OVERTHROWING CAPITALISM: Revolutionary Poets Brigade

Join us on Saturday, November 15 at 2pm for a daylong symposium of poetry, dialogue, and song on the theme Overthrowing Capitalism, sponsored by the Revolutionary Poets Brigade in conjunction with the World Poetry Movement.

Overthrowing Flyer SmallThe lineup features over 30 poets and musicians, with guest speakers Kiilu Nyasha, Jerry Mander, Arnoldo Garcia, Tony Serra, Nancy Mancias, and Sandy Perry. This is also a book launch for a new poetry anthology by the same name, edited by Jack Hirschman and John Curl, of the poems to be read at this event


4 pm: Kiilu Nyasha, Jerry Mander, Arnoldo Garcia
7 pm: Tony Serra, Nancy Mancias, Sandy Perry


Dorothy Payne, Sarah Menefee, Mahnaz Badihian, Gary Hicks, Jack Hirschman, Doren Robbins, Karen Melander-Magoon, Dee Allen, John Curl,  Rafael Jesús González,  Martin Hickel,  Agneta Falk, J.Vern Cromartie, David Volpendesta, Virginia Barrett, Kirk Lumpkin, Steven Gray, Judith Ayn Bernhard, Nina Serrano, Kristina Brown, Yolanda Catzalco, Lincoln Bergman, Neell Cherkorski, Robert Anbian, Melba Abela,  Mark Lipman, Kathleen Weaver [reading Nancy Morejón]


Colin O’Leary, Carol Denney, Ngare Young, Daniel Averenga, Francisco Herrera, Mauro Fortissimo

A word from the organizers

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00059]We expect it to be a day filled with sophisticated and inspiring visions, insights, ideas, exposés, and analyses from artists, thinkers, and activists who are serious about the work ahead. Words that unmask capitalism and raise our consciousness to hopefully lead the world into a more cooperative society. What is capitalism? Might it be reformed into a constructive force, or can we move beyond it only by overthrowing it? What does overthrowing capitalism look like? How do we know when it’s overthrown? What might a post-capitalist world look like?

This century is issuing in an era of unprecedented planetary crises, and we have only a short time to transform these many looming disasters into a powerful movement for a constructive revolutionary future. We call on all poets and all people to join us in making a new beginning, to reach deep into your center and bring forth the energies that can lead humanity and the natural world into a bright future, and we call on you all to become visionaries.

This event is also a book launch for a new poetry anthology, Overthrowing Capitalism, edited by Jack Hirschman and John Curl; it includes poems to be read at this event.


Kiilu Nyasha is a revolutionary journalist and former member of the Black Panther Party. She currently writes for online publications, feeds the internet, and produces/hosts the bimonthly program, Freedom Is Constant Struggle on BAVC Commons TV.

Jerry Mander is an activist and author, best known for Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. His most recent book, The Capitalism Papers, is about the momentous and unsolvable environmental and social problem of capitalism.

Arnoldo Garcia worked for 15 years with the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, building sustainable and healthy community-to-community relationships. His work as a musician and poet links the realities of exploitation and oppression with resistance, justice, beauty, love and hope.

Tony Serra is a so-called radical criminal defense attorney.  He has represented anti-establishment ideologies embedded in his cases for more than 50 years.  Further, he describes himself as a “de facto” Marxist.

Nancy Mancias is an anti-war advocate and a  campaign organizer for CODEPINK. She has been actively trying to bring the troops home has been part of the movement against torture  and for accountability for war crimes, overseeing the Justice For All campaign.

Sandy Perry is an activist for housing justice, economic human rights, and a more just world. He is Secretary of Housing for the Green Shadow Cabinet, and an organizer for the Affordable Housing Network of Santa Clara County.

You can find more information the Revolutionary Poets Brigade here and here, and about the World Poetry Movement here.

OVERTHROWING CAPITALISM: Revolutionary Poets Brigade
Saturday November 15th 2014. 1:30 pm doors, 2 pm show.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
FREE. Delicious complimentary food. Drinks by donation.

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