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The Rag Blog and Rag Radio presents Tom Hayden, peace and justice activist, SDS pioneer, and primary author of the Port Huron Statement, who speaks on "The Drug War, The Peace Movement, and the Legacy of Port Huron." He was in Austin in conjunction with Mexican poet Javier Sicilia's Caravan for Peace which opposes the U.S.-supported Drug War in Mexico. Video produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix production. http://zgraphix.org
Titanium Sporkestra is a renegade marching band from Seattle. Featuring and founded by members of infamous Seattle marching band Infernal Noise Brigade and legendary Seattle band TchKunG!, Titanium Sporkestra delivers a bombastic blend of heavy world drumming as well as traditional drum line music, tweaked just a little bit and turned up to 11. “Titanium Sporkestra plays everything from Black Sabbath to old school Balkan beats and gypsy anthems. Add in a dash of military influence and an unprecedented amount of sexuality to the show, and the band spends more time in the crowd then on stage- dominating the entire crowd into musical submission. Band isn’t just for nerds anymore- it’s sexy, fun, and incredibly talented.” -Popwreckoning.com Website: http://titaniumsporkestra.com/ Filmed by Jeff Zavala on March 25, 2012. Produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org
Fun, loud and in the street! Minor Mishap Marching Band, a 35 piece unruly circus-punk-brass band: Rue Bourbon meets Budapest, was started on a wild hare by Austin musician, Datri Bean. She was inspired by a love of street music, brass bands, and spectacle, as well as a desire to create community and reinvent public spaces. Over the two years since its inception, it has grown to be a 35 member ensemble, performing all over Austin; New Orleans Mardi Gras Parades: Thoth, Druids and Muses; Art Outside, Austin; the Greensteam Festival, Austin; Honk Fest, Boston; Honk West, Seattle; and many SXSW related events. Minor Mishap is the host band behind HONK!TX Filmed by Jeff Zavala on March 25, 2012. Produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org
A compilation of different bands came together to form the Low Brass Choir. They performed to a cheering audience as part of the Honk! TX 2012 Festival in Austin. Filmed by Jeff Zavala on March 25, 2012. Produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org
The Boss Street Brass Band is a funky mix of New Orleans Funk and Jazz. Inspired by the Rebirth Brass Band, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Youngblood Brass Band and the Reagan High School’s NOFB, The Boss Street Brass Band will entertain you with high high energy and great party music to dance or just sit and groove to! Created in the Fall of 2011, Most of the members are graduates from John H. Reagan High School in Austin, Texas where they where part of the world renowned Soul Raider Marching Band and Soul Train Drumline. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boss-Street-Brass-Band/177351572370469 Filmed by Jeff Zavala on March 25, 2012. Produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org
Mission/Value Statement • We welcome musicians from all backgrounds and all levels of ability to join us. • We play in support of select causes and events in an attempt to draw community attention to them. • We help each other to grow in musicianship. • We play free, guerrilla style and in the streets whenever possible and try to uplift everyone within earshot. • We believe that the power of music may be more effective and powerful than weapons, arguments or war. • We build community and share our love of music with each other and with our audiences. • We interrupt your regularly-scheduled life with spontaneous moments of raucous musical joy. • We encourage musical expression by playing with, and for, people of all levels of musical experience. • We contribute to making the experience of saving the world a bit more fun and weird. • We believe that any note is better than no note. • We celebrate the heritage and joy of marching/roving band shows and their rich, diverse history. • We hold each other to a standard of reliability regarding attendance at practices and shows. • We operate as a democracy, sharing responsibilities and decisions. • We value silliness, gratuitous antics and pure fun for its own sake as much as (if not more than) musical skill. Range of Music As the history and present state of brass, drum, marching, and roving bands shows, they are part of a rich and diverse history of styles, influences, cultures, and purposes. We hope to play songs that celebrate those histories, while having a great time playing together and with our audiences. Website: http://extraordinaryrenditionband.com/ Filmed by Jeff Zavala on March 25, 2012. Produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org
