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TUESDAY, May 18: The Fuller Terrace Show and Tell Me, 2pm – 7pm

The Fuller Terrace Show and Tell Me lecture series is based in Halifax
held with the intention of bringing people together to share stories
and experiences and act as a catalyst to create change in the North
End of its home city. This May, as an extension of the project,
artists Ella Tetrault and Bethany Riordan-Butterworth are taking a
trip across the US by train in order to collect stories and images
based on notions of desire and The American Dream. This one day
Chicago whistle stop will be a chance to tell your stories and share
your thoughts.

THURSDAY, MAY 20: Writing at the Movies, 7:00 – 9:30pm

“Writing at the Movies” A new writing workshop led by the poet Gene Tanta.
Participants in this workshop will use as our point of departure Andre
Breton’s surrealist montage technique of dropping in and out of various
cinemas looking to cutup visual elements and dialogues. However, instead of the velvety cinemas of Paris, we will use DVDs and Google Videos (no limits on
theme or form). For the first half, we will screen a few minutes of the films
we bring in and/or of internet audio-visual artifacts while describing what we
see and hear. For the second half, we will perform and discuss what we produced (again, no limits on theme or form). We will write in response to these moving images and sounds, striving for a precise or even a phenomenological (suspending our assumptions) description of what we see and hear. Free & open to the general public! Everyone is welcome to attend!

SATURDAY, MAY 22: COMMUNITY YOGA, 9:30 – 11:00am

**BRING YOUR OWN MAT, baby!

Jola ‘Shakti’ has been practicing Hatha Yoga for over 15 years and studied
Iyengar Yoga in Poland and Integral Yoga in Virginia, USA. She is a certified
Integral Hatha Yoga teacher and Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She specializes in therapeutic and restorative practice. The intention in
instructing Yoga is to help each individual to find peace and well being. Jola
will be instructing gentle yoga for all ages. This session will consist of 4
classes, this one being the second to the last. The last session will be on May
29th.

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MONDAY, MAY 9–Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign Meeting, 7pm – 9pm

We are calling this meeting for whoever is interested in helping to launch a
Northside-Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. We continue to talk and be in regular
communication with other CAEC activists around the city but we also recognize
that there is a lot of work to be done on the Northside and we are anxious to
begin. There are already ideas about doing a public townhall meeting,
continuing to work with the tenants at North Point among many other ideas
people may have.

TUESDAY, MAY 11–Next Objectivists, 7pm – 10pm

The Next Objectivists is the world’s only autonomous writing & reading workshop
dedicated to research into & reproduction of the poetry & poetic techniques
associated with the OUTSIDEREAL. We study a wide variety of radical poetics,
from Objectivism to Black Mountain, from Dada to Language Poetry, from Gaucho
to Negritude. Upcoming workshops will focus on ekphrasis & the work of Jose
Hernandez, Basil Bunting, Tom Raworth, Rae Armantrout, Edward Sanders & many
others. JOIN US! All events are free! No prior knowledge of poetry required!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 12–AREA/CPW reading group meeting, 7pm – 9pm

We will be discussing the Harvey and Brenner/Theodore texts we did not get to from the last meeting:
– “Modernity and Modernism” and “Postmodernism”, from The Condition of Postmodernity, David Harvey
– Cities and the Geographies of Actually Existing Neoliberalism, Neil Brenner and Nik Theodore
**you can download the texts at: http://www.dropboks.com (does not work w/Safari)
– click on login
– email address: chicago.political.workshop@gmail.com
– password: 2008marx
– select the AREA/CPW May 12 texts folder

SUNDAY, MAY 16–Sewing Rebellion, 12pm – 4pm

TUESDAY, MAY 4—POETRY READING & DINNERLUCK:
Jack Hirschman & the Poetry of Revolution, 7pm – 10pm

Jack Hirschman, poet renowned for his socially engaged work, activist, author
of many original works, translator of revolutionary poets such as Roque Dalton,
Vladimir Mayakovsky, Nazim Hikmet, and Rene Depestre, and editor of the
acclaimed book of critical essays, “Art on the Line”. Jack is in Chicago at the
invitation of the Chicago Labor & Arts Festival. Jack is also the immediate
past poet laureate of San Francisco and the subject of the recently released
film, “Red Poet” (screened Sunday May 3rd at Mess Hall). Jack is in Chicago on
May 3 & 4th at the invitation of the Chicago Labor & Arts Festival (blog site:
http://chilaborarts.wordpress.com/); for further info, call Lew Rosenbaum at
773-824-5869) Jack’s reading and the discussion afterwards is a great way to
celebrate May Day. Please Join us!

