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Yesterday evening Nike released the following letter. Of course, if people didn't raise a ruckus this apology would've never have happened and the Nike corporation would've happily appropriated even more of the underground than it already has. Good work to everyone who responded, keep up the pressure until they start paying living wages to overseas workers and stop exploiting low cost labor in sweatshops and maquiladoras.
"June 27, 2005
Minor Threat's music and iconographic album cover have been an inspiration to countless skateboarders since the album came out in 1984. And for the members of the Nike Skateboarding staff, this is no different. Because of the album's strong imagery and because our East Coast tour ends in Washington DC, we felt that it was a perfect fit. This was a poor judgment call and should not have been executed without consulting Minor Threat and Dischord Records.
We apologize for any problems this may have caused, and want to make very clear that we have no relationship with the members of Minor Threat, Dischord Records and they have not endorsed our products.
Every effort has been made to remove and dispose of all flyers (both print and digital). Again, Nike Skateboarding sincerely apologizes to Minor Threat and Dischord Records.
Here's what our friends at Dischord Records have to say about it:
Thanks to the many people who have written to Dischord express their outrage and support."
It's unclear whether Nike's use of the Minor Threat logo, Flex Your Head logo, and record cover constitute enough fair use to trigger First Amendment protections or if it is solely commercial speech and therefore regulated in other ways.
Regardless, please contact Nike via phone/mail or e-mail and let them know what you think about this latest corporate commodification of underground, anti-corporate culture.
Let us pray!
They're playing the Day Stage August 19th, during the 30th Anniversary Michigan Womyn's Festival outside of Grand Rapids, MI. In 1994, Tribe 8 first played the Michigan Fest, jumpstarting first ever mosh pit at the Fest and bringing fresh music and attitude to the venerable feminist gathering. This year, they'll be joined by fellow musical renegades Le Tigre, The Butchies, and Sistas In The Pit, as well as the more usual artists like Holly Near and the Indigo Girls. You can find out more information and purchase Fest Tickets here!
From: "Susan Slamer"
I wish to express our sincere apology to the Dead Kennedys' and their fans for the inadvertent use of their version of the song "Viva Las Vegas" in American Idol, Season IV.
There will be drawings, photographs, and films. The films and photos will cover Wesley's music as well as his visual art. The idea is to show many of Wesley's creations.
June 17th will be the opening of the exhibition as well as a Tribute concert with some 15 bands that will cover Wesley's songs. More information available on the Mad Musee website.
More subtle than previous censorship efforts, the PTC calls for economic boycotts- er, scheduling restrictions, extending the FCC to cover basic cable- instead of basic government censorship. The PTC still relies on false information that blames teen sex and violence on television, not on biology. It refuses to call on parents to protect their own children, instead of demanding that adults sacrifice their artistic choices.
Please check out their website and tell 'em what you think about the censorious underpinnings of their initiatives! Their 800 number is 800-882-6868 feel free to call them on their dime.
There will be a potluck at 4pm, followed by bands from 6-9pm, and a movie at 10pm. It all happens at Station 40, 3030 B 16th Street (@ Mission), San Francisco. $5 all ages!
The result is 6 new ferocious songs, charged with overdrive and distortion, that have snaked and swaggered directly from the black heart of rock and roll. Recording sessions at Studio 880 (Oakland) with Marco Martin and Louder Studios (San Francisco) with Tim Green, are tentatively scheduled for the upcoming months.
In the meantime, The Sermon will be performing in San Francisco and in the Pacific Northwest during the summer as well as Los Angeles in the fall. The Sermon are booked by Jason Cotter of the Chaka Kong Agency. See http://www.chakakong.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Contact
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"When intellectuals attack: A forthcoming UC Press book has come under fire from Harvard Law School professor and O.J. Simpson murder-trial defense attorney Alan Dershowitz, who claims that De Paul political-theory professor Norman Finkelstein's 'Beyond Chutzpah' -- billed as "an exposé of the corruption of scholarship on the Israel-Palestine conflict"-- includes misinformation and defamation, some of it involving Dershowitz himself.
A sequel to 2004's 'The Holocaust Industry', Finkelstein's latest book, whose main section is titled "The Greatest Fraud Ever Sold," was originally set for publication by the New Press in New York. After Dershowitz wrote to the New Press leveling his charges, Finkelstein switched to UC. Now, with the help of a law firm, Dershowitz has leveled the same charges in missives to Arnold Schwarzenegger and UC. The book's publication date has been delayed. Enmity between the two profs is ongoing: After the release of Dershowitz' 2003 book 'The Case for Israel', Finkelstein accused him of having plagiarized a third writer's work. Moreover, he devotes a section of his personal Web site to what he calls "The Dershowitz Hoax."
"The auction was a great success. Almost 200 people
attended the event and we raised over $30,000. Home
Alive can breathe easier now and not have to be so
worried about money. Thank-you so much for your
donations. Our Spring/Summer classes are starting so if people are in the Seattle area and want to check us out, they can go
to our website..."
Regardless of whether or not CBGB's is a great place to hang out, or if the bathrooms are really not THAT bad, or if Hilly is a saint, the club's still a rock and roll landmark on par with Sun Studios and Motown Studio A.
Here's more information about saving CBGB's, along with a fair amount of information about BRC.
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All proceeds will benefit Home Alive. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tickets are available, or invite your friends and purchase a table for 10!
Home Alive was formed in response to the brutal murder of Mia Zapata, singer of Seattle band The Gits in 1993. It is a Seattle based anti-violence project that offers affordable self defense classes, provides public education and awareness, and leads local community organizing efforts. Their work in self defense encourages everyone to recognize their entitlement to the basic human right to live free from violence and hate.