The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, Atlanta’s wildest community band, has been thrilling audiences since 1974, performing at home and on the road in festivals, on stages, and in support of community events and fundraisers of all kinds. Throughout its history, the Band has electrified audiences with its trademark style of explosive sound and colorful street theater. Originally formed as part of a theatre company, the band is well known for its fancifully costumed performers as well as its high-energy music. Website: http://seedandfeed.org/ Facebook: http://facebook.com/seedandfeed Twitter: http://twitter.com/seedandfeed Filmed by Jeff Zavala on March 25, 2012. Produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org
The Young Fellaz Brass Band is a lively second line styled brass band from New Orleans, LA. It began in 2005 originally with humble beginnings, only having 3 members walking around their neighborhood playing their instruments out of the love of music. Over the course of the next 6 years, the band would flourish to 8 members, along with overcoming many obstacles and setting many milestones for such a young group of musicians, such as recording 3 studio albums, numerous festivals in New Orleans, along with performing in many states across the United States, including the HONK! TX festival. The band’s style of music covers many genres, including traditional jazz, hip-hop, R&B, rock and pop tunes. The Young Fellaz Brass Band is definitely gonna make you move your feet! Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/youngfellazbrassband Filmed by Jeff Zavala on March 25, 2012. Produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix Production. http://zgraphix.org
We believe in using music to help fuel social change, have fun and build community. Forward! marching band is an ever changing group of musicians of all skill levels. We play tunes from the folk, rock, Klezmer, Balkan and Americana genres. Our band consists of a diverse range of ages, musicianship and abilities. Instruments featured in Forward! run the gamut from traditional band instruments such as snare drums and trumpets to home brewed xylophones and plastic buckets. We love costumes, silly hats and spectacle! We share the duties of researching and arranging musical selections, directing and shaping rehearsals, costuming, and scheduling the band. Forward! marching band brings lively tunes to political protests, marches and rallies, parades, and community events.
Ryan Gaughan, a ten year employee of New Seasons, was fired on February 6th, 2012, allegedly over taking an extra scoop of rice and tofu on his lunch break.
A more plausible reason for termination of his employment lies with the fact that Ryan has been a long time workplace organizer, working for safer conditions and equitible pay scales for employees.
As a result of this unfair desisicion by management, members or Portland's wider community showed up on Valentine's Day in mass to support Ryan and show their displeasure with "the friendliest store in town."
On March 10th, New Seasons Market Workers’ Voice is calling for another rally dubbed “The Rally to Restore Friendliness.” The message is directed toward store management and company officials who are currently being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for firing a worker shortly after he and other coworkers presented to them a series of concerns regarding disciplinary practices, pay inequities, and the direction of the company.
For more info: http://newseasonsmarketworkersvoice.org/
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At ZGraphix we are a community of artists, concerned citizens, activists, and media makers who endeavor to create change through meaningful media. We work on a shoestring budget and depend on donations from the community to continue our important work. ZGraphix brings you the information that will help move the struggle for justice forward. Available to order are more than 375 videos in our archive for sale on DVD. $10 DVD copies of any episode can be purchased & donations sent by PayPal to support our efforts, via the ZGraphix email: email@example.com ZGraphix is a Channel Dedicated to Broadcasting, Citizen Journalism, Direct Action, Civil Disobedience, Social Activism, Community Organizing, Lectures and Music in and Around Austin, New Orleans, Houston, Olympia, Washington, Washington D.C. and Others Places. ; Produced by Jeff Zavala. This is a ZGraphix production.
