- OUR ‘HOOD! OUR PLAN!
- The Truth Is
- Hello from the Library!
- On Pete Seeger
- i am the one
- Just Call Me Johnny NO CASH
- Just A WALK IN THE PARK
- Ukraine’s Sickness and Europe’s Cure
- By example?
- On the UK’s Equating of Journalism with Terrorism
- The Problem with Jack and the Beanstock
- Under Cover
- WHAT's BEEN GOING ON IN THE LEARNING CENTRE
- Maybe God doesn’t fully enjoy a good fight
- And the End Told by an Idiot
- The Wrong Side of History
OUR ‘HOOD! OUR PLAN!
URGENT!!The Local Area Plan for the DTES is going to Council on March 12!
It’s the LAST CHANCE to tell City Hall to keep the DTES a low-income neighbourhood!
On March 12th, City Council hearings will begin for a plan that will set the future of the DTES for the next 30 years.The Local Area Plan will decide who will be able to afford to live in the neighbourhood and who will be pushed out. Here are three ways to tell City Council about YOUR plan for YOUR ‘hood:
1. Sunday March 9th: PAINT THE ‘HOOD!
March & Paint-In
Come march through the DTES and paint your message to the
City about the future of the DTES at a surprise location. Hot
chocolate and snacks will be served.There will be paint and
brushes for you to use.
Starting Time: 1 pm
Starting Point: Main & Hastings
To read the Low-Income Caucus position on the LAP:
For info: King-mong Chan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tamara Herman: email@example.com Phone: 604.665.2105
2. Wed. March 12th: BRING IT TO CITY HALL!
Rally in the DTES and at City Hall
The Local Area Plan goes to City Council on March 12th. Come to a rally in the DTES and bring your message to City Hall. Bus tickets to and from City Hall will be given out to people who need them. Snacks will be served in the evening at City Hall. Be ready to wait once we get to City Hall: It might be hours before our speakers get to the mic.
Starting Time - Rally in the DTES: 1:30 pm (To be confirmed)
Starting Point: Main & Hastings
Rally at City Hall: 3 pm (To be confirmed)
3. Wed. March 12th: SPEAK AT CITY HALL!
Sign up to tell the City what you think about the Local Area Plan You can tell City Council what you think about the Local Area Plan and what you want to see in a plan for the future of the DTES. Here’s how to sign up to speak:
Step 1. If you have email, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to tell her
you want to get a message when the speaker’s list opens (around March 5th). Follow the instructions she sends you.
Send your name, email and phone number to email@example.com and Kingmong
from CCAP will put you on the list.
Sign your name and phone number on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board outside the CCAP office on the 2nd floor of the Carnegie.
Step 2. Write a 5-minute speech.The 5 minute speaking time is strictly enforced at City Council. If you need inspiration or help, come to our workshop:
Workshop: Speaking to City Council about the LAP
Date: Monday March 10
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Place: Classroom, 3rd floor of the Carnegie
Snacks and coffee provided
Can’t make the workshop?
Get in touch with CCAP to set a time for us to help you.
The Truth Is
The truth is that we need
To open up our eyes so that we start to see
All of the lies that we were told and we believed
Because the time has come to face reality
And work together for the sake of liberty
So that our future generation can be free
WE NEED TO WAKE UP
AND SEE THAT
THE TRUTH IS NOT
WHAT IT APPEARS TO BE
Truth is, the Real reason for war is
Motivated by money and corporate interest
Rwanda didn't have oil, that's why
The world turned a blind eye during its genocide
Truth is, corporations can donate
An unlimited amount of money to a candidate
Democrats and Republicans are bought and paid
So Government does whatever corporations say
Truth is the President doesn't run the country
The people in charge are those who control the money
So The Federal Reserve is really more powerful
Than the U.S. Government and they're running the show
The truth is, That Goldman Sachs
Sold sub-prime mortgages they knew were bad
they also profited by betting they'd all fail
So they'd win either way and no one went to jail
Truth is, the financial crisis ain't solved
It was a big Ponzi scheme, an inside job
Where taxpayers bailed out the banks who caused
It in the first place and now, they're still in charge
Truth is, money is created from debt
If all debt was repaid there'd be no money left
But loans that are made have interest attached
That doesn't exist so we can't pay it back
Truth is, our banking system's a trap
That leads to bankruptcy and collapse
It's why the States are fifty trillion in the hole
And this crisis is spreading all around the globe
Truth is, a crash is inevitable
Cuz' our growing debt must be matched in the real world
Through the use of resources, so infinite growth
On a finite planet is impossible
Truth is, The C.I.A.
