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Lundi

May 2nd

King Izzard & the Lizard Wizards

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Australian psychedelic outfit

 

Nth Power

Blue Nile, 10:30p.m.

Nikki Glaspie’s funk outfit

 

Mild High Club

Saturn Bar, 9p.m.

LA slack funk psychedelia

 

Bluegrass Pickin’ Party

Hi-Ho Lounge, 8p.m.

Bring an instrument and join in (free)

 

Luke Winslow King,

d.b.a., 7p.m.

Young singer-songwriter with an old soul

 

Gerald French & Original Tuxedo Brass Band

Palm Court, 8p.m.

Classic NOLA jazz

Mardi

May 3rd

Give NOLA Day

CItywide!

Annual nonprofit fundraising fest

 

Lamb of God

Orpheum, 9p.m.

Virginia heavy metal rockers

 

Brian Dolzani

Circle Bar, 8p.m.

Classic folk troubador

 

Young Empires

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Indie pop rockers open The Gates

 

Gregory Agid

Maison, 6:30p.m.

Clarinetist makes standards new again, weekly

 

Carolyn Hembree

Maple Street Book, 6p.m.

Author reads from her latest book


AP: Local Activists Tracked by NYPD in NOLA


If you think one police force's activities are enough to be worried about, try adding some fuzz from America's largest city. Apparently, there wasn't enough crime up in New York City, so the Big Apple's force dispatched a few people down to New Orleans. According to an AP investigation, New Orleans activist-journalist Jordan Flaherty, who writes for Left Turn and organizes the annual local International Human Rights Festival, was in the crosshairs of the NYPD's intelligence division for opposing government policies.

 

According to the report, the NYPD officers kept an eye on Flaherty at the 2008 People's Summit, which was a gathering of leftist groups opposed to American economic policy. Flaherty apparently caught the NYPD's attention because as a "former member of the International Solidarity Movement Chapter in New York City." The NYPD appears to have also monitored Flaherty at that year's International Human Rights Film Fest, according to the report. 

 

"The only threat was the threat of ideas," Flaherty said of the Festival. "I think this idea of secret police following you around is terrifying. It really has an effect of spreading fear and squashing dissent."

 

Labor organizer Marisa Franco also caught the NYPD's attention, according to the report.

 

As has been well-trodden before, all of this was done in the name of counterterrorism. 




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