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Frederick Douglass speaks on the 4th of July

This is a post from one of our other sites, PeaceCeouple.com.  Duke Augustus is my nom de paix.

Duke Augustus: I like to remember that the 4th of July is a celebration of Independence, not of war.  It is the celebration of activists coming together to speak out against human rights violations and crying “Enough! We will not take any more.”  In that vein, one of our greatest Americans, Frederick Douglass spoke on July 5, 1852:

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens:  He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assembly more shrinkingly, nor with greater distrust of my ability, than I do this day. A feeling has crept over me, quite unfavorable to the exercise of my limited powers of speech. The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. I know that apologies of this sort are generally considered flat and unmeaning. I trust, however, that mine will not be so considered. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. The little experience I have had in addressing public meetings, in country schoolhouses, avails me nothing on the present occasion.

Frederick Douglass booksThe papers and placards say, that I am to deliver a 4th [of] July oration. This certainly sounds large, and out of the common way, for it is true that I have often had the privilege to speak in this beautiful Hall, and to address many who now honor me with their presence. But neither their familiar faces, nor the perfect gage I think I have of Corinthian Hall, seems to free me from embarrassment.

The fact is, ladies and gentlemen, the distance between this platform and the slave plantation, from which I escaped, is considerable—and the difficulties to be overcome in getting from the latter to the former, are by no means slight. That I am here to-day is, to me, a matter of astonishment as well as of gratitude. You will not, therefore, be surprised, if in what I have to say. I evince no elaborate preparation, nor grace my speech with any high sounding exordium. With little experience and with less learning, I have been able to throw my thoughts hastily and imperfectly together; and trusting to your patient and generous indulgence, I will proceed to lay them before you. Read more »

WARNING!!! If a petitioner comes to your door, ask if they are in the Green Party.

English: Signature of Susan B. Anthony on 1865...

Signature of Susan B. Anthony on 1865 petition

WARNING!!! If someone comes to your door for Green Party signatures, ask if they are in the Green Party. The Green Party does not cross endorse.

The Green Party of Suffolk has just been notified that Republican Judges in Huntington have been taking advantage of the quirks in NYS Election Law to try to get the Green Party line.

Update:  We have a report from Islip of the same deception happening.

Ian reading poetry at Bards Day 6/28/2015

Ian is honored to have his poems Soul Patch and Out of Time included in the 2015 Bards Annual.  Ian will be reading his poetry at the release party at 5th Anniversary Bards Day on Sunday June 28, 2015 from 2-6:30 PM (Door opens at 1:30) at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station, NY 11746.  $10 Admission.

The event will include food and dessert. There will also be raffles for sale with prizes including everything from books to tea to gift cards. The schedule includes entertainment and awards. Bards Day 2015  Read more »

Homecoming Farm Annual Garden Party 6/19/15

Homecoming FarmHomecoming Farm will be offering it’s Annual Garden Party on June 19, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Helen Butler Hall at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY  11701. The $40 donation includes Napa Valley wines, appetizers, dessert, raffles and live music.  The music will be performed by Sun and Moon, a couple who sing and play guitar and flute.

Proceeds will benefit Homecoming Farm & Sophia Garden.   Please visit their website at www.homecomingearth.org to learn more about Homecoming Farm. For more information, contact  S. Jeanne Clark, OP, earthhomej@aol.com, 631-842-6000, Ext. 338.

To register, mail your name, address, email, phone number number of seats, along with your check, to Homecoming Farm, 555 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY  11701. Please make checks payable to Homecoming.  Read more »

PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse (Season Finale) Fri. 6/5/15

PeaceSmiths June Coffeehouse
Friday, June 5, 2015 at 8pm

Held at First United Methodist Church 25 Broadway Ave, Amityville, NY
$7 (631) 798-0778

PeaceSmiths Last-of-the-Season Coffeehouse
A fun gathering, with a long tradition

Music by HypnoSmoothie
Deborah Lombardi, Musician and Songwriter
Performance and Sing-A-Long with PeaceSmiths favorite,
Andy Greenhouse
Open Mic (maybe you)

 Directions and Info and Performer Notes … Read more »

Walt Whitman’s Birthday: Celebrate poetry, nature, and silence on May 31st

Poet Walt Whitman was born on Long Island, New York, on May 31, 1819. Below are some videos and ideas about how everyone can celebrate this wonderful poet, thinker, and experimenter of language on his birthday.

