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04/16/04: Yummy Bake Sales for Democracy tomorrow!
Those nutty activists from MoveOn.org are organizing a delicious deed dedicated to democracy! Tomorrow MoveOn members will holding over 1,000 bake sales to help raise some dough (ba-dump-bump!) and take our country back. It's a great way to demonstrate the contrast between Bush's millionaire-backed campaign and our grassroots movement. All the money raised will help MoveOn PAC run ads and get out the vote this November to support John Kerry.

If you need a piece of pie or a cookie or two tomorrow -- and who doesn't -- you can find a bake sale in your area here!


04/16/04: Greedy Bastards = funny fundraisers!
Our buddies at Astropitch have a new line of shirts out called Greedy Bastards, immortalizing the Bush/Cheney administration, among other things. We're proud to offer three of their beautiful US-Made American Apparel designs just in time for the run-up to the 2004 US National Elections. Some of the proceeds are donated by GB to moveon.org and truemajority.org to help those fine organizations mobilize the public to vote Dubya and his gang out of office this November.

Here are the three shirts: Bush=Clown, Cheney=Evil Dead, and Bush=Giant Pussy. Check 'em out!


03/26/04: Mia Zapata's killer convicted- finally!
Thursday morning a jury in a Seattle court convicted Jesus Mezquia of first degree murder in the 1993 death of punk singer Mia Zapata. Zapata was 27 at the time and fronting up and coming Seattle punk band The Gits. On July 7th 1993, after returning from a successful tour of the US west coast Zapata was beaten, raped and strangled, with her body was dumped in an alley in Seattle's Central Area.

Police arrested Mezquia, 48, in Florida in 2002. DNA evidence linked him to the killing. No sentencing date has been set at this time. The killing spurred the creation of the Home Alive anti-violence/pro-self-defense organization, as well as the band Evil Stig, which was the surviving members of The Gits fronted by Joan Jett.

Alternative Tentacles artists like Jello Biafra and Zen Guerilla donated tracks to various Home Alive compilations over the years. We're all very happy that the person responsible for this murder has been convicted and hope that similar violent, hateful crimes happen less and less in the future.


03/17/04: Rumsfeld trips on own words- Censure Dubya!
Local heroes Move On dot Org forwarded this video of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld being called on his pre-Iraq invasion lies. It's part of Move On dot Org's push to censure President Bush- check it out!


03/15/04: Computer nerds and Cunning Linguist Draft Alert!
From this Saturday's S.F. Chronicle:

"The government is taking the first steps toward a targeted military draft of Americans with special skills in computers and foreign languages.

The Selective Service System has begun the process of creating the procedures and policies to conduct such a targeted draft in case military officials ask Congress to authorize it and the lawmakers agree to such a request...

The issue of a renewed draft has gained attention because of concerns that U.S. military forces are over-extended. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist strikes, U.S. forces have fought two wars, established a major military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq and are now taking on peacekeeping duties in Haiti. But Congress, which would have to authorize a draft, has so far shown no interest in renewing the draft..."


03/08/04: Anti-Bush shirts benefit Move On dot Org!
Our buddies @ Astropitch have put up a scathing anti-Dubya store called Greedy Bastard! This site, which donates some of the profits to Moveon.Org and Truemajority.org, so far has 4 different delightful designs. Check it here!


02/26/04: Donate flowers to same sex newlyweds!

As you may have heard, San Francisco has been issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples despite threats from Governor Schwarzenegger and President Bush. People from around the world are sending flowers to SF City Hall to show their support for the couples.

Here is a site that takes PayPal donations to send flowers (without florist delivery charges!) to the people who are getting married!


02/24/04: Grand Theft America
In a delightful yet hard-hitting flash animation, this site has melded the shameful 2000 election shenanigans in Florida (as heard on the new Greg Palast cd from AT) with everyone's favorite misanthropic computer game Grand Theft Auto. This probably isn't work safe due to language.

Enjoy!


02/19/04: FBI charges activists for leftist political views
This is an update on the case of Harjit Gill and Robert Brooks, two activists from Northern California, were arrested right before a Jello Biafra spoken word show in Chico by federal agents.

