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

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

Grassroots Media Conference

oooh who got the blessings? me! i got to see tony kushner live on sunday at BAM talking about angels in america, and then they did a marathon showing of angels. tony is adorable and brilliant and humble and one of the best specimens of human we have.  AND holly hunter was there, sitting in my row, emanating her holly hunterness, all tiny. i contained my adoration by sipping a snuck-in bottle of cote du rhone or something that sounds like that. everyone rent angels for some truth.

I’m speaking at this conference on Saturday:

ATTENTION NYC MEDIA MAKERS, ORGANIZERS, ACTIVISTS AND ARTISTS!

April 9-10th, at the New School University
2nd Annual NYC Grassroots Media Conference
www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org
Register on-line!

The Democracy Now! workshop: Sunday, April 10th, 10am-11:30am
Members of the DN! Production and Outreach teams will present a
workshop about the nuts and bolts of how Democracy Now! is produced and
what role it plays in the larger movement for independent media.

The NYC Grassroots Media Conference is
the place to be if you’re a community organization seeking to reach a
larger audience with your message, a media maker looking to gain skills
and network or someone interested in learning more about NYC media
reform activism. It’s time to come together again to critique, build
and celebrate our local independent media.

Registration is now open. Visit www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org or Bluestockings Bookstore at 172 Allen Street in Manhattan to reserve your place and read more about the weekend of events.

The conference theme, forging stronger connections between independent
media and communities organizing around issues of justice and equality,
seeks to address pressing issues of representation and diversity within
the NYC community.

The conference will hold more than 50 hands on workshops and panels
including youth led workshops, do-it-yourself media workshops and media
policy workshops: hip hop and activism, grassroots press campaigns for
social justice, how to build your own web site, video production for
youth and more. A complete list of workshops and scheduling is posted
on our web site at www.nycgrassrootsmedia.org.

Registration:
$20 Adults
$30 Day of conference registration
$8 Youth (21 and under)
Scholarships are available.
Group rates and discounts for youth are available.

Please contact info@nycgrassrootsmedia.org or call
Paper Tiger at (212) 420-9045.

See you at the conference!

War By Candlelight, Big Hearts, and AIDS Walk

Y’all – back in college I had the honor of editing a magazine called Roots and Culture with a brilliant young Peruvian writer named Daniel Alarcon. I thought he was as brilliant as could be. And his book of short stories is now out on Harper Collins and its beautiful and you need to get you some!!

go to amazon.com and search daniel alarcon. the book is called War By Candelight: Stories

in other news life is looking up. its spring and i went to sit in the park and my friend taught me to do a sun meditation and i heard desmond tutu and toni morrison speak the other day on the unlimited heart, compassion and reconciliation. i was thinking that there are things that are unforgiveable, but to see two people who have lived so long and seen so much, especially bishop tutu – to know what he’s seen and who he’s forgiven…he came and said thank you to the u.s. for their efforts in the anti-apartheid movement! to this shameful nation. but his grace is so unparalleled and visible. i was inspired to look at my relatively tiny dramas and let my heart become bigger. i feel humble and benevolent, its delightful.

and finally y’all need to sponsor me for the aids walk!!

go to: http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork/  and search adrienne brown or league of pissed off voters to donate.

love
adrienne

Health Care Alternative

Watch this:

http://www.grahamazon.com/sp/whatissinglepayer.php

Read this:

The Problem:
Almost 44 million people in the U.S. are
totally uninsured, and another 40 million are uninsured during some
part of every year. Another 80 million are only partially covered.
Worst of all, most people who don’t have healthcare insurance have full
time jobs.

The Solution:
Secure a system of comprehensive national healthcare for everybody in the United States. If we join together, we can get the national healthcare system we need now. We can provide coverage for healthcare, prescription drugs, mental health, dental, optical and long-term care. We can afford it NOW. We can’t afford not to have it. All of this has been written into House Resolution 676, the United States National Health Insurance Act, now before Congress.

Visit:

www.cnhpnow.org