For those of us on Long Island, please do not forget the annual events at The Walt Whitman Birthplace in Huntington Station…

Sunday, May 31st at 12pm will be an awards ceremony for the Young Poets Contest. It is free and open to the public (donation requested). It is a fun way to hear some words from the Poet-in-Residence, take a tour of the house, and see happy, young poets read and receive awards.

The weekend includes other events at the birthplace. On Saturday, May 30th, after the Master Class, Poet-in-Residence Yusef Komunyakaa will present an evening reading. $10 for WWBA members and $15 for nonmembers.


How a poet and nature lover celebrates Walt Whitman’s Birthday… Read more »

Gender Realities and the Peace/Progressive Movement 6/14/15

Green Party of SuffolkGender Realities and the Peace/Progressive Movement:
A talk for Suffolk Green Party by Cynthya Rossi and John Schindler
Great South Bay Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 11 Collins Rd., Sayville NY 11782
Sunday, June 14 2015 @ 1:30 pm

In the earlier days of the civil rights movement, women were often ignored, overlooked or left out, and gay people- even those planning parts of the movement- were often totally cut out.  Understanding of gender in general, and in the progressive/peace movement in particular, has evolved to include not just women and men, but to also include LGB (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual) people, transgender people, and intersex people, including the expansion of womens’ issues and community to include transgender and intersex women.  Part of this understanding includes being aware of issues facing LGBT and intersex people, and being aware of what L, G, B, T and intersex mean.

LGBT and intersex people have been involved in the peace and progressive/civil rights movement all along.  This means including people of all genders in the current peace/progressive/civil liberties movement.  Additionally, the discussion will touch upon the willingness to reach out on issues of gender discrimination and violence, including assaults on gender rights, and actual violence against gender-nonconforming people.

This talk will include:  Read more »

Long Island Opt-Out School Board Candidates 2015

Long Island School Voting is on May 19, 2015 for most school districts. Many communities in Suffolk County and Nassau County have candidates who were endorsed by the Opt Out movement. These candidates will help oppose high stakes testing of children. You can also find this group on FaceBook: Long-Island-Parents-and-Teachers-Against-Standardized-Testing-APPR FB Page

Long Island Opt-out School Board Candidates 2015

Long Island Opt-out School Board Candidates 2015

posted by Ian

List in text of info on PDF above, including communities I have lived in or focused on:

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Suffolk County Poetry Review launch reading 5/9/15

suffolk county poetry review 2015The Suffolk County Poetry Review is a new anthology of local poets. Kimberly and Ian Wilder, co-bloggers at onthewilderside, are honored to have poems included in the Review.

The Wilders will join with other Long Island poets for a reading and launch event on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Hunt Room of Dowling College, 150 Idle Hour Blvd, Oakdale, NY. The doors for the event open at 7:00 PM, and reading from the publication starts at 7:30 PM. The 2015 Suffolk County Poetry Review will be available for sale at the event. Please go to: Dowling Directions for directions.


Some of the Wilders Poems

Brush fire at Edgewood Preserve in Dix Hills, Long Island, NY

Edgewood Preserve

Edgewood Preserve

Just heard the news that there was a brush fire at Edgewood Oak Brush Plains Preserve today, Saturday, April 25th. I am not sure if the fire was related to the way the Edge Wood Preserve is managed. Though, the crisis of a fire might be a good time to reflect on the value of the preserve, and the need to manage it responsibly.

The Edgewood Preserve is located on Long Island, New York. It is managed by New York State, and covers land in the towns of: Huntington, Babylon, and Islip.

Below the Newsday story of today’s event are background stories, photo links, and video of the preserve.

From Newsday:

Firefighters from 26 departments battled a brush fire that charred roughly 20 acres of woods in Dix Hills and Deer Park on Saturday afternoon [4/25/15]….

