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Tuesday, March 15, 2005  

Hiphop for healthcare

Last fall, I represented the American Medical Student Association on a panel on "generation debt and healthcare" at the Campaign for a National Health Plan NOW's new york conference. I had the fortune of being on a panel with the kickass speaker and activist Adrienne Marie Brown and the wonderful L. James from a neat organization called the Grassroots Artists Movement, which partly serves to unionize independent hiphop and other musicians and help provide health care benefits to them. The organization is also building power to organize around health care for everyone. After the panel an impressive spoken word artist/rapper named Hasan Salaam dropped some INSANE raps full of political knowledge and beautiful rhythms. He's absolutely amazing, check out his site if you can.

Anyway, if you're in the NYC area in the next couple days, the following event is going to be pretty hot (I won't be able to make it because I'll be at the AMSA national convention -- perhaps blogging a bit from there).

I'd love to know how the event went, if you go -- so hit me up on the comments or email...

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"Hip-Hop for the Tsunami Victims & HealthCare" Benefit Concert
Organized by G.A.ME (Grassroots Artist MovEment) & HHAC (Hip Hop Advocates Club) Friday March 18th, 2005 7:30pm doors open wide New York City Hunter College Auditorium North building 1st fl., 69th St. btwn Park & Lexington Ave.
All Ages...No dress code...
$10.00
more info. 347-431-1826 contact@kickgame.com tix online www.kickgame.com
Event flyer http://www.kickgame.com/images/flyers/tsunami.html

PERFORMING LIVE:
G.A.ME artists:
Immortal Technique, Red Clay, Division X, Majesty, Ravage, DJ Kay Slay, Black Market Militia (Killah Priest, Tragedy Khadafi, Timbo King, Hell Razah) Keith Murray RA the Rugged Man Wu-Tang's DJ Mathematics Hosted by Amanda Diva

There will be a mtg. about organizing after this huge event March 22nd 7pm. G.A.ME is a Hip-Hop Union which provides free healthcare to artists & activists' families through the G.A.ME HealthCare Network. We also invest in strengthening youth leadership around the globe.

posted by Anjali Taneja | 3/15/2005 05:23:00 PM | |


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