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1. I Have Been To The Mountaintop

I Have Been To The Mountaintop

I am in no way even attempting to assume that I know anything about the political/social realities at play in the world at the moment, but at quick glance it seems as though violence breeds more violence. The people who changed the world, were the ones who laid down their arms - chose to forgive - to restore - to love - people like Jesus, Mandela, Gandhi, Martin Luther King. Just before he was assassinated on April 3rd, 1968, Martin Luther King preached the sermon ‘I’ve been to the Mountaintop’. Its a profound account of hope, amidst despair - where he considers the significance of being born into the turmoil and unrest of the twentieth century. His outlook provides unique context for pain and suffering as he says ‘only when it is dark enough can you see the stars’. He goes on to say; ‘Men for years now have been talking about war and peace. But now no longer can they just talk about it. It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence. That is where we are today.’ He modeled a way of non-violence - and it cost him his life. Inspired by his words one night I cut together this clip using old archive footage from the Prelinger Archives - those words are as poignant today as they were back when he first spoke them - if not more (for me personally at least). Score: Ryan Taubert


2. Iceland 2015

Iceland 2015

For me the story of this trip was that I wasn't mentally prepared for what it would take to get these amazing images in these beautiful places. It was a physical representation of something that I've been learning in my relationship with God, in my marriage, and in my creative development--if you want a mountaintop experience, you have to make the hike. There are no shortcuts. Shot with: Nikon D750 Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 Freefly Movi M5 DJI Inspire 1 - masterfully operated by Brad Ward


3. Yes We can HD

  • Published: 2008-02-27T03:12:40+00:00
  • Duration: 270
  • By lol
Yes We can HD

Yes, We Can! - Si, Se Puede! Song & video, featuring a star cast, by Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. Inspired by Barack Obama's 'Yes We Can' speech. ---------------------------------------- 02/05/08 Note: Please keep the comments civil and try to keep the conversation to issues. No personal attacks or pejoratives. We'd prefer to keep the comments, and dialogue, open and flowing. Most importantly, no matter who your preferred candidate is, get out and vote! 02/06/08 Note: Please see note from 02/05/08. ------------------------- Official song site: http://www.yeswecansong.com Obama Campaign Site: http://www.barackobama.com/ Yes we can what?: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/ Is it true that he....?: http://factcheck.barackobama.com/ Be a part of the video at: http://www.hopeactchange.com -Lyrics- It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation. Yes we can. It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom. Yes we can. It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness. Yes we can. It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land. Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world. Yes we can. We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change. We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea -- Yes. We. Can. Celebrities featured include: Jesse Dylan, Will.i.am, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Amber Valetta, Eric Balfour, Aisha Tyler, Nicole Scherzinger and Nick Cannon


4. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - Last speech

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr - Last speech

All we say to America is, "Be true to what you said on paper." If I lived in China or even Russia, or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand the denial of certain basic First Amendment privileges, because they hadn't committed themselves to that over there. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of the press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right to protest for right. And so just as I say, we aren't going to let any injunction turn us around. We are going on. Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn't matter with me now. Because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land. And I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.


5. The Wedding of Eva & Moritz

  • Published: 2015-10-21T15:52:16+00:00
  • Duration: 153
  • By Chester Travis
The Wedding of Eva & Moritz

A short fun video of Moritz Neutard and Eva Steubner's wedding in Geitau, Germany. Spread over two days it includes the registry signing, beers on a Bavarian mountaintop, the wedding and best reception I have ever been to.


6. Liveliness ( Improvised )

  • Published: 2016-11-11T18:18:07+00:00
  • Duration: 92
  • By Persian Eagle
Liveliness ( Improvised )

This Posterize Piece Of Short Clip Is From My Travel & Camp Category For Hunting,Which I Have Gathered Some Of It's Shooting Scenes For You. For Your Info At This Time Of The Season Most Animals Have Been Migrated To Another Place And It Is From The Cold Weather.This is When I Was Back In From The Mountaintop And As You Can See My Friend Was Busy After The Lunch & Cooking 😉. The Thing Is The Altitude Was Around 4K , The Best Place For Camping And Shooting For Fun. In The Middle Of This Short Clip I Have Cut The Music So You Can Clearly See And Hear The Sound On That Shot I Call LIVELINESS (Improvised).


7. No Photos

No Photos

Please read before for better understanding: I have noticed that the average modern-day tourist lives their adventures through their camera. What do I mean? Upon seeing an incredible painting, building or amazing mountaintop view, he/she doesn't really admire what is in front of them and instead takes a picture as proof of having been there (I wonder how many pictures are taken of the Colosseum everyday). In the Sistine Chapel in Rome, pictures are not allowed! This forces everyone who enters the room to actually stop, gaze, admire and think of the work that is surrounding them on all sides. The NO PHOTOS rule allows everyone to be momentarily hypnotized in the presence of the manmade achievement. This is the theme I've tried to portray in this video. And I guess this makes me a tourist of tourists...


8. Walt Whitman - acting audition with dialogue

  • Published: 2010-01-31T03:59:49+00:00
  • Duration: 42
  • By Mitch Gould
Walt Whitman - acting audition with dialogue

Indie animator Mitchell Santine Gould developed techniques for creating cel animation using Reallusion's iClone, in order to produce a 4.5-min short, "This Beginning of Me." I'm still early in production; this is just a test of acting and lipsync. Voice of Walt Whitman: Disney and Universal voice vertran Ken Harrington. "This Beginning of Me" is based upon Whitman's obscure poem, "As Nearing Departure," which poses the question: after assassination--then what? The production's tagline is: "It all comes down to this." This film aims to Whitman in what I believe was his "I have been to the mountaintop moment," a century before MLK.


9. Month 5: Nepal

  • Published: 2013-11-23T09:48:03+00:00
  • Duration: 550
  • By Kevin Garcia
Month 5: Nepal

WHAT a month. It was incredible. And I am so excited to share this video with you. God has really been changing me and changing the team around me. I hope you enjoy the beauty and the adventure we have. Also, i'll be real, there is an obvious homage to KJ Blair. Its probs fine. Bonus features this month include: -Sarah Nelson talks about why all dogs go to heaven -There is a new KJ in town -Tiff and KG go at it and -Mountaintop Confessions


10. The Distinguishing Voice of Jesus

  • Published: 2011-03-22T00:36:26+00:00
  • Duration: 2671
  • By Jim Tompkins
The Distinguishing Voice of Jesus

