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Ten Years in the Trenches: TV on the Radio Return to Dear Science | Pitchfork
“Pushing joy is as important and as political as laying bare the lies of power,” Malone says. “None of it really means a thing if you can’t dance to it.”
music  indie  rock  activism  2008  nyc 
12 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
How Jihadists Use Twitter, And Soon Even Instagram | Fast Company
“The migration of jihadis to Twitter is happening, but Twitter is unlikely to replace the forums because it cannot supplant the authentication function of the elite forums, which remains critical. Twitter, however, offers flexibility and security for times when the forums are under attack or groups are looking to put out information in breaking news situations,” Zelin writes.
terrorism  social  activism  twitter  instagram  gwot  fastcompany 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Locus Online Perspectives » Cory Doctorow: Techno-optimism
Herein lies the difference between a ‘‘technology activist’’ and ‘‘an activist who uses technology’’ – the former prioritizes tools that are safe for their users; the latter prioritizes tools that accomplish some activist goal. The trick for technology activists is to help activists who use technology to appreciate the hidden risks and help them find or make better tools. That is, to be pessimists and optimists: without expert collaboration, activists might put themselves at risk with poor technology choices; with collaboration, activists can use technology to outmaneuver autocrats, totalitarians, and thugs.
politics  media  technology  data  activism  security  privacy 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement | Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF will be working with other organizations to launch an Open Wireless Movement in the near future. In the mean time, we're keen to hear from technologists with wireless expertise who would like to help us work on the protocol engineering tasks that are needed to make network sharing easier from a privacy and bandwidth-sharing perspective. You can write to us at
internet  activism  privacy  law  security  wifi 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Medium Is the Matzo: Building a show, and a house, out of matzo
“Passover is my favourite holiday, because I see Passover as a springboard to talk about contemporary forms of oppression that need to be abolished,” Shiff explains. “A lot of my art involves reinventing rituals.

“The way I see Passover is that it’s the first act of civil disobedience by a people. I want to take that original act of civil disobedience, rising up against the pharaohs of the day, and make it meaningful to all today. It starts with Judaism here, but it leads talk about oppression in general.”
judaism  ritual  holiday  activism  art  power  religion 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Berkeley Bowl Union Gets Off the Mat | News | Oakland, Berkeley, Bay Area & California | East Bay Express
Although it's loved by East Bay progressives and liberals because of its organic and natural foods, Berkeley Bowl has a long history of union fights. The employees unionized under the UFCW in the late-1970s, but voted to decertify in 1986 when, according to UFCW spokesperson Mike Henneberry, the workforce of 24 was made up mostly of the owners' relatives. Then in 2003, the workers voted not to unionize, but the NLRB found the vote so riddled with problems, it imposed the union in 2004.

In Berkeley, employees at Safeway and Andronico's belong to UFCW; Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and Berkeley Bowl West are non-union. UFCW is currently mounting a union drive at BevMo! which has stores in Albany, Emeryville, and Oakland.

The rerun of the Berkeley Bowl union election is tentatively set for March 23.
Berkeley  food  unions  labor  activism  wholefoods  safeway  traderjoes 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Tanya Hamilton's 'Night Catches Us' captures a point in time - Los Angeles Times
I've always been interested in politics, poverty and the working class," says the director. "And the price you pay for dedication to a political movement."

Hamilton sets the tone in the opening credits, turning a series of classic Black Power posters into a potent visual statement but "it was important to me to show the variations of class in black life," she says.

As much as anything, Hamilton says she is drawn to the ordinary within black life, rather than the extremes. "There's a distinct lack of content specific to what it is to be a black American, the variations in that experience, what life is like for people who are ordinary. Those are the stories I want to tell."
film  cinema  black  race  1970s  philadelphia  writing  activism  class  african  politics  poverty  art 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Public Square Goes Mobile -
From carshares to communal ovens, local currencies to walkability indexes, people increasingly understand that they can effect change in their own backyard, block and neighborhood. In this country’s quest for individuality, we sometimes forget we do need other people; this project helps facilitate that. It may take more than a minute, but it’s worth a shot.
technology  public  mobile  community  behavior  society  nytimes  activism  environment  creativity 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Interview: Kathleen Hanna on The Raincoats and Building an Archive « The FADER
It’s not so much about nostalgia, it’s about leaving a record so that people can view things in the future. I think of punk rock as more of an idea than a genre, and I don’t see it as antithetical to the notion of building on things. I didn’t have a grandma who like, left me a trunk full of shit. I always wanted to leave that trunk full of shit for someone else, you know? Feminism created a family structure for me.
music  history  academia  rock  activism  women  feminism  power  family 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Cleve Jones on youth activism and his early years with Harvey Milk » North by Northwestern
Now, I think that there are certain fundamentals to organizing that have remained constant throughout all of the changes: the importance of building committees, the importance of crossing boundaries and barriers between people.

