Out and about

A few Slugger regulars are intending to go along to a public meeting with anarchist and former Black Panther Ashanti Aliston in an Culturlann on Tues at 7pm.

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Former Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member Ashanti Alston is to speak in the Culturlann next week as part of a speaking tour of Ireland.

Ashanti known as the ‘anarchist panther’ was a member of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and the early 1970s. As a political prisoner Ashanti spent over a decade in US prisons and since became an anarchist while still drawing on many of his experiences and ideas that spurred him on as a Black Panther activist.

Ashanti remains a community activist in New Jersey and in recent years has spoke in several cities across the United States said:
“I am delighted to be embarking on this tour across Ireland ending in Liberty Hall on March 7 for the Dublin Anarchist Bookfair, especially whenever everyone is suffering from Obamamania at the moment.

I have always wanted to visit Belfast as I was influenced by the struggle here particularly during the civil rights era and hope to share my experiences in the struggle for social change.”

WSM spokesperson Michael McGovern added: “We are delighted to be hosting this talk as we have a lot to learn from the Black Panthers in terms of their successful community programmes. In times of growing inequality, unemployment and bankers being bailed out the need for a revolutionary transformation of society is as relevant as it was in the 1960s.”

The upcoming talk, which is free, takes place on Tuesday, March 3 at 7pm at the Culturlann Gallery room), 216 Falls Road, West Belfast.

Also live interview with Belfast radio show The Fourth World War, Feile FM on Monday, March 3 at 6.30pm.
Féile FM 103.2 or on line at www.feilefm.com

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