Archive for September, 2017

Action on Thursday October 5, 2017 10am-12am, 450 Main Street, Hartford Ct.

Please join us as we demonstrate for Sujitno Sajuti, a 68-year-old Indonesian man from West Hartford, to remain home! Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) wants Sujitno to depart the United States on October 10. We will convene outside ICE’s Connecticut office to show we will not let them tear a cherished community member from us! We will not let an unhinged deportation regime, and a racist system of state violence against people of color, continue to destabilize our communities!

Sujitno came to the United States in 1981 as a Fulbright Scholar, when US A.I.D. invited him to complete a doctoral program at the University of Connecticut. Without any options to gain permanent status after his student VISA expired, Sujitno continued to live peacefully in Connecticut. Around 2002-2003, Sujitno complied with a post-9/11 special registration program that targeted from Muslim majority countries. His submission to this draconian database brought Sujitno to ICE’s focus. On December 10, 2011, ICE captured Sujutino as he was leaving home to teach a religious studies class. He spent 67 days detained in Eastern Massachusetts, before extensive community intervention compelled his freedom from incarceration. After receiving Stays of Removal for four years, ICE, emboldened under a federal administration based on white supremacy and black/brown genocide, ordered Sujitno to depart the United States by October 10. (more…)

Please view this excellent video. You will never look at plants the same way again. “Science now shows that plants appear to be sentient beings. They perceive light, smell, touch, water, and many more variables than we do. They can learn, remember and communicate.” – Kenny Ausubel, Bioneers Co-Founder and CEO
Watch his full talk here: http://bit.ly/2lchwEu

Friends,
I have great news.
Dennis Mothersbaugh, the brutal white supremacist who assaulted a woman in Charlottesville, has just been arrested.
You helped make that happen. We identified him. Charlottesville issued the arrest warrant. The police in his hometown, who’ve been great by the way, wanted to arrest him, but Charlottesville had to request extradition.
Well, they just did, and he is now in custody. He is the 3rd white supremacist from Charlottesville that we have identified and lobbied for an arrest. Your hard work is paying off.
Thank you.
Shaun

Telling it like it is and should and must be told again and again. Here is none other than Roy Zimmerman in another great song.

Because We Remember Lynne Stewart

Facebook Page HERE.

Dick Gregory fasted to free Lynne Stewart – We must continue the struggle and FREE THEM ALL!

**Join us as we celebrate Lynne’s birthday!**

FRIDAY OCTOBER 6
6:30-10:00pm ~ Doors open @ 6:00pm
The Theater @ 80 St. Mark’s
80 St. Mark’s Place between 1st & 2nd Ave

FILM
Flavia Fontes: Lynne Stewart Documentary

PANELS
What is a Political Prisoner ?
Ann Lamb New York Jericho, Sekou Odinga North East Political Prisoner Contingent, Mimi Rosenberg Building Bridges: WBAI Radio, Frank Velgara ProLibertad
Getting Our Political Prisoners On the National Agenda
Sara Flounders International Action Center, Bob Lederer queer anti-imperialist, Resistance Bklyn, Daniel McGowan Certain Days Collective, Assemblyman Charles Barron P.O.W.E.R., Ralph Poynter Lynne Stewart Organization

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PETA Accuses Guggenheim of Catering to the “Twisted Whims” of Animal Abusers
The animal rights organization is calling on the museum to exclude two works from its upcoming survey of Chinese contemporary art.

From Hyperallergic.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is echoing the demands of a petition launched last week and addressed to the Guggenheim Museum, calling on the institution to exclude works that involve animals from its forthcoming exhibition,  Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.

Today, in a letter addressed to Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation (which runs New York’s Guggenheim Museum), PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk demanded that two of the three works mentioned in the petition (which has now gathered nearly a half-million signatures) be removed from the show, which is due to open October 6. PETA is calling for the exclusion of Peng Yu and Sun Yuan’s “Dogs Which Cannot Touch Each Other” (2003) and Huang Yong Ping’s “Theater of the World” (1993), but makes no mention of the Xu Bing work also criticized in the petition.

“In this exhibition, you invite visitors to examine a video of dogs trying to fight one another while chained to a nonmotorized treadmill as well as a piece in which live insects and reptiles will devour each other inside a cage,” the letter reads. “These animals experience every emotion that you, I, and our beloved dogs and cats do. They’re emotionally complex and highly intelligent living beings, not props. The animals in these exhibits are not willing participants, and no one should force sentient beings into stressful situations for ‘art’ or ‘sport.’”

