Will Wave Of Action Become Nightmare For The 1%?

 

#RESIST! #ACTIVISM #OCCUPY #WORLDWIDE #WAVEOFACTION #Cookednews

 

Note: We don’t view te #WaveOfAction as a potential last gasp of Occupy.  It is one more series of protests and resistance efforts that will continue no matter how large the #WaveOfAction protests are.  It is up to the people how large the protests are, how creative and how effective.  This is part of the process of building a mass movement — a movement that is much more than the occupy encampments were. 

What will prove to be either the last gasp of the Occupy Movement, or its Renaissance as a social powerhouse, will lie in the success and its embrace of a highly-publicized #WaveOfAction which launches a major 90-day program of protest and resistance on April 4.

The Wave begins, symbolically, on the date of the assassination of Martin Luther King and ends, symbolically, on July the 4th.  It will run from the date of the death of a dream that will not die to the date of the birth of a vision which has yet to be fulfilled.

So, what is the purpose of this ambitious campaign, who is behind it, and what can we expect of it – and of ourselves?  The purpose is stated on its website and is quite clear.

We are a Movement of Movements

“The Worldwide #WaveOfAction begins April 4th and runs through July 4th.

During this three-month cycle, people throughout the world will be protesting corruption, rallying around solutions and taking part in alternative systems. The new paradigm will be on full display.

Studies have proven that it only takes 3.5% of the population taking nonviolent action to create meaningful and positive change. The #WaveOfAction gives all of us who want change a powerful opportunity to #EvolveSociety.

Change-makers all over the world will be engaged at the same time in an unprecedented wave of transformation.”

OK, that sounds acceptable (to most of the 99%, and certainly not the 1%).  Now, who is behind this?

I confess that I can’t say that I have figured that out.  It appears to be nobody.  Or, perhaps everybody.  Or, a coterie of patriots/anarchists/misfits who – such as when Zuccotti Park came to be occupied – are taking it upon themselves to rekindle that Occupy fire.

Word has it that #OWS #Anon and its allies put out a call to action for a World Wide Wave of creative community coordination and collaboration this winter.  There were two organizing conference calls prior to April 4.  One on March 25, and the other on April 2.  (David Degrawis one of the facilitators)

For an organizing call, it attracted verifiable luminaries:  Barbara Max HubbardMarianne WilliamsonRussell BrandKevin ZeesePatricia EllsbergDylan RattiganJohn Perry Barlow, and Lee Camp.  If “you are known by the company you keep,” #WaveOfAction is keeping good company.

Whoever started it, it can be said that occupiers around the world are standing with it, and many called in to declare that support and to announce events they were planning locally.

But, they are coming up against a very familiar foe – themselves.

The Naysayers…and worse

Anyone familiar with Occupy knows that it is rife with the usual suspects:  gripers, snipers and full-blown trolls whose only purpose seems to be that of making sure that “solidarity” will never be had.  “How dare (someone/something) do/be (provide the offense).”  Everything is suspect, and anyone taking a lead roll is to be suspected.

Whether or not this will affect the success of #WaveOfAction will not be known for some time, but the offenders are being put on notice.  Activist and creater of Occu-Evolve,Sumumba Sobukwe, had this to say:

“The Irony of those complaining about this ‘Wave of Action’ is that it will only be a failure if they continue to find fault with EVERYTHING that ‘reeks’ of coordination that might make people move beyond facebook, twitter and other social media ‘activism’ as well as their own silos of causes and interests to actually go out and organize with others in the streets.”

He continues, “When did an ‘occupy’ action ever draw more than a few hundred people that didn’t have unions, grassroots or other groups involved? Who are we fooling here? Occupy has ALWAYS been made up of different groups and individuals, and that’s where the concept of the ’99%’ came closest to being real or at least unifying in theory.”

So, in addition to proving Pogo’s theorem, “We have met the enemy, and they are us,” what other odds militate against the campaign having any major effect?  Let me count the ways:

1. A largely indifferent press.  Activists deride the “MainStream Media” for not paying attention to even the largest of its protests and greatest of its triumphs.  Occupy is hardly alone.  Last year’s March Against Monsanto which attracted a half-million marchers or more worldwide did not find its way into print or broadcast in any meaningful way. (P.S.  Occupy folk helped make that march happen, as well).