If you’re organizing workers, you have to tell their stories. If you’re working on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, it’s so important to hear the stories of military personnel and military families gay and straight alike. Whatever the issue, if you can focus as much as possible on daily lives of ordinary people, that’s what has remained unchanged.

But there’s a whole lot that’s different now: the communications technology, the growing gap between rich and poor, the financial free fall that we’re enduring right now. And I do want to say to your readers, who I assume are all on Facebook: if you think you’re going to change the world by clicking a mouse, I’m sorry, but you’re mistaken.
facebook  activism  gay  history  unions  power  technology  attention  story 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: DIY Video 2010: Activist Media (Part Three)
Videomakers who work from within social movements tend to see the rise of commercial videosharing sites (and social network sites) primarily as a major opportunity, but one that presents important challenges. Everyone is glad that DIY movement videos are now able to reach vast audiences that were previously inaccessible. At the same time, commercial portals present problems of 1. censorship, 2. surveillance, 3. exploitation, and 4. closed technology design.
video  activism  internet  blogging  online  business  censorship  social  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Queer Oakland: Julia Serano uses activism, art to save the day | Oakland Local
"What is oppression? Oppression is about double standards. My hope is that we’ll eventually reach a point where all of these double standards don’t exist."
race  gender  power  gay  ethnicity  queer  activism  interviews  oakland  art 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How the LGBTQQI West Was One: Envisioning change, artistic risk and leadership in Oakland | Oakland Local
“There are so many of us that are suffering, in internal and external ways. We can choose to ignore it, we can choose to cover it up, we can put something nice and shiny on it, but so many of us are suffering," Clark said. "If all of us just decided that enough is enough ... this isn’t going to happen anymore. Then sh-- would have to change.

"There are more of us than there are of the people who are orchestrating this in a conscious way. There are more of us. Yeah, it’s a really big system. But we are a lot of people!”
gay  oakland  activism  art  interviews  queer  identity 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Times, They Changed - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education
The 60s remembered through the photograph of a Kent State student lying lifeless on the ground has even less appeal for students in 2010 than for the Class of 1970. But histories of that period also record the correlation between student activism and changes that made this country better: students sitting in for racial integration in Greensboro; students standing up for free speech in Berkeley; and students marching on the Pentagon for peace in Vietnam.

Better than questions about the lethargy of student activism in 2010 are inquiries into the times. Where are the 60s? It's the times that have changed, not the students. It's the administrative practices and economic circumstances incubating campus culture that have changed. Those conditions didn't change on their own, however, and they won't change themselves again.
activism  academia  college  education  politics  power  1960s 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Going on the record: Civic engagement is for journalists, too! | Knight Digital Media Center
My closing thought for this series is: Civic engagement really IS for journalists, too. We’re definitely affected by government policy and transparency. We have legitimate interests. And if we don’t speak up in civic processes, on the record, our views won’t really count.

