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(en) US, NYC, MAMAS RISING UP! - May 7 in Brooklyn

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Date Sun, 1 May 2005 07:58:59 +0200 (CEST)

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Mothers Alliance for Militant Action is proud to present:
MAMAS RISING UP! Saturday, May 7th 1-5pm Spoken Words Cafe 226 4th Ave.
between Union and President Park Slope, Brooklyn R train to Union St. stop
FREE and open to the public
call m*A*m*A at 212 714 4725/email mamariseup@yahoo.com with questions
Join m*A*m*A, an NYC grassroots collective of mothers, as we celebrate the
real meaning of Mother's Day with our third annual festival, Mamas Rising
Up! on SATURDAY MAY 7th (FREE of charge). Skip the cards and the flowers and come
celebrate radical, real and revolutionary mamas. This year's lineup includes:
Katherine Arnoldi, author of The Amazing "True" Story of a Teenage Mom

The Green Circus

Amina Munoz-Ali, poet and mother of a reservist

Mama Spirit and the Soul Sistahs, mother/daughter

Priscilla Grim, spoken word artist

dee jay stef i

DJ Uni aka Tastebud

Rude Mechanical Orchestra

Desiree Ong, poet

Tristan Regnaudot, from Choices in Childbirth

Regina Walker, mother and writer

Tahira Faune, Gaelic vocalist

Faith Groenwald, activist with mothers in prison

a representative of Friends of the Birth Center


toyshop: crafts from recyclables with Rolando of Trash

breakdancing workshop for all ages

face painting

workshop on youth and activism with Mikki Halpin


FREE massages for mamas and grandmas from 2-4pm

open mike: get on your soapbox, mama!

free kid and mama clothing swap: bring what you don't
need and take what you do

and much more!

This is a kid and family friendly event.
On Saturday, May 7, 1-5 pm at Spoken Words Cafe, 226
4th Ave. (at Union Street), Park Slope, Brooklyn

m*A*m*A contact# 212 714 4725
email: mamariseup@yahoo.com

This event is FREE and open to the public.

(also, we are seeking a few volunteers for this event,
contact info is below if interested)
Copied From http://mama-nyc.org

MAMA is a grassroots collective of radical mothers and kids.
MAMA's members include working-for-pay mamas, stay at home
mamas, mamas of color, poor mamas, mamas looking for work,
former teen mamas, mamas that have used government assistance,
mamas who unschool, mamas whose kids are in public school, single
mamas, queer women, partnered mamas, and girls and women who
aren't mamas. We are lesbian/bi/trans loving and inclusive and are
open to all women regardless of age, race, income, non-income or
parental status.

MAMA believes that every mother is a working mother and we are
committed to making our society one in which mothers and children
have a wide range of choices and the freedom and power to make
them through sustainable organizing, mutual aid and the collective
resistance of oppression.

MAMA is anti-authoritarian; we have no leaders and make decisions
collectively through the consensus process. We work with the
understanding that we live in a society where children and their
caregivers are systematically devalued, marginalized, and isolated and
that mothers, especially single mothers, are at high risk for poverty.
To liberate families, we understand that our ultimate, long-term goal
is not to reform the system but to end imperialism, capitalism and all
forms of oppression. While we understand that sometimes our
struggle will lead us to confront the system, we are interested in
creating self-supporting networks outside the system for ourselves
and the community at large.

MAMA works toward creating a child-inclusive culture within the
social justice community and beyond and towards increasing free,
public family-friendly space. We share resources and organize events
in the interest of building a more autonomous, self-determined and
sustainable community. The mothers involved are both actively
challenging and changing pre-existing conditions and are the ones
affected by these conditions.

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