The long awaited, and promised, US Social Forum "Cascadia 2 Detroit" Community Film, Art and Music Event! Films by Portland's B Media Collective! Music by Danny Kelly and friends! Photo Slide show by Berd Whitlock! Open Discussion! Vegan Pizza! Free! Please Join us! TONIGHT! 7PM. Quick teaser, Mic Crenshaw Hiphop video, made on the bus to Detroit! Fertile Ground -- 311 9th Ave. SE
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Detroit, Michigan—I just got news that it is raining oil in Louisiana. From the basic sound of it, I can imagine the worst. Like hell on Earth. Something of a vision of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Seems like a great opportunity for President Obama to call for change—to call for meaningful change, for an end to this system where it is somehow considered acceptable to profit from harmful activities. [The story about raining oil is based mostly on a youtube video. link to more information, at huffingtonpost here, and beforeitsnews.com here]
There was an earthquake today in the Northeast [more here]. I was sitting on the third floor of Como Hall in a workshop about Community Organizers' Roundtable in New Orleans when it happened. The floor shook, it felt like jello. It was my first earthquake. I don't remember feeling nervous, though I was concerned about whether the building should be evacuated. No one seemed super concerned when I walked out into the hall. The earthquake was centered near the border of Ontario and Quebec. It's probably national news, though I really haven't had time to check on national news sources.
It's day two of the US Social Forum in Detroit. It's about midnight right now local (EDST). There's a thunderstorm outside right now. It's been hot and humid, and the atmosphere here has been electric. There has been lightning and thunder with moderate to heavy rain and moderate wind for the last couple hours or so. The storm is welcome by me.