the magick of autumn has only just begun

I cheated on my cats tonight with this little furball named Buttercup! His mommy was stressed with work sooo I took her out on the town. We hung out in Washington Square Park for awhile, ran around the dog run then sat at the fountain and listened to Adam Roads magically strum his guitar… then I met his friend Danielle Parente and both of them are making lovely music! We chatted for awhile and shared our tastes in music as we listened to him strum and people from all over the park continually gathered around in admiration. I just kept staring at the fountain and then cast my gaze up toward the moon, basking in the moment which felt so wonderfully New York, the kind of New York I want to always be experiencing, well maybe except the part wherein I watched as Buttercup tried to eat her own shit. Pups will be pups. Really tho: LOVING this transition from summer into the breezier and far lovelier Autumn nights… I wait for them all summer, without them I’d probably never survive the horrifically overheated and sewage filled summer’s New York City always manages to provide. Well enough with that! It’s time to feel and absorb all of the magic about to burst into being.

#whitewitcheshoney #whitewitcheshoney #whitewitcheshoney

#whitewitcheshoney #whitewitcheshoney #whitewitcheshoney

#whitewitcheshoney #whitewitcheshoney #whitewitcheshoney

Oh, I also read Sarah Schulman’s “The Gentrification of the Mind” today while working at BGSQD. I now work there on Tuesday’s. Come say hi and peruse zines with me!! And if you haven’t read “The Gentrification of the Mind” yet, do yourself a favor and do that immediately. I spent most of the day overwhelmed with grief and on the verge of tears as the history of queers isn’t all porn and wild abandonment. It seems like every generation really gets pushed to the brink, yet still we manage to continually fight for our passions. We’re an amazing lot indeed! And so are all the rest of the communities affected by gentrification and the wave of wealth that has changed the city (please read this article). Anyway, I felt like hanging in Washington Square park with a couple kids playing music and crowds of queer couples holding each other as they listened, rasta guys getting really into it, tourists, middle aged women, hipster kids, homeless wanderers, all seemed to connect to the strumming and the moon, yes that moon, it just made me feel hopeful again. Like maybe the part in “The Gentrification of the Mind” where Sarah argues that there will indeed come a better day that isn’t ruled by corporate oppressive bullshit policies and political assholes will come.

Here’s a brief passage I really enjoyed:

“Gentrification culture was a twentieth-century, fin de siecle rendition of bourgeois values. It defined truth telling as antisocial instead of as a requirement for decency. The action of making people accountable was decontextualized as inappropriate. When there is no context for justice, freedom-seeking behavior is seen as annoying. Or futile. Or drag. Or oppressive. And dismissed and dismissed and dismissed until that behavior is finally just not seen.”

Page 22 Double Feature w/ Alice O’Malley and Victoria Sobel

Join us at Page 22 Poetry Parlor on March 21st, we’ll be screening two rarely seen documentary films which documented the thousands of women who tirelessly demonstrated against the Nuclear War Machine at Seneca Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice; and outside the perimeter fence of the US Army base in Berkshire, England. We’ll close the night with artist/activist/future-of-life/ talk/question/answer period with Alice O’Malley and Victoria Sobel.

Carry Greenham Home
A film by Beeban Kidron and Amanda Richardson
England, 1984, 66 minutes, Color, VHS/16mm

In May of 1982, one of the very first occupy movements began quite humbly outside the perimeter fence of the US Army base in Berkshire, England. 250 women arrived to protest the installation of cruise missiles, some 34 were arrested. Less than a year later some 30,000 women ringed the facility and the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp was born. Filmmakers Beeban Kidron and Amanda Richardson went to have a look and ended up staying for seven months. The result was the remarkable documentary called Carry Greenham Home. Since that time, occupy movements, nonviolent protests, and civil disobedience campaigns have circled the globe, employing the same tactics employed by the indomitable women of Greenham Common. The means to make change—putting fragile human bodies on the line, demanding a different type of world—continue from Tahrir Square to Wall Street. –DW

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PeaCe eNCaMPMeNT HeRSToRy PRoJeCT

http://peacecampherstory.blogspot.com/

What was the Women’s Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice?

WEFPJ was an all-women’s community of protest and challenge to violence and militarism housed on 52 acres bordering the Seneca Army Depot in upstate New York.
Commonly known as the Seneca Women’s Peace Camp or Seneca, the encampment was modeled after the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in England (1981-2000) where hundreds of British sisters were creating nonviolent protest in the face of the scheduled deployment of U.S. Cruise missiles.
Though the U.S. military steadfastly refused to either “confirm or deny” the presence of nuclear weapons at the Seneca Depot, the base was uniformly regarded as a storage site and departure point for both the Cruise and Pershing II weapons bound for Europe.
In the summer of 1983, 12,000 women from around the world participated in nonviolence trainings, direct actions and civil disobedience at Seneca resulting in 950 arrests.

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Victoria Sobel is a 22 year old artist and activist originally from Rockville, MD. She is currently a senior in the School of Art at Cooper Union and has lived in New York City going on 6 years. A daughter of modest first and second generation immigrants and reconciling with her own personal student loans, Victoria has focused most of her energies on student and debt rights campaigns and furthering open source new media alternatives for activists and communities. Victoria is currently an organizer with the Free Cooper Union/Students for a Free Cooper Union campaign as well as a member of the GlobalRevolution Media collective, known best for providing live content of global struggle; she continues to work with many organizers she met originally at Occupy Wall Street on a number of upcoming and ongoing campaigns. (CUsos.org and globalrevoltion.tv

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Currently, Alice O’Malley has photographs of Kenny Kenny on display at Strange Loop/BGSQD.

O’Malley is a New York photographer, political activist and collaborator on the peace encampment herstory project.

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The evening is FREE but suggest you make a $5 donation which helps with the upkeep of the space and/or bring food or something to drink to share.

THANK YOU