Has a history of smuggling drugs into the States
Their profits are then laundered through banks
In order to help them secretly operate
Cuz' the truth is, they've been involved
In things that should make people appalled
Like mind control experiments on soldiers
To alter their behavior with drugs and hypnosis
Truth is, Nazis were the first to try
Putting fluoride into the nation's water supply
To dumb people down and control what they think
And now it's in almost all the water that we drink
Truth is, there's a chemical company
Called Monsanto controlling the food we eat
By transforming everything genetically
And then forcing everyone to only use their seeds
Truth is, that the medical industry
Is big business with millions of employees
the last thing it wants is a cure for cancer
Cuz' they'd lose trillions if there was ever an answer
Truth is, cures for cancer exist
Just look up Dr. Burzynski in Texas
Who's been curing people with tumors for years
The F.D.A. and the government don't want you to hear
Truth is, you can't trust the TV News
It's pre-filtered to distract and confuse
All the outlets are owned by only five companies
So It's impossible to ever get news objectively
Cuz' the truth is, people need to wake up
And expose how our whole system is corrupt
And if you think I'm wrong, go ahead try to stump me
Let's see you write a song as smart as this to debunk me
Hello from the Library!
Freedom to Read: held over!
Due to the popularity of our display in recognition of Freedom to Read week, we will keep the display up for an additional week or so. Yes, we know, Freedom to Read Week was February 23rd - March 1st so it’s technically over. But should respect for intellectual and cultural freedom ever really be over?! Of course not! Please come and have a look at our display, where you can check off how many of the frequently banned books you’ve read, and add your two cents to the “conversation” on the poster. And some previously banned books are available at the display area for you to check out.
Besides the sometimes-banned books, as usual we have new books on display in our new books cabinet. This week’s new books include
Johnny Cash: The Life / by Robert Hilburn;
A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends / by Martyn Whittock; and
Spiritual Solutions: Answers to Life’s Greatest Challenges / by Deepak Chopra.
Stephanie (Carnegie Librarian).
Special thanks to Elizabeth (the Monday librarian) for her creative effort pulling together the Freedom to Read display for us.
On Pete Seeger
Some of the greatest achievers were not nice people.
Pablo Picasso the great Spanish artist was horrible to many of the women in his life. Betty Friedan, who helped create the modern feminist movement, wasn't liked by some. "She didn't like lesbians like me," a woman I knew told me. "And she told us this right after we lesbians did a lot of work for her." Steve Jobs was a genius. Yet at the workplace he could be a terribly driven man.
Then there's the American balladeer and constant campaigner for social justice, namely Pete Seeger. He wasn't just a great man but he was also a nice person.
In the early 1960's, friends of mine would go backstage at the old Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Montreal after a Pete Seeger concert. There this great composer, singer and social justice campaigner would play his five-stringed banjo and 12 string guitar. He'd give eager young folkies and musicians tips on how to play music and tell stories about his musical adventures. He'd do this after he'd just given a two hour concert.
Seeger died this past January at the very ripe old age of 94. "My job," he said in 2009,"is to show folks there's a lot of good music in this world and if it's used right itt may help to save the planet." This pencil-thin Harvard University dropout pursued his mission for over 70 years.
He composed songs and sang songs like 'We Shall Overcome' which became the anthem of the U.S. civil rights movement. Seeger took the tune from an old African American song. He wrote many other songs like 'If I Had A Hammer' and 'Turn,Turn, Turn' which when sung by others became top 40 hits in the 1960's.