THURSDAY, MAY 6–WRITING WORKSHOP: Writing at the Movies
7:00pm – 9:30pm

“Writing at the Movies” A new writing workshop led by the poet Gene Tanta.
Participants in this workshop will use as our point of departure Andre
Breton’s surrealist montage technique of dropping in and out of various
cinemas looking to cutup visual elements and dialogues. However, instead of the
velvety cinemas of Paris, we will use DVDs and Google Videos (no limits on
theme or form). For the first half, we will screen a few minutes of the films
we bring in and/or of internet audio-visual artifacts while describing what we
see and hear. For the second half, we will perform and discuss what we produced
(again, no limits on theme or form). We will write in response to these moving
images and sounds, striving for a precise or even a phenomenological
(suspending our assumptions) description of what we see and hear. Free & open
to the general public! Everyone is welcome to attend!

SATURDAY, MAY 8–COMMUNITY YOGA
9:30am – 11:00am

Jola ‘Shakti’ has been practicing Hatha Yoga for over 15 years and studied
Iyengar Yoga in Poland and Integral Yoga in Virginia, USA. She is certified
Integral Hatha Yoga teacher and Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She
specialize in therapeutic and restorative practice. The intention in
instructing Yoga is to help each individual to find peace and well being. Jola
will be instructing gentle yoga for all ages. This session will consist of 4
classes, this one being the second. The rest will also be on Saturdays and the
dates are as follows: May: 22 and 29.

SATURDAY, MAY 1:

COMMUNITY YOGA, 9:30-11:00

Jola ‘Shakti’ has been practicing Hatha Yoga for over 15 years and studied
Iyengar Yoga in Poland and Integral Yoga in Virginia, USA. She is certified
Integral Hatha Yoga teacher and Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She
specialize in therapeutic and restorative practice. The intention in
instructing Yoga is to help each individual to find peace and well being. Jola
will be instructing gentle yoga for all ages. This session will consist of 4
classes, this one being the first. The rest will also be on Saturdays and the
dates are as follows: May: 8, 22 and 29.

Also Saturday:
WORKSHOP: Openlands: Community Vegetable Gardening, 2 – 6pm

An Openlands workshop and support program for Chicago residents who want to eat
healthy food they grow themselves in community-run gardens! The workshop is
designed for groups of at least 4 or more people to serve as a “steering
committee” that will grow the organization, start and “keep” the garden.

Openlands has been helping people to organize community gardens in Chicago
since the early 1990’s. We’ve worked with people to gather and organize
members, to identify land, and to prepare, plant and take care of the gardens
they build on it. This new program is specifically designed to support the
Local Food movement in Chicago by helping groups of residents start a garden
together with friends and neighbors to grow food, and to insure that the garden
and the garden organization are sustainable.

SUNDAY, MAY 2: FILM SCREENING & DINNERLUCK, Red Poet, 7:00 – 9:30pm
Dinnerluck at 7:00 Screening of Red Poet starts at 7:30.

Red Poet is Matthew Furey’s soulful overview of Hirschman’s life and career
traces the poet’s singular path—from a hard-scrabble Bronx childhood to San
Francisco via short-lived teaching posts at Dartmouth and UCLA. For the last
four decades, Hirschman has thrived—though often all but homeless—as a
North Beach hipster of the street. He has published 45 books of poetry, all the
while remaining aloof from academia—a world he came to view early on as a
mere branch of corporate America.

Jack Hirschman is a poet renowned for his socially engaged work, working class
activism, author of many original works, translator of revolutionary poets such
as Roque Dalton, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Nazim Hikmet, and Rene Depestre, and
editor of the acclaimed book of critical essays called Art on the Line, will be
in Chicago May 3 and 4 at the invitation of the Chicago Labor & Arts Festival
(blog: http://chilaborarts.wordpress.com/). He is also the immediate past poet
laureate of San Francisco. Jack’s visit will be a great way to celebrate May
Day!

SUNDAY APRIL 25, 4pm – 7pm–Potluck and Mailing to Tamms Prisoners

At Tamms supermax prison, every man is held in permanent solitary confinement. Tamms Year Ten is a grassroots all-volunteer coalition which came together to protest the misguided and inhumane policies at Tamms on the ten-year anniversary of its opening. Socialize, get updated on Tamms politics, and join us in signing and mailing letters to all Tamms prisoners. Bring snacks, a dish or beverages if you can!

