Town Hall Meeting

28 Jan 2005

What do You Think is the Best Strategy?

Filed under: — Administrator @ 11:56 pm

We at TownHallMeeting want to make constructive change, based on the ideals of social justice, liberty and the welfare of all people. We believe a web site with a blog is one great way to promote learning, discussion, and action. From your experience, what is the most powerful and effective strategy to fulfill these ideals?

Naomi Klein Breaks it Down

Filed under: — Al @ 11:19 pm

Naomi Klein was interviewed by Alternet and she points out some important keys to our current struggles. For example, how Bush used identity branding (see her book No Logo, part of the TownHallMeeting library) to defeat Kerry, and that Kerry tried to imitate Bush’s style. Of course this failed, as it usually does. The only way to beat expert marketing, she contends, is to have an authentic candidate which exposes the opponent for what he is: artificial. She also points out that if Kerry would have at least brought up the torture, killing of civilians, among other things, that even in losing he would have made this world a better place. Instead, Bush and co. feel like they have a mandate. She also discusses the present and future of the anti-war movement.

20 Jan 2005

First Tinky Winky, Now SpongeBob

Filed under: — Al @ 6:42 pm

The BBC is reporting that Focus on the Family is calling SpongeBob Squarepants gay and that a new tape about “co-operation and unity” should not be shown in schools because of this. Since when did loving your neighbor turn into “Dude, you are so gay!” Focus on the Family doesn’t want the same sexes to marry, and now doesn’t want the same sexes to be nice to each other.

Should we be Surprised?

Filed under: — Al @ 6:31 pm

As reported on Democracy Now!, the US has initiated covert miltary operations in Iran. Is this really a surprise? The captains of capitalism need more resources to turn into profit. It is a fundamental flaw of capitalism. Breaking even is not an option. I studied Economics and I believe that an open economy can work. But the people must be organized (typically as the government) to protect the public’s interest. We haven’t had that yet, and with the inauguration of Bush, we won’t have it for another 4 years. The government protects the captains of industry. Why else do our own police and homeland security agents stop peaceful protestors? So many reasons have been given for military intervention: civilizing the savages, anti-communism, democracy, 9/11. I really think its for one thing, adding profit. I know this is simplistic, but does it have to be complicated?

19 Jan 2005

Not A Damn Dime Day

Filed under: — Al @ 11:10 pm

One way to be heard during the coronation of King George (err…Inauguration Day), is to participate in Not One Damn Dime Day. From their web site: “On “Not One Damn Dime Day” those who oppose what is happening in our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of all forms of consumer spending. During “Not One Damn Dime Day” please don’t spend money, and don’t use your credit card. Not one damn dime for gasoline. Not one damn dime for necessities or for impulse purchases. Nor toll/cab/bus or train ride money exchanges. Not one damn dime for anything for 24 hours. On “Not One Damn Dime Day,” please boycott Walmart, KMart and Target. Please don’t go to the mall or the local convenience store. Please don’t buy any fast food (or any groceries at all for that matter). For 24 hours, please do what you can to shut the retail economy down. The object is simple. Remind the people in power that the war in Iraq is immoral and illegal; that they are responsible for starting it and that it is their responsibility to stop it. “


Filed under: — Administrator @ 11:23 am

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