He was the backbone of the Weavers, a great folk-singing quartet that was hounded off the music scene by the McCarthyite anti-communist wave of the 1950's. For Pete Seeger was a communist as well as being an environmentalist.
"Should I apologize for all of this?" he wrote about his past support for communist revolutions. "I think so." Communism, Seeger once said, "is no more what Russia made of it, than Christianity is what the churches made of it."
Seeger travelled around the world singing and playing his banjo and guitar. He warned North American youth in the late 1960's that while rock music back then was sometimes great music, yet young people should open their ears to music in many other countries. On television once he hoped that t.v. one day could liberate millions from tyranny and many other things. Yet Seeger knew this hadn't happened yet.
His soul mate the great song writer Woody Guthrie inscribed on his guitar "This Machine Kills Fascists." Seeger's inscription on his banjo played a gentler tune. "This Machine Surrounds Hate and Forces It to Surrender", it said.
Like millions of others around the world I'm going to miss Pete Seeger.
By Dave Jaffe
i am the one
i am the streets, i am the streets i am the nastiest dog in the shithouse, i am cruel, i dont have friends, i dont have
family, i am the only one whos known world wide as the streets,
i am the streets, i have been here for a really long time, before me there was no name but dirt roads, i am the meanest dog around, so dont come down here full of hope fullofshit, i am the man bullshit, or i am the girl, blaw, blaw, Waw, eat your own shit too im telling you dont make a move down here if you think ur good enouf to hang out on my streets, becuz if you r a stuck up little bitch who thinks their shit dont stink go back home stay alive,
live long prosperus, all that shit............
i am the streets, dont come down here brokin and no spirit left to give, if you got no spirit, find it now before you come down here becuz im puttin you to the test to see if i cant break ya in small ways i will put u thru the ropes
then im gonna snap you in two for the wolfs to feed on,
i am the streets, if you are in a rut at home and you want to come down here, listen you shit if none of this is sinkin in then come down brokin hearted, mankinds not gonna miss you, your family mite but that will last for so long, now take ur pipe dreams, ur mister perfect attidude, born with attidude will only get you so far bfore i get
you listen, learn, adapt at home, love your family like they were the last people ull ever see in ur lifetime .... please be smart ull live to see ur granchildren grow up, your beutiful daughters grow up dont be stupid like i was i had to learn the hard way im a surviver this is why im still here kickin it with the streets
my name is donald dale mack, my indian names red running fox, my second is granmothermoon singing,
be smart stay in school be wise like our granfathers and granmothers .
Just Call Me Johnny NO CASH
Just Call Me Johnny NO CASH
Being broke makes us all equal
Poverty turns one & all into beggars
Trick is not to get annoyed
at those bold enough to ask
desperate enough to lay aside pride
we all have to get what we need
sometimes cost too much
other times s’all free
so forgive me please
Gotta be grateful
to those who try
do a body good
look me in the eye
We all hungry … together
all need to feed no matter whatever
I'm grateful to those
who got enough to share
Grateful to those who care
Just A WALK IN THE PARK
Maybe I'm just a simpleton,
-maybe just dope simple
see the definition I’ve arrived at is
madness is being mad all the time
being so angry it gushes out
a river of hate, intolerance, rage
aimed at all nearby lucky enuf
to catch the full spray of yer shit
know me a guy who’s forever
insanely angry at the whole world
everything pisses him off
but being a good catholic he shares it
with one and all, can’t help stem
the flow of his generous nature
subjecting anyone fool enuf to listen
to his never-ending rage
so I guess he defines what it is
to be a mad man
a truly disfigured mess
of rage and out-of-control bullshit
Jesus H FordUkraine’s Sickness and Europe’s Cure
Ukraine’s Sickness and Europe’s Cure: Neo-Liberalism and Neo-Fascism Join Hands
By Eric Draitser, Global Research, February 25, 2014
The situation in Ukraine is evolving by the hour. Right wing ultranationalists and their “liberal” collaborators have taken control of the Rada (Ukrainian parliament) and deposed the democratically elected, though utterly corrupt and incompetent, President Yanukovich.
