes.

Now, he’s back in their hands. Demand that his chosen doctor be allowed to properly examine him, to speak to him regularly, and to speak freely with infirmary doctors. And that the Corrections department develop a diagnostic and treatment plan to understand and promptly address his health crisis.

Tom Wolf, PA Governor
717-787-2500      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg PA 17120

John Wetzel, PA Department of Corrections
1920 Technology Pkwy, Mechanicsburg PA 17050;

John Kerestes, Superintendent- SCI Mahanoy
570-773-2158 x 8102
Fax: 570-783-2008

Mumia will be 61 on April 24.

Stay current at http://www.freemumia.com - (718) 330-8029



3. What’s at Stake?

In order to vote in the upcoming special elections affecting parts of Brooklyn and Staten Island, if not yet registered, you can do so IN-PERSON at a Board of Elections office. City websites say you’re allowed until April 25, 2015 (http://bit.ly/1NTSqCz) to register but that’s a Saturday; state websites say FRIDAY, APRIL 24: http://on.ny.gov/1FZqUMW (Unable to verify at “press time”.)

Due to a set of strange events, no one is on the Democratic Party line in the special election in Brooklyn to replace Karim Camara in NYS Assembly for District 43. Geoffrey Davis (brother of the late NYC Councilman James Davis), Shirley Patterson (Indep.), Diana Richardson (Green) and Menachem Raitport (Republican/Conservative) will meet in debate at 7PM on April 27 at Grace Reformed Church, 1800 Bedford Avenue at Lefferts Ave, in Brooklyn.  

In Staten Island’s Congressional District 11, Republican Dan Donovan (who led the non-indictment of the killer of Eric Garner), NYC Councilman Vincent Gentile (Democrat/Working Families line), and Green Party candidate James C. Lane (who was excluded from the recent NY1/SI Advancedebate) are competing to replace convicted U.S. Representative Michael Grimm.

4.  WBAI Fund Drive Begins May 4

This is the last major fund drive before the Local Station Board elections and the easiest way to support the station and guarantee your eligibility to vote in upcoming elections for the Local Station Board. Stay tuned and tell a neighbor.     www.give2wbai.org

5. Some Community Events

African Voices Magazine
- Thurs. 4/30 – Reel Sisters Fest. Early Deadline   http://bit.ly/1PO9Ajg

The BEPAA Great Debate: Should Black Youth Join the NYPD?
- Sun. 4/19, 3PM – Clarke House, 286 Convent Ave. nr W. 141 St. Harlem.
Feat. Noel Leader (100 Blacks in Law Enforcement) vs. Viola Plummer.

Jazz Museum in Harlem
- Tues. 4/21 & 5/4, 7PM – Harlem Renaissance: Blues Culture, Jazz and the Written Word. That’s the “WORD” as in Alain Locke, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston, with jazz historian and writer Greg Thomas.
National Jazz Museum in Harlem, 104 E. 126th St. east of Park Ave, Harlem http://jazzmuseuminharlem.org/events/

African American Museum and Center for Applied Art, Nassau County
- Sat. 4/25, 3PM – Meet the Maasai: Learn their history, culture & challenges; 110 N. Franklin St., Hempstead, NY 11549  (516) 572-0730 theaamuseum.org

Women of Reggae Concert: J. C. Lodge, Nadine Sutherland, Etana, and more
- Sat. 4/25, 8PM Whitman Theatre, Campus Road, Brooklyn College (justnorth & west of Flatbush & Nostrand Aves.)  (718) 421-6927 cprreggae.org/

Caribbean Cultural Theatre & York College African American Resource Ctr.
- Wed. 4/29, 6:30PM – Legacy and the Search for Voice: Celebrating legendary Caribbean playwrights and exploring the new Caribbean theatre. York College, 94-20 Guy Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, NY (718) 270-6218; (718) 783-8345

Black Renaissance Noire & NYU Institute of African American Affairs
- Fri. 5/1, 7-9PM, NYU, 19 University Pl. (btw East 8th St & Waverly Pl.), NYC. Readings: Kalisha Buckhanon, Colin Channer, Parneshia Jones & Felipe Luciano. Free, but RSVP (212) 998-4222 http://bit.ly/1yvG4cSJacob

Lawrence’s Migration Series  One-way Ticket
Includes poets, writers, film and more (thru 9/7) http://bit.ly/1zbtFVS
MOMA/Metropolitan Museum of Art, 11 W. 53rd Street, nr. 5th Ave., NYC

WBAI Justice and Unity Campaign
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
(212) 591-2111
Inclusion on all sides of the microphone…