Also this week:

MONDAY APRIL 26, 6-8:30pm–International Seed Day with Twine (www.twinenfp.org)

Join Twine at messhall for International Seed Day: Twine shares stories from farmers in Punjab returning to natural farming, the struggle to save eggplant in India, local stories of food and wheat from the midwest and beyond with Ben Walker. In solidarity with INEAS we gather on the day that Order 81 was passed. learn about how it effects Iraqi farmers, biodiversity, and seed soveriegnity. For more info see ineas.org or http://www.twinenfp.org

TUESDAY APRIL 27, 7-10pm–Next Objectivists (Poety Workshop)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 28, 7-9pm–Chicago Political Workshop (Reading & Discussion Group)

THURSDAY APRIL 29, 6-9pm–Issues in Peace Activism: Indian Media and the Creation of Community Stereotypes

Yousuf Saeed, an independent filmmaker and researcher based in Delhi; see http://www.ektara.org http://www.tasveerghar.net http://yousufsaeed.blogspot.com)

SATURDAY MAY 1, 9:30-11:00am–Community Yoga Class (w/Jola ‘Shakti)

WEDNESDAY–April 14
7pm – 9pm
AREA/CPW reading group meeting–Political Responses to the Present II:
Participatory Budgeting (continued)

We will be continuing our discussion of Empowered Deliberative Democracy and
Participatory Budgeting. The last meeting was primarily focused on outlining
the specifics of the Participatory Budgeting process in Rogers Park, so this
meeting will focus on the texts we didn’t have the time to discuss and the
broader historical and theoretical questions they raise. Please notice that a
new text, The Case for Participation as Tyranny, has been added.

The readings are:
– Deepening Democracy: Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance,
Archon Fung and Erik Olin Wright
– Could Participatory Budgeting Work in the United States?, Gianpaolo Baiocchi
and Josh Lerner
– Participation, Activism, and Politics: The Porto Alegre Experiment and
Deliberative Democratic Theory, Gianpaolo Baiocchi
– The Case for Participation as Tyranny, Bill Cooke and Uma Kothari

you can download the texts at: http://www.dropboks.com (does not work w/Safari)
– click on login
– email address: chicago.political.workshop@gmail.com
– password: 2008marx
– select the AREA/CPW April 14 texts folder

FRIDAY–April 16
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Twine and Family Farm Defenders Potluck ** More on Twine, Below **

SUNDAY–April 18
12pm-4pm
Sewing Rebellion

April 16th
Join Twine at messhall for a potluck from 5:30-7:30 with family farm defenders as we celebrate International Peasants Day in solidarity with Via Campesina. Discussions about how the Chicago Mercantile Exchange effects farmers directly, and why we chose to gather there for Peasants Day. Hear from Family Farm Defenders about the concerns of dairy farmers, learn about food sovereignty, learn about what’s coming up at the US Social Forum.
Family farmers and other food justice activists will mark the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, with a rally outside the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Board of Trade (BoT) on Fri. April 16th at 12:00 Noon. The CME/BoT are responsible for the lion’s share of corporate speculation in agricultural commodities that triggered the global food crisis now threatening the livelihoods of millions of farmers. This action is in solidarity with La Via Campesina, the world’s largest umbrella movement of family farmers, rural workers and indigenous peoples.
All who are able: Please bring a local dish to share.

here is a little bit of info about the day and the events:
http://www.viacampesina.org/
http://www.familyfarmdefenders.org/Main/HomePage
http://www.twinenfp.org/gallery/kheti-virasat-mission

April 26th: 6-8:30
Join TWINE at Mess Hall for International Seed Day: Twine shares stories from farmers in Punjab, India returning to natural farming, the struggle to save eggplant in India, local stories of food and wheat from the midwest and beyond with Ben Walker.
In solidarity with INEAS we gather on the day that Order 81 was passed. learn about how it effects Iraqi farmers, biodiversity, and seed soveriegnity.
for more info see ineas.org for more info or www.twinenfp.org
April 29th: 6-8:30
“Issues in Peace Activism: Indian Media and the Creation of Community
Stereotypes”
Yousuf Saeed, an independent filmmaker and researcher based in Delhi
gives an illustrated talk on the role Indian media plays in the
creation of stereotypes for communities such as Muslims and others in
the news, entertainment and education. The presentation will be
accompanied with slides and video clips from Yousuf’s earlier films
and other popular media. Yousuf will also share his experiences of
peace activism including the book “What kind of India shall we give to
our children?” he wrote in 2002.

Duration of presentation: 60-70 mins, followed by discussion

For more details about Yousuf and his works, please visit the following sites:
http://www.ektara.org
http://www.tasveerghar.net
http://yousufsaeed.blogspot.com