  1. A police force dedicated to crushing public dissent.  Naaaah, that can’t be happening here in America, right?  That’s what you find in Russia, or Egypt, or China.  Thank God that “to serve and protect” applies to citizens in the street and peaceful protestors, yes?  Here’s a retired cop who has a word or two on that, Captain Ray Harris. Oh, and not to forget Cecily McMillan’s experience with the Boys in Blue which finds her at risk of jail time for resisting their abuse.
  2. Elected officials.  One would think that people who are elected to represent us willactually represent us, and that they will be at the front of any parade or protest demanding justice and protecting civil liberties.  Think again.  If you ain’t got the money (and few occupiers/activists do), they ain’t got the time. And, if their party can’t co-opt your movement for their betterment, they’ll be the first to applaud authorities who arrest you. Hell, they will demand that force be used.
  3. The 1%.  You can be certain that the #WaveOfAction will be countered by a #FloodOfMoney spent to discredit its work and mission.  Did I mention Fox?  CNN?  Stay tuned and see how money talks.

So, I leave it to you, the reader.  Will this be a “Wave,” or a “Wave Goodbye” on the part of Occupy and its brother and sister causes?  Will you listen to the detractors within and the enemies without and surrender to the impossible forces against you?

Or, will you take comfort in your own, amazing numbers and brilliance and continue to fight the good fight as so many have before you in America’s history. You are the dream that Martin referred to, and the nightmare that the 1% are waking up to.

When you realize that, the others in the 3.5% of the population will as well.  Won’t that be exciting.

     

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Wed 19th March: Everything is Connected / Climate Revolution! (from Vivienne Westwood’s diary)

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‘The fight against fracking is the most important battle the British people will ever fight! It is the 1st battle in the war against climate change’  (Posted on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Vivienne)

Our Big Day! The Fracked Future Carnival. Climate Revolution and Friends of the Earth, Frack Off London, Ecocide, Fuel Poverty Action, Reclaim the Power, the rest were community groups (Frack free Somerset, Britain & Ireland Frack Free, Resident Action on Fylde Fracking, East Kent Against Fracking, Trillion Fund).

Scheduled for today so we can protest the conference of Conspirators, those business and government officials who are meeting to force fracking through against the public interest and before the public have been warned of the danger.

Officials who have their head in a box and are prepared to destroy the world for profit.

We know they have re-located their conference for fear of us and we know where it is.

We will stick to our original plan: meet at our Battersea studio, march over the bridge to the King’s Rd, join fellow protestors at Knightsbridge tube then move to the original location of the conference, a stone’s throw away at Jumeira Hotel. We will give our speeches outside and then go to the secret location.

Battersea. We were ready. I had given all our workmates the day off. Cindy the youngest member of Climate Revolution had done a great job mustering the troops and organizing our students to make plaquards. Others who joined us were in carnival mood, dressed as zombies and ghouls.

I hadn’t wanted a carnival. It’s a matter of life and death and I didn’t wear my warpaint. We want to attract “ordinary people” and by that we mean people who aren’t normally political. But our activist colleagues were right we needed the Carnival. We were only expecting up to 500 people and that’s how it turned out. It was a week day, also Budget Day. Did the conspirators plan that?- don’t underestimate their fear of the public. John Sauven, head of Greenpeace couldn’t come because he was dealing with press on the budget. And what about students? Simon, a student activist friend should have been organizing but he didn’t even show up: because he’s doing his exams. Come on !

We looked great. There was lots of press. I was asked to lead the procession. I bowed and put my hands together in prayer, as you would before a battle. Then off we were!

People in King’s Rd hailed us in support and Cindy shouted out, keeping us all together because of having to stop for traffic. I talked to some of my friends as we marched along. At the Jumeirah Hotel we met Rhythm of Resistance, a samba band and campaigner Nigel with his demo/disco bus. In front of the hotel was a little square where we gave our speeches and thanked the fighters in the anti-fracking camps. Vanessa Vine From Balcombe is an inspiring speaker and full of powerful information. She’s been fighting fracking for 3 years and is just back from America. The queen of it all was scientist Tisha who was responsible for much of the organization and acted as a master of ceremonies –the prettiest ghoule you ever saw but she stays anonymous so you can’t see a photo of her. Then some of us got on Nigel’s bus and went to the secret location near to Bunyon Fields near Old St.

