Benefit For Political Prisoner Marilyn Buck

Convicted of politically-motivated crimes, Marilyn Buck has spent 25 years in prison. Set for release in August, she’s now being treated for cancer.

Join us for an evening of music, poetry and consciousness-raising in her honor on Friday, June 25 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 3105 E. Cesar Chavez Street in Austin (on the north bank of the Colorado River between Pleasant Valley Rd. & Tillery St. Ample parking is available.). Click here for the Facebook event page.

The event will feature hip hop artist/warriors Riders Against the Storm, award-winning singer-songwriter Karen Abrahams and activist/performance artist Joe P. Carr.

We’ll also highlight the word power of Chicano poets Jorge Antonio Renaud and Henry Gonzalez, along with special guest speaker and former political prisoner Robert King, one of the prisoners known collectively as the Angola 3. Alma de Mujer Council member Maria Elena Martinez will lead a healing ceremony. The benefit will include a silent art auction, prize raffles, books and CDs of Marilyn’s work, food, and refreshments. All proceeds go towards Marilyn’s urgent post-release medical support.

A $10 donation is suggested. Advance tickets are available at Resistencia Bookstore and Planet K, and contributions can be made online after June 18 at the YES, Inc./Phogg Phoundation website. Hosts include Ex-pinta Support Alliance (ESA), NOKOA The Observer, Resistencia Bookstore, One Love Kitchen, South Austin Popular Culture Center, Ecology Action, the Rag Blog/NJP, and YES, Inc./Phogg Phoundation. Sponsors include Austin Cab, Book Woman, Code Pink, the Angola 3, Monkey Wrench Books, Movement for a Democratic Society, Oat Willie’s, Ruby’s Bar-B-Que, Teatro Vivo, Threadgill’s, Vulcan Video, and many others.

Buck, an award-winning poet originally from Austin, was convicted of politically-motivated crimes in the 1970s and 1980s. She earned two college degrees, taught herself Spanish in order to communicate with and for Latina prisoners, and organized AIDS education and literacy classes in prison. She won respect as a principled voice for the rights of oppressed people, especially women, people of color, and other political prisoners. Slated for release on parole this August, Buck was diagnosed with cancer late last year. Her plans for starting life over at age 62 now must be amended to allow for recuperation and healing.

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