PETER'S VOICE In the early days of the first church, Herod went on a rampage against the Christians. He arrested James and had him beheaded. When he sw that the Jews were pleased by his actions, he arrested Peter, and since it was during the feast of Unleavened Bread, had him imprisoned until after the feast. He was protected by four squads of the fiercest Roman soldiers available. But they were no match for one angel of God. The angel suddenly appeared in Peter's cell, and slapping the sleeping Apostle. told him to get up now. When he did, his chains fell off. The two guards chained to him did not wake up. The angel led him out of the prison, past scores of guards, and delivered him to the the streets of Jerusalem. When Peter came to himself, (I imagine he pinched himself two or three times), he realized it had not been a dream, but that he actually had been delivered. So, Peter hurriedly made his way to the house of Mary, where the Apostles were hiding and praying earnestly for Peter's deliverance. The servant girl who came to the gate heard Peter knocking and calling out "Open up, let me in". She did not have to look out the peep hole to know who was there. She immediately recognized Peter by his voice! After her initial shock and the Apostle's unbelief, they finally let Peter in. Peter had a voice that was distinctive and different, so much so that Rhoda knew it was him. BETTE MIDLER V. FORD MOTOR CO In the mid 80's Ford Motor was trying to market Lincolns and Mercury's to the "Yuppies". They did so in a series of ad's where they would show a Lincoln or a Mercury while playing some smemorable song from the 70's. They used the original artists. They wanted to use Bette Midler singing her song "Do you want to dance", but she refused. So they hired one of her back up singers who did a spot on imitation. Here is what the Appelate Court ruled: A voice is as distinctive and personal as a face. The human voice is one of the most palpable ways identity is manifested. We are all aware that a friend is at once known by a few words on the phone. At a philosophical level it has been observed that with the sound of a voice, "the other stands before me." D. Ihde, Listening and Voice 77 (1976) Bette Midler v. Ford Motor Company No. 87-6168 (1988) Most of the time we can recognize someone's voice, especially if they are in our family or a close friend. Sometimes that is not the case. I really fell embarrassed when someone starts talking to me and I don't recognize their voice. But I always tell my wife I'm sorry, it won't happen again. That's because I have her name programmed into my phone. It even shows her picture just so I know who it is! THE CHARACTERISTICS OF JESUS REVEAL DIVINE LOVE We have been looking at Agape or Divine Love, and how Jesus expects us to love Him with divine love. He has written seven letters to seven different churches, and each letter addresses a failing of that church in regards to Divine Love. Each letter points our an important characteristic of Agape Love, and the reward we receive when we overcome and achieve that aspect of love! Each aspect of Divine Love is displayed in the characteristics of Jesus Christ displayed in Revelations One. GOLDEN SASH In Revelation 1:13, John records that Jesus wore a golden sash across his chest. The gold across his heart symbolized his pure and perfect love, the love which led Him to risk everything, including His life for the sake of you and me. This prompted His letter to Ephesus, to a church that had left their first love, and were loving Jesus based upon their interests and concerns. Theirs was 'phileo' love, but Jesus told them to repent and do those works they did at the first, when they were willing to risk everything for Him! WHITE HAIR Next we see his white hair, and we know His love has sttod the tests of time and trial, yet He has full strength. He is still full of life! He is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but now is alive. So he addressed the church at Smyrna, and encouraged them to stay faithful in persecution, for Agape Love is suffering love. It is love that endures and grows sweeter even in the midst of suffering, persecution and death. FLAMING EYES John sees His eyes next, and they are as flames of fire. They reveal the love of Jesus that sees everything, and knows everything, yet still loves his people. So he writes to Pergamum, a church which is struggling with worldliness, with doing things which are weakening their Agape Love. So divine love is discerning love, it discerns that which is harmful, that which causes our love to wane, and it removes it. FEET OF BRONZE Then John notices His feet, and how they were like burnished bronze that had been refined in the fire. His feet have endured the sin and corruption of this world, and yet they never lost their strength. For Divine love is righteous love. It is uncompromising in its commitment to the righteousness of God. So Christ writes a letter to the church at Thyatira. There the people have started to "let go" of God's standards, of God's righteousness, and they are tolerating Jezebel, who is preaching that it is alright to be worldly and be a Christian. But divinle Love is Uncompromising Love. VOICE OF MANY WATERS Now John notices the Voice of Jesus. His voice is as the voice of many waters. This is the voice of distinction, the voice of character, the voice of the Son of God. He speaks, and the seven spirits obey. He speaks and the bread is multiplied. He speaks, and the dead stand up. No, this is not the voice that John knew. No, this is the voice of the creator of the universe! This is the voice of the one who will judge the nations. This is the voice of the one who will rule with a rod of iron. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. Psalms 29:4 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the forests bare, and in his temple all cry, “Glory!” Psalms 29:9 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. John 5:25 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. Revelation 14:2 The Voice pictures the character of the Son of God. It is bold, it is powerful, it is loving, it is to be feared. Yet there is no mistaking His voice, just as their is no mistaking that He has earned the right ot judge the nations. His character is without sin, so His voice is without imperfection. The Divine Love of Jesus is Distinguishing, it distinguishes Him from all the others who have pretended to be a god. From Free Online Dictionary: Distinguishing: To perceive as being different or distinct, To make noticeable or different; set apart. To cause (oneself) to be eminent or recognized. HIS SHEEP HEAR HIS VOICE AND FOLLOW To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. John 10:3-4 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 HEAR THE WORDS FROM THE VOICE OF MANY WATERS  the Voice of He who holds the 7 Spirits and the 7 messengers. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF SARDIS. The city was divided into two parts. One part was a fortress on top of a magnificent acropolis and the other was the sprawling community where most of the people lived that existed about 1500 feet below in a very fertile valley. In the valley the people did their work, farming, wool dying (major industry), linen and textile mills, and jewelry thanks to gold that was processed and refined from the Pactolus stream that ran next to the town. The city of Sardis was a city of wealth. History tells us that in 550 b.c., King Croesus found gold in the city’s river and issued the first gold coins in history! Even in New Testament times, gold could be found all along its rivers. In addition to its wealth, the city was known for its paganism. There are temples to Artemis, the Protectress, Zeus Polieus (Protector). After an earthquake in 17 BC, they went to disrepair, probably in reaction to their failure to protect. Evidence shows it was at least 50 years before they were rebuilt. There is a Christian Chapel built at the Southeast corner of the Temple to Artemis. Probably to use materials after the temple fell into disuse. There is another temple to Cybele - the Mother of the the gods. She became the favored goddess, and worshippers of Cybele participated in wild, frenzied worship that included sexual immorality . By the time the Romans controlled Sardis the great fortress atop the acropolis was uninhabited. It was basically a relic of days gone by. Historical evidence indicates that these people were absolutely obsessed with the issues of death and immortality. They worshiped the forces of nature which were considered to be the source of life and death and would provide the power of self reproduction. In the worship of the goddess Cybele we find from archaeological evidence that there were serpents that were pictured as emerging from the earth to shed their skin which they considered to be a sign of their power of rejuvenation. Cybele and Attis, who was supposedly her eunuch chariot driver, were considered to be the guardians of the grave, guardians of the tomb. And life after death was seen as a reunion with the “earth mother” they called her. According to Robert Thomas, a prominent historian and theologian, “Pagan religions throughout the area attributed healing power to their deities, but in Sardis special emphasis focused on the power to restore life to the dead. This special power was connected with a hot springs about two miles from the city. These springs were viewed as visible manifestations