Korb & Pagano @ PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse Friday 4/7/2017

Friday, April 7, 2017 at 8pm
First United Methodist Church, 25 Broadway, Amityville, New York 11701 (The “last church on the left” going south on Rte 110)
$7 at the door/more if possible, less if necessary

The PeaceSmiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry, and Whatever Coffeehouse presents…

  • Rocket & the Launchers are Ken “The Rocket” Korb and Lora Kendal, with Big George on bass.
    Ken is a particular favorite of ontheWilderside since he played the Wilders’ wedding. 
  • Jesse Pagano, Blues
    Jess plays original songs on the Patchogue Music scene, He is a wonderful guitarist and a Blues man. Former lead singer of Karma Sutra and has a new CD, “Common Ground”
  • Open Time, Maybe you?

This Coffeehouse will feature plans for upcoming Earth Day and Climate marches.

Non-perishable vegetarian food items will be collected for L.I. Food not Bombs and the church’s food drive.  Cans of vegetables, canned fruit, or bags of rice are good.

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Water is Life: Protecting this Sacred Gift 3/25/17

Homecoming Water is Life ImageHomecoming Farm will be offering its Sixth Annual Spring Awakening as a gathering for those who care about the future of our Earth.  This year’s  program is entitled “Water is Life: Understanding the Challenges We  Face Locally and Globally Protecting this Sacred Gift” The event takes place on March 25, 2017 from 8:45 am – 3:30 pm at Helen Butler Hall at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY  11701. Registration is required at $45 per person which includes lunch.

For more information, contact S. Jeanne Clark, OP at earthhomej@aol.com or 631-842-6000, Ext. 338. You can also register at https://www.eventbrite.com by going to the listing for “Homecoming Farm.”  Proceeds from the event will benefit Homecoming Farm.   Please visit their website at www.homecomingearth.org to learn more about Homecoming Farm. Registration form (pdf) Read more »

Top 10 Reasons Obama Wiretapped Trump

10. Trump joined the drumming circle at Occupy Wall Street

9. One of Trump’s children Opted-Out of Common Core Standardized Tests.

8. Another one of Trump’s children Opted-Out of Military Recruitment for 7th to 12th graders.

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Say Yes! to non-corporate politics

For the last 20 years, Yes! Magazine has been at the forefront of providing alternatives to the corporatocracy.  It regularly provides news of alternatives to the big corporate choices in banking, food, housing, and work.  Only in electoral politics does Yes! Magazine fail to understand that there are non-corporate alternatives. I have had a private dialogue with them previously about their myopia when it comes to electoral politics, but it seems that discussion needs to be expanded.  Yes! Magazine’s reporting continues to reinforce the corporate media mythology that the only choice in politics is between the two corporately-funded parties: the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

Maine Clean Election Act

The current issue of Yes! Magazine is dedicated to showing local solutions in all 50 states.  I was excited to read about the Clean Election Act campaign in Maine. The State of Maine describes Clean Election funding in the following way:  Read more »

Thurston Moore and more at the New Year’s Day Poetry Marathon

Thurston Moore read at The Poetry Project’s annual New Year’s Day Marathon Reading. Ian and Kimberly attended with their friend David Kirschenbaum of Boog City.

We had a wonderful time. We caught just a few photos and videos of the proceedings.

One of the highlights was Anne Waldman’s poem about suffering. You can find a video of Anne Waldman’s performance: here. We did not have time to record the moment, we were just lucky enough to catch some of it ourselves. Thurston Moore was awesome, see the video above, and one below. Caught a video excerpt of Tracie Morris (will be posted soon). And, some more photos below. Read more »

The November Project 2016: Poetry

Ian Wilder and David Kirschenbaum

Ian and David

By David A. Kirschenbaum and Ian Wilder

David A. Kirschenbaum and Ian Wilder did a writing project this month based upon the U.S. Bill of Rights and the subsequent amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Each day Ian provided a section as a writing prompt to David to write the first poem. Ian, in turn, treating that prompt and David’s poetic response as two points upon which his poem, the second each day, responded.


Preamble to the Bill of Rights

Congress OF THE United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution


Resolved, that we met in what should have been my junior year at hofstra,
the third of my six undergraduate years,
your fourth and senior year,
september 1986 through may 1987.

Resolved, the first night my family spent in our oceanside, long island home,
october 14, 1976,
with chris chambliss homering the yankees into their first world series in 12 years.

Resolved, that walking home from playing tennis, a car crashed into me,
august 2, 1980,
the first anniversary of yankee catcher thurman munson’s plane crash death practicing
take-offs and landings at the akron canton (ohio) regional airport.

Resolved, that i saw the police at shea stadium, joan jett & the blackhearts and rem opening up, upper deck shaking,
august 18, 1983.

Resolved that i still can’t remember the day we first met,
something you know annoys me,
so you ask me it often enough.


Whereas we met when the new voice. editor at Hofstra assigned us to work together on a story about Abbie Hoffman’s 50th birthday

Whereas this was way before anyone had email or websites or facebook or linkedin accounts;

Whereas I learned a lot from you when we worked together on that story about there is no reason to fear someone saying no when you relentlessly worked to find a phone number to contact Abbie;

Whereas you are nearly the age Abbie was when you were finally able to reach him by asking his mother for his telephone number;

Whereas we could figure out when we met within a few weeks by the publication date of that issue of the new voice.;

Whereas i have no idea either when the date that we first met is, and I was not even sure whether I was a junior or senior at Hofstra at the time without looking at your stanzas;


Section of the 1st amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;

Please click here to see more of the November 2016 project.

