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Bidding Summer Farewell

Hello Fellow Liberals,

Well, last weekend I took a news-break. Too much bad news, sad news, unimportant news, not-really-news news & happy news --that I felt guilty for enjoying because of all of the negativity preceding it. I also realized that I was just letting it wash over me, unable to process it anymore. Unable to distinguish what personally I needed to get angry about and what actions I could do to make the world just a bit better. And well, I'm still on that break... hey, it's still summer, right? So on that note, David will be your host tonight, and I'm sure he's got a few rants ready to go. Please join him tonight at our regular meeting place, Jose Pistola's, 6-9 pm.

Cheers,
Alex

The week's events:

Tuesday 08/26: Drinking Liberally Center City meets every Tuesday 6- 9 p.m. at the upstairs bar of Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust and Spruce Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Sunday 8/31: Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally meets every Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Infusion Coffee + Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave..

Join Our Facebook Groups: Join the Center City Drinking Liberally group, the Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally group and the Philly Shooting Liberally group. It's a good way to get to know the people you see at our events.

Follow Us On Twitter: @LiberalPhilly
Center City Organizers:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alexandra Buczek.

Long Winded Outrage

I heard a caller on Radio Times this morning mention how none of her white friends were as outraged as her black friends over what is happening in Ferguson, MO.

I agree. More people from all backgrounds need to be angrier and screaming louder in support for a community that is largely ignored in our country, and that is being silenced once more.

Even those on the other side, including the nut-bags should be supporting the locals in their response to an overzealous and over-reaching Police Force, and ineffectual and unresponsive political class.

But we all know what would happen if the Tea-Baggers came out in support of a Black Community fighting for their rights.

But I digress.

This image best represents for me what is going on in Ferguson. His sadness and anger are palpable.

As the Pastor, who is standing in front the young man, states "If it's not touching you, if it's not personal, that's where there's a problem."

As a white dude from Colorado I cannot imagine what it is like to live in a world where every moment of everyday you're automatically assumed to be the suspect, the criminal, the different, the other, the watched.

But as an artist I seek stories and narratives, imagery and words that can help me connect to anothers's experience. The young man, Joshua, as well as Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and all those silenced by violence, deserve the dignity of our support and to have their stories told.

Their narrative must be given respect, and must not include justifications for their deaths. These young men did not deserve to die, no matter what their actions.

(And their actions are in dispute; there is no proof that Michael Brown stole anything. But he, along with others like him wasn't given Due Process)

That is why the coverage of the story is so important. This event needs to become personal for all of us.

The Police fear this, that is why they don't want Journalists exposing their actions. actions based in an irrational fear of the citizenry.

This diddy from the Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates perfectly describes the Black experience, and how young Black men are being destroyed, and that "destruction is merely the superlative form of a dominion whose prerogatives include friskings, detainings, beatings, and humiliations. All of this is common to black people."

The fact that people are at best being harassed, and at worst killed, by a increasingly Militarized police force is a problem for all of us. And we need to be angrier.

But again, that Police force fears it's own citizenry. They see in us Terrorists and Bombers so they point their guns at us and chase us away.

It also fears the media because their fear is laid bare when their actions are exposed.

And know you're is in trouble when Egypt criticizes the arrest of journalists and the military-grade quashing of civil rights.

Egypt you say? The surprise inherent in that fact is based on an assumption that we are somehow better than other Nations that struggle with their citizenry.

Coates continues, summing-up the idea that the United States are no longer (and maybe never was) the exemplar of a Free Society perfectly:

"Taken all together, the body count that led us to our present tenuous democratic moment does not elevate us above the community of nations, but installs us uncomfortably within its ranks. And that is terrifying because it shows us to be neither providential nor exceptional"

We could be better and set an example of how a Democracy should deal with it's citizens. But instead we spend billions on Tanks and Armour and Weaponry, rather than community outreach programs, community self-policing programs, and more Police on foot in communities.

For one beautiful moment the violence subsided and people were given hope: rather than pointing a weapon at the people, a State Trooper walked with them. This should show us how the police don't need armor to be brave. Bravery is facing the people, letting them speak for themselves and hearing them out, and even apologizing.

Their anger comes as much from not being heard as it does losing their sons.