of the power of the god of the underworld which was prominent in the local religious legends,” Herodotus (fifth century B.C.) described the people of Sardis as "the tender-footed Lydians, who can only play on the cithara, strike the guitar, and sell by retail". Sardis was on the Appian Way, and there is evidence of 2nd and 3rd century Christian shops and restaurants that would appeal to the travelers. • Sardis is described as a city of peace—not the peace won through battle, but "the peace of the man whose dreams are dead and whose mind is asleep, the peace of lethargy and evasion" (ibid., p. 72). • Ramsay (op. cit., p. 354) called it "the city of Death," city of softness and luxury, of apathy and immorality For many centuries Sardis was considered to be an invincible, impregnable fortress that sat on top of a long narrow promontory, this acropolis, this great mountaintop. And all around it there were 1500 foot cliffs that were basically smooth rock walls that went all the way to the bottom. When Cyrus was King of Persia, they conquered King Croesus becasue they saw a soldier go down a passageway to retrieve a helmut that had fallen off the top. They marked his path, and one by one the Persian army ascended the cliff, and surprised the Lydia army, overcoming them. The Sardis were so complacent, or overconfident, that history repeated itself when Antiochus the Great of Syria besieged the acropolis in 214 BC. THE VOICE OF MANY WATERS SAYS "WAKE UP"! He doesn't bother with any complements. No, he has a thundering indictment for this complacent church. "You think you have a reputation as a great church, alive to God, but WAKE UP, you are dead! NO DISTINGUISHING LOVE There is no misunderstanding His message. The church at Sardis has lost their Distinguishing Love. They are no different than all the other dead people who worship all the other dead gods. In Revelation 3, Jesus wants the church at Sardis to remember His voice, for they have lost their distinctiveness as Christians. Jesus doesn't mention what is good with the church, because there is nothing. In fact, He wants them to "Wake Up". They think they are a great church, that their love for Jesus is great. They don't see anything wrong. You have a Name that you are alive, but you are dead! The "Name" is their character, how people think of them. O so and so, he sure is a man of his word. Or so and so, he sure does lose his temper alot. We always have a reputation associated with our name, and that reputation depends on how distinctive our life is, how distinctive our character is. "A name," that is, a reputation. Sardis was famed among the churches for spiritual vitality; yet the Heart-searcher, who seeth not as man seeth, pronounces her dead; how great searchings of heart should her case create among even the best of us!  Same with this church at Sardis. They are dead. They are dead. Whatever works they are doing are lost because of their lack of distinctiveness. They think they are following Christ, but they are fooling themselves.  William Barclay wrote, "When John wrote his letter to Sardis, Sardis was wealthy, but Sardis was degenerate...There was no life, no spirit there. The once great Sardians were soft, and twice they had lost their city because they were too lazy to watch. And in that enervating atmosphere of degeneration and decay the Christian Church too had lost its vitality and its power, and was a corpse instead of a living church."  "it suffered from spiritual dry rot and deadness."  MacArthur –"Like the fig tree in Jesus’ parable, it bore leaves, but no fruit" (Matt. 21:19). THE VOICE SPEAKS SO THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE! Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:13-14 Paul talks about A WIDOW who goes back into the world and sensuality: But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives. 1 Timothy 5:6 Sure, she may think she is having alot of fun. She may think she is alive, but she is dead! The church at Sardis thought they were doing great, having fun, serving Jesus, but they had lost their distinguishing characteristics. They were living in the flesh, like all the pagans around them. They were dead just like them. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8 They had exchanged the riches of Jesus for the riches of the world. And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:1-7 A. WAKE UP CALL 1. WAKE UP - "Prove yourself to be watchful". Honestly evaluate your spiritual condition. Be constantly on the alert lest your lack of vigilance allow even more wickedness to scale your walls and take you captive.” Wake up, number one. 2. STRENGTHEN what remains Strengthen has the idea of reinforce or fortify that which survives. Strength comes from the Holy Spirit. You must walk in the Spirit: For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine. Romans 1:11-12  Listen to the strength of the Voice of Many Waters. WARNING: Your Works are not complete (fulfilling) to God. Works of the flesh are nothing to God. Their works have not measured up to God's standard. 3. “REMEMBER what you received and heard.” Remember the Voice of Christ. Keep His words ever in the forefront of your mind. Remember those things, keep them in the forefront of your mind. 4. KEEP IT Christ commands them to “keep on keeping.” In other words, live consistently with what you know to be true. 5. REPENT a verb that carries with it not only the idea of having remorse over your sin, but a decisive determination to turn your life around and walk in a different direction. • If you don't wake up I will come as a thief - just as the Persians and Syrians captured the fortress years before. • They could look up to the acropolis and see what the result was-total desolation. B. THE ENCOURAGEMENT A REMNANT REMAINS 1. Not Soiled their Garments They have not defiled their garments. ‘Moffat...speaks of votive inscriptions in Asia Minor which show that dirty clothing was held to dishonour the deity, so that those who wore soiled garments were debarred from worshipping’ Jude gives us insight into what defiles us... Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones. Jude 1:8 …. The garments symbolize your character, that which distinguishes you. Your character is defiled when you reject the authority of Christ, and you blaspheme the saints by not distinguishing yourself as a follower of Christ. 2. Walk With Me in White THE BRIDE OF CHRIST, "so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:27 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. Revelation 19:7-8 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” Revelation 7:9-10 3. They Are Worthy And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:38 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10 C. THE PROMISE 1. Conquering One Will Wear White  Bride of Christ (mentioned above) 2. Name Is Never Blotted Out Of The Book Of Life. This divine register first occurs in Exodus 32:32 and often in the O.T. SeeLuke 10:20 ; Philippians 4:3 ; Revelation 13:8 ; Revelation 20:15 ; Revelation 21:27 . The book is in Christ's hands ( Revelation 13:8 ; Revelation 21:27 ). 3. Confess His Name Before The Father  Clear reminiscence of the words of Christ about confessing to the Father those who confess him here HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE ALIVE 1. Listen to His Voice Are you a true follower of Christ? Does He truly live in your heart? Then you will hear His voice, and you will follow HIm. If you are following your own voice or the voices of others, check your ears and your heart and repent. 2. Believe in the Power of His Voice Do you hear the power of His voice? Do you see Christ as all-powerful judge and ruler of this world. Do you struggle with His place in your life, or His power in your life? Check your heart and repent. 3. Have a Testimony of the Power of His Voice a. Just as the mighty Voice of Christ distinguishes Him from any other 'god" b. So should your life and voice distinguish you. What distinguishes you from your lost neighbors? c. Do You experience the Transforming Power of the Word of Jesus? d. belief is not enough. Belief without action and effect is really dissent. e. Growing Faith in the Power of the Holy Spirit f. How does your life distinguish you from your neighbors?  Are you poor in spirit,  Do you mourn,  are you humble and meek,  Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness,  DO you show mercy to others  Are you pure in heart (or are you divided)  Are you a peacemaker  Have you suffered persecution  have others reviled you for the sake of Jesus. These are the distinguishing marks of a true follower of Jesus Christ. It is not how you look, not what your drive, not your home, your success. Jesus transforms hearts and lives. His Love is a DIstinguishing Love that will keep you distinctive from the dead people around you.  When others are worried sick over this world, you are calm and confident  When others are stressing out and getting sick, you are strong and joyful becasue you see Him who is invisible.  When others are dragging and depressed becasue of circumstances, you are joyfully enduring because your Savior endured the cross for the joy set before Him.  When you experience sickness or disease, instead of being downtrodden and defeated you are strong in spirit becasue you are counted worthy to enjoy the fellowship of Christ's sufferings. 4. Echo His Voice to Others “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:21-23