When we got near I looked out the window and saw another demonstration walking down the main road and they looked really interesting, lots of them, then I read the plaquards and realized it was us, the others had come on the tube. (They had a good time explaining to people what we are about – life and death, yeah!) We met our mole who had been inside the conference so we are informed of the conspirator’s agenda. See their confidential presentation www.talkfracking.org.  The secret location was Armoury House on City Rd.

The samba band was really important – lots of drumming outside the gates. The press asked me,

“How do you feel that the pro-frackers have come here to escape you, protected by the army?”

You sometimes worry that you’re so small against the enormous power of the conspiracy to destroy – press, politics, business, banks – and what perhaps only seems to be the acquiescence of the general public. It is heartening to read those articles of mutual support in the fight, from journalists of the standard press, especially the Guardian and those on the Internet and of course the support of all the NGO’s and sometimes great groups of people. At our demo someone gave out flyers for the Green Party, a great group with whom I entirely agree. They start by condemning austerity. If all the world would put their financial programme into practise we could save the earth and economic collapse.

It’s so important to demonstrate for your beliefs.   We will win because we have to.

 www.talkfracking.org

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Who is an American Cool. From Madonna to Shakur. The meaning of ‘J’

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Defining who’s ‘cool’ is a slippery enterprise, but that’s never stopped anyone from trying. Bogart? Hendrix? Anita O’Day? Of course. Madonna? Hmmm.

‘Bogart was cool: no one used the word then, but it’s the term everyone reaches for now,’ writes the literary scholar Joel Dinerstein in American Cool, which he co-authored with photographic scholar and curator Frank H. Goodyear

Besides Bogie, the reach of those who make cut in this sleek book of photographs interspersed with essays includes Johnny Depp, civil rights protestors, Miles Davis as he appeared on the cover of Ebony, Elvis, Robert Mitchum, Jack Kerouac, Amiri Baraka, Bob Dylan, Anita O’Day, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, Susan Sontag, Selena, and sundry others.

For years, cool fell into the gray zone of semantics like that on which a Supreme Court justice meditated in consideration of pornography: he admitted that he could not define it, but he knew it when he saw it.

We should hope that the Supremes will attend the American Cool exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. (American Cool is the catalog for that exhibition.) This show is an impressive exercise in semantics and a grand slice of national history; the photographs are thoughtfully orchestrated, the ideas behind the concept argued with intelligence and flash.

We can picture the quickening pulse of political and news celebrities in the pagan city on the Potomac, milling about the gallery, wondering why the photographs show none of them. (The Obamas are only mentioned in the text.) But in a city where politics has degenerated into a tawdry suburb of celebrity, the edgy outsider nature of cool doesn’t sync with democracy as reduced to a muddy floor show on the nightly news.

‘Cool figures are the successful rebels of American culture,’ writes Dinerstein, the James H. Clark Endowed Chair in American Civilization at Tulane University. ‘To be cool is to have an original aesthetic approach or artistic vision—as an actor, musician, athlete, writer, activist or designer—that either becomes a permanent legacy or stands as a singular achievement.’

That explains Brando, Duke Ellington, Greta Garbo, Muhammad Ali and of course James Dean. Obama seems to have edged into the text by virtue of being dubbed ‘Mr. Cool’ in a magazine article. The president’s charisma lands him, at least in passing prose, on the same page with an image of Walt Whitman and the front page of Leaves of Grass.

Men far outnumber women in American Cool. ‘It is rare to find an article, website, or blog post declaring anyone ‘Ms. Cool,’” writes Dinerstein, “despite the plethora of cool women in this book, from Georgia O’Keefe, Bessie Smith, and Dorothy Parker to Patti Smith, Chrissie Hynde, and Missy Elliot.’

Walt Whitman ‘first carved out a space for cool by valuing personal experience and bearing over education and experience.’

The gender tilt lies in “the presumed association between cool and American masculinity,” he notes, and “the persistence of a double standard where independent, sexually confident women are concerned.”

Double standards, of course, are made to be exposed.