Dr. Jill Stein on why the recount matters in USA Today

Dr.  Jill Stein:

Our electoral system is under increasing threat.

There is nothing more important to our American way of life than our democracy. The lifeblood of this nation is the principle that each citizen’s vote is equal when it comes to choosing our president.

But in the age of computerized voting machines and unprecedented corporate influence in our elections, our electoral system is under increasing threat. How can every citizen’s voice be heard if we do not know if every citizen’s vote is counted correctly?

Please click here for the rest of article

Dr. Jill Stein explains the recount on The View

Great interview with the Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein explaining the hows and whys of the recount effort.

Disappointed with Whoopi Goldberg at the end ambushing Stein with the falsity that she has done nothing over the last 4 years and not letting Stein have time to respond to explain Stein’s activism in the last 4 years and the media blackout up through the election, including from the The View.

We need to keep Whoopi  Goldberg to her word and make sure that Stein is allowed back on The View to update them on what Stein has been doing.

Suffolk Green Party Endorses Transgender Day Of Remembrance 2016

Green Party of SuffolkThe Suffolk County Green Party continues its support of Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR).  TDOR is a worldwide event held every November to raise awareness about discrimination, violence, and murder directed against transgender (living as or expressing a gender other than the one expected at birth), intersex (biologically in-between or outside male and female), and gender-nonconforming (acting in any way contrary to gender stereotypes) people, to commemorate the lives of transgender, intersex and gender-nonconforming people around the world who’ve been killed due to this kind of discrimination and violence within the past year, making a more safe, understanding and accepting world.

The Green Party believes in supporting the safety, dignity and equality of all people, regardless of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation.  Our diversity platform includes LGBTIQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, Asexual, and those not identified with any of these letters) people.  We oppose discrimination and violence, including any directed against a person’s expressed or perceived gender or sexuality.  In keeping with our Pillars of social/economic justice, grassroots democracy, ecological wisdom and and peace/nonviolence, the Green Party of Suffolk supports Transgender Day Of Remembrance, both as an event and in its local observances. For general information about Transgender Day Of Remembrance, please visit tdor.info.

2016 Long Island TDOR events include:

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2016 NY Presidential Ballot: It’s your vote!

11/08/2010: Sign at Suffolk County BOE

11/08/2010: Sign at Suffolk County BOE

Presidential Ballot update: The Presidential Election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. This is the general election for President of the United States and for U. S. Senator from New York. In New York State all polls OPEN at 6 am and CLOSE at 9 pm.

You can find a list of candidates for President of the United States who will be on the ballot in New York BELOW and at the New York State Board of Elections website: here.

Candidates for President of the U.S.
listed on the New York State Presidential Ballot

Jill Stein – Green Party 
Gary Johnson – Libertarian Party
-(Gary Johnson also has the “Independence Party” line in New York)
Donald Trump – Republican Party
-(Donald Trump also has the “Conservative Party” line in New York)
Hillary Clinton – Democratic Party 
-(Hillary Clinton also has the “Working Families Party” and “Women’s Equality” line in New York.)

 In New York, there are also candidates who are pre-approved as write-in candidates. They are listed BELOW and at the New York State BOE website: here.

Official Write-in candidates for President:

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Reading of The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Kimberly and Ian Wilder read the poem The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe. We recorded this dual reading after performing it at the Riverhead Library Writer’s Cove Poe reading at Vines & Hops on 10/30/16 as part of the Riverhead Halloween celebration.

EA Poe reading 10/30/16 in Riverhead

Edgar Allen Poe reading in Riverhead 10/30/16Kimberly and Ian Wilder will be reading Edgar Allan Poe’s poetry on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm at Vines & Hops, 127 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901.

Other local writers who are part of the Riverhead Free Library Writers’ Cove will also be reading the short stories and poetry of Poe as part of the weekend Halloween celebration.

Why come out to hear Poe’s work?

From  “Edgar Allan Poe” by George Bernard Shaw in The Nation (London, UK), vol. 4, no. 6, January 16, 1909, pp. 601-602:  Read more »

Westcott & Dud Music, Friday 11/4/16 PeaceSmiths

Bob Westcott at Peacesmiths CoffeehousePeaceSmiths Long Island Coffeehouse
Friday, November 4, 2016
at 8pm

The PeaceSmiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry, and Whatever Coffeehouse presents…

Open Time, we got a time at the end for you, if you got a song or a poem, some jokes or hurrahs.

The coffeehouse is located at the First United Methodist Church, 25 Broadway (The “last church on the left” going south on Rte 110), Amityville, New York 11701.

$7 at door

We will also be collecting non perishable vegan food for L.I. Food Not Bombs .Cans of vegetables, canned fruit, or bags of rice are good.   Read more »

Annual Green Party of Suffolk Meeting 11/12/16

Green Party of SuffolkThe Green Party of Suffolk will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, November 12th, from . The location will be a private residence, located at 40A Tremont Avenue, Patchogue, New York.  All registered Greens are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information about the Green Party, please contact Green Party of Suffolk Chair Roger Snyder at 631-925-6104 or info@gpsuffolk.org.

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