radical arizona
I know the submission I just posted is way late.

I’m really sorry about that. I’ve been going through a lot and neglected this blog a bit. I will make sure to check it more often.

Please keep submitting things!

Radical Politics, Documentary screening, Oct. 3rd at Trunk Space

Trunk Space Presents
THE KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL
(Radical Thought Documentary)
Monday October 3rd, 2011, 8pm
one night only, $6 per person

This is a film that will raise more questions then it answers, and questions are the beginning of thought, and real freedom.

Websites:
http://www.7thart.com/films/The-Kingdom-of-Survival
http://www.slowboatfilms.com

Synopsis:
The Kingdom of Survival explores modern skepticism in America, challenges the status quo and uncovers provocative links between survivalist philosophy, ecumenical spirituality, radical political theory, and outlaw culture. The audience is invited into a thoughtful conversation with the likes of Prof. Noam Chomsky, Dr. Mark Mirabello, Mike Oehler, and the riveting final interview with beloved author, Joe Bageant. These unique thought leaders cast a rare shadow of doubt over our most blindly accepted American traditions.

Trailer & Clips:
Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFPLQw2w4zA
Clip 1- Noam Chomsky:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRE2ZApgytY&feature=related
Clip 2- Joe Bageant:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYaqEgyrh1M&feature=related
Clip 3- Ramsey Kanaan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBgrGCRkT50&feature=youtube_gdata
Clip 4- Will Taylor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzRpv9rRpKs&feature=related

By framing this journey in a cross-country travelogue, writer/director M.A. Littler connects art, religion, academia, alternative media, utopianism, anarchism, globalized capitalism and radical fringe philosophy in an elegant American tapestry.  By remaining impartial to the subjects, the film is able to honestly investigate the physical and psychological practices of diverse individuals in a conflict-ridden and confused post-modern world. In a time of brainwashing corporate and political propaganda, “The Kingdom of Survival” reunites us with the life-changing spirit of the outlaw highway.

“We have to go within, man. We have to go within and find something that brings joy to our souls.” -Will “The Bull” Taylor

Director M.A. Littler: Raised in the old world and the new world, at airports, on junkyards, in motels and restaurants Littler found employment as a bouncer, barkeeper, cab driver, translator, and journalist—even as an ambulance driver. Inevitably all of these jobs were short-lived. In 1999,  Littler founded Slowboat Films: a haven for truly independent cinema. In his films and writing he has displayed an unhidden affinity for outsiders of all sorts—radical intellectuals, outlaw historians, marginalized artists, obscure musicians and holy con men. When asked about this, Littler says: “I’m interested in people who dance to their own beat, prototypes who fix their radio with a blow torch.”  The documentary KINGDOM OF SURVIVAL is a reflection of Littler’s life experience.

Recent KOS Press:

Film Threat : “Few could make this film.  Scratch that.  Nobody else could make this film.  It’s too personal.  This is the director’s wake-up call to the sleeping, and rallying point for those who are already on this path of consigning the current political and social culture to the trash heap.”  (http://www.filmthreat.com/interviews/39374)

Z Communications: “A film with a transforming message is nothing if one doesn’t have the skills to back it up. Littler, as evidenced by his other films, has shown nothing but skill. His work comes across as a combination of story, art, and life. He makes audiences feel as if the subjects on screen are people they’ve known all their lives—for better or worse. The word that would best describe the feeling in his films is ‘intimate.’ ” (http://www.zcommunications.org/filmmaking-as-an-act-of-war-by-doug-brunell)

Kick Him, Honey: “I come across a work like this one I’m incredibly thankful. It’s the kind of thing you almost think can’t exist until you see it: a rich and beautiful movie that leaves you satisfied, without ever trying to give cheap answers to the unanswerable.”  (http://benjaminwhitmer.com/index.php/2011/05/kingdom-of-survival)

KOS Producer Alexander Hebert: Raised from childhood all over the globe, from first to third world countries; such diverse locales of the Philippines, Nepal, Colorado, Switzerland and the UK. He’s seen revolutions first hand,  played drums with blues legends, and once catered a dinner party for the Ambassadors of Turkey and Israel. His working life has included stints as a pizza delivery boy, waiter, and Community Development Consultant in war-torn Serbia. The first time film producer has taken his wide variety of experience and unpredictable ambition for unconventional yet profound art, and applied them to the making of film in the truest sense of the word ‘independent’. He currently resides in Denver, CO.

