MONDAY, MARCH 12
Resistance Culture: An Evening of Spoken Word, Poetry and Art
7:00 pm, InterUrban Gallery, 1 East Hastings St., Vancouver (suggested donation $10, no one turned away for lack of funds)
Remi Kanazi, Palestinian poet from New York
Special guests including Indigenous poets Kat Norris and Cease Wyss
Hip-hop artist OsTwelve
and the Palestinian children’s art exhibition,
A Child’s View from Gaza
– additional performers to be announced!-
Join the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign for a powerful night of cultural resistance and poetic in/justice. Art, culture, poetry and performance are a part of the struggle for liberation, reflecting its creative potential, insisting on existence in the face of genocide, colonialism, occupation and imperialism, speaking truth to power and tearing down apartheid walls.
Featuring powerful spoken word and poetry from:
Remi Kanazi, acclaimed Palestinian-American poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the editor of Poets For Palestine (Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, GRITtv with Laura Flanders, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across North America, the UK, and the Middle East, and he recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. Remi is the author of the long-awaited collection Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine, a diverse mix of unabashed resistance poems. You can find out more about Remi and Poetic Injustice at poeticinjustice.net.
Videos of Remi’s performances:
Kat Norris is the founder of Indigenous Action Movement and survivor of the Kuper Island Residential School. Kat joined the American Indian Movement and has been a social activist since.
T’Uy’Tanat-Cease Wyss, Skwxw’u7mesh Nation, Ethnobotanist/Media Artist/Educator/Activist – Food Security has been the leading force of Cease’s life journey. She has witnessed, as a child, her family being robbed of their salmon from DFO, as well as the police, and has stood up with other Indigenous Peoples, to fight for native peoples’ rights to hunt, gather, and fish in their traditional territories. Community Gardening and Community Kitchens have become the contemporary common grounds to fight for healthy foods and food systems, and traditional foods and medicines being brought back to the people. Cease has been actively gardening throughout her entire life, and attributes her gardening skills to her family. Her father is a master gardener, as were her Nahanee family ancestors, who started a farm near Stanley Park at the turn of the century, which was once called Kanaka Ranch. This was located at Coal Harbour.
Ostwelve (Ron Dean Harris), was born in the Coast Salish – Sto:lo Territory of British Columbia, Canada. Being introduced to music at an early age, Os was experimenting with the art form of Hiphop by the age of 12 years old. Moving into the city of Vancouver at the age of 13, the Hiphop scene there lead him to the sounds and sights of the growing art of Hiphop. By the age of 19 Os was performing around the emerging Native Hiphop scene in Vancouver and in 1999 he was asked to join Native American rap artist Litefoot on his “Red Ryder Tour” throughout several states and numerous Native communities in the USA. Since then Ostwelve has been recording music and acting. Ostwelve has shared the stage with acts such as Coolio, Snoop Dogg, Guru, K’naan, Masta Ace, Living Legends, Abstract Rude, Swollen Members, Moka Only, Litefoot, Rez Official, Digging Roots, Pura Fe, Joey Stylez and Kinnie Starr just to name a few. For more information, please see Ostwelve’s website: http://ostwelveproductions.blogspot.com
…and presenting the art exhibition, A Child’s View From Gaza, featuring 25 drawings and paintings created by Palestinian children and youth from the Gaza Strip following the 2009 Israeli assault on Gaza. It will be touring the Vancouver area, organized by the Vancouver Child’s View From Gaza Committee. The full exhibition will join us at InterUrban Gallery for this evening of resistance culture!
Organized by Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (Vancouver).