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    Thinking about Hong Kong? Reflections on the previous,NYS/US phase of the occupy/democracy spirit. eBook, Occupy Wall Street: What Just Happened? (Only $.99 !) In the eBook, the Occupy movement is explored through original reporting, photographs, cartoons, poetry, essays, and reviews.The collection of essays and blog posts records the unfolding of Occupy into the culture from September 2011 to the present.  Authors Kimberly Wilder and Ian Wilder were early supporters of Occupy, using their internet platforms to communicate the changes being created by the American Autumn.

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Update: Info for LIers affected by this Week’s Flooding 8/14/14

Places to seek help on August 15th, 16th, and 17th:
(Ongoing information and contacts at bottom of post)

New York State is opening a multi-agency Disaster Assistance Service Center (DASC) that serves as a “one-stop shop” with information and resources for individuals affected by this week’s heavy rain and flooding.

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Disaster Assistance Service Center (DASC)

Islip Town Complex
401 Main Street
Islip, NY 11751 
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Ed Sanders performs Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side

Ed Sanders performs his song-poem Yiddish-Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side at the Sidewalk Cafe, New York City, part of David Kirschenbaum’s Boog City 8 Poetry & Music Festival, on Poets’ Theater Night, August 3, 2014.

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Astorino Must Desegregate Housing to Improve Schools

NY Green Party Guv Hawkins: Astorino Clearly Not A Supporter of Fair Housing for People of Color

Green Party Button 4Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for New York Governor, said today that improving access to affordable housing was critical to improving education in New York State. Recent studies have found that US schools are more segregated today than before the US Supreme Court decision on Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education. New York State schools are the most segregated in the nation.

Hawkins says that Rob Astorino‘s record as County Executive in the Westchester housing desegregation dispute with the federal government shows that he would be unqualified to resolve this problem statewide. Hawkins said that
he sided with the Anti-Discrimination Center and civil right groups in their criticism of the county’s mishandling of the implementation the housing discrimination consent decree. This includes the issue of how the impact of
restrictive zoning by Westchester governments is evaluated to show that people of color are denied equal access to fair housing.

Hawkins has also been critical of Astorino’s decision to create a Stop Common Core ballot line, saying that Astorino is an anti-public education candidate:

“Astorino may stop Common Core but he will increase Cuomo’s looting public education by underfunding public schools and pushing privately managed charter schools, private education tax credits, and vouchers.”  Read more »

Cost of War by Anacoustic Minds at Welcome to Boog City 8 8/3/14

Anacoustic Minds played their song “Cost of War” at Welcome to Boog City 8 festival on 8/3/14 at Unnameable Books, Brooklyn, NY. Used with permission.

Anacoustic Minds was founded by former Simple Minds drummer Mike Ogletree. The current incarnation of the band includes bandleader and songwriter Ogletree along with singer-omnichordist and fellow Scot Brookes McKenzie, singer and Louisiana native soul sensation David Turner, with djembe by Tem Noon when he can make it here from his home asteroid in another galaxy. Their mission is to bring a message of Universal Peace through Art to the universe via the call to arms of their genre-bending Scots-Reggae music.

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Green Party seeks NY 3rd State Senate District candidate to support women and fight corruption

Only Green Party candidates Refuse Corporate Donations Democratic Party insiders have petitioned to open a write-in primary  for the Green Party line  in the New York Third (3rd) State Senate race.  Green Party members interested in running as a candidate in the primary can contact 631-925-6104 or info@gpsuffolk.org.  The district runs along the south shore of Long Island from Brentwood to Center Moriches.  Lee Zeldin is the current State Senator.  The State Primary is September 9, 2014. There is also a Democratic Primary in that race between Joseph Fritz and Adrienne Esposito.