Former Prime Minister, and convicted criminal, Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, and is now making common cause with Noe-Nazi Right Sector, Svoboda, and other fascist elements, while the opposition’s nominal leaders such as Arseny Yatsenyuk and Vitali Klitschko begin to fade into the background.
In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin undoubtedly watches with anxiousness. In Washington, Victoria Nuland and the Obama administration rejoice. However, perhaps the most critical development of all is soon to emerge in Europe, as the forces of Western finance capital prepare to welcome Ukraine into the fold. They will come bearing the usual neoliberal gifts: austerity and “economic liberalization.”
With the overthrow of the Yanukovich government, the $15 billion of promised Russian financial assistance to Ukraine is in doubt. According to Moody’s rating agency, “Ukraine will require $24 billion to cover a budget deficit, debt repayments, natural gas bills and pension support just in 2014.” Without Moscow’s continued bond purchasing and other forms of financial aid, and with pro-EU forces taking control of the country’s economic and foreign policy, the outcome is not hard to predict: a rescue package from Europe and the IMF with all the usual austerity conditions attached.
In exchange for European “aid”, Ukraine will be forced to accept the driving down of wages, significant cuts to the public sector and social services, in addition to a rise in taxes on the working class and slashing of pensions. Moreover, the country will be compelled to accede to a liberalization program that will allow Europe to dump goods into the Ukrainian market, deregulation and the further opening up the country’s financial sector to predatory speculation and privatization.
It doesn’t take psychic powers to predict these developments. One merely has to look at the wave of austerity in European countries such as Greece and Cyprus. Furthermore, Eastern European countries with similar economic and historical conditions to Ukraine – Latvia and Slovenia specifically – provide a roadmap for what Ukraine should expect.
The Model of “Success”
As Ukraine’s pro-EU “leadership” under Tymoshenko & Co. (and the fascist Right) begins to eye the future, they will immediately look to Europe to address the most pressing economic concerns. The Ukrainian people however would do well to examine the precedent of Latvia to understand what lies in store for them. As renowned economists Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers wrote in 2012:
What enabled Latvia to survive the crisis were EU and IMF bailouts...Elites aside, many emigrated... Demographers estimate that 200,000 have departed the past decade – roughly 10 per cent of the population...Latvia experienced the full effects of austerity and neoliberalism. Birth rates fell during the crisis – as is the case almost everywhere austerity programs are imposed. It continues having among Europe’s highest rates of suicide and of road deaths caused by drunk driving. Violent crime is high, arguably, because of prolonged unemployment and police budget cuts. Moreover, a soaring brain drain moves in tandem with blue-collar emigration.
The myth of prosperity to follow EU integration and bailouts is just that, a myth. The reality is pain and suffering on a scale far greater than the poverty and unemployment Ukraine, especially the western portion of the country, have already experienced. The most highly educated, those most equipped to take up the mantle of leadership, will flee en masse. Those leaders who remain will do so while lining their pockets and ingratiating themselves to the European and American financiers who will flock to Ukraine like vultures to carrion. In short, the corruption and mismanagement of the Yanukovich government will seem like a pleasant memory.
The “liberalization” that Europe demands will create massive profits for speculators, but very few jobs for working people. The best land will be sold to foreign corporations and land-grabbers, while the resources, including the highly regarded agricultural sector, will be stripped and sold on the world market, leaving farmers and city dwellers alike in grinding poverty, their children going to bed hungry. This will be the “success” of Ukraine. One shudders to think what failure would look like.
In Slovenia, another Eastern European country that has experienced the “success” Europe strives for, the economic dictates of Brussels have ravaged the country’s working people and its institutions. The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) issued a 2013 report in which it recommended that, as a first step, Slovenia act to “help the banking sector stand on its feet again,” adding that, “additional and radical measures are necessary as soon as possible.”