So put aside any cultural qualms about “getting involved.” This is a story journalists are living and working, not just covering. This is our story. If we don’t claim a leading role, we’ll be relegated to the background. Ultimately, communities would pay the price for our reticence.
journalism  media  future  politics  government  transparency  activism  newspapers 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Final feature: Tweeting feminists exploring feminism and social media - Tweeting Feminists
“When I was younger it was very difficult to find people who were like minded unless they were in your immediate circle. So there was a sense of being limited by the impact you can make,” says Klein. “But now we have a forum where we can publish our own voices, we can organize, we can protest, we can within minutes circulate flyers and newsletters and letter writing campaigns and that’s incredible. I think it’s really opened up the world of activism and community.”
feminism  women  media  twitter  social  socialnetworking  online  men  identity  protest  activism 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaRights: News: 10 Courageous Things You Can Do to Build Community
We can speed up the realization of good community building ideas if we live our lives consistent with community priorities. The good news: practically every activity and every moment grants us the opportunity to practice community-minded behavior.
community  activism  behavior  attention  ethics 
january 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tom Morello, Henry Rollins Talk Music Activism « LimeWire Music Blog
You are an agent of history. History’s not done, you’re in it, and what you do or fail to do during your time is gonna make an enormous difference in what the planet looks like during your time and in the future.
history  interviews  music  art  activism  power 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
White conservatives say it's their turn for empowerment --
Last weekend, Cindy Wilkerson, a 44-year-old former social worker, helped organize three busloads of protesters who rode from Mississippi to Washington for the big protest targeting President Obama and his policies. The passengers, all white, wore T-shirts identifying themselves without irony as "Freedom Riders."
wtf  race  obama  protest  activism  white 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
…My heart’s in Accra » Iran, citizen media and media attention
I’m glad that people are taking a close look at the phenomenon of social media in the Iranian protests - it’s an important, fascinating and worthwhile topic. But there’s a lot of topics out there, and I wonder whether we benefit from a thousand well-researched stories on this phenomenon rather than a hundred, and nine hundred other stories.
media  journalism  internet  activism  twitter  protest  middleeast  iran  social  attention  editing 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Under God: Jon Stewart, Daily Prophet? - David Waters
"Because we're in the public eye, maybe people project onto us their desires for that type of activism coming from us, but just knowing the process here as I do, our show is maybe the antithesis of activism, and that is a relatively selfish pursuit. The targets we choose, the way we go about it -- it's got more of a personal venting aspect than a socially conscious aspect."
religion  spirituality  comedy  humor  activism  television  public  judaism  christianity 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
How To Communicate Securely in Repressive Environments « iRevolution
Nonviolent resistance movements are typically driven by students, i.e., young people, who are increasingly born digital natives. With expanding access to mobile phones, social networking software and online platforms for user-generated content such as blogs, the immediate financial cost of speaking out against repressive regimes is virtually nil. So resistance movements are likely to make even more use of new communication technology and digital media in the future. In fact, they already are.

At the same time, however, the likelihood and consequences of getting caught are high, especially for those political activists without any background or training in digital security. Indeed, recent research by Digital Democracy research suggests that organizational hierarchies are being broken down as youth adopt new technologies. While this empowers them they are also put at risk since they don’t tend to be as consequence-conscious as their adult counterparts.
politics  internet  technology  culture  activism  protest  privacy  security  anonymity  howto  diy  communication  power  censorship 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift Idea Lab . The A Word: Information and Activism | PBS
One of the central shifts implicit in user-generated information is that in many cases the user will be closer to the subject than a reporter may have been. Journalists, like ethnographers or consultants, are separated from their subjects by factors like structures of reward (salary) and professional codes (organized skepticism, systematic disinterestedness). These factors are sometimes driven by ethical positions and sometimes are byproducts of revenue structures, but have been seen as important to the neutrality and objectivity that characterize recent ideas of journalism.

Citizen-created content falls in a different space; as I have said elsewhere, it starts to look like activism. [...]
mobile  activism  journalism  communication  public  social  information  media 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | Even anarchists like a little romance
"From a distance, when you think of anarchists you think of big boots and fighting with policemen," he says.

"But all the ones I've met have been very nice, very committed people. They believe in something and they want to find love, just like everyone else. Why would that surprise anyone?"
love  relationships  society  uk  politics  police  activism  community 
february 2009 by allaboutgeorge
AFP: coming to the White House
"Using these tools is going to become a critical way that Barack is going to evaluate the performance of his own team," Rosenberg said.
"My joke is that at the Monday cabinet meeting the (agency) directors will be comparing notes on how many YouTube views they got and how many comments on their blog post." Congress is going to have to keep up or risk being taken apart by the New Media tool-kit of the Obama White House as it pushes its legislative agenda, Rosenberg said. "The expectations of your constituents are going to change," he said. "You'll have no choice but to try to follow now that Obama's changing expectations of what government looks and feels like."
politics  elections  technology  obama  web  activism  socialnetworking  government  facebook  barackobama  transparency  whitehouse  social 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Model Minority "Thugs, Feminists and Boom Bap": Bart Police Kill an Unarmed Man, Oscar Grant, on New Years Day
[...] Let's be clear about how this is a teachable moment about who does and doesn't have power in our society.

When you live in a society where the people who taken an oath to serve and protect you, can conceivably smoke a person who looks like you in front several witnesses. You feel powerless.

