Monthly Archive for April, 2005

I Am In This Anthology – Check it out

Dear Adrienne Maree,

Depressed about George Bush, Iraq, the weakness of the progressive movement? CODEPINK has just the antidote for you. Our ground-breaking book, Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism,
will be hot off the presses and hitting book stores nationwide May 6th.
(Preorders by bookstores have already pushed us into a second
printing!)

We are launching our 100 city book tour May 1st in Washington, D.C. on the two year anniversary of "Mission NOT Accomplished."
How could we forget Bush proudly strutting in his flight suit on the
aircraft carrier in front of the banner displaying the words MISSION
ACCOMPLISHED!? Two years later, a country is destroyed, tens of
thousands of American casualties and 100,000 Iraqi civilians deaths and
injuries, and well over $200 billion spent. We will kick off the day
with an outrageous "pink" action in front of the White House followed by a book signing with CODEPINK co-founders and Helen Thomas, Phyllis Bennis and other contributors to the book.

From DC we will tour the country and converge with local CODEPINKs to ensure that our words are as loud as our actions. Jodie Evans and Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK cofounders and coeditors of this book, want to visit as many cities as possible- so please click here to check the tour dates for May and contact book@codepinkalert.org if you would like to add your city to the tour!

In Stop the Next War Now,
you will find an amazing bouquet of voices? with a foreword by Alice
Walker, intro by Arundhati Roy and contributors including Eve
Ensler, Barbara Lee, Cynthia McKinney, Arianna Huffington, Barbara
Ehrenreich, Amy Goodman, Terry Tempest Williams, Shirin Ebadi, and many
more
. It shares expert insight on the issues and
powers-that-be that can lead us to war – including the media, our
elected politicians, global militarization, and the scarcity of
national resources. And it offers ideas, hope and inspiration for
building a powerful, effective peace movement.

Join us and Stop the Next War Now 

  • *come to a book release event and support your local book seller (see schedule here)
  • *have Jodie or Medea come to your city (contact book@codepinkalert.org)
  • *participate in a direct action in one of the book tour cities (contact Tiffany@codepinkalert.org to organize)
  • *host your own Stop the Next War Now book party or book club discussion (please send all bulk book order requests to store@codepinkalert.org – discounts may apply)
  • *review the book for on-line retailers, and writing about it on blogs, chatrooms and your favorite websites
  • *pre-order the book today!
  • review the book online at any online bookstore
  • tell your online community about the book (websites, list-serves, blogs, etc.)
  • donate the book to your local library, talk to your local school about getting a copy

Let’s continue to dream and scheme about what we can do to stop the spiral of violence and stop the next war now!

In Peace,

Dana, Farida, Gael, Jodie, Medea, Rae, Tiffany and Willow 

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Manifestations

this morning one of my friend-goddesses called so we could have breakfast and go sit in the sun and i was moping about how hard it is to make ends meet these days, and she said stop calling yourself broke and poor. you aren’t – stop thinking that. and so i pondered it, it was somewhat true, i thought.  in the next hour i got an offer to start a paid column! woo hooo!! the power of the mind my friends. so this one might in fact be short-lived – we’ll see :)

Found Poem #1: the pale skinned virgin priest

found poetry is my new thing. its when you overhear something or see something written somewhere that converges interestingly with something you are doing or have just done. convergence poetry, found poetry…here it is:

the story: i left a harm reduction class and was walking down the street and a store was blaring a speech and the person said – will you learn of discipline from the pale skinned virgin priest?’. this poem came next:

i went to the pale skinned virgin priest
but he could tell me nothing of love, lust or devotion
he'd never felt the overwhelming pull of those oceans
nor succumbed to that aching crux of want turned need
never tasted the knife so sweet you suck till you bleed
the hunger that reminds you we are half dream half beast

i went to the wide eyed work whored saint
but she couldn't recall her days spent in the dark
how razor sharp big love is the mouth of a shark
how the sweet honeyed finger makes sure it amazed you
how love that close to madness allows for no phase two
and finally you choose not what a thing is, but what it ain't

to which my friend janine suggested a new last line:

in the end you choose not the song but the echo, now faint

which i truly like.

its stunningly gorgeous outside and i am going to read work isht out there!

