‘BAD’ A Brutal Indictment of the American Penal System & a Plea for Prison Reform

    Date: 05/19/2016

    Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    Location: (le) poisson rouge (158 Bleecker St., Manhattan)

    Price: Free


    Thursday, May 19, 2016
    Doors open 6:30pm | Showtime 7pm
    an evening of readings and storytelling
    featuring
    Gea Carr –daughter of James Carr
    Jonathan Peter Jackson –nephew of George Jackson (Soledad Brother)

    plus special guests
    Fury Young with Music from Die Jim Crow
    Apostle Dr. Heloise Sulyans-Gibson (Broken Chains Prison Outreach)
    Emmitt Thrower (Wabi Sabi Productions)
    Gregory Pereira (First Steps 2Urban Outreach)
    Johnny Conyers (Exodus Transitional Community)

    Three Rooms Press presents an evening of reading and storytelling in support of prison reform at the NYC launch of BAD: The Autobiography of James Carr the harrowing, brutal, and unapologetic 1972 memoir by the notorious African-American career criminal who went straight out of Compton to a ongoing cycle of prison terms after burning down his school at age 10. The event will e held in The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street at Thompson) on Thursday, May 19, 7 pm. Admission is free.

    After finally learning to read and write from his cellmate and best friend George Jackson (Soledad Brother), Carr became a early force in the radical stream of the 1960s, working with the Black Panthers, Angela Davis, and the BLA. When finally released, he married, had a daughter, and had just finished recording his memoir when he was gunned down in front of his house in San Jose. The book, initially released in 1975, was suppressed by the California Department of Corrections for its clear-eyed portrayal of the reality of prison conditions.

    “For those interested in prison reform, James Carr’s autobiography BAD is a must read. His life is a testimony to the need to make fundamental changes in our system

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