Zimbabwe benefit run kicks off with poetry slams

Three slam poetry and storytelling events, the Zimbabwe Poetry Slam and African Folk Tales performances, will be held in Los Altos this month to promote the 15th Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair. in Mountain View.

The performances will feature African and African-inspired poetry and bring to life African stories through the use of puppetry and costumes.

These poetry slam events help promote this year's Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair, which is put on by the Sustainable Living Foundation to raise money for the Makumbi Children's Home, an orphanage in the African country of Zimbabwe. As pre-race events, the poetry slams hope to forward the Sustainable Living Foundation's philosophy of "Be Fit, Create Art, Help Others."

Admission is free. Performances will be held at Know Knew Books on Thursday, Mar. 6, at 7 p.m., The Los Altos Public Library on Friday, Mar. 7, at 3:30 p.m., and Linden Tree Books on Saturday, Mar. 15, at 11 a.m. The run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair will be held on Mar. 23. More information is at


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Posted by Parsing error
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Mar 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

This article uses the word "slam" many times. What does it mean? It may be obvious to a 20-something but not to a 50-something.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm

The best way to help orphans is to get rid of Mugabe. His corrupt rule is the problem. The country was better off economically under Ian Smith's Rhodesia!

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Mar 6, 2014 at 4:09 pm

Really, "resident"? Granted, Mugabe is a disgrace, and Zimbabwe would be better off under competent rule, but to somehow insist that things were better under Ian Smith -- who, after all, was fighting for a white-ruled government in a black-majority country -- is rather ludicrous.

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Posted by R Thibault
a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

For information on what a poetry slam is try this... think of it as Poetry Olympics... Web Link. For more info connect with the Big O Poetry Slam on Twitter @BOPS_Oneonta

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Posted by resident
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 11, 2014 at 2:47 pm

dear UC Davis Grad,

You missed my point that Rhodesia had a better economy under Ian Smith. Obviously you are not a believer in a rising tide lifts all boats. Blacks economically were better off under Ian Smith but not politically. There is a big difference between the two. The fact that successful white farmers had their land expropriated by Mugabe and they escaped to South Africa or Australia hurts the blacks who used to work on those farms.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

This is a classic case of what Dickens deplored and called "telescopic philanthropy." The narcissists behind this will step over homeless people on their own streets as if they do not exist and proceed to create tax shelters under the guise of helping exotic primitive people's abroad. It's disgusting. It's intensely racist, at it's core.

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Mar 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

To resident(?): If you cannot get that without political right, economic rights are meaningless, that is TOTALLY on you.

And you really need to do actual research on the economic situation of blacks under the Smith regime, rather than relying on Rhodesian propaganda.

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