Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Places to go, people to read

I'll head up tonight after work: to 777 UN Plaza for a 6:00 program called "Crisis in Honduras," featuring reports from members of the U.S. solidarity delegation that traveled to Tegucigalpa earlier this month plus Honduras UN Ambassador Jorge Arturo Reina and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

I want to head up tomorrow after work: to the Asian American Writers' Workshop, 16 West 32nd Street, 10th Floor, at 7:00, for "An Evening with Hwang Sok-Young." The Korean writer and former political prisoner, jailed by the U.S. puppet regime in the south for the "crime" of setting foot in the socialist north, will read from his autobiographical novel The Old Garden, recently published here in English translation.

I plan to head over Thursday after work: to the Brecht Forum, 451 West Street, at 7:00, for a presentation by Fred Goldstein, author of Low-Wage Capitalism, followed by what ought to be a lively discussion.

You'll note that I will go tonight, while I want to go tomorrow, and I plan to go Thursday ... because the week as it proceeds tends to have its way with me. So we'll see. But

I'll definitely swing by after work Friday and join the picket line: outside Billionaire Mayor-for-Life Bloomberg's campaign headquarters at 813 Broadway, 5:00 to 6:30. There are many good reasons for this protest, but one of the best is last week's racist affront when Bloomberg dredged up scumbag horror show Rudolph Giuliani to tell a group of religious reactionaries, in nearly so many words of a KKK-type "warning," that if William Thompson wins the mayoralty it will mean terror in the streets for white people. Thompson is African American. As is David Dinkins, former NYC mayor who Giuliani ousted from office in 1994 after an openly racist campaign whose low point came when Giuliani led a police riot that took over downtown and featured drunken cops carrying signs calling Mayor Dinkins "the washroom attendant." Giuliani and his racist following are Bloomberg's failsafe strategy, as if spending more than anyone in history isn't enough to buy him another (illegal, in defiance of the term-limits law passed by popular referendum) term.

Back with more bookish stuff soon.