11. Aztec Warrior

Aztec Warrior

Finished this Aztec Warrior back piece that I have been working on throughout the winter. Happy to have gotten the chance to do this piece but I wish I had started doing these time lapse videos when we started this! I've always loved this piece, the original painting hangs at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Pilsen. She's the Aztec princess Iztaccihuatl. He's the warrior Popocteptl. Here is a summary based on one version as recounted at a September 2006 "Myth, Mortals and Immortality: Works from the Museo Soumaya de México" exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution: Before leaving for war, Popocatépetl asked Iztaccíhuatl's father for permission to marry her. Shortly after, a rival of Popocatépetl falsely told Iztaccíhuatl that her love been killed in battle. The princess died of grief from this news. Popocatépetl returned victorious but was shocked by the princess's death. To honor her, he ordered a tomb to be built close to the sun. Ten hills were united to create a mountain. Popocatépetl laid the princess's body at the mountaintop, and the whole mountain took on the form of a sleeping woman. As the warrior kneeled before his lost love, snow covered them, and they both transformed into volcanoes


12. Denis Lyxzen of The International Noise Conspiracy speaks about finding your own space to be political

Denis Lyxzen of The International Noise Conspiracy speaks about finding your own space to be political

The economy seems to be a topic on the mouths of people worldwide. Regardless of which nation, and whatever you want to call it; economic downturn, financial crisis, post-bubble America, or recession, there is no arguing that the economy, specifically capitalism, is a topic that is widely being talked about today. Everyone from pundits on the far right, to radicals on the left are weighing in and making their voices heard on what may be a significant change in the way we operate economically and the way we care for each other socially. It is both bizarre and shocking to see how polarized and nonsensical this fight has become. Some hate the proposals made to fix it, others have been waiting their entire careers for this moment, and all sides are eager to cash in from the PR battle. From Glen Beck, and Alex Jones to Michael Moore and the anti-globalization protesters that converged upon the G20 protests last week in Pittsburgh PA, from right to left each side is fervent and exceptional when it comes to rallying it’s base, but where do the average working class folks sit in this debate? Sadly this battle effects them the most. Furthermore it effects the natural world that we all share, it effects the lives and welfare of animals who are bought, sold and used for profit, and effects some of our basic civil liberties. Dennis Lyxzen singer of The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Lost Patrols Band, and front man to the now defunct and arguably greatest punk rock band of all time, Refused, has a lot to say about capitalism, hierarchy, radical actions, and how every-day youth can find their own space to become political. Most of this footage was shot a couple of years ago and we were sitting on it waiting for the right time and fit. With the recent convergences against the G20 nations summit, the release of Michael Moore’s new film Capitalism: A Love Story, and the ever apparent global economic downturn there really is no better time than now to be having this discussion. CAPITALISM… Capitalism, in its simplest terms is a market economy. Things are bought & sold with collateral similar to any old barter system. Free-market, or “laissez faire” (means hands off) capitalism is capitalism with no government, democratic, or social regulation. Within a “free market” economy the only autonomy that is honored is that of the business generating capital. This second version becomes dangerous when companies grow so large their clout outweighs the political clout and voices of the people in it’s region and hence begin to affect policy and governing bodies. This emboldens companies to dodge prosecution in cases involving things like child labor or pollution, and they can impose their will upon that of the people by doing things like privatizing & selling their only potable water resources. When reading the phrase “free market” or “free trade” read this, “the money, capital, and revenue is free to do what it wants” the legalese reads as if capital is a kind of special person, worthy of extra rights and privileges that the average person does not have. The “Free” in “free” market by no means should be misconstrued as “democratic.” More often than not, free trade, and free markets, can actually be the prerequisite for the limitations of freedoms for the individual. Capital, or Capita also when directly translated from it’s Latin root means “head.” Essentially what we see as capitalism today puts a price on everyone’s heads, a price on every thing both living and non-living; from the kitchen sink to a mountaintop presumed to be rich in coal. In a capitalist society everything has a price, and the dollar takes precedence over everything else. At time that dollar takes precedence over compassion, over people, over basic rights. So what is it’s alternative? Socialism is another word we have heard a lot about lately in the news. More often than not it’s being used as an insult, when a pundit or a TV commentator labels another politician a socialist. Socialism is not all that different from capitalism in the sense that it is still a form of structured government. People still trade things and at times use money, however the difference is that in a socialist economy the government has a hand in economic regulation & social programs. The government takes the power out of the hands of private companies and steps in to assure that the basic needs of the people are being met with things like healthcare, shelter, education, and even subsidies for the arts. Socialism is not a radical or leftist idea, however lately many of the pundits on the right have been quick to label Barrak Obama’s health care proposal a socialist bill and an ominous mile marker in a self-fabricated slippery slope that leads to socialism. In his interview Lyxzen tells us that it is perfectly fair to criticize capitalism. It is not unpatriotic to question capitalism, in fact it is quite the opposite. People who consider themselves patriotic by definition care about their country, and people who care about their country should care how their country treats other countries both out of self-interest and a sense of justice and compassion. Capitalism is a playing field turned killing field. When competition for profit takes precedence over people you get things like wars for oil, resources, or precious metals. When labor becomes too costly you get morally bankrupt practices like child labor, sweatshops, factory animal farms, or slavery. People should criticize the morality of these things, and people should question the system that perpetuates and often rewards these morally bankrupt practices, capitalism. It is interesting hearing Lyxzen, once named “Sweden’s Sexiest Man” by Elle Magazine, sing about such relevant and essential topics in his music. It’s a jaw dropping experience watching as thousands of fans at the Vans Warped Tour bellow their chorus, “capitalism stole my virginity.” One would have to wonder if the kids singing consider themselves to be an anti-capitalists, or if they just find the hook catchy, or if they despite their political affiliations feel like capitalism has taken something innocent from them in their own lives analogous to stolen virginity. I cringe as I write this, but I think Moore got it wrong when he coined “Capitalism: A Love Story” because it feels a lot less romantic, something like “Capitalism: Date Rape” would fit a little better considering all the forcing, faux sweet talk, dosed drinks, and inflated expectations from jump. STOLEN VIRGINITY… Consider how many people work jobs that make them unhappy simply to pay the bills. Consider every person killed over money. Consider every person who has regretfully degraded, objectified, or potentially harmed their bodies in order to get much-needed money to eat, to pay off school, or feed a hungry child. Consider the boy who was killed for his fresh Nike Dunks, and the first time you heard a story just like that on the evening news. How did hearing that story affect you? Consider everyone who has ever said, “more money, more problems,” and then try to extrapolate that phrase from yourself onto a global scale. Challenging capitalism, means providing more sustainable and creative solutions to these problems, and it begins with education and reflection before it moves to action. To provide tangible alternatives we must be smarter and more creative than the people pushing for our current system. These things will not happen over night, but we could make things far better in our lifetimes. Take time to educate yourself about the global economy, about capitalism and its alternatives. Don’t be distracted by the stigmas other alternative systems are given, and don’t feel the need to latch on to any particular title like anarcho-communist, or socialist. Instead think for yourself, make educated decisions, and form educated opinions. Capitalism needs critique if we care about justice, animal rights, environmentalism, and basic human rights. These issues are important and need our voices. Visit your local infoshop, radical bookstore, or progressive café, at the bottom of this feature we will be posting a list of infoshops and bookstores across the country, if you know of one that we did not list email us at info(at)sparrowmedia(dot)net, and we will be sure to put it up along side the others. Sometimes it seems cliché to say that only you can make a change, but is it a cliché when it is true? History has shown time and time again that things have only changed when someone decided to do something and make that change happen. There is no better time then now to push for that change, and we need to start acting like we give a shit. Find a niche that means the most to you and dig in. Lyxzen tells us to find the issue that means the most to us, “…to choose a struggle that’s connected to your life, your background, your surroundings, your culture, and your age. …that if you find something like, ‘yes this is what makes me fucking go crazy’ or this is something that makes me excited, than you’ve found something worth struggling for.” Be that change that you wish to see, be that change that has so often been promised to us, lets stop waiting for someone else to do it and get it done ourselves. For a list of info bookshops & zine libraries visit http://www.undergroundpress.org/zine-resources/infoshops-zine-libraries/ & http://www.radicalreference.info/altlibraries and when in NYC please visit our favorite radical bookstore, Bluestockings. For interesting, unique and enlightening perspectives on capitalism & work culture visit http://www.crimethinc.com