MINOR MISHAP MARCHING BAND is a 25 piece renegade circus brass band. They are an absurd expression of boisterous pandemonium– Bourbon street meets Budapest.http://minormishap.com/ Twenty of the most exciting, original, and talented community street bands from across North America will perform absolutely free in streets, parks, and neighborhoods throughout Austin for the inaugural HONK!TX festival, from March 11th to 13th, 2011. Inspired by the success of the original HONK! Festival in Somerville, Massachusetts and HONK! Fest West in Seattle, Washington, HONK!TX is a non-profit and grassroots gathering of street bands that defy simple categorization. Bands will play unamplified and without built stages, breaking down any barriers between the crowd and performers. The bands range in size from four to forty members, all diverse in age, ethnicity, and musical background. They represent various performance traditions, including New Orleans second line brass, European klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, and festivals such as Mardi Gras and Brazilian Carnaval. HONK!TX is made possible by the wholehearted support of neighborhood associations, local businesses, city officials, and other community members. Volunteers will provide housing, transportation, and their time at the festival. The festival has raised funds from over 230 individual donations through a kickstarter.com campaign. Wheatsville Food Co-op, Whole Foods Market, and SXSW are major sponsors along with fiscal and in-kind support from numerous other local businesses. The HONK!TX Organizing Committee is comprised of the Minor Mishap Marching Band, Austin's own community street band, and iLoveMikeLitt, a local arts and culture group. More information, including full band lineup, locations and hours, is available athttp://www.honktx.org/ Produced by Jeff Zavala. A ZGraphix production.http://zgraphix.org/
Well over 11,000 parents, teachers, educators and community leaders from over 300 independent school districts converged at the state capital in Austin on Saturday, March 12. “Today, Texans have come together in great numbers and have sent a very strong, clear message to our elected officials that we must do better by the children of our state by funding education to the maximum extent possible,” says Allen Weeks of Save Texas Schools, the grassroots coalition organizing the rally, and director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth. “And it’s not over with this rally. We’re going to continue our fight to keep Texas smart.” After a drum line led blocks of rally-goers on a march starting from Waterloo Park to the Capital grounds, a fantastic line-up of speakers and performers made heartfelt pleas for education. “We live in the 21st century. We have a global economy,” said Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, in his podium address. “Here in Texas I wonder how long the fortune 500 companies will stick around if we can’t produce the students who can compete,” Superintendent John-Kuhn of Perrin-Whitt, CISD, rollicked the crowds with his impassioned speech, saying: “Public school teachers, you are the saviors of this society. You are the first responders standing in this rubble while they sit in their offices and scribble judgmentally on their clipboards. You are heroes and what you do isn’t worth $27 billion; it is priceless.” In a unified voice, rally participants urged legislators to take three critical steps to help close state budget gaps that are threatening education: Use the $9.3 billion Texas “Rainy Day” Fund to help rescue schools from the current crisis. Sign the paperwork for $830 million in federal aid for teachers. Fix school funding laws to be fair to all districts and our growing student population. After the rally, Save Texas Schools offered a training to those who plan to continue to work for public education across the state.
Rally on Thursday December 20 at 4pm. Bring your dogs, friends, candles, flashlights if it rains.Come to protest the dismantling and relocation of Washington Square'slandmarked, historic fountain; the betrayal of the community bypoliticians and bureaucrats, the gentrification of our city, the lossof a spontaneous gathering and performance space. The hubrisof institutions whose educational mandate is sorely compromisedby their rampaging capital construction goals. And the loss to park users of full grown shade trees for years to come.And the misappropriation of half a million dollars to relocate the fountainwhich would be better spent in the Bronx with the highest rate of asthma where children are deprived of park land.Shame!
Greenwich Village, October 5 ,2007--Members of ECO, Emergency Coalition to Save Washington Square, Disabled in Action [DIA] and senior citizens from Caring Community joined with other park users to protest the planned redesign of the Square by NYC's Parks Dept and NYU. Pending litigation has blocked the bulldozers and the buzz saws for the past two years. Featuring Eilzabeth Adam, Veronica Ivins, Margie Rubin, Carrie Maas; doo wop by the Groundstones; Elizabeth Adam and Sharon Woolums adapted the Woodie Guthrie classic. Filmed by Liza Bear for the film "Squaring Off". All rights reserved. For more background info on the lawsuits and updates go to preservewashingtonsquarepark.com; contact firstname.lastname@example.org concerning the film.