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Daring To Be Radically Human in 'The Hood': The Beauty of Creative Nonviolence!

Another experiment in creative, yet confrontive nonviolence successfully out-manuvered thugs (and fears of violence) after an open challenge from anarchists. More than 50 people participated. A Crucial Arts expert-in-training literally "pushed da envelope" in one of Portland's 'Hoods.
PDX: The thug in all of us, in our heads and expressed in myriad ways was beautifully ju-jitsued and derailed Thursday (today) in NE Portland thanks to "key timing" and the "radicalness" of a method of nonviolent confrontation which blows traditional nonviolent "pacifism" out of the water as far as the concept of DESIRE ARMED is concerned.

"Its a form of art in process, really," said Chaz d (distant cousin of the infamous Chuck D.), "and the 'key timing' is the *suddenness* of our appearances, which have been going down all over the USA. It's a provocation, to use fancy-buttoned words. It's a way of interacting with people (instead of always 'to' or 'against' people) that allows us to escape our gripping fears and make *community* wherever and whenever we desire!"

The method appears to come from the ideas of Saul Alynsky, the early 20th Century community organizer. "I like the basic style of his tactics, and that's about it," says Chaz, who is primarily referring to Alynsky's somewhat rare book _Rules For Radicals_. "He came up with some really funny ideas, and I see myself as evolving them."

The idea Chaz played with today was "Pushing da Envelope". He took a big white paper board, affixed an envelope to it, and stuck it on a push-cart, and pushed it around town, from over by Portland Community College (PCC), down Killingsworth to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, up to Portland Av NE, back down MLKj and meandering around to Albina, then back up various streets to Killingsworth and back over to PCC.

At least fifty people participated in the *direct action*, writing down their own ideas of what "Pushing the Envelope" meant to them. The complete list of their thoughts will appear soon.

All kinds of people were approached, from rough-looking street-looking folks, to professionals in the PCC library and students there.

"It was really an exceptionally excellent experience, especially since i myself have been so AFRAID to even walk around there all these years!" Chaz said.

A few people thought Chaz had to have a lot of courage (or craziness) to do as he did, dressed all far out and what. What exactly was their fear, remains to be seen (as we list all the thoughts, maybe that will become clearer).

More report coming up tomorrow or very soon!

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text of flyer passed out, here and there 19.Nov.2004 13:50

unmediated and unbridled

Here is the text of the flyer passed out during this action. People are welcome to copy it and pass it out, or slightly change it, if they wish.

In case you didn't know...
"When I go around in America and I see the bulk of the White People, they do not feel oppressed—they feel powerless... We see the physical genocide that they are attempting to inflict upon [American Indians], and we understand the psychological genocide that they have already inflicted upon their own people... "—John Trudell, Santee-Sioux spokenword artist who lost his entire family, including 3 young daughters, to a very suspicious fire at the height of the 'cointelpro' era (an FBI program which illegally attacked a huge variety of legal dissent).

Note: All info herein has been compiled, over years, by an anonymous independent getting no payment except the joy of helping his fellow people. Get online, free, at your local public university or suburban municipal library! (best outfitted)

General Topics
Find a possibly trustworthy auto mechanic: //cartalk.cars.com/About/Garage/mechan-x/find.html How to be your own lawyer (pro se):  http://www.pro-selaw.org  http://www.ncsconline.org
 http://www.raggededgemagazine.com/archive/pro-se.htm self-helplaw.com (see also: "coaching") Groups for the Chemically Injured (while working):  http://www.rtk.net/ncci  http://www.ncchem.com Two possible cures for cancer: Hoxsey Treatment:  http://www.ripsawnews.com/2001.07.18/feature.html and Essiac: essiac-info.org General alternative medical remedies: members.tripod.com/~AspenIsle/kitchen1.html Fraudulent 'diagnoses': ADHD/ADD:  http://www.adhdfraud.org and  http://www.raggededgemagazine.com/archive/pro-se.htm self-helplaw.com (see also: "coaching") Groups for the Chemically Injured (while working):  http://www.rtk.net/ncci  http://www.ncchem.com Two possible cures for cancer: Hoxsey Treatment:  http://www.ripsawnews.com/2001.07.18/feature.html and Essiac: essiac-info.org General alternative medical remedies: members.tripod.com/~AspenIsle/kitchen1.html Fraudulent 'diagnoses': ADHD/ADD:  http://www.adhdfraud.org and  link to www.thomasarmstrong.com Antipsychiatric Reading Room:
 link to www.stopshrinks.org and
 http://www.ucimc.org/newswire/di.../index.php (on politics of child 'protection') Youth Liberation info:  http://www.oblivion.net/youthspeak and  http://www.intheheart.net/fpsindex.html (a history) (see also book about escaping dumbing-down process in school:  http://www.ucimc.org/newswire/di.../index.php (on politics of child 'protection') Youth Liberation info:  http://www.oblivion.net/youthspeak and  http://www.intheheart.net/fpsindex.html (a history) (see also book about escaping dumbing-down process in school:  link to www.lowryhousepublishers.com Juries have the right to judge laws: 1-800-TEL-JURY (Fully Informed Jury Assoc.) anti-work: www.whywork.org US Supreme Court says: Artists have 1st Amendment 'right' to SELL their art in public without a permit:
 http://www.openair.org/alerts/artist/nyrej.html (background: sacredlight.to/pages/decision.htm) Musicians: defend yourself from industry exploitation:  http://www.thebaffler.com/albiniexcerpt.html and  http://www.openair.org/alerts/artist/nyrej.html (background: sacredlight.to/pages/decision.htm) Musicians: defend yourself from industry exploitation:  http://www.thebaffler.com/albiniexcerpt.html and  link to www.recordingartistscoalition.com Third world traveler info:
 link to www.thirdworldtraveler.com Translate text: babelfish.altavista.digital.com/translate.dyn

