ReSources — WHERE TO GET YOUR BACKUP
Saul Alinsky, the great community organizer and author of Rules for Radicals, always advised to begin organizing with a small, winnable issue that appeals to popular self-interest — like getting a new stoplight at a neighbor-hood intersection.
How do we do that? If we start by organizing for curb cuts or the like, what happens to those of us serving time in institutions and nursing homes? We’ll die before anybody gets around to us.
Long ago, your impatient editor asked Tia Nelis of Self Advocates Becoming Empowered how she persuades people who live in freedom themselves to concern themselves with the freedom of people they don’t even know.
That’s easy, she said. “I just tell them it’s their human responsibility.” We wish Alinsky could have seen her in action.
Okay then, let’s say we persuade folks to help free our people. How do we do that huge job? Lucky for all of us, People First of Tennessee (they’ve closed a couple of state institutions themselves) have published a brilliant step-by-step instruction manual, the only one we know of anywhere. It’s called “A Chance to be Made Whole.” Get a free copy for yourself by calling the Center on Human Policy at Syracuse University toll free at 1-800-894-0826. Or write to them at 805 S. Crouse Ave., Syracuse NY 13244-2280.
The Center offers dozens of useful free publications with real value, many by John and Connie O’Brien and other leading lights. Tell them what you’re up to and ask for their suggestions. — L.G
The nation’s oldest newspa-Homme Richard, the sailing ship per (founded in 1754 by Daniel John Paul Jones took to war against Fowle) is The New Hampshire England; cartoons by the brilliant Gazette (owned and operated by starving artist Mike Dater; a scan-Steven Fowle, third cousin eight dalous report on a federal appeals times removed). It may also be the court judge who wants not just to only newspaper left which allows deregulate but disembowel our nation to boast of a free press. government’s regulatory powers; It is published in twelve pages at and an indispensable Piscataqua fortnightly intervals. River Tidal Guide.
A recent edition delivered an It’s the best deal since Poor acidic trip down memory lane by Richard’s Almanac. Send $20 for the Gazette’s William Marvel who 26 issues to The Gazette, PO Box marveled at the revival of trickle-756, Portsmouth, NH 03802. down economics; an illustrated re-See one small sample of Gaport of the discovery of the Bon zette delights, page right.
CLIP FROM ‘A CHANCE TO BE MADE WHOLE’
If a counterculture exists to-day, and we’re here to tell you it does, freaks, monsters and maniacs are welcome to join it. Mouth recommends that you make its acquaintance in Adbusters: Journal of the Mental Environment.
It’s hard to believe that this luxuriously fat and colorful magazine isn’t a shill for advertisers, but Adbusters has none. Still, it overflows with ideas, images, genuine sustenance for outsiders no matter the label they wear.
The founders of International Buy Nothing Day and TV Turnoff Week, they describe themselves —better than we could do it—in the clip at top right.
What leads Mouth to believe that outcasts like ourselves are welcome at their revolution? In May they will publish this editor’s heartfelt rant on compulsory normalcy. Yeah, really.
And they gave back too. See page 22 for “Just Because You’re Not Paranoid.” M.A.C. Farrant’s brilliant “Darwin Alone in the Universe” was first published in Adbusters. (She has a whole book of short stories coming, of which “Darwin” is the title story.)
It seems like the least we can do for you and for Adbusters is insist that you join them, subscribe. Sign on at the website or send $28 to Adbusters Media Foundation PMB 658, 250 H Street Blaine, Wash. 98231-9834
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