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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Stepping back to 1969 for a beautiful, but melancholy moment with Scotland's The Marmalade performing "Reflections of my Life. The tune hit #3 in the UK and just cracked the #10 spot in the US.
The greetings of people
Reflections of my life
Oh, how they fill my eyes
Oh my sorrows
Take me back to my home
-William Campbell and Thomas McAleese
Thanks to SeaOvJapan for the upload to YouTube.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
|Councilman Joel Burns|
If you have not seen this video of Fort Worth, Texas, Councilman Joel Burns sharing his personal story and urging young gay and lesbian teens not to give up hope, and understand that it only gets better, I urge you to do so. One can only hope that his brave and emotional speech reaches far and wide, and is able to cut through the hurt and the pain that people inflict on one another.
My twelve year old daughter attends a private school, a school of privileged children who come from educated families, and yet she has come home several times this year upset by the way her fellow students treat each other. She is hurt when words like "gay" and "retard" are thrown around to insult each other. She says that the students think it's funny or clever to behave this way. I am often stumped as to how to respond and what to tell her - I don't know what the best ways are to handle this for a twelve year old. I remember going through the same types of situations and feelings at that age, and, of course, these types of troubles do, for the most part, shake themselves out as you get older. That is rarely a comforting response to her. I think I'll share Joel Burns' speech with her and let her decide if she would like to share it with her classmates.
Bravo and thank you to Councilman Joel Burns for his bravery and commitment to speaking the truth, and for bringing hope to those who need it most.
Also, check out The Trevor Project that Mr. Burns mentions near the end of his speech.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Banksy strikes again and this time it's the opening credits of The Simpsons. Bravo to The Simpsons for recognizing this amazing guerilla artist, and allowing themselves to be the brunt of the joke. Check out more Banksy at his website or in the movie Exit Through the Gift Shop (Not available just yet in the US).
Thanks to banksyfilm for the upload to YouTube.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Artist Boycott of Arizona, Sound Strike announces Sound Strike Songs. This exclusive collection of songs will be for sale at www.thesoundstrike.net with proceeds from sale of Sound Strike Songs and memorabilia going to the Sound Strike Fund. This Fund donates needed resources to families caring for children in Arizona whose parents are detained or have been deported, immigrant rights organizing and legal defense.
Arizona is a place where Maricopa County Sheriffs carry toys to calm the nerves of children whose parents are physically pried away from the arms of their children. Those immigrant parents are detained without bail or access to public defenders. The need for legal defense is great as is the need to provide assistance to the guardians, usually family or neighbor, that take in these emotionally distressed children while their parents are held by the Arizona immigrant hater prison system.
Sound Strike Artists Conor Oberst and his band Bright Eyes will release the first official song online, Coyote Song. The Song to be sold at www.soundstrike.net. The proceeds from the sale for this song online will benefit The Florence Project. The Florence Project is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal help to immigrants caught in the detention and deportation system in Arizona.
In an open letter to Artists Conor Oberst said, “American ideals of democracy and liberty are built on the foundation that all people, regardless of race or country of origin, deserve fair and equal treatment by the government . . . We’ve all seen the power music has to spread messages of solidarity and hope.”