Critical Art Ensemble's Steve Kurtz Cleared of All Charges Department of Justice Fails to Appeal Dismissal Kurtz Speaks about Four-Year Ordeal Buffalo, NY—Dr. Steven Kurtz, a Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY at Buffalo and cofounder of the award-winning art and theater group Critical Art Ensemble, has been cleared of all charges of mail and wire fraud. On April 21, Federal Judge Richard J. Arcara dismissed the government’s entire indictment against Dr. Kurtz as “insufficient on its face.” This means that even if the actions alleged in the indictment (which the judge must accept as “fact”) were true, they would not constitute a crime. The US Department of Justice had thirty days from the date of the ruling to appeal. No action has been taken in this time period, thus stopping any appeal of the dismissal. According to Margaret McFarland, a spokeswoman for US Attorney Terrance P. Flynn, the DoJ will not appeal Arcara’s ruling and will not seek any new charges against Kurtz.
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The Living Theater presents A Reading of Three Movements in an Enclosed Area By Jim Feast Tuesday, June 17th at 8pm. Tensions and passions flare as a trio of anarchists try to elude “killers in blue.” Contribution The Living Theater 212-792-8050 19-21 Clinton Street (between Stanton and Houston) F train to 2nd Avenue (exit front of train, when traveling toward Brooklyn, walk east on Houston to Clinton)
"From the Acteal Massacre to the Merida Initiative" Rafael Landerreche Translation and footnotes by Kristin Bricker La Jornada, November 10, 2007 Las Abejas from Chenalhó is an organization that professes non-violent principles. Time and time again they've declared that they don't want revenge for the Acrtal massacre, but that they won't give up their demand for justice so that incidents like that don't happen again. It couldn't be a better time to review some tragic lessons from the Acteal case, since an agreement with the United States government known officially as the Merida Initiative is being cooked up right now.
"The New Security Culture" Boris Beauregard It’s a New Security Culture! A message from Boris Beauregard celebrating the World Security Days: "Never before in the history of the world, there has been such a need to respond effectively to critical events. In today’s complex world where the solutions to your security concerns are no longer straightforward, it is more difficult than ever to successfully protect interests against diverse and intricate dangers." http://www.global-security-alliance.com/gsa/world-security-days/en Below his keynote speech...
"Precarious Labor: A Feminist Viewpoint" Silvia Federici
The Art of Rent / A series of open seminars * GOVERNANCE AND THE INSTITUTION OF THE COMMON Final seminar Thursday 5 June, 4 to 7pm Room 4.08, Francis Bancroft Building Queen Mary University of London, Mile End http://www.generation-online.org/other/artofrent.htm STEFANO HARNEY - Queen Mary University of London JUDITH REVEL - Sorbonne University, Paris ALBERTO DE NICOLA - ESC atelier occupato, Roma (www.escatelier.net) RAUL SANCHEZ - UniNomada, Madrid (www.universidadnomada.net)
Jun 10 2008 7:00 pm
On Tuesday, June 10, at 7:00pm, the Anarchist Forum will present "Thus Spoke The Spectacle", a live music video critique of media-saturated culture. The performance, based on Guy Debord's landmark Situationist work "The Society of the Spectacle," combines original music with bit and pieces of the media barrage reassembled to draw out their hidden meanings. The Spectacle, according to Debord is "the world of illusion where all attention and consciousness converge," constituting a unified thought-world constructed daily through communication technology. The Spectacle is dominated by images of commercialized community: happy, well-adjusted people connected to each other, and a multitude of products, in meaningful and satisfying ways. The reality is a never-ending psychic invasion causing alienation: separation from the self, from others, and from a genuine experience of life. Music by Eric Goodman, lyrics by Guy Debord, live performance by Eric Goodman and Mike Stevens. The performers will talk with the audience after the show.
Solidarity is a Weapon! Benefit for Marie Mason NYC June 7 A special video for the June 7th Day of National Resistance Against the Green Scare Derrick Jensen Acclaimed environmental writer, author of ‘Culture of Make Believe’, ‘A Language Older Than Words’, ‘Endgame’, and other works. Jensen discusses the recent state repression of activist groups (the “Green Scare”), the state of the environmental defense movement, and the fate of our planet. All proceeds will benefit the legal fund for Marie Mason and other recently arrested environmental activists. This is part of the June 7th National Day of Resistance Against the Green Scare. If you cannot make this event but would like to donate to the legal fund, you can do so at http://freemarie.org. JUNE 7, 7PM $5–10 donation requested FUSIONARTS, 57 Stanton Street, Lower East Side NYC (between Forsyth and Eldridge, two blocks from Bluestockings). F at 2nd Ave
SEIZED Critical Art Ensemble Institute for Applied Autonomy June 7 to July 19, 2008 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 7, 8–11pm Admission is FREE Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center 341 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14202 Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is pleased to announce the exhibition SEIZED by Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) and the Institute for Applied Autonomy (IAA). The exhibition premieres Saturday, June 7, 2008 from 8–11pm and the opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition will remain on view through July 18, 2008. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 6pm and Saturday, 1–4pm. Following the four year long ordeal of CAE founding member and University at Buffalo Art Professor Steve Kurtz—accused by the Justice Department of “bio-terrorism” and later indicted on charges of mail fraud for procuring harmless bacterial cultures for use in an educational art project—SEIZED presents the artworks behind this case which has attracted worldwide attention and propelled an international arts community to rally to Kurtz’s support and on behalf of freedom of expression.
Will you join us in the middle of a whirlwind? In the Middle of a Whirlwind: 2008 Convention Protests, Movement and Movements A one-off online journal of theory, art, activism and organizing out now! Coordinated by: Team Colors Collective Published by: The Journal of Aesthetics & Protest Press In the Middle of a Whirlwind (Whirlwinds) inquires into current organizing efforts in the United States, and through that process, assembles a strategic analysis of current political composition as a tool for building political power. Whirlwinds’ strategic context is this summer’s RNC and DNC protests; through these documents and the discussions that erupt from them we hope to directly impact the anti-Convention organizing. In a larger sense, and in the long-term, Whirlwinds is intended to provide a set of useful documents for contemporary radical organizing. Each essay and interview addresses the issues of movement, working class power and composition, and/or gives strategic insight into organizing, and the strengths and weaknesses of current movement/s in the U.S.
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