Questions from convo with my sister

Some of these are my questions, some are Autumn’s:

What is your core melancholy?
Are collectives more crucial during the birthing process of movements and/or communities?
How much of love is dependence, how much is exhaustion, how much is a trap, how much is it the only point or the central struggle of life?
Do you ever really fight with another person, or just with the idea that they could hurt you, or change your mind?
Why aren’t there clear post college communities where you can select your reality as specifically as you do in college but not have to be in college? Or simultaneous ones for those who don’t want to go to college – everyone should be able to choose to explore communities other than their starting one…
Or – can you reject the institution of academia, AND reject the institution of organized religion and still be deeply analytical and deeply spiritual without trying to create new institutions…?
and – how much of human nature is fundamentally imperialist? are chapter-based organizations imperialist at heart?
Will I ever be able to budget or pay taxes on time with the way I hate money?
Aren’t we more privileged than roughly anyone else we know because our parents are so remarkably unconditionally in love with each other and with us and in every struggle we’ve faced in life we’ve been able to come back to their example?
Is it better to study specific fields or, for the sake of expansive art, to remain an artist engaging in a variety of fields and subjects…but is art important anymore?
How dope is our grandfather’s faith (note: my grandfather had a heart attack this week and needed triple by-pass surgery for it. he awoke in the morning, having had it – and he should have woken up dead as they say – but god  told him to take an aspirin so he did and that thinned his blood enough to get him to the hospital where he was saved for another day of loving jesus. the entire time he was unflappable – any outcome will be a good one) and how cool is jesus, even if the interpretation of his story is so misapplied? god is always manifest among the people – he whispered to my papa on thursday am, i am grateful.

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And then here are some things I said at the grassroots media conference today (a very cool conference which is still happening tomorrow at 65 5th avenue in manhattan):
- i used to clown bush for saying he didn’t read the newspaper but what folks filter to him, but recently i’ve realized that most folks i know do the same thing, including myself, use filters to get information most suited to them and what they want to hear.  now we can be responsible filters – that’s what voter guides are, that’s what grm has to do.
- grassroots media needs to beware well-meaning activists who become famous: check the credentials, check that folks/we are still doing the work, not just talking about, unless they are official…
- progressive pundits! which is my new favorite thing the league will be teaching. the art of being able to represent your work and movement and issues and view point and hold your own in an interview in any medium! it has to look and sound good, we have to be media savvy now, we know how!
- let’s build more funding for grassroots media into our non-profit plan so we can get journalists paid. what are the legal implications of this?

i was on the panel with lumumba from malcolm x grassroots movement, who had a wonderful and organic response when asked what kept us motivated – the people in the community, the mothers who’ve lost their sons to police shootings, the people. i later attended his and djibril’s training on their know your rights campaign and their work is amazing and folks should really pick it up in more communities. www.mxgm.org.

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and lastly, yesterday i was at a climate crisis meeting and it was dope – top enviro-organizers from all over the country discussion the plan to change the perception of the movement, get back to enviro-justice…it was dope. more to come.

SONG OF THE NIGHT: THROWBACK, BY USHER

saturday night blog complete

Climate Crisis and Stalker Lists

today i'm off to engage in one of my new 
sub-careers - environmentalism. since the
grist article (http://www.grist.org/comments/soapbox/2005/03/15/brown/)
came out i have had countless offers to be a part
of discussions on environmental justice and
climate crisis and i am honored and learning a lot.
this meeting is a coalition focused on how short a
time we have before we're in a state of total
crisis - for me i hear that as, what's
our estimated timeline for the switch from the
type of struggle we're facing now which is a
struggle of people and power, before we're faced
with the next common unifying struggle
for survival against the effects of our own
excessive and stupid existence as it
relates to natural resources. :) cheerful
friday thoughts.

but some good news - bush's approval ratings are
the lowest of any post WWII president!
the american public is polling against his
social security plans, are indignant about
his tall tales of WMDs in iraq and generally
feel untrusting of him. ah. the american people.
always a little late on the uptake. but then
again, national politics are for suckers,
local is where its at (www.indyvoter.org).

