Monday, November 30, 2009

We're With You

The best story I ever heard about Woodstock involved Creedence Clearwater Revival, the original band signed to perform at the now legendary 1969 festival in New York. Based in Berkeley, Creedence was somehow scheduled to perform at 3 a.m., and the story of what happened is best described by their lead singer, John Fogerty.

We were ready to rock out and we waited and waited and finally it was our turn... ...there were a half million people asleep. These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud.

And this is the moment I will never forget as long as I live: a quarter mile away in the darkness, on the other edge of this bowl, there was some guy flicking his Bic, and in the night I hear, "Don't worry about it John. We're with you." I played the rest of the show for that guy.

Monday, November 23, 2009

AIM 40

Indians of All Tribes gathered to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz, a milestone in the Civil Rights Movement.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Battle Continues

The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle, a new book by David and Rebecca Solnit, includes excerpts from an interview with Public Good Project's former research director Paul de Armond. We haven't seen the book yet, but thought readers might like to know. David Solnit was an organizer for Direct Action Network during the November 1999 Battle in Seattle; his sister Rebecca is a San Francisco based author, a contributing editor to Harper's magazine, and a friend of Zapatismo.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Cannabis 2010

The California campaign begins.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Freedom Archives

The Freedom Archives on Valencia celebrates ten years.

Friday, November 06, 2009

#1 Son

In a tribute to San Anselmo's number one son, The San Franciscan salutes Don Novello, otherwise known as Father Guido Sarducci.