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Jello Biafra and Fat Mike have united Punk Voter to oppose the stealth Proposition 90 here in California.
Here's how Jesse Luscious the AT Mail Male (who moonlights as a political activist when he's not packing orders for you) describes the Proposition:
By mandating that cities, counties, and the state reimburse landowners and business owners for the effects of zoning, worker safety, rent control, and environmental laws, the proposition effectively ends most local regulation of developers. For instance, a landowner can say "I want to build a 10 story casino which pays minimum wage and is powered by a coal furnace in downtown Berkeley." When Berkeley turns down the proposal because of existing zoning, green building, and living wage laws, the city must reimburse the landowner for the "loss" of revenue from the rejected project because these laws have decreased its value. If this passes, then government can either go bankrupt or remove many useful common-sense local laws, leaving our entire state open to whatever project for-profit developers come up with. Oregon, which just enacted a similar law and is 1/10th the population of California, is currently facing $5 Billion in related lawsuits.
This is a trojan horse proposition like Proposition 13 was in 1978- presented as a tax break for small property owners, it ended up stripping away most existent education funding and California tumbled from #1 in per-pupil spending in the 1970s to #47 this month. Proposition 90 is a truly terrible proposition.
After reviewing the facts, Jello Biafra said, "This is the most corrupt thing I've heard of congress doing ever. Hey kids, can you say coup?" He suggests "Faxes, e-mails, polite but firm prank calls to the offices of your congress creatures" to let 'em know what you think about this shameful move on the part of the Republican leadership!
"Thanx so much to everyone who submitted their art and ideas! I wound up going the Winston Smith route in the end, but this sure was an eye-opener.
It was interesting to see how different people imagine and interpret my work. Some of the drawings, graphics and collages were quite good. There were also some great media wire service photos that we couldn't afford to use.
I was surprised at how many people turned in drawings of me, considering I make a point not to put my face on my album covers. I can't believe how many artists waste so much precious art space on yet another picture of their ugly mugs. Some entries were clearly from people who had no idea who I was. One person even submitted a bunch of drawings of mutilated women.
So I hope this was inspiring for everybody involved and no one got put out too much. Keep at it and stay tuned for the album!"
But enough about recording, this exciting news is all about... the art!
Here's what Jello has to say!
"Yo! I am putting out a new spoken word this fall called, "In the Grip of Official Treason." Some of the subjects, as you might guess, are Fall of the Rome Under Bush, Iraqnophobia, Vote Fraud, comatose bribe-addled Democrats, Geometry teacher part II, the full "Ass Clowns in Toyland" (Ministry), new "Die For Oil, Sucker," etc.
Right now, I'm drawing a total blank on the art! Any ideas? Rough concepts or even found photos or old art is possible. I don't want anyone to go to too much work when the image might not be used. I've also talked to Winston Smith, John Yates and others about this, so we'll see what happens. I don't want any designs too reliant on Bush, Saddam, Condosleezza, etc., that will date the whole thing like an '80s Hardcore album with Regan on the cover. But if you feel inspired, deadline is July 4.
Peace + Sabotage, Jello Biafra"
Please e-mail all ideas/submissions to:firstname.lastname@example.org send them to: Alternative Tentacles Art Contest PO Box 419092 San Francisco, CA 94141 USA All mail submissions must be RECEIVED by Wednesday July 5th 10AM to be considered.
Good luck to everyone!
On my way home, to the next bus, a cop saw it and didn't find it funny. Officer Garcia, badge #0622, to be exact. Bike cop, looked like a total idiot with the helmet on. He demanded identification, so I handed over my license. The explanation of what I was doing (coming home from a day out, trying to catch the last bus, "see here's my transfer") didn't convince him as he just laughed it off. Finally I got pissed and demanded to know what was up. He asked me what my shirt meant. I said it was a movie.
