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Wanda's Picks Special: Honoring Marilyn Buck

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"... I survived, carried on, glad to be like a weed, a wild red poppy, rooted in life," Marilyn writes in her book: Wild Poppies. On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, long-time political prisoner and acclaimed poet and translator Marilyn Buck, 62, passed peacefully at her home in Brooklyn, New York. A few short weeks earlier, on July 15th, Marilyn had been released from the federal Bureau of Prisons medical facility in Carswell, Texas and paroled to New York City. Thanks to the efforts of her long-time friend and lawyer Jill Soffiyah Elijah, her release came several weeks before the date originally set for her release on parole, August 8th. Marilyn served a total of 33 years of an 80-year prison sentence for politically motivated actions undertaken in support of self-determination and national liberation and in opposition to racial injustice and U.S. imperialism. Throughout her years in prison, Marilyn remained a steadfast supporter of fellow political prisoners and an advocate for the women with whom she was imprisoned. A Memorial for Marilyn Buck is planned for Sunday, November 7, 2010, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM at the First Unitarian Church, 685 14th Street, in Oakland, CA. It is wheel chair accessible and childcare is available also. Visit We are joined by Linda Evans, J. Soffiyah Elijah, Yuri Kochiyama, Miranda Bergman, Hafsa Al-Amin. Music: "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About," Mahalia Jackson & Somi's "Inspiration."