events at red emma's
Thursday January 9, 7:00PM
The present way of life is a war against our bodies. Nearly everywhere, we are caught in a crumbling health system that furthers our misery and subordination to the structural violence of capital and a state that only intensifies our general precarity. Can we build the capacity and necessary infrastructure to heal ourselves and transform the societal conditions that continue to mentally and physically harm us?
Amidst the perpetual crises of capitalism is a careful resistance—organized by medical professionals and community members, students and workers, citizens and migrants. For Health Autonomy: Horizons of Care Beyond Austerity—Reflections from Greece explores the landscape of care spaces coordinated by autonomous collectives in Greece. These projects operate in fierce resistance to austerity, state violence and abandonment, and the neoliberal structure of the healthcare industry that are failing people.
For Health Autonomy is a powerful collection of first-hand accounts of those who join together to build new possibilities of care and develop concrete alternatives based on the collective ability of communities and care workers to replace our dependency on police and prisons.
Saturday January 18, 7:00PM
In the middle of the twentieth century, the civil rights, Black power, and Pan-Africanist movements forever altered the shape of human social existence as millions of people organized in a world-wide struggle for freedom that continues into the present day. In this approachable new volume, Modibo Kadalie reflects upon his nearly six decades of participation in social freedom movements, from Atlanta’s lunch counter sit-ins, to labor organizing in Detroit, to student protests for Black studies, to anticolonial support networks for African liberation and beyond. Through conversations and public speeches, Kadalie offers a new way to understand history by recasting these movements as remarkably leaderless revolutions and connecting Black freedom struggles to ecological activism in the era of climate change. Kadalie calls upon present and future generations of activists to reconnect with the spirit of past revolutions and our own intuitive capacities for cooperation and directly democratic self-governance.
Sunday January 19, 1:00PM
We welcome C. Fraser Smith to discuss his new book, which explores his life in the newspaper industry. (With a special pre-talk performance by BSO Principal Violist Lisa Steltenpohl and Associate Principal Cellist Lachezar Kostov!)
"The first half of the title of C. Fraser Smith’s new
book may sound reverent--a miracle! Every day! But along with the tales
of eccentric characters in the newsrooms where Smith has worked, "The
Daily Miracle" offers a hint of sarcasm, plus anguish about the
challenges that threaten newspapers. When papers wither, Smith says the
community loses a valuable ally." - Sheilah Kast, WYPR
Thursday January 23, 7:00PM
“The standard canard is that utopian settings are boring, monolithic, didactic, and make for bad fiction. How lucky we are to have Chana Porter to blow such nonsense out of the water with this moving and beautiful book.”
Wednesday January 29, 7:00PM
Update: Joshua Myers will be joined by Anson Asaka, Associate General Counsel for the NAACP, who was a student organizer helping lead the 1989 Howard protest.
We Are Worth Fighting For is the first history of the 1989 Howard
University protest. The three-day occupation of the university’s
Administration Building was a continuation of the student movements of
the sixties and a unique challenge to the politics of the eighties.
Upset at the university’s appointment of the Republican strategist Lee
Atwater to the Board of Trustees, students forced the issue by shutting
down the operations of the university. The protest, inspired in part by
the emergence of “conscious” hip hop, helped to build support for the
idea of student governance and drew upon a resurgent black nationalist
At the center of this story is a student organization known as Black Nia F.O.R.C.E. Co-founded by Ras Baraka, the group was at the forefront of organizing the student mobilization at Howard during the spring of 1989 and thereafter. We Are Worth Fighting For explores how black student activists—young men and women— helped shape and resist the rightward shift and neoliberal foundations of American politics. This history adds to the literature on Black campus activism, Black Power studies, and the emerging histories of African American life in the 1980s.
"We Are Worth Fighting For reminds us of the insurgency of
Black college students in the late 1980s and early 1990s that inspired a
generation. Thoroughly researched and well constructed, this book
illuminates how Howard students inspired the political and cultural
rebellion of the time and shines light on this period of the Black
~Akinyele Umoja, author of We Will Shoot Back: Armed Resistance in the Mississippi Freedom Movement
"This riveting, exceptionally well-written book is a major contribution to Black Power historiography and the history of Black student activism. Featuring appearances by future mayors of Newark and Atlanta and pioneers of hip hop, this study holds important lessons for today." ~Gerald Horne, author of Fire this Time: The Watts Uprising and the 1960s
Thursday January 30, 7:00PM
Shine of the Ever is a literary mix tape of queer voices out of 1990s Portland. By turns tender and punk-tough, fierce and loving, this collection of short stories explores what binds a community of queer and trans people as they negotiate love, screwing up and learning to forgive themselves for being young and sometimes foolish.
Claire Rudy Foster is a queer, nonbinary single parent in recovery. Their short story collection, I’ve Never Done This Before, was published to warm acclaim in 2016. With four Pushcart Prize nominations, Claire's writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, and many other journals. Their nonfiction work has reached millions of readers in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Narratively, among others. Claire lives and writes in Portland, Oregon.
Friday January 31, 7:00PM
Saturday February 1, 6:00PM
It’s a new decade, but old oppression lingers, old challenges still haunt us. The need for the arts generally, and poetry specifically, is as great as ever! Join us for an open mic of justice, conscious thought, spirituality, fam, real life—whatever advances the village! In the tradition of Emma Goldman’s “Mother Earth” magazine, come drop some rad “fiyah” on us, or contribute just with your presence and energy. Our theme is “Peace, Justice, Poetry!” By the way: it’s a non-erotic venue, so rather than a love & erotica evening, we focus this night on justice and other matters of life. And, almost needless to say, leave the misogyny, homophobia and other unnecessary ish outside!
Our feature, Roscoe Burnems (Douglas Powell), is an award winning spoken word artist and educator, born and raised in Richmond, VA. He is a National Poetry Slam champion, Underground Poetry Slam champion, two-time regional poetry slam team finalist, and multiple local grand slam champion. Roscoe has published three recognized collections of poetry, has been published in a dozen literary magazines and journals over the years and has been a speaker for TedxYouth. When not competing or touring he conducts writing and performance workshops for schools and non-profits in RVA.
Twitter and Instagram: @analysisthepoet
www.artistEcard.com/analysisthepoetThe MIC LIST will open at 5:00PM.
FREE ADMISSION! [We will take a collection to support the feature.]
(Mature language and themes may be involved; not suggested for younger children.)
Remember: PEACE, JUSTICE, POETRY!! Will we see you there? :)