Making It Real: Initiation, Seattle, WTO protests

© 2003 Beth Thompson

Making It Real:
Initiation, Seattle, WTO protests

It begins before you leave home in the predawn dark. Remove all jewelry, everything you truly are unwilling to lose. Leave behind your ID, forget your name. Take only what will sustain you or serve you: apples, sandwiches, chocolate, nail clippers for the plastic handcuffs, a bandanna soaked in vinegar against tear gas.

Make your way through dark streets to the meeting place. Waving the banners that have not yet been confiscated, begin the procession. Beat the drums. They have forbidden you to gather - your challenge is to disobey.

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How to Survive Your First Protest

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How to Survive
Your First Protest

by Barbara Fisher 

On the whole, most recent protests have been reasonably peaceful; in fact, many of the organizers of the larger protests are moving away from civil disobedience into less confrontational actions. However, I was a Girl Scout and I believe in being prepared, so here are hints on how to survive your first protest.

1. Get non-violence training. This is vital if you intend to engage in civil disobedience. The Reclaiming Community does free non-violence workshops before many major protests, and they know their stuff.

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Sacred Drum Visions

Sacred Drum Visions  
by David & Steve Gordon
Sequoia Records, 2002

This twentieth anniversary album is a collection of top tracks from their previous releases, plus three new songs. For those of you already familiar with the soulful music of David and Steve Gordon, this is a fine selection of favorites; for everyone else, it’s a great introduction.

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Create Your Own Luck

©2012 Holly Golightly




Create Your Own Luck
by Rev. Galina Krasskova

In my last column, I wrote about the necessity of clearing negative influences out of one’s dwelling. The next step is to fill that empty space will something positive. It isn’t enough simply to banish unwanted energy; it’s equally important to consciously manifest the energies that we desire.

After banishing spells and love spells (which we’ll save for another time), the most commonly requested spells are those that draw luck and money, spells to re-weave one’s luck. In the Norse tradition, one’s personal luck is called Hamingja.1.

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Planet Passion

Planet Passion
by Ancient Future
Ancient Future Music, 1979

My first thoughts upon listening to this CD and the concept behind it were rather vague. I liked the music and the artist’s arrangement of traditional ethnic songs, but I wasn’t quite sure if I could follow the story on the insert through the voice of the music. It wasn’t, well, real enough for me to intuit the emotions meant to be displayed in song, but then, I will freely admit that this is not a style I’m accustomed to. So I hit play again on my faithful CD player and went for a long drive.

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