By Eisen-Martin, Tongo
From the corner store to the dilapidated school, from the alleys between downtown office buildings to the prison, voices that have been through too much to care relate the post-industrial U.S. Black experience. Moments of political and spiritual convergence, gangsterism and revol...ution, surrealism and blunt materiality, from a choir living in oppression and transience, invisible to the mainstream bourgeoisie.Read more
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Born in San Francisco, Tongo Eisen-Martin is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry book, Someone's Dead Already. He is a movement worker, educator, and poet who has organized against mass incarceration and extra-judicial killing of Black people throughout the United States. He has educated in detention centers from New York's Rikers Island to California's San Quentin State Prison. His work in Rikers Island was featured in the New York Times . He was also adjunct faculty at the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at Columbia University in New York. Subscribing to the Freirian model of education, he designed curricula for oppressed people's education projects from San Francisco to South Africa. His latest curriculum on extrajudicial killing of Black people, We Charge Genocide Again , has been used as an educational and organizing tool throughout the country. He uses his craft to create liberated territory wherever he performs and teaches. He recently lived and organized around issues of human rights and self-determination in Jackson, MS.
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