American Cool does have curious omissions. Bill Clinton, who played saxophone with sunglasses in 1992 while campaigning on the talk show hosted by Arsenio Hall (who is absolutely cool) and went on to an impeachment drama for his sexual rebellion, did not make the cut. The book does not explain Clinton’s absence, which seems, like, un-cool.

John Wayne had a macho, bravura image that sizzled hot, but he’s in this parade as ‘the stoic tough guy’ who once said, ‘Mine is a rebellion against the monotony of life.’ Cool enough.

But the scandal of this book and exhibition is that Marilyn Monroe is nowhere depicted. One of the sexiest movie stars of all time, the woman who married Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, is not cool? Says who? And Audrey Hepburn is? And Susan Sarandon, too. No offense to them, but stiff-arming Marilyn Monroe is grounds for—well, not a congressional investigation, we don’t want to get them near this. Let’s settle on a televised debate at NEH.

Hemingway is shown on p. 89, pensive with rifle at a pheasant shoot in Idaho. ‘He wrote in a terse, clipped style that featured stripped-down dialogue and characters unanchored from society. While he portrayed man as essentially alone, he admired ‘grace under pressure,’ a phrase often considered synonymous withcool,’ writes Frank H. Goodyear III, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, who shows a wise hand and keen eye in arrangement of the images in book and exhibit.

Cool as persona and trait arose in the movies and music of the early and middle decades of the last century; it had a strong African-American stamp. Jazz was outsider music that moved mainstream, and then with bebop moved back on the edges. Musicians such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, and Lester Young exuded the aura of outsider-as-insider. Zora Neale Hurston occupies a page in a photograph as threshold-breaker, justly so. But Wynton Marsalis is nowhere in American Cool. Maybe he’s too inside to go back outside. He’s still a study in cool.

As sports photographers gave an icon like Ali his heft in the popular culture, the oceanic coverage of rock and roll put stars like Jimi Hendrix on the cover ofRolling Stone, which is always cool.

But there are no pictures here of Scarlett Johansson or Halle Berry. The editors chose ‘a certain triangulation of factors aligned in mysterious balance’ on the selection process, which includes a ten-year period of probation or candidacy consideration for a potential Coolite, a time in which status can crash in scandal or somnolently diminish.

 ‘In the next generation it is likely that women will outnumber men for lasting iconic effect and innovative artistic impact,’ Dinerstein writes. Those who make the potential list include Esperanza Spalding, Janelle Monáe, Pink, Jennifer Lawrence, Tina Fey, Ani DiFranco, Connie Britton—and (drum roll) Michelle Obama and Rachel Maddow. The First Lady will presumably achieve a plateau of cool once she is out of the White House, no longer bound by media expectations of decorum, and free to speak her piece. Michelle and Barack may be the ultimate cool in politics.

But Rachel Maddow is already cool, many times over, by treating political hypocrisy as a form of farce with intellectual agility you don’t find among other anchorpersons. If anyone in the media stands in the front line of cool, it’s Rachel.

Jon Stewart is in American Cool because he is Jon Stewart. But there is no presence for Steven Colbert. Another mystery. Was it something he said?

‘Of the actresses who emerged in the early 1990s with the moxie to walk the line of regular gal and badness,’ continues Dinerstein, ‘there was a cohort including Winona Ryder, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, Halle Berry, and Uma Thurman. Each of these actresses let the industry shape their careers or cuddled up with the media, became cover girls, or self-destructed.’

There you have it. Media-cuddling can be a kiss-of-anomie for women on the cusp of cool. Men who are cool, or wanna be, can’t be seen as cuddling with the media though they need all the media they can get to stay in the magazines. Goodyear writes learnedly of the role magazines played in capturing those who became cool. Influential photographers who covered jazz, sports, rock, and the movie world were pivotal to this cultural process. Magazine exposure makes a difference, even today as ‘the paparazzi continue to provide largely unscripted images’ that put the cool person in a moment of drama, off-script, in the life s/he enacts.

‘Those who convey this magnetic attraction often feel as though they are living in two bodies—one that belongs to the world and another that is their own and often hides in plain sight,’ writes Goodyear. His analysis also applies to any number of garden-variety celebrities, even Chris Christie, at least the part about two bodies, or let us say “selves,” one hiding in plain sight.

With smaller photographs arranged through the text, more than half of the book is given over to full or half-page pictures of the anointed cool, with short biographical commentary. You might call this the Hot 100 but Top 100 is probably more appropriate. The range of choices is intriguing.

