American Day Dream

Margot Pepper

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“American Day Dream could become a
classic like 1984 or Brave New World.
Jim Smith, The Venice Beachhead

“A great dystopian read that takes you on a journey around the streets and scenic marvels of San Francisco. More than an Orwellian dystopia, American Daydream draws on the revelations of Edward Snowden, imagining where the National Security might be leading us in the future. Added to this mélange is a passionate romance between the two main characters, the utopian counter point of the story.”
—Roger Burbach, author of Fire in the Americas

“Margot Pepper’s literary incursion into Science Fiction is just like her—daring, brave and fully imagined. She is a story goddess living in and out of verses, whose political stance is vital and necessary.”
—Luis J. Rodriguez, author of Always Running and It Calls You Back

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20th Anniversary: Voice of Fire: Communiques and Interviews From the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Ben Clarke
On January 1, 1994, The Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN) staged a daring intervention into the course of Mexican history by occupying San Cristóbal de las Casas and five municipalities in Chiapas, the southernmost state of Mexico. The Mexican government, headed by President Salinas de Gortari, responded with bombings, massacres and mass arrests during which hundreds, if not thousands of people, were killed. There was national and international outrage at the government's tactics and, within weeks of the initial conflict, the government proposed a cease fire and opened a process of dialogue with the Zapatistas. In a few short months, the EZLN went from an unknown force to one negotiating directly with the government over national issues such as fair elections, economic development and indigenous rights.
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Voice of Fire

Communiques and Interviews from the Zapatista National Liberation Army

Edited by Ben Clarke and Clifton Ross

"Voice of Fire presents the critical communiqués and perspectives of the first guerrilla movement to emerge in Latin America in the post-Cold War era. This book puts us inside the minds of Indigenous peoples and Mexicans who are raising fundamental questions about the current political and social order in North America. Subcomandante Marcos' commentaries are written with a passion and commitment reminiscent of Eduardo Galeano's Open Veins of Latin America."
Roger Burbach
Author of Fire in the Americas

"The Zapatistas bring much needed fresh ideas to the world's progressive and indigenous rights movements. Their civil society strategy, which rejects both vanguardism and narrow ethnic nationalism, appears to have been remarkably successful in a short period of time. This collection of their own writings is a must read for anyone concerned with Mexico in particular and progressive movements in general."
Peter Rossett, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Institute for Food and Development Policy

"The spectacular January first EZLN uprising was a cry 500 years in the making. It has unleashed a torrent of discontent that will mark the unraveling of the ruling party's stranglehold on Mexican politics for the past six decades. The future face of Mexico is as unknown as the faces behind the rebel's masks, but the chiseled features of Mexico's Indians will no longer be merely reminders of the past. Thanks to the EZLN, they will now shape Mexico's future. This collection of EZLN writings is key to understanding what that future holds."
Medea Benjamin
Co-Director, Global Exchange

"If the lie returns to the mouth of the powerful our voice of fire will speak again..."
Communiqué of the EZLN, February 16,1994

Introduction by Ben Clarke : An overview of the Zapatista philosophy and origins.

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Hobos to Street People

Art Hazelwood
Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present

$25.95 Comment: 

Hobos to Street People offers a comparison of the culture and politics of homelessness as seen through artwork since the Great Depression. The book is based on the touring exhibition of the same name that first opened in early 2009-the time of the greatest economic downturn since the 1929 Stock Market Crash. As the numbers of people living in poverty continues to swell, this book looks to the past for lessons for today. A wide range of artists have brought attention to the issue, including historical figures such as Rockwell Kent, Fritz Eichenberg, Jacob Burck, Dorothea Lange and contemporary artists Kiki Smith, Sandow Birk, Eric Drooker and many more. The text, written by artist and curator Art Hazelwood, places the artwork within the history of social and political responses from the New Deal, through McCarthyism, to the rise of modern homelessness in the 1980s. Sections of the book focus on different aspects of homelessness including day to day life, displacement, rural poverty and political struggle. Emphasis is also given to the means by which artists have been able to get their message out whether through publications, government programs of the New Deal, street posters, exhibitions, or alliances with activist groups. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sales of the books will be donated to homeless advocacy groups. Donors can direct the donation using the comment box above. (enter: WRAP, COH or Spirit)

The book is based on the traveling exhibition of the same name.The exhibition began at the California Historical Society in San Francisco in February of 2009. California Exhibition Resources Alliance (CERA)  is the touring company. The next exhibition date for the tour will be listed below if/when scheduled.

The exhibition images can be seen online at Western Regional Advocacy Project.

