[Marxism] AGITPROP NEWS: 8.22.4

Mike Alewitz alewitzm at mail.ccsu.edu
Sun Aug 22 20:52:26 MDT 2004

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In this issue: 

1.  International Traveling Wob Show
2.  The Labor Movement is a River
3.  NY Protest Schedule
4.  Poop at Conception
5.  This Land Is Your Land 
6.  Muralists/Mulists Break the Silence
7.  Pray for Peace
8.  Tortured Prisoner
9.  Unconventional Heroes
10.  Unconventional Art
11.  With the WMDs?
12.  A Vacationing Penguin
13.  War Against Terror
14.  Insulting the Faithful
15.  Support Victimized Artist Steve Kurtz
16.  Kuwait Bans 'Fahrenheit 9/11'
17.  Land of the Free - to Die 1
18.  Land of the Free - to Die 2
19.  Boobs Provide Boobs
20.  Amzaning suftf 
21.  THE W.P.A. Decade, 1933-43: Art Across America
22.  Fair Trade

(Ed Note – We’re back -  hopefully more regularly)


1. International Traveling Wob Show

“The Greatest Thing on Earth”

Music – Art - Film

2005 marks the centennial of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW.) The "Wobblies" were the most radical, anti-racist, internationalist labor organization imaginable and lead many spectacular strikes and free speech fights, successfully (for a while) organized immigrant workers, African-Americans and created a fabulous culture with great songs and slogans, especially noted for their satire. 

The Wobblies were eventually crushed at the behest of the new Bureau of Investigation (to become the FBI) and the "liberal" Woodrow Wilson administration. They survived, for a while, as a significant movement of migrant workers and seamen, but have lived on ever since as an evocation of what labor can be.

For this centenary, Paul Buhle has joined with Nicole Schulman (of the WORLD WAR III ILLUSTRATED comics crowd) and more than a dozen artists to create THE WOBBLIES: A GRAPHIC HISTORY.  The book will be published in April, 2005, offering a popular view but also experiments in popular art, for the most part by young artists (but also including veterans of the Underground Comics, and also 87 year old Wobbly poet-artist Carlos Cortez); labor cartoonist Mike Konopacki, Peter Kuper (who now appears in MAD MAGAZINE), Seth Tobocman, Spain Rodriquez, Harvey Pekar and other familiar names will be recognized by comics fans.

Out of this comic and the anniversary grew the idea of a Traveling Wob Show, with live music on opening night of most events; film documentaries about Wobs and "reliqueries" (old Wob buttons, pamphlets, etc) where security and a proper setting is available. 

The exhibit will be anchored by a series of new banners by muralist Mike Alewitz..  This art will be based on both old and reconfigured wob icons - reinterpretations of them as a way to recuperate the importance of IWW history and culture for today's social movements. 

The Traveling Wobbly Show will take place from March-December 2005.  About 15 local organizing committees have signed on - it is important to request bookings soon.  The show will also include copies of THE WOBBLIES: A GRAPHIC HISTORY.

For more information, please contact Paul Buhle  Paul_Buhle at Brown.edu


2.  The Labor Movement is a River

St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly begins mural project.

The SPTLA has initiated a mural that is part of the Labor Legacy Project. The mural will be on permanent display in the Main Hall at the St. Paul Labor Center. Artists Ta Coumba Aiken and Keith Christensen have been commissioned to develop the collaborative design for final production in 2005. The mural will serve to show the rich labor history of St. Paul that includes national figures such as Eugene Debs and local heroes like William Mahoney. The opposition to labor is also included in the figures of the robber baron James Hill and Anti Union forces such as the Citizen's Alliance. The mural will depict obstacles and challenges from the past to future. The metaphor of the river is used to indicate the character of the Mississippi River city as well as a metaphor of the labor movement. The labor movement is a river, "in us, flowing out of us, surrounding us, re-creating us and this entire nation".

The labor Legacy Project will use the mural that will be mounted on portable frames. Sections will be exhibited in schools, at union halls, in parades and community events.  Using the images in the mural as a starting point additional print and web resources will highlight the labor movement's great contribution to this country.

A fund raising effort is under way to establish the Labor Legacy Fund.

For more information please contact Michael Kuchta The Editor at The Union Advocate <advocate at mtn.org> or Lynne Larkin-Wright community services director <larkinl at mtn.org>. 