That all changed when again, the Police assumed the people were a danger and tried to imprison them in their own homes.

It seems the Media is starting to get it, when CNN's Jake Tapper said simply, "This Doesn't Make Any Sense!'

No it doesn't Jakey. It makes no damn sense at all.

And that pisses me off.

Sincerely the other Dave

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Center City Organizer:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Hi DLers:
Jacqui here. I know we have a lot of news to cover tonight. Are we back in Iraq for good, again? The humanitarian mission to Ukraine that no one seems to know what is actually happening with it. The hopefully permanent ceasefire in Gaza…

But my mind as many others is focused on the death of a movie star who was also a political activist who made us all laugh. I am sorry to turn this e-mail into yet another discussion about Robin Williams but I know many of us are quietly mourning the loss of his comedic genius and good works.

Robin Williams was one of those rare just good people. He came from a family of money but always gave back. He started Comic Relief with Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal to help with crises in Africa. He would spend hours between projects in St. Jude Hospital for Children making kids who were going through the worst, laugh. When his friend and former roommate Christopher Reeve was injured and paralyzed, Williams stepped up to help the family and start the Christopher Reeve Foundation to help research spinal injuries and disorders. He knew he was lucky to have his resources and made sure he shared with those who were in need, like a true progressive should.

For a person who gave so much and knew (at least) intellectually he was loved, its hard to think he could ever feel alone. This circles back to the misunderstanding and stigma of mental illness in our society. Like many others of his generation, he is gone too soon. But at least, we have his great work to remind and comfort us that people like him exist(ed).

Genie.. You're Free!

http://youtu.be/Erf2iFHG44M: Good Morning Vietnam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPOpk-4AqZQ Good Will Hunting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzO-kzwvyDE: Patch Adams

To Business! Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Tuesday 8/12: Drinking Liberally Center City meets every Tuesday 6- 9 p.m. at the upstairs bar of Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust and Spruce Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Sunday 08/17: Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally meets every Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Infusion Coffee + Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave..
Join Our Facebook Groups: Join the Center City Drinking Liberally group, the Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally group and the Philly Shooting Liberally group. It's a good way to get to know the people you see at our events.

Follow Us On Twitter: @LiberalPhilly

Center City Organizers:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alex Buczek.

Quick Message

We are going right to business tonight: Join Drinking Liberally Center City tonight at our regular weekly get-together, starting at 6 p.m. in the upstairs bar at Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust & Spruce). Come for the Beer specials and stay for the conversation.

Drinking Liberally is a project of Living Liberally, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which builds progressive community through social networks and events. Founded in 2003, Living Liberally has 229 chapters across the country. The Center City Philadelphia chapter of DL was started during the 2004 election and has met every Tuesday night since.

The week's events:

Tuesday 08/05: Drinking Liberally Center City meets every Tuesday 6- 9 p.m. at the upstairs bar of Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust and Spruce Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Sunday 08/10: Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally meets every Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Infusion Coffee + Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave..

Join Our Facebook Groups: Join the Center City Drinking Liberally group, the Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally group and the Philly Shooting Liberally group. It's a good way to get to know the people you see at our events.

Follow Us On Twitter: @LiberalPhilly
Center City Organizers:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alexandra Buczek.

Back Home!

Hello All-
Today we will return to Jose Pistola's from 6-9.

We had a great & lively turnout last week & hope to keep the momentum going. Between ebola, Gaza, Syria, the Ukraine and the still-in-captivity Nigerian girls, there is much to discuss. So come on out!
-Alex

The week's events:

Tuesday 07/29: Drinking Liberally Center City meets every Tuesday 6- 9 p.m. at the upstairs bar of Jose Pistola's, 263 S. 15th St. (between Locust and Spruce Streets), Philadelphia, PA 19102.

Sunday 08/03: Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally meets every Sunday 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Infusion Coffee + Tea, 7133 Germantown Ave..

Join Our Facebook Groups: Join the Center City Drinking Liberally group, the Mt. Airy Drinking Coffee Liberally group and the Philly Shooting Liberally group. It's a good way to get to know the people you see at our events.

Follow Us On Twitter: @LiberalPhilly
Center City Organizers:
David Chatfield.
Jacqui Cohen.
Alexandra Buczek.

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