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Alive in Baghdad [29 Sep 2005|02:29am]
Hello everybody. Brian Conley is a Simon's Rock alum (1996-2000).

The Alive in Baghdad Project
An Urgent Appeal to People of Conscience


Friends and comrades,

Two and a half years after the Iraq invasion: 2,000 troops dead. Over 14,000 wounded. An estimated 100,000+ Iraqi civilian deaths. Costs exceeding the entire Vietnam War. Torture and abuse. Humiliation and the destruction of an entire society. No exit in sight. This is the reality with which we are faced at this moment in history.

Hope in the midst of this madness:
Brian Conley, a close friend of mine, is heading to Iraq this Friday. He is going not as a soldier, but as an independent journalist. For those of you who do not know him, Brian is a dedicated global justice activist. He is primarily known for his work with Indymedia (www.indymedia.org), doing documentary work on the the 2001 Presidential Inauguration, the FTAA summit protests in Quebec City, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (www.ciw-online.org), the FTAA summit protests in Miami, and other important people and events in the global struggle.

Through his project, Alive in Baghdad, Brian aims to bring unfiltered news out of Iraq and to the people of the world. The antiwar movement needs just such news at this time, when most if not all independent journalists have left the country. The Iraqi people need such a connection, because as one Iraqi put it, “If we tell interesting and compelling stories, it will be harder for them to shoot us.”

Brian has been in communication with Iraqis who will be aiding him and advising him during his stay in the country. He has also been corresponding with brave journalists like Dahr Jamail (www.dahrjamailiraq.com). It is Dahr’s chilling photos of the massacre in Fallujah that serve as harsh reminder of what this war is: a criminal enterprise crafted by the ruling class of the West that aims to subjugate, dominate, and humiliate the Iraqi people, to conquer their lands, and to expropriate their resources to further enrich the blood-soaked elite.

Brian is making this trip at great personal risk to himself. Journalists have been killed both by U.S. occupation forces (www.josecouso.info) but also by some elements of the resistance in Iraq (most notably the religious extremists Al-Qaida in Iraq directed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi).

What’s more, this trip is primarily being paid for out of his own pocket. The $300 bulletproof vest needed to protect him, in addition to many other supplies, was charged to his credit card. No radical, progressive, or liberal group is funding this project. Only the collective power of individual donations has allowed this trip to be made at all.

I am asking each one of you to first of all, check out the Alive in Baghdad site at www.AliveInBaghdad.org. There you will find Brian’s writings, a biography, a description of the project, and a newswire of many Iraqi blogs. There is also a page from which you can make a tax-deductible donation to the project. Please link to this website, put it in on your blog or livejournal, and mention it to your friends.

I am also asking each of you to ask yourselves: Is $1, $5, or $10 too much money to spare for this project? A dollar can barely buy anything, and a gallon of gas is 3 bucks, yet if every person reading this message contributed a dollar, it would cover two weeks of daily expenses! Now imagine if everyone gave $2, or got one other person to donate a small amount. I have no aspiration to be a MoveOn.org fund raiser. I’m just asking, honestly, what would be a better way to spend your money?

Brian and I attended the demonstrations in D.C. this weekend, where about 250,000 people marched demanding an end to this ridiculous war. We received many encouraging responses, in addition to generous donations from complete strangers. But more importantly I want to let each of you know something that I realized this Monday, standing in front of the White House where Cindy Sheehan and many others were arrested: We are going to win. The people of Iraq will win their freedom. It will not be easy, and more hard work, bloodshed, and tears lie ahead, but we are going to win. The Alive in Baghdad project will be an important step towards this victory, towards true “Iraqi Freedom” and a more peaceful world.

Check out the site now: www.AliveInBaghdad.org.