<kchristensen at stcloudstate.edu>


3.  NY Protest Schedule

7 pm Hunter Assembly Hall, 695 Park Ave @ 69th Street
An evening featuring some of the most inspiring dissident voices of our generation – Naomi Klein, Robin D.G. Kelley, Vijay Prashad, and Michael Albert.
Saturday, August 28
9 am - 6 pm, St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave and 10th St.
Strategy discussions, issue workshops, skills trainings, banner making, and more in an all-day youth and student gathering organized by the National Youth and Student Peace Coalition
Saturday, August 28
2 - 4 pm CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. and 34th St.
A Town Hall Meeting organized by Historians Against the War
Featuring Andrew Bacevich, Thomas Bender, Renate Bridenthal, and Ellen Schrecker
Saturday, August 28
7 pm  The Riverside Church Nave, 490 Riverside Drive at 120th St.
Music and spoken word to celebrate women’s passion, creativity and strength in saying no to war and yes to peace and justice! 
Advance Tickets Only: $10. Call 1-800-838-3006 or visit http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/407  
Sunday, August 29
Massive march past Madison Square Garden
Gather 10:00AM, Seventh Avenue @ 14th Street
March steps off at noon   http://www.unitedforpeace.org
Monday, August 30
1-6 pm  Union Square march up 8th Ave to 31st St.
Thousands of low-income New Yorkers will lead this march and rally, focusing on issues of HIV/AIDS/Healthcare, Welfare Reform, Immigrant Issues, Housing/Homelessness, and Criminal Justice Issues

Monday, August 30
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES: Stop the War at Home
4 pm Dag Hammerskjold Plaza at First Ave. and 47th St., followed by a march to Madison Square Garden
Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign march for health care, housing, education and living wage jobs.
Tuesday, August 31
4:00 Decentralized actions at war profiteers and more.  6 pm Orientation at Madison Sq. Park or on the Steps of New York Public Library, 5th Ave and 41st St.  7 pm converge at Madison Square Garden
Transform the streets of NYC into stages of resistance and forums for debate through nonviolent action. Among the many groups calling for civil disobedience on this day are the War Resisters League and the True Security Cluster
http://www.warresisters.org/RNC_CD.htm and http://www.a31.org/truesecurity
Thursday, September 2 
VIGIL FOR THE FALLEN: We Remember--He Lied--They Died
7 am to 7 pm  Union Square Park at 14th Street and Broadway
All welcome to join veterans, including some recently returned from Iraq, Gold Star Parents and other Military Families, 9-11 Families and other Concerned Citizens at a Vigil for the Fallen.  Programs with speakers and music at 12 noon and 5 pm.
Sponsored by Veterans For Peace, Iraq Veterans Against the War, Military Families Speak Out, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, 
Veterans Against the Iraq War, Bring Them Home Now! 
Call 718-805-6341, 201-876-0430 or visit http:/www.veteransforpeace.org


4.  Poop at Conception

NEWSWEEK reports that George W. Bush, appearing before a right-to-life
rally  in Tampa, Florida on June 17, stated: "We must always  remember
that all human beings begin life as a feces. A feces is a  living
being in the eyes of  God, who has endowed that  feces with all of the
rights and God-given blessings of any  other human being."  Bush
repeated his error at least a dozen times, before realizing that he
had  used the word 'feces" when he meant to say "fetus."


5.  This Land Is Your Land 

I strongly recommend that you check out the This Land Is Your Land satire video at 
I thought it summed up the present political campaign perfectly.
BZurofsky at ReitPar.com


6.  Muralists/Mulists Break the Silence

For Immediate Release

Contact:  Susan Greene, (011-972)(0)54-783-7104


Break The Silence Mural Project is completing a large-scale mural in Beit
Hanoun, a town in the Gaza Strip which has been under Israeli military siege
for the last month and a half.  The center of Beit Hanoun bustles with
activity while the Israeli army sits at all entrances, not allowing any
cars to enter or leave.  Soldiers shoot at anything that moves, having
already destroyed all of the citrus groves that Beit Hanoun was famous for,
leaving an unemployment rate of 80% and a humanitarian crisis as food and
water become scarce.

Break The Silence, having entered on donkeys, is completing a mural on the
town's Popular Art Center.  The mural features a 24-foot orange tree in
memory of the thousands of recently uprooted trees.  The children attending
summer camp at the center have watched the process with amazement.  The
center's director stated, "We want the children to remember the trees, to
remember what we are fighting for."  The mural also features a portrait of
Taghreed, a student killed in a demonstration at Bethlehem University
several years ago, for whom the popular art center is named.

Break The Silence has been in Palestine for the last month.  The artists
have completed several projects including a mural on the infamous
Segregation Wall painted with the A'amer family of Mas'ha.  The concrete
Wall was built nine months ago in the A'amers' front yard, to block their
view of their village.  Break The Silence also completed portraits of
twelve youths killed in Qadura Refugee Camp in Ramallah.  The portraits
emerge from a large, brilliantly orange sun.

