Archive for March, 2008

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Mother’s Day Hip Mama Party & Variety Show

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

Come celebrate the spring & the changing of the editors…

We’ll be hosting a Mother’s Day party & variety show fundraiser for the relaunch of the zine
Connect with other counter-culture parents
Meet the new editor
Support the new Hip Mama
Music from The Repair and others
Puppet show
Silent auction
Beer & Wine
Readings by Ariel Gore and others…
Watch for more details right here…
Mark your calendar: Sunday, May 11, 5 – 8 p.m., at the Watershed – 5040 SE Milwaukie in Portland, $5 suggested donation (or get a free ticket with your 5-issue support the new Hip Mama subscription
Kids free & welcome

Hip Mama is getting a new editor

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

After 15 years, Hip Mama is getting a new editor!

The Spring ’08 issue–the one I’m working on right now–is the last issue of Hip Mama I’ll edit. It will be out in mid April. After that, I’ll to stay on as Yo Mama & a consulting editor, but I’m passing the reigns to the amazing Kerlin Richter, a writer/editor, visual artist mama, and theology student.

Kerlin will of course bring her own vibe & vision to Hip Mama–and maybe even get back to putting it out 4 times a year–but the “mission” stays the same–feminist, pro-choice, reader-written–yes indeed. The post office box is the same, too (P.O. Box 12525, Portland, OR, 97212), but the new email address will be hipmamazine at gmail dot com

Support the new Hip Mama with a 5-issue subscription–your first issue will be #39, edited by Ariel, and then you’ll get Kerlin’s first four issues. Includes a free ticket to the Motrher’s Day celebration for mamas in the Portland area. Take a chance on something new and beautiful!

three cheers for truth-telling!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

I just learned that my friend Matthew Diaz, former JAG corps officer at Guantanamo, fresh out of jail and booted out of the military for telling the truth is being honored with the 2008 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.

Woo hoo!

Congratulation to Matt. He deserves heroic recognition.

CLICK RIGHT HERE to listen to my sister’s song for Matt.

As you may remember, a jury last year sentenced Matt to six months for giving a list of Guantanamo detainees to a New York law firm, making him, as Harper’s Magazine put it, “the first political prisoner in recent United States history.” He transmitted the names as an act of protest over the mistreatment of prisoners at Guantanamo. A federal court subsequently ruled that the Navy’s decision to withhold the names was unlawful, and issued an order compelling their disclosure–so the Pentagon’s withholding of the names, and not Matt’s action, was unlawful.

maximilian sez

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

why you feel so funky

Monday, March 10th, 2008

(AP) — A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.

But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.


Rad Zinesters in California

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Holy wow – I so wish I was in California. Look at this amazing line-up….

California, here we come!
Radical Parent Writer-Zine-Friends Together at Last:
Rahula Janowski of the zine Joybringer, Jessica Mills, author of My Mother Wears Combat Boots, Tomas Moniz of Rad Dad, China Martens of The Future Generation

Wednesday, March 19th, 7 pm at AK Press Warehouse 674-A 23rd. St Oakland, CA:
Book reading event with China Martens, The Future Generation: A Zine-Book For Subculture Parents, Kids, Friends & Others (Atomic Books Company) and and Jessica Mills, My Mother Wears Combat Boots (AK Press). For more info contact: AK Press at 510.208.1700 or visit

Thursday, March 20, 6 pm at Modern Times Books 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco
What does it mean to be a radical parent in these times?

Saturday and Sunday March 22-23 at the 13th Annual Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Way, SF

Sunday March 23rd, 12:00 – 12:50 at the Anarchist Book Fair
PANEL DISCUSSION – Anarchist Parents / Building an All Ages Community of Resistance
Anarchism challenges us to create personal and social change but often provides no support for mothers, fathers, and other caretakers of children who try to do so. Let’s learn how to work together in new ways. By valuing the involvement/work of parents and caretakers, we form a more vibrant culture of resistance; and we teach the young the vision we want to see of a more equitable future by including them in our activities now. This will be a discussion between both parents and non-parents, on concrete ways child-free allies can support parents and children in their community. Good for everyone!