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In existence since the early 1990s, Welfare Poets write poetry/rhymes of protest and up-liftment, accompanied by congas (percussion). The group plays Hip Hop with a fusion of various styles from the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico, Cuba and Jamaica.

For almost 20 years, Welfare Poets have not only been cultural activists, but also directly involved in efforts for social justice... challenging police brutality, the death penalty, and the colonial status of Puerto Rico and the US Naval occupation of the island; and, fighting for freedom for political prisoners and environmental justice in New York City.

Through teaching residencies and workshops, through activism around community struggles, and through sharp-edged performances of music that incorporates Hip Hop, Bomba y Plena, Latin Jazz and other rhythms, the Welfare Poets bring information and inspiration to those facing oppression and those fighting for liberation.

www.myspace.com/thewelfarepoets

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