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Thursday, May 08 2003 | 12:12

Today we face the task of responding to a challenging time in our history. We mourn the loss of life during the September 11th attacks. We also recognize that the United States’ policies since September 11th have threatened human life and well-being both at home and abroad. Here, our civil liberties are rapidly eroding. Constitutional protections that took decades to fight for are being pared back. People are being deported and held in detention without access to lawyers, and in some cases, without reason. The Patriot Act II, if enacted, would enable the government to revoke the citizenship of Americans it considers “suspicious.” It also would expand upon the government’s already expansive ability to eavesdrop, wiretap, and spy on U.S. citizens “ all of which go against the grain of what this country purports to be about: freedom and democracy.

The cost of war falls not only upon those caught in its crossfire, but also on those who are most vulnerable in this country. Social spending is the first item cut to accommodate a bloated military budget – increasing the existing burdens and injustices on our communities – particularly communities of color.

It is hard to see how our nation will cope with the crises in education, poverty, and hunger “ let alone cope with general economic injustice “ under these conditions.

An organized movement, led by artists and activists, has begun to emerge to confront these serious threats to our civil rights. Artists and activists have always played lead roles in struggles for justice around the world, and they are needed now to catalyze diverse communities into action.

To build and strengthen a national, inclusive justice movement, the BEATS for PEACE Collective includes grass-roots organizations, volunteers, artists, and activists. BEATS for PEACE seeks to rally youth, especially those who may not feel connected to this movement, to participate more vigorously and push it to greater heights.

At the core of BEATS for PEACE is a semi-annual tour led by hip-hop artists, spoken word artists, visual artists, and musicians, which will seek to generate popular resistance against U.S. militarism. BEATS for PEACE will also involve workshops and community forums throughout the year featuring well-known and local artists and activists. Future BEATS for PEACE tours will canvass the south, west coast, and other cities nationwide.

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American Friends Service Committee BEATS FOR PEACE TOUR – MAY 8-13

For more info about beats for peace call 617.661.6130 ext 121 or 215-241-7074

For tix info call ticketmaster or check out ticketmaster.com

Thursday, May 8, 2003 – New York City, NY
Doors open 10:30PM

S.O.B . ‘s
200 Varick St.
Telephone: 212.243.4940
featuring: Medusa, Slum Village, Supernatural, Headfake, Anwar Superstar, Jungli, Kontrast, Mahina Movement, Second2last

Jazz/hip hop orchestra directed by
Angelamia Bachemin, Kuttin’ Kandi,
local guests/talent
$25 advanced/$30 door, 18+ show

Friday, May 9, 2003 – Northampton, MA
Doors open 7:30PM

Pearl Street
136 West St.
Telephone: 413.584.7771
featuring: Medusa, Pharoahe Monch, Headfake

Jazz/hip hop orchestra directed by
Angelamia Bachemin, local guests/talent
$15 advanced/$18 door

Saturday, May 10, 2003
Providence, RI
Doors open 8:00PM

Lupo’s Heartbrea k Hotel
239 Westminster St.
Telephone: 401.272.5876
featuring: Medusa, Pharoahe Monch, Headfake, Birthwrite, Hip Hop 220, Broad Street Orchestra, New Urban Arts, City Arts, Dirt Palace

Jazz/hip hop orchestra directed by
Angelamia Bachemin, local guests/talent
$10 advanced/$15 door, all ages

Sunday, May 11, 2003 – Washington, DC
Doors open 7:00PM

Nation
1015 Half St., SE
Telephone: 202.554.3885
featuring: Medusa, Pharoahe Monch, Cee-lo, Schoolz of Thought, Maseo of De La Soul, Supernatural

Jazz/hip hop orchestra directed by
Angelamia Bachemin, B-girl Manifesto,
Head-Roc with DJ Eurok, local guests/talent
$10 advanced/$15 door,

Monday, May 12, 2003 – Philadelphia, PA
Doors open 7:00PM

Electric Factory
421 N. 7th St.
Telephone: 215.627.1332
featuring: Medusa, Pharoahe Monch, Supernatural, Schoolz of Thought, Rennie Harris’ PureMovement Dancers, Yellow Rage Sori-Mori, Phillie Blunt and the Ill Vibe Collective

Jazz/hip hop orchestra directed by
Angelamia Bachemin, local guests/talent
$10 advanced/$15 door, all ages

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 – Somerville, MA
Doors open 6:30PM

Somerville Theatre
55 Davis Square
Telephone: 617.625.4088
featuring: Medusa, Pharoahe Monch, Supernatural, Headfake

Jazz/hip hop orchestra
directed by Angelamia Bachemin, local guests/talent
$15 advanced/$20 door, all ages

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