13. Actor Jamil Mangan #DopeStuff Ambush

Actor Jamil Mangan #DopeStuff Ambush

I've been blessed to have a couple of options for where I work, outside of my home office/studio. The best thing about a creative and collaborative space like Solo(s) Project House, is that you never know who might pop in to inspire you! That's how I felt when I looked up and saw my main man actor, director, etc Jamil A.C. Mangan walk into our studio aka Sidewalk Catwalk, with film maker DuBois Ashong, also a Solo(s) studio resident. Of course I had to get a #pinkdragonsdopestuff drop! I've known Jamil for a few years and he is ALWAYS WORKING! We did some stuff together on his original film project with Dubois, Thelonious Hands, based on the life of the great jazz musician Thelonious Monk. I can't wait for that project to really take flight. To get a sense of how dope of an actor Jamil is, check out the promo trailer https://vimeo.com/18089125 I have spoken with Jamil by phone while he was in Alaska (yes Alaska) for several weeks starring in a production of Raisin In The Sun, directed by Jade King Carroll. Next thing I know, he's with Kevin Bacon on The Following and then he's in Hartford doing the classic stage play The Mountaintop. Nothing is more inspiring and motivating than someone who embraces their gifts and actively pursues their passions! That's Jamil and that's #dope! #pinkdragonsdopestuff Get familiar ... check out www.jamilmangan.com


14. Spoken Word on Martin Luther King, Jr. — Isaac Adams

Spoken Word on Martin Luther King, Jr. — Isaac Adams

Racial unity is a gospel issue and all the more urgent 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death. Join the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition at a special event, “MLK50: Gospel Reflections from the Mountaintop,” taking place April 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee. Key speakers include Russell Moore, Benjamin Watson, John Piper, Jackie Hill-Perry, Matt Chandler, Eric Mason and many others. The 50th anniversary of King’s tragic death marks an opportunity for Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture. It creates the occasion to reflect on where Christians have been and look ahead to where we must go as we pursue racial unity in the midst of tremendous tension. Join us: http://mlk50conference.com/ TEXT: What I love most about intangible things is that without touching anything, they can touch millions of people. Consider dreams. Like the one in 1963, Washington D.C. the one had by Dr. Martin Luther King, a preacher who had this seed of a vision that was planted in the soil of love, or should I say he had a seed of love that was planted in the soil of justice, Regardless, this dream, wasn't physical matter that you could just put in a box and that mattered because it meant that though you could stop the negro from voting, you couldn't stop him from dreaming. And dreaming that one day we would all value the dignity God has given to every human being, Especially, the ones deemed: ugly, unfit, threatening, or otherwise unnecessary for life; And beloved we are deceived if we think we are immune from passively or actively reinforcing the marginalized’ plight; After all, Dr. King had to non-violently fight Some of his own white Christian brothers and sisters, who at worst hated him—with their Bibles open they hated him, or who at best lost sight of a dignity never earned but to all God-given because God made all people in his glorious image. A dignity that makes a person worthy of love, and therefore a dignity that makes a person worthy to live. Isn't it tragic that in our day and age when an adoption can cost up to 40K but for an abortion 400 bucks is all one needs to pay, I want to say again: this divine dignity makes people worthy to live; yes, and that makes it a dignity worth dying for and, five years later in 1968, that's exactly what Dr. King did. After all, his body was not like the dream; it was a physical thing. Like that bullet slip, slip, slipping snug into the into the chamber of the Remington Model number seven six zero, this, the weapon of the enemy, though love the weapon of a dreaming hero, this, the pump action rifle in the white-knuckled hands of James Earl Ray, a coward in love with his whiteness hiding in a house across the street from Memphis Tennesee's Lorainne motel, where Dr. King stood on the second floor balcony at 6 PM. Tick tock, Ray took the shot, tick tock, the bullet clocked, tick tock, Dr. King’s right cheek. And then at 6:01–tick tock, the dreamer lay there. His body? Done. But not the dream. You see, Dr. King's body was gunned down, but not the dream, Ray’s bullet could have the man but it couldn't clip his wings, And if you listen closely saints you can still hear him sing: Free at last, free at last, Thank God almighty, we are free at last. Now, I’m going to quickly dash and fast forward 50 years past 1968 in our time machine, Just to show you how though Satan may destroy the body, God almighty thus far has seen fit to preserve the dream. See what I mean, When in 2015 on April 4th Walter Scott, an unarmed Black man is gunned down to the South Carolinian ground; but when she is interviewed about it, his mother says something profound in the midst of days oh so dark: She says of a white officer who shot her son: I feel forgiveness in my heart because of Christ. That sister, strong in the Lord, I can hardly believe what she said. She clearly believed that because Christ is alive, One day racism will be dead. But we’re not there yet, but for the sake of faithfulness, we must fight our ignorance and complacency; we should use our privileges to serve one another as we push back against all of Satan’s dividing schemes, but, brothers and sisters, fight with hope, for evil may touch our bodies, it may harm our bodies, but not the dream.