Break The Silence Mural Project has been working on collaborative arts
projects in Palestine since 1989, with the aim of using culture to raise
awareness in the US of Palestinian daily life under Israeli occupation.
Break The Silence 2004 comprises Dr. Susan Greene, artist and clinical
psychologist and Eric Drucker, artist and published graphic novelist who
exhibits his work internationally.

Photos are available.  Contact Susan susangreene at mindspring.com,


7.  Pray for Peace

In Jerusalem, an American female journalist heard about an old rabbi who
visited  the Wailing Wall to pray, twice a day, everyday, for a long,
long time.

In an effort to check out the story, she goes to the holy site and there
he is!  She watches the bearded old man at prayer--and after about 45
minutes, when he turns to leave, she approaches him for an interview.

"I'm Rebecca Smith from CNN, sir, how long have you been coming to the
Wailing Wall and praying?"

For about 50 years, he informs her.

"50 years!  That's amazing!  What do you pray for?"

"I pray for peace between the Jews and the Arabs. I pray for all the
hatred to stop and I pray for all our children to grow up in safety and

"And how do you feel, sir, after doing this for 50 years?"

"Like I'm talking to a fucking wall."

JCraven at clark.edu


8.  Tortured Prisoner

CEO Andrew Wiederhorn began his 18-month federal prison sentence in August, but unlike other convicted CEOs, he'll continue to draw his $1.6 million a year salary while doing hard time. He pleaded guilty to two felonies (including filing a false tax return) while previously the CEO of Wilshire Financial Services Group in Oregon, but his current company, Fog Cutter Capital Group, apparently believes Wiederhorn is a real hot shot worth holding onto. Fog Cutter said it might even give Wiederhorn a bonus, in order to help him pay the restitution he is required to make under his plea agreement. 

[South Florida Sun-Sentinel-AP, 8-2-04] 


9.  Unconventional Heroes

The Artists Network of Refuse & Resist! presents
An Evening of Performance to Honor Courageous Resisters

Thursday, August 26, 2004 at 7:30 PM
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU
566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Sq. South, New York City
(sponsored by the National Lawyers Guild/NYU Student Chapter)

Artists who will perform in honor of the Resisters include:
Dan Bern
Blair Brown
Steve Earle
Reg E. Gaines
Andre Gregory
Vijay Iyer
Martha Lavey
Mari Mariposa
Ellen McLaughlin
Omar Metwally
Tracie Morris
Mikel Paris
Beau Sia

The honorees include: (partial listing)

Michael Berg, who responded to the videotaped beheading of his
son Nick, an independent contractor in Iraq, by demanding an end
to all violence in that country and around the world.

Rachel Corrie, a volunteer with the International Solidarity
Movement in the Occupied Territories who was murdered by Israeli
Defense Forces while trying to prevent the demolition of a
Palestinian home in 2003. Her parents will accept the award.

Camilo Mejia, who is the first soldier to go AWOL because of his
opposition to the Iraq war and the American-inflicted
atrocities, is currently in prison serving the maximum penalty
of one year for desertion.

Dave Meserve, the city council member who sponsored the Arcata,
California ordinance that makes voluntary cooperation with
unconstitutional investigations or arrests under the Patriot Act
a crime punishable by $57.

Bill Nevins, who refused to censor the closed-circuit TV reading
of an iconoclastic poem by one of his students at Rancho Rio
High School in New Mexico. Nevins was fired and the Write
Club/Poetry Team were disbanded by the school's administration.

Santa Cruz Librarians, who defiantly opposed the USA Patriot Act
by shredding library patrons' records and posting warning signs
about the FBI's authority to subpoena patrons' records, thereby
setting an example for others in their field.

The evening's co-sponsors include:
Artists Against the War
Bread and Roses 1199/SEIU
Center for Constitutional Rights
Citizen Soldier
National Lawyers Guild/NYC Chapter
The initiators of the Not in Our Name Statement of Conscience.

For more information:
http://www.artistsnetwork.org/news13/news660.html <http://www.artistsnetwork.org/news13/news660.html> 

<gsholette at verizon.net>



10. Unconventional Art

Cape Town (South Africa)'s Old Town House museum has scheduled an exhibit for September featuring familiar 17th-century Dutch Master paintings, but with all of them turned to face the wall, which curator Andrew Lamprecht said will be a "conceptual art intervention" that turns the pieces "into something new and unexpected" which will "force gallery goers to reconsider their preconceptions about the art." "These are fascinating things to see from behind," he said. 

