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How Disney Invaded American Childhood to Shill Worthless Crap to Our Kids

Disney is a major source of the potentially harmful gender and race myths proffered to girls today.

M. M. Adjarian and Peggy Orenstein, Bitch Magazine

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From the outside, Peggy Orenstein epitomizes feminist success. She’s an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in such distinguished publications as the New Yorker, Elle, Vogue, Discover, Mother Jones, and O: The Oprah Magazine. But her work itself is dedicated to asserting the ways in which “having it all” -- or trying to -- in a world built to the measure of men can have profound effects on women and girls.

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Orenstein’s first book, the 1994 study Schoolgirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem, and the Confidence Gap, explored the adolescent roots and gendered nature of the crippling self-doubt that plagues so many adult women. Her second, 2000’s Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, & Life in a Half-Changed World, examined the systemic biases and roadblocks women face in creating lives that balance personal and professional demands. And in 2007, Orenstein published a memoir, Waiting for Daisy, which recounted the challenges -- infertility, cancer, and many more -- she faced in becoming a mother.

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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of March 27

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  • Kansas Stat Rep Urges Shooting "immigrating feral hogs."
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  • Georgia State Rep. Compares Pro-Choice to Qadaffi
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Jimmy Margulies

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Living on the Edge: The Muslim community in the U.S. is fearful about its future, Shahid R. Siddiqi, Axis of Logic
Right-wing zealots, conservative politicians, Far Right Christian groups, bloggers, and the Tea Party movement members ganged up to use this a $100 million community center to be built in Lower Manhattan as a punching bag to bring down their new enemy – Islam.

Kansas Stat Rep Urges Shooting "immigrating feral hogs."
On Monday, March 14, 2011, Kansas State Representative Virgil Peck said:
“It looks like to me if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem.”
It’s time to hold politicians like Rep. Peck accountable for their hateful rhetoric.

Georgia State Rep. Compares Pro-Choice to Qadaffi, Robin Marty, Care2 Make a Difference
What to dictators and the pro-choice movement have in common?  They both like to kill millions of innocents.  Get it?  Get it?

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Curing” gay people? There’s an app for that.

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Exodus International, the notorious "ex-gay" organization, has just released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders." The Exodus website further boasts that its app received a 4+ rating from Apple, meaning that it contains "no objectionable content."

Anger, shock over cross burning in Calif community, Robert Jablon, Associated Press
"It's such a violation," pastor Randy Ouimette said. "You know, the cross originally was an instrument of violence. ... but Christ redeemed it. Through the cross has come forgiveness and peace."

Michele Bachmann Increasingly Serious About 2012 Presidential Run, Huffington Post
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is increasingly serious about joining the wide-open race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. And a growing number of conservative activists, legislators and political operatives in key states stand ready to help her if she does.

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GOP governor removes labor-themed mural from lobby of public building

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  • More than 250 demonstrators crowded into the offices of the Maine Department of Labor on Friday morning to protest GOP Gov. Paul LePage’s planned removal of a labor-themed mural from the building’s lobby.
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  • The US Culture Wars Continue
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Jeff Tuttle, Bangor Daily News | ME

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Coleen Rowley

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More than 250 demonstrators crowded into the offices of the Maine Department of Labor on Friday morning to protest Gov. Paul LePage’s planned removal of a labor-themed mural from the building’s lobby.

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The small lobby that houses the actual mural, however, was no match for the crowd, which instead was forced to line long stretches of the hallway to  listen to speakers express their thoughts — ranging from confusion to dismay to outrage — at the Republican  governor’s order.

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“This mural belongs to the people, not the governor, and we want it to stay where it is,” Robert Shetterly, a Brooksville artist, told the crowd, which at times broke into anti-LePage chants including “Recall Paul!” and “Art in, Paul out!”

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Legendary bluesman Pinetop Perkins dead at 97

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  • "He was one of the last great Mississippi Bluesmen. He had such a distinctive voice, and he sure could play the piano. He will be missed not only by me, but by lovers of music all over the world," fellow great bluesman B.B. King said in an emailed statement.
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Jim Verturno, Associated Press/MSNBC

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In this Oct. 11, 2009 file photo, Grammy winning blues pianist Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins motions a "thumbs up" gesture during the annual festival at Hopson Plantation in Clarksdale, Miss. Perkins, one of the last old-school bluesmen and oldest Grammy winner, died at his home of cardiac arrest Monday, March 21, 2011, his manager said. He was 97. (AP Photo - Rogelio V. Solis)

In 1969 in Buffalo, N.Y., a wiry, middle-aged chain smoker sat in on piano during a jam session and earned a spot in the band of legendary bluesman Muddy Waters.

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By then, Pinetop Perkins had already performed with the likes of Sonny Boy Williamson and slide guitarist Robert Nighthawk. The old school bluesman with the aggressive keyboard style and gravelly voice had played the rickety bars among the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, and toured with rock pioneer Ike Turner in the 1950s.

