June 2012 Archives
"The gay community, our community, among all the communities in the world, we are the only ones that base it's membership on integrity and telling the truth about ourselves, declassifying that information for the betterment of our entire lives, societies and families. When we do that we realize that the gay movement is more important than just for gay people alone...It was only Bradley Manning who did his job, who fulfilled his duty when he saw war crimes, he stood for truth...As we move forward as a country, we need truth in order to gain justice, you can't have justice without the whole truth...So what he did as a gay American, as a gay soldier, he stood for integrity, I am proud of him."
- LGBTQ rights activist and former army Lieutenant Dan Choi.
On Friday June 1st Dennis Bernstein, producer and host of KPFA Flashpoints, read from his new book of poetry, Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom, for a special event at Berkeley's Persian Center.
Internationally known for decades of path- breaking investigative reporting, Dennis was chosen by Pulse Media as one of "20 Top Global Media Figures of 2009." His artist books, co-authored with Warren Lehrer, are in the Special Books Collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and other major museums around the world. Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom draws on his years as a New York public school teacher.Guest poet Lauro Vazquez opened the evening. His work demonstrates how a political poem can be an active and subversive agent for change, to help bring about a more egalitarian society.