Leave it to a New York landlord to evict an 87 year old woman who happens to be one of downtown New York's most celebrated and beloved artists: Judith Malina. What does he care? He wants his money. Leave it to the many arts programs in the United States to fail to give a grant to a utopian idealist who opposes war, violence in all forms, the death penalty, the capitalist system of financial exploitation, who advocates for the legal use of marijuana, vegetarianism and pacifist anarchism--in short the ideals of the '60s counterculture whose leading source of radical education was Julian Beck and Judith Malina's "Living Theater." This was the last night for them, as the theater was evicted too. Not that we expect a government to fund an anarchist troop, however gifted, creative and accomplished. Yet there are people who made big money in the arts with countercultural ideals. We saw them descend from their limos to sing to the encampment at Zuccotti Park during the Occupy Wall Street protest. Here's a chance for them to put their money where their mouths are: Help bring Judith back to New York where she wants to be and is most needed. Until then, she will be without a home, at the Actor's Home in Englewood New Jersey still saying "Forward the beautiful non-violent anarchist revolution."
From: Penny Arcade's Benefit for Judith, The Living Theater, 21 Clinton Street, New York City, February 27, 2013.
Video: Thelma Blitz