Please check out “Sonny Meadows Week” at Peace Couple (plus, quiz at bottom of this post)

As many of you know, Sonny Meadows is a local musician and activist, here on Long Island, New York. The Wilders have admired his work — and his many solo performances and band performances — over the years. With the advent of the occupy movement, it seems to us that Sonny’s music about injustice, social justice, war and peace, is even more valuable. Now there are legions of empowered people to enjoy these songs, and learn this music.

At our Peace Couple website, we do a “Peace Song of the Day”, every day of the year. We used this past week to celebrate Sonny Meadows. If you go over there, you can check out which 7 songs we picked from among Sonny’s long list of favorites. (Maybe you want to guess first, or, think which of his songs you would have chosen, before you click over?)

For the real insiders, we could not resist making a game out of this project. So, at the readmore, you can find a quiz. See if you can match the Sonny Meadows song, with a brief quote from the lyrics. (And, if my darling husband is reading this, you have to play, too! And, no cheating!)

Sonny Meadows/Peace Song of the Week Quiz Continue reading

Philip Glass at Lincoln Center: Link to video and mega-post

Hello, friends.

Over at our Peace Couple website, I am creating a mega-post with the full text of Philip Glass’s comments at Lincoln Center, with Occupy Wall Street.

It also has three videos from different angles that I gathered at Youtube. Please visit Peace Couple.

In case you are in a rush, here is an excerpt of the comments:

When righteousness
Withers away
And evil
Rules the Land
We come into being…

Full comments: here.

Tragic Shopping: Words found while looking for Black Friday shopping statistics

Kw writes:

I could just sit down and cry after reading these words. Yesterday, I participated in Buy Nothing Day. It is an attempt to boycott hyper-consumerism, and support the idea that people and workers should have one day of relaxation, instead of shopping stress.

I thought “fear shopping” was bad enough, when people are told to believe that they must shop to save the economy, or to fight the terrorists.
Now, a new kind of government pressure to shop. From a Reuters article on Black Friday:
“This is for me,” said Clare [24], who plans to spend more on holiday gifts later on in the season.

“I’m leaving for Afghanistan in March. I’m getting something for everyone, just in case I don’t come back.”

(excerpt from) Reuters
Black Friday draws crowds, but spending in doubt
11/26/2011

(Reuters) – Retailers were hoping for more shoppers like Shawn Elzia as the annual Black Friday bargain stampede marked the unofficial start of what is widely expected to be a middling holiday shopping season.

The Brooklyn, New York teacher, one of hundreds of thousands of shoppers jostling for deals around the country, said he ended up spending about 25 percent more than he planned, even while worrying about the state of the economy…

Leon Clare, 24, and Shawn Sykes, 27, both U.S. Navy Corpsmen, drove about 125 miles from 29 Palms Marine Base to Santa Monica so they each could spend close to $175 on a pair of Air Jordan Retro 3 shoes in “Black Cement,” popular new sneakers from Nike Inc.

“This is for me,” said Clare, who plans to spend more on holiday gifts later on in the season.

“I’m leaving for Afghanistan in March. I’m getting something for everyone, just in case I don’t come back.”…

While eager shoppers emerged from stores around the country lugging big-screen TVs and bags full of video games and toys, it was far from certain that people will pull out their wallets for much more than the best deals this year. Shoppers with limited budgets started using layaway at chains such as Walmart as early as October.

Retail shares fell more than the overall market on Friday.

“Americans are still worried about jobs, still worried about the economy,” said Mike Thielmann, group executive vice president at J.C. Penney, who noted that shoppers were buying gifts and for themselves, and said jewelry was selling well…

Photos from “Occupy Black Friday” on Long Island at Flickr: here

Occupy Long Island: Buy Nothing Day sign

11/25/2011: Black Friday, Buy Nothing Day demo

Long Islanders Occupy Black Friday: November 25, 2011 at Smith Haven Mall

Update: Photos from Occupy Black Friday on Long Island at Flickr: here.
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Occupy Black Friday

Friday, November 25, 2011

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm

Smith Haven Mall ~ Middle Country Road (Route 25) ~ Lake Grove Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street: N17 Evening update

You can watch live updates at OccupyWallSt.org: here.

