Viva Muhammad Ali!
A Taking Aim Salute from Mya Shone and Ralph Schoenman: In celebration of Muhammad Ali
“I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for 4 or 5 more, but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I’ll die right here, right now, fightin’ you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my right here at home.”
“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam when so-called “negro” people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights?
No, I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over.
This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again: The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality.
If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people, they wouldn’t have to draft me. I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail. So what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”
Lynne will be at Burning Books on THURSDAY APRIL 28 at 7PM
420 Connecticut St, Buffalo, New York 14213
Come out and support this great event! RSVP on Facebook.
Tuesday April 12 9:00 am Support Clark Kissinger, manager of Revolution Books, and Miles Solay of the rock band Outernational.
Queens Criminal Court, 125-01 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens
On October 23, 2015, as part of #RiseUpOctober, 100 protesters marched to the entrance of Rikers Island, holding portraits of people who had died at Rikers. They spoke out, sang and danced energetically, and some sat down chanting “Shut It DOWN!” The NYPD had put up barricades across the road leading to Rikers Island prison. For more than an hour access was blocked.
Rikers Island is compared to the prison the United States ran in Iraq, Abu Ghraib, the site of scandalous prisoner abuse. This is no exaggeration. Decades of deaths in custody at the hands of guards, brutal and widespread sexual violence, solitary confinement for years, denial of medical care, and abuse of children are routine—a part of the genocide of mass incarceration. Of those imprisoned at Rikers on an average day, some 90 percent are Black or Latino.
Clark Kissinger & Miles Solay face charges serious enough to get a one-year sentence on Rikers Island for nonviolent political protest. We can’t allow this happen!
Sign this message to the Queens District Attorney calling on charges to be dropped.
Lynn and Laurie Arbeiter at 10 year anniversary of Women in Black/We Will Not Be Silent at Whitney museum NYC on March 18, 2016.