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Press and Calendar Release
There will be a Release Event and Reading for a new anthology of poems
called "An Eye for an Eye Makes The Whole World Blind - Poets on 9/11" on
Tuesday, September 10,7:30pm at Studio Z, 314 11th St off Folsom, San
Francisco. The Anthology is edited by Allen Cohen and Clive Matson with a
Forward by Michael Parenti. It is published by Regent Press in Oakland. The
book features poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Pinsky, Michael
McClure, Nellie Wong Diane DiPrima, Devorah Major, Robert Creeley, Daniel
Berrigan and almost 100 poets from all over America. This important Antholgy
creates an alternative historical record to the din of collective madness
and uniformity that has characterized our national dialogue. The book will
be over 300 pages and cost $18. For more information contact Allen Cohen at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Mark Weiman at email@example.com
Readers at the Release Event will include Gerry Nicosia, Nellie Wong,
Michael Parenti, Julia
Vinograd, Shepherd Bliss, Allen Cohen, Clive Matson, Opal Palmer Adisa,
Jack and Adelle Foley and more.
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From: "ARON KAY" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, July 28, 2002 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: [sixties-l] Like, Wow, Man (fwd)
> hey i was at the gathering, believe me it was an
> alternative community in action
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> > Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 15:12:34 -0700
> > From: radtimes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Subject: Like, Wow, Man
> > Like, Wow, Man
> > Pubdate: Wed, 03 Jul 2002
> > Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI)
> > Copyright: 2002 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
> > Contact: email@example.com
> > Website: http://www.jsonline.com/
> > Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/265
> > Author: Nahal Toosi
> > LIKE, WOW, MAN
> > 60s-Style Gathering Brings Peace, Pot, Nudity to
> > U.P.
> > Watersmeet, Mich. - In this temporary society, the
> > weed is plentiful and
> > ready for sharing. Luxury includes sleeping on
> > bug-infested grounds in the
> > woods and not showering for days. Women meander
> > topless; men try on flowery
> > skirts.
> > Maybe the creek full of naked people bathing and
> > dancing describes this
> > society best. Maybe it's the guy called Toonie
> > Giggles Bubblicious, who
> > wears garish eye makeup and hangs out in Fairy Camp.
> > "Welcome home," brother, sister, whoever you are,
> > the thousands of
> > gatherers in Ottawa National Forest say. The Rainbow
> > Family of Living Light
> > is holding its annual Gathering of the Tribes for
> > World Peace and Healing
> > in this wooded area in Michigan's Upper Peninsula -
> > a spiritual high for
> > some members and a major headache for law
> > enforcement.
> > "This is the heart of the counterculture," said
> > Barry Sacharow, a
> > 47-year-old community activist from Hollywood, Fla.,
> > who spends time
> > offering tours of this makeshift city. "There's a
> > membership card that you
> > need. It's not really a card. It's a belly-button."
> > Born out of the anti-war movement and now in its
> > 31st year, the gathering,
> > expected to number up to 20,000 people by today, has
> > been held all over the
> > country. This year, with U.S. Forest Service
> > officials keeping close tabs,
> > the Rainbow Family, a non-organization with
> > non-members and no leaders,
> > arrived just over the Wisconsin-Michigan border,
> > spreading out over several
> > acres about eight miles north of Watersmeet.
> > July Fourth is the main event for the so-called
> > spiritual get-together,
> > when people converge to pray for peace and unity.
> > Some already have been on
> > the grounds for a couple of weeks and may stay for
> > more than a month. Many
> > are teenagers; others have been coming so long
> > they're called elders.
> > Entire families, complete with toddlers and pets,
> > show up.
> > Gathering Called Illegal
> > The Forest Service says the gathering is illegal
> > since the "family" doesn't
> > have a permit. As of Wednesday afternoon, some 47
> > people were arrested, and
> > more than 200 cited for drug-related offenses,
> > illegal gathering, traffic
> > violations and more.
> > The law enforcement hardly deters the Rainbow
> > gatherers, many who refuse to
> > get permits simply on the principle that the forest
> > belongs to everyone.
> > Along a three-mile trail, the gatherers have
> > established more than 100
> > "kitchens" and "communities" with names such as
> > Brew-Ha-Ha, Turtle Soup and
> > Fairy Camp (mainly gay males, but all are welcome).
> > People sleep in tents, tepees, hammocks and on the
> > ground. They dig small
> > trenches for bathroom use. Using logs, the
> > participants build tables and
> > shelves and cook vegetables in large pots and pans.
> > Several participants
> > have built a small water filtration system next to
> > the creek.
> > The work is voluntary, and pretty much everyone
> > pitches in at some point;
> > the mainly vegetarian food is donated or bought with
> > contributions. In the
> > evenings, gatherers sit in a "dinner circle" and eat
> > the results of the
> > day's labor. By Wednesday afternoon, the Forest
> > Service estimated, about
> > 7,000 people had arrived at the forest.
> > "People make eye contact and say hello to each
> > other," said Brian Reilley,
> > 36, a systems administrator from Massachusetts who
> > is at the annual
> > gathering for the first time. "You kind of miss that
> > in everyday life."
> > Rabbi Chayim Levin lives in Jerusalem - not exactly
> > a stress-free zone. He
> > rests with a guitar on his lap under a tent just off
> > the rock trail. He
> > wears a yarmulke, blue-rimmed glasses, shorts and a
> > black T-shirt that says
> > "Stop Police Brutality." Friends surround him,
> > smoking.
> > "I come out here and I get some peace," said Levin,
> > 49. "I'm sitting with
> > my brothers and sisters - enjoying their company."
> > The trail is dotted with signs and artwork. One
> > abstract painting looks
> > like the head of a wizard. A sign tells passers-by
> > to take the yoga lessons
> > offered at one camp. A banner speaks of positive
> > group behaviors: harm no
> > living thing; use no soap within 50 feet of water
> > areas; be responsible for
> > pets.
> > Plenty of Alternatives
> > The "Granola Funk" theater is set up for live
> > entertainment. There's a
> > medical center, where alternative medicine is pretty
> > much the only
> > alternative. The Christian-minded have camps, as do
> > orthodox Jews. The Hare
> > Krishnas have a presence. Pot smokers appear to have
> > a stronger one.
> > The whole place stinks.
> > Of feces. Of sweat. Of incense. Of marijuana. The
> > sticky smell stubbornly
> > lingers in the air, exacerbated by heat, thickened
> > by the growing mass of
> > people.
> > There's no dress code, so some people don't bother
> > wearing anything,
> > exposing nipple rings, stretch marks and tattoos.
> > The majority who wear
> > clothes lend credence to the stereotypical hippie
> > image: long, flowered
> > dresses and tie-dye shirts, garnished with beads and
> > body paint.
> > Most of the nudity is found near Sucker Creek. By
> > midday, the water is full
> > of naked people, from preteens to longhaired old men
> > washing their bodies.
> > Several lie on the sand, soaking up rays. One man
> > taps on a drum; another
> > meditates on the edge of the water. Small children
> > play in the mud.
> > Near the entrance to the trail, cars stretch for
> > miles, parallel (and
> > perpendicular) parked on both sides of the road.
> > Their license plates come
> > from all over the United States. Some of the vans
> > look old enough to have
> > been at Woodstock.
> > No Utopia
> > The society that emerges is marked by both a lack of
> > modernization - hence,
> > "the trade circle," where people barter items such
> > as beads and crystals -
> > and a reluctant need for it - some have
> > walkie-talkies, for instance. It's
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