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Sunday, December 18th, 2005
2:28 pm
Friday, November 18th, 2005
1:22 pm
another racist movie from peter jackson
last night i saw the new harry potter movie and it was nice
BUT
there was a trailer for the new king kong movie and i was bowled over by its racism. think dark-skinned people in ragged grass clothing dragging screaming blond white woman through the mud, tying her to a stick structure, carrying torches and beating drums... you can see it here (the windows media version). pretty unbelievable.

i figured there would be lots of outcry to be found on the web, but this morning i googled "king kong" "trailer" "racist" and didn't find much... maybe i'll write letters to the newspaper, or an article for indymedia, or figure out how to import the trailer into windows movie maker (anyone know how to do that?) and make a pointed re-editing of it...
Monday, September 26th, 2005
11:12 pm
George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People
hey, if you haven't seen this song yet, check it out --
"George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People," by The Legendary K.O.

(this is a -- what is the word? not a parody exactly, not an adaptation exactly... but you know, that thing people do with a song in the proverbial folk process -- of the Kanye West song "Gold Digger," which you can hear here by clicking on the little green button to the left of the song title...)

x-posted to anarcho_folk
Monday, September 12th, 2005
11:07 am
progressive hurricane relief
in case you haven't heard of this already, thought folks might be interested...

> Please consider giving to the "PEOPLE'S HURRICANE FUND."
> This fund will be directed and administered by New
> Orleanian evacuees themselves. It is being organized by
> established progressive community groups that will respect the
> people affected by the disaster. They will address immediate
> survival needs while also helping the community to build strength
> for the longer term struggles for social justice that are ahead.
>
> The fund has been established by Community Labor United
> (CLU), a coalition of the progressive organizations
> throughout New Orleans. CLU has been working in the
> community for the past eight years. This group will ensure
> that donations are used effectively, and that people
> impacted by the disaster play a strong role in rebuilding
> their lives and their communities.
>
> For more information: www.qecr.org
>
> Tax-Exempt donations can be made out to:
>
> The People's Hurricane Fund
> c/o Vanguard Public Foundation
> 383 Rhode Island St, Ste 301
> San Francisco CA 94103

also, here is a list from Jobs with Justice of progressive groups organizing 'to ensure that the voices of the Gulf Coast's working people are heard'Collapse )
see also this from the National Youth Advocacy Coalition, who are working on 'a targeted “Hurricane Katrina LGBT Relief Fund,” to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community receive the critical support they need to regain stability in their lives.'

and here is jwj's appeal for an email action to the federal governmentCollapse )

this paragraph was news to me:
"Today, in a move that will further hurt the working families
affected by the hurricane, President Bush issued an executive
order that will allow employers using federal disaster
assistance money to pay poverty wages to workers in the areas
affected by Hurricane Katrina. The executive order suspends the
requirements of the Davis-Bacon law, a federal law which
requires that federal contractors to pay workers wages that are
at least equal to the prevailing wages in the area where the
work is conducted, such as highway construction and other
federally-funded construction projects."

x-posted to anarcho-folk
Friday, August 19th, 2005
11:23 am
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