We’re in the waning days of the Yes Men‘s Kickstarter campaign to finance their new film and an “Action Switchboard”, to connect activists around the world to new and existing projects and causes. Go check it out!
Shira Golding Evergreen, one half of our friends at Shirari Industries (who designed the Hard Working Movies website), has directed a documentary called “Empowered: Power from the People” about energy (in)dependence and the grassroots movement to be truly self-sustaining. Per the film’s site:
Tompkins County, NY is one of the cloudiest, least windy places in the country, and yet its residents are proving that we can meet our energy needs through totally renewable resources. From solar and wind to veggie oil and geothermal, Empowered: Power from the People tells the story of one community’s role in the energy independence revolution.
Check out a clip from the film below, and hit up its website to see the entire film.
Mary Dore and Nancy Kennedy are currently editing their new documentary “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry“, about the birth of the women’s liberation movement, from 1966 to 1972; and, consequently, a film on how popular movements can force the enactment of social change. A thrilling and funny film, it looks at the dignified ladies with hats and gloves who helped form NOW, the cool-headed intellectuals (Cynthia Ozick’s famous put-down of Norman Mailer’s writing technique with spherical objects comes fondly to mind), the street-taking radicals (hello, “WITCH/Women’s International Conspiracy from Hell!”), and everyone in between. Read more about the film here, and if you’re interested in participating/supporting the project, click here. (cross-posted from www.hardworkingmovies.com)
Mitch McConnell, eternal protector of the voiceless (oh, wait…), recently submitted an amicus curiae to the Supreme Court in regards to Citizens United and the more recent Montana ruling that questioned it. In brief, McConnell has looked at the two years that have passed since the C.U. ruling and has come to the conclusion that it has, if anything, only made our democracy richer. Per David Firestone at the Times:
Mr. McConnell has outdone himself with a legal brief submitted recently to the Supreme Court that’s blind to how unlimited contributions damage the political system. Not only is there no reason for the court to reconsider or overturn its 2010 Citizens United ruling, he wrote, but the events of the last two years actually support the correctness of the decision.
Outside spending in the presidential election (through early March) was $88 million, more than twice as much as in the same period in 2008, and more than six times as much as in 2004.
But this wash of money, most of it buying attack ads, actually pleases Mr. McConnell, who sees it all as an exercise of speech (by those who can afford to speak in this way, most of whom happen to be Republicans). In his brief, urging the court to strike down the Montana law, he says the money has allowed “far more political speech in 2012 than would otherwise have been the case,” making the campaign less predictable and more interesting. (In fact, predictably, the guy with the most money won the Republican nomination.)
On Saturday night, scores of people were arrested and shut out of Zuccotti park as OWS protesters got an influx of manpower from participants of the Left Forum 2012 conference, which happened that same day. Now, having moved to Union Square, the NYPD shut down and closed that park as well early this morning. As far as we know, this tactic of mass-evictions and shutdowns of NYC parks, both private and public, doesn’t have much precedence, and it will be interesting to see what happens at tonight’s proposed Hoodie March to raise awareness of the Treyvon Martin case.
These days, it sure can seem paltry just to be a regular old person, now that corporations can be persons too; which, it would seem, is a much bigger, shinier, and definitely richer option than boring old normal persons. Fortunately, our friend Jan Edwards sent us some nifty instructions for how to change that! Now you too, with the help of just some cardboard, glue, and other assorted household items, can achieve the new deluxe standard of personhood. Just follow Jan’s instructions and upgrade your wardrobe with the king of power suits.
Joe’s Pub in NYC is putting up Ethan Lipton’s “No Place to Go” between March 14th and April 8th; set as Lipton’s company is relocated to another planet, it is described as a “musical ode to the unemployed”. Check out a song from it below:
The New Museum in New York City recently opened their latest Triennial, called “The Ungovernables“, an exhibition that “takes its inspiration from the concept of ‘ungovernability’ and its transformation from a pejorative term used to describe unruly ‘natives’ to a strategy of civil disobedience and self-determination. The Ungovernables is meant to suggest both anarchic and organized resistance and a dark humor about the limitations and potentials of this generation.” Judy Berman at Flavorpill writes of one of the most compelling qualities of the show, in that it ”after a year that began with Arab Spring and ended with the global Occupy movement, this [focuses] on young people from around the world and their various ‘urgencies,’ while acknowledging that their particular concerns are only beginning to coalesce”.
If you’re in New York, it seems very worthwhile a visit.
Now that Mitt Romney – unwavering champion of corporate personhood – has won both the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary, we thought it appropriate to once again remind him of what seems obvious to many (including, in these past few days, the Montana Supreme Court and 67% of North Carolinians): that only people are people. But this time, we’ll do it in song, courtesy of Jan Edwards – who successfully managed to get her small town to abolish corporate personhood, as seen in This Land is Your Land - and guitarist/co-vocalist John Ause. Click “continue reading” for the lyrics and please, sing with us on this one!