Officer: "Yea? And is Mr. Cheney in it?" Me: "No." Officer: "So why is he on it?" Me: "He nearly dies every few weeks and some people think he's evil. It's a joke." Officer: "I don't find it to be a funny one." Me: "Yea I can tell by your line of questioning..." Officer: "Don't get smart! Don't resist!!!" Me: "I'm not. I'm standing here." [I was wearing flip-flops too] Officer: "If you want to resist, I have many little toys I can use to make you stop." [He really said all of this.] Me: "As I said I am standing here." Officer: "Well for now you're being detained for suspicious activity."
He writes shit down and calls in my license. But the funny part was, the guy on the other end had him repeat it many times because he couldn't understand the stooge. Finally he gets it. 10 minutes passes. He's embarrassed now, so he pushes my license back at me and pockets my transfer. This was right after the last bus #602 passed. He smirked at me and told me to get lost and that he'd come find me if he needed me. I said "good luck!" and walked off. Fucking fascist. So maybe you guys should notify future patrons that this shirt might get your on TIPS or TIA or some shit like that.
Just thought I'd share my story. Keep up the great work!!!
Henry Rollins and Jello Biafra at last Friday's incredibly fun and successful spoken word/art auction fundraiser for the West Memphis Three put on by Skeleton Key. Jello says it was the first time he and Henry have performed together!
The art will include the one-night debut of artwork by WM3 prisoner Damien Echols, plus art by many others, including Carol Queen, Jayne County, Jonathan Richman, Matt Skiba, Shepard Fairey, Firehouse Kustom Rockart, and Winston Smith.
Speaking will be Henry Rollins, Jello Biafra, Jonathan Richman, Matt Gonzalez , Penelope Houston and Jacob Pitts. Michale Graves and Jacob Pitts will be playing acoustic sets.
Don't miss this incredible once-in-a-lifetime event!
We are again getting reports of a Dead Kennedys song turning up in a truly putrid TV show behind Jello's back. This time, instead of "American Idol," it's "California Uber Alles" used by "The OC" But again, we need visual proof. The Dead Kennedys partnership is now run in Cheney-esque secrecy, so a simple inquiry to East Bay Ray seems useless.
Is the song used only in the UK's Channel 4 commercial, or have there been more like it? Thanks again for the crucial help in busting 'em on "American Idol," but if we can't prove an "OC" connection, we should let this one drop.
Thanx again, Biafra
From Ms. Kitty @ the Women's Center:"It is super super hard to get stuff down here, due to price gouging and the city being half abandoned, so anything you can donate is appreciated. The requested items are separated into light and heavy sections since you need to think ahead since it costs a lot more to ship to NOLA at the moment than normal places. Plus, we do not have mail delivery, Common Ground picks it up from somewhere about every two weeks it seems.
Those items that have been marked with an * are especially needed. LIGHT itemspanties** socks** coffee* creamer office products hole punch cutlery (forks, spoons, etc.) feminine hygiene products, especially alternative methods such as lunapads or the keeper type cups crochet hooks and yarn chocolate** nail clippers (toe and finger) toothpaste/toothbrushes nyquil/dayquil tylenol and tylenol pm midol or other menstrual pain reliever pregnancy tests AfAm hair care products(perms, doo gro, etc) children's underclothes
HEAVY itemslaundry/dish detergent sugar books magazines/zines art shampoo/conditioner (all types)You can donate money, but money orders or cash only please. We are really punk rock at the moment.
Please send all donations to the following address:Miss Kitty Love, Director care of: the Women's Center at Common Ground Collective 1415 Franklin Ave NOLA 70117also, please send a note with a return address, in case I have time to send you a thank you card!! Please pass this on/re-post and thank you in advance!!
One last thing- if you can, we would LOVE if you could donate your TIME!!!! Please come down. Get in touch with me for more details if you are considering this. Peace!Sincerely, Ms. Kitty (cristina), DirectorCommon Ground Women's Center 9th Ward, NOLA"