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11/24/03: Jello in Translation...

In order to make Jello's words more available to an international audience, some of our friends have helped with translating his spoken word performance and writings.

You can read Jello's spoken word performance in Prague from October 2003, translated into Czech at the Czech indy media site. There is a photo gallery and two translations here and here.

Also, Jello's eulogy for Wesley Willis has been translated into Turkish and is available at www.geceservisi.net. Click on the "Haberler" link to read the eulogy.


10/13/03: How Did Jello Vote?

In the recall election Jello voted for Peter Miguel Camejo (Green Party candidate). He endorsed Peter's campaign for the recall election and also for the 2002 Gubernatorial election.

It's a real shame and sham that Gray Davis didn't resign from his position. This would have placed Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante into a temporary incumbency that would have improved his electoral chances. But, Davis refused to admit the public's disdain for his governing and likelihood of Arnold Schwarzenegger to be voted into office. The recall election occurred and the voters sent an obvious message to Davis and Bustamante that they would rather see Arnold in office than either of them. California Uber Alles, indeed.

Jello is also endorsing Matt Gonzalez' mayoral campaign for San Francisco. Matt is a Green Party candidate and is currently the highest ranking Green in the country as President of the Board of Supervisors for San Francisco. The election for mayor will be held in November 2003.

Jello continues to be invited to speak at Green Party rallies that have included supporters such as Patti Smith, Michael Moore, Tom Tomorrow (artist of Modern World comix), Eddie Vedder, Phil Donahue, Studs Terkel, Medea Benjamin (co-founder of Global Exchange, Code Pink and Occupation Watch Center of Baghdad) and, of course, Ralph Nader.

Jello has no plans to run for president in 2004, but encourages all of his supporters to look into running for public office. Changing our government starts in local elections. Find out what you can do to make those changes occur.

For more information about the Green Party, take a look at http://www.greens.org


10/06/03: Fat Mike (NOFX, Fat Wreck) Recruits Jello for Punk Voter

Fat Mike (NOFX, Fat Wreck) recently started Punk Voter and just asked Jello to climb on board. He did.

Punk Voter aims to :

Activate punks and other disenfranchised young people to participate in elections; to form a coalition to expose the chaotic policies of George W. Bush and his current adminsitration; and to build a coalition of informed voters who can individually and collectively influence public policy.

Jello has just climbed on board with PunkVoter.com (even though their website makes no mention of it at press time).

There is also talk of Jello being included in the Rock Against Bush concerts (& commercials ? ?) beginning in January in Iowa and New Hampshire performing his spoken word. So check our website (and others) for updates on all of this.

Two similar organizations are also picking up steam :

Rock Against Bush

and

Bands Against Bush

(Some Artists affiliated with one or the other organizations are : Jello Biafra, NOFX, Good Charlotte, Sonic Youth, The Donnas, Green Day, Sum 41, Liars, Locust, Erase Errata,...)

For more information see:
http://www.punkvoter.com
http://www.bandsagainstbush.com/


09/18/03: Jello To Tour Europe in October
Jello Biafra will be touring Europe from October 2 - November 4th (Spoken Word). See all of the Tour Dates in our, uh, Tour Dates Section


08/22/03: Jello Biafra On Wesley Willis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WESLEY WILLIS 1963-2003

A letter from one of his biggest fans, Jello Biafra:

We lost Wesley Willis some time before 9PM Chicago time August 21, 2003. Word is he died peacefully. The likely cause may be heart failure. Wes had been battling leukemia for less than a year. No services are planned as of yet. There will probably be a memorial concert, or at least a gathering in his honor in Chicago in the near future. We will let you know.

Wesley will go down as one of the most unique songwriters and entertainment personalities in history. His music, lyrics, drawings, insight and the way he put them together are like no one else. Ever. There will never be another.

As I got to know Wes, what really struck me was his sheer will power, his unrelenting drive to succeed and over come his horrifically poor background, child abuse, racism, chronic schizophrenia and obesity among other things. He was the most courageous person I have ever known. Yet through it all he had such a deep, all-encompassing love of life. Little things, big things. He loved bus rides. He loved watching trains. He loved writing songs about how much he loved his friends. He loved travelling to new towns so he could headbutt new friends. Is there any band he saw that escaped being in their own song about how much he loved their show? He was so warm, so sweet, so giving. He could be a handful when he came to visit; but as soon as he left, we'd miss him immediately.

As his long time friend Dennis Cooper said, "No More Demons." The voices in Wesley's head can't yell at him and put him down any more.

Wes was deeply religious. He was afraid that if he died he would no longer get to go see bands play. If there is a hereafter I hope he's right up front as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, his beloved Otis Redding and his dear friend Bradley from Sublime "storm the stage" as the crowd "roars like a sea monster." All opening for Wesley, of course.

It will be hard now that he's gone, but I'm not going to let myself stop enjoying the funny stuff, or the look on people's faces when they first hear "Rock n Roll McDonalds," or the memories of the good times and Wesley's many adventures. He wouldn't want it any other way. There are many down times when all I have to do is think of one of Wes's songs, something he said or simply marvel at his Wesley-isms, and the clouds part and a smile comes to my face. I think he does that for a lot of people. He always will.

Rock over London Rock on Chicago

Sail on, Wes. I love you.

Jello Biafra 8-22-03

For more info and MP3's:
http://www.alternativetentacles.com/bandinfo.php?band=wesleywillis


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