Furthermore, the OECD recommended the full privatization of Slovenia’s banks and other major firms, despite predicting a more than 2% contraction of the economy. In laymen’s terms, Europe recommends that Slovenia sacrifice itself and its people to the forces of international finance capital, nothing less. Such is the cost of European “integration.”
Ukraine is undergoing a transformation of the worst kind. Its political institutions have been trampled upon by a motley collection of delusional liberals, slick politicians in fancy suits, and Nazi extremists. The social fabric is tearing apart at the seams, with each region searching for a local solution to the problems of what used to be their nation. And, in the midst of it all, the specter of profit-seeking financiers with dollar signs in their eyes is all the Ukrainian people can expect.
We teach our children not to bully. That’s much harder when the federal Conservative party embraces bullying at every opportunity. Consider their most recent attacks on non-profits - specifically environmental organizations.
The government is using the Canada Revenue Ag-ency for political reasons – threatening specific organizations that the federal Conservative party does not like, for political reasons.
Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has lumped legitimate Canadian charities in with terrorist organizations. This is untrue. Unfair. And damaging to these non-profits. And I believe it's something that the public needs to protest in the strongest way.
By publicly identifying and throwing suspicion on seven non-profits that are active around environmental issues, the federal government is trying to silence all other organizations that work on these issues. And in fact, silence any non-profit that advocates for social change.
If the federal government gets away with this type of narrow-minded intimidation, we'll soon see similar attacks on activist food banks, mental health organizations, development disability non-profits, etc.
As you can imagine, audits are incredibly expensive and disruptive to non-profits. It's a form of harassment. It is simply bullying.
The CRA audits distract an organization from their mission, and costs them an incredible amount of money and time having to deal with the audits. This of course also wastes donor dollars.
I believe a core role of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is to support and defend their members when necessary. Many AFP members are represented in these targeted organizations, and work for many other non-profits that our federal government dislikes.
Ultimately, this is the State using their unlimited resources to attack non-profits that disagree with the policies of their federal Conservative government.
I urge the AFP to defend our membership and respond to this campaign vigorously.
By Harvey McKinnon
On the UK’s Equating of Journalism with Terrorism
by Glenn Greenwald
David Miranda (left), with Glenn Greenwald. (Photograph: Eraldo Peres/AP)
As my colleague Ryan Deveraux reports, a lower U.K. court this morning, as long expected, upheld the legality of the nine-hour detention of my partner, David Miranda, at Heathrow Airport last August, even as it acknowledged that the detention was “an indirect interference with press freedom”. For good measure, the court also refused permission to appeal (though permission can still be granted by the appellate court). David was detained and interrogated under the Terrorism Act of 2000.
The UK Government expressly argued that the release of the Snowden documents (which the free world calls “award-winning journalism“) is actually tantamount to “terrorism”, the same theory now being used by the Egyptian military regime to prosecute Al Jazeera journalists as terrorists. Congratulations to the UK government on the illustrious company it is once again keeping. British officials have also repeatedly threatened criminal prosecution of everyone involved in this reporting, including Guardian journalists and editors.
Equating journalism with terrorism has a long and storied tradition. Indeed, as Jonathan Schwarz has documented, the U.S. Government has frequently denounced nations for doing exactly this. Just last April, Under Secretary of State Tara Sonenshine dramatically informed the public that many repressive, terrible nations actually “misuse terrorism laws to prosecute and imprison journalists.” When visiting Ethiopia in 2012, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns publicly disclosed that in meetings with that nation’s officials, the United States “express[ed] our concern that the application of anti-terrorism laws can sometimes undermine freedom of expression and independent media.” The same year, the State Department reported that Burundi was prosecuting a journalist under terrorism laws.