Furthermore, it is reasonable for you to feel powerless and want smash the symbols of the power that you do not have.

Rage can only turn to violence when unchecked.

In many ways, rage is violence.

For many young folks, the idea is to carry a gat, because it is clear that no one will protect them. This means always staying
strapped. [...]
oakland  crime  BART  protest  activism  attention  reputation  cities  psychology  police  power 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: Reinventing conservatism, one tweet at a time
[...] Conservatives don't need to figure out how to promote conservatism on Facebook; they need to figure out what it is they're promoting. To the extent that a new media strategy is part of opening up that conversation, great, but it had better not become a substitute for engaging in some of that painful introspection. [...]

[...] Perhaps this is the way to put it: Some of these tech tools are very good at mobilizing reactive, oppositional activism—against the bailout, against some liberal media outrage, against this or that Democratic (sorry, "Democrat") politician. The dangerous temptation right now, especially for a party in the minority, is to seek to recapitulate the Cold War coalition model through oppositional self-definition, when something more robust is called for. [...]
politics  republicans  gop  twitter  palin  government  activism  online  social 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
A Conservative for Obama | D Magazine - Dallas Fort Worth's Resource for City Guides, Daily Blogs, D Bests, and Restaurants
“Every great cause,” Eric Hoffer wrote, “begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” As a cause, conservatism may be dead. But as a stance, as a way of making judgments in a complex and difficult world, I believe it is very much alive in the instincts and predispositions of a liberal named Barack Obama.
politics  usa  elections  obama  activism  president  mccain  dallas  republican 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
An anarchist review of Battle in Seattle - Anarkismo
"[...] For all its errors, Battle in Seattle provides a fun opportunity to return to the question of why the WTO protests represented such a massive victory, and what we as anarchists should focus on in our political work nearly ten years later. [...]"
politics  seattle  cinema  film  protest  activism  washingtonstate  hollywood  story 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Take Action: Fight Anti-Union Retaliation Against Newest Journalists' Unit
I signed because ... well, let's just say I've got several dogs in the fight. If you live in the Bay Area, care about the future of journalism or know what it means to organize and be active, step up and get some!
labor  unions  jobs  work  medianews  journalism  newspapers  media  bayarea  eastbay  activism 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge / Comment & analysis / Comment - In an online world, the party is over
"[...] Politicians must have audiences: democratic practice demands it. As those audiences mobilised by parties age and dwindle, new ones appear on the internet. The termites of indifference and contempt, corruption and manipulation, special interests and private cynicism, eat away at parties: the able and ambitious can scarcely be expected to decay with them. [...]"
politics  parties  organization  labor  unions  facebook  yasns  social  campaigns  elections  activism  uk 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
'Let love abide' - Southern Voice Atlanta
"You have to love people regardless, and hold them in that light. That’s what turns that energy of violence, or hatred or bigotry into something else. I think you have to be steadfast in that."
music  atlanta  georgia  songwriting  creativity  rock  folk  gay  women  love  activism  interviews 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge Shutting up not an option: Artist Jamelie Hassan
"My struggle for language has somehow become a subtext in my work."
arabic  language  art  creativity  canada  women  feminism  activism 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge Conservatives playing catch-up to liberals on Web utilization
"Young Republicans and young Democrats are basically doing the same stuff. There's just a lot more (young) Democrats."
democrats  online  republicans  youth  austin  texas  activism  campaigns  elections  blogging  yasns  social  socialnetworking 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Dave Hill: Gender stereotypes hurt men too | Comment is free |
"All else being equal, to be born male is to inherit legacies of entitlement that continue to outweigh those bestowed on those born female. Yet the state of maleness carries its own burden of expectations and constraints."
activism  culture  feminism  gender  men  women  identity  society  ritual 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Special Report: China In Africa | Fast Company
"An unfathomably vast terrain comprising 49 nations, the sub-Sahara represents nearly one-fifth of the earth's landmass. Yet its total economy is tinier than Florida's. Here, 300 million people get by on less than $1 a day."
activism  africa  china  economics  environment  globalization  usa 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Bloggers show power and organizational muscle with AP boycott | BlogHer
"It will take a while before we really understand the full implications of this moment, but the dance between the AP and the bloggers who have taken them on could point the way to the future."
news  newspapers  media  journalism  blogging  activism 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Nation: Back Talk: Billy Bragg
"The worst aspects of capitalism, the worst impulses of conservatives and every inch of racism is driven by cynicism. And our problem, for those of us who want to make a better world, is that we're prone to that as well."
