Revolution Books Celebrates Opening of New StoreNYC 19 Jun 2008 01:09 GMT
Speakers at Tuesday's celebratory and fund-raising event included John "Tito" Gerassi, political science professor at CUNY-Queens College, and Marc Levin, a 26th Street neighbor and director of the film "Slam", in addition to bookstore volunteers and organizers. Intense and riveting musical performances were delivered by the four person a capella group Universes and the bass/drum duo of Mike Wimberly and Laurence Goldman.
Also in attendance at the celebration was Lynne Stewart, the radical human rights attorney who was arrested in 2002 on charges of conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists after having called a press conference on behalf of her client, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman. Following conviction, she received a 28 month prison sentence in October 2006, but is presently free on bail pending appeal. In addition to her decades-long career of activism, Ms. Stewart has been a very outspoken critic of the war on dissent in the USA post-9/11. Although not scheduled to speak, Ms. Stewart, a much sought-after orator, did spontaneously address the crowd, which responded with great support and enthusiasm.
Revolution Books intends to facilitate engagement and create change. In addition to organizing around social justice issues, such as the murder of Sean Bell and the subsequent exoneration of the NYPD officers, the bookstore offers a full calendar of political and literary events and discussions featuring authors and activists. Upcoming items of interest include free-thinking author Susan Jacoby (June 25th) and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, who broke the story of the Blackwater mercenary army (July 2nd).
The bookstore can be visited online at http://www.revolutionbooksnyc.org/. Parties interested in volunteering or authors interested in presenting can call 212-691-3345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Internship opportunities are also available.