Thursday, October 20, 2005

Upcoming and of interest

When the wife and I decided to move back to our soon-to-be-climatologically-bearable-for-a-few-months home state, one of the fall events I most looked forward to was the New Orleans Book Fair, held at the Barrister Gallery. It marked the debut of Book Freaks, my own modest used book selling operation, hopefully soon to be a little less modest here in our fair city. Well, despite the logistical nightmare inflicted by Katrina, this year's installment of the book fair will go on a week from Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10-6, at the Barrister Gallery (1724 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard). Although the website ( claims a lot less participation this year, the lineup still includes such independent publishing heavyweights (or at least welterweights) as AK Press, Verso, City Lights, Last Gasp and many others. There will be a number of events and readings surrounding the fair, although something with the website is not allowing access to everything. There is also a posting on the New Orleans site that has more updated info than the website itself. Also, feel free to contact me at for any info I can share about the fair.

Also, a Roadtrip for Relief is being organized by the Common Ground Collective, based mostly in Algiers, New Orleans. You can go to to get the details, but they are basically calling for caravans to bring in folks to work on cleanup and rebuilding projects the week of Thanksgiving. There is a discussion board which includes a message from a Dallas-based group, if people from here might want to hook up with them. I plan on being in Wisconsin that week, but would be glad to help with any logistics beforehand, if people want to undertake it. Again, email me.

Finally, World Can't Wait is sponsoring a mobilization on Wednesday, November 2 to hold this administration responsible for its crimes. They are calling for people to leave work and school to express their dissent at rallies and demonstrations in their own cities and towns. It's easy for us early retiree stay-at-home-dad rabble rousers to commit to something like this, but is there any other groundswell of support for it out there? The endorsers of this are quite impressive, including Mumia Abu-Jamal, Code Pink, Michael Eric Dyson, Ron Kovic, Tom Morello, Boots Riley, Cindy Sheehan, Studs Terkel, Cornel West and Howard Zinn. Take a look at, and email me. No reason we can't have a picnic in the park or something, right?

Anyway, that's some of the upcoming (r)evolutionary events in the neighborhood. Peace, y'all.


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