It should surprise nobody that the U.K. is not merely included in, but is one of the leaders of, this group of nations which regularly wages war on basic press freedoms. In the 1970s, British journalist Duncan Campbell was criminally prosecuted for the crime of reporting on the mere existence of the GCHQ, while fellow journalist Mark Hosenball, now of Reuters, was forced to leave the country. The monarchy has no constitutional guarantee of a free press. The UK government routinely threatens newspapers with all sorts of sanctions for national security reporting it dislikes. Its Official State Secrets Act makes it incredibly easy to prosecute journalists and others for disclosing anything which political officials want to keep secret. For that reason, it was able to force the Guardian to destroy its own computers containing Snowden material precisely because the paper’s editors knew that British courts would slavishly defer to any requests made by the GCHQ to shut down the paper’s reporting.
That such repressive measures come from British political culture is to be expected. The political elite of that country cling desperately to 17th century feudal traditions. Grown adults who have been elected or appointed to nothing run around with a straight face insisting that they be called “Lord” and “Baroness” and other grandiose hereditary titles of the landed gentry. They bow and curtsey to a “Queen”, who lives in a “palace”, and they call her sons “Prince”. They embrace a wide range of conceits and rituals of a long-ago collapsed empire. The wig-wearing presiding judge who issued this morning’s ruling equating journalism with terrorism is addressed as “Lord Justice Laws”, best known for previously approving the use of evidence to detain people that had been derived from torture at Guantanamo The Problem with Jack and the Beanstock
The Problem with Jack and the Beanstock
an essay in silliness and the fairytale continuums continuity department
I bet you think there's absolutely nothing wrong with ole' bro' Grimm's fairytale about that weird little critter Jack, and the adventure he had up that there beanstock.
Go on, you know fer a fact that there's a whole pasel of problems wit dat one but yer terrified aren't ya, yeah as terrified as an illuminazi in Neuremberg to tell people dat dey shouldn't be tellin' dere kids dat one.
Try "Jack Meets de Cat". Yeah dat's a much better "Jack" story But ya'll just goes along wit de story o' de beanstock bein' told to yer little chubacabra's by well-meaning but confused teachers here there and everywhere's anyways... Right!?
No, it can't be that you don't understand the story is it?
Remember it's a Grimm kinda thing we'd be talkin' about here as we slips into and outta leprechaun patois fer de sakes o' laughin' our damn fool heads off as we explain yet another fairytale to that weird little planet of mostly hairless hybrid monkeys. Oh yeah, that would be you too by the way. And if that bugs you well, go argue the actual percentage of yer DNA that's identical to chimps with a geneticist. And try not to take it personally OK!?
Jack and the Beanstock, like most fairytales, is a story about things we don't really understand. Not to say I do, but more to drive a wedge of doubt into the doors, framing and brickwork most critters have set up in their psyches as their personal notion (notions) about what they think reality is all about. Or you could call this an adult interpretation of a classic story that like all "classic" stories resonates, or is part and parcel of the mythos of any society you might be talkin' about.
Stories are like that. And they leave indelible traces upon and within the psycology of people within any culture you would care to talk about.
So there's Jack takin the family fortune, the cow, to market with instructions from Ma. But he didn't listen to his Ma did he. Jack-up #1
Jack listens to a con-man who sells him magic for the family fortune. (Nice lessons to teach a child eh!? "Ignore yer mother and do what ya want.")
Jack buries the magic beans by cover of night. (Practices dark sorcery to get what he wants.) Jack-up #2
He then climbs the beanstock that "magic" gave him and breaks into the house of the Giant in the clouds. (So now jack is using his magic to do B&E's in a place no one on earth has ever been before, pissing off the Giant when he steals the Giants harp. Stealing talent or ability related to creativity from someone and some place humans have never been before.)
Remember, Jack is supposed to be a hero in this tale. Yeah right.. That was Jack-up #3
The giant then takes after Jack trying to get his harp back. (Ya know in some countries it's quite legal to shoot to kill someone who breaks into your home to rob you. I mean, what was Jack thinkin'?)
Jack gets to the bottom of the beanstock with his pirate booty and sees the giant comin' down the beanstock to get it back and maybe do an impression of Stompin' Tom Connors on the thievin' weasel who stole his harp.
