Lots of good Celtic music w/M&V today, including a fair number of songs in Gaelic. You’ll be hearing from Padraig O’Neill and Ian Kinsella (two lads from Dublin); Grainne Holland (a singer/songwriter from Belfast); The Chieftans (from their 1976 recording, Chieftans 6); Iontach (an Irish/British/German trio whose name means ‘wonderful/strange’); Laoise Kelly (who has recorded over 60 albums with many of Ireland’s foremost artists); Eileen Ivers (who transformed the Irish fiddling tradition from a folk music staple into an internationally acclaimed art); Aoife Scott (daughter of Frances Black; niece of Mary Black); The McDades (Canadian band of siblings and subject of a 2012 feature-length documentary); and The Hydes (another set of siblings, this time from Denver). Tune in at 11:00 for some great Celtic music and some serious butchering of the Gaelic language (that would be us – not the artists :-)).
John Todd host of Under The Radar, fills in for Maria this week. Guests include, writers Maryfrances Wagner, Greg Field, artist Davin Watne, writer Mark Scheel, and artist/gallery owner Isreal Garcia.
Maryfrances Wagner and Greg Field discuss the new issue of I-70 Review.
I-70 Review publishes contemporary poetry from anywhere in America and the world. WE read ALL submissions of poetry via [email protected], our reading period is July 1 thru Dec. 31. We have published the work of Harvey Hix, Diane Wakoski, Gary Gildner, Dennis Finnell, Gary Fincke, Jo McDougall, William Trowbridge, Alice Friman, Kathryn Nuernberger, and many others.
Come join us to celebrate the new issue of I-70 Review. We’ll socialize, eat, drink, and meet new people. We’ll also have a contributor reading, so come and join us. Get your copy of the new I-70 Review. Copies of the magazine will make nice holiday gifts as well. Check us out online if you want to see who we are and what we publish.
The Writer’s Place Friday September 30 2016, 7pm
3607 Pennsylvania KCMO www,writersplace.org
Davin Watne talks about Arterial Echoes at UMKC Gallery of Fine Arts.
Arterial Echoes features seven UMKC Studio Art Faculty members each shown alongside an artist who mentored them and an artist to whom they have mentored. The mentor/mentee relationship reverberates throughout the space, highlighting the threads that are strengthened between these bonds. One can consider the ways in which these contemporary artists’ practices overlap with one another, yet how their generational differences become evident.
Thursday Sept. 8 through Oct. 28
UMKC Gallery of Art Fine Arts Building 203 5015 Holmes St. KCMO Visit our website at http://info.umkc.edu/art/umkcgallery/contact/, email [email protected],
or call 816-235-1502 for more info.
Mark Scheel, talks about The Kansas Authors Club 2016 Convention.
The Kansas Authors Club, founded in 1904, welcomes creative, technical, academic, and journalistic writers. Since 1904, the club has offered the opportunity to writers to share experiences and problems unique to their profession, not only to novices but also to authors of national reputation. While magazines and books may be helpful in improving one’s writing skills, there is no substitute for the camaraderie enjoyed or the expertise developed when poets, playwrights, and prose writers meet to listen, discuss and analyze their craft in an atmosphere of mutual support.
The Kansas Authors Club is holding their annual convention in Lawrence at the Doubletree Inn on September 30 through October 2. Several prominent authors will be in attendance including the keynote speaker Eric McHenry the Kansas Poet Laureate. There will be presentations on different aspects of writing, a banquet Saturday evening, and writing awards announced. A portion of the programming is devoted to youth and families. Kansas authors’ books will be on sale and Friday evening an authors’ signing and readings Both members and non-members are welcome.
Registration info, costs and specific presentation topics and presenters’ names are listed at www.trmscreativeservices.com/kac/convention.html
UMKC Gallery of Art Fine Arts Building 203 5015 Holmes St. Visit our website at http://info.umkc.edu/art/umkcgallery/contact/, email [email protected],
Isreal Garcia Creative Director/Curator/Owner of Garcia Squared Contemporary discusses his most recent finding in Guatemala.