"The Kingdom of Survival" will have one showing on Monday October 3rd at The Trunk Space, 1506 NW Grand Ave, in downtown Phoenix. The screening will begin at 8pm and the cost is $6 per person. There is no age restriction.

socialrupture:

Man accused of robbing banks claims “desperation was a great motivator” — Phoenix, AZ
 
A jobless man  accused of robbing a dozen banks across the Phoenix valley told  investigators he did it to survive and that “desperation was a great  motivator,” authorities said on Tuesday.
Police arrested Cristian  Alfredo Urquijo, 39, in July. He was charged with robbing 12 banks in  the metro Phoenix area from September 2010 through July, the U.S.  Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona said in a news release.
The  criminal complaint released on Tuesday noted that Urquijo told  arresting officers he had been laid off from work, was unable to find a  job, and robbed the Phoenix area banks to survive.
“It’s  pretty simple. It’s black and white. I don’t have a job, I had to work,  and I rob to survive,” he said, adding “desperation is a great  motivator.”
During the crime spree  he was dubbed the ‘black binder bandit’ by investigators, because he  sometimes hid a revolver inside a black binder.
The  complaint also noted that Urquijo got up courage to carry out the  robberies by drinking beer beforehand, telling officers: “I had to drink  a lot to have the bravery.”
When  he was arrested in late July, the hapless crook had left his dog in a  parked car, and asked police to remove it because of the summer heat,  which routinely tops 100 Fahrenheit.
Urquijo has been detained pending trial, and his arraignment is set for August 31.
The 16-count indictment charged Urquijo with bank robbery, armed bank robbery and use of a firearm to commit a violent crime.
If convicted, he faces jail terms of 20 to 35 years on the various charges, together with fines of $250,000, or both.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/24/us-arizona-bankrobber-idUSTRE77N0AS20110824?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

socialrupture:

Man accused of robbing banks claims “desperation was a great motivator” — Phoenix, AZ

A jobless man accused of robbing a dozen banks across the Phoenix valley told investigators he did it to survive and that “desperation was a great motivator,” authorities said on Tuesday.

Police arrested Cristian Alfredo Urquijo, 39, in July. He was charged with robbing 12 banks in the metro Phoenix area from September 2010 through July, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona said in a news release.

The criminal complaint released on Tuesday noted that Urquijo told arresting officers he had been laid off from work, was unable to find a job, and robbed the Phoenix area banks to survive.

“It’s pretty simple. It’s black and white. I don’t have a job, I had to work, and I rob to survive,” he said, adding “desperation is a great motivator.”

During the crime spree he was dubbed the ‘black binder bandit’ by investigators, because he sometimes hid a revolver inside a black binder.

The complaint also noted that Urquijo got up courage to carry out the robberies by drinking beer beforehand, telling officers: “I had to drink a lot to have the bravery.”

When he was arrested in late July, the hapless crook had left his dog in a parked car, and asked police to remove it because of the summer heat, which routinely tops 100 Fahrenheit.

Urquijo has been detained pending trial, and his arraignment is set for August 31.

The 16-count indictment charged Urquijo with bank robbery, armed bank robbery and use of a firearm to commit a violent crime.

If convicted, he faces jail terms of 20 to 35 years on the various charges, together with fines of $250,000, or both.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/24/us-arizona-bankrobber-idUSTRE77N0AS20110824?feedType=RSS&feedName=domesticNews

Are you asking for it?

Join the Arizona Feminist Action Network for a FREE workshop on negotiating consent in your intimate relationships (and the rest of your life). Learn how practicing good consent can be fun, sexy, and empowering!

Topics covered in the workshop include:

• Common features of good consent in relationships
• Defining your own boundaries and what consent means to you
• Role playing scenarios and strategies for saying “No” and “Yes”
• A fun activity to practice your newly honed consent-building skills

Keep in mind that we will be discussing very personal topics at this workshop. Although you will not be required to share anything you’re not comfortable sharing, some of these issues can trigger emotions from past traumatic experiences. If you have any specific accommodations you’d like us to make, please message Elise or Sean, or talk to us before the workshop.

This workshop is open to people of all genders, orientations, and relationship styles.

ASL interpretation will be provided.

Bottled water and light refreshments will be provided. 

The event will be held at the Rusty Spoke Bicycle Collective at 1023 Grand Ave. Here’s a map: http://rustyspoke.org/imag​es/rs-map.png

If you’re planning on driving to the workshop and will have room in your vehicle, please post on the event wall what area you’re coming from so other participants can contact you for a ride share.

Public Transit Routes:
Route 8 (7th Ave) - get off at 7th Ave/Roosevelt and walk west to 11th Ave, south to Grand.
Route 3 (Van Buren) - get off at 7th Ave/Van Buren and walk NW on Grand to Taylor.
Route 15 (15th Ave) - get off at 15th Ave/Roosevelt and walk SE on Grand to Fillmore.

Due to the the adult nature of the topics covered, this workshop is not appropriate for children.

