And it's serious. Check out these videos, and seriously, I don't normally beg people to come out to my shows, but this one means a lot to me. I need each one to teach one and spread the word about this magnanimous event. Austin on Thursday and Houston on Friday.
People keep talking about the resurgence of "conscious" hip hop, well, come get conscious. Party, learn something, support these brilliant artists / activists / humanitarians.
Show begins promptly at 8 p.m. on the outdoor stage at The Scoot Inn and goes till 11 p.m. After 11 p.m. DJ Rhyme and Rapid Ric will spin inside the Scoot Inn for an after party / meet and greet with the artists from Palestine.
Those of y'all who want to see Z-Ro on Thursday night can easily see both shows. You already know Z-Ro won't be on stage before 1 a.m. (I assume) soooooooo, you could presumably see two of the greatest rap shows you'll see all year, in one night, in one city. Seriously, if you are reading this and are in Austin or Houston or maybe within driving distance of either city, I really need you to come out and support.
Free Palestine: Born Here
Slingshot Hip Hop Trailer
Who's The Terrorist?
And for more background, I grabbed this from The Guardian:
We're not celebrating Israel's anniversary...
The Guardian, Wednesday April 30 2008
This article appeared in the Guardian on Wednesday April 30 2008 on p33 of the Leaders & reply section. It was last updated at 12:44 on April 30 2008...
In May, Jewish organisations will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel. This is understandable in the context of centuries of persecution culminating in the Holocaust. Nevertheless, we are Jews who will not be celebrating. Surely it is now time to acknowledge the narrative of the other, the price paid by another people for European anti-semitism and Hitler's genocidal policies. As Edward Said emphasised, what the Holocaust is to the Jews, the Naqba is to the Palestinians.
In April 1948, the same month as the infamous massacre at Deir Yassin and the mortar attack on Palestinian civilians in Haifa's market square, Plan Dalet was put into operation. This authorised the destruction of Palestinian villages and the expulsion of the indigenous population outside the borders of the state. We will not be celebrating.
In July 1948, 70,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes in Lydda and Ramleh in the heat of the summer with no food or water. Hundreds died. It was known as the Death March. We will not be celebrating.
In all, 750,000 Palestinians became refugees. Some 400 villages were wiped off the map. That did not end the ethnic cleansing. Thousands of Palestinians (Israeli citizens) were expelled from the Galilee in 1956. Many thousands more when Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza. Under international law and sanctioned by UN resolution 194, refugees from war have a right to return or compensation. Israel has never accepted that right. We will not be celebrating.
We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state founded on terrorism, massacres and the dispossession of another people from their land. We cannot celebrate the birthday of a state that even now engages in ethnic cleansing, that violates international law, that is inflicting a monstrous collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza and that continues to deny to Palestinians their human rights and national aspirations.
We will celebrate when Arab and Jew live as equals in a peaceful Middle East.
Cllr Jonathan Bloch
Prof. Haim Bresheeth
Dr. Linda Edmondson
Brian Fisher MBE
Yael Oren Kahn
Prof. Adah Kay
Prof. Eleonore Kofman
Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky
Prof. Emeritus Moshe Machover
Miriam Margolyes OBE
Dr. Brian Robinson
Prof. Steven Rose
Prof. Jonathan Rosenhead
Prof. Frances Stewart