Rochester Free Radio has been airing the internet at RochesterFreeRadio.com where they loop scheduled programming daily. In a week or two Rochester Free Radio will be going live on the air as WRFZ-LP at 106.3 FM. This is very exciting! Rochester will finally have a real community radio station. In the meantime, George Payne has been interviewing local activists on The Broken Spear Vision, which is a regular component of WRFZ programming. I have been interviewed on The Broken Spear Vision a number of times, most recently last Sunday.
You can hear my interview on the player below:
If you like what you hear, I am archiving episodes of The Broken Spear Vision. Click here or click the Broken Spear Vision Tab above. And tune into Rochester Free Radio for more great shows.
Just before Winter Solstice go I received an event notice for an Interfaith Holiday Sing-A-Long. Seemed like an odd name but I love to sing along. Hoping to do some caroling but the evening was more than that. I went down to meet the group at the public market, a relatively large space with lots of parking, nestled in one of the old neighborhoods in the city. …………….
When we returned to the Public Market, there were people there, and we could also hear various groups of carolers singing in the dark streets beyond. There were some kind of preparations under way, and some of the men were standing around the back of a pickup truck where they were setting up a sound system. Sheikh Ismet Husny Ahmad Akcin, the Imam of the Rochester Islamic Center began to chant the evening Call to Prayer and my mind stalled for a moment as the beautiful chant permeated my consciousness. Then I began fumbling for my phone to record him.
If you have a few minutes, it is just nice to listen so as to have a feeling of the moment. So much of it was music.
A Holiday Benefit for The Afghan Peace Volunteers’ Quilt Project
After 13 years of U.S./NATO intervention in Afghanistan, and US$1.172 trillion dollars spent on the Afghan war from 2001 to October of 2012, the basic needs of ordinary Afghans constantly caught in the crossfire are still poorly met.
In the following winter of 2013, the Afghan Peace Volunteers ( APVs ) organized the making and distribution of duvets to poor families in Kabul, including those in refugee camps.
Thanks to international peace-builders who had raised funds from among ordinary Americans, the APVs were able to distribute more than 2000 duvets that year. The Afghan ladies who sewed the duvets were paid a living wage per duvet. – quote from APV website
The city is on fire with talk about photonics, a new technology coming to Rochester in the kind of form that I must say I find difficult to envision in a positive way. Of late, Rochester has fallen on hard times following the demise of once prosperous corporations that employed large numbers of individuals at all levels. So, the opportunity […]
Reverend Graylan Hagler spoke in Rochester this evening at an event sponsored by Christians Witnessing for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace. Reverend Hagler is the Senior Minister of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, immediate Past National President of Ministers for Racial, Social and Economic Justice (MRSEJ) and has served on the Steering and Administrative Committee of United for Peace and Justice. Inspired by a visit to Palestine with an African American Delegation earlier this year, his topic was “Ferguson to Palestine”.
Hagler’s lecture was was deliberately sabotaged by two different Zionist groups in Rochester. First, he received a death threat on the phone last week from an individual who identified himself as a member of a local branch of CUFI, Christians United For Israel, Reverend Hagee’s Christian Zionist church. This threat was followed by the expression of a desire to ‘spit’ in Hagler’s face. The barbarism of these attacks was actually rather shocking. I mean, these are middle class folks from the local suburbs. A day or two later, Colgate Divinity School, who were to host the event, withdrew their invitation. Another local group, Roc4Israel, defiantly claimed responsibility for pressuring Colgate to cancel. A couple of days after that, the local NPR affiliate backed out of a planned interview with Hagler.
Reverend Hagler courageously decided to come to Rochester anyway,
Please read this and come out one more time to tell Congress “We want peace and We want to start now!” Henceforth I’m going to refer to the Iran Accord. ‘Iran Nuclear Deal’ sounds crass and not necessarily positive! If we are talking about ‘Peace’ lets use the language of ‘Peace’ We will Vigil to support those members of the […]
On August 26th, Rochester activists joined a national call to stand up for the Iran Nuclear Deal as an example of successful diplomacy. More than 50 people showed up at the Federal Building for a rally and some enthusiastic protesting. Members of Senator Gillibrand’s staff join us for a while, and conversed with members of the crowd. After listening to […]
Guest post by George Payne of Gandhi Earth Keepers, International. George follows local and global issues, and has a radio show on Rochester Free Radio called The Broken Spear. The $600 million photonics hub promises to create manufacturing jobs and spur innovation in the science of light, robotics and medical imagery. Senator Charles Schumer has stated: By combining the academic […]
Members of Rochester Take Back the Land came out in force to support George Douglass when Wells Fargo forclosed on him despite his persistent effort to get them renegotiate the payments. In the past, Take Back the Land has been able to help people stand up to big banks to hold on to their homes. Unfortuantely, that was not […]
Human Rights Day Potluck Dinner and Program
December 8, 2014, 5:30-9:00
Downtown Presbyterian Church