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Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness

Washington, DC

March 20-23, 2008



Split This Rock Poetry Festival calls poets to a greater role in public life and fosters a national network of activist poets. Building the audience for poetry of provocation and witness from our home in the nation's capital, we celebrate poetic diversity and the transformative power of the imagination. Featuring readings, workshops, panels, contests, walking tours, film, parties, and activism! See the website for the incredible line-up of poets, including Lucille Clifton, Mark Doty, Martín Espada, Sam Hamill, Galway Kinnell, Naomi Shihab Nye, Sonia Sanchez, and many more. Split This Rock is cosponsored by DC Poets Against the War, Sol & Soul, Busboys and Poets, and the Institute for Policy Studies. www.SplitThisRock.org

Poetry Contest – January 15 Deadline: The contest benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival. $1,000 awarded for poems of provocation & witness; Kyle G. Dargan will judge. $500 for 1st, $300 for 2 nd, and $200 for 3rd place. 1st place winner will read the winning poem at the festival. The poem will also be published on the festival website at www.SplitThisRock.org. All winners receive free festival admission. $20 entry fee benefits the festival. Postmark Deadline: January 15, 2008. Guidelines for entry: http://splitthisrock.org/contests.html. 

Call for Poetry Films – January 30 Deadline: Seeking artistic, experimental, and challenging interpretations of poetry that explore critical social issues. Films up to 15 minutes. Entry fee: $15. Selected films and videos will be screened during the festival's film program. For full guidelines and required entry form: http://splitthisrock.org/film.html

Support Split This Rock, the historic gathering of activist poets: Every dollar you give is tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, the Institute for Policy Studies. Just click here: https://secure.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/IPS/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=1120 and be sure to designate "Split This Rock" as the project you'd like to support. Or send a check payable to "IPS/Split This Rock" to: IPS, 1112 16 th Street, NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC  20036. Many thanks! Your contribution will make a tremendous difference.

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Hey all!

The organization I work for, the Council on African American Affairs, is releasing our documentary/workbook, and I was wondering if you knew any teachers who wanted a copy, or maybe wanted one yourself. It's a pretty solid lesson plan, and comes with a DVD. We've distributed it already at a teacher's conference in MD.

is the older press release. 

I'm also including the summary.

email me at RIARIAV at YAHOO dot COM if you want me to send along some copies.  Also, please forward this widely. Thanks!
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This is one of the better ideas I've seen in three years of protesting this stupid war.
An Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq

Many active duty, reserve, and guard service members are concerned about the war in Iraq and support the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The Appeal for Redress provides a way in which individual service members can appeal to their Congressional Representative and US Senators to urge an end to the U.S. military occupation. The Appeal messages will be delivered to members of Congress at the time of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2007.

The wording of the Appeal for Redress is short and simple. It is patriotic and respectful in tone.

Asa patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.

If you agree with this message, click here.

The Appeal for Redress is sponsored by active duty service members based in the Norfolk area and by a sponsoring committee of veterans and military family members. The Sponsoring committee consists of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Military Families Speak Out.

Members of the military have a legal right to communicate with their member of Congress. To learn more about the rights and restrictions that apply to service members click here.

Attorneys and counselors experienced in military law are available to help service members who need assistance in countering any attempts to suppress this communication with members of Congress.

Several members of Congress have expressed interest in receiving the Appeal for Redress.

Click here to send the Appeal to your elected representatives.

Please consider offering a service member the option to dissent.
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My Country My Country will appear tonight on PBS on October 25th, 9pm.

"My Country My Country" opened in theaters last August 4th.

Filmmaker/Director Laura Poitras documents eight months in the life of a sunni Iraqi doctor and his family. Dr. Riyadh, a father of six, is trapped under the chaos and mayhem of the Bush/Blair occupation and attempting to deal with the cynicism and danger of the impending Iraqi elections. Very eye opening. Very humorous, scary, poignant, and very human. Definitely a film worthy of seeing.

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Dont dey kno i just rock da malls
YA shoppin is wut i do
I don't even kno how 2 skrew
They all bein hatas
I gotta tell them latas
But I look like a man
Too bad I aint a fan
Soccer is borin, ya heard me say
So fuck ya'll cum wut may
I don't got no job still
Can't pay mah bills
Shit, man, I can't buy no ham
Guess it's back to eatin spam.
I am a gym teacher dont got no money
So open ya pants and ya can call me honey
I'll suck ya hard n kick ya round
Don't let ya mah kno Tiffy don't make no sound



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World Trade Center producer Michael Shamberg said that they knew about Sgt. Thomas's role in the rescue, but were unable to find him when creating the film. He said producers didn't discover Thomas was a Black man until after they had started the movie. He also said that in spite of the fact that the film was co-written by McLoughlin and Jimeno was consulted for authenticity, no one ever asked them for a physical description of the man who helped save their lives.

"Frankly, we goofed--we learned when we were filming that he was an African-American," said Shamberg. “We would change it if we could. I actually called him and apologized, and he said he didn't mind. He was very gracious about it.”

Shamberg also apologized for another African-American officer, Bruce Reynolds, who was also portrayed as white in the movie.

Thomas, meanwhile, didn't learn the film was about his story until he saw the unmistakable image of two marines peering into a whole at Ground Zero during a commercial for the movie. He said that while he wasn't angry about how the film turned out, he does wish it could have been more realistic.

What the hell??? They just assumed these people were white. Where the hell do they get off doing this??

