Opening Saturday, September 28th, from 7PM - 10PM
On September 28, 2019, poets around the world will raise their voices collectively to declare the changes they’d like to see in the U.S. and throughout the international community as part of worldwide events for 100 Thousand Poets for Change, now in its 8th year.
In Chicago, this night of poetry activism will be based on the theme “We Are All Illegals” inspired by Outernational’s anthem of immigrant solidarity. Local writers will address ideas of citizenship, nationalism, borders, and the rights of indigenous peoples. To say somos todos ilegales is a necessary irony, bigger than the internet or a wall or a law or a language. What we mean is that no one is illegal, what we mean by ill is that we ate our fill. How was it legal to force us to hablar en lenguas europeas, move gentes all over the divided States, y seguir encerrándonos en la frontera?
Carole Bernstein, Kira Calliouet, Lizett Carm, Melissa Castro, Noah Fields, Stefania Gomez, Maya Marshall, Faisal Mohyuddin, blake nemec, Maya Nguen, Joseph Padilla, Pegah Pasalar, Sav Robinson, Lew Rosenbaum, Lily Someson, Emma Waldo & more special guests!
at Read/Write Library
914 N. California Ave
in the Humboldt Park neighborhood
suggested donation $4
Co-sponsored by the Guild Literary Complex & the Read/Write Library
Curated by the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Chicago Community Council 2019:
Andrea Change, Laaura Goldstein, Marcy Rae Henry,
Jennifer Karmin & Toni Asante Lightfoot.
Proceeds from this event will be donated to Immigrant Families Together
Immigrant Families Together was founded in June 2018 in response to the inhumane immigration policy separating families at the U.S./Mexico border. They pay bonds for parents in detention and work to reunite them with their children. Additionally, they support over 100 reunited families as they recover from their detention trauma and adjust to life in the U.S. while their asylum cases are adjudicated.
More info about 100,000 Poets for Change
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Red Rover Series is curated by Laaura Goldstein and Jennifer Karmin. Each event is designed as a reading experiment with participation by local, national, and international writers, artists, and performers. Founded in 2005, the over one hundred events have featured a diversity of renowned creative minds.