September 2011, Week 2


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Tidbits for September 12, 2011

1. Instant connection
2. Subject:  Post Office more anti-people cuts
3. Subject: the truths staring Israelis and American Jews in the face
4. Re: Friday Nite Videos -- September 9, 2011
5.  Book Presentation: The Red Museum - New York - Sept. 18
6. report on Los Angeles Labor Day Parade

Instant connection

By Sam FriedmanTidbits for September 12, 2011

As our offices burned
and our towers collapsed,
TVs roared their anger,
politicians their hate.
Our very first actions
upon reaching our homes
were to call one another,
ask if the other was there,
if each had survived,
and to e-mail the world
to say, “We’re alive,”
We slowly realized our losses,
the destruction of place,
our books and our spaces
now gaps in our lives,
and our new disconnection
from a nation enraged,
from politicians and pundits
who talked only of blood-debt,
who stoked passions for war.
But we responded with horror
at their planned bombings and killings,
at spreading destruction
like that we had suffered;
we rejected connection
with those who sought blood,
while seeking connection
with workmates and strangers,
empathetic connection
with those who faced bombs.
Rejoicing in living,
while mourning all dead,
we build empathetic connection
against more spilling of blood.
An earlier version appeared in Connections. 24 (3).
2001. p. 34.

I worked in the World Trade Center and watched my
offices burn. Over the next few months, I wrote
hundreds of pages of poetry. (I am a poet as well as a
lifelong activist.) 

sam friedman

Date:  	Mon, 12 Sep 2011 
From:  	Claire Carsman 
Subject:  Post Office more anti-people cuts

Just  a simple statement.  No long article.  It wasn't
enough to beat up on teachers and public schools.  Then
we started on public libraries.  And now we don't even
want to have a national post office.  It seems to me
that these were not the things that the signers of our
Constitution thought.  These are scary, and yes serious
things, that contribute to the dissolution of our
country as a United Country.  Much to do and not much
to do it in.  Where is the Left?  Splintered into a 100
on-line petiton gathering groups?  Raising $3
contributions?  When are we going to start talking not
just to each other, but to people?

Claire Carsman

Date:  	Mon, 12 Sep 2011 
From:  	Lorna Salzman 
Subject: the truths staring Israelis and American Jews in the face


An excellent piece, without the usual polemics against
Israel. Why don't the Israelis see what is so obvious:
that the ultra-orthodox Haredi plus the lack of a
constitution guaranteeing equal rights plus the
continuation of settlements all add up to disaster?

And why don't American Jews understand this? If they
did, they could be exerting pressure on Israel in the
right direction. They need to press Israel for  a
secular constitution-based state and an end to
settlements. They need to get the Haredi under control:
make them work, serve in the military, give up control
to secular authorities over marriage, birth, death and
citizenship and end the differential citizenship


* Re: Friday Nite Videos -- September 9, 2011

I know Portside is just reprinting a promo, but for the
record the blues was well established and even a commercial
success way before gospel existed. A bluesman, Thomas
Dorsey, hit a low point in his life and decided Christianity
was what he needed to get himself squared away.  He as much
as anyone gets credit for introducing blues and other
secular African-American popular and dance music into black
church services and it caused a huge scandal.  As usual, it
was so popular that it was accepted and then embraced and
renamed Gospel and now, apparently, even attributed with
being "the foundation" of the music that was its foundation.
Next thing we'll hear is that the Star Spangled Banner was
divine intervention and not Francis Scott Key penning new
lyrics to a super popular drinking song in bars in the

T.M. Scruggs

* Book Presentation: The Red Museum - New York - Sept. 18

Paul Werner will present and discuss his recent book, "The
Red Museum. Art, economics and the ends of capital" at the

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL Sunday, September 18, 2011,
Brooklyn Borough Hall PRB (People's Republic
of Brooklyn) http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org

Paul Werner, PhD is the author of "Museum, Inc. Inside the
Global Art World," which the Philadelphia Inquirer called
"relentlessly brilliant, hilarious, dead-on and hyperwitty,"
and the Atlantic, "a rollicking little screed."



* report on Los Angeles Labor Day Parade - request for information on actions in other cities

Los Angeles Labor Against the War (LALAW) had a contingent
in the 32nd Annual Labor Day Parade in the Los Angeles
Harbor Monday, September 5, 2011 demanding an end to the US
wars in the Middle East and shifting money to social needs
and jobs.  The theme of this year's parade was "Stop the War
on Workers!"  LALAW signs, "End Wars = End Deficits" were
seen by thousands at the march and at the huge labor-
community picnic that took place in Banning Park after the
march, and by millions on CBS channel 9 in LA on the evening
news.  LALAW explained that at the beginning of 2011, 42
states and the District of Columbia were running deficits in
their budgets, totaling $105 billion.  The budget for the
wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan for 2011 is $159
billion.  End the wars and bring the troops and money home
and we could pay for the shortfall in every state budget and
protect every social program and every job.  Other signs
seen throughout the Parade were "Tax the Rich and their
Corporations," "Unions for Single-Payer Healthcare," and

What other cities and towns had Labor Day Parades or other
activities?  Can folks write to the list saying whether
there were Labor Day Parades or related activities in your
area on Labor Day, and if so, what was the tone of these
events -- primarily unions carrying their signs or banners,
or some expressing progressive political content?  I'm
especially interested in hearing from some of the bigger
cities, like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh,
Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Atlanta,
Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, but also any
where events took place, or didn't.  Thanks much.

Paul Krehbiel



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