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From Ice Buckets To ISIS Rockets

The US escalates action against ISIS
with the threat of plunging into another war,
but we are more likely to hear about ice buckets
and who has plunged themselves to fight ALS.

We are already tuning out the violence in Gaza,
weary of ceasefires and wary of solutions,
but tune in to one senseless, sensational video
of an uzi accident that takes one life and ruins others.

The mourning continues in Ferguson and elsewhere,
some Senators discuss de-militarizing police,
but few people really believe anything will change
and we wait to hear of the next case of lethal force.

All these topics deserve our attention --
but it's harder to focus on big issues that YouTube videos.
We need ice water dumped on our collective heads
to shock us into paying attention to the larger world.

In the meantime, how about an icy beer,
chill company and cool conversation
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30 and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and banner
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's Host: Justin Gerald
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu - in Brooklyn Tonight

Friends of Drinking Liberally
are invited tonight to a special event:
an opportunity to meet
ZEPHYR TEACHOUT and TIM WU, progressive candidates
for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Learn about their agenda,
talk to them and their campaign team
and enjoy a summer night with fellow progressives.

The 4th Avenue Pub
4th Ave between Bergen and St. Marks
No charge to attend. All are welcome.

RSVP and more details
https://www.facebook.com/events/366075946881561/

We Are The World

We're wary of sending tanks back into Iraq
and alarmed by Russian tanks near Ukraine.
Meanwhile we witness police on military tanks
rolling through the streets of Ferguson.

We're aghast at the beheading of a journalist in Syria
and the deaths of civilians in the Gaza war.
Meanwhile journalists are being arrested in Ferguson
while covering the senseless killing of an unarmed teen.

We watch the chaos of Ebola quarantines
while our own citizens in Ferguson
are quarantined by police action and curfew,
trapped by historical and institutional racism.

We look with horror and fear at so much in the world
but we don't need to look further than Missouri.

We also look to change and help and save the world --
well, we are the world…so let's start the change here.

Change your mood with a warm welcome,
sharing ideas and beers with a few peers
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and banner
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's Host: Keith Stewart
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
.

And join us for a free night
of progressive political comedy
tomorrow - Friday, August 22nd - 7:30pm.
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB.
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th
Details and RSVP here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/721796887888311/

Featuring John Fugelsang, Katie Halper,
Dean Obeidallah, Negin Farsad, Ken Schultz,
Andy Farnsworth and host Scott Blakeman

Unarmed But Not Unharmed

An unarmed black teen is gunned down in Ferguson
and now protesters face a militarized police force
keeping the peace with instruments of war.

Civilians shudder as the Israel/Hamas conflict smolders,
the plight of innocents inches America back into Iraq
and the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee
calls for a foreign policy of even more military force.

Ebola returns to public attention
as it claims lives with sudden fury.
Depression returns to center stage
the quiet killer of beloved and gifted Robin Williams.

Overseas to our own shores, with violence and silence
by guns and bombs, disease and depression,
we are reminded and should be alarmed
that being unarmed doesn't mean being unharmed.

Need company, conversation or comrades,
find them all sharing a toast and an evening
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and banner
in the upper deck of the backyard.
Tonight's hosts: Stephanie Hunt and Justin Krebs
Question: nyc@drinkingliberally.org

Tonight, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee
will buy you your first pint of Rudy's Red
as they toast farewell to Michael Snook,
their long-serving campaigner.
Meet the PCCC over a beer --
that's Drinking Liberally.

The Long Road From Cease To Peace

After weeks of casualties and clashes,
rocket fire and ratcheted-up rhetoric,
Israel and Hamas have an uneasy ceasefire,
but even without fire, the flames still burn.

After months of inaction and obstruction,
a do-nothing Congress takes a recess --
but taking a break from divided DC
only means time for campaign conflict back home.

After incidents of police brutality across the US
increase tension with communities of color,
practices like fatal chokeholds have to cease
before rebuilding trust can even begin.

It's one thing to put out a fire.
It's another to create conditions for change.
We start when we cease
-- but it's a long road to peace.

Bring your fiery feelings into a cool conversation
as you find a safe place to think and to drink
at your local progressive social club.

DRINKING LIBERALLY
Tonight - and every Thursday
7:30-9:30pm and beyond
Rudy's - 9th Ave btw 44th & 45th
Look for DL buttons and banners
on the upper deck in the backyard.
Tonight's host: Keith Stewart
Questions: nyc@drinkingliberally.org
.
Tomorrow night:
a free night of feisty fun at
THE LAUGHING LIBERALLY LAB
Friday, August 8th - 7:30pm
Jimmy's No 43 - 43 East 7th Street
FREE show. Food and drink available.
Featuring:
John Fugelsang, Dean Obeidallah,
Negin Farsad, Katie Halper,
Frank Conniff and Scott Blakeman

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