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New York, January 26, 2013--With his customary panache and searing wit, the incomparable Gary Indiana, bereft of spectacles and freshly returned from the leafy streets of Vedado, a neighborhood in one of my favorite island cities some 90 miles from the North American coast, sips from his cuba libre and reads Episode 3 from a new novel, "Diving for Teeth" that--quelle surprise--he is writing with British artist Tracey Emin, as part of the Enclave reading series. He also read an excerpt from a memoir , formerly titled "I Slept with the Dead" but at present renamed "And Now What?" not featured in this clip. The Enclave takes place monthly in the basement bar beneath the CakeShop, 152 Ludlow Street, LES. (Gary explains how the collaboration works). The other scheduled readers, also not on this clip, but maybe on clips shot by others, were, in order of appearance, Cat TYC: the elegant and eloquent Rebekah Rutkoff, who read an erudite, imaginative dialogue with Carolee Schneeman: Laurie Weeks with a hilarious excerpt from her book that segued fluently from spoken word to song; the book's published by the Feminist Press (title TK), and Bethany Ides.
New York, July 13, 2003--A faux-French band, Les Sans Culottes, and French Can Can dancers evoke the Champs Elysées on the Lower East Side's Orchard and Stanton Streets. Filmed by Liza Béar, Squaring Off Productions. 4:56. A shorter version of an earlier post.
New York, October 18--The third excerpt from the benefit for Gasland and International WOW at IFC Center features Craig Stevens from the fracked zone in Dimack, Susquehannah Co.
New York, October 18, 2012---A second excerpt from the Q & A after the benefit screening of Gasland at the IFC Center on Sixth Avenue and West 3rd, where Josh Fox's Oscar-nominated film was released theatrically in 2010. Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon of Artists Against Fracking speak out against hydraulic fracturing.
New York, December 2, 2012--Following the closure of its two distribution hubs in Brooklyn, Occupy Sandy now has several distribution centers for donated supplies for storm victims in the Rockaways, Coney Island and Staten Island. The shepherd's pies prepared yesterday by Occupy volunteers in the Integral Yoga Kitchen in the West Village (see previous film on this channel) were brought out to the Rockaways recovery site at St Gertrude the Great's Roman Catholic church on 36th street and Beach Channel Drive; which was operated by volunteers from 1pm to 4pm on Sunday. Inside the vast church hall, neighborhood residents were able to pick up donated supplies such as brand new sleeping bags, canned goods, batteries, toilet articles, clothing, children's sneakers and other survival necessities. Two lawyers were also on hand to provide legal services. for landlord tenant issues, benefit claims and other storm=related problems. At the same time, an American Red Cross disaster relief van parked in front of the church distributed hot grilled chicken sandwiches.VIDEO: includes location footage driving through the Rockaways, the St Gertrude's recovery site in operation, interviews with several Occupy Sandy volunteers and one American Red Cross member; and a moving handwritten account by a mute volunteer about the special predicament in which undocumented immigrants find themselves post-storm. Filmed by Liza Béar.
New York, December 1, 2012--Today's 1 pm protest rally at Spectra Energy's construction site in the West Village had as its focus the expedited construction work taking place this week-end. Prior to shutting up shop for the winter, Spectra is rushing through the installation of their high pressure natural gas pipeline under the Hudson from New Jersey to emerge at the Gansevoort site, where Con Edison will pick up the work and build out the last section of the pipe to link to their distribution system. About 150 to 200 people attended the rally, organized by Occupy the Pipeline. Monica Hunken of OTP and Clare Donohune, of Sane Energy Project, commented on the significant gas news of the week: namely, the passage of HR 2606 by President Obama which will allow drilling to take place in national parks and wildlife sanctuaries, areas reserved for recreation; and in an instance of particularly egregious timing, a pipeline to be constructed through the Rockaways, an area devastated by hurricane Sandy and still in the process of recovery.
New York, November 28, 2012--Occupy Sandy screened Climate Crime at the Mobil Service Gas Station on the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street in the East Village at 6:30 to a flash mob of about 300 which included representatives from the New York Times, the Village Voice and a crew from WPIX but as far as the eye could see no uniformed law enforcement officers. Climate Crime documents Occupy Sandy's prompt and ongoing reliev efforts in the Far Rockaways once the super storm hit on October 29.
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Gowanus community center is located at
420 Baltic Street. Brooklyn, NY 11217.
Broadcasting from Post Hurricane Sandy NYC
New York, November 2nd 2012--On Avenue C and Tenth Street in Loisaida, the power has just returned after four days of power outage following superstorm Sandy, which made landfall on the New Jersey shore on October 29. Compounded by a full moon and colliding with a low pressure system from the mid west, the storm sent a 14.5 foot surge up both the Hudson and East Rivers. According to Jerry the Pedler, featured in this video, immediately after the flood and power outage caused by the surge, resourceful squatters took their barbecue grills off the roof and emptied their refrigrerators of meat and other foodstuffs that might spoil and set up an open kitchen on the sidewalk. Other neighbors contributed and the ad hoc operation fed about 200 people everyday for four days. On Friday, the FEMA trucks finally showed up on Tenth Street between Ave C and D. However, in recognition of the local community effort, they passed on boxes of A Pack Emergency Rations, bottled water and soda to the street kitchen. Contributing the festivities on Friday evening were the Rude Mechanical Orchestra and two fire dancers.
One year ago a small group of predominantly Anarchists sparked a horizontally organized movement to level the playing field in the game of Corporations -vs- The People of the United States. Today we celebrated our success and contemplated our future. We licked old wounds and created new ones. We turned a critical eye to the process that has guided us and acknowledged it's short comings so that our second year of existence will be one of effectiveness even if it means dropping the verb. To Occupy.
Violence and Legitimacy in the Occupy Movement and Beyond:
A Debate between Chris Hedges and the CrimethInc. Ex-Workers Collective on Tactics & Strategy, Reform & Revolution
Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 7:00 pm
Lower level, CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th street)
New York City, NY 10016
The Archived Livestream of this event is HERE