Jazz Funeral For Democracy

Listen to NPR this morning (Wednesday) for an interview with the event coordinators.

There are many speakers including noted historian Howard Zinn who is an obvious highlight.

Everyone is meeting at Armstrong Park on Rampart @ 10am. Sounds like events and after-parties flowing from this event are going all night long. This will definitely be worthy of a follow-up entry.

9 Comments so far

  1. jfbiii (unregistered) on January 19th, 2005 @ 1:15 pm

    Democracy is alive and well in America, it’s just not being used to good purpose by about 51% of those practicing it.

  2. oyster (unregistered) on January 19th, 2005 @ 5:53 pm

    Unfortunately it seems Howard Zinn’s wife is ill, and he won’t be able to make it. Don’t let that deter you from going, though. Should be quite a scene.

  3. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 4:25 am

    That’s kind of dissapointing but it will be a great spectacle.

  4. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on January 20th, 2005 @ 4:45 am

    NPR Interview with Buddy Spell, Principal Organizer


  5. keith (unregistered) on January 22nd, 2005 @ 11:23 pm

    you lost. get over it. over 3 million Americans voted for the better man before the loser threw in the towel. I’m sure he’s over it, standing behind his wife’s billion dollar bank account. Boycott Heinz ketchup for exploiting child labor and slave labor of indigenous people everywhere just to make ketchup.

  6. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on January 23rd, 2005 @ 6:06 am

    We all lost. Those whose civil liberties have been violated by the patriot act lost. The Iraqi people definitely lost. Our economy has lost. The prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib lost.

    Those who live in a country that still keeps an antiquated voting method and with the best resources in the world still manages not be able to make every vote count surely lost. There are a lot of losers in this election.

    Closest to home, military families have lost sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers; Those whose loved ones pledged to serve our country with their lives as a very last resort, who now know that the reason congress authorized their departure was based off of false information.

    Don’t tell ME to get over it.

    Tell THOSE people to get over it.

  7. Goofball Finder (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 10:59 am

    The Iraqi people definitely lost

    Heh, guess you missed them dancing and singing in the streets because they have the freedom to vote.

    Your smug arrogance would go further if you had a clue to back you up.

  8. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 6:26 pm

    You bet I’m arrogant. The recently retired Bill Moyers of the PBS magazine show NOW said it best: “Every filmmaker, every journalist has to be arrogant. You have to say “I have the truth, you got to pay attention, you got to listen.””

    A clue to back me up? If one does a little reading or has a chance to speak with a friend in Iraq like I have, one will find many a “clue”. It’s easy to watch CNN, FOX, or any local news channel and repeat – isn’t it?

    I’m most interested in your definition of “freedom to vote”. When your life is threatened when you head to the polls as a direct result of that action – would you say one has the freedom to vote? Even if we forget semantics for the moment, what are the Iraqis voting for?

    Are they voting for a puppet regime?

    Were they voting to recieve food rations? (seriously)


    As history repeats itself, lets take a look back towards vietnam…


    “On September 4 1967 the New York Times published an upbeat story on presidential elections held by the South Vietnamese puppet regime at the height of the Vietnam war. Under the heading “US encouraged by Vietnam vote: Officials cite 83% turnout despite Vietcong terror”, the paper reported that the Americans had been “surprised and heartened” by the size of the turnout “despite a Vietcong terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting”.”

    The information is endless. All you have to do is take the effort to find it.

  9. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2005 @ 6:29 pm

    … and I almost forgot:



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