racism  capitalism  politics  activism  music  rock  uk 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cornell Capa, Photographer, Is Dead - Obituary (Obit) -
" 'There are two things I wanted to do. I wanted to show the things that needed to be corrected. And I wanted to show the things that needed to be appreciated.’ ”
photography  peace  aesthetics  beauty  art  activism  death  obituaries  journalism 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Intersectionality Extends to Fat Acceptance Too! at Racialicious - the intersection of race and pop culture
"It appears that all the people of color who don’t feel quite a part of the fat acceptance movement have a new manifesto. [...]"
race  size  fat  beauty  identity  racism  feminism  activism  fashion 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Using Twitter to Help Communities | Nate Ritter
"[...] Just a few months after (and some even during) the 2007 firestorm some agencies are scratching the surface of what’s possible with this service. [...]"
activism  blogging  journalism  community  media  nonprofit  rss  social  socialnetworking  twitter 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Huckabee Heckled In San Francisco - Politics on The Huffington Post
"The beauty of America is that a person can come and even make a disruption, and you know what, that person is not going to be taken out and shot."
elections  2008  sanfrancisco  california  gop  republicans  protest  activism  beauty 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
"What is democracy? You tell us. Create a film up to five (5) minutes in length on what democracy is, or isn't, and submit it (for free) to Get your friends, family and that guy at the coffee shop to watch and vote."
politics  cinema  movies  activism  creativity  denver  colorado  democrats  2008  elections 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Manu Chao
"It's difficult to think about what's going to be traditional in 500 years. Maybe traditional will be Motörhead. They will find a CD of Motörhead and say, oh, that's the music they listened to 500 years ago."
music  pitchfork  interview  activism  songwriting 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Bilerico Project | Why I Don't Do 'Bi'
"I identify as queer because that term has been actively politicized and theorized to describe genders and sexualities that exceed and undermine normative ones."
sex  gender  relationships  identity  aesthetics  gay  activism  love  protest 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
E&P: Bronstein Launches New 'Journalism of Action' After Big Cuts
"It is more about solutions, helping them understand what they can do about things,. Yes, there are murders in Bayview, and Muni is broken down. But what can you do about it?"
journalism  activism  media  newspapers  sanfrancisco  bayarea  aesthetics  identity 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Column: Get That Out Of Your Mouth #37
"Instead of pretending they don't read the paper, the Jack Whites of the world have to nut up and start fighting for love, truth and justice. The pundits can tell us that we're teetering over the chasm. Our pop culture can pull us back."
pitchfork  politics  society  music  activism  culture 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Bloggers take aim at city governments -- and hit home - Los Angeles Times
"We want our words to stand on our own, and with anonymity, the only way someone can judge us is by what we write. If we send an e-mail to an elected official, the odds are we won't get a response."
blogging  anonymity  politics  losangeles  newspapers  community  online  activism 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Loyal to a Fault
"American-ness comes in many shapes and forms and holds a peculiar appeal, even to some of its critics. After all, despite its imperfections, our most successful exercise in nation-building continues to be our own."
usa  identity  government  law  activism 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Our Prejudices, Ourselves - New York Times
"Rise up in righteousness when you witness the words and deeds of hate, but only if you are willing to rise up against them all, including your own. Otherwise suffer the slings and arrows of disrespect silently."
protest  race  sex  activism  language 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Host not found | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
"Preservation of the global public sphere, individual civil liberties at home and the safety of dissidents in totalitarian regimes are now inextricably linked. It's not an easy knot to untangle, but we must try."
public  social  activism  information  internet  justice  yasns  www  yahoo  google  security  encryption  power  prisons  protest 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Democracy Now! | EXCLUSIVE: Imprisoned Journalist Josh Wolf Speaks Out From Jail After Over 170 Days Behind Bars
"Every single person that can stand up and document injustices they see around them is one more person that will help lead towards an understanding and enlightenment of our society about what's really going on."
journalism  media  sanfrancisco  prisons  politics  justice  government  interview  blogging  activism  dublin 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
New Yorker: Rap Map
“It’s no longer just about getting tough or being soft on crime. It’s ‘What are we going to do about Bed-Stuy?’ ”
nyc  demography  geography  newyork  activism  aesthetics  crime  law  poverty  police  social  community 
january 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Peaceful Crusader
