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Poetry + Hip-hop + Migrant Solidarity : No Más Muertes Variety Benefit

The mission of No More Deaths is to end death and suffering in the Mexico–US borderlands through civil initiative: people of conscience working openly and in community to uphold fundamental human rights.”
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 Oi ! Coming up this Sunday (1/15/17) is a variety benefit show for Southern AZ humanitarian organization No More Deaths/No Más Muertes !!

“WHAT’S ‘NO MORE DEATHS’?”

“No More Deaths (No Más Muertes) maintains a year-round humanitarian presence in the deserts of southwestern Arizona. We work in the remote corridors into which migration has been pushed, where people are walking 30 to 80 miles. Volunteers hike the trails and leave water, food, socks, blankets, and other supplies. Under the direction of our medical team, volunteers provide emergency first-aid treatment to individuals in distress.”

More on NMM here.

“WHAT’S A VARIETY SHOW?”

A variety show is a coagulation of voices & mediums gathering into a single space. Much of this show is a dialogue between hip-hop + poetry. Folk + electronic + story telling + [ etc performing arts ] are welcome.
Your work does not need to focus on borders / migrant rights, but respect to the event’s core is expected / necessary to perform.
RSVP thru our Facebook Event.
Share + invite folks to boost it into other folks’ feeds !!

“HOW’S THIS ROLLING OUT?”

Kicking things off is a speaker from NMM, discussing the organization/their needs followed by an open mic + featured performers. We ask open mic attendants to limit their sets to ~3 minutes, or one piece. If it’s a haiku you read, that’s your poem.

Open mic sign ups start @ 6:30pm.

Our beautiful 🔥 features are Alana Maria speaking on NMM, their work & needs as group, + Yanara Friedland, a German-American writer, author of”Uncountry : A Mythology” (Noemi Press), translator, & teacher at the UofA Poetry Center, + Wren Awry, the founding editor of Tiny Donkey, teacher at the UofA Poetry Center, & NMM volunteer, + Lando Chill, local hip-hop artist & poet signed to Mello Music Group.

It’s going to be a hell of a gathering ❤

“HOW’S THIS BENEFITING NMM?”

Entrance is donation-based to maintain economic accessibility ($5 recommended donation) for all voices to be able to attend. All $$ goes to NMM.

Vegan/vegetarian plates are available at $3 a pop. Sculpture + pottery + paintings + photo prints + artist merch are vended to benefit NMM (% set by artists).

Our traveling bookstore Books & Shovels will also be vending its usual wares + anti-fascist/know-your-rights zines.

“HOW’D THIS START?”

This show was intended for December 16th in correspondence w/ the International Day of Poetry Benefit Shows that occurred across the United States & Canada, organized by poet Elijah Pearson, to show solidarity w/ migrants + human rights.

Circumstance worked against us, & to best provide space + effectively fundraise, we pushed Tucson’s event back to January 15th.

“WHAT’S THE BENEFIT GOAL?”

Our goal is $200–or a ~week’s worth of water drops.

That’s our bare minimum goal to raise thru bringing together an eclectic mix of artistic expression thru both the performance space + displaying art for sale.

If you’re in the position to donate at the door, again, the suggested amount is $5.

If you’re able to donate more–donate more.

If you can’t make it out, you can donate online.

RESPECT THE SPACE !!

Please respect the yard/house space. Johanna Robin Hand is investing a lot of trust + energy into this event, & we want to make the return
Thank you ❤
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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

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