"Muddy came by, and heard him jamming, and he liked what he heard. The rest is history," said Willie "Big Eyes" Smith, who was a drummer in the band.

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American as Curry Pie

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  • March 17 — April 10, 2011
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  • Written and performed by Aamera Siddiqui
Directed by Meena Natarajan and Suzy Messerole
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Great American History Theatre

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Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader Pam Curley for this contribution.

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Photo by Lauren B. Photography.

We’ve all felt like we didn’t fit in, whether we grew up in our hometown or moved to a new country when we were 6. For Aamera Siddiqui, growing up as an immigrant in the United States was a balancing act between her Indian heritage and her American surroundings. Aamera’s world consisted of one country inside the four walls of her family’s home and another country outside those walls. Curried peas and hot dogs, Catholic school uniforms and colorful saris, Urdu and English all blended and bounced off one another to shape Aamera’s identity.


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Told with honesty and humor, American as Curry Pie is one woman’s story about immigration, assimilation, and discovering what it means to be an American.
If you are the least bit interested in family dynamics, acceptance of differences, search for personal freedom, politics, religion, the struggles of the immigrant population, this play if for you!

"The audience was laughing one minute and crying the next." -- Pam Curley

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Schickel on Scorsese

From the book “Conversations With Scorsese” by Richard Schickel. Copyright © 2011 by Richard Schickel. Reprinted with the permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House Inc.

Richard Schickel, TruthDig

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Every time we met, we vowed to try to keep our conversations on a rough chronological track. Every time we failed to do so. He’s as breathless and excitable off camera as he is on. At some point every night we would just give up on chronology and go with whatever flow had arisen out of our exchanges. These resulted in quite amazing transcripts—full of repetitions and false starts, to be sure, but also full of fascinating autobiography and astonishing detail about the choices he has made over the course of a career that now extends well over forty years. These were never easy to edit, but they were never tiresome, either.

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Like virtually every good director I’ve ever known, Marty is not entirely comfortable at explaining his motives, why he may opt for one project over another—or, for that matter, one shot or edit over another. Movie directors are as instinctive as any other kind of artist except that they have to marshal and control far more numerous and often more recalcitrant collaborators than someone working alone—a writer or painter, say. There is, as well, something hypnotic and addictive in the filmmaking process, something that drives its practitioners to immerse themselves in the work to the exclusion of all else. And it’s quite a long process. Preproduction, production, and postproduction cannot take less than six months. Sometimes, as in the case of a difficult project like The Last Temptation of Christ or Gangs of New York, it can take years, decades. You have no choice but to embrace this addiction—there is no twelve-step program that can cure you—else your picture will fail and eventually your career will fail as well.

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Palestine Film Festival in Minneapolis

April 8-10. Mark your calendars & spread the word!

Wael Khouli

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell

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The Minnesota Chapter of the American Association For Palestinian Equal Rights (AAPER) is excited to present to you the first Palestine Film Festival in Minneapolis. The Saint Anthony Main Theater will be hosting the festival April 8-10. The tickets are going to be completely FREE!

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We will have two short documentaries on the first day, and one motion picture on the second and third days. The trailers for the two motion pictures are http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1726744089/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdEVH1Ec2-4

AAPER is organizing 25 similar film festivals across the US. All of them will be showing the same award winning movies for free. This is part of
the organization's push to raise awareness regarding Palestinian rights.

Since the tickets are going to be free, we are relying on sponsorships andcontributions to fund the event. Sponsors will be able to buy an ad in the
festival program. Other promotion packages are also available. If you have any questions or interested in sponsorship,  please contact  the festival
main organizer Miyan Nagib. His e-mail is nagib002@umn.edu; his phone number 952-212-0749.

This link link will take you to the Facebook page.

Thanks to all of you for you support and we hope to see you at the festival.

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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of March 6

3 New Items including:

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  • The South Dakota Bill That Could Legitimize Murder of Abortion Providers
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  • Over 1,000 hate groups in America
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Chan Lowe

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The South Dakota Bill That Could Legitimize Murder of Abortion Providers, Jodi JacobsonRH Reality Check
If you had any doubt that we are moving toward a hate-filled, vigilante society, you now have an unequivocal answer.

Over 1,000 hate groups in America, Morris Dees, Southern Poverty Law Center

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  • Live Webcast on Year in Hate and Extremism, March 2, Wed., 1 pm ET
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  • Join SPLC President Richard Cohen and SPLC's Intelligence Project Director Mark Potok for a live webcast to discuss the new findings. Register Today
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"Comic Relief": Sarah Palin on Egypt, Robert Dreyfuss, Nation Magazine

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Robert Dreyfuss begins, "Sarah Palin, in her first comments on Egypt, managed to make no sense at all. None. I especially liked her 'not, not real enthused about what it is that that's being done [in DC].' Here's the full quote, which sounds like it was written by Miss South Carolina, speaking for all 'US Americans' ..."

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