Date/Time: 21/09/2008 12:00 am
Democracy’ Schedule Wed. to Sat.
CONVERGENCE CENTER AT PARK AVENUE ARMORY
Sunday, September 21
6 pm: Speech by Tanya Fields
Fields is a vocal New York City activist for the environmental and economic rebirth of the South Bronx.
7 pm: Speech by Steve Kurtz
Kurtz is a professor of art at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, and a founding member of the performance art group Critical Art Ensemble. In May 2004, he was arrested by the F.B.I as a suspected “bioterrorist.” The case was dismissed in April 2008.
8 pm: Performance by Rachel Mason
Accompanied by a specially assembled guerrilla army of dancers led by Michael Hart and Zack Winoker, Avanza! will perform a cycle of four songs weaving together the death of Saddam Hussein, the destruction of Pompeii, the Chechen Revolution, and the Presidency of the United States of America. Avanza! is Rachel Mason (keyboard and vocals), John Allen (guitar), Hugo Moreno (trumpet), and Sahba Sizdahkhani (percussion and drums), along with special guest musicians.
9 pm: Speech by Reverend Billy Reverend Billy creates sermons about consumerism’s evils, materialism, globalization, and the business practices of large corporations.
Monday, September 22: We Will Not Accept the War on Terror
6 pm: Speech by Aarti Shahani, Families for Freedom
Shahani is a co-founder of Families for Freedom, a multi-ethnic defense network by and for immigrants facing deportation.
7 pm: Speech by Trevor Paglen
Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer working out of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights, and his Patches from Classified Military Projects are on view in Democracy in America.
8 pm: Speech by Elizabeth Holtzman (Nation Institute Presents)
Holtzman served for eight years as a U.S. Congresswoman and received national attention as a member of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate scandal. She is now an attorney and author on politics and, in 2006, she coauthored the book The Impeachment of George W. Bush: A Practical Guide for Concerned Citizens.
9 pm: Speech by Matthew Diaz (Nation Institute Presents)
Diaz is a former JAG (Judge Advocate General’s Corps) officer who, while stationed in Guantánamo Bay, was the first person to release the names of the prisoners to the Center for Constitutional Rights. He was tried in a military court, found guilty on four of five charges, and sentenced to six months in prison.