A sampling…

8:40 pm: Overheard near Brooklyn Bridge – NYPD officer to another “Whaddaya say we occupy the van?” from @theother99
8:23 pm: There is now a people’s library, a marching band and a projector on the Brooklyn Bridge, according to @occupywallst people on the ground.
8:00 pm: City councilor Jumaane Williams may have been arrested at the foot of Brooklyn Bridge
7:54 pm: General assembly held at 8 at the Korean War Memorial Park, just past Brooklyn Bridge.
7:52 pm: From @John Harkinson, thousands of people with music, signs, honks of support. Everything peaceful.
7:30 pm: The column marching on Brooklyn bridge stretches about a mile long. From http://www.emergencystream.com/video_streams/NY/NYC3/a.html
7:09 pm: A Light Show on Brooklyn Bridge is projecting “Occupy Earth – we are winning” on the side of the Verizon Building. Followed by “Happy Birthday OccupywallstNYC” Reported by @occupywallst
7:06 pm: Police scanners estimate the crowd at 32,650 people. Reported by @jstetser

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Elsewhere…on Long Island…Occupy Patchogue…

Occupy Patchogue: N17

Note: Ian and I joined folks in Patchogue to keep up the local, occupy presence on this important day. The report from #N17 for Occupy Patchogue: 4 vigilers, plus one passerby who stopped, talked, and Mic Checked part of the Declaration. Some passer-bys supportive. One couple even told us about stuff happening on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Occupy Long Island: Nov 17th AND Nov 25th (Black Friday)

See the bottom of this post for the BLACK FRIDAY, November 25, 2011 Occupy Long Island event.

Occupy Wall Street will be celebrating #N17 /  November 17, 2011 with activities throughout the day. The big event is at Foley Square at 5pm.

At 5 pm, tens of thousands of people will gather at Foley Square (just across from City Hall) in solidarity with laborers demanding jobs to rebuild this country’s infrastructure and economy. A gospel choir and a marching band will also be performing.

Afterwards we will march to our bridges. Let’s make it as musical a march as possible – bring your songs, your voice, your spirit! Our “Musical” on the bridge will culminate in a festival of light as we mark the two-month anniversary of the #occupy movement, and our commitment to shining light into our broken economic and political system.

More info about the NYC events: here.

Many Long Islanders are interested in joining in this big day, especially after the unfair eviction and attack on the Liberty Square camp early Wednesday morning.

A good way to connect with people is at the “Occupy Long Island” FaceBook: here.

There is also a FaceBook Event for Long Islanders meeting at Penn Station: here. Please use this to spread the word!

Here is the overall plan for Long Islanders to gather together and join Occupy Wall Street at Foley Square: Continue reading

Message from Scott Olsen, Vet for Peace injured at Occupy Oakland protests

(excerpt from) SF Appeal
Former Marine Injured In #OccupyOakland Demonstration Releases Statement

A former U.S. Marine injured in Occupy Oakland demonstrations last month released his first public statement on Sunday after he was released from the hospital last week.

[Scott] Olsen posted the statement on Google Plus Sunday morning, accompanied by a picture of himself with a neck brace and a scar on his forehead.

“I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me. After my freedom of speech was quite literally taken from me, my speech is coming back but I’ve got a lot of work to do with rehab,” Olsen, 24, said in the brief statement…

And…the rest of Scott Olsen’s statement from the Pacific Free Press:

“Thank you for all your support, it has meant the world to me. You’ll be hearing more from me in the near future and soon enough we’ll see you in our streets!”

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Editor’s note from KW: It is so interesting and telling. Most of the media outlets do not mention that Scott Olsen is a member of Veterans for Peace. In fact, they have taken to saying only that he is a Marine, and not categorizing him as a Veteran. Think that is another media ploy to steer us away from the root issue of militarism and war.

Related Story (previous update) at onthewilderside: here

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