Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TGTSNBN CosPlay Event on October 16, 2010 in Sleepy Hollow, NY ... [I was dressed in my Hogwarts Hufflepuff Teacher ensemble. Photo by Ashley Torres.]

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Some of my work, which I showed on the 365 Project online this month.


Debt Ceiling Holy War – Why Do Conservatives Have Unshakable Faith in Ideas That are Totally, Demonstrably False?
Chauncey DeVega, AlterNet

Democrats with Balls? How Some Progressive Lawmakers are Hitting Back in the Class War
Chris Bowers, Daily Kos
As the class war rages on, it's time for the lower and middle classes to fight back. What's more, Wisconsin shows we might have a shot at winning.

QUOTE OF THE DAY“All the relationships of the world—between friends, business partners, buyer and seller, brother and sister, husband and wife, parents and children, one nation and another—are spiritual arteries that can become blocked when humans behave with intolerance toward one another. Your behavior determines whether you enjoy good health, peace and sustenance - or succumb to something less than.”Yehuda Berg

10 Year Anniversary this Month
Message from The Peace Alliance
Ten years ago on July 11, 2001, a bill calling for the establishment of a U.S. Department of Peace was initially introduced in the U.S. Congress. Department of Peace legislation has been introduced in each Congress since then. It's been quite an adventure over this last decade as so many have worked in various capacities to get the idea and legislation traction!

A federal Department of Peace might not be imminent, but the dialogue about peace infrastructure and many exciting opportunities to implement significant programs, agencies and efforts for peacebuilding work and infrastructure are stronger than ever. The legislation has provided a powerful platform to engage this debate on how we prioritize peace in our nation and world.

And, H.R. 808, the current bill calling for a U.S. Department of Peace and a strong voice in our government for nonviolent conflict resolution and proactive peacebuilding is as important as ever. On this 10th anniversary, please join us by taking a moment to call and/or write your Members of Congress and the President, urging them to support a Department of Peace.

CALL: You can reach your Representatives and Senators by calling the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Ask your Member of the House to co-sponsor H.R. 808. Urge your Senators to introduce a bill in that chamber. Call President Obama at (202) 456-1110 and ask him to create a Department of Peace within the White House to focus on violence prevention strategies.

Much gratitude to everyone who has worked in support of this initiative over the years, from our many grassroots leaders and activists, to our elected officials who have stood in support (especially Rep. Kucinich, the initial sponsor), to our city and organizational endorsers, to our staff and boards, both past and present. We have collectively made a difference in raising support for both this bill as well as the ideas of greater investment and infrastructure towards the work of peacebuilding.

Our work continues. Join us as we celebrate this milestone moment and the creative possibilities ahead of us! "A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history." - Mahatma Gandhi

1 Million Dead in Iraq? 6 Reasons the Media Hide the True Human Toll of War – And Why We Let Them
John Tirman, AlterNet
Most Americans turn a blind eye to the violent acts being carried out in their name.

Why the Wealthiest Americans are the Real ‘Job Killers’
Joshua Holland, AlterNet
The top 1 percent takes in more than twice the share of national income today than they did 30 years ago, and that’s a big reason why consumers are tapped out.

The Banks Promised to Clean Up Their Act – So Why are They Still Using Robo-Signers to Engage in Foreclosure Fraud?
Lauren Kelley, AlterNet

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

WORLD CAN'T WAIT Tabling at Union Square on Saturday, July 16th, in support of Bradley Manning, and getting the message out about ending wars.

Opening Day of the film "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt 2" [I joined friends and acquaintances to see the film at the Ziegfeld cinema]

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thursday, June 2nd, I attended the monthly TGTSNBN meetup, and as always, it was alot of fun.

Friday, June 3rd, I attended a NY Mets baseball game with other City Harvest volunteers at Citifield in Queens. I chatted with Tes, Jennifer, Tom and Vlad throughout the game. After the game, which the Mets lost to the Braves, I was given a ride home by Vlad and Tom.

On Saturday, June 4th, I hosted a “British Tea & Gathering” at my humble abode and Linda, Margaret, Mary, Andi, Carole, Kathy and Dennis attended. Much prep work in the days before went into the “gathering” regarding baking, cleaning, tidy apt, make sandwiches, hummus, trail mix, setting up buffet, flowers, etc. Margaret showed up 30 minutes early and was a big help in last minute prep work. Everyone brought a little something to contribute to the festivities. Discussions throughout the afternoon into early evening ranged from HP, LOTR, movies, health, literature and even the Game of Thrones cable TV series. It was all a lot of fun and so glad everyone had a good time.

