November 30: “Mad Bomber Melville” Book Event w/ Leslie James Pickering

October 24, 2007 at 10:54 pm (Events)

ariseweb1.jpgJoin the TC Eco-Prisoner Support Committee and Arise! Bookstore for an event with Leslie James Pickering! Leslie will be reading from, discussing, and signing his new book, Mad Bomber Melville.

When: Friday, November 3, 2007, 7:00 pm

Where: Arise! Bookstore, 2441 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

Mad Bomber Melville is the new biography of Sam Melville, who was responsible for a spree of devastating dynamite bombings in Manhattan skyscrapers housing corporations and government agencies driving the Vietnam War and who was a key organizer of the famed 1971 Attica Prison uprising where he was killed. Melville’s bombings inspired a flood of revolutionary guerrilla actions in the US during the late 1960s and early 1970s and his organizing at Attica serves as one of the most inspiring examples of cross-racial justice struggles in recent American history.

Author Leslie James Pickering served as spokesperson for the Earth Liberation Front Press Office from 2000 to 2002 and holds a Master’s degree in history and journalism. At the Mad Bomber Melville book release, he will be discussing the book as well as reading from it and showing a five-minute video of television news clips covering Melville’s actions in 1969. Signed copies of Mad Bomber Melville and Pickering’s earlier book, Earth Liberation Front: 1997-2002, will be available and he will be taking questions from the audience.

“We are long overdue for the kind of serious consideration of Sam Melville’s political role and development that Leslie James Pickering has undertaken. Before the Weather Underground had formed, Melville, even without the resources and support we had at elite universities, initiated armed propaganda attacks on buildings (not people) of the corporations and government responsible for war and plunder of the third world. Like all of us, he had plenty of faults, especially at a time when we’d had so little collective struggle on sexism and ego. As a prisoner, Melville went on to become a searing and inspiring example of a white radical willing to risk his life fighting alongside Black and Latin struggles when he became a leader, and was killed by police, during the earthshaking Attica prison rebellion of 1971. This study reclaims an important, but largely unheralded, piece of radical history, with valuable lessons about initiative, shortcomings and growth in striving to be fully on the side of the oppressed.”
-David Gilbert
U.S. Political Prisoner
Weather Underground Organization

Click here for a review of the book by a local organizer.

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