Isreal Garcia stumbled on the work of the late artist Antonio Ramirez Sosóf, a member of the Tz’utujil community. Sosóf lived and worked in Santiago Atitlán from 1927 until his death in 2014. The artist worked as a lumberjack for his first 50 years, then dreamed of a woman wearing an embroidered garment. He took it as a direction from God. He began teaching himself the art of embroidery.
According to Garcia, Santiago Atitlán is home to 12 indigenous communities, each known for strikingly colorful, intricate works of embroidery, often depicting local birds or elements of everyday life. The artisans grow their own cotton, harvest it, spin it and dye it. Each community has its own recipe for the natural pigments.
In these communities, embroidery is the work of the native women. They sell their pieces, which often take several months to create, along the roads to tourists. Garcia had seen these pieces and even bought one: a 12-by-12 orange and yellow striped piece swarming with bright, tropical birds.
“He seemed to be the only one who took this very traditional art form and really kind of dug in deep and really depicted his own imagery without being censored in any way. In some of them he mixed sexuality with religion and it just seemed to be kind of what we might consider contradictory or out of place, it seemed to be very easy for him to continue to go into these forms quite a bit,” Garcia said.
Garcia was so taken by the work that he canceled the exhibitions he’d scheduled from August through December and began working with the Posada’s proprietor, who also owns the Sosóf collection, to bring the pieces to Kansas City. Word of the collection’s arrival spread quickly through the Kansas City arts community. To Garcia’s surprise and delight, people began contacting him, among them a textile conservator from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the author of “Traditional Weavers of Guatemala,” and the man who owns YJ’s Snackbar, just across the street from Garcia Squared.
The conservator wanted to help preserve the pieces, which had had a rough life in Guatemala. The author said she had devoted a section to Sosóf and sent Garcia several copies of her book. And the YJ’s owner just happened to have several artifacts from Santiago Atitlán that he wanted to lend to the exhibition.
Garcia, a graduate of the Kansas City Arts Institute in mixed media, strives to incorporate both educational and sensory elements into his shows and gladly added the books and artifacts, which he hopes heightens the experience of the show. The conservator taught Garcia how to clean the pieces and has said she’ll give them a final professional cleaning herself before he sends them back to Guatemala. The show closes Dec. 29.
GARCIA SQUARED CONTEMPORARY
See the works of Antonio Ramirez Sosóf through Dec. 29. Second floor of Bauer Machine Works, 115 W. 18th St. 6-10 p.m. First Friday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
115 W. 18th Street KCMO
Charles and the gals welcome psychic, Quan Tracy Cherry to the program.
Part 1 35:08
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
I NEED A MIRACLE->
GIMME SOME LOVIN’->
ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER
Part 2 20:41
Grateful Dead, undated 1966 rehearsal
VIOLA LEE BLUES
Bob Weir, Ace
WALK IN THE SUNSHINE
Grateful Dead 12/30/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
IT’S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
U.S. Human Rights Groups Press Obama to Grant Snowden Presidential Pardon</strong
Interview with Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, conducted by Scott Harris
A campaign to persuade President Obama that he should issue a presidential pardon to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was launched to coincide with the opening of Oscar-winning film director Oliver Stone’s newest biopic movie, “Snowden.” The Pardon Snowden campaign, supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch among other groups, is working to convince Obama that “Snowden’s act of whistleblowing benefited the United States and enriched democratic debate worldwide.” The campaign is urging citizens to write the president and sign an online petition in support of the effort.
Among the many public figures supporting a Snowden pardon are: U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Ron Wyden, Vietnam War era whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, professors Noam Chomsky, Cornel West and Lawrence Lessig, current and former government officials including Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to U.S. secretary of state Colin Powell, actor Susan Sarandon and director Terry Gilliam.