So Jack gets the axe, chops down the beanstock and kills the giant. Jack is now a murderer. Jack-up #4
That's the "Coles Notes" version, but basically what it's sayin' to yer kids subconscious is this;
"If you want to be a hero be like Jack; A gullible fool who ignores his parents, wastes the family fortune, is a thief, a liar, and in the end a murderer."
That's the problem with Jack and the beanstock; What it teaches your kids.
Next week we'll whittle away a bit on Pinocchio's Nose. Another fairytale few seem, on the surface at least, to understand.
Skippy the Tye Dyed Mascot
I have been told that on the surface
I look younger than my years.
As a child and throughout my teens
I dreaded maturing physically.
Fear stunted my ascent into womanhood.
I feared his touch, his need
I believed that as long as I made myself
unattractive, he would stop.
I feared her punishments, her need
to release her jealous rage.
I believed that as long as I was
inconspicuous and obedient, she would stop.
Internally I have aged more so.
Many years of abuse
have aged my body, mind and soul.
When I left home at 18, they no longer
violated my body -- I did.
Angharad GilesWHAT's BEEN GOING ON IN THE LEARNING CENTRE
WHAT's BEEN GOING ON IN THE LEARNING CENTRE
2014 started off with a bang in the Carnegie Learning Centre.
On January 30 we celebrated the Year of the Horse with all our students and tutors. Students from Dell's Thursday morning English class brought in a bounteous spread of traditional foods.
Johnny, another of our ESL students, reported on the history and traditions of Chinese New Year. He gave us an informative and entertaining talk which we all enjoyed while munching on the delicious goodies.
Betsy invented a game like charades where we had to act out being animals from the Chinese Zodiac while performing duties in the learning centre. I had to pretend to be a dragon teaching the computer.
Peter and Lisa playing the game On February 6th we were lucky to have Jill Novack, a tutor who is giving expressive workshops give us our own workshop incorporating Chinese New Year’s ideas into the presentation. We all had to describe why we feel we are like our own particular zodiac sign. Me being a snake I said that I seem to slither around a lot. Lucy, a monkey, jumped around from one thing to another
It was a fun event that everybody enjoyed. We decided we liked to have fun while we learn and planned on doing more of that in the future.
It looks like it’s going to be another interesting and productive year in the Learning Centre. Drop by and see if we can help you out with your learning needs.
Written by Adrienne Macallum,
intrepid learning centre reporter
Meditate each step counted on the cane
canes everywhere here on the skids
come in handy handling the kids
cautious we walk knowing
some psychotic with a knife
might upset our plan
on becoming an old man
so we walk cane in hand
a little wood so they understand
only so far you can push a man.
step by step, breath by breath
count the days before your death
you had it all, now
you got nothing left
so be careful my brother
with your next step
Under the volcano
white snow fire hidden
under the volcano
stretching the blue white
peaks of the Olympics
if only all these creatures
didn’t sully the water
with their human waste
Spear me to a time
when alone by the water
men pulled canoes
thru the eternal silence
lapping of water
waves roll onto shore
and I just barely
catch my breath
R LoewenMaybe God doesn’t fully enjoy a good fight
Maybe God doesn’t fully enjoy a good fight
Yet everyday it’s right in his sight
The lion and the prey
The rich and the poor soul who gets lost in the way
The defenceless woman and the angry man assaults
A poor child and sick, disturbed adults
The jail systems that are fucked
Where some who could rehabilitate have no luck
What you gonna do – pray a little harder?
Oh please god help me be a fighter
That’s it: god helps those who help themselves
So what are you doing today that’s right –
each & every day
Take a look around at all the shit you see
What’re you gonna do to make sure you stay free
A fighter stands tall with all that they stake
A fighter whips the circumstances into shape
Show what you are made of so you don’t end a fool.
Charity is not subject to condition.
It is the willingness to help another
with no strings attached, with no expectation
of something in return.
Charity is not boastful of past deeds done,
That all around may bow down in praise.