Meta Issues (which effect people more subtly)
Propaganda: "... is perhaps the most serious threat in the modern world."—Jacques Ellul (see excerpts from his book at  http://www.intheheart.net/propag.html ) and  http://www.buildfreedom.com/ft/propaganda.htm and 'psy war' studies:  http://www.Africa2000.com/PNDX/pndx.htm General: The National Security Archive (bringing FOIA documents like "The Pentagon Papers" to the Net):  http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/ Noam Chomsky on 'crisis of democracy' and Trilateralists, menace of liberal scholarship, Watergate: 'small potatoes':  http://www.chomsky.info/articles.htm (excellent) See also:  http://www.intheheart.net/propag.html ) and  http://www.buildfreedom.com/ft/propaganda.htm and 'psy war' studies:  http://www.Africa2000.com/PNDX/pndx.htm General: The National Security Archive (bringing FOIA documents like "The Pentagon Papers" to the Net):  http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/ Noam Chomsky on 'crisis of democracy' and Trilateralists, menace of liberal scholarship, Watergate: 'small potatoes':  http://www.chomsky.info/articles.htm (excellent) See also:  link to www.zmag.org

"[The public asks] 'how is this possible?'—I get that all the time. [They ask] 'Are you telling us that the people in Washington are evil?'... [Stockwell responds:] And I kind of flared up; Americans are decent people; they are nice
people, and they're insulated in the world that we live in, and we don't read our history... "—John Stockwell, 13-year Top Level CIA official, Vietnam vet (as CO), West Point Graduate with honors, awarded Medal of Merit (very charismatic)  http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Stockwell/John_Stockwell.html

General critical thinking and info:
The Price of Dissent by Bud and Ruth Schultz, 2001 Love Canal: The Story Continues by Lois M. Gibbs, 1998 Bush In Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq by Tariq Ali Public Secrets by Ken Knabb ( http://www.bopsecrets.org ) War At Home by Brian Glick, 1990 Rare or not-well-known dissent, with possible solutions:  http://www.intheheart.net (i.e. John Trudell, Aldous Huxley, Lev Chernyi) A 'totality' of critique:  http://www.bopsecrets.org ) War At Home by Brian Glick, 1990 Rare or not-well-known dissent, with possible solutions:  http://www.intheheart.net (i.e. John Trudell, Aldous Huxley, Lev Chernyi) A 'totality' of critique:  link to www.geocities.com

Media alternatives:
 link to www.cbc.ca chicago.indymedia.org (and so on; see left margin or bottom of pages for
links);  http://www.gnn.org emperors_clothes.com



Also passed out a few copies of the Playboy interview with Martin Luther King, Jr (very excellent) which appeared in the book _Testament of Hope_ edited by James M. Washington, pages 340-377 Very demystifying on the politics of organizing!

Do the safety dance! 19.Nov.2004 16:50

Safety dancer

Do the safety dance! The safety dance!

Everyones out of control!

wo wo woooo, wo wo woooo!

Do the safety dance!

wo wo woooo, wo wo woooo!

safety dance!

I like to dress like a mime, personally.

This is a feature? 20.Nov.2004 23:06

I live in NE Portland.

It's Saul Alinsky.

The book is Rules for Radicals. It's on the shelves at the library or at Powell's. It is not a rare book.

Let's see, I have been walking (and biking and riding Tri-Met) in Northeast Portland for over ten years. Day and night. I have been accosted twice. Once by a white asshole who did too much crank, and once by ten white assholes who arrested me. I mean the cops.

I've gone door-to-door at hundreds of houses around here. Marched in the streets. Talked with people everyday. Never thought of it as 'brave' or 'bold' or 'pushing the envelope'.

So what is this self-indulgent piece of crap purporting to be reporting doing as a feature?

Despite Alinsky's many mistakes, he would never have seen just talking with people to be political activism. He, and any other serious organizer, saw it as what humans do. You strike up conversations with people where they live, whether the Back of the Yards in Chicago where he spent much of his life, or in Northeast Portland.

