Hemp Activism on the Internet – Levelling the Playing Field #4 By Dave Olson
[Originally published in Menu Magazine in Olympia, WA, circa 1999]
Used to be, if an event like WTO rolled around, I would have been right excited about it. But now I have realized that my activist efforts are better served from the comfort of my couch.
Let’s get a few things clear right off the bat so you aren’t confused about what I am saying here. Sure, those who suffered gassings and police nonsense in Seattle were indeed courageous, and I agree that direct action is needed to stir-up the complacency, personally I have swapped in the placards, cold mornings and handcuffs for a warm beverage and iMac keyboard to make my opinion heard by policy- makers.
Before you start cussing, I do have activist and blockade credentials from the Clayoquot blockades on Vancouver Island and in early nineties I stood the line at the nuclear test sites in Nevada and committed plenty of acts of creative eco- terrorism throughout the four corners area. Heck, I have met Allen Ginsberg, chatted with Edward Abbey and been to Moab before Lycra bike shorts were allowed. Verily, even (venerated beat poet) Gary Snyder knows who I am.
Continue reading Hemp Activism on the Internet – #4
Heading out to vote in his riding in BC, Uncle Weed rallies to a secondary voting location at the last minute while spieling about the election process, political parties and vast timezones. After filling out his Canadian ballot, he returns home to drink hot toddies, get baked and fill out his USA ballot while riffing about the left vote split resulting in the Canadian Conservative minority government, and expressing hope for good times ahead. Folk singer (and personal hero) Billy Bragg provides poignant music to inspire keeping faith in democracy.
Cast your vote for Two Country Election Fest – Choogle on #70 (.mp3, 40:45, 38MB)
Art’ed up by Bread the Producer
Grab the Choogle on feed or via iTunes
Uncleweeed on Dopecast #147 discussing the Conservative minority government and other Canadian issues with the Dopefiend
FairVote.ca – sign the petition for proportional representation
A few words for Democracy – resources and thoughts on grassroots involvement with public policy
Election Fest – photoset of ballots and polling places
Uncleweed.net for more writings, podcasts, paintings and photos
More Podcast Goodness
Postcards from Gravelly Beach – Literature podcast – Feed – iTunes – Blog
Out n’ About with Uncle Weed– Travelin’ man vidcast – Show – Feed – iTunes
Ephemeral Feasthouse – Miscellanea & notes – Blog – Feed – Podcast
Clubside Breakfast Time – OlyWa Rock and Punditry – Blog – Feed – iTunes