Number 1 is Walt Whitman, ‘who first carved out a space for cool by valuing personal experience and bearing over education and experience.’ The author of the classic Leaves of Grass was also ‘a proto-hippie and sensualist who celebrated the dignity of work, a gay man who wrote lyrically of the male body.’ Cool then, cool now, cool forever, Mighty Walt.

Fredrick Douglass the great abolitionist, heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, Georgia O’Keefe, H.L. Mencken, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, Bill Murray, Angela Davis, Hunter Thompson, Johnny Cash, and Billie Holliday, among others in this sweet romp all stood or stand for life, liberty, and the pursuit of rebellion in American Cool.

Jason Berry’s books include a novelLast of the Red Hot Poppas.

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Un wikipediano in residenza al Mart

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Il Mart, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto istituisce una residenza aperta non solo ad artisti, ma anche ai professionisti emergenti che applicano vecchie e nuove tecnologie alla cultura. Periodi di sei mesi, retribuiti, per sperimentare, mettersi alla prova, proporre nuove soluzioni a vecchi problemi e coinvolgere visitatori e residenti in modo attivo nella programmazione delle diverse attività che si svolgono al Museo.

La prima residenza, prevista tra maggio e ottobre 2014, è per un wikipediano. Le successive saranno comunicate nei prossimi mesi. Aderendo al Progetto GLAM di Wikipedia, il Mart ospiterà un wikipediano, selezionato direttamente da Wikimedia Italia, la corrispondente italiana ufficiale di Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.

Al Mart il wikipediano lavorerà fianco a fianco con i curatori, gli archivisti, i bibliotecari e i comunicatori di un museo d’arte. Il suo lavoro consisterà nel portare su Wikipedia i contenuti di qualità sviluppati dal Museo, per rendere liberamente accessibili a un pubblico molto vasto un patrimonio di dati su argomenti come le avanguardie futuriste, le ricerche verbovisuali, la poesia sonora o gli archivi di architettura; sugli artisti trentini dell’ADAC; su autori italiani e internazionali di cui il Museo conserva opere d’arte, materiale archivistico e librario. La residenza sarà anche l’occasione per immettere in rete, eventualmente modificandone lo status giuridico in base alle esigenze del Museo, materiale iconografico e documentario di interesse per le comunità di studiosi e per il grande pubblico.
Infine, la residenza darà l’occasione al wikipediano di acquisire nuove conoscenze professionali e di confrontarsi con gli standard e le pratiche museali.

Come candidarsi
Per candidarsi basta inviare entro domenica 13 aprile 2014 il proprio curriculum vitæ in formato PDF e una lettera di accompagnamento all’indirizzo wir@wikimedia.it indicando nell’oggetto ‘Candidatura WIKIPEDIANO IN RESIDENZA – MART’.

La call è aperta a candidati di ogni nazionalità, età e genere.

Il testo completo della call è disponibile al link:
http://bit.ly/wikipedianoalmart
also available in English at:
http://bit.ly/wikipedianatmart

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#WorldWaterDay: 22 marzo, Giornata Mondiale dell’Acqua

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Giornata Mondiale dell’Acqua – Risorse idriche e servizi igienici sicuri: salute e sviluppo passano da qui

La Giornata Mondiale dell’Acqua che si celebra il 22 marzo è l’occasione per ricordare come l’accesso a servizi igienici adeguati e fonti di acqua pulita sia una chiave di volta per garantire salute e sviluppo a tutte le comunità più svantaggiate, e per ribadire l’impegno di Amref in Africa Subsahariana, al fianco di queste comunità.

La Giornata Mondiale dell’Acqua, che si celebrerà nel mondo il 22 marzo, quest’anno è dedicata al legame tra l’acqua e l’energia, due risorse spesso negate alle popolazioni più povere della terra. Quasi 800 milioni di persone non hanno accesso a fonti idriche sicure e 2.5 milliardi di individui, 1 su 3 nel mondo, non hanno servizi igienici adeguati, così come 1,3 miliardi di abitanti della Terra vivono senza elettricità.
AMREF, che negli ultimi 13 anni ha garantito accesso ad acqua pulita e sicura a più di 1 milione e mezzo di persone in Kenya, Uganda e Tanzania, ricorda che accesso all’acqua vuol dire meno malattie; più diritti per le donne, i bambini e le comunità svantaggiate; sviluppo economico e sociale.