Reviews of 'Hobos':

The Never Ending Tale: Images of Despair and Hope from the Great Depression to the Great Recession
by: Paul Von Blum on November 29th, 2011
Tikkun Daily

Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present
by: Harvey Smith

Hobos to Street People: Artists Uncover Hidden History of Poverty
by: Margot Pepper, on September 1, 2011
Street Spirit

Homelessness in Art from the New Deal to the Present
by: DeWitt Cheng on September 1, 2011
Street Spirit

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Release Party for Sugaree Rising - Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m

Freedom Voices
Freedom Voices invites you to join J. Douglas Allen-Taylor at the release party for Sugaree  Rising. Thursday, December 6, 6 p.m., at the Joyce Gordon Gallery, 404 14th Street,  in downtown Oakland.  Enjoy this special opportunity to meet the author, get your book signed and meet with other writers and media. Easy access from 12th Street Bart Station 1/2 block from the intersection of 14th at Broadway.

Sugaree Rising

J. Douglas Allen-Taylor

Freedom Voices is pleased to anounce the release of Sugaree Rising.

"Sugaree Rising is a remarkable first novel, intelligent, sensitive, thoughtful, perceptive. It is the story of a small, tightly knit, interrelated group of South Carolina Blacks who established their own community after the Civil War. They bring with them the traditional beliefs of their slave ancestors, the old ways and the old gods. In the South Carolina of the 1930 their descendants still honor the traditions of their African forefathers, living their days in essentially parallel universes, the everyday and the spiritual, both real, both shifting back and forth like a kaleidoscope. It is an extraordianarily exhilarating way of perceiving the world."

— Shirley Ann Grau
Winner of the 1965 Pulitzer Prize For Fiction

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Panel Discussion: Homeless People’s Bill of Rights, October 13, 2-4 pm, Richmond Art Center

Freedom Voices

Hobos to Street People: Artists’ Responses to Homelessness from the New Deal to the Present

Gallery walk through tour led by Hobos to Street People curator, Art Hazelwood.

Panel Discussion:
October 13, 2-4 pm Homeless People’s Bill of Rights

Welcome: City of Richmond Mayor, Gayle McLaughlin.

Panelists: Paul Boden, Western Regional Advocacy Project, Boona Cheema, Building Opportunities of Self Sufficiency, Jennifer Friedenbach, Coalition on Homelessness, Yvonne Nair, Saron Strand.

Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804

Hobos to Street People Exhibit:  September 15 – November 9, 2012
Hours: Wed - Sat 11am - 5pm

The Birth of a Poet: William Everson Centennial - Sept. 21, 7-9 Berkeley City College

Freedom Voices

Evereson-Illustration-cDiego_RioCelebrate William Everson/Brother Antoninus: a major figure of the San Francisco Literary Renaissance, precursor to the Beats,  shamanistic poet of the California landscape, renowned hand-press printer, prophet of erotic earth-based spirituality, and herald of the environmental revolution.

Sept. 21, 2012; 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Berkeley City College Auditorium
2050 Center Street

(near Downtown Berkeley BART station)

Presentations: Matthew Fox
& Steven Herrmann
Poetry: Lorna Dee Cervantes,
Janet DeBar, David Fetcho, Rafael
Jesús González, Mary Norbert
Korte & Jim Powell
Music: Gerardo Omar Marín
MC: Clifton Ross

Free and open to the public, donations welcomed.

The Centennial of Poet William Everson / Brother Antoninus, Press Release about Everson Events

Freedom Voices

Northern California Readings and performaces will honor the shaman/poet of the California landscape, prophet of erotic spirituality, and herald of the environmental revolution

William Everson/Brother Antoninus (1912 – 1994) was a major figure of the San Francisco Literary Renaissance, shamanistic poet of the California landscape, renowned hand-press printer, prophet of erotic earth-based spirituality, and herald of the environmental revolution.

William Everson: The Light the Shadow Casts

Clifton Ross

Selected Everson Poems and Five Interviews by Clifton Ross

In this collection of interviews with one of the central poets of the San Francisco Literary Renaissance (which preceded the Beat movement) William Everson/Brother Antoninus ponders the mystical dimensions of poetry. The interviews span the final fifteen years of his life and contain his final thoughts on the prophetic, the shamanistic and the aesthetic dimensions of his craft, as well as his own life, characterized by the Portuguese proverb that “God writes straight with crooked lines.” The interviews, accompanied by selected poems, were conducted, edited and introduced by Clifton Ross and were first published two years after the poets death by Stride Publications, UK, republished by Freedom Voices to honor the centennial of the poet’s birth. $14.95

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