Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Last Word Books Granted One Day Moratorium on Evergreen State College Campus Bookselling Monopoly!

Last Word Books & Last Earth Distro will be on Red Square slingin' books in full force on Saturday, May 22nd thanks to the organizers of Synergy for finagling us a one-day moratorium on the bookseller ban (why grant a failing business a monopoly? must be the American Way). See:

Of course, we aren't allowed to sell any Angela Davis books and we can only be there from 11-4. Which means we're not bringing the book dome this year. But we've got a few aces up our sleeves that should prove especially bitter-sweet to corporate rats most concerned with justifying their own bloated salaries.

That's aimed at you sir! Thanks a lot Ken Danis (The relatively new Evergreen Bookstore manager), you saboteur and local bookseller-outer. You could have gone about stealing our ideas in a much more professional and polite manner than corporate, institutional subterfuge, you fuck. In five years time we'll have your job and do it twice as well for half the cost and three times the profit. Read it and weep.

That was an especially nice touch when you swept the Friends of the Evergreen Library Contract out from under us. Have fun yelling at your interns to dig faster through that veritable mountain of shite for the few nuggets of gold. You're smart to be insourcing, but you're just another greedy douche-bag more interested in self-preservation than community and you're doing more harm than good.

The Karmic scales are definitely not tipped in your favor, you backstabber. Why not tackle the issue of students undermining your business through instead of alienating a good percentage of your local, previously-loyal customers and business-associates? Your predecessors had an excellent relationship with us and you, ha! you didn't even try, asshole. Reap the whirlwind.

Angela Davis and Antwi Akom Speak!

May 22 | 3:30 p.m. doors open, 4:30 p.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: The Evergreen State College, CRC

Ticket Information:

• $5 ADVANCE TICKETS for ANY students, staff, & faculty of ANY school w/school i.d.:
(Available at the Evergreen Bookstore or online @

• $15 ADVANCE TICKETS for general public:
(Available at the Rainy Day Records or online @

$20 at the Door for everyone


For more information on the event, please see the Facebook event

angelaABOUT ANGELA DAVIS (Author, Educator and Activist):

Through her activism and her scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in our nation’s quest for social justice. Her work as an educator – both at the university level and in the larger public sphere – has always emphasized the importance of building communities of struggle for economic, racial, and gender equality.

Professor Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and UC Berkeley. She has also taught at UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. She has spent the last fifteen years at the University of California Santa Cruz where she is Professor of History of Consciousness, an interdisciplinary Ph.D program, and Professor of Feminist Studies.

Angela Davis is the author of eight books and has lectured throughout the United States as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America. In recent years a persistent theme of her work has been the range of social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She draws upon her own experiences in the early seventies as a person who spent eighteen months in jail and on trial, after being placed on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted List.” She has also conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender and imprisonment. Her most recent books are Abolition Democracy and Are Prisons Obsolete? She is now completing a book on Prisons and American History.

Angela Davis is a member of the executive board of the Women of Color Resource Center, a San Francisco Bay Area organization that emphasizes popular education – of and about women who live in conditions of poverty. She also works with Justice Now, which provides legal assistance to women in prison and engages in advocacy for the abolition of imprisonment as the dominant strategy for addressing social problems. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, a similar organization based in Queensland, Australia.

Like many other educators, Professor Davis is especially concerned with the general tendency to devote more resources and attention to the prison system than to educational institutions. Having helped to popularize the notion of a “prison industrial complex,” she now urges her audiences to think seriously about the future possibility of a world without prisons and to help forge a 21st century abolitionist movement.

ABOUT ANTWI AKOM (Award Winning Educator, Scholar and Writer):antwi

Antwi Akom is a leading expert on the green economy, climate change, and educational equity. His research focuses on the links between race, environmental health, and educational equity in cities and schools; the role of the green economy in facilitating pathways out of poverty for vulnerable populations; and the role of local knowledge in the production of environmental health and educational equity.

Dr. Akom’s research and practice works to build partnerships between local residents, schools and universities, environmental and educational experts, community based organizations, labor unions, green businesses, and city planners working together to generate policy and planning solutions that improve community health, economic mobility, and the pedagogies and practices of community leaders and decision-makers.

Professor Akom is currently working with The California Endowment and a number of non-profit organizations to conceptualize a set of “Emerald city” projects and develop a set of “Green Health Equity” indicators; all aimed at promoting human health, job creation, and environmental sustainability.

He is also working with the Ella Baker Center, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the East Bay Green Corridor to create “Green Education Technology” (GET) academies that attract and engage students, especially low-income students, students of color, and other vulnerable populations who have been marginalized by the educational system, for career pathways into existing and emerging green energy careers.

In 2009, Professor Akom co-founded the Environmental Sustainability Planning Network (ESPN), a national learning and climate change action network working to improve the lives of residents in seven cities across the United States. The project team, which includes the California Center for Civic Participation, the Youth Planners Network, the Lawrence Berkeley Hall of Science, and the Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative at U.C. Berkeley, are drafting local and regional climate action plans and policies aimed at significantly reducing carbon emissions, securing land tenure, and improving economic opportunities, infrastructure and improving environmental health. The team is also conducting a youth participatory action research project culminating in the production of an Environmental Justice Bill of Rights.

Professor Akom is a 2010 recipient of a RIMI Investigator Award in Health Disparities Research from the National Center on Minority and Health Disparities. He is currently co-editing a book with Professor Jason Corburn from U.C. Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design/City Planning entitled Revolutionary Urbanism: Race, Climate Justice, and the Politics of Pollution in Cities and Schools, which explains the nature of climate change in urban communities in the United States and abroad, the ways in which cities and schools in the global north and global south are responding to climate change, and the potential role for public and private partnerships to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

Additionally, he is working on his first solo authored book, Ameritocracy: The Racing of our Nations School Children. He has received research support for his work from the National Institutes of Health, The David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Charles Mott Foundation, The California Endowment, and the National Science Foundation.

He has also served as a consultant on community based participatory action research processes and outcomes with major philanthropic organizations, departments of public health, school districts, and community based organizations in the United States as well as abroad. Professor Akom has held research appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, and UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Social Change.

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