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A Washington Square Park Artist Protest

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And being that I have been attempting to vend those DecorForU #blacklivesmatter #notmypresident, #nopolicestate, #occupywallstreet, #berniesanders, #yoga, #brooklyn, #manhattan, #washingtonsquarepark & #Iloveny necklaces, magnets, key chains & pins for $2 each at Washington Square Park the past couple of years or so, when I came across Kristin’s post in facebookland about Oriel being arrested at Washington Square Park last week, it caught my eye.  And her Facebook post read something like:

“One of the artists at Washington Square Park was arrested yesterday by park officers. There’s a video online. There were all kinds of people yelling at the officers the whole time as if it was all their fault. Here’s the thing: He wasn’t even trying to follow the rules for displaying artwork. And apparently he refused to leave. They told him he couldn’t display his artwork that way and he … didn’t care?
Since I’ve been selling these buttons I’ve had various issues with police officers, but always because they were wrong about the law. (And even in those cases, I had to do what they said.) Whereas the officers in the park have been great. And they know the law. It really doesn’t seem fair that they’re taking all this flak… If someone isn’t obeying the law and an officer points that out and the person’s attitude is, I don’t care; I’m doing it anyway – then what is the officer supposed to do? Just walk away?
At one point in the video one of the park officers says impatiently to the artist, “Get a table!” As far as I can tell, that’s all he needed to do.
But instead, now it’s a big giant mess for no reason at all.”
 
And lo and behold in internetland, there was a Video: Cops Attack Artist For Not Selling Art On Table, He Says, Patch article and another Videos: Parks Police Grab And Slam Artist To Ground In Washington Square Park article about Oriel being arrested I guess for not selling his art on a table at Washington Square Park last week.

And Jesus crap!!??  Since when do the way too many…. green park rangers get violent at Washington Square Park. And that video of Oriel being arrested at Washington Square Park, that really cool artist, vendors and beyond park to be found in New York City, is horrifying to watch, with images of what looks like police brutality or green park ranger brutality in it.

Though lo and behold again! I am not sure if this has anything to do with that artist protest that finds itself posted in that Blogger title above, Oriel was seen while vending DecorForU #blacklivesmatter #notmypresident, #nopolicestate, #occupywallstreet, #berniesanders, #yoga, #brooklyn, #manhattan, #washingtonsquarepark & Iloveny necklaces, magnets, key chains & pins for $2 each at Washington Square Park yesterday. No one is free when others are oppressed.  And what, if anything, does this have to do with a no police state. Have a great Washington Square Park artist protest day and more.

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A 2019 NYC Anarchist Book Fair

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Come visit us at this years 13th Annual New York City Anarchist Book Fair. We will have books, zines, MORUS tote bags, Black Lives Matter necklaces, magnets, key chains & pins, squatter patches and much more. We hope to see you there!

The NYC Anarchist Book Fair aims to offer a space for people to connect with one another as well as to provide broader access to the rich and varied spectrum of anarchist ideas and practices. Now is the perfect time to explore these ideas and practices and to bring them into play in our communities and the world.

https://anarchistbookfair.net/

Those were the above words to that MORUS at NYC Anarchist Book Fair Facebook event invite for that NYC Anarchist Book Fair held at Judson Memorial Church this past weekend that I attempted to vend those DecorForU #blacklivesmatter #notmypresident #nopolicestate #occupywallstreet #berniesanders #yoga #squat #morus #theshadow #tompkinssquarepark #washingtonsquarepark #lowereastside #eastvillage #manhattan & #iloveny necklaces, magnets, key chains & pins for $2 each at Morus’s table.  And we had a great time tabling MORUS tote bags, Black Lives Matter necklaces, magnets, key chains & pins, zines, patches, books and more at this years 13th Annual NYC Anarchist Book Fair.

And some of those vendors listed in this years program at this New York City Anarchist Book Fair were:  PM Press – ANTIFA NYC and East Rev – Anti – Joy – AK Press – ACT UP – Autonomedia – Bitch Betta Have My $ Collective – Earth First – Fifth Estate – M.A.C.C. – NYC Anarchist Black Cross – M.O.R.U.S – Viscers Print Goods – Unhappy New York- Defend Democracy in Brazil – Interference Archive – Subway Slip – World War Three Illustrated – The Base – Unity And Struggle – The New Press – Teleidoscope – the Anti – Hero Project – Stealing Fire Comic – Side -A- POP GYM- D di V CCC-Z C – Tahrir Scarf – Subway Slip – Socialist Rifle Association – prayers zine – OR Books – NYC War Tax Resistance – Club A Kitchen – Common Notions – Earth Strike – Haymarket Books – Industrial Workers Of World – NYC GMB – KaloticCraft – Reflective Zines – New York City Action Medical – National Animal Liberation Press Office – Take Care Magazine – The Operating System- NYC Shut It Down

Have a great NYC Anarchist Book Fair day and more.

