Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
Documentation: on my blog
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Palestinian Poetry + Call to Artists + Theatre Workshop


American Friends Service Committee - Los Angeles

In This Calendar:

April 15:
Palestinian Poetry



Deadline Extended to April 17:
Call to Artists - "Colors of the Arab World"

April 18:
Theatre Workshop

April 15:
An Evening on the Life of Taha Muhammad Ali with Adina Hoffman

7 - 9 pm

Levantine Cultural Center
5998 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles , CA 90035
Map / directions >

Among the world's great poets, Taha Muhammad Ali is an extraordinary man—a little-known but highly original poet whose work has captivated some of the world's best writers. Some would describe him a self-educated peasant who takes nearly as much pride in his Nazareth souvenir shop as in his poetry—a survivor shaped by both the complete destruction of his childhood village and the unabashed delight he takes in his art.

Adina Hoffman is a Jewish American writer who has lived in Jerusalem for sixteen years. She is a respected essayist, critic, editor, and publisher whose sense of the world has been shaped by a life spent in both the U.S. and the Middle East .

Her new book, My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness (Yale University Press, April 2009), not only recounts Taha Muhamad Ali's life story, but also reveals much about other Palestinian poets and writers of his generation, including Mahmoud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim, Michel Haddad, Emile Habiby and Rashid Hussein. Along the way, My Happiness reads like a detective novel—with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict over the past sixty years making fascinating background.

Hoffman does the work of a historian and journalist as she scours every available resource to find out whatever she can about her subjects. Very little of this information has been available in any language but Arabic until now.

Space is limited and advance RSVPs are suggested: (310) 657-5511.

Sponsored by the Levantine Cultural Center and the Salaam-Shalom Educational Foundation. Co-sponsored by AFSC. Support from Occidental College .


Deadline Extended to April 17:
Call to Artists - "Colors of the Arab World" Exhibit

A "Colors of the Arab World" exhibit will be hosted by the American Friends Service Committee in Los Angeles , located in downtown's "Gallery Row."

The theme of the exhibit highlights the artistic interpretation of and attempt to personalize and humanize the region's rich cultures, diverse peoples, and continued struggle for peace amid historic conflicts.

For more information, and to download an application, visit the "Call to Artists" section of the AFSC Los Angeles home page on the Web: losangeles

April 18:
Awaken Your Imagination! Theatre Workshop

9:30 am - 5 pm

American Friends Service Committee
634 S. Spring St.
Ground Floor
Los Angeles , CA 90014
Map / directions >

Hector Aristizabal , a native of Colombia , is known for developing a play based on his experience with torture in that country. In recent years, Hector has developed his own techniques to awaken the imagination. These techniques are inspired by Theatre of the Oppressed and include storytelling and council circles.

Holding an MA degree in Psychology from the Antioquia University in Medellin , Colombia and a degree as a Marriage Family Therapist from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena , Hector has created significant changes in the lives of the different communities he has worked with.

Nationally and internationally, he has worked with at-risk youth centers, prisons, universities, churches, homeless shelters, health organizations combating HIV/AIDS, sex workers, and teachers. Currently, he is the creative director and co-founder of Imaginaction, an organization that aims to provide this kind of work globally.

Workshop fee: $60

To register, contact Vivien Sansour at (626) 524-0048, vivien.sansour@

Co-sponsored by AFSC.






American Friends Service Committee
Middle East Peace Education Program
634 S. Spring St., 3rd Floor Los Angeles , CA 90014 United States
Phone: (213) 489-1900 | Fax: (213) 489-1910
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