[Reuters, 8-3-04]


11. With the WMDs?

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At least $8.8 billion in Iraqi funds that was given to Iraqi ministries by the former U.S.-led authority there cannot be accounted for, according to a draft U.S. audit set for release soon. 

    The audit by the Coalition Provisional Authority's own Inspector General blasts the CPA for ``not providing adequate stewardship'' of at least $8.8 billion from the Development Fund for Iraq that was given to Iraqi ministries. 

    The audit was first reported on a Web site earlier this month by journalist and retired Col. David Hackworth. A U.S. official confirmed the contents of the leaked audit cited by Hackworth (www.hackworth.com) were accurate. 

    The development fund is made up of proceeds from Iraqi oil sales, frozen assets from foreign governments and surplus from the U.N. Oil for Food Program. Its handling has already come under fire in a U.N.-mandated audit released last month. 

    One of the main benefactors of the Iraq funds was Texas-based firm Halliburton, which was paid more than a billion dollars out of those funds to bring in fuel for Iraqi civilians. 

    Thursday August 19 2004 



12. A Vacationing Penguin

A vacationing penguin is driving through Arizona when he notices
that the oil-pressure light is on. He gets out to look and sees
oil dripping out of the motor. He drives to the nearest town and
stops at the first gas station.

After dropping the car off, the penguin goes for a walk around
town. He sees an ice-cream shop and, being a penguin in Arizona,
decides that something cold would really hit the spot.

He gets a big bowl of vanilla ice cream and sits down to eat.
Having no hands, he makes a real mess trying to eat with his
little flippers.

After finishing his ice cream, he goes back to the gas station
and asks the mechanic if he's found the problem. The mechanic
looks up and says,

"It looks like you blew a seal."

"No, no," the penguin replies, "it's just ice cream."


13.  War Against Terror

In July, a transit system police officer in Washington, D.C., arrested, handcuffed and searched Stephanie Willett, 45, an Environmental Protection Agency scientist, detaining her at a police station for about three hours because she was finishing up the chewing of her PayDay candy bar inside a Metrorail station, in violation of the no-eating rule. Transit officials pointed out that Willett had been warned by the officer a minute before not to enter the station while eating the candy bar, but she thought if it was completely in her mouth as she walked in, she was safe. 

[Washington Post, 7-28-04]


14.  Insulting the Faithful

(MOSCOW)On orders from Russia's parliament, Moscow
prosecutors are probing a question that could create
new limits on free speech: When does artistic
expression cross the line into criminality?

A group of artists are being charged with "inciting
religious hatred" for lampooning religious ideology in
a controversial exhibit. For the defendants, who face
up to five years in prison if convicted, official
reaction to the "Caution: Religion" show, held at
Moscow's Andrei Sakharov Museum last year, suggests the
return of Soviet-style control - where dissent is
quashed and policemen stand in for art critics. In
place of the former Communist Party, they say, the
Russian Orthodox Church is fast becoming the Kremlin's
chief guardian of ideological purity.

The church, backed by conservative politicians, says
the case is about protecting the sensibilities of
religious believers from deliberate mockery in the
public arena. "Any provocation that insults the
feelings of the faithful and stirs up religious discord
must be classified as a crime," said Metropolitan
Kirill, chair of the church's department of external
relations, said in an official statement.

Click here to read the rest of this story online: 

 The Christian Science Monitor 07/19/2004


15.  Support Victimized Artist Steve Kurtz

( check out http://www.caedefensefund.org for more info)

2 ways to support CAE and Steve Kurtz in the NYC area:

August 28th
Fundraiser Performance
 by Rev. Billy
 St. Mark's Church
 New York City

August 30th
 Music Benefit with Psi and Man in Gray, Organzied by Flux Factory
 Office Ops
 Willilamsburg, Brooklyn
 Contact: Garrett Ramirez (eztarget at earthlink.net)

<gsholette at verizon.net>


16.  Kuwait Bans 'Fahrenheit 9/11'

    The Associated Press 

    Sunday 01 August 2004 

    Kuwait City - Kuwait, a major U.S. ally in the Persian Gulf, has banned Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" because it deems the movie insulting to the Saudi Arabian royal family and critical of America's invasion of Iraq, an official said Sunday. 

    "We have a law that prohibits insulting friendly nations, and ties between Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are special," Abdul-Aziz Bou Dastour, cinema and production supervisor at the Information Ministry, told The Associated Press. 