I mean, they say he was "really gracious"...but WTF was he supposed to do? How stupid would it be for him to "freak out"??

I know the WTC movie is about more than this, but wasn't Sept. 11th about all Americans coming together in the face of adversity and realizing that we're more than just people that happen to walk past each other everyday on the train (or at least that's what liberal PCers want us to believe, until you see something like this.) I mean, this just goes in the face of the psuedo feel-good stuff they're trying to feed us in the comercials for this movie.
They can't even put their own PC "We Are The World" message into practice!

But, then again, I just get really upset when I see this. It's just another white man's movie to me...they couldn't even be bothered to even see if the "diversity" they claim was even true.

linked from: http://kate-nepveu.livejournal.com/196342.html
source: http://www.slate.com/id/2147350/fr/rss/

x-posted to blackfolk
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Despite a landslide loss in Tuesday night's primary runoff against Hank Johnson, the controversy just keeps coming out of the Cynthia McKinney campaign.

First there was a scuffle between McKinney's bodyguards and an 11Alive news photographer, then there were remarks made to a cable network news crew, in which members of McKinney's entourage allegedly made shocking anti-Semitic remarks.

The Anti-Defamation League says they want to hear from McKinney and they want her to disavow the anti-Semitic remarks reported by the network crew, remarks that recall the scandal that cost her the election in 2002.

“We’re seeing some Cynthia McKinney supporters are resorting to anti-Semitic and racist language and again blaming the Jews for her loss in this campaign,” said ADL southeast Associate Director Shelley Rose.

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First, I want to say that I despise anyone who makes anti-semetic remarks and who blames other people for their mistakes.

Second, I just want to point out how no one is crying foul over Mel Gibson, but everyone is tripping out over words that McKinney didn't even SAY HERSELF. While I agree that the words were awful, I totally disagree with them blaming her for his statements.

Third, they put his karate skills up there like that has shit to do with the issues. I really dislike this.

I was watching the O'Reilly Factor (yes, please shoot me) and this came on, and O'Reilly was asking is McKinney was "anti-white" and "anti-semetic". They had one of her former black employees on there like he was going to do a turncoat.

He laid it to them straight:

"Why would you blame Cynthia McKinney for what one of her people said when you refuse to blame George W. Bush for Abu Graib?"

What do you guys think??

source: http://www.11alive.com/specials/local/decision2006/decision_article.aspx?storyid=83191
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If you are interested in seeing who your State representatives are in Congress and how they have voted on key issues, check out Congress.org. You can also send correspondence (although when I did, my representative sent back an auto-reply; not too surprising).

This site is a more concise page that will also look up your particular representative and provide you with their fax and phone numbers is Washington, D.C. Vote-Smart.org is another helpful website.

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Gwen Stefani ~ Rich Girl
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Originally posted by 0405 in [Unknown LJ tag].
Def Jam Records president and CEO Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will take part in an effort to educate the public on the world's water crisis.

The mogul will be joined by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and MTV president Christina Norman on Wednesday (Aug. 9) to announce the details of the venture at the United Nations, 1st Avenue at 46th Street, New York.

The effort is part of MTV's ongoing mission to educate and empower young people about global issues as well as get them involved.

Jay-Z's experiences as he witnesses the human impact of the water crisis will be documented by the network.

Information on the documentary and companion initiatives will also be announced.

According to recently released statistics, more than one billion people across the globe lack access to safe drinking water and water-related diseases are the leading cause of death in the world and is responsible for 80% of all sickness in the world.

A UN study revealed that two in three people, more than 2.7 billion people, will face water shortages by 2025 at the current rate of consumption.

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'Black spinster' label pinned on Condi Rice
Palestinian media use racist terms including 'colored dark skin lady'

Posted: July 31, 2006
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Aaron Klein
© 2006 WorldNetDaily.com

Condoleezza Rice depicted in Al Quds as pregnant with a monkey. The image's caption read, "Rice speaks about birth of new Middle East."

JERUSALEM – While U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been in the Middle East meeting regional alongside Israel's military campaign in Lebanon, media outlets controlled by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party the past few days have been using racist rhetoric in their reports, referring to the American representative as the "black woman," "raven," "colored dark skinned black lady" and "black spinster."

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The die-hard Democrat that I am, I think Condoleezza is brillant. She is a fantastic example of everything a black woman can accomplish. Unfortunately, her agenda seems to blind to the specific issues facing a good portion of Black America. So if so does run in 2008, it will pain me, but I would not vote for her (I think she far more qualified for President of the United States than Shirley Chisolhm was).

Thoughts? Opinons? This is America's most powerful Black political figure folks!
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This is a documentary comparing U.S. coverage of the Middle East to that found in Europe, and even in Israel itself. Please watch the documentary BEFORE commenting, I want to talk about the actual content...

Peace, Propaganda, & the Promised Land

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If you dare, would you admit that the media plays a major factor in your political leanings? I don't know if this is necessarily a bad thing; few people have the time to really read government reports, political analysts, compare policies, etc.

But the irony in this is that many Black Americans will agree that the media is biased towards Black men and the portrayal of Black culture in the mass media. Yet many of us depend on these same media outlets to inform us of what is going on in the world.

(If you wish, check out the article that sort of prompted this post. I'm warning you now, it's written by a Rabbi in regards to the situation in the Middle East and how it is portrayed in the public).

Are we hypocrites to point our fingers at the media for sullying our reputation but then forging our worldview on politics mainly from their reports?
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