Note that the writer doesn't identify how most folks would characterize them. 'Confused white dude', maybe?

Jeez, why not write some honest reporting about what is really happening on the streets of "da Hood"? Hang out at the community basketball games. Go write about SEI. Spend some time in one of the streetfront churches. Get your nails done. Talk with the Jehovah's Witnesses doing their gig at Martin Luther King and Killingsworth at 6 AM.

Maybe you'd learn that no one calls it "da Hood", except folks who don't live here. Is this a new low for Indy media or what?

re: new low in indy 22.Nov.2004 13:30

hsl

Hey, "I live in NE Portland"--normally I'd dismiss you as the usual bullshit crank one finds in open forums like this, but you talked about a couple good ideas further on so why not try speakin. So, you're "successful" in *drawing me out* a bit more, but at least I know what you're up to (with all of your character assasination sniping and shit).

Okay, the library has *one* copy of Alinsky's book! So that means it's *not* rare! Uh-huh, right. If one person checks it out, then you gotta wait on a waiting list. Or try finding it at a bookstore. It's not like a Dr.Dobson book or anything else the c.i.a. helps put out!

Okay, so you're not afraid, but this cat is. I wonder why! Hyped up with all the contextless news in mainline media about drive-bys and attacks, and perhaps the guy has his own experiences in Black Folks neighborhoods. Well, I'm the guy, and I have. I'm a *survivor* of public schools in the 70s, have been chased and had rocks thrown at and had my bike smashed in less than 15 minutes in the 90s, so it's classical conditioning, dude! All that happened in other cities, but you get shit coming down on you in enough places and you tend to expect it; like a group of black teens walking thru a Lilly White neighborhood, people have different experinces and then they don't *want* to take a lot of foolish chances.

Truth is, I find myself being *afraid* to *do anything* in this society today, beyond the usual routines!! Just existing, I find myself afraid! Maybe it's something about getting older, or about my lifestyle, but that's my truth, and fuck you if you can't respect that. When I was younger, I didn't have the same fears (and I wasn't reading so much hype, either), and I did door-to-door as well, and participated in marches, in quite rough neighborhoods. Hell, i was greatly healed and loved by Black Folks since I was a kid, in ways that will always remain with me. But since friends have been killed, acquaintances had their businesses burned down (in gang warfare), and the other above mentioned stuff, it can wear on people, okay. In other cities, yes, but like I said above, it gets to you after awhile.

And I did get a lot of comments (usually from business owners, some of those nail painting places) who thought it *did take a lot of courage* to do what I was doing.

Sure, some thought I was just "crazy" (their word and looks) or "confused" (your word), but others loved it, and some, who I gave the flyer to, would certainly think about it more!

So it was healing and it was inspiring people, and that the IMC here chose to feature it tells that they were also moved. The tactic alone certainly proves FUN and rewarding! And ought to be played with more!

Everyone does what they imagine they can do. If you have the guts to hang out with the basketball players, then great, and maybe i'll *dare* to do that some time.

You said:
So what is this self-indulgent piece of crap purporting to be reporting doing as a feature?
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Fuck you! Are you PAID to monitor IMC webpages to try to fuck with us like this? Sounds like it! Framing sharings as "self-indulgent" is bullshit playing people. Those who buy what you say uncritically are being played.

You said:
Despite Alinsky's many mistakes, he would never have seen just talking with people to be political activism.
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And that's another reason why I didn't like him. He is one of those people who buy into the idea that one *must have* huge momentums built up to "affect change" by "speaking Truth to power"--okay not a direct quote, but that's the gist of his ilk. As tho the *personal is not political*, as though informal relations have absolutely *no* value. As though only formal ways that political police are quite good at infiltrating and dividing up and smashing, are the only "legit" ways of struggle!

Fuck "political activism", as Andrew X would say. (Didn't catch the debate he brought up on several sites? do a search, then!)

You:
Maybe you'd learn that no one calls it "da Hood", except folks who don't live here. Is this a new low for Indy media or what?
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It's truth speaking, not bullshit speaking. Not fancy games. And it's a device to interest people like myself who may feel similarly.

Conversations and engaging people 23.Nov.2004 06:57

artgeek artgeek39@yahoo.com

Great idea. I think it could potentially be a project for my students - we recently had a conversation about how people don't acknowledge your existence. How we percieve others is often a result of left-over experiences we don't or won't confront - a person once told me how awful our kids are here at the high school, no respect, blah, blah - I said I've never had a problem - but then again I don't hit them with two-by-fours(yes I live in a small redneck town in Michigan) anyway - we are planning to move to Portland in June and I have been looking at the NE neighborhoods and some one told my brother that the schools there aren't good, and that they are 'rough' and possibly not a good place for a family to live - so the perception of those neighborhoods among some portlanders is consistent with yours! My own thoughts are that we get what we expect - I expect respect from teen-agers and get it - I also respect them in return.

So talk me into moving to the NE part of Portland!