True charity is humble, at times anonymous,
relieving the recipient of all feelings
of owing, of indebtedness.
Charity can help mend a broken heart
and bring faith and hope to an empty soul,
that one might learn to trust again
through acts of human kindness.
Angharad GilesAnd the End Told by an Idiot
And the End Told by an Idiot
The Present is already the Past
The Past is creeping into the Future
Or is it the other way ‘round?
The bread, the wine and the circus
worked for the Romans
Perhaps the Egyptians and the Babylonian
Les couleurs – rouge et bleu et jaune
Pink palest and baby blue
New korn – maize bringing forth the
story of Ceres and Demeter
Newborn each spring renewing Nature’s promise
Or maybe I have it all wrong?
That monkey chasing the weasel round & round
The tigers turning to butter.
Weasel gettin’ fat of late
At the door, at the gate taking your ticket
Barring entrance to the unforgiven
The Ones unrepentant – never redeemed
Here in One Skunk Town it’s our way or
And the highway getting’ to look more appealing
as time passes
Or maybe I have it ALL WRONG and it’s the
‘Grass is Greener on th’ other side’ story…
More to come
Wilhelmina M Miles
The Wrong Side of History
Entering the Downtown Eastside has opened and closed so many eyes like an opium den scent Fabreeze-flavour with obituary columns and pages for wallpaper we live the low life some would say the wrong side of history, others trying to take our reign sideways over and under again they say we need a new coat of acrylic tiles force-fed smiles propane and we shall be out of our misery, all that money for Vancouver Canucks Stanley Cup Champs hats incinerated the day after being made we get to watch dreams die every day then businessmen and janitors sweep it all away,
We watched in horror as another payphone was ripped out roots and all Oh god No as the disruptive audience dispersal qhoir with their sack of credit cards dismiss anything we say, John Lennon backing up Jesus Christ with more to be added later the wrong side of history is our time please let us savour gift horses with broken legs we are doing but we are repeatedly told we only live once or twice, when all is all and said is done that life you wished for has come undone just in time for another 5-week month how nice, another block disappears now only drunken pieces of memories the new ones use pricetags as their flag one day this will be their cemetery they built it they deserve their very own special hell,
once again when all is all and said is done this city burnt to the ground once it can burn again their kids’ priviledged scum create in the image of new dictators and mass killers thank SatanGodIceCreamFamily I will be part of that history right or wrong I will have my soul to myself never to sell,
Another story about the Smiling Buddha will happen when I am not sure the future killed another Kettle member George Dupont who lived in the Hazelwood and it has already been a year since Michael Gregory died this future pisses me off and makes me cry this history right or wrong sucks. Until next time so long.
By ROBERT McGILLIVRAY
PS: Exactly one year since Mike was taken and what the hell is happening murderer-wise! 9 months ago a small paragraph mumbled something about a 27-year old male being charged with manslaughter, or was it 2nd degree murder? Why do you try to ignoranceize us, because we are not. And we want answers and justice not bullshit and time served.
Q: “Hope never abandons you, you abandon it.”
I gaze out my window as the city bus
struggles through Vancouver's busy traffic.
It's 'arsenic hour' and many motorists are
impatient and impetuous in their driving.
Travelling along East Hastings
I become acutely aware of those claiming
their territorial street corners.
Some are pacing, while others stand still.
Some are scantily clad, while others
cover their curves with loose-fitting attire,
all desperately hoping to solicit
good business tonight --
the competition is in full swing.
A part of me wants to close the curtain
to the discomforting scene before me.
But my eyes remain open,
out of curiosity and out of concern.
I find myself wondering: are they here
by choice or out of necessity?
Some wear expressions of lonely
and wounded selves,
while others maintain a hardened
This is where some feel acceptance,
a sense of belonging.
For many, this is the only life they know.
A weighty sadness envelopes me
and I am deeply humbled.
Minutes later, our bus disembarks
at the Skytrain station.
I silently thank God for all I have.
Those who wait on street corners
remind me of where I could have been.