Though Armstrong and the Guggenheim have yet to respond to PETA’s letter, the institution released a statement on Thursday defending Peng and Sun’s video (a recording of a 2003 performance involving four pairs of pit bulls running at each other on treadmills) and on Friday explained to Hyperallergic the logistics involved in the execution of “Theater of the World,” a sculptural enclosure that will hold many reptiles and insect for the duration of the three-month exhibition. (Though Hyperallergic obtained an image of “Theater of the World,” the Guggenheim would not provide us with a still from “Dogs Which Cannot Touch Each Other” and a video excerpt on the artists’ website seems to have been disabled.) PETA’s letter cites the College Art Association’s principles for artists incorporating animals into their work, asserting that both Huang’s installation and Peng and Sun’s violate them.
“We have no wish to stifle creativity or talent in art,” the letter concludes, “but we hope you’ll decide to leave real animals and any works that promote cruelty to animals out of your future exhibits.”

Read PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s full letter to Richard Armstrong here.

AND HERE IS A STATEMENT FROM THE GUGGENHEIM CONCERNING THE WORKS:  How many think that they just don’t get it? Whom ever made this decision and wrote this statement is a real part of the problem. A problem that we must not allow to continue.  (more…)

From the Record Journal.

About 35 people, including Jason Ramos, the son of a Meriden couple facing deportation, were arrested following a protest at the Abraham Ribicoff Federal Building in Hartford Monday morning.

More than 100 people gathered outside the building, which houses immigration offices, to protest the scheduled deportation of Meriden residents Franklin and Gioconda Ramos. Several protesters blocked the doors to the building and were arrested after refusing to move.

Federal authorities have ordered the couple to board a flight to Ecuador on Friday, leaving behind their two American citizen adult sons. A vigil was held for the couple Friday night.

To read the entire article and to watch the video of the protest go to HERE.

Windy City Times: Activist Ryne Poelker at Uptown Tent City Rally 9-18-2017

In from the Gay Liberation Network of Chicago.

Purge of Homeless People!

Despite his statements to the contrary, Alderman James Cappleman has led a multi-pronged, years long effort to drive homeless people, poorer people in general, and people of color out of the 46th Ward.

He has been a longtime opponent of working class people in the ward, prioritizing development for upper income “urban pioneers” (an appropriate term for would-be conquerors) while destroying homes and services for modest-income people who have long lived here.

His goal: Lincoln Park North, a trendy playground of boutiques and entertainment venues for whiter, richer, newly-arrived residents. Along the way, he’s enriching his developer friends / campaign contributors by doing their bidding.

His latest attack is the purposeful driving out of the people who inhabited Uptown’s Tent Cities, and the redesign of the Lake Shore Drive bridge viaducts with yuppie-pleasing bike paths on the sidewalks so as to intentionally keep homeless people away permanently. As if that was not enough, the purge of homeless people from the LSD viaducts has been accompanied by a new policy of preventing them from pitching tents ANYWHERE in the city.

In a city where homeless shelters are frequently full even in good weather, this a recipe for more injuries and perhaps deaths as the cold weather approaches. It is also a recipe guaranteed to increase trauma for people already in a highly stressful situation, as at least three homeless people suffered medical crisis during the series of evictions following the closure of the LSD viaducts.

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Last week we published a new work about the Lee family. All the Lee’s from A to Z. Well low and behold Mr. Dickie Lee called us up and said, “Hey what about me?” “Can’t I be in the art show too?” “Well,” said Goosey Bell, “Ok,” said Mabel, “Why not,” said Richie, “Get going and look through our archives somewhere in archive land and find Dickie Lee’s work from 1994, Until We Meet Again, Kiss My Mono Print, and let’s publish it.”  Dickie was always the one who would do prints of his private parts and loved to use Portrait Pink. “You know said Emma to Moe,” I saw Dickie Lee naked once and this print does him no justice.” He must of put paint on someone else and used it as if it were his.

We hope among all of the evil going on, with all the crap coming out of DC, and with all of the drum beats for war that this piece will give some of our readers a little chuckle.

NOTE:

Back in the day Emmo O. Furbird and Cassey Role ran a mail art gallery. This work as noted was sent to them by Dickie Lee.