On Sunday afternoon, June 5th, I attended an Indian cooking demo by Mukti at her home. We learned how to make Samosa, Dosa, Kati roll and Chaat. Afterwards we got to sample the goodies and they were all so tasty.

Tuesday evening, June 7th, I participated in the monthly Peace Alliance conference call.

Wednesday evening, June 8th, I did volunteer work at WCW national office with regards to data entry into their computer system.

Thursday, June 9th, I had lunch with Kim Grover at Ruby Tuesdays. Kim and I grew up in Pound Ridge and went to the same school[s]. Hadn’t seen her in YEARS and it was lovely catching up on news and such. At 6pm that evening I went for a CTSCAN regarding my lungs.

On Friday evening, June 10th, I joined other ladies at Friday Nite Knits and had a delightfully good time.

On Saturday, June 11th, I had a much needed massage therapy in the morning here in my hood. Afterwards did many errands before getting a manicure and heading into the city. Met up with my friend Jackie at an animal shelter on the upper eastside, where she does volunteer work on weekends. Checked out the kitties and doggies for adoption, then we headed down to Greenwich Village for dinner at Village Natural. Afterwards we strolled around the village to check out shops and catch up on news.

Tuesday evening, June 14th, I joined Mary and Carole for a quick dinner before heading to the AMC Empire cinema to see the extended version of “Fellowship of the Ring” on the big screen.

Wednesday, June 15th, I exhibited some of my watercolors at the 2nd Annual EY Art Show.

Thursday evening, June 16th, I volunteered at the WCW national office. I assisted with data entry and creating several questionnaires/surveys for upcoming events.

Friday, June 17th, I had several doctor appts.

Saturday, June 18th, after several chores and errands I decided to take on a little excursion. Recently, the “East River Ferry” service started along the shores of Brooklyn and there is now a pier in my hood. I ventured over there during the afternoon and took a free ferry ride. At the last minute I decided to jump off at Governors Island to check things out. I only covered a small bit of the island and saw Castle William, Castle Jay, Colonels Row and of course views of the harbor and lower Manhattan. Next time I visit this island I’ll rent a bicycle and cover more ground. Jumped back on the ferry and headed back to Brooklyn. I got home about 7pm tired and sweaty. Had a shower, dinner and finished reading “A Feast of Crows” by G.R.R. Martin.

Tuesday evening, June 21st, I joined my friend Mary for a quick dinner and then off to AMC Empire cinema to view the extended version of “The Two Towers”.

Wednesday evening, June 22nd, after my chiropractor appt, I headed down to Cobble Hill for the monthly BFP Peace Fair committee meeting.

Thursday evening, June 23rd, I joined other friends and members of the “NYC Tolkien” meetup group for dinner and fascinating conversation.

Friday, June 24th, I joined other EY EA’s on my floor for a “power lunch”, and later that evening I attended Friday Nite Knits.

Saturday, June 25th, after a day of errands, I volunteered with other members of City Harvest at Union Squares farmers market. Then took my dinner [i.e. delicious falafel sandwich] down to the pier and waterfront park in northern Williamsburg to enjoy a lovely sunset, plus view of NYC skyline.

On Sunday, June 26th, I joined other volunteers with WCW, CodePink and Vets for Peace to march in the annual Gay Pride parade. Our presence is in support of the gay community, and also to bring awareness to the plight of US soldier Bradley Manning.

Report on the “Gay Pride Parade” from WCW National Office...............
The Bradley Manning Coalition was spirited effort that brought the message “Free Bradley Manning” to thousands, if not millions, of people who watched and participated in the NYC Gay Pride Parade. Many of these people (we estimated 40%), both LBGT and straight, had never heard of Bradley Manning before. At the same time, our anti-war, pro-Manning message received rousing cheers all along the parade route. Our contingent had a clear and cogent message: Blowing the whistle on war crimes is not a crime and Bradley Manning is a gay hero who for his alleged acts has been treated with incredible harshness before he has even had a trial. With whistles and drums and glorious banners, people young and old distributed 3,500 palm cards and about 1500 Bradley Manning stickers to those lining the parade route. The coalition included World Can't Wait, the Freedom Socialist Party, Code Pink, Vets For Peace and Brooklyn For Peace, Radical Women, and Peace Action NYS. These groups were not just endorsers, but active participants in a process of coming together in a common cause.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Examples from my 365 Project - June 2011