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February 14, 2022

Ben Rosenblum Trio

Pianist and accordionist Ben Rosenblum performs a selection of improvised jazz that draws from international influences ranging from roots, and classic jazz. The New York City-based multi-instrumentalist has been described as “mature beyond his years,” (Sea of Tranquility), an “impressive talent” (All About Jazz), who “caresses [the music] with the reverence it merits” (Downbeat Magazine). Joining him on stage are Marty Jaffe on bass, and Ben Zweig on drums.

Puffin Interview Series With Dr. Joe Chuman: Zachary Sklar & Michael Smith

Michael Ratner (1943–2016) was one of America’s leading human rights lawyers. He worked for more than four decades at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) becoming first the Director of Litigation and then the President of what Alexander Cockburn called “a small band of tigerish people.” He was also the President of the National Lawyers Guild. In 2007 he won the Puffin Prize for Creative Citizenship.

Ratner handled some of the most significant cases In American history. This book tells why and how he did it.

His last case, which he worked on until he died, was representing truth-telling whistleblower and now political prisoner Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks.

Ratner “moved the bar” by organizing some 600 lawyers to successfully defend habeas corpus, that is, the ancient right of someone accused of a crime to have a lawyer and to be brought before a judge.

Zachary Sklar, edited “Moving the Bar” for OR Books, and Michael Smith, who wrote the book’s introduction. Buy the book here.

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