    He said the film "insulted the Saudi royal family by saying they had common interests with the Bush family and that those interests contradicted with the interests of the American people." 

    The ministry made the decision to bar "Fahrenheit 9/11" in mid-July after the state-owned Kuwait National Cinema Co. asked for the license to show the movie. The company monopolizes cinemas in Kuwait, but all movies must first be sanctioned by government censors. 


17.  Land of the Free - to Die 1

    Saturday 07 August 2004 

 The number of Americans with employer-paid health coverage fell dramatically from 2001 to 2003, with about 9 million people losing coverage, according to a national study released Aug. 2. 

    The Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) said the proportion of Americans under 65 with employer coverage fell from 67% in 2001 to 63% in 2003. The center is a nonpartisan research group funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

    Latinos were the least likely to have employer coverage and the most likely to be uninsured. Employer coverage for Latinos declined from 46.7% in 2001 to 39.7% in 2003. During the same period, public insurance enrollment among Latinos increased from 15.3% to 22.1%. Whites also experienced offsetting changes in employer coverage and public insurance program enrollment, with employer coverage declining from 73.3% to 71.3% as public coverage increased from 5.7% to 7.9% between 2001 and 2003. Trends for blacks were not statistically significant: 51.3% of blacks in 2003 had employer coverage, 21.5% had public coverage and 17.9% were uninsured. 

    Employer-paid coverage for the poorest families - those families of four making $36,800 a year or less - fell to 32.5% from 37.4% from 2001 to 2003. But the percentage enrolled in public insurance programs leaped from 37.9% to 49.3% in that time. 



18.  Land of the Free - to Die 2

Coal Miners Lose Health Benefits*
PIKEVILLE, Ky., August 9, 2004

Thousands of coal miners, some sick from black lung disease, will lose their 
medical coverage under an order filed Monday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge 
William Howard.

The judge ruled that Horizon Natural Resources, the nation's fourth largest 
coal company, does not have to honor union contracts that guaranteed 
benefits for 1,000 active miners and some 2,300 retirees.

The order sparked an immediate outcry from the United Mine Workers of 
America, which had staged massive protests on the streets outside Howard's 
courtroom in downtown Lexington.

Rudy Arredondo <hola_5 at hotmail.com>


19.  Boobs Provide Boobs

Bigger breasts offered as perk to soldiers

NEW YORK (Reuters) -- The U.S. Army has long lured recruits with the slogan 
"Be All You Can Be," but now soldiers and their families can receive plastic 
surgery, including breast enlargements, on the taxpayers' dime.

The New Yorker magazine reports in its July 26th edition that members of all 
four branches of the U.S. military can get face-lifts, breast enlargements, 
liposuction and nose jobs for free -- something the military says helps surgeons 
practice their skills.

"Anyone wearing a uniform is eligible," Dr. Bob Lyons, chief of plastic 
surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio told the magazine, which said 
soldiers needed the approval of their commanding officers to get the time off.

Between 2000 and 2003, military doctors performed 496 breast enlargements and 
1,361 liposuction surgeries on soldiers and their dependents, the magazine 

The magazine quoted an Army spokeswoman as saying, "the surgeons have to have 
someone to practice on."


20.  Amzaning suftf 

Aoccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in  waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht  the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae.  The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit bnieg a porbelm.Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but  the wrod as a wlohe.

amzanig huh? 


21.  THE W.P.A. Decade, 1933-43: Art Across America

THE W.P.A. Decade, 1933-43: Art Across America
August 15, 2004--October 31, 2004

This original exhibition will trace the vital and diverse creativity in
American art during the WPA decade, linking the activity of the federal
program with its aesthetic context in American art. The split in
art--between traditional and innovative--parallels opposing factions in
American politics of the time, conservative isolationism versus progressive
internationalism.  The exhibition will feature works by foremost WPA
affiliated artists, among them Reginald Marsh, Guy Pene du Bois, Ben Shahn,
Moses and Raphael Soyer, John Steuart Curry, Grant Wood, Ilya Bolotowsky,
Robert Gwathmey, Stuart Davis and Jackson Pollock, among others.

Thomas Thurston <tt544 at COLUMBIA.EDU>


22.  Fair Trade

The President gets off the helicopter in front of the White House, carrying a baby pig under each arm. 

     The Marine guard snaps to attention, salutes, and says: 
    "Nice pigs, sir." 

     The President replies: "These are not pigs, these are authentic Texan Razorback Hogs. I got one for VP Cheney, and I got one for Defense Secretary Rumsfeld " 

     The Marine again snaps to attention, salutes, and replies, 
     "Nice trade, sir



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