Friday, July 14, 2006

go ahead and wreck your health

I kind of wish I was going to Jackson. I can't, I'll be heading north in just a few days, and have all of these other commitments, but check it out:

From: "Radical Women"

Dear Friends,

It is time for all feminists to come to the defense of the Jackson
Womens Health Organization! Women and men need to hit the streets and shout
out the words of Mississippi civil rights fighter Fannie Lou Hamer: Im
sick and tired of being sick and tired and denied reproductive justice.

A Radical Women contingent from four U.S. cities is traveling to
Jackson, Mississippi to take part in marches, rallies, forums and other actions
that Southern feminists have organized during the week of July 15-22. During
this time, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi will be under siege
by Operation Save America (OSA, the former Operation Rescue), with sup-
port from groups such as the homophobic, anti-woman Minutemen United.
Please join Radical Women in Jackson or lend your financial support...

the letter is long, but for more details, contact Radical Women via the info below

Anne Slater
Organizer, Radical Women
1908 Mission St., San Francisco CA

Saturday, July 08, 2006

this thing they call education

I was listening to radio free school this morning and thinking about how I ought to do that more often. it rarely occurs to me to listen to the radio on my computer. I am still not adjusted to having a machine that works well, and kind of can't believe my luck! meanwhile, these quotes are helping me focus on the larger issues.

"If education should mean anything at all, it must insist on the free growth and
development of the innate forces and tendencies of the child. In this way alone can
we hope for the free individual and eventually also for a free community, which
shall make interference and coercion of human growth impossible." - Emma Goldman

"What children need is not new and better curricula but access to more and more of the real world; plenty of time and space to think over their experiences, and to use fantasy and play to make meaning out of them; and advice, road maps, guidebooks, to make it easier for them to get where they want to go (not where we think they ouught to go) and to find out what they want to find out." - John Holt

"The effort to channel the process of growing up according to a preconceived curriculum and method discourages and wastes many of the best human powers to learn and cope.... Schooling isolates the young from the older generation and alienates them." - Paul Goodman

Thursday, July 06, 2006

another saturday night

Girl Gang Productions Presents

The Shondes @ The Circle Bar (1032 St Charles @ Lee Circle)
Saturday, July 8, 2006
Doors@ 9pm

A Benefit for The Latino Health Outreach Project (LHOP)

Donation at the Door: $1.00-$1,000,000
no one turned away for lack of funds

About The Shondes:
Shonde: shahn-duh Yiddish; a disgrace, a pity, an outrage

The Shondes are, in a word, shondes. In Yiddish, "shonde" means a
disgrace or an outrage, and might be used by a Zaide to describe
something completely abhorrent and shameful. The band members, like
so many others on the margins of the communities they come from, have
been called shondes. As queers and trannies, radical activists, three
anti-occupation Jews and a Shiksa, they have both struggled with being
called "disgraceful" and also awaken each morn' - Jews and Shiksas
alike - committed to continuing to be "disgraceful" as long as that
means speaking for justice, organizing for Palestinian
self-determination, and working to support radical queer communities.
Not to mention the fact that this Jewish band includes a Shiksa - a
shonde in and of itself. Through music, performance, and humor, The
Shondes make this struggle into a moving and sustaining experience for
themselves and their audiences. Through their songs, they boldly
proclaim: "We are proud to be shondes"!

Based in Brooklyn, The Shondes are a rock quartet made up of drums,
bass, guitar, violin, and powerful, intertwining vocals. With the
drama and grit of Patti Smith, the vocal complexity of R.E.M., the
punch of Sleater Kinney, and a songwriting style inspired by Bach, The
Shondes' music is driving, dramatic, and unabashedly brave, mixing
elements of Rock and Classical music with radical political content.
Temim Fruchter's rich and unexpected drumming style mixes with Louisa
Solomon's (ex-Syndicate) driving and melodic bass parts to create
solid yet explosive rhythm. Brannigan's luminescent and powerful
guitar interplays with Elijah Oberman's (ex-Syndicate) mournful and,
at times, sample-like violin to create a vibrant counterpoint. In the
style of a classical quartet, all instruments are fore-grounded in
their compositions and in their performance. Top that off with their
signature style of simultaneous vocal melodies rather than a
traditional melody-harmony structure, and what you've got is far
tastier than even the Manieshande. Hailing from musical backgrounds
ranging from Classical to Jewish to Feminist Punk, The Shondes both
embrace and subvert these traditions in their compositions. Every
song explodes with energy, getting audiences up off their tuchuses and
onto the dance floor as well as sparking political passion. The end
result is a unique sound that is devastating, heartbreaking, and

About Latino Health Outreach Project:

About three weeks after the levees broke, a few women from the Common
Ground Health Clinic began scouting areas of New Orleans in order to
assess healthcare needs on the ground. We quickly realized that among
the many gaps in the city's public healthcare infrastructure was a
source of culturally competent, bilingual healthcare for Latino
residents and cleanup workers. We began setting up clinics on
sidewalks and parking lots in front of hotels where large numbers of
workers were staying. Initially, the clinics consisted of two
healthcare providers giving tetanus shots and over-the-counter
medications. Within a few weeks, more providers were added, including
MDs, nurse practitioners, acupuncturists, and herbalists. We now do
one clinic a week early morning at a day-labor pick up site, one in a
church, as well as occasional clinics at hotels or other sites. In
addition to providing health care, we are building relationships with
organizations who have a history of working in New Orleans' Latino

Girl Gang Productions

Damn right, we're still here and doing shows. Have a show idea or
someone you want to bring to town? Let us know.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

freedom from what? safe for whom?

St. Tammany Parish, LA, Sheriff Vows to Harass People
Who Wear Dreadlocks and 'Chee Wee' Hairstyles. Says
His Parish Won't Tolerate 'New Orleans Trash' and
'Thugs' like people from New Orleans Federal Housing

watch the video clip yourself

Sunday, July 02, 2006

and it's thurgood marshall's birthday

Thurgood Marshall said, "None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody—a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns—bent down and helped us pick up our boots."