La mancanza d’igiene e l’acqua impura rappresentano la seconda causa di morte tra i bambini nel mondo e la sola diarrea ne uccide 1,8 milioni. Forte il divario tra Africa e Europa: nel continente africano un bambino ha una probabilità 520 volte maggiore di morire di diarrea rispetto ad un bambino in Europa. Ma anche altre malattie, da noi facilmente curabili, diventano letali per il mancato accesso all’acqua: malattie come colera, tifo, infezioni delle vie respiratorie.

Il problema ha pesanti risvolti anche sociali. Ogni giorno le donne e le ragazzine impiegano anche fino a 10 ore nella ricerca e trasporto dell’acqua. Ciò comporta che le madri non riescono a prendersi cura dei figli, l’igiene domestica scarseggia, le bambine e le ragazze non possono frequentare la scuola. A livello economico si stima che 40 miliardi di ore di lavoro all’anno, in Africa, vanno sprecate per andare ad attingere acqua da fonti spesso contaminate. L’Africa subsahariana, per la mancanza di accesso ad acqua pulita, perde ogni anno il 5% del proprio Pil: 28,4 miliardi di dollari.

Il lavoro di Amref da sempre è quello di agire sulle strutture, con interventi su pozzi, acquedotti, cisterne per la raccolta dell’acqua piovana, ma anche di rendere le comunità pienamente padrone e consapevoli dei progetti: dalla formazione degli artigiani locali per la manutenzione dei pozzi alla trasmissione delle regole di igiene all’interno delle comunità stesse. Attraverso il programma WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), Amref realizza, insieme alle comunità beneficiarie, sia le infrastrutture necessarie, sia la formazione continua delle comunità stesse sulle norme di educazione igienico-sanitaria e sulla prevenzione delle infezioni causate dall’insalubrità dell’acqua, sulla manutenzione delle opere realizzate, sulla creazione di attività collaterali come orti e vivai comunitari e laghetti artificiali per l’allevamento e la pesca.

Kenya 2013: i nostri traguardi
Nei distretti di Kajiado, Kitui, Makueni, Malindi e Magarini, abbiamo: garantito l’accesso all’acqua pulita e a fonti idriche sicure a oltre 67.850 persone; realizzato 212 pozzi di superficie per 24.100 persone e 22 pozzi giganti per 3.600 persone; 2 dighe di cui beneficiano 6.400 persone, 10 chilometri di acquedotto di cui beneficiano circa 13.000 persone. Con le comunità locali sono stati formati 183 nuovi comitati di gestione dell’acqua, 25 artigiani per la manutenzione. Nelle scuole costruite 20 nuove aule, 48 latrine, 15 cisterne per la raccolta di acqua piovana.

Per saperne di più sul progetto in Kenya Sostieni i progetti idrici di AMREF Costruisci un pozzo con AMREF


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ONYX releasing new album in 2014 #WAKEDAFUCUP

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Exclusive: Onyx explain their global view of Hip Hop, working with Snowgoons and beating Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ at the 1993 ‘Soul Train Awards.’ (‘Wakedafucup’ will be the group’s eighth album)

#WAKEDAFUCUP available on iTunes worldwide March.18.2014

Talk of the late Christopher Wallace is the jumping off point for a list of what Fredro refers to as fallen soldiers. Relationships with the likes of Jam Master Jay, Tupac Shakur and group members X-1 and Big DS pepper the conversation. If Nas’ infamous line about sleep being the cousin of death is any indication, that at least partially explains why Fredro and Sticky have been so charged for the last 20-plus years. In an industry that often caters to and rewards being mentally comatose, sometimes a well-executed scream is the best option…even at 7:00 a.m.

With aggressive tracks such as the iconic ‘Slam‘ or their latest track, ‘Wakedafucup,’ it’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming Onyx simply reserves their high energy level for the recording booth. That would be an incorrect assumption. When Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz call from Samara, Russia at 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time—due to the 12-hour time difference between Los Angeles and Samara—the pair are just as amped up as they sound on wax.