Those pressing for a pardon before President Obama leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017 say that Snowden’s selfless act revealing unconstitutional warrantless, dragnet surveillance of all Americans communications, led to some necessary reforms and moves toward more government accountability. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Trevor Timm, executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, whose board Edward Snowden chairs from exile in Russia. Here, Timm talks about why he believes Snowden deserves a pardon and the need to protect whistle-blowers and the journalists who tell their stories.
Learn more about the Foundation and the Pardon Snowden campaign at http://pardonsnowden.org/
Report Details Wall Street Banks Financing Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline
Interview with Hugh MacMillan, senior researcher with Food & Water Watch, conducted by Scott Harris
In recent developments in the ongoing opposition campaign to stop construction of the Dakota Access oil Pipeline in North Dakota, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 16 ordered a temporary halt to construction of the 1,100-mile pipeline near the Missouri River, upstream from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. The stop work order is in effect until the court can rule on a preliminary injunction sought by the Standing Rock tribe that was initially denied in federal court on Sept. 9. The tribe and their allies oppose the pipeline because of sacred burial sites in the area and the threat to its drinking water supply posed by a potential oil spill. Climate activists are working to block fossil fuel pipelines that contribute to global warming.
Earlier on Labor Day weekend, security guards hired by the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, pepper-sprayed and physically assaulted protesters and used attack dogs, which reportedly bit at least six people. Video of the violent confrontation was captured by journalist Amy Goodman and her Democracy Now! film crew, which later went viral across the news media and Internet. However, five days later, the state of North Dakota issued an arrest warrant for Goodman, charging her with criminal trespassing, in clear violation of the First Amendment.
Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Hugh MacMillan, senior researcher with Food & Water Watch, who talks about his recent report titled, “Who’s Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline?” Here, he details the Wall Street banks behind the project and their conflict of interest with indigenous communities and other people living along the pipeline route.
See the report “Who’s Banking on the Dakota Access Pipeline?” at http://www.nodaplsolidarity.org/
U.S. Military Industrial Complex a Major Contributor to Climate Change Crisis
Interview with Patricia Hynes, director of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, conducted by Melinda Tuhus
Former presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called climate change the most urgent threat to national security, but most government officials – and most peace activists – don’t necessarily make the connection between the havoc that the climate crisis is already creating and will create in the future on the issues of peace and security. One glaring example is the drought in Syria, which pushed tens of thousands of Syrians off their land and into the cities, exacerbating conflicts which precipitated the civil war that has raged for the past five-and-a-half years, killing up to 500,000 Syrians and displacing millions more.
One group that does make that connection is the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The center’s Director Pat Hynes spoke earlier this month to a meeting in Connecticut that was co-sponsored by Promoting Enduring Peace and the Connecticut chapter of 350.org]], which brought peace and climate activists together. Hynes is a retired professor of Urban Environmental Health, and has worked for decades as an educator, researcher, writer and activist on issues of environmental justice, feminism and the health effects of war. Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Hynes, about how resources dedicated to the military in the U.S. and in other nations around the world, contributes to the urgent crisis of climate change. For more information on the work of the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, visit the group's website at traprock.org/.
PATRICIA HYNES: The U.S. military is the largest institutional user of oil in the world, and the largest institutional contributor to climate change. The key book, which came out a few years ago, The Green Zone by Barry Sanders, is probably the only book so far written by an author who has tried to ferret out documentation in terms of the amount of oil used by the Pentagon. His conclusion is that the Pentagon contributes five percent of emissions to climate change, but there are some caveats there – and no other institution contributes five percent of the global emissions to climate change. He said that with jet fuel – the Air Force uses one-quarter of the jet fuel that’s used throughout the world – that jet fuel has the capacity to contribute up to three times the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent in its emissions, and it’s because of the particular types of emissions from jet fuel and the impact they have on climate change, so actually he considers five percent an underestimate.
