link love, 2010-02-18

February 18th, 2010 by
  • Today is Yoko Ono’s 77th birthday! Celebrate the life and times of this subversive badass with Yoko Ono: A Feminist Analysis, a comprehensive look at Ono – and the racism and sexism she’s transcended – from über-fan Cara of The Curvature.
  • MINE – a documentary centering on custody battles over rescued NOLA dogs, post-Katrina – aired on PBS February 16, and will be rerunning in select markets throughout the week. Part of the “Independent Lens” series, the film aired prior to another Katrina-themed piece called “Home,” in which “filmmaker, Matt Faust, interweaves imagery from his childhood home with post-Katrina visuals.” To find out if/when MINE will be airing in your city, go to http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/broadcast.html.

    Here is a short clip from the film, as aired on PBS’s “Independent Lens” program:

    I’ve actually been meaning to write about this documentary for quite some time now (ditto: An American Opera); the issues raised in MINE deserve serious exploration (and most certainly from an anti-oppressive perspective!) as well. Until then, you can learn more about the film at http://minethemovie.com. MINE is currently being screened at select theaters throughout the United States; to find a full list of dates, look under “Events” on the main page of the film’s website.

  • Via the Let Live Foundation and Food Fight!, hit up this punk show to benefit Out to Pasture Sanctuary – if you happen to find yourself in Portland on February 26:

    Possibly the most important event Portland, nay, the WORLD has ever known…

    From the trust fund punx at Food Fight Grocery:

    “OUT TO PASTURE BENEFIT (PUNK) SHOW

    Friday, February 26, 2010 @ 7pm / Laughing Horse Books, 12 NE 10th St

    Hey everybody, wanna come out to an old fashioned good time punk rawk show? We do, too. Want the money you spend at the door (a whopping $5) to go to a good cause? Well…save the date.

    Who’s playing? Glad you asked:

    Attica! Attica! (PDX political acoustic good stuff)
    Fuck You, Dad! (featuring current and ex members of Food Fight Grocery and Sweetpea Baking Company. Yes, they will be playing only covers.)
    Mark Twain Indians (Portland, fantastic)
    Calvin Johnson (Olympia, WA, kinda famous)

    All money raised will be going to Out to Pasture Sanctuary.

    Food Fight will be shelling out gas money for the out of town band. Feel free to dig deep and give more than $5, the animals would be stoked.”

  • Cosmo’s Vegan Shoppe is hosting a free screening of the Mercy for Animals documentary Fowl Play on March 5 in Atlanta, Georgia. Details here.
  • The Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is looking for volunteers to host a screening of Crude: The Real Price of Oil during the the week of March 21st-27th.

    Here’s a trailer for the film, which RAN describes as “a gripping documentary about the humanitarian crisis caused by oil production in the Ecuadorian Amazon”:

    You can sign up to screen Crude – or find a house party near you – at http://events.ran.org/crude/signup.

  • Animal Aid recently announced the launch of Meat-Free Monday: The Movie, a short film produced by London-based Taylor McKenzie and featuring music by Moby. Animal Aid describes the motivation behind the short film,

    We believe that this upbeat and highly watchable film, featuring a Moby soundtrack has the artistic merit and content to make people re-think their meat consumption and its impact on the planet.

    Titled ‘What a difference a day makes’, its purpose is to encourage people to have at least one meat-free day a week and then hopefully move on to a meat-free Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well.

    While I’m not quite sold on the transitional potential of ‘Meat-Free Mondays,’ I don’t think it’s necessarily harmful, either. At the very least, it’s a nice way to reduce “meat” consumption in public facilities (such as schools), that is, until we uppity vegans are able to convince government institutions to promote veganism exclusively. Given the influence of animal ag. on politics and politicians, that’s not likely to happen any time soon, so… yay, Meat-Free Mondays?

    I’ve embedded the video below; you can learn more about the film here. AA also has banners available to promote Meat-Free Mondays here.

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