Sticky Fingaz yells, “Wake the fuck up!” at least twice. Maybe it’s in jest, given the early interview time, or maybe he’s dead serious in regards to how Onyx feel about Hip Hop. Either way, he and Fredro feed off of one another’s energy. This is especially true when discussing their upcoming Wakedafucupalbum, which was produced entirely by the Snowgoons.

‘I think this Wakedafucup album with these niggas from Germany is gonna set the fuse off for the New York sound again,’ Fredro explains. ‘You got other niggas coming out representing that New York sound, and this is gonna be the start of it. That’s why we’re dropping it on March 9, which is the anniversary of Biggie’s death…

https://soundcloud.com/onyxhq/wakedafucup-featuring-dope-d-o 

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GAZA. Passaporti, l’Italia non è ancora pronta

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A 5 mesi dalla direttiva UE che impone la raccolta delle impronte digitali per i visti di ingresso in Europa, nella Striscia il sistema non è partito. I gazawi restano bloccati, a Ramallah i costi lievitano

di Chiara Cruciati – Il Manifesto

Gaza City, 14 marzo 2014, Nena News – Come se non bastassero assedio israeliano e restrizioni del governo egiziano, ora a bloccare Gaza ci si mettono pure i ritardi dell’Unione Europea. Lo segnalano alcuni gazawi, da mesi in attesa di risposte da parte del consolato italiano, ancora non adeguatosi alla nuova normativa europea del 14 novembre scorso.

La normativa prevede la creazione del sistema Visa Protection System per l’acquisizione dei dati biometrici di extracomunitari che chiedono un visto di ingresso nella Ue. Fotografia e impronte digitali. La procedura permetterà di verificare l’autenticità dei documenti presentati per entrare in Italia e in Europa.

Cosa succede nei Territori Occupati? Il nuovo sistema obbliga il richiedente a presentarsi personalmente negli uffici dei consolati per essere fotografato e lasciare le impronte digitali. Facile, se non si è residente a Gaza o in Cisgiordania. Tutti i consolati europei hanno sede a Gerusalemme, inaccessibile se non dietro il difficile ottenimento del permesso di ingresso da parte delle autorità israeliane. La soluzione trovata è semplice: se Maometto non va alla montagna, la montagna va da Maometto.

A Gaza ogni consolato ha previsto l’apertura di un ufficio dove sono state portate le attrezzature necessarie. A cinque mesi dall’emissione della normativa Ue, però, l’Italia non è ancora riuscita a far partire il nuovo sistema nella Striscia. «I consolati europei si sono adeguati – ci spiega Majed Abusalama, attivista del gruppo Intifada Youth Coalition – Quello italiano no e per ora non collabora con gli altri per utilizzare le loro attrezzature. Da novembre sono decine i gazawi impossibilitati a richiedere il visto per l’Italia, per turismo o perché invitati a eventi e conferenze. Hanno in mano i documenti necessari ma non possono fare domanda. E alcuni inviti sono scaduti».

I consolati europei sono a conoscenza della normativa da novembre, «ora siamo a marzo e non hanno ovviato al problema. Dal consolato ci rispondono che la situazione si dovrebbe risolvere entro un mese. Non vogliamo che l’Italia sia parte dell’occupazione ».

«A giorni il problema dovrebbe essere risolto – risponde la vice console italiana a Gerusalemme, Elena Clemente – Dal 14 novembre non si opera più via posta, per cui abbiamo cercato soluzioni alternative per chi non può entrare a Gerusalemme, ma i fondi a disposizione non sono molti. Abbiamo aperto un ufficio a Ramallah con la Vfs Globe, con cui apriremo l’ufficio di Gaza che ha iniziato a lavorare sperimentalmente. Il problema è logistico, di elettricità per far funzionare le apparecchiature venute dall’Italia. Gaza è un’incognita».

Un problema non solo italiano, spiega la Clemente, che si tenta di superare nei casi di emergenza: «Se si tratta di visti di massima urgenza, entriamo a Gaza con un macchinario speciale».

