FDL Book Salon Welcomes Bob Ivry, The Seven Sins of Wall Street: Big Banks, Their Washington Lackeys, and the Next Financial Crisis

By: Sunday March 23, 2014 1:58 pm

This book is an eye-opener, a wake-up call for those in Washington to get their heads out of Wall Street’s asses, a state unthinkable for most politicians. But, it’s also a wake-up call to us, to be ever more vigilant with every one of our financial dealings, because the worst is yet to come.

Manning Solidarity at Austin’s Queerbomb

By: Monday June 3, 2013 4:35 pm

The action was a success, bringing increased awareness of Manning’s case. At the end of the night when I parked the Manning float and took a rest on a bench at a nearby coffee shop, it was fun to watch people stop to pose with him for photos as they left Queerbomb.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Susan Clark and Woden Teachout, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community and Bringing Decision Making Back Home

By: Sunday November 25, 2012 1:59 pm

Recently, while standing in an hour-long U.S. Customs line at Washington Dulles, I pulled out Slow Democracy. Listening to others complain about the untenable situation as we crisscrossed back and forth, I read, holding up the book title for all to see. Finally someone said, “What is that book about?” I delivered a succinct summary, consciously using tools I had just learned to include diversity, to all within earshot. What followed was a splendid example of slow democracy.

People rallied from jetlag, shook off fatigue, spoke over wailing babies, and listened to each other share stories and experiences about an issue close to all our hearts: the democracy crisis in America. I was inspired to see in action the main contentions in Slow Democracy: i.e., people care about democracy and want to bring it back to the local level.

Tent City Rising: Occupy Austin Attempts New Encampments (#OATX Birthday, UPDATED)

By: Thursday October 11, 2012 5:17 pm

On Saturday, October 6, a week of events and direct action celebrating Occupy Austin’s 1st birthday culminated on its official anniversary with an attempt to reoccupy space; the goal was to create a new transitional encampment for those without homes in a city which has criminalized their existence.

The day began with a March Against Hate to protest a hate crime on Pride weekend (previously mentioned on myFDL). Occupy Austin, in addition to joining the march, lent our portable sound system to the community for use at the Texas State Capitol, then danced along the sidewalks on the way back to Austin City Hall for our Popular Assembly.

Street Preacher Threatens Woman With Rape During Gay Pride Celebration

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 7:15 pm

Religious right organizations have fought in court to allow folks to disrupt Pride celebrations by protesting and such so I wonder how they feel about this.

Speech to the San Diego Stonewall Rally

By: Saturday July 21, 2012 12:45 pm

This was an important LGBT year in so many ways: one interesting way was at the Stonewall Rally we raised San Diego’s new monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and LGBT community civil rights: a large rainbow flag was permanently raised on Normal Street. Perhaps it’s incredibly fitting that the flag pole is situated on Normal Street in between Harvey Milk Street and University Avenue — perhaps a fitting commentary on normality of LGBT people, LGBT activism, and the legitimate academic importance of queer studies.

In my speech at the rally, I called on community activism towards open service for transgender servicemembers.

Gay Crumbs From the Table of the Masters

By: Friday June 29, 2012 4:14 pm

If you had, at the time, asked a participant in the Stonewall Riots—whose occurrence annual LGBTQ Pride parades commemorate—whether they envisioned a future where their cause was vocally supported by JP Morgan, Doritos, and the President of the United States, chances are your answer would have been a swift and sure “No.” But, in 21st century America…?

Late Night: Rainbows and Oreos

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 8:00 pm

I love Oreos, now celebrating their 100th anniversary, even more because they put out this image as the the first in a series of 100 “current event” promos as part of recognizing their centenary. In fact I may go buy a bag tonight, GMO or not, because naturally the sandy-pantied homo-haters have gotten all het up over this on Oreo’s Facebook page.

Free Bradley Manning Contingent Marches in Chicago Pride Parade

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 4:00 pm

A contingent of people supportive of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks, marched in Chicago’s Pride Parade to celebrate being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The group, organized by the Gay Liberation Network (GLN), was one of 200 registered contingents in the parade.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Linda Hirshman, Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution

By: Sunday June 10, 2012 1:59 pm

Linda Hirshman has written a pungent history of how gay and lesbian Americans transformed themselves, in less than half a century, from a despised minority that dared not speak its name—or did so on pain of bashing in Greenwich Village, assassination in San Francisco, crucifixion in Laramie, Wyoming, snickers and agonized death everywhere—into the vigorous core of a new moral majority that occupied American culture (not without opposition), changed pharmaceutical testing, became an electoral bloc and spawned new specialties in wedding planning.

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Upcoming FDL Book Salons

Saturday, April 19, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill
Chat with Mark Ebner about his new book. Hosted by Beth Karas.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War
Chat with John White about his new book. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah J. Nelson.

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