“Those who are confident of their faith are not threatened but enlarged by the different faiths of others. ... There are, surely, many ways of arriving at this generosity of spirit and each faith may need to find its own.”
religion  christianity  islam  peace  activism  identity  war  middleeast  mideast  history 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge Life | Sexless and loving it
"It's important to have fantasies and to have hope, but there's a difference between imagining a man putting a ring on my finger, kissing me in front of my friends and family, and imagining a man moving two inches to the right."
sex  women  men  gender  marriage  relationships  abortion  politics  activism  religion  christianity  weblogs 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
PBPost: Crossing from faith to fanaticism
"It is easy for people to believe that we were mindless and spineless, but nothing could be further from the truth. It was something to hold onto, even though it turned out to be a fantasy."
religion  poverty  sanfrancisco  poor  activism  southamerica  california  behavior 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian Unlimited | World dispatch | Coming out in Arabic
"I have forgotten my language. I don't know how to say 'to make love' in Arabic without it sounding chauvinistic, aggressive and alien to the experience."
language  aesthetics  identity  women  gender  palestine  israel  islam  middleeast  mideast  gay  sex  relationships  anonymity  activism 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Sounding the alarm
"The problem is that there's so little time, and art - especially poetry - is a matter of seepage, of slow accumulation; it doesn't warn, it laments."
poetry  art  activism  politics  environment 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Who Controls the Family?
"The population and family planning law affects everyone's individual rights, so a case like this is an important test."
china  family  activism  politics 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Land of 74,000 Protests (but Little Is Ever Fixed)
"If the government were clean and efficient, things would be much calmer. But the perception is that the officials don't want to pursue the state's interests, so much as pursue their own interests - both legal and illegal."
china  politics  activism 
august 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Guradian UK: Anarchy with a smile
"Joy doesn't betray but sustains activism. And when you face a politics that aspires to make you fearful, alienated and isolated, joy is a fine initial act of insurrection."
politics  happiness  activism 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Ossie Davis, Actor, Writer and Eloquent Champion of Racial Justice, Dies at 87
"Mr. Smiley asked Mr. Davis how he had prepared himself to deliver eulogies for Malcolm X and for Dr. King. He answered, 'The first thing, I should think, would be to sit quietly for as long as it takes and think long thoughts about the subject.'"
obituaries  black  theater  activism 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Salon: Are we doomed?
"We have to live in such a way that we pass on a worthwhile world to our children. And that's a wonderful ideal that can replace consumerism, that will have to replace consumerism."
activism  writing  futurism  marketing  usa  uk  china  aging 
january 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Politically Inclined Filmmakers Say There Is Life After the Election
"So long as you can prove you can make money, you can say anything you want. I think if Rupert Murdoch felt he could make money with a rabid leftist channel, he'd do it."
activism  cinema  politics 
december 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Nation: The Optimism of Uncertainty
"The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."
activism  history  howardzinn  quotes 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: After-Hours Research
"As Samuel Johnson wrote, 'A man should first relieve those who are nearly connected with him, by whatever tie; and then, if he has anything to spare, may extend his bounty to a wider circle.'" But then there's that moral-maturity thing ...
activism  altruism  health 
november 2004 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: How to Cross Borders, Social or Otherwise
"This is a system of knowledge that can be used as a weapon. Will it be used as that? It's the same as giving people a street map. It could help prepare burglaries or riots, but it could just help you walk around.''
activism  aesthetics  europe  identity  terrorism  usa 
october 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Roy-Zinn Transcript, Sept. 18, 2002
"Flags are bits of colored cloth that governments use first to shrink-wrap people's brains and then as ceremonial shrouds to bury the dead."
activism  nationalism  protest 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Fast Company | 'The Best Way to Keep the Devil at the Door Is to Be Rich.'
[...] "Our philosophy was to create and expand the islands of freedom. If you don't want to be a slave, you must do something. If you act as though you are free, you will
activism  europe  journalism  politics 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Tom Mauser's Petition to Renew the Assault Weapons Ban
How many degrees of Columbine does the United States need to have happen?
activism  guns  social 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
The Last Wizards: Book of Green Shadows
"Managing the outrage is more important than managing the hazard."
activism  marketing 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
Gandhi In Palestine :
"Indeed, the wall between two peoples in this region is more than just a physical reality."
activism  india  israel  mideast  palestine 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge
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