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In this empathetic tale of hope, understanding, and the importance of family, readers face the difficult issue of poverty and the many hardships of being homeless through an inspiring young heroine named Ivy. Ivy is the story of a young girl who finds herself homeless on the streets of San Francisco when she and her father, Poppy, are evicted from his artist loft.
Struggling to survive day to day, Ivy and Poppy befriend a dog who takes them to the ramshackle home of quirky siblings Eugenia and Oscar Orr, marking the start of some amazing adventures. Blending a spoonful of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist with a dash of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and a few pinches of the Adventures of Lassie, Ivy’s tale will appeal to young readers as well as give adults material to discuss with children.
“Lolitas, Oliver Twists and Huckleberry Finns live on, and now, Ivy’s tale of hope lives right alongside them.” —Robin Clewly, San Francisco Chronicle
Available from PM Press, Powell’s or Amazon.com.
As an alternative to the #Occupy hoodie from Amazon.com that I wrote about previously…
(Image from Not All Occupy Protestors Are Anarchists; Just the Cool Ones | Neon Tommy.)
Just take your basic black hoodie – bought from some nice, non-corporate capitalist exploiter and not made in a sweatshop (and when you find that shop let me know) – and then tape any slogan you want to it.
You’ll still run the risk of being shot, beaten or pepper-sprayed, but you won’t have contributed to Amazon.com’s bottom line along the way.
On the other hand, there’s still this…
Frank Kozik limited edtion black Anarchy Cat Qee 8″ vinyl figure
MONTREAL ANARCHIST BOOKFAIR 2012
Two days: Saturday, May 19 & Sunday, May 20
10am-5pm on both days
The Anarchist Bookfair will take place in two buildings across from each other in Parc Vinet, a short walk from Lionel-Groulx metro:
– Centre d’éducation populaire de la Petite-Bourgogne et de St-Henri (CEDA), 2515 rue Delisle
– Centre Culturel Georges-Vanier (CCGV), 2450 rue Workman
Anarchist Bookfair » The Montreal Anarchist Bookfair will be May 19-20 at two buildings in Parc Vinet (CEDA & CCGV).
This will get you shot in Florida, beaten by the cops in NYC and pepper-sprayed on University of California campuses…
The Occupy Wall Street hoodie — guaranteed to get you fucked up by some asshole somewhere. But stylish and warm.
(And buying it from Amazon.com won’t be buying into the same system as Wall Street. Not at all.)
“Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).”
Class War? What Americans Really Think about Economic Inequality
BENJAMIN I. PAGE AND LAWRENCE R. JACOBS
Published April 2009
“Class War? is the right question, and Page and Jacobs provide the right answer: Americans are more concerned about inequality and less divided over what should be done about it than the pundits presume. Everyone interested in America’s widening income gap—and everyone, including our leaders, should be—needs to read this book.”—Jacob S. Hacker
Get this e-book free from the University of Chicago Press – though you’ll have to use Adobe’s Digital Editions software to read it.
There is a there there…
(thanks to reddit/R/Anarchism)
There’s so much on the events and the scene at Occupy Oakland that it’s hard to know where to start in terms of links to more info, but you might begin with…
And for a view from the other side…
And for photos of earlier Oakland action, you can begin with…
And for the view from across the briny…
If you’re new to protests where the police may get frisky, you might be intimidated by the shields, gas masks, etc. – don’t be. For one thing, there’s a nice new Instructable for DIY Gas Masks that should give you breathing room (pun intended) in many situations were tear gas or pepper spray is used. Backpacks stuffed with padding can help protect your back from police batons, but you can also buy riot gear just like cops wear. (Though I might recommend body armor meant for snowboarders or dirt-bikers that you could wear under a hoodie as less… confrontational.)
It’s that time of year again: Black History Month — and below is my updated playlist/soundtrack for the civil rights and black power movements… But first a few remarks.
Black History Month: the one month of the year when, traditionally, American school children get to learn about George Washington Carver (our “black Leonardo”) and Booker T. Washington, and maybe if they’re lucky W. E. B. DuBois and Thurgood Marshall.