Hargit writes "I'm being charged with 2 counts of lieing to a federal officer, one count lieing to a federal grand jury. All are related to left-wing political activism... (sic)" They were indicted by a Grand Jury and are going to trial in the next few months. There is a maximum of 15 years prison time for the 3 charges. Tony Serra, the lawyer who won $4 million from the FBI on behalf of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, has agreed to represent them.

For more information or to send donations to help cover legal fees, please contact Harjit Gill at:

44 Galaxy Ave, Oroville, CA 95966

harjit@equalvision.net


02/18/04: Greg Palast and Ann Coulter walk into a bar...
... the bartender says, what is this, "Dennis Miller Live"?

Ace reporter and AT recording artist Greg Palast will be on CNBC's "Dennis Miller Show" on 2/24/04 and 2/25/04 (two separate shows). The show airs 9pm (eastern standard) and is repeated at midnight and 4am. The 2/25 show will be with the conservative fembot columnist Ann Coulter, so expect some sparks to fly!

Here's Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) take on the Dennis Miller show.


02/12/04: Punkvoter has a rockin' new e-card!
Here's a link to a neat-o e-card that you can send to people you think would be interested in checking out Punkvoter! It features a tune by NOFX "The Cause".

http://www.punkvoter.com/ecards/thecause/

Alternative Tentacles is a proud member of Punkvoter.com, which has organized over 100 of the largest punk rock bands and dozens of record labels to expose the Bush Administration. Punkvoter.com is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing grassroots coalition of punk fans uniting in opposition to the policies of the Bush Administration.


02/07/04: AT South By Southwest Showcase!
Alternative Tentacles will touch down at South By Southwest Saturday March 20, at the Caucus Patio in Austin, TX! There will be four AT bands- Comets on Fire, Harold Ray Live in Concert, The Evaporators, and Slim Cessna's Auto Club- plus Jello Biafra as the Master of Ceremonies! That's right, Jello's pulling double MC duty at the Punk Voter show Friday and at this rad AT showcase Saturday!

Watch out Dubya, Biafra's in your state!


02/02/04: Conservative Punks challenge Punk Voter!
You've heard of battle rhymes, now get set for battle political punk sites!

"The "Right" Side of Punk- As of January 31, 2004, ConservativePunk.com officially launches. The site has been created to educate, inform and increase the little known demographic of the Conservative Punk. "

Check it out at http://www.conservativepunk.com, complete with links to the Drudge Report and David Horowitz's Front Page Magazine.


01/20/04: Mental Torture School Still Open for Business!
Jello Biafra talked about Provo Canyon School on his first spoken word cd "No More Cocoons" in 1987- and it's still torturing and warping its young inmates- er, students. One of its victims forwarded us the following information. Here is a .pdf file of an article from last year about the school: http://students.washington.edu/~ruckus/vol-7/Issue2_Oct20_web.pdf Here is a petition to close the school: From http://www.petitiononline.com/closepcs/


01/12/04: United Auto Workers, AFSCME, and Punkvoter.com unite!
United Auto Workers (UAW), and America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) have joined forces with Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack and Punkvoter.com in order to draw the nation's youth into the political process. UAW and AFSCME are excited to participate in the effort to ensure America's younger generation realizes what is at stake for working families. Both AFSCME Iowa and UAW Iowa have suffered severe job losses because of the Bush Administration's ruthless tax cuts and protection of the wealthy at the cost of working families.

"Iowa has lost over 30,000 good paying jobs in the manufacturing sector and Bush has done nothing. Our families have been deeply hurt in the heartland and we are glad to see Punkvoter taking action and bringing the story to our country's youth," said Dave Neal, of UAW. "We must encourage young voters to participate in the dialogue more - we need their help and their spirit in the fight for working families"

"It is time all of our country starts to speak out. From farmers and factory workers to punk rockers. George Bush has mortgaged our children's futures with his tax cuts for the wealthy, if they want don't want to inherit the debt Bush is passing on to them, they need to get involved", said Marcia Nichols of AFSCME.

Punkvoter is the nation's largest coalition of punk and music-related organizations and individuals uniting to expose the problems of the George W. Bush Administration, including Jello Biafra, Alternative Tentacles, and mail male Jesse Luscious. For more information about Punkvoter visit them here!


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