More with Less

Eric Robertson

            Do More with Less

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OccuPant Rant

Eric Robertson

            I just returned from Occupy Oakland in downtown. What can I say? It is not immediately inspiring. Not clean. A bit muddy. Lots of straggly dressed youth mixed with older street people, radicals, liberals, anarchist kids with black rags covering their faces flying black flags. But there is order in the chaos. There is an excitement in the people there who are building community. (Remember that thing that we used to think we were a part of and then gave up on it when everything didn’t go the way we wanted.)           

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Book Release Party: Hobos to Street People, Sept 15

Freedom Voices

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

Thursday September 15th, 2011, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Alliance Graphics 1101 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710

The Great Tortilla Conspiracy will be present at the book release, printing edible and cogent quesadilla’s with a message.

A portion of  book sales at this event will be donated to homeless rights groups WRAP, the Street Spirit and the Coalition on Homelessness.

Hobos to Street People presents a social, cultural and political history of homelessness from the Great Depression to the present as seen through the work of artists from Dorothea Lange, Rockwell Kent and Fritz Eichenberg to contemporary artists Kiki Smith, Eric Drooker, Jos Sances and David Bacon.

A Nicaraguan Farce

Clifton Ross
            Daniel Alegría still thinks of himself as a Sandinista, “a Sandinista, no Orteguista.” He looks pretty much the same as he did when I first met him at Comedor Sara in January, 1984 where he spent his evenings drinking beer and talking politics with the internacionalistas who gathered there in the evenings. The big question in those days, was when, or if the US would invade the country, and Daniel, who worked as Sandinista National
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Dorothea Lange Photo Gallery

Freedom Voices
Dorothea Lange photo Gallery from Image and Imagination

Earth Day Oil Gusher--BP


Below is the intermittent live feed from BP's own rover camera over the leak. It's horrifying. Once it starts to move you can double click for a full screen view.Today, June 13, the image is almost completely black except for a couple of white lights.  That's oil you are looking at.  A few days ago you could see the blowout "preventer" now the image shows just a swirl of black.  Occaisonally the robot moves around and you can see the pinchers opening and closing and the camera operator changes the angle and enlargement. You can visit the compilation of 12 different seafloor feeds at the following addresses.  The BP media player seems to work on more platforms the .gov website compiles them all together.

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Clifton Ross in Honduras on KPFA's Flashpoints MP3

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Goddesses We Ain't

Edited by Lucy Bledsoe

This anthology offers poetry, short stories, performance pieces and autobiographical memoirs that were developed in the Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center's Women Writers Workshop. A dozen women from different cultures explore the landscape of love, language, literacy and liberation. In forms as diverse as the personalities of the participants. Edited and introduced by workshop facilitator, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, the collection cuts to the heart of women's concerns today.

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Not by Bread Alone

Jess Clarke
A Perspective on the Tenderloin Reflection Education Center
In 1981, a group of activists associated with the Franciscan peace and justice movement came together in San Francisco's Tenderloin to create a reflection and education center that would "take into account the perspectives of the underside of history, the experiences and struggles of the 'jagged edge'-- all those in our society who are not treated as full human beings." Beginning with a Bible discussion group organized on the model of liberation theology activists in Latin America, the Tenderloin Reflection and Education Center has evolved into one of the Bay area's longest lived cultural and spiritual organizations of and for homeless and dispossessed persons.

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