Due muri più in là, a Ramallah, a gestire le richieste di visto è la Vfs Globe. Raccolgono dati biometrici e documenti e consegnano tutto a Gerusalemme. Il costo sfiora i 100 euro, un terzo dello stipendio medio di un palestinese della Cisgiordania. E c’è chi parla di normalizzazione del conflitto: invece di fare pressioni su Israele perché permetta l’ingresso a Gerusalemme, l’Europa bypassa l’occupazione spostandosi a Ramallah, nei fatti trattata come capitale palestinese nonostante il diritto internazionale.

«Una scelta obbligata – spiega la vice console – Il costo è alto, ma l’alternativa è farli andare ad Amman o al Cairo. Permessi per entrare a Gerusalemme? Non dipende da noi, ma dalle autorità israeliane, sono pochissimi i palestinesi che riescono ad ottenerli».

E a Gaza si continua ad aspettare.

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#www #WaveOfAction Worldwide Wave Launch Gatherings – The People REVOLT

#WaveOfAction 4-4-14 ~ 7-4-14 #Cookednews

Now that you’ve seen The People REVOLT in Tunisia, Turkey, Spain, Egypt, Brazil and the Ukraine, tell me what will happen on the streets

On April 4th, we will launch the first phase of the Worldwide Wave of Action by gathering at Zuccotti Park and former occupation sites throughout the world to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  At 6:05pm CT, the time of his assassination, we will host vigil ceremonies and resurrect his spirit of nonviolent direct action.

People with opinions across the political spectrum are invited to unite and find common ground against corruption. We will overcome divide and conquer propaganda by forming communities of support and compassion. Together we will fight for freedom and begin engaging in a relentless campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience. People will pledge to take part in whatever tactics they are interested in throughout a sustained three-month cycle.  Here’s a basic list of tactics…

> Mass gatherings, demonstrations;
> Marches, parades;
> Flash mobs, swarms;
> Shutdown harmful corporate and governmental operations;
> Worker Strikes;
> Hunger strikes;
> Sit-ins;
> Strategic defaults, debt strikes;
> Foreclosure prevention;
> Boycotting corrupt corporations;
> Move your money out of the big banks and the stock market;
> Use alternative currencies and economic systems;
> Cancel your cable television and support independent media;
> Use independent online tools that don’t sell your info / protect privacy;
> Online civil disobedience, Anonymous operations;
> Leak information on corruption;
> Use alternative energy;
> Build urban and hydroponic farms, or get your food from them;
> Support local businesses;
> Join local community organizations;
> Take part in food banks and help develop community support systems;
> Start or join intentional and autonomous communities;
> Experiment with new governing systems, Liquid Democracy;
> Host teach-ins;
> Organize socially conscious events;
> Make conscious media;
> Guerrilla postering, messages on money;
> Help inspiring groups and organizations spread their message;
> Random acts of kindness and compassion;
> Mass meditations, prayer sessions and spiritual actions.

You know what you can do to play a part. Do whatever you feel inspired to do. Amplify what you are already doing. Think about what you are willing to do to be the change we urgently need to see in the world, and then do it.

We look forward to seeing you in action!

Organize a Worldwide Wave launch gathering in your hometown and post the details here

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International day against Police Brutality

15mars #cookednews

Day Against Police Brutality March 15, 2014 in the World

From Fullerton to Durham, the police continue their oppression and walk away with impunity. We must shatter the illusion of complacency. They protect a system of that destroys our earth and the animals that walk it, they are the wall between the people and justice. On the 15th of March, join us in the streets, show Portland we aren’t ready to aquiesce. Meet at Colonel Summers park(20th and Belmont), We meet a 8pm and march at 9. Bring banners, fireworks, friends, and whatever you think is appropriate. We will respect each other, in whatever tactics folks choose to engage in. We encourage people to help with postering, telling friends, banner drops, making leaflets, just articulating your hatred for the cops. Let’s bring some more people out this time!!FTP!

International Day Against Police Brutality is observed on March 15, 2014. It first began in 1997 as an initiative of the Montreal based Collective Opposed to Police Brutality and the Black Flag group in Switzerland. Acceptance of March 15 as a focal day of solidarity against police brutality varies from one place to another.

In the United States, the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, a group mounted by the RCP, has succeeded in building support for October 22 (also known as O22) as National Anti Police Brutality Day since 1995

Event date: Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 21 to Sunday, March 16, 2014 – 12 (anarchistnews dot org)

In pictures: Global Day of Action – In Pictures – Al Jazeera English

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