The Illuminator

Maybe it’s all the retrograde planets now making me remember old times. Or maybe the fact that Mark Read appeared to me in a dream, messing around with machines and wires. Whatever the reason, the Illuminator‘s early days have been on my mind & looking at this site I realized I never posted much about it.

Here’s a video of the first night we drove into Manhattan to Zuccotti Park fully expecting to get arrested. We had a lawyer with us on board, just in case, Lopi steering the ship, Danny & I repping the library, Brandon on documentation & Mark. Apologies if I’ve forgotten anyone else who was with us in the van, seems so long ago already.


N17 blew people’s minds. The light then really made me know that the city is ours, the streets are ours. “You are a part of a global uprising… Another world is possible.” It’s been almost five years, is there still any doubt? I’m so deeply grateful to have been part of this & share the video below for those who weren’t there.

other Illuminator/N17 coverage:
AlterNetBeautiful Trouble | Boing Boing | CNNThe Guardian | The New York Times |

pre-order

I’ve just been informed that books are now available for pre-order at the Belladonna site. Pre-order now with free shipping. Books ship March 1, 2015.

anyl

$15 • Forthcoming 2015 • 70 pp. • 6.5″ x 8″
ISBN: 978-0-9885399-2-1

Lovely blurbs on the site including this one:

All is not yet lost bears witness to the interconnectedness, and interdependence that is unearthed in the fertile chaos of change. Through the cycles of degradation, disintegration and necessary resurrection that shape the dance of environmental, political and personal revolution we find common dreams and common ground: “a bond of love exists… the miraculous present.”

toasting 2014

What a year! A toast! a toast

LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs wrote a wonderful year-end summary for the Walker Art Center: 2014: The Year According to LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.

I’m grateful that All Is Not Yet Lost is included on her list of books for people to get hold of. Thank you, LaTasha. It’s not out quite yet–but soon! One more reason to get excited about 2015.

names disguised

names disguisedI got home to a box of books! Books!
Names Disguised is out in the world thanks to Make Now Press. Thank you, Ara, for all your hard work!

I also want to thank the editors of the following journals and presses where some of the poems appeared in earlier forms: Coconut, Dusie, Lungfull!, Little Red Leaves, 3 Sad Tigers. Thanks everybody!

(for library geeks, it’s  ISBN 978-0-9815962-9-7)

Babylon makes the rules

Michael’s round-up of media coverage on the library blog brought the Daily News’ article to my attention. It’s got a lovely quotation that recalls some of what this settlement’s about:

“Remember the anti-authority message of Occupy Wall Street? Remember the backlash over its vague goals and nebulous methods? Surprise! Occupy Wall Street (OWS) just struck a sizeable victory, and it came by working within the system.”
Read more here.

Working within the system.

Babylon makes the rules, but that doesn’t mean we’re incapable of playing by them. 

what’s been going on?

Atlantic PacificSubway-wise, the MTA’s officially announced a name change for our beloved hub. It will always be Atlantic-Pacific to me.

Poetry-wise, some of my poems were in the April edition of the Brooklyn Rail.

Library-wise, we filed a lawsuit against Bloomberg, Ray Kelly, the NYPD, the Dept of Sanitation, and the City of New York. w00t! The case is Occupy Wall Street et al. v. Michael Bloomberg et al., U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-4129. The full complaint is here.

Michele said it well in her post, “We believe that the raid and its aftermath violated our First-Amendment rights to free expression, Fourth-Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure, and Fourteenth-Amendment rights to due process, as well as the laws of the City of New York regarding the vouchsafing of seized property.” What’s most exciting to me is what we might turn up in the discovery process. As Norman Siegel points out, the suit “not only addresses the seizure and destruction of the books, but it also seeks to show why, how, and who planned the raid on Zuccotti Park.”

Illuminator debut this Saturday

Occupiers, 99%-ers, Fellow Insurgents–

The rumors are true. Deep in the bowels of Brooklyn the plans were hatched, the forces gathered, the dream made real. The Illuminator has been given form and will ride out on its maiden voyage this Saturday night, March 3rd, as part of Low Lives: Occupy! Its mission: To smash the myths of the information industry so that people might see for themselves what the 99% movement is fighting for.

The Illuminator is a tactical media tool and spectacularization machine, a beautiful and useful instrument to be used to grow and strengthen the movement in New York City and around the country. We’ve got big plans. Go to the website, follow us on the social media outlet of your choice, and stay tuned.

To catch us on Livestream on Saturday night at 7:28, 8:26, or 9:24pm, check in on the Low Lives channel: http://www.occupywithart.com/llo-live-channel/. To catch us live, follow us on one of those aforementioned outlets.

See you in the Streets,
The Illuminator Team

 

ALA Midwinter Conference in Dallas

I’ll be presenting in the ALA Masters Series at the Midwinter Conference in Dallas this weekend with fellow Occupy Librarians Mandy Henk, Zachary Loeb, Jaime Taylor and Danny Norton. We’re very excited to be able to connect with so many librarians about our shared passions. If you’re in the area, please join us.

Saturday January, 21 at 8:30 am in the Dallas Convention Center Theater.

ALA Press release here.

Full text of the presentation is here.
Coverage from American Libraries and Library Journal.
And a post-panel interview with American Libraries Editors George M. Eberhart and Sanhita SinhaRoy.