 

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A London Vacation

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And so having just signed in to that Occupy Art Blog to post about that Black Lives Matter Art Show That Went To London this past weekend, I thought I would sign in to this Blogger blagh to post those vacation part photos of that Black Lives Matter Art Show That Went To London this past weekend, as I thought that if I take one of those summer vacations to somewhere on planet earth, I might as well attempt to do a Black Lives Matter Art Show while there. And after booking one of those hostels online,  gee do I find myself posting a lot of photos from that tourist and sightseeing vacation to London as part of that Black Lives Matter Art Show Goes To London.excursion that took me to Piccadilly CircusTrafalgar SquareOxford StreetBorough Market, the Tower Bridge, Hyde Park and the neighborhoods of East London, Bethnal GreenShoreditchBrick Lane Sunday MarketHackney and other tourist spots with the London Underground.and those Santander Bicycles. And there aren’t many other words that I can think of to add to this blagh post at the moment, as every picture tells a story, I think. Have a great summer vacation day and more.

 

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A 2019 Bushwick Block Party

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And there is a House of YES Block Party going on in New York City on this day as I type this blagh post. And even though I didn’t make it to that block party, I did manage to make it an 8th Annual Bushwick Collective Block Party that was a block away from that House of YES Block Party in that neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn to be found in that city of New York, in an attempt to vend those #blacklivesmatter, #notmypresident, #occupywallstreet, #nopolicestate, #berniesanders, #yoga, #bushwick, #brooklyn and #iloveny necklaces, magnets, key chains and pins for $2 each at, well, during, this  block party and that Bushwick Art Crawl that was a block away from this Bushwick Collective Block Party as well.  And if I must blagher say, one thing that particularly stuck in my mind was a sign that read “bushwick collective exploits artists plus community’ that was seen while vending that jewelry at, well during, that block party on this day, that finds itself posted in one of those photos above. And the rain held off on this day for those block parties yesterday, though not exactly for House of YES Block Party today, as it just started raining as I type this blog post and their block party seems to have turned into a rain dance in a 15 minute downpour.  And what  else is there that  I can blagher say about these New York City events that has not already been said in blogger time except what those Facebook event descriptions say.  And that Bushwick Art Crawl Facebook event reads something like:

A FREE art festival in the public space in Bushwick,
on Wyckoff Ave, and surrounding art studios, galleries, pop ups centered around the JEFFERSON L TRAIN STOP.

We invite the community to IMMERSE into celebrating art with the many artists studios, local music talent, performance art, live art, body painting, installations, a creative experience that sparks new bonds and reshapes the neighborhood!
Organized by Arts in Action Corporation, non profit for the Arts.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bushwick-art-crawl-tickets-61325600522

To participate/register with Art work, as performer, music or creative activities,
visit http://artsinactionorg.net,
all registration forms are there

And that 8th Annual BUSHWICK COLLECTIVE Block Party Facebook event reads something like:

– FREE COMMUNITY EVENT –

VIP access available on @eventbrite on 4/20

LIVE STREET ART • LIVE MUSIC • BEER GARDEN • DJs • B-BOY DANCERS • MERCHANT VENDORS • FOOD TRUCKS • GIVEAWAYS • FREE PRODUCT SAMPLING • And MANY MANY more announcements COMING SOON🥳

And with the  exception of that “bushwick collective exploits artists plus community’  sign seen during this Bushwick Collective Block Party and Bushwick Art Crawl, this block party rocked.  Have a great New York City Block Party day and more. 

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A Squatter’s Opera

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And so the The 32nd Annual Loisaida Festival, the 24th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts and a host of other festivals and events happened this past Memorial Day weekend in that city of New York. And it was at that 24th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts that I found myself at as one of those sign holders in Deb Lee’s  A Squatter’s Opera by Michael Shenker.  And that Facebook event invite for Theater for the New City’s 24th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts reads something like as follows:

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer and there’s no more exciting way to mark the season than with a visit to the THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY’s 24th Annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts. A FREE celebration that brings together over 70 groups for more than 270 performances. The shows reflects the neighborhood’s heritage and New York City’s incredible diversity. This year’s theme is 2020 Vision – SAVE Our Planet, Save Our Country, a call for a green revolution and a more welcoming nation.

MAY 24 – MAY 26
Friday 6PM – 1AM
Saturday NOON – 6PM Outside, 6PM – 1AM Inside
Sunday 6 PM – 1 AM

As Crystal Field, Executive Director puts it, “Art cannot move mountains, but it can move minds.”