The Green Party governor candidate, Howie Hawkins http://www.howiehawkins.org, has already raised a number of issues to be addressed in this year’s State races.  Hawkins has called for a criminal investigation of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and Cuomo’s disbanded Moreland Commission.  Hawkins finds that Cuomo’s $40 million campaign war chest makes Cuomo the “kingpin” of the “pay-to-play political culture driven by large checks.” Hawkins asserts that “Cuomo and his staff however ensured that key issues that would reflect badly on him were stricken from the report, especially information that investigators had learned about the powerful Real Estate Board of New York and its political donations.”  Read more »

World Peace Vigil 8/6/14 Bellport, NY

Peace Cranes on the GPO steps

Peace Cranes

Stop the Arms Trade – Cut the Arms Budget

Join South Country Peace Group’s
32nd annual World Peace Vigil

A Community Dedication to Peace
on the 69th anniversary of the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 – 7:15 pm

 Commemorative Poetry and Songs

Nuclear Weapons Update

You may wish to wear white, the traditional Japanese color of mourning.

Silent Procession starts 7:15pm from the sidewalk adjacent to

Woodland Cemetery, Station Road and Head of Neck Road, Bellport

How to Win a Presidential Election?

English: Seal of the President of the United S...I recently answered the question on Quora: “Why did Mitt Romney lose the 2012 Presidential election?”  My answer about the axioms that determined the last Presidential election can be generally:

There are two political axioms that come into play in answering why Romney lost to Obama. One general. One specific.

Incumbents lose; Challengers don’t win.  In every political race, the incumbent has the upper hand.  Despite comments to the contrary, Americans don’t like change.  They will keep the devil they know.

Obama ran a winning campaign.  He kept his focus on getting votes.  You might think this is obvious but looking at other recent Democratic  presidential candidates, they got distracted from actually getting people to vote for them. A case in point is Obama’s refusal to waste energy on throwing 3rd party candidates off the ballot as prior Democrat presidential candidates had.  This exercise is focused on stopping people from voting for the candidates that they want, rather than focusing on convincing people to vote for you.  It is a drain on resources, a distraction, and creates unneeded ill will.

Obama won the 3 hour car ride test.  The majority of American voters already know who they are voting for, elections are determined by the relatively few in the middle who have to be convinced.  Those in the middle know that whichever candidate that they choose, they will get the short end of the stick.  Presidential elections, to the middle, are like the tagline from Alien vs. Predator:  “Whoever wins, we lose.”  Read more »

8th Boog City Fest Sked 8/1-8/5/14

Boog City Fest 2014In just over five weeks from now, from Fri., Aug. 1 through Tues. Aug. 5, 2014, Boog will be celebrating its 23rd anniversary by putting on the eighth annual Welcome to Boog City poetry, music, and theater festival. It will feature 66 poets, 16 musical acts, 9 poets theater plays, 2 poets in conversation with one another, 1 political talk, 1 d.a. levy lives visiting press, and 1 panel over the five days.

Among the festival highlights are:

—A performance by Ed Sanders, a large figure in the counter-culture of the sixties to today, member of The Fugs, and an award-winning poet.

—Boog’s d.a. levy lives series kicks off its 12th season devoting a night to Ithaca, N.Y.’s Stockport Flats;

—Boog’s 46th Classic Album Live show is PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me, performed live by 7 local musical acts;

—Digital Poetry: What Can It Mean?, a panel curated and moderated by Carol Mirakove

—and Boog’s 5th Poets’ Theater night, featuring 9 short plays.

The full schedule for the event is below, followed by performer bios and websites.  Read more »

Story of Citizens United vs. FEC 6/30/14

In a “Post” Citizens United America, our voices are being drowned out by the corrupting influence of money from special interest groups in politics, through their Super PACs.

Join Move to Amend Brookhaven for a viewing of the short film, The Story of Citizens United vs. FEC and an evening of stimulating conversation. You will find out how the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC [Federal Election Commission] became law, its consequences and discuss what you can do to restore democracy.

Exercise your right of free speech!

Where: Middle Country Public Library 101 Eastwood Blvd Centereach, NY

When: June 30, 2014

Start Time – 7:00pm (Presentation followed by Q&A session)

E-mail MTA Brookhaven at mtabrookhaven@gmail.com

GP Guv Hawkins Says Working Families Party Nomination of Cuomo Betrays Working Families 

Howie Hawkins said today that the decision by the Working Families Party to nominate Governor Andrew Cuomo for a second term of Governor was an abandonment of working class and progressive voters, just further proof that the WFP is merely a liberal wing on the Democrats.

