30 08 2009

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“Do not forget your dying king. Show this world that this is still a government of the people, for the people, and by the people. Nothing as long as you live will ever be more important. It’s up to you.” JFK, Oliver Stone

To Whom It May Concern Remix by Adrian Mitchell

Come all ye –
wartbrain psychics
with astroid sidekicks
prostate agents
and plastic Cajuns

royal doggerellas
cluster bombsellers
alternative surgeons
torturesport virgins

heavy vivisectionists
columnists, Golumnists,
priests of the beast
who are secretly policed
by highranker bankers
playing pranks with tankers

ghost advisers
death advertisers
vampire preachers
sucked-dry teachers
beheaded dead bodies
of blank-hearted squaddies

billionaire beauticians
fishing for positions
from poison politicians
with obliteration missions –
I’m alone, I’m afraid
And I need your aid
can’t you see – can’t you see – can’t you see?

I was run over by the truth one day
Ever since the accident I’ve walked this way
So stick my legs in plaster
Tell me lies about Vietnam

Heard the alarm clock screaming with pain
Couldn’t find myself, so I went back to sleep again
So fill my ears with silver
Stick my legs in plaster
Tell me lies about Vietnam

Every time I shut my eyes, all I see is flames
I made a marble phone-book, and I carved all the names
So coat my eyes with butter
Fill my ears with silver
Stick my legs in plaster
Tell me lies about Vietnam

I smell something burning, hope it’s just my brains
They’re only dropping peppermints and daisy-chains
So stuff my nose with garlic
Coat my eyes with butter
Fill my ears with silver
Stick my legs in plaster
Tell me lies about Vietnam

Where were you at the time of the crime?
Down by the Cenotaph, drinking slime
So chain my tongue with whisky
Stuff my nose with garlic
Coat my eyes with butter
Fill my ears with silver
Stick my legs in plaster
Tell me lies about Vietnam

You put your bombers in, you put your conscience out
You take the human being, and you twist it all about
So scrub my skin with women
So chain my tongue with whisky
Stuff my nose with garlic
Coat my eyes with butter
Fill my ears with silver
Stick my legs in plaster
Tell me lies about –
Iraq
Burma
Afghanistan
BAE Systems
Israel
Iran

Tell me lies Mr Bush
Tell me lies Mr Blairbrowncameron

Tell me lies about Vietnam

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2008/dec/22/adrian-mitchell-vietnam

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Using Social Media For Change in NYC

15 07 2009

Now a staple activist hub itself, the New York City based Idealist.org is featuring a post about using social media for change (in collaboration with Mashable’s Summer of Social Good charitable fundraiser and Max Gladwell’s “10 Ways” series) that the group hopes will go viral :

10 ways you can use social media to show your support for issues that are important to you:

1. Write a Blog Post
2. Share Stories with Friends
3. Follow Charities on Social Networks
4. Support Causes on Awareness Hubs
5. Find Volunteer Opportunities
6. Embed a Widget on Your Site
7. Organize a Tweetup
8. Express Yourself Using Video
9. Sign or Start a Petition
10. Organize an Online Event

Full Post

You can also check out the Idealist NYC Blog

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Meanwhile many new yorkers are employing some of these strategies and innovating their own resources. NYCis is a new citizen journalist site for residents. People can use the site to promote their blog or any story that they feel is of special importance or interest to the New York City audience. You can also author stories directly on the site.  Very similar to the Canadian based Now Public , NYCis,  may have a lotnp of potential connect people about important issues locally including politics & preservation.

On Twitter, NYCis offered an interesting post from the Knight Foundation talking a look at needs and resources for social bloggers. We all learned the extraordinary potential Twitter has for advancing human rights campaigns with the recent explosion of Iran Election tweets that also spilled over into main stream media.  The Economist evaluated  the real winners and losers” in the coverage of demonstrations and the NY Times looked at “Twitter on the Barricades: Six Lessons Learned

Facebook has great potential uses according to Heath Tucker, 23,  who used the website to organize the first protest of Proposition 8 in the city. Tucker ourscenehad only been in New York for 6 weeks and was working with only a handful of others. He’s now a member of Civil Rights Front and was featured on an Our Scene Tv, an LGBT Online TV Network, segment The Young And The Restless: A Generation Y Gay Activist’s Story.