15. Overburden

Overburden

2012 HD video/stereo sound/variable dimensions Full RT: 18:32 This work is also exhibited as a dual channel installation Every year, forty-three million tons of coal is taken from West Virginia through Mountaintop Removal mining. Most of us outside of West Virginia probably imagine this is done by miners working deep underground at tasks they have done for generations, however, since the Eighties, coal companies have used far fewer miners and far more explosives to blast through the top of mountains to their coal seams within. In this world, the immediately recognizable rolling tips of the Appalachian Range are called “overburden”. The overburden is dumped into the valley streams that abound in the American rain forest. The results have been profound and irreversible to the topography and eco-systems of Appalachia. For the pro-coal West Virginians, the flat industrial use land left behind is perfect for development of commercial ventures. They would also argue that the areas most affected are sparsely populated and grateful to have any work. Environmentalists and locals opponents argue that even sparsely populated places are nevertheless populated with living people, some who have lived in harmony with the land since the original pioneers came to America. Currently, because of Mountaintop Removal, many families have been forced from their land by dust, poisoned ground water and encroaching noise. Cancer is ubiquitous. Their elected representatives on the state and federal level are heavily lobbied and their connection to the wooded hills has been permanently broken by the massive land holdings ceded to coal companies and their policy of prohibiting trespassing on these lands. Opponents also argue that if this can be done to them, in a democracy, in America today, then it can be done to any disenfranchised community. Overburden is comprised of footage of active and abandoned mines juxtaposed with video portraits of activists, local residents, and miners. The video images reflect the conflicting realities of life in West Virginia: the lushness of the landscape and the desolation of the mines. The work is documentary in style but contains no commentary or interviews. My goal with this work is to create a durational work of open narrative that presents no single agenda other than exposing the complex issues surrounding energy production in the United States. All politics in this country right now are so polarized that it has become difficult to treat each issue at hand as specific to a specific place and time and affecting specific people. Without these specifics, it is impossible to feel the permanence in our decisions. In Overburden I would like to create a space where the viewer can simply look at and take in the human and natural elements of this one issue. Through extended video portraits viewers can reflect on the people and through landscape portraits viewers are given the natural, eternal environment around them. This is not a case where some people are evil and others are good, but where everyone has specific influences informing them, specific concerns of their own, and specific ways of being a citizen in today’s world.


16. Overburden (excerpt)

Overburden (excerpt)

Five minute excerpt of a twenty minute work 2012 Two channels of HD video/Stereo Sound Variable dimensions RT: 20:30 Every year, forty-three million tons of coal is taken from West Virginia through Mountaintop Removal mining. Most of us outside of West Virginia probably imagine this is done by miners working deep underground at tasks they have done for generations, however, since the Eighties, coal companies have used far fewer miners and far more explosives to blast through the top of mountains to their coal seams within. In this world, the immediately recognizable rolling tips of the Appalachian Range are called “overburden”. The overburden is dumped into the valley streams that abound in the American rain forest. The results have been profound and irreversible to the topography and eco-systems of Appalachia. For the pro-coal West Virginians, the flat industrial use land left behind is perfect for development of commercial ventures. They would also argue that the areas most affected are sparsely populated and grateful to have any work. Environmentalists and locals opponents argue that even sparsely populated places are nevertheless populated with living people, some who have lived in harmony with the land since the original pioneers came to America. Currently, because of Mountaintop Removal, many families have been forced from their land by dust, poisoned ground water and encroaching noise. Cancer is ubiquitous. Their elected representatives on the state and federal level are heavily lobbied and their connection to the wooded hills has been permanently broken by the massive land holdings ceded to coal companies and their policy of prohibiting trespassing on these lands. Opponents also argue that if this can be done to them, in a democracy, in America today, then it can be done to any disenfranchised community. Overburden is comprised of footage of active and abandoned mines juxtaposed with video portraits of activists, local residents, and miners. The video images reflect the conflicting realities of life in West Virginia: the lushness of the landscape and the desolation of the mines. The work is documentary in style but contains no commentary or interviews. My goal with this work is to create a durational work of open narrative that presents no single agenda other than exposing the complex issues surrounding energy production in the United States. All politics in this country right now are so polarized that it has become difficult to treat each issue at hand as specific to a specific place and time and affecting specific people. Without these specifics, it is impossible to feel the permanence in our decisions. In Overburden I would like to create a space where the viewer can simply look at and take in the human and natural elements of this one issue. Through extended video portraits viewers can reflect on the people and through landscape portraits viewers are given the natural, eternal environment around them. This is not a case where some people are evil and others are good, but where everyone has specific influences informing them, specific concerns of their own, and specific ways of being a citizen in today’s world.


17. CLIMATE JUSTICE MARCH, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE- interview with renowned climatologist Dr. James Hansen and others

CLIMATE JUSTICE MARCH, CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE- interview with renowned climatologist Dr. James Hansen and others

