S&L #82 winter 2005

Guest Columnist #82 - Philly's Pissed

An open letter to our communities about dealing with sexual assault:
    We are a two Philadelphia groups working together to combat sexual violence. Rape and sexual assault are prevalent issues within radical communities, and we have noticed that when a survivor makes their story public within their communities, a few common reactions occur:
a) Friends of the assaulter often respond with, “X would never do that.”

EcoPunk #82

    It was a stormy morning when Ayang maneuvered his little red mini-bus up the single track mud road towards his ancestral village. My stomach was riding shotgun on my Adams Apple as we dodged boulders, bloated goats and the occasional poisonous snake. It was one of those mornings when it feels like the whole of Creation is coming unraveled in one natural disturbance after another and all you can do is sit back and wait for the apocalypse.

MerryDeath #82

    Before the election I was preoccupied with thinking about what four more years of President Bush would look like, how much worse things might be than under the other candidate.  At this point, I am remembering that is useless to think that any candidate will ever undo the underlying oppression that this country has been built on.  This country is built on slavery and the creation of “race” as a construct which is total bullshit.  Scientifically there is less difference between two people of different “races” than between two people w

Ketchup #82

Lockdown: America Treats its “Troubled Youth” Like Prisoners
    "As long as the child will be trained not by love, but by fear, so long will humanity live not by justice, but by force. As long as the child will be ruled by the educator’s threat and by the father’s rod, so long will mankind be dominated by the policeman’s club, by fear of jail, and by panic of invasion by armies and navies.”

Lost In The Supermarket #82

    My friend Chris is an alarmingly motivated guy on a nearly unimaginable level. He does things like hitchhiking band tours and conceptualizing forty people traveling cross-country in a school bus on an insane D.I.Y. music/political/cultural festival. His ambitions are boundless and he actually accomplishes most everything he sets his mind to.

Dave Trenga #82

    "Torture and abuse will not be tolerated by this administration, I will ensure the Department of Justice aggressively pursues those responsible for such abhorrent actions." said the incoming Attorney general, Alberto R. Gonzales, during his confirmation hearings. Gonzales was addressing the tortures of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib and the policies in general that have led to the widespread abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba.

Some Thoughts #82

    I have been trying to minimize my stuff, and simplify my life for years now.  I am a pack rat by nature, so this isn’t something that comes easy. I grew up in a family of pack rats, so while it runs deep, I’ve also been aware of, and fighting it my whole life.  The first time I moved out of my apartment and packed a bag to travel the country, the bag I packed was huge. Year by year, road trip by road trip and flight across the country after the next, I have tried to reduce the amount of crap I haul along with me.

Frozen Inside by Cindy #82

    A few years ago I was part of a small women’s health group — it was 3 friends of mine and me and we were slowly, awkwardly, learning how to learn things together. We were all pretty shy and pretty self conscious and we talked about how cool it would be to someday be able to teach or facilitate classes on things like physiology, self defense, nutrition, herbs, self exam, stds, birth-control; things like that.

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