Civil Rights Front merged with members of Join the Impact in New York City, previously. Join the Impact had equally impressive results It began on November 7th, 2008 with two friends emailing back and fortwetpainth about the California passage of Proposition 8.Source The founders were able to use Wet Paint, to faciliate organizing only days after the Proposition 8 referendum was voted on. Similarly, activists used wet paint to organize Day of Decision rallies well ahead of the California Supere Court decision.

Another great local example is No Impact Man a blogger who made a commitment with his family to live eco-friendly including practices like composting right in the heart of the city. A new movie is will feature their story:



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Cynthia Mckinney Threatend By Israeli Naval Ship

30 06 2009
Just before leaving, originally uploaded by freegazaorg.

Update IV: Emergency Protest Wednesday 4-6pm @ Israeli Mission 800 2nd Ave. @ 43rd Street

Update III: Greenparty Watch features latest on Israel/McKinney Situation by WBAI in Exile: http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2009/06/30/don-debar-reports-on-mckinney-for-wbai-in-exile/

And Next Left Notes reports from the Charles Barron Press Conference about the situation @ The UN today: http://antiauthoritarian.net/NLN/?p=612

Update II:

IAC Petition for Cynthia McKinney:

http://www.iacenter.org/palestine/gazashippetition/

Update:

Cynthia Mckinney & those aboard the Spirit of Humanity have been taken by the Israeli Navy – Code Pink Condems the action:

WASHINGTON —  After this morning’s Israel’s abduction of 21 human rights workers, including Noble laureate Mairead Maguire and former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, from their aid ship to Gaza while in international waters, the women’s peace group CODEPINK calls on the Israeli government to immediately release the passengers on the ship, the Spirit of Humanity, part of the “Free Gaza” movement, as well as for release of the boat and its humanitarian cargo.  CODEPINK also calls on the Obama administration to condemn the Israeli action in the strongest terms.

Click text above to read the full statement on Code Pink’s Website

Green Party Watch is reporting that former presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has been stopped in her effort to give aid to Gaza. An Israeli naval ship has has cornered off the “Spirit of Humanity” ship and intermittently jammed the navigation system calling providing Gaza with aid illegal.

The ship McKinney is on has had to navigate using a compass and is trying to remain in international waters. Earlier McKinney had requested anyone recieving this notice contact the White House after the Israeli ship threatend to fire. More information can be found  at:

Free Gaza.org

Also please follow the group on Twitter for updates: http://twitter.com/freegazaorg

CALL or FAX Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy at:
Tel + 972 5 781 86248 or +972 3737 7777 or +972 3737 6242
Fax +972 3737 6123 or +972 3737 7175

CALL Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s office at:
Tel +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264
mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il

CALL Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at:
Tel +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148
mediasar@mod.gov.il

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New Save Coney Island Petition

30 06 2009

If you signed the old petition to Save Coney Island please transfer your signature to a new site which will allow the group to gather your district information.

Sign New Petition Here

City Council will hold a hearing on rezoning this Wednesday July 1st @10am

More information Here.

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Iran Protest @ Columbus Circle

29 06 2009

IranProtest_ColmbsCir_6262009_061, originally uploaded by Pazarm.

Iran Election Protest June 26th at Columbus Circle in New York City Organized by Amnesty International.

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Coney Island Mermaid Parade 2009

21 06 2009
Get Involved! Save Coney:
Dreamland Roller Rink:
Ruby’s Bar & Grill
Kinetic Carnival Coney Island Blog:
Coney Island Mermid Parade 2009
On Friday, in Coney,  Gothamist reported on the opening of the Circus with PETA there to protest. Full Story




Single-Payer!

14 05 2009

Support Single Payer Health Care  – Sign up at SinglePayerAction.org  

and Single Payer New York 

Dr’s & Nurses are getting arrested everyday fighting for the well being of EVERY American! Join them in the fight!