Hawkins said that the door to the Green Party was open to WFP members. “We feel their pain over the Cuomo nomination. We are here for them. We give them a place to organize and vote against the Cuomo agenda and for progressive policies.”

“We invite progressive, grassroots workers and community members who are looking for a union member to support to vote for the Green Party this November. We will also be targeting communities of color who feel abused and neglected by the Cuomo administration and his austerity policies on schools, criminal justice and human services,” said Hawkins, a working Teamster from Syracuse who unloads truck at night for UPS for a living.   Read more »

Friday, June 6th: PeaceSmiths Coffee, season finale!

A Long Island event…

PeaceSmiths Topical, A-Typical, Folk Music, Poetry, and Whatever Coffeeehouse

Mountain Maidens

Fri day June 6th, 2014 at 8PM
Last show of the season!
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Featuring…

Mountain Maidens, local Folk singers…
Pramila Venkateswaran, Poet Laureate of Suffolk County…
And a PeaceSmiths tradition…Sing-a-Long with Andy Greenhouse…Plus: Open Mic…Maybe You?

Info and directions at PeaceSmiths here and below the fold…


 

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Green Party NY nominates Governor candidate and State Slate

Green Party Anti-Fracking Flyer PDFHowie Hawkins won the Green Party nomination for Governor in Troy on Saturday, setting up a rematch with Andrew Cuomo. Hawkins finished third in the race two years ago and intends to do better this time. Hawkins says he plans to challenge the 1% tag team of Cuomo and Republican nominee Astorino on economic, climate change and criminal justice issues. Hawkins also wants NY to go carbon free with a 100%, clean renewable energy by 2030, while providing a public living wage job to any New Yorker who needs one.

The Green Party selected NYC Educator Brian Jones to highlight their opposition to Cuomo’s education policies promoting privatization of the education system, including his promotion of the Common Core agenda and charter schools. The Green Party is seeking full funding to meet the educational needs of New Yorkers, including free tuition at CUNY and SUNY.   Hawkins/Jones need to receive at least 50,000 votes in the 2014 Governor election for the Green Party to retain the ballot line in NY.

The Hawkins-Jones ticket was nominated in Troy NY the day after former local State Senator and Majority Leader Joe Bruno won his federal retrial on public corruption charges despite clear evidence that he receive tens of thousands of dollars monthly for no-show jobs.

“Bruno was the wolf of Albany. The Albany media portrayed him as a lovable rogue because he was happy to publicly proclaim that his goal was to deliver favors for his friends, who stuffed his pockets in return. The Supreme Court has legalized bribery. And Cuomo whitewashed Bruno’s use of taxpayer resources to shake down donors. He raises $33 million in $40,000 chunks and then disbands the Moreland Commission without accomplishing anything. You want to end corruption in Albany, vote Green Party his November,” noted Hawkins.

Rounding out the ticket is Bronx attorney and activist Ramon Jimenez for Attorney General and Theresa Portelli, the recent Green nominee for Mayor in Albany, for State Comptroller. Jimenez ran for AG four years ago.   Read more »

US State Green Parties form Alliance against Algonquin Gas Pipeline Expansion

Green Party Button 4From Environmental Headlines

The Green Party of Rhode Island is seeking to create a five-state alliance of Green parties (MA-RI-CT-NY-NJ) to STOP the proposed Algonquin Pipeline expansion. This $971 million project has moved into high gear, with a final application now on file at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There’s been little public comment so far and the opposition, while growing, has been fragmented. Only the Green parties are positioned to quickly ramp up a coordinated, multi-state resistance.

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Democracy Now!: OWS Protester Cecily McMillan Convicted of Assaulting Cop, Faces up to 7 Years

Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan has been found guilty of assaulting a New York City police officer in a trial that critics say should have been about the police assaulting her. Today Democracy Now! speaks with McMillan’s attorney Martin Stolar, who is co-counsel for her case, and her friend Lucy Parks, field coordinator for the “Justice 4 Cecily Support Team.”

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