And Deb Lee’s A Squatter’s Opera by Michael Shenker Facebook event invite reads something like as follows:

A SQUATTER’S OPERA – brought to you by Deb Lee

In the 1980’s before RENT, Michael Shenker created A SQUATTER’S OPERA, a gritty history of Squatting and our fight for the right to Housing on the Lower East Side. Originally performed in 1992 at TNC as the four-song cycle LIVE FREE OR DIE!, tonight we present one of these songs aptly named…Live Free or Die. Stay tuned for the full production in the future! This is a FREE event.


Writer & Composer: Michael Shenker 


Co-Directors: Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, Deb Lee, Anne “An Address” Edris, Dara Wishingrad 


Musical Director: Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado


Musicians: Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, Piano; Karl Bateman, Guitarist; Eric Blitz, Drummer


Singers: Joanie Fritz Zosike, Robert Hieger, Frank Morales, Marta VI, Karl Rosenstein, Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado, J. Gonzalez-Blitz, Kara Madeline, Wolfie and Alfie Rogers


Choreographer: Elizabeth Ruf Maldonado


Artists: Seth Tobocman, Anne “An Address” Edris, Rolando Politi, Fly!, Kathy Creutzburg, Jordan Worley, Aaron Sinifit


Sign-Holders: Barbara Lee, Carla Cubit, Ali Rogers, Ann “An Address” Edris, Fly!, Rolando Politi, Pete Missing? Ray of Rays Candy Store?, and many more fine folks to be confirmed.


Film Crew: Simeon Rose, Stefan Harshman, Paul DeRienzo
PA: Karen Souza

And if I must blogger say, Ray of Ray’s Candy Store left his store and he was there holding a sign also. And as one of those sign holders in that Squatter Opera, I didn’t exactly get to take photos of the actual performance, though Eden posted

a video of the play on her twitter page and Barbara Robin Lee‘s choir mate took a photo of the performance that finds itself posted in one of those photos above. And this Squatter Opera scene rocked and was really cool. And so what else is there that I can say about this Lower East Side Festival of the Arts and Squatter Opera that has not already been said in blogger time except have a great festivals day and more. Housing Is A Human Right. Live Free Or Die. Squat The World.

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Tompkins Square MAY DAY!

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It was cold and rainy on that next to the last day of April, a few days before MAY DAY 2019. that I found myself attempting to vend those #blacklivesmatter, #notmypresident, #occupywallstreet, #nopolicestate, #berniesanders, #yoga, #squat, #morus, #theshadow, #brooklyn #tompkinssquarepark, #eastvillage #lowereastaide, #manhattan and #iloveny necklaces, magnets, key chains and pins for $1 each on a drum set kit, makeshift vendor table next to Kelley and her really cool Police State cassette tapes she was selling, at another one of The Shadow“s Tompkins Square MAY DAY! concerts at Tompkins Square Park, before Chris came with the merchandise tables for The Shadow and all of the other bands merchandise.  And I have blaghed about May Day before on this blagh many times in times past and could almost just recycle the same post over and over as each holiday year rolls around.  And the rain held off for most of the concert. And Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council  held a May Day in the Park 2019 on this day as well with lots of good food and their Facebook event invite read something like

“Guess who’s back! Join radicals and anti-fascists from across the city for a fun, sunny day of free food, talks, games, crafts, sunbathing, zine-reading, face-painting, daydreaming, hand-holding and more as we celebrate May Day, community, radical life and the dream of a world where we can one day enjoy the commons every day! This year we will have childcare accommodations. ”

And then there was Food Not Bombs sharing good vegetarian food as well during  the concert hours. And so the bands played music, music and more music, and everyone danced, danced and damced some more until  the concert hours ended and another MayDay concert in the park has come to pass.  And there is to be more Shows in Tompkins Square Park this coming season.  And a host of other May Day events in the New York City area as well.

And the band played on.  Have a great May Day and more.

 

 

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A Paterson Waterfall

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Hey again bloggers, or whoever could be reading this blagh. And so I found myself at that Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park on this day, located in that city of Paterson, in that State of New Jersey, mainly to sight see that great waterfall that this city and park seems to be known for, and also in between reading the headline news of the day, to take another opportunity to post photos of that great waterfall on this blog in yet another attempt to maintain social media web 2.0 user generated content for this blog and my other blagh whenever blaghers block possible. And according to Wikipedia, the Great Falls (Passaic River) is a prominent waterfall, 77 feet (23 m) high, on the Passaic River in the city of Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. The falls and surrounding area are protected as part of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park,..And according to those brochures on the door at the welcome center, the Paterson Great Falls also has something to do with the Paterson Museum, the Passaic River, an overlook bridge, glaciers, hydro electricity, hydro power systems, mills, textiles, cotton, printing and other park history and culture that I am not exactly sure of.  And. I didn’t make it to that self guided walking tour, though the park ranger did say that part of the walking path was closed on this day because someone crashed into the park fence overnight.  And again, every picture tells a story, I think, as in those waterfall photos that find themselves posted above.  Have a great walk through the National Historic Park day and more.

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