[act-ma] 4/28 (Starting Tonight!) Two Author Presentations: Fernandez on Political Repression, Sinha on Abolitionists

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4/28 Johanna Fernandez (editor) *Writing on the Wall - Selected Prison
Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal*; 5/1 Manisha Sinha The Slave's Cause; emails
to follow will announce the 4/30 Boston Socialist Unity Project Conference
the 5/12 Flint - Can it Happen Here?
event by the Color of Water Project
the 5/14 Easter Rising Event
with Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore, the 5/18 Retrospective on Haiti after
the Earthquake
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Writing on the Wall Join Editor Johanna Fernandez, Thursday, April 28, 7:00
p.m. at encuentro5

Johanna is a former Fulbright Scholar to Jordan and Assistant Professor of
History at Baruch College of the City University of New York where she
teaches 20th Century US history and African American History. She is author
of the forthcoming When the World Was Their Stage: A History of the Young
Lords Party, 1968–1976 (Princeton University Press). Fernandez is the
writer and producer of the film,Justice on Trial: the Case of Mumia
Abu-Jamal and she is featured in the critically acclaimed documentary about
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Long Distance Revolutionary. Her writings have been
published internationally, from Al Jazeera to the Huffington Post. She is a
coordinator of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home.

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(Journal), and Youth Against Mass Incarceration.*

The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition Join Author Manisha Desai to
debunk myths about the movement to end slavery and build equality, Sunday,
May 1, 6:00 p.m. at encuentro5
Received historical wisdom casts abolitionists as bourgeois, mostly white
reformers burdened by racial paternalism and economic conservatism. Manisha
Sinha overturns this image, broadening her scope beyond the antebellum
period usually associated with abolitionism and recasting it as a radical
social movement in which men and women, black and white, free and enslaved
found common ground in causes ranging from feminism and utopian socialism
to anti-imperialism and efforts to defend the rights of labor. Drawing on
extensive archival research, including newly discovered letters and
pamphlets, Sinha documents the influence of the Haitian Revolution and the
centrality of slave resistance in shaping the ideology and tactics of
abolition. This book is a comprehensive new history of the abolition
movement in a transnational context. It illustrates how the abolitionist
vision ultimately linked the slave’s cause to the struggle to redefine
American democracy and human rights across the globe.

*Manisha Sinha *is a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst,
and is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the
Humanities among several others. She is the author of *The
Counterrevolution of Slavery: Politics and Ideology in Antebellum South

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