Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cyber Monday, Internet Shopacalypse

Black Friday is now behind us, but another shopacalypse looms on Cyber Monday.

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to see the Morgan Spurlock documentary "What Would Jesus Buy?" and a couple of sermons by the Reverend Billy. I found his call to reestablish the Mall of America as a public commons and free speech zone appealing, but disagree with the cynicism turning the progressive political impulse into performance art.

Amy Goodman, who was recently detained while crossing the Canadian border, also visited the Twin Cities this weekend, and her progressive, democratic vision was much more uplifting. The airwaves and the internet are the free speech commons, a public resource temporarily and conditionally licensed to corporate media that are failing the challenge posed by true journalists and the public's hunger for actionable, timely, unfiltered truths.

At each of these events this weekend I distributed hundreds of handbills about the Gaza Freedom March. We have an even coming up a week from today. At 4PM, Sunday, December 6th there will be a showing of the documentary Occupation 101 as a fundraiser for the Minnesota to Gaza effort

While most Cyber Monday deals can be ignored in good conscience, it is important to remember that Monday, November 30th, 2009 will be your last opportunity to register with CODEPINK to travel with them to Egypt and Gaza for the Gaza Freedom March.


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