Spread the word and donate today. Please help this project. Brian leaves this Friday!

in love and struggle,
siempre en la lucha,
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TODAY! at 7pm in the Clark Auditorium [01 Mar 2005|12:58pm]

Sanctions (1990-2003): The Forgotten War on Iraq
Emma Kreyche and Ali Tonak travelled to Baghdad and Basra in 2001 to learn about the effects of 10 years of UN sanctions imposed on Iraq. They had the opportunity to visit hospitals, schools, sewage and water treatment plants deteriorating under the sanctions. They also observed the effect Depleted Uranium ammunition, used heavily since the first Gulf War, had upon the population. The slide-show presentation will include a history, effects and analysis of the sanctions that have killed upward of 1.5 million Iraqis.

Image vs. Reality in the Iraq Occupation: The Coalition of the Killing
This presentation will be an examination of the current occupation of iraq. Rob Eshelman will begin with a slide presentation and an analysis of the disparity between the U.S. media's spin on the occupation and the reality he found during his own time 'in-country'. David Martinez will follow with selections from his own film-in-progress and discuss the breakdown that happened in march-april of last year and the resulting first siege of Fallujah and my own experience in that city during the siege. The two will be available for discussion afterwards and would very much like the evening to end with an open forum for discussion.

A little something to think about: A 24 year-old Iraqi youth was born into a 8 year war between Iraq and Iran, became a teenager during the first Gulf War, was an adolescent during 10 years of sanctions and now is an adult under occupation.

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mea [18 Jan 2005|07:19pm]

'cause I like you
but I know you don't know it
I like you so much
I talk to everyone but you
and I wonder
what you would think of this little number
yeah I wonder
what you would say if you knew
there's a river of people
that runs past my eyes
and it's beautiful enough
just to watch it go by
but the trouble with water is
she'll always leave you for gravity
I never even told you
I had a crush on you or anything
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more fun capus events [09 Nov 2004|10:12pm]

Sorry to bug everyone again, but there are two more events that I’m responsible for.

There’s a lecturer coming Thursday and Friday nights. His name is Jed Brandt. He’s a lot of fun and very entertaining.

Jed will talk on Thursday night about the history of the anti-war movement since 2002 and previous anti-war movements, and he’s going to talk about what’s happening right now. He’s been active in the opposition to both the first and second Gulf Wars. He has mostly been active in New York City, but is informed about what’s happened all over the country, especially in San Francisco. That’s Thursday, November 11, at 9pm in the Lecture Center.

On Friday he’s going to talk about the importance of independent media and alternative new sources. Jed is an editor, writer, and graphic designer for the Indypendent, the largest current underground newspaper. You can get copies of it in the library, or come talk to me, I have extras of a bunch of the back issues, too. He’s also worked with college newspapers and is a moderator for New York City Independent Media Center ( http://nyc.indymedia.org ). It’s part of Indymedia, which has over 120 offices all over the world. There’s even a local one for Western Massachusetts (http://wmass.indymedia.org ). This one’s Friday, November 12, at 8pm, in Clark Auditorium in the Fisher Science Center.

If you want more information about it or have questions, you can mail me at rlawre02 at simonsrock

Anyway, it’s going to be lots of fun, very informative, and better than doing either homework or laundry. Hope to see lots of you there,
-Rose Regina

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[09 Nov 2004|09:41pm]

Hey everybody,

The Women’s Center is having this big event. It’s called Men’s Night.

Thursday, November 11, at 7pm, in Blogett.

Essentially, the plan is to sit down and talk about masculinity and look at masculinity the way that feminists have been looking at femininity for over 30 years now. We’re going to look at men’s self image issues, men survivors of rape, abuse, and incest, how feminism benefits men, and Jim Monsonis is going to come talk about the construction of masculinity. All in all it’s going to be really good. We’re also going to d this thing called the fishbowl where the men who come get to talk about what it’s like to be a man, what it means to them, and the effects that it has on their lives. It’s a lot more interesting than I’m making it sound. Plus there will be snacks.
Hope to see lots of people there,
Rose Regina

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Early Warning for the RNC [03 Aug 2004|12:12pm]

ok, so I know that this is the deadest community ever, but still I'm posting hear in hopes that maybe somehow, it will get better because of the Infoshop.

a few of us went to protest the DNC. it kicked ass people! the really really democratic bazzar was really really fun. I made it on to the TV, the evening news on some major chanel even, but I don't know which one.