On November 30, one week before the UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen open, and on the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protest in Seattle in 1999, major demonstrations, teach-ins and civil disobedience are taking actions place in cities around the U.S. (Nov. 30, New York) Across the nation and in midtown Manhattan, the climate justice movement came alive. Today marks the 10th anniversary of the successful WTO demonstrations known as the “Showdown in Seattle,” and is one week before UN climate negotiations begin in Copenhagen. Hundreds of members of Mobilization for Climate Justice (MCJ) turned out to unleash what environmental economist Charles Komanoff suggests is a “rebirth of the environmental movement based on environmental science and economics — and not on deal-making with corporate polluters.” Having signed the Yes Men’s Climate Pledge of Resistance ( http://www.beyondtalk.net/), the MCJ members first rallied in front of the Bank of America at Fifth Avenue and 16th Street, where renowned climatologist Dr. James Hansen discussed the Bank’s notorious role in financing coal power plants. A marching band then led all in a procession down Fifth Avenue, to the offices of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an organization that collaborates with polluters and climate profiteers of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, or U.S. CAP. (See members here: http://www.us-cap.org/about/members/index.asp) In a theatrical parody, the carnival procession of activists chased faux politicians, bureaucrats of corporate-friendly “environmental” organizations, and a grim reaper down Fifth Avenue to expose their true alliances. The procession brought awareness to the gross inadequacy of proposed U.S. climate policy, which is based on carbon trading and the continued use of coal, oil and gas. A speak-out was held outside the offices of the NRDC, featuring Laura Sheinkopf, a local water defender and advocate for a renewable energy economy, Charles Komanoff, a leading environmental economist and co-director of the Carbon Tax Center and Dr. Hansen. Mistress of Ceremonies Monica Hunken said, “We are part of a nationwide network of organizations opposed to the climate profiteering behind the Waxman-Markey and Kerry-Boxer climate bills. Proposed U.S. climate policy is a betrayal of the environment and of future generations. Our coalition demands equitable, democratic, and science-based solutions to climate change. We call for an end to hydrocarbon extraction and we reject carbon trading.” Speaking about the “Blueprint for Legislative Action” published by U.S. CAP and the NRDC, which served as a template for Waxman-Markey and Kerry-Boxer’s “disastrous” climate bills, Dr. James Hansen condemned the NRDC’s deal-making as promising environmental devastation. “Cap-and-trade with off-sets would guarantee that we pass climate tipping points, locking in climate disasters for our children. Cap-and-trade benefits only Wall Street and polluters, sacrificing humanity and nature for their profits.” The parade of environmental activists briefly took the street in front of NRDC, unintimidated by dozens of police troops and scooters, trucks cars and vans. A contingent of five environmental advocates sought to meet in the offices of the organization some say is doing more to mislead the public about false solutions to climate change than any other. Police swarmed the lobby of NRDC headquarters and prevented the activists from going upstairs. NRDC representatives did not come outside to address the crowd of nearly 100 critics. There was one arrest of a dedicated activists for allegedly chaining themselves to the front entrance. --November 30, 2009 - A phalanx of NYPD officers on foot and aboard several police vans surrounded the marchers as they walked up Sixth Avenue in the cold rain on Monday, at times pushing people off of the street and back on to the sidewalk. A group of roughly 30 climate activists, joined by award-winning NASA scientist and outspoken climate change expert, James Hansen, chanted as they went: "The earth, the earth, the earth is on fire. We don't need no cap and trade, the market is a liar." Was it a satellite Goldman Sachs trading office that brought the greens out to the barricades? The Manhattan offices of a large and influential oil or gas company? The downtown penthouse of a Big Coal mogul? Nope. The soggy climate activists were camped out in front of the headquarters of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the largest environmental advocacy groups in the country. The activists accuse the NRDC of collaborating with polluters through its involvement with the U.S. Climate Action Partnership, or U.S. CAP, which is billed on its website as "an alliance of major businesses and leading climate and environmental groups that have come together to call on the federal government to enact legislation requiring significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions." Members of the group include such corporate heavyweights as The Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, General Electric, Shell, Alcoa, BP America and Caterpillar. Other environmental groups involved in the group include Environmental Defense, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change and World Resources Institute. U.S. CAP played a pivotal lobbying role in drafting the massive Waxman-Markey climate bill in the House which, while calling for modest emission reductions, will also create an exponentially lucrative carbon trading market. And many of the largest financial institutions that have been deemed "too big to fail" (Goldman Sachs, Bank of America) are expected to cash in on what some activists have begun to call a new system of "climate profiteering." Outside of the nondescript office building on 20th Street where the crowd eventually assembled, the NYPD set up a row of metal barricades around the entrance in an effort to keep the protesters away from the front entrance. For every three members of the crowd, there was roughly one police officer, with a total of three police vans and three small interceptor vehicles parked in a line out front. "You have to be a little flattered by that," said Monica Hunken, a protest organizer who spoke to the crowd on a soapbox on the sidewalk. "They even brought out their pen, it's pretty heavy-handed." That contrasted with the police activity at the launch point for the march -- the Bank of America branch on 17th St and 5th Avenue -- where the group spoke out about the bank's investments in mountaintop removal and oil and gas prospecting. No such safety precautions were in evidence at that site. The demonstration in Manhattan was one of over a dozen organized by the Mobilization for Climate Justice and organizers of BeyondTalk.net, a website that rallies individuals to commit civil disobedience in the name of climate change action. At least one member of the New York contingent did just that, when he attempted to lock himself to the front doors of the building. "Stopping coal starts with the NRDC," yelled out Robert Jereski, co-founder of New York Climate Action Group, as he was handcuffed and hustled in to a paddy wagon parked up the street. Jereski was eventually charged with "obstruction of governmental administration" and disorderly conduct. "I stand here at the NRDC building with a heavy heart. I never thought that in 2009 I'd be standing here decrying their stance on climate," said Charles Komanoff, co-director of the Carbon Tax Center. "What NRDC is championing as a big step forward is actually a baby step forward. NRDC is on the wrong side, cutting deals with their pals in business and finance." "Come back NRDC," yelled out a voice in the crowd. Overall the lament was in line with much of the sentiment of the demonstration, as many participants described their action as an expression of tough love rather than outright opposition. They say that the NRDC has aligned itself with a broader coalition of corporate interests whose goals and benchmarks for reducing carbon emissions are drastically below what is necessary according to prevailing climate science. "We appreciate the work that the protesters are doing," said Jenny Powers, National Media Director for NRDC, in response. "Overall I think we're very supportive of any opportunity to bring more attention to this issue. We definitely view it as all of us as being united in the same goal. We're on the same track, we just deploy different strategies." Although nobody from NRDC stepped outside to discuss the issues with those at the barricades, Powers did say that Dr. Hansen and Mr. Komanoff were invited via email to a meeting with NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner. After the demonstration petered out, I spoke with NASA climate scientist Dr. James Hansen about the meager turnout and the prospects for major policy change going forward. Hansen, when not publishing and speaking at academic Fora, is no stranger to disobedient protests. This June he was arrested with 30 others during a protest against mountaintop removal mining in West Virginia. "It's an indication of where we are, it's a really screwy situation," said Hansen, wearing a white Gilligan-style hat to ward off the rain. "But despite the small numbers, it's becoming more widely recognized that cap and trade just won't work. Country by country doesn't work. The president should ask the national academy of Scientists to give him a report. Instead he's getting a 2000 page bill written largely by polluters. We have governments acknowledge that we have a planet in peril, but they're not doing anything." As for the unusual tableau of a group of environmental activists demonstrating outside the offices of an organization peopled by environmental activists, Rocco Ferrer had an interesting take on the dynamic. "It's like NRDC used to be Lou Reed," said Ferrer, a young environmental activist and fashion consultant who participated in the demonstration. "But now they're more like the Jonas Brothers."


