Happy 40th Birthday, Title IX! (VIDEO)

On June 23, 1972, Title IX became the law of the land. It stated in part:

No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity…

Title IX’s impact on women’s athletics over the last 40 years is undeniable. And that, dear friends, is the subject of Sarah’s video this week:

If TED won’t talk, Sarah’s gonna sing about it! (MUSIC VIDEO)

Got those income inequality blues, dude.

You have no doubt watched, or at least heard of, the TED Talk videos. TED is a nonprofit, “devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading” and the TED.com website has compiled more than 900 short lectures — stimulating, provocative stuff from some creative, often quite brilliant, people.

Recently, however, the TEDnics in charge sparked considerable controversy, and some complaints of censorship, by refusing to post a talk by venture capitalist Nick Hanauer.

So what got Hanuer’s talk banned? Why it seems this very wealthy and hugely successful venture capitalist questioned what in 1 Per Cent circles is the holiest of holies — the proposition that, “If taxes on the rich go up, job creation will go down.” Hanuer doesn’t buy it. And he’s got charts and data to back his apostasy up.

You can read more about the brouhaha here and here and here and here, but first listen to the Sarah Kennedy’s original musical composition about the topic — her very first ukulele music video:

(Un)Occupy Albuquerque gets “limited” permit from UNM

By Matthew Reichbach

(Un)Occupy Albuquerque will be allowed to continue demonstrating at Yale Park for the next week — on a limited basis. The University of New Mexico granted a “limited” permit that gives protesters fewer hours of access to the park than before they were evicted from the park last Tuesday.

UNM announced that the (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters will be able to stay at Yale Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 4 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 5 and Sunday Nov. 6.

The permit does not allow food, electricity or amplified sound at the rallies.

The (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters have been at odds with the University of New Mexico leadership over the use of University property as a place to protest nearly since its inception.

The group, then called Occupy Albuquerque, initially chose the southwest corner of campus, on the corner of Central and University, as the location to camp out. After concerns from the university about the health of the trees in that area, the Occupy protesters moved to Yale Park, a historic home of protests going back decades. The protesters then faced trouble over staying overnight at Yale Park.

Eventually, things came to a head when protesters were told they could not stay past 10:00 PM on October 25. Three dozen protesters were arrested when they refused to leave while police, including some in riot gear, cleared the park.

Now, protesters will be allowed to be at the park, but in limited hours. And the permit only runs for a week, perhaps setting up another showdown with police if the University does not agree to another permit when time runs out — or if protesters believe the restricted hours aren’t good enough and decide to test the university’s resolve once again.

Santa Fe Occupies the Railyard

By Matthew Reichbach

The Occupy Santa Fe members are settled in at the Railyard Park near Cerrillos Road and next to the train tracks that carry riders from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. Nearly two dozen tents dot the Railyard Park around a circular grass field. No tents, the rules at the north end of the encampment say, can be erected on the grass.

On the grass, a family plays soccer while others gather in groups. Some gather near a fire pit that puts off more smoke than heat as the wood burns down, discussing what role the banks had in the economic downturn that still envelops the country. A young man walks around, offering the last piece of pizza (green chile pizza) to anyone before he can dispose of the box in the “cardboard” recycle bin located near the kitchen tent.

Some of the tents are big enough to house a family, others barely big enough for a man to sleep in. All signal that some protesters are willing to stay as long as they believe necessary to get the word out.

There is a sense of permanence and rhythm to the camp that comes from the protesters camping together.

The group is organized; Judy Welte sends out emails to a list with some articles to read that would be relevant to the movement (which includes at least one Clearly New Mexico piece).

The difference between Occupy Santa Fe and (Un)Occupy Albuquerque is immediately evident. While the Albuquerque part of the worldwide Occupy movement has spent nearly a week fighting for its right to demonstrate at the University of New Meixco, the Santa Fe branch of the movement secured a permanent home at Railyard Park.

The Albuquerque protesters were told that they can use city parks, but only during regular park hours.

Other efforts at outreach

One similarity between the Tea Party movement that has had a massive effect on politics, especially within the Republican Party, and the Occupy movement is a distrust of the traditional and mainstream media. With the rise of the internet, however, the movements can bypass the traditional media gatekeepers and get the news out on their own.

One example is what Welte is doing with her regular emails pointing out news that may be relevant to the cause. The Occupy Santa Fe movement also posts all of their meetings’ minutes on its website, OccupySantaFeNM.org. A Twitter account, @OccupySantaFe, and Occupy Santa Fe Facebook page are also set up to get the word out.

Welte told Clearly New Mexico that before getting involved in the movement, she had never used Facebook. Now the Occupy Santa Fe Facebook page has nearly 3,000 “likes” — a little more than their counterparts in Albuquerque.

Brad Laughlin is doing his own thing to get the word out. As the executive director of Corelight, a “spiritually-based non-profit” based in Santa Fe, he is providing a camera and microphone to let the protesters tell their own stories to the world.

“We want to just hear from people, hear why they’re here, learn from people, what they’re thinking and feeling and why they came,” Laughlin told Clearly New Mexico. Laughlin says that they will be putting the videos up on YouTube.

“We’re really just trying to document people’s authentic experiences and what’s happened to them,” Laughlin said.

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(Un)Occupy Burque protesters driven from Yale Park again

By Matthew Reichbach

For the second straight day, (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters were driven from Yale Park, the home of the movement for weeks. And for the second straight day, police made arrests of those who refused to leave.

Police told the protesters that they could not stay on the property because their permit expired.

Two more people were arrested for failing to leave the park, bringing the number of arrests in the past two days to nearly 40. Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, police made 37 arrests.

Some of those who were arrested on Tuesday evening for refusing to leave the park were back to the protest on Wednesday evening. Six of those involved in the protest, however, remained in jail, waiting to make bond.

One of those arrested on Tuesday evening, Brittany Arneson, spoke to Clearly New Mexico about her experience. Unfortunately, the audio for the interview was lost.

She said she had been part of the (Un)Occupy Albuquerque movement since the first day and had been following the original Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City since the beginning.

She said that she witnessed police brutality on another protester who was arrested Tuesday night.

The protester “went limp” and forced police to carry him to the police car. Arneson told Clearly New Mexico that she saw police lift him up and drop him, as well as force his face into door of a police car.

When Arneson told the rest of the (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters that she saw the police actions, the crowd chanted, “Shame! Shame!”

Legal options move forward

The police failed to answer questions about whether or not other groups, such as study groups, would be allowed to gather in the park without a permit, but protesters were told that any gathering of (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters anywhere on campus would be arrested.

The officers said that all of questions would have to go to University of New Mexico President David Schmidly. Schmidly met with two of the protesters yesterday but denied their request to extend the permit.

An attorney with the National Lawyer’s Guild, Larry Kronen, told the (Un)Occupy Albuquerque protesters at the daily General Assembly meeting that the American Civil Liberties Union filed for an injunction against the University of New Mexico for denying the group a permit to continue protesting.

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