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Friday Nite Videos
June 10, 2011

 - New Seasons Supermarket Flashmobbed by Portland BDS

 - When Beethoven Meets Salsa Music !!!

 - We Are Being Lied To - MoveOn Civic Action & The
   Other 98% Flash Mob

 - Conan: The Sarah Palin History Network

 - The Battle of Michigan Avenue (1969)


New Seasons Supermarket Flashmobbed by Portland BDS



May 29th
Portland, OR

Shoppers at Portland's Concordia New Seasons were
greeted with an unexpected performance this afternoon
when about two dozen Portlanders broke into song and
dance. "New Seasons, you say you're local but you buy
into Israeli occupation," participants sang,
referencing the 19 Israeli products New Seasons
carries. The flash mob, coordinated by the Portland BDS
(Boycott, Divest and Sanction) Coalition, was part of
an ongoing campaign calling on New Seasons to stop
selling Israeli products.

"New Seasons cannot claim to be friendly and local
while it continues to stock products made by Israel, a
gross violator of international law," said Wael
Elasady, member of Students United for Palestinian
Equal Rights and flashmob participant. "There's a
glaring discrepancy between their ethical image and the
products they profit from."

The now-burgeoning BDS Coalition, endorsed by groups
such as Jews for Global Justice and the ILWU Local 5,
has submitted a petition with over 500 signatures from
New Seasons shoppers. The petition asks New Seasons to
respect the boycott call issued by Palestinian civil
society in 2005, and stop selling Israeli products
until Israel complies with international humanitarian
and human rights law. Additionally, hundreds of
customers have submitted "comment cards" supporting the

New Seasons has been under recent scrutiny for its
decision to remove photographs by Jewish artist Stephen
Kerpen. Images of Palestinians and Bedouins from
Kerpen's recent trip to Israel and the West Bank were
removed by New Seasons management just hours after
being installed in the Seven Corners' local artists
gallery. Kerpen was told that the abrupt reversal came
in response to the complaint of a single customer.

"New Seasons immediately removed Stephen's images after
one complaint, yet refuses to address the hundreds of
customers who have supported the boycott," said
Elasady. "The store chose to stop selling Rockstar
energy drink on ethical grounds, so the precedent for
this type of action has been set. It's time for New
Seasons to live up to its image and respect the demands
of hundreds of customers."

The Portland BDS Coalition is part of the growing
international movement calling for a boycott of Israel
until it complies with international humanitarian and
human rights laws. The Palestinian-led BDS movement is
a moral, nonviolent campaign for human rights modeled
on the worldwide boycott movement that helped to bring
an end to apartheid in South Africa.


When Beethoven Meet Salsa Music !!!



What would Beethoven think of this salsa arrangement of
the 5th Symphony ?

The arranger is Sverre Indris Joner.


We Are Being Lied To - MoveOn Civic Action & The Other
98% Flash Mob ..



MoveOn Civic Action & The Other 98% teamed up to keep
the message going: We Are Being Lied To. The country
isn't broke--so where is the money going?


Conan: The Sarah Palin History Network June 7, 2011



The Battle of Michigan Avenue (1969)


Film Notes

The Urban Crisis and the New Militants, Part 2-Social
Confrontation: The Battle of Michigan Avenue (1969)
Production Company: The Film Group, Inc. Transfer Note:
Digital file made from a 16mm print preserved by the
Chicago Film Archives. Running Time: 11 minutes.

The Film Group, a Chicago-based production company set
up to create industrial films and ads, found a new
purpose during the Chicago Democratic Convention in
late August 1968. On a lunch break from shooting a
Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial, founding member Mike
Gray and his crew were shocked by police violence on
the very streets where they lived and worked.
Radicalized, they filmed the chaos and created their
feature-length documentary American Revolution 2. From
their footage grew the educational series, The Urban
Crisis and the New Militants.


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