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Concert to fight white supremacy

New Yorkers: in a response to the insane Republican white supremacy movement, with its hateful hashtag #gasthesynagogue,  Abraham, Inc. are throwing a party,  and everyone is invited to join them at Symphony Space THIS SUN, SEPT 24th at 7pm. This concert benefits the NYCLU/American Civil Liberties Union, and features some absolutely  brilliant, legendary musicians, including Marc Ribot (of those Tom Waits tracks) and Fred Wesley (of those James Brown and George Clinton tracks).

The New York press has largely ignored this concert, doing little to share the news. I hope that followers of Liquid Ink, especially that loyal constituency in NYC, can help spread the word.

Sunday, September 24th, Sympthony Space, New York City, 7:00 PM

Here’s from David Krakauer’s Facebook Event page:

In this benefit concert for the NYCLU/American Civil Liberties Union, some of today’s most beloved genre-bending artists join forces in a wild concert. Don’t miss the chance to see them all in one place! This concert is CO-SPONSORE by JFREJ.

– 10-piece supergroup ABRAHAM INCORPORATED 
– Guitar legend MARC RIBOT with “Songs of Resistance”
– Members of the renowned Grammy-winning SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE
– KATHLEEN TAGG & ANDRE PETERSEN: “Where Worlds Collide”

ABOUT THE CONCERT:
ABRAHAM INC. (led by DAVID KRAKAUER, FRED WESLEY, SOCALLED) 
with SHERYL BAILEY, JEROME HARRIS, MICHAEL SARIN, TARON BENSON, EDDIE ALLEN, BRANDON WRIGHT, ALLEN WATSKY, ALICIA KRAKAUER 
Special Guest: FRANK LONDON of The Klezmatics


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Remembering the Russian crackdown in Lithuania: 1991

Twenty six years ago, Russia (The Soviet Union) cracked down on Lithuania’s independence movement. The result was fourteen dead and, months later, the collapse of the Soviet Union.

I first visited Lithuania in the summer of 1992. The cement barricades were still in place around the Parliament building, and a few torched areas had yet to be cleaned up properly, but the experience still taught me lessons about sacrifice and defiance. I fell in love with Vilnius instantly.

This past November, thousands of Lithuanian-Americans voted for Trump, despite warnings about his threat to the Baltic States and NATO, despite the knowledge that he was exposed to Russia. I find their vote a grossly irresponsible act of either sadism or masochism, and still can’t get my head around it.

This interview, in Russian with English subtitles, of Landsbergis is vital viewing. Resistance is now inevitable, but it will be costly. However, consider his words: “We presented our political platform at an open debate with the Communist Party and we won.” That’s a tiny country of just over 3 million people taking on the Russian Bear.

Resist. Click for video:

http://www.rferl.org/embed/player/0/27482994.html?type=video

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