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11/04/08: 10 Questions with Jello Biafra

Before you get bogged down with today's election return reports, head on over to the Sundance Channel's Voices on the Election Blog where there is an interview with Jello as well as a lot of other musicians, actors, etc.

An excerpt:

There are two things about an Obama regime that worry me the most.

1. I remember someone else who had the audacity to misuse peoples' Hope when they were desperate for a change, and his name is Bill Clinton. Let's not forget it was not Bush but Clinton who gave us NAFTA, the WTO, the Telecom Act of 1996 that opened the floodgates for Clear Channel and Fox News, and laugh out loud Abstinence-only sex "education." Clinton signed Newt Gingrich's cruel welfare reform bill at the urging of Al Gore. And, yes, it was Clinton who planted the seeds of the economic meltdown when he gleefully deregulated the banks.

If Obama turns out to be another Clinton - and surrounding himself with Biden, Lawrence Summers, Robert Rubin and Zbigniew Bzrzinsky is not a good sign - I fear he will break the hearts of whole energized generation of voters who won't feel it's worth it to participate again.

2. When Clinton got in, people rejoined "Ding Dong, Bush is gone. Now we can finally sleep at night" - and went to sleep for the next 8 years! We can't rest easy and sleep this time. There will be no change from Obama or a congress of corporate-owned Democrats unless we increase the pressure and keep a blowtorch up their ass the whole time they're in power. We need leaders, not more deal makers, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid (remember him?) need to be replaced with people who actually give a shit.

We stopped Vietnam. We torpedoed the Gulf War. Our civil rights and environmental awareness as we know them today didn't happen because our corporate lords granted the peasants new rights out of the goodness of their corporate hearts. They don't have any. We got where we are because we got together and fought for it. Same for the New Deal. It was us.

And the only thing standing in the way of more wars, more Abu Ghraibs and more Guantanamo Bays coming soon behind a Wal-Mart near you is us.

So don't give up, OK? Besides, causing trouble is so much fun.


10/22/08: Jello Biafra and Matt Gonzalez at UC Berkeley

This Friday, October 24, Jello Biafra will speak at a Nader for President event featuring Nader's running mate Matt Gonzalez.

Jello Biafra and Matt Gonzalez
People Fighting Back!
Friday, October 24, 8pm
2060 Valley Life Sciences Building on the UC Berkeley Campus
FREE!
Sponsored by Students for Ralph Nader at Berkeley and the Campus Greens.

Event info on the UC Berkeley events site here.


10/01/08: Jello & Vale on Presidential Politics & Punk!
This Thursday, October 2nd, it's a discussion between Vale of RE/Search and Jello Biafra about Punk, Presidential Politics, and Art! The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

7pm, all ages, at 924 Gilman in Berkeley, CA. It's a benefit for the progressive Berkeley Rent Board Slate. You can find out more info about the Slate, which includes Jesse the AT Mail Male (!) at here & here on My Space!


08/28/08: Denver DNC Newsflash 2

Jello called us from Denver today. He wondered what possessed Hillary Clinton to wear her trademark pantsuit in "prison jumpsuit" orange. He was also appalled that as a woman, she didn't address reproductive rights and remind the audience how horrible a McCaine Supreme Court would be.

Jello said the only big protest march was one held by Iraq Veterans Against the War, which drew 3000 people according to media estimates (AlterNet says 7000, IVAW says 10,000 btw). There was a standoff between the IVAW marchers and the Denver police, but eventually an IVAW rep was allowed to cross into the convention grounds to present a letter to a representative from the Obama campaign.

The city of Denver apparently received $50 million in grants for all the security measures they had to take for the convention. While there are miles and miles of fencing that block off open areas and dump trucks blocking strategic intersections, Jello wonders who pocketed most of the money because it couldn't have cost 50 million bucks. Especially considering that the biggest demonstration drew 3-10,000 people, $50M seems like overkill.

Read about the Iraq Veterans Against the War march here (AlterNet). More about the IVAW letter presented to the Obama campaign here (CQ News). Read the letter presented to the Obama campaign here (IVAW).


08/25/08: Denver DNC Newsflash

Jello said the security is totally overblown at the DNC that even the delegates are probably exasperated by all the extra walking they have to do. He wonders how people will get to the stadium for Barack Obama's speech since the freeway by the stadium will be completely closed for security.

Jello was supposed to read a bedtime story ("Eric Meets the Moose Diarrhea Salesman" from Beyond the Valley of the Gift Police) Sunday night at the Freedom Cage (the DNC "Free Speech Zone") to protesters who are camping out. When he arrived, there were only a few folks, including three reporters. Jello eventually read his bedtime story to about 30 people. When some protesters unfurled a banner and leaned it against the chain-link fence, the police showed up to tell them it was against the rules to lean things against the fence. There is a tiny write-up about this in the Rocky Mountain News.

Jello will probably be at Freedom Cage again tonight when Tent State has a youth candidate event. We'll let you know if we get any other confirmed appearances.


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