Friends of the Edgewood Preserve website (the organization is now defunct). Includes great photos and information about the natural habitat. (Also, see message from the Friends website at our readmore.)

Save The Oakbrush Plains website. Edgewood Preserve.(Currently dormant. Looks like an abandoned plan for a website about activism concerning the preserve.)

Video which includes a walk through the preserve. This video was taken for one of the Wilders’ poetry projects…

From the Friends of the Edgewood Preserve website: Read more »

Green Party NY wants to end ‘LLC loophole’ for $150,000 political donations

Green Party Watch » Blog Archive » Green Party of New York State calls for end to ‘LLC loophole’ allowing $150,000 political donations – America’s #1 Source for Green Party News & Views.

http://i1.wp.com/www.chambercoalition.org/images/Brian%20jones%20CANDIDATE%20FOR%20LT%20GOVERNOR%202014.jpg?resize=267%2C150Albany – The New York State Green Party said today that the Commissioners of the New York State Board of Elections should move immediately to close the infamous “LLC Loophole” that allows limited liability corporations to skirt corporate campaign finance laws and donate $150,000 a year to candidates. The Green Party pointed out that the Board of Elections can choose to reclassify LLCs as corporations for campaign finance purposes without approval from the Legislature or Governor Cuomo, putting a $5000 cap on donations. Green Party representatives said that while this would be an important reform, only full public campaign financing at all levels will eliminate New York State’s pay-to-play politics.

A poem for Nigel Hayes and his “beautiful” comment

Nigel Hayes of the Wisconsin Badgers was slightly embarrassed when his comment meant for the guys was broadcast to everyone in the room. Are beautiful women all men talk about when they are alone?

I had to share the poem that Hayes’ words reminded me of…

What Men Talk About When the Women Leave the Room Read more »

Thomas Berry & Earth Community of Life 4/18/15

A Celebration of Thomas Berry and The Earth Community as One Community of Life

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Thomas Berry

Homecoming Farm will be offering it’s Fifth Annual Spring Awakening on April 18, 2015 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Helen Butler Hall at Dominican Village, 565 Albany Avenue, Amityville, NY  11701. The program is entitled “A Celebration of Thomas Berry and The Earth Community as One Community of Life. The registration fee of $30 per person includes lunch.

Proceeds will benefit Homecoming Farm & Sophia Garden.   Please visit their website at www.homecomingearth.org to learn more about Homecoming Farm. For more information, contact  S. Jeanne Clark, OP, earthhomej@aol.com, 631-842-6000, Ext. 338.

This year Homecoming Farm will be celebrating the vision and legacy of Thomas Berry that lives in our hearts and our work. They will be welcoming
  • S. Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP, founder of Genesis Farm ,
  • S. Margaret Galiardi, OP, Author of Where  The Pure Water Flows,
  • S. Margaret Mayce, OP, The Dominican  NGO Representative to the UN,
  • S. Jeanne Clark, OP, Founder of Homecoming Farm and
  • Elizabeth Keihm, Executive Director of Homecoming Farm.
This  event will include presentations, media, and discussion of our shared experience of living the vision of Thomas Berry, now and into the future. 

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Remembering Danny Schechter, “The News Dissector”: Pioneering Journalist, Filmmaker & Activist | Democracy Now!

Remembering Danny Schechter, “The News Dissector”: Pioneering Journalist, Filmmaker & Activist | Democracy Now!.

The author, filmmaker and media reform activist Danny Schechter has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72. Danny Schechter rose to prominence as the “The News Dissector” on Boston’s WBCN radio in the 1970s. He went on to work as a television producer at ABC’s 20/20, where he won two Emmy Awards, and at the newly launchedCNN. But he left corporate media to lead MediaChannel.org and Global Vision. Schechter wrote 12 books, including “The More You Watch, the Less You Know,” and was a leading activist and journalist against apartheid in South Africa, making six nonfiction films about Nelson Mandela. He was a frequent guest on Democracy Now! over the years. The last time he was on the program, he discussed the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

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