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Oct 17, 2007
Focus: Peace
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: New York, United States
Benefit and awareness-raising for Andy Stepanian

1087 Broadway (between Lawton and Dodworth Streets,
above Goodbye Blue Monday), Bushwick, Brooklyn

8 pm, Friday, October 19th

Rabia (Anarchopunk)
The Hungry Brothers (2-piece post-punk liberation
Hipster Holocaust (Political Hardcore Punk)
Oogle Orphanage (Jacques calls it pop)
R-tronika (Underground Latin Electronica)
DJ Suggested D (Whatever keeps your body movin'

Cost: Well, it is a benefit, so it'll cost you between
$5 and $7, sliding scale to get in the door. One less
pack of Parliaments might just save your life, anyway,
so it's a bargain all around.

Just over a year ago, Andy reported to the
Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan. And
while he sits in a prison cell in North Carolina, far
away from family and friends, we're trying to make
sure that folks in the communities he was most active
don't forget about him or his co-defendants,
collectively known as the SHAC 7.

By train, take the JMZ to Myrtle and walk down
Broadway toward Ditmars Street (away from Melrose
Street). Once you cross Lawton Street, look for the
spot on your right. Alternately, take the J to
Kosciusko and walk down Broadway, toward DeKalb Avenue
(away from Kossuth Place)-- 1087 Will be on your left.

By bike, cross over the Williamsburg Bridge and
continue to travel southeast on Broadway until you
reach 1087-- it's a snap!

Bring your appetite and thirst, because there will be
food and drinks! And there'll be plenty for the
vegans, the sober, and maybe even both, if there is
such a thing! Get there early and stay late. We'll see
you there!

Even if you can't make it to the benefit, write Andy a
letter. His address is:

Andrew Stepanian
FCI Butner Medium II
Federal Correctional Institution
Post Office Box 1500
Butner, North Carolina 27509

For more information about Andy, check out, for more about his case and his
co-defendants, go to, and for more
information about the ongoing campaigns to shut down
Huntingdon Life Sciences, try or

Questions? contact us at nycabc at riseup dot net

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Posted: Oct 17, 2007 9:01pm
Jul 10, 2007

Thoughts that come when immediate gratification has gone

From my journal during the time when we were first avoiding making any sort of trash:

In my imagination, people used to live like this: you had most of the bare necessities but then every so often a relative managed to get hold of, say, some coffee or some salt and pepper or a guava fruit. That day that it came would be special. These things were called "luxuries" or "delicacies." If guests came over you'd say, "Hey, you know, cousin John sent us some coffee beans. Shall we have some for a treat?"

Or you'd dazzle your guests by putting salt and pepper on the table. Didn't salt and pepper used to be a special thing? Today, is anything special? Is there anything so inaccessible that you get a buzz when you acquire it?

Think of cake. Cake used to be this special thing that you got from the bakery to have after dinner in small portions. It was, you know, dessert. It wasn't in every single deli and available 24 hours a day. It was special because it was, well, special.

In fact, a British word for dessert is "treat." "What's for treat, mum?" the kids might say. Treat. That implies that the cake or whatever it is what it says: a treat. Something to be thankful for. Something not to be had regularly. But now we have to have these things on every street corner. In fact, what's confounding me at the moment is trying to figure out how to have everything I want at a moment's notice without making any packaging trash. My mind is conditioned to believe that if I can't have it right now—RIGHT NOW!—then I'm deprived.

Or is being able to have something at a moment's notice real progress? Is it one of those great leaps forward—one of those leaps for mankind that so intrigued our granparents. You know, like, "And to think we used to think radio was a wonderful thing and now we have 500 stations of television." But that makes me wonder too. Five hundred stations of television?

It used to be that we would have occasional entertainment. You know, back when we were Greeks or Romans or whatever we were. We'd go to the amphitheater or something. It would be a social thing, a social gathering, a get together, a community activity. Now we have this 24 hour a day TV thing. Even in the elevators and in the airport lounges and in our airplane seats and in our cars. Everywhere. Everything is "on demand." Video on demand. Content on demand. It isn't even on request.

Is this progress or not? Can anything be progress if it means we play charades less often?

But then, I was standing on the roof of a building on First Avenue the other evening and the sun was setting and there were pink clouds and the top of the Empire State Building was drifting in and out of the mist and a plane was flying over Manhattan and I thought how lovely. We build the tall buildings because they are, after all, cool. There is something awe inspiring and creative about them.

And when you think of the Wright brothers on the dunes in the Carolinas trying to fly: why not? What human hasn't looked at birds and wished they could fly? How fun is it? And how amazing to go to the moon? Is that incredible or what? And isn't cool to live in a world where these things happen? There is something magical and God imbued about these things. The same as transmitting moving pictures through the air. How amazing too.

I suppose the thing is that when they are created and done for the first time they are magical but when we become addicted to it, when we have to have it in order to feel satisfied, that may not be so magical. Maybe it's a matter of balance. Can we take the flying to the moon but leave behind the driving everywhere?

On the other hand, do we require some sort of overheated economy full of consumerism to get to the point where we can have the technology to go to the moon? Does the space shuttle somehow spin off the technology of being able to provide a hamburger in two minutes and video camera where you don't have to leave home to "see" your children?

These are the musings of a man walking the streets not getting any immediate gratification because it's all wrapped in paper.

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Posted: Jul 10, 2007 2:26am
May 11, 2007
Focus: Civil Rights
Action Request: Visit - in person
Location: New York, United States
((((((((((((((((    E A R T H L I N G S   ))))))))))))))))))
Thursday, June 21st, 2007 - 6.30pm

"Animals are my friends - and I don't eat my friends."
- George Bernard Shaw, a Nobel Prize winner and a Socialist


AJ Muste Institute
339 Lafayette Street, 3rd Floor - New York City
(Take #6 train to Bleecker St., F/V/B/D to Broadway/Lafayette, or N/R
to Prince St.)

Join us for a free screening of the award-winning film EARTHLINGS (95
min.) and stay for the discussion. We'll address questions including:
- Why are animal rights part of the Socialist Party Platform?
- What does buying organic / local / "free range" / fair trade really
- How are worker's rights, environmentalism, world health and hunger
related to animal rights?
- Is capitalism a driving force behind animal exploitation?
- Is veganism more than just a diet?
- What is speciesism, and why are capitalists such big fans of it?
- Can you go vegan without giving up the tastes and textures you love?
- How are the consumption of eggs and milk feminist issues?
- Is veganism really just a "personal choice"?
- Should the fight for animal rights take a back seat to the fight
for human rights?
- Is veganism only for people who can afford to shop at pricey health
food stores?
- What's going on right now in the animal rights movement?
- What's going on around these issues in NYC?

"This is the single most powerful and informative movie about
society's treatment of animals! A must-see film for anyone who cares
enough to know."
- Woody Harrelson

EARTHLINGS is a feature-length award-winning documentary about
humans' exploitation of other animals. With an in-depth study into
pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory
farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment
industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession,
EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to
chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries
in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.
Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the
most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation
between nature, animals, and human economic interests. Produced by
Nation Earth. Music by Moby. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix.

About "Earthlings":
About veganism:

Co-sponsored by Socialist Party of New York City and Shirari Industries.
About Socialist Party of New York City:
About Shirari Industries:

"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not
made for humans any more than black people were made for whites or
women for men." - Alice Walker
Why vegan? - - Tel. 347.255.4502
73 Jefferson St. #1L, Brooklyn, NY 11206
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