If you're interested in going to protest the RNC in nyc you should get in touch with. I can help with rides, preparation, housing, after care, and legal issues that rise from the protest. I'm looking at discounted train tickets.

come on people. I really hate talking to myself. email me at rlawre02 at simon's rock. you know it'll be awesome. something to tell your grandkids about.

I'll hold a meeting at the beginning of the school year, but it's never to early to let me know that you're interested, or that you can provide housing for people.

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interest meeting tonight (Tuesday) [09 Mar 2004|03:49pm]

hey, I know this community hasn't been very active recently, but I figure I'll try posting it here anyway.

sorry for how little advanced warnign this is.

there's going to be an interest meeting tonight (tuesday) at 7pm in the student union for going down to new york city on March 20 for the big rally/march for one year anniversary of the start of the war on Iraq. we're going try to coordinate rides down among other things. even if you have your own ride it would be really great if you'd show up.

for more information on the rally/march itself: www.unitedforpeace.org

for all of you who are a little skeptical about this I just want to mention one thing, of the 655 coalition troops who have died, 484 of them died after May 1, when Bush declared the war on Iraq over. ( http://lunaville.org/warcasualties/Summary.aspx )

if you have questions you can e mail me at rlawre02@simons-rock.edu

hope you can make it,
Rose Regina

x-posted with simon's rock community
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*pings community* [03 Jun 2003|10:11pm]

Hey all,

ANSWER has called for one big-ass protest on July 4th in Philadelphia, for Bush will be in town. This looks like it could be one of the biggest protests in the Philly area... well, ever.

Anyway, I'm assembling a Media Bloc to cover the day... probably leaning more towards alternative protests (i.e. covering any Black Blocs) and feeder marches.

So, if you'd be interested in sacrificing your July 4th holiday and doing photo or videojournalism all day, email me at dokool@aol.com. Photos would probably be contributed to PhillyIMC (if they do live coverage), video will go towards either PhilyIMC or a documentary of our own.

see you in the trenches,
-Dan O
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wondering [13 Jun 2002|09:27pm]

Do you have any source where I could find some action in upstate NY? I always feel overwhelmed with the amount of movement and change that is in ultimate necessity.
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:. [30 May 2002|07:02pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

Anybody with a car going to the G8 protests in Alberta next month?

If you're planning on driving up there, and have room, I'd love to hitch a ride. I'll be more then generous with gas money and whatnot.

Anybody have any other ideas on how I can get from Atlanta to the Calgary area without flying? I'd prefer not to hitch hike the whole way, so count that out.

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HEy all [26 May 2002|11:21pm]

Hey Hey, this was the ingenious creation of Lenny..cool incoming freshman..woopwoop
well i hope other rockers add themselves to this its important..he he heres my information:
Name: SOfia COrdova
Email: manekinx@hotmail.com (dont ask...shhh)
AIM: punkeybrewstey11

peace kids...really
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:.: [26 May 2002|10:54pm]
Free Palestine demonstration at the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta tomorrow. I have no idea if anybody who may be looking at this community is in the area, but if so, please get down there.

If you can go, here is a map. It's on Spring street, just north of the Midtown MARTA station.
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:. [25 May 2002|11:19pm]
Name-Lenny Barrett
AIM-Lenny Barrett

Simon's Rock freshman '02-'03

Political interests:Participatory democracy. Haven't totally written off capitalism, but leaning towards socialism or anarchism.
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.:::::. [25 May 2002|11:07pm]
Hi all:

For those who don't know me, I'm Lenny. I'll be a freshman at the Rock next year.

I created this community for two basic reasons:

1) To get a sense of the current level of organization in the activist scene at the Rock.

2) To further organize the activist scene at the Rock.

I see this community as being especially helpful to myself and other upcoming freshman who are interested interested in activism but don't know anybody at the school yet. For us, this community can serve as a way to make contacts early on.

Obviously, this community can also serve as a forum for networking among current students as well.

As you join, please post whatever contact info may be relevant so that it can be saved as a memory. Also add a blurb about yourself if you feel the need.
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