Archive for January, 2015

Hope you all dig this animal song. These kids are great.

Oh art oh. You are so strange and funny.
The Catalunia Boy’s Choir took their name a bit too literally, and the results are simply hilarious! Here they are, singing classical music in “feline vocals,” and…
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From Marcelo Maia

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from San Francisco, by Melanie Nathan (protest tonight outside of the HRC store in the Castro)

Facebook page for the Bad Bad HRC Event.

 

On Sat Jan 31, join ACT UP to protest HRC (Human Rights Campaign) at their annual gala honoring Fortune 500 companies. While HRC dines with the 1%, a 35+ year HIV epidemic rages on in our LGBT community, still cutting many LGBT lives short.

Health officials warn about the recent sharp increase in HIV infections among young gay men and transgender women, especially among communities of color. We need our national LGBT orgs like HRC to shine a spotlight on HIV and AIDS until the epidemic is over for all populations, especially our most at-risk LGBT people.

HRC has created an LGBT equality index to score the Fortune 500 companies, but there’s no mention of HIV and the thousands of LGBT people with HIV in the workplace. We demand that HRC include several criteria to evaluate companies on their treatment of employees living with HIV, as well as their contributions to organizations and causes relate to reducing the incidence of HIV among LGBT Americans, particularly among the young. For over 30 years, too many have been fired, harassed, outed and discriminated against at work for having HIV.

Also at this gala, many of the corporations that HRC will honor actively work against the interests of middle-class and poor Americans, including people with HIV. ACT UP denounces this frequent practice of ‘”pinkwashing” whereby corporations with policies and practices that undermine the people’s well-being are given positive publicity in exchange for maintaining LGBT-friendly (or just equal) workplaces. This is short-sighted and divisive. We demand that HRC develop other criteria that takes into account the impact of companies’ policies on every American, not just LGBT Americans.

WHAT: ACT UP Protests HRC Gala
WHERE: Waldorf Astoria (301 Park Ave — Meet at 49th and Park)
WHEN: Sat Jan 31 from 5:00PM – 8PM
ATTIRE: Street Fabulous
BRING: Pots, Pans, Signs, Props, Noisemakers
DIRECTIONS: Take the 6 to 51st St or the E,M to Lexington Ave and 53rd St

Facebook page for this event.

Excellent coverage is found at Play and Ideas, Act Up Zaps HRC.

 

Many thanks to Norman Clement for sharing this  link.

We all know male revolutionaries like Che Guevara, but history often tends to gloss over the contributions of female revolutionaries that have sacrificed their…
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Posted: January 30, 2015 in question we got a question

lingering question: what if resistance really is futile?

More art for the animals Art.

Posted: January 29, 2015 in art

Octopus Art1

We saw this interesting article in today’s paper called Great Art. It was billed as the first-ever exhibition expressly for non human appreciation, (which we and our readers know is a bunch of bunk)( 1 ) specifically, for examination by octopuses. England’s Brighton Sea Life Center featured the five-tank shared display in November (including a bunch of grapes, a piece of Swiss Cheese and a plate of spaghetti-exhibits made of ceramic, plastic, wood and rope) that the center’s curator promised would, according to an ITV report, “stimulate an octopus’ natural curiosity about color, shape and texture.

( 1 ) From our notes and files we share a much more exciting departure from regular art that was done in the 1970s. We noted:

“Note on art and animals: In the 1970s Gino De Dominicis, one of Italy’s most mysterious artists, organized an exhibition which was open only to animals – no humans allowed. It’s impossible to know what was in the show and, more importantly, what animals might have thought of it, but De Dominicis succeeded in reversing our usually anthropocentric point of view.”

Again we have to ask, Why do humans think that they have to intervene in order for animals to have or make art.

Many thanks to Gray Sutherland via The Base. Yes shades of the days of old when the Gatling Machine gun manufactured here in Hartford Ct. at the Colt Armory was used by the ruling class to protect their interests. Let no one say that this americkkka is not a police state. AND guess what: The Love Me I’M A Liberal Mayor is on board with this. 

“This new squad will be used to investigate and combat terrorist plots, lone wolf terrorists, and… protests. “It is designed for dealing with events like our recent protests, or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris,” Bratton said, according to CBS.

 
Bratton announced today that now is the time when NYC needs to implement a new anti-terrorism program which would empower a team of NYPD officers to…
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 From our files:

“The symbolic power of the Gatling gun became evident early in its history. In July 1863, at the height of the Civil War Draft Riots in New York City, Henry Jarvis Raymond, a founder and owner of The New York Times and a supporter of President Lincoln and the Conscription Act passed in March of that year, mounted three Gatling guns in windows and on the roof of the newspaper’s office to deter rioters from attacking the building. According to Julia Keller “…it was not only military men but also police officers and wealthy private citizens who desired (Gatling guns). By the 1870s, mine owners and railroad tycoons had discovered that Gatling guns came in handy for keeping discontented workers in line….” 

The Gatling Gun Company marketed its product accordingly. During the Railroad Strike of 1877, which engulfed western Pennsylvania and the Midwest, Edgar T. Welles, son of Glastonbury native and former Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, and the manager of the Gatling Gun Company, wrote to John W. Garrett, president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, which was a primary target of striking workers: Let us be sure to note that at this time the guns were produced at the Colt factory in Hartford Ct.

For more information on the Gatling Gun and its use in keeping down the workers, draft rioters and murder in the name of expansion of empire see our article:

More Colt More Die For The Money. The Troubling, Benevolent Mrs. Colt.

Many thanks for this.

In today from Andy Thibault shared Zinn Education Project‘s photo.
#tdih On January 29, 1912 Lawrence textile strike participant Anna LoPizzo was murdered and three strike leaders (not at the scene) were accused of her murder in an effort to derail the strike. The accused were Arturo Giovannitti, Joseph James Ettor, and Joseph Caruso. The three remained in jail without bail until the end of November 1912. Their trial is a great topic for students to study on labor and criminal justice history. The Zinn Education Project offers free lessons and recommended resources for teaching about the Bread and Roses Strike: http://bit.ly/18wdbje Thanks to Bread and Roses 1912-2012 for the information.

‪#‎tdih‬ On January 29, 1912 Lawrence textile strike participant Anna LoPizzo was murdered and three strike leaders (not at the scene) were accused of her murder in an effort to derail the strike. The accused were Arturo Giovannitti, Joseph James Ettor, and Joseph Caruso. The three remained in jail without bail until the end of November 1912. Their trial is a great topic for students to study on labor and criminal justice history. The Zinn Education Project offers free lessons and recommended resources for teaching about the Bread and Roses Strike:http://bit.ly/18wdbje Thanks to Bread and Roses 1912-2012 for the information.