Also, his analysis does not include the mining, manufacturing of materials, metal materials, the testing and transport of everything that goes into their planes and tanks and ships by the military industrial complex. So what I want to do is be more inclusive in terms of the contribution of militarization not only in this country, but in the effect we have on the world through foreign policy. His analysis does not include, for example, the NATO nations, which our government badgers to build up their contribution of military budget to NATO, so pushing countries to build their military budgets to be equivalent to two percent of their country budgets. And that means they, too, scaling up with respect to all these military planes, ships, tanks, and the manufacture and testing of them in war games, etc. – all of this contributing more in terms of militarization and warming.
And then also, I spoke about this yesterday – the new Cold War tensions which the military historian Michael Klare has written about recently among what he calls the Great Powers – those being China, the U.S. and Russia. So the new Cold War tensions among these great powers – which then causes the buildup of militaries in all these countries, plus war games. And there’s an increase, of course, in war games we are conducting with Asian partners in our pivot to Asia to surround China.
And just to give an example from one war that we have conducted: This is information from Oil Change International, a research group, has collected and put together. First of all, this is just one war, the Iraq War. The full cost of the Iraq War, which has been estimated at $3 trillion – that money would have covered all of the global investments in renewable power generation needed between the time they did the report around 2007 through 2030, to reverse global warming trends. So another point about militarism and war and climate change is the trade-off point. If you are dedicating 52 percent of your discretionary budget, as we are doing in the U.S., to the Pentagon and to all of the activities I’ve talked about, the military industrial complex as well. If we are dedicating that percent of our budget, we are then taking it away from all other aspects of the discretionary budget – health, education, welfare, housing, environmental protection, climate change research, transportation, etc.
Another piece they’ve done as a way of analysis in terms of militarism being an engine of climate change is that rebuilding Iraqi schools, homes, bridges, businesses, roads and hospitals pulverized by the war, as well as new security walls and barriers would require millions of tons of cement; cement is one of the biggest industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions.
BETWEEN THE LINES: Patricia Hynes, there’s been a lot written about how the Pentagon is such a big promoter within the federal government of the need to address climate change, and how it’s taking the lead in that regard.
PATRICIA HYNES: First, the greening of the Pentagon, I would compare to a whitened sepulcher. There is nothing that they can do that would possibly affect the damage that so much of our resources dedicated to militarism and war do. That said, most of the greening of the Pentagon would involve putting solar and wind into bases that they have for electricity, and research on alternative fuels. Forty dollars of military conduct of war for every dollar of greening; that was data from 2010.
BETWEEN THE LINES: You said in your talk that you address groups concerned about peace and groups concerned about climate change, but you rarely address a group that’s concerned about both.
PATRICIA HYNES: I think we’d make more progress and much faster progress if we brought them together. As someone in the audience said as I was speaking, we work politically in silos. And so, I think there’s much more power in grassroots groups working in partnership together, which does not mean that we all do the same thing. It’s that we support each other’s issues; we continue to make the connections between them and build bridges between them, so that we have a larger and larger base of activism against war and on behalf of mitigating climate change and becoming a renewable country.
