ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



 the news media in the united states is pitiful–they often refuse to report what is going on.

their general capitulation to and regurgitation of bush administration viewpoints notwithstanding



Books by Kalamu ya Salaam


The Magic of JuJu: An Appreciation of the Black Arts Movement  /   360: A Revolution of Black Poets

Everywhere Is Someplace Else: A Literary Anthology  /  From A Bend in the River: 100 New Orleans Poets

Our Music Is No Accident   /  What Is Life: Reclaiming the Black Blues Self

My Story My Song (CD)


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ACTION: all out to stop the war–

demonstrate, saturday, march 15, 2003


folks, in new orleans we are demonstrating beginning at congo square, 12noon on saturday, march 15, 2003. on feb. 15th, we had a demonstration of approximately 800, with less than 20 black folk in the crowd. our goal on march 15th is to mobilize 200 black people. wherever you live, i encourage each and every e-drummer to get involved and to participate in your local effort to stop the war. the last few days have not been encouraging–bush & company seem determined to go to war, with or without a united nations security council resolution, with or without the participation of england. the news media in the united states is pitiful–they often refuse to report what is going on. their general capitulation to and regurgitation of bush administration viewpoints notwithstanding, the new york times came out with an editorial against the war on one day, and on the following days it was back to normal, which means no information, disinformation and diversions. if we were sitting on saturn watching this madness from afar, it would be a comic tragedy. but we are part of the world community and there is the potential for hundreds of thousands of people to die in this war. no one knows what is going to happen. it could be over in a matter of a few days or it could drag on for weeks, for sure, world politics will change drastically. here in the united states, the changes will be dramatic. remember that nearly every state government as well as the federal government are running unprecedented deficits. as the consolidation of global capitalism grows without restraint, whole sectors of american business are going under or being marginalized. again, i do not understand economics well enough to make specific predictions, however, i do know we are not looking at a pretty picture. under these conditions, it is hard to keep our heads up. now more than ever we need artists to encourage the people. not to sugar coat our conditions or engage people in mindless diversions, but rather to help us all face the realities of our time, find ways to survive and build stronger community as we struggle with this new world order brought to us by the unelected president of the united states who wants nothing less than to run the world. please join us on saturday, march 15th. join millions of people around the world who will demonstrate their opposition to war. all out to stop the war–demonstrate, saturday, march 15, 2003! kalamu  

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March 15, 2003 Worldwide Protests! Internationally coordinated demonstrations to Stop the War: Demonstrations in Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Around the World, Saturday March 15, 2003 Los Angeles Assemble 12 Noon at Olympic and Broadway March to the Downtown Federal Building San Francisco 11 am at Civic Center Plaza Washington, DC 12 noon @ the Washington Monument Constitution Ave. between 15th and 17th Sts. NW The people of the world CAN stop the war. The Bush administration has set a count-down to a war of unimaginable suffering for the innocent people of Iraq, but THIS IS NOT INEVITABLE. Millions have demonstrated, World Leaders have denied the push to war, The Holy Father Pope John Paul II has called on Bush to stop his warmongering — it is clear that the world wants PEACE! As was done last month on February 15 In cities around the world, this Saturday March 15 people are mobilizing massive demonstrations to stop the war. Between 20 and 30 million people worldwide participated in last month’s rallies; this month must be larger! Join us for a united massive demonstration for peace, not war. Express your solidarity with the men, women, and especially the children of Iraq. War will further debilitate already crumbling structures that provide for basic human needs in our own country as well… health care, education, environment, civil liberties, workplace protections, retirement pensions… all are suffering from the lack of prioritization of these concerns given by a government bent on war at any price. For more information in Los Angeles, contact the Sponsors:

ICUJP: / Coalition for World Peace International ANSWER Coalition / Not in Our Name Project For San Francisco  go to

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label ‘trafficked’ does not accurately describe migrants’ lives and that the ‘rescue industry’ serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. “Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality.”—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake. She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.—WashingtonPost

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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