To learn more about the AZ Feminist Action Network or the Rusty Spoke, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/h​ome.php?sk=group_104183432​997269
https://www.facebook.com/r​ustyspoke

Operation: Become the Media

from truesnow.org:

Hello all you hard working supporters of sacred sites. We are quickly moving towards the critical mass of people prepared to move this to a full fledged sit-in. Eleven basecamps set and at least 15 more who have announced they have started travel, and growing. The CookShack affinity group has made a public call for joiners, and will be taking a public role. Here are the problems we are running into, especially here in Flagstaff. The destruction is not real or everyone is in some stage of denial. Petitions will not save us. The superhuman lawyer Howard Shanker has been neutralized. The coalition court case is now the perfect smokescreen for the Destruction. People sit thinking that a legal decision some time in September will stop destruction ALREADY HAPPENING. So join Operation: Become the Media today:

1. Go to the peaks immediately and start filming the destruction. Post it on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook.

2. Everyone post the links for other to spread the word. Tweet them with #nopoopsnow on #sacredsites

3. Spread the word on Facebook by tagging your friends. This link will take you to Facebook Event with a note to help you get started tagging right away.

4. Become the media. Don’t wait for Randy Wilson to mangle the story. Write the story. Give it to your friends. Who are they going to believe? You and your eyewitness reports or a half-spun version in a newspaper funded partly with Snowbowl money?

5. Help people snap out of it. I know, Tsunamis, Earthquakes, 20% house foreclosure rate, nearly 25% of the country out of work, massive fires from a century of forest abuse, war in the east, war in the west, etc. Yep It’s all connected. But it feels really good right now to know that there is one place we can take a stand. We can make a difference. And it is right here, It’s the Peaks. It’s a start!

6. Spread the word! Petitions were used as toilet paper. Letters were thrown away. The lawsuits have become a smokescreen for the greedy to do their destruction. The destruction is real and it is time to interrupt our normally scheduled lives and converge on the peaks!

Grab your camera, grab a friend, go right up on your public lands and film it and let the world know! It’s up to you now. Do not go alone, and if Arizona Snowbowl harasses you, call the police on them. You have the right to be there, it is your land! And film that too :)

thenoobyorker:

“Brisenia Flores, the nine year old girl who was murdered in Arizona, shot by a group of pseudo-vigilantes who forced their way into her home looking to steal drug money that was to be used to finance a citizen border protection organization. They killed her father, wounded her mother and then killed the nine year old for reasons that still make no sense. Basically, it was a group of anti-immigrants who killed a little Latina girl to pay for their anti-immigrant activities. Perfect fodder for Grace and her ilk, no? In fact, the third and last defendant in the Brisenia Flores murder trial, Albert Gaxiola, was being tried at the same time as Casey Anthony. But not a peep in the media. This isn’t to diminish what happened to little Caylee Anthony. It is a horrible crime that has yet to be solved. But the story quickly went from being sad to being a side-show – amplified by the 24 hour news wheel and the instant Internet repost cycle. We talked about it, we tweeted about it, we linked to it on FaceBook.”
- Caylee and Brisena: Why the difference in coverage?

thenoobyorker:

“Brisenia Flores, the nine year old girl who was murdered in Arizona, shot by a group of pseudo-vigilantes who forced their way into her home looking to steal drug money that was to be used to finance a citizen border protection organization. They killed her father, wounded her mother and then killed the nine year old for reasons that still make no sense. Basically, it was a group of anti-immigrants who killed a little Latina girl to pay for their anti-immigrant activities. Perfect fodder for Grace and her ilk, no? In fact, the third and last defendant in the Brisenia Flores murder trial, Albert Gaxiola, was being tried at the same time as Casey Anthony. But not a peep in the media.
This isn’t to diminish what happened to little Caylee Anthony. It is a horrible crime that has yet to be solved. But the story quickly went from being sad to being a side-show – amplified by the 24 hour news wheel and the instant Internet repost cycle. We talked about it, we tweeted about it, we linked to it on FaceBook.”

- Caylee and Brisena: Why the difference in coverage?

Last week’s big LulzSec (pre-disbandment) dump of Arizona police info apparently included some documents telling police to search the iPhones of arrestees for specific apps, includingOpenWatch, a simple app for recording people (targeted at authorities) without it displaying on the phone that they’re being recorded. The police were also told to look for speed trap identifying apps and an app that lets people spoof caller ID numbers. As we’ve discussed a few times, there are some legal questions about whether or not cops can just search your iPhone during, say, a routine traffic stop, but tragically a few courts have said it’s fine. That seems rather troubling, as the cops can search your phone after just a routine traffic stop… and then potentially get you in more trouble just because they don’t like the types of apps you have? 

Phoenix Community Newspaper

I don’t have a website or any substantial information on it. All I know is that it’s looking for submissions of stories, art, critiques, poems, photos, recipes, comics, wisdom, and ideas. For info or submissions email phoenixparticipant@gmail.com.