in other news, my friend marc in the bay
is a stalker and he sent me this:
nndb.com is a huge stalking engine connecting
all the "famous" people in the western world
(for now) by cross referencing all of their
crimes, sleeping partners, affiliations,
relatives, interests, etc- a person's otherwise
inexplicable behavior is often understood by examining
the crowd that person has been hanging out with.
brought to you by the folks at rotten.com
(originally the backend for deadpool.rotten.com)

some interesting lists:

new democrat movement list:
http://www.nndb.com/group/269/000093987/

dubya nicknames:
http://www.nndb.com/group/750/000091477/

dubya ranch hands:
http://www.nndb.com/group/750/000091477/

involuntarily struck by pies:
http://www.nndb.com/event/911/000093632/

movie keyword: unneceessary remake
http://www.nndb.com/lists/519/000088255/

nixon's enemies list:
http://www.nndb.com/lists/841/000048697/

sgt pepper lonely heart:
http://www.nndb.com/group/814/000054652/

coolest headshots:
http://www.nndb.com/lists/631/000064439/

people with funny names:
http://www.nndb.com/lists/380/000064188/

risk factor: heroin
http://www.nndb.com/lists/354/000083105/

risk factor: homophobia
http://www.nndb.com/lists/110/000084855/

failure to pay child support:
http://www.nndb.com/crime/339/000043210/

attended "Promises" rehab facility:
http://www.nndb.com/detox/462/000042336/

caught fire:
http://www.nndb.com/event/214/000062028/

me? an oasis? you’re too kind

VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Though much of
Iceland is covered with snow, glaciers, and lava plateaus, the town of
Hveragerdi is graced with greenhouses where geothermal energy is
harnessed to grow bananas. You remind me of this oasis, Virgo. Though
you’re surrounded by what might be described as a barren wasteland, you
yourself are a warm, nurturing source of fertility. No matter how
inhospitable it might get outside of your circle in the next two weeks,
you should just keep growing.

me? an oasis? you’re too kind

VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Though much of
Iceland is covered with snow, glaciers, and lava plateaus, the town of
Hveragerdi is graced with greenhouses where geothermal energy is
harnessed to grow bananas. You remind me of this oasis, Virgo. Though
you’re surrounded by what might be described as a barren wasteland, you
yourself are a warm, nurturing source of fertility. No matter how
inhospitable it might get outside of your circle in the next two weeks,
you should just keep growing.

me? an oasis? you’re too kind

VIRGO (Aug. 23–Sept. 22): Though much of
Iceland is covered with snow, glaciers, and lava plateaus, the town of
Hveragerdi is graced with greenhouses where geothermal energy is
harnessed to grow bananas. You remind me of this oasis, Virgo. Though
you’re surrounded by what might be described as a barren wasteland, you
yourself are a warm, nurturing source of fertility. No matter how
inhospitable it might get outside of your circle in the next two weeks,
you should just keep growing.

i’m on the radio right now!


Blackademics

April 5, 2005

WPFW 89.3FM Tuesdays 11p-12am

http://wpfw.org

This week The Blackademics welcome Adrienne Maree Brown for a
discussion of hip-hop organizing and electoral politics.  Adrienne
Maree Brown is a writer and singer living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is
coeditor of the League of Pissed Off Voters' How to Get Stupid White
Men Out of Office: The Anti-Politics, Un-Boring Guide to Power and
program director for the League of Young Voters.  All that plus DJ
2-Tone Jones in the mix.  Listen to The Blackademics every Tuesday
night as part of WPFW 89.3FM (Washington, DC) and Decipher: The Music,
The Movement, The Message each weeknight 11p-12am.  Hip-hop and more
like you've never heard before.

Show: http://voxunion.com/realaudio/coupradio/Blackademics040505.mp3

Email: blackademics893@hotmail.com

i’m on the radio right now!


Blackademics

April 5, 2005

WPFW 89.3FM Tuesdays 11p-12am

http://wpfw.org

This week The Blackademics welcome Adrienne Maree Brown for a
discussion of hip-hop organizing and electoral politics.  Adrienne
Maree Brown is a writer and singer living in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is
coeditor of the League of Pissed Off Voters' How to Get Stupid White
Men Out of Office: The Anti-Politics, Un-Boring Guide to Power and
program director for the League of Young Voters.  All that plus DJ
2-Tone Jones in the mix.  Listen to The Blackademics every Tuesday
night as part of WPFW 89.3FM (Washington, DC) and Decipher: The Music,
The Movement, The Message each weeknight 11p-12am.  Hip-hop and more
like you've never heard before.

Show: http://voxunion.com/realaudio/coupradio/Blackademics040505.mp3

Email: blackademics893@hotmail.com