18. Studio Version Yes We Can Song Folk Hip Hop Remix Barack Obama Michael Campion

Studio Version Yes We Can Song Folk Hip Hop Remix Barack Obama Michael Campion

Yes We Can Song - Michael Campion - Folk Hip Hop Remix: Inspired by Barack Obama - Will.i.am - Jesse Dylan. I was so inspired by my first video ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R-clc... ), a cover of the tune with just guitar and voice, that I decided to do a fully orchestrated version. I took my improvised melodies from my other video and developed and arranged them. I recorded this track this weekend in my bedroom, on my laptop. I played guitar, keys, percussion, bass and voice on this song. Just like my other video, its not perfect by any means, but I was completely inspired and thought the message was more important than perfection. I hope you understand where I am coming from, and enjoy the music. Download this track and/or post it on your MySpace! http://www.myspace.com/michaelcampionmusic Photos from Barack Obama's Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barackobama I used iPhoto to create a collage of inspirational photos. I did this whole project with off the shelf, inexpensive tools. Essentially, I spent $0. Democracy in action. Information reposted from my other video: "Michael Campion Folk Cover Version Yes We Can Song - Barack Obama - Will.i.am I was sent a link tonight (Feb. 2, 2008) from Esthero, who appeared in the original video and song. This project inspired me beyond words. I decided to figure out the guitar chords, print out the lyrics and record this version live, in one take on my laptop. I did this all within an hour or so of seeing the clip for the first time. This was a completely improvised musical performance; I did the best I could. I am a singer-songwriter from New York; I hope you enjoy my version of this song and can take something away from the intention behind the project. I am going to post more about the song and the chords for anyone looking to learn and perform it. Yes, we can. http://www.michaelcampion.com http://www.myspace.com/michaelcampionmusic http://www.barackobama.com/ http://www.yeswecansong.com/ I used G, Bm, Em and C. Bridge is Am, C, G - Cm at the end of the bridge; I added that chord as a turn around. Message me if you need the guitar tab. Lyrics: It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation. Yes we can. It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom. Yes we can. It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness. Yes we can. It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballots; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land. Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world. Yes we can. We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change. We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... We've been asked to pause for a reality check. We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope. But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. Now the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea -- Yes. We. Can. "


19. Craig A. Combs Featured @ Holler Fest - Brooklyn, MI 8/25/13

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  • By Craig A. Combs
Craig A. Combs Featured @ Holler Fest - Brooklyn, MI 8/25/13

It was such a great feeling for me to be a part of Holler Fest for the first time this year, and I am very honored to have been the first of hopefully many poets to be featured there, and to share the cabin stage and glorious, pastoral surroundings of Frog Holler Organic Farm with so many talented artists and storytellers. From Kripalu yoga at sunrise to Red Tail Ring's enchanting performance in the cabin, my heart soared with every chord that was played and every breath I took. And the real icing on the cake for me as a radical foodie was to find myself among so many who love good food and put their heart and soul into their passion for healthy living. So I offer my deepest gratitude and kudos to all the staff of Frog Holler Farm, especially to Ken and Cathy King for their fantastic meals and generous hospitality, as well as to everyone who attended the three-day festival, for supporting Michigan Indie music & culture, and especially the subtler art of poetry. For this special feature event, I put together a series of poems centered around the theme, "Awakening: From Personal Growth to Galactic Shift." I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed reading for such a beautiful and peace-loving crowd. Run time: 34:52 (approx.) *** SET LIST - 8/25/13 A Most Sacred Affair. p. 37. 3:00 Spark of Seduction. p. 9. 1:30 *69. Loose. 2:45 Scarlet Sacrifice. p. 32. 1:15 My Heart Shattered. p. 14. 1:00 Taking Tea in the Black Rose. p. 74. 2:30 Poison Love. p. 100. 4:30 Front Row Seat to God. p. 40. 0:45 Unapportioned Giving. p. 25. 2:30 Honesty. p. 79. 2:15 Dying Embers. p. 54. 1:00 Crouching Towards Avalon. Loose. 2:45 Patience of the Pelican. p. 55. 1:00 Transcript of latest poem follows: *69 Peace and crisis--two different faces of the same tarnished timepiece Conflict seems resolved, but tensions always remain between us Secretly you seek harmonious co-existence while embracing a peace in perpetual peril over your own personal bliss All fleeting stars return shiny and new to their familiar, lofty heights they long ago once knew Just as the worst of those cursed dinnertime phone calls that abruptly, and with such urgency, ring straight back to you "I've got my eye on you with every move that you make I'll drive you to your limits until your very bones begin to break I push a speed-dial button and minions of monkeys your freedom will take I've stolen their lives, too--their ignorance the sugary frosting on my red velvet cake." Touting trumped up charges they subvert each emissary of hope An ambassador's bad hair day becomes a nation's global shame With Citizens United the high court sowed its fate and showed themselves the blackmailed victims, not the last parties to blame Our strength is our power to assassinate, or so they claim Personally, I doubt Nature abides such arrogance in reason Our shared weakness trumpets our silent remorse viciously set ablaze like a mountaintop pyre out of season Those few who court destruction, their end-game shamefully pleasing skip and dance upon skulls and bones in their midnight fire-fringe A lost century's success brought into focus by a Rorschach test while a sensitive soldier pleas for this insanity to stop It seems it's gonna take more than just a pellet shot to nick the brow of our adversary, to stir our people back to life Will it take another civil war, mad chaos and strife to prove we still love our freedom just the same without a wife? If the telephone keeps ringing but you're unsure who it is relax and let the machine pick up, or *69 it later instead Call in reinforcements, knowing your red line has been breached and never hush the guard-dogs that break the night's stillness with their bellwether cry for all waking stars to reach We're out beyond all known distance, no returning now --Craig A Combs 25 June 2013 Edited 13 September 2013


20. Judge Tarik Sugarmon: Implement the Restorative Justice program as an alternative to incarceration

Judge Tarik Sugarmon: Implement the Restorative Justice program as an alternative to incarceration

Check out the Digital Magazine: pubs.justmy.com/viewpoint2014/tariksugarmon/ A native Memphian, Judge Tarik B. Sugarmon is the son of former Judge Russell B. Sugarmon and Dr. Miriam DeCosta-Willis. Tarik was exposed to the cultural, social, religious, and ethnic diversity of Memphis. Tarik accepted Christ at an early age and experienced first-hand the invaluable role that churches play in nurturing and stabilizing communities. Following his parents, he participated in boycotts of businesses that discriminated, and he picketed public facilities that had "colored-only" days for African Americans. In 1969, he joined his classmates in boycotting school on Black Mondays. The year before, he supported sanitation workers' right to unionize, obtain fair wages, and have safe working conditions. It was then that Tarik had two profound experiences: meeting and marching with Martin Luther King, Jr. in solidarity with black, white, brown, and yellow citizens; and standing on a stairway behind the stage of Mason Temple to hear Dr. King give his unforgettable "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech the stormy night of April 3, 1968. Sugarmon attended Morehouse College, from which he received a B. A. degree in banking and finance. Sugarmon entered Howard University School of Law, which he was third in his first-year class and was in the top five percent of graduates. Returning to Memphis after graduation in 1983, he passed the Tennessee Bar Exam on the first attempt and was admitted to the bar that October. The Chief Public Defender, A C Wharton, Jr., offered him a position as a part-time Shelby County Public Defender. A month later, Sugarmon began private practice with the law firm of Wharton and Wharton. As a trial attorney, he handled general civil and criminal defense cases before the county, state, and federal courts of Tennessee for fifteen years. In 1998, Mayor Herenton appointed Tarik B. Sugarmon to Division Two of the Memphis Municipal Court, and he has been re-elected to two full terms since then. Now, after thirty years of service to Memphis and Shelby County as a criminal attorney, county defender, and judge, he seeks your support in helping him to protect the rights of our most precious but at-risk citizens--our children.