This week’s summary of under-reported news
Compiled by Bob Nixon
The Philippines’ newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte, who has made a series of statements critical of the United States, has called for US Special Forces to leave the southern island of Mindanao. US Special Forces have operated in the southern Philippines since 2002 targeting the Abu Sayyaf Islamic insurgent group, who have kidnapped and killed dozens of hostages. At its height, there were 1,200 U.S. troops in the southern Philippines, but that number is now down to 107 who are limited to conducting surveillance operations.(“Duterte Says He Wants U.S. Special Forces out of Southern Philippines,” Reuters, Sept. 13, 2016; “Duterte’s Tilt Toward China Upsets U.S. Strategy in Asia,” Bloomberg, Sept. 14, 2016)
Allan Gross, a U.S. government subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development spent five years in a Havana jail after being convicted of providing Cuba’s small Jewish community with Internet communications equipment, including discreet SIM cards used to mask the signals of satellite phones that are generally restricted to military use. (“Ex-Jailed American Subcontractor: Cuba Needs to Join the 21st Century,” In Cuba Today, Sept. 10, 2016)
Far away from the confrontation over the Dakota Access Pipeline between the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota, their allies — and the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, an earlier conflict between Texas oil company Western Refining and local opposition near Gallup, New Mexico, over an extension of a pipeline’s right-of way, illuminate’s the duplicitous role played by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.(“How the U.S. Government Is Helping Corporations Plunder Native Land,” In These Times, Sept. 6, 2016)
Read the Announcement of the Nationally Coordinated Prisoner Workstoppage for Sept 9, 2016 at https://iwoc.noblogs.org/post/2016/04/01/announcement-of-nationally-coordinated-prisoner-workstoppage-for-sept-9-2016/
Excerpt from statement – Our protest against prison slavery is a protest against the school to prison pipeline, a protest against police terror, a protest against post-release controls. When we abolish slavery, they’ll lose much of their incentive to lock up our children, they’ll stop building traps to pull back those who they’ve released. When we remove the economic motive and grease of our forced labor from the US prison system, the entire structure of courts and police, of control and slave-catching must shift to accommodate us as humans, rather than slaves.
National Prisoner Strike Is Happening Now…Can It Bring An End To Penal Slavery?
A National Prisoner Strike started September 9th, the 45th anniversary of the day that prisoners took over Attica Prison in New York. Many will say how can they strike, they don’t have a job but prisoners do most of the work to keep the prisons they are incarcerated in running. They work in the kitchen, the laundry, in the barbershop, they clean the common areas and cells alike, repair the plumbing, do the carpentry and much much more. The fact is the institutions run on the slave labor of the “duly convicted”. This strike is a demand to end the penal slavery of today’s prison industrial system.
Many well known and profitable private sector industries benefit from labor cheaper than any offshore destination. Some of the consumer goods and services that you buy are produced by prisoners and sold by major corporations like MacDonalds, Wendy’s, Whole Foods, Starbucks, Walmart, Sprint, Verizon, Fidelity Investments, JC Penny’s, KMart, American Airlines, Avis and many many more. You can find out at https://www.popularresistance.org/identifying-businesses-that-profit-from-prison-labor/
The authorities in institutions across the nation have responded to this strike with lock downs, denying phone privileges, denial of visitors, putting strike leaders in isolation, and more. These actions have made it difficult to find out what is happening in these prisons, but information has been filtering out. Today hosts Keith Brown El and Jeff Humfeld are joined by Peter, Brianna and Karl and a striking prisoner of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW.
This week on the Heartland Labor Forum: as ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft encroach on services provided by public transit systems, the KC Area Transportation Authority has contracted with Bridj, an on demand rideshare company that provides transportation to seniors and those with disabilities. For now, drivers are union members of ATU Local 1287, but how is the program working and will it continue? Could this be a rideshare model that saves the public money but also protects workers? Then, stay with us for a conversation with writer, activist and educator Timothy Sheard about the latest his latest mystery novel “Someone Has to Die.” The detective is Lenny Moss, a union steward and janitor in a busy New York City hospital. What sort of trouble has he uncovered this time?
This week on the Heartland Labor Forum: as ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft encroach on services provided by public transit systems, the KC Area Transportation Authority has contracted with Bridj, an on demand rideshare company that provides transportation to seniors and those with disabilities. For now, drivers are union members of ATU Local 1287, but how is the program working and will it continue? Could this be a rideshare model that saves the public money but also protects workers? Then, stay with us for a conversation with writer, activist and educator Timothy Sheard about the latest his latest mystery novel “Someone Has to Die.”KC Area Transportation Authority has contracted with Bridj, an on demand rideshare company that provides transportation to seniors and those with disabilities. For now, drivers are union members of ATU Local 1287, but how is the program working and will it continue? The detective is Lenny Moss, a union steward and janitor in a busy New York City hospital. What sort of trouble has he uncovered this time?