Friday, August 31, 2012

The Christian Far-Right Is Near

What's on my mind? Christian Reconstructionists, formerly known as Dominionists, the extreme right wing of the Christian Fundamentalist movement (Akin is among these). Once a fringe faction, they are now a recognized and highly regarded movement in the Republican party, responsible for the planks in many state Republican platforms that undermine the Constitution’s separation of church and state and for government funding of "faith-based programs."

Christian Reconstructionists seek a Christian theocracy in the United States based on a "cultural mandate" they believe they find in Genesis which gives white Protestant males dominion over women and nonwhites. Not all of them believe in stoning gays to death, but many do. They oppose contraception and abortion. They don't like Jews. They justify racism (and slavery) based on the old “sons of Ham” interpretation from the Old Testament. They elect representatives and are trying to elect Akin to the senate in Missouri – politicians like Mike Huckabee and many others depended on their money. They have ideological ties with the growing Nazi and neoConfederate movements in the United States.

Can you tell me, based on the incidents in the current campaign season and at the RNC, that I am an alarmist to worry about these people? What do you think they will do with a president and Congress firmly in their back pockets?

I, for one, am about to get political.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Unbearables vs.The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses

Media Contacts:
Larissa Shmailo                                       
(212) 712-9865                       
Ron Kolm
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              The Unbearables and The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses Perform
for Global Event:
100 Thousand Poets for Change

@ A Gathering of the Tribes
285 E. 3rd Street (between Avenues C and D), NYC
Saturday, September 29, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

New York City: The Unbearables (“a drinking group with a writing problem”) and The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses (“we live with the contradictions of feminism”) face off at Lower-East-Side literary landmark A Gathering of the Tribes on September 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm as part of the global arts celebration 100 Thousand Poets for Change.

With rants, humor, avant-garde poetry, and more than a little outrageousness, the two famous New York City literary clans will face off downtown for a first-time ever showdown.  Poetry legend Bob Holman, Larissa Shmailo, Ron Kolm, Elizabeth Macklin, Thad Rutkowski, Patricia Spears Jones, Sparrow, Chavisa Woods, Lee Ann Brown, Carl Watson, and other noted poets and writers are scheduled to appear.

September 29 marks the second annual global event of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a grassroots movement that brings poets, artists, and musicians together worldwide to call for environmental, social, and political change within the framework of peace and sustainability. There are nearly 700 events planned worldwide, including:

• The Occupy Wall Street Poetry group kicks off a weekend of events in New York City with a poetry reading at the famous St. Mark’s Poetry Project.

• 25 different events in the San Francisco Bay Area, the birthplace of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, with live poetry readings by Beat Legend Michael McClure, former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass, and other major poets.

Poetry and peace gatherings are planned in the strife-torn cities of Kabul and Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

In Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, poets, musicians and mime artists, in response to the revolution in Egypt and the major changes taking place in the Arab World, will perform in public spaces.

Events are also scheduled in Albania, Zimbawe, Serbia, Russia, China, Algeria, Scotland, the Udmurt Republic, Somalia, Mexico, and over 100 other countries.

Like Pussy Riot in Russia, The Unbearables and The Feminist Poets in Low-Cut Blouses believe in freedom of speech and seek a world in which artistic expression is open and protected, a goal sought by the larger 100 Thousand Poets for Change organization.

Immediately following September 29th, all documentation on the website, which will include specific event pages with photos, video and other documentation compiled by each city coordinator, will be preserved by Stanford University in California. Stanford recognized 100 Thousand Poets for Change in 2011 as an historical event, the largest poetry reading in history. 

About 100 Thousand Poets for Change 
Co-Founder Michael Rothenberg ( is a widely known poet, editor of the online literary magazine and an environmental activist based in Northern California. Terri Carrion is a poet, translator, photographer, and editor and visual designer for

100 Thousand Poets for Change
P.O. Box 870
Guerneville, CA 95446
Phone: (305) 753-4569
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