arundhati roy gave a speech at the riverside church in new york city on 5/13/03, to a sold-out audience of 3,000 people in addition to the audience listening to the live radio broadcast. her speech is one of the most moving speeches i have ever heard. it is insightful and timely. and perhaps best of all, it offers suggestions as to what we can do.

here is the official transcript of her speech:



Arundhati Roy requests that those wishing to post the text of her address, "Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free)," on their website instead provide a link to the official transcript, available on the website of the Center for Economic and Social Rights at http://www.cesr.org/roy.

She'd like to direct traffic to the CESR site.

Also, the talk will soon be published in book form, by South End Press, so please feel free to encourage people to look out for the book at:


I am also sending you, as a separate message, a copy of the e-mail CESR has sent out about the event. It would be fantastic if you could forward this to your friends.

In solidarity,


Forwarded from http://www.cesr.org


Dear Friends,

This past Tuesday evening, the Center for Economic and Social Rights had the rare honor to host Arundhati Roy for an original talk at The Riverside Church in New York City.

Before a sold-out audience of 3,000 people, Arundhati delivered a historic address, Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free), in which she offered us some much-needed uncomfortable thoughts about money, war, empire, racism, and democracy. This was followed by a public conversation with historian Howard Zinn, one of this country's most important progressive voices.

Due to overwhelming public demand, tickets to the event sold out in a matter of hours, and we realize that many of you may have been unable to attend. We are pleased to let you know that the text of Instant-Mix Imperial Democracy (Buy One, Get One Free) is now available on our website at http://www.cesr.org/roy/.

Also on the website is the text of my own introductory remarks, in which I highlight some of CESR's recent work and discuss our plans to return to Iraq in the near future to document the human costs of war and occupation. The event is the cover story of the new issue of Outlook India magazine, available at http://www.outlookindia.com.

The entire event was recorded by C-SPAN and will be broadcast nationwide beginning this Sunday, May 18 at 12:00 AM EST and then again at 8:00 AM EST.

C-SPAN will continue these broadcasts over the next several weekends in different time slots. The broadcast schedule is available at http://www.booktv.org/schedule/.

For those wishing to obtain a copy of the audio or video of the event, these will soon be available from CESR. For further information, and to be notified of other CESR events and projects, please visit our website where you can sign up to join our low-volume e-mail announcements list.

Finally, now, more than ever, CESR needs your financial support. From reporting on the right to education in New York City public schools, to documenting the struggle for access to water in the Palestinian Occupied Territories, to launching a major new initiative to advocate for the rights of Iraqis under U.S. military occupation?

CESR continues its work to reframe the struggle for the human rights to health, education, housing, food, work, and social security as a matter of justice rather than charity. We know that you share our concerns and hope that you will consider supporting our commitment to this work. For more information on how to help, please visit http://www.cesr.org/INVOLVED/involved.htm.

In solidarity,

Roger Normand

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last updated: 05.13.2003