Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hip Hop Defends Free Speech

Chicago & Bronx-based MC trio, Rebel Diaz, is headling a show tomorrow night Wednesday at Martyrs'.  Performing with BBU, Scheme, Lungz, I'naru' (Chi Town Bomberas), Tony Centrino, and DJ's Illanoiz, Ozone, and Game Over this show is being held as a fundraiser for the self-defense of peace activists.

On September 24th, the F.B.I. raided the homes and offices of 14 midwest peace activists and subpoenaed them to testify in front of a grand jury regarding "material aid to terrorism".  The raids are in response to a recent Supreme Court "decision upholding a dangerously broad interpretation of "material support to foreign terrorist organizations", in which offering advice, training and service to any group deemed to be affiliated with a designated terrorist constitutes material support for terrorism, even if the service in question has nothing to do with any "terrorist" act. In this context, The September 24 FBI raids contribute to the criminalization of any communication with any group the US State Department has designated a terrorist organization or an affiliate of a terrorist organization. Even advocating negotiating with one of these named groups could be construed as a 'crime' - and the ruling effectively criminalizes protest and constricts freedom of speech and dissent."

Rebel Diaz puts on an amazing show.  I've seen them play in front of all kinds of crowds and they always do a great job entertaining and spreading knowledge.  BBU's been getting a lot of attention lately, especially for their bouncy "Chi Don't Dance" and I've seen Scheme and DJ Illanoiz play some nice sets.  All in all it should be a fun night.

Hip Hop Defends Free Speech
Rebel Diaz
I'naru' (Chi Town Bomberas)
Tony Centrino
DJ Illanoiz
DJ Ozone
DJ Game Over

Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Doors open at 7pm
Performances from 8pm to 1am
at Martyrs'
3855 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL
$12 at the door

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