Category Archives: free speech

All the Love You Need by Aidan John Moffat

“The Junky’s Christmas” — William Burroughs

discovered on biblioklept

False Pleasure

From a Brooklyn Church on Metropolitan Ave. photo by Anniegotgun

The San Francisco Black Panther Party

The San Francisco Public Library is hosting an exhipt of photos, newspaper and memorabilia exploring the personal and historical context  of the San Francisco Black Panther Party from its existence in 1968 in the Fillmore district.

On Feb 3 from 6-7:30 in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room on the lower level will be a short film and talk, The History of the Black Panther Party, with party member Bill Jennings.

Exhibit runs from January 18-March 12th at the Main Library, third floor, African American Center.

SF Black Panther Party

SF Black Panther Party

Free the San Francisco 8

Free the San Francisco 8

Benefits for S. Clay Wilson

S.Clay Wilson

San Francisco’s, S. Clay Wilson is recovering from an early November head injury that caused sever damage and will require extensive rehabilitation and subsequently loads of cash. His friends and family are hosting several benefits throughout the Bay Area. Including one at the Hemlock on January 11the at 6PM. If you are unable to attend any of the events, donations are being accepted at:

S. Clay Wilson
PO box 14854
San Francisco, CA
94114

        checkered-demon 

Wilson was seminal in the underground comic movement in SF, Zap Comix’s in particular. He is known for his infamous characters The Checkered Demon and Ruby the Dyke and for his wild depictions of sex and violence (Yea! sex and violence!). He has a manner of approaching art with a remarkable sense of non- censorship, which has allowed his style to flourish into the craziness it is. S. Clay Wilson also happens to hail Lincoln NE and as it turns out my staunch Aunt Lois used to baby-sit the young Wilson. Below is a note she sent me attached to copy of an untitled Wilson Comic dating from 1967-69. The note is as over the top a Wilson’s work. Nebraska Babby-sitter Letter

This is a rough time period for all in the art world, but even more so for Wilson and hid family, please donate what you can and go to the Hemlock on the 11th. Our thoughts go out to Wilson for a steady strong recovery!

Librarians Hate Censorship, but love archiving!

The File Room (TFR) was art based project started in 1979 running through 1998, as of 2001 the National Coalition Against Censorship has been maintaining the site and its mission.

The open free use forum allows users to report, detail, and track countless forms of censorship world wide. The founders consider “The File Room as a cultural project: an open prototype where participation, possibilities, and challenges will be tested.”

The site offers a searchable detailed archive of cases using a basic “keyword search,” or an “advance search,” or by using one of their four categories; dates, location, grounds for censorship, and medium.  Cases from B.C. to the present day are within this searchable archive.

The best part we all have the power to submit a case of censorship through The File Room site. Check it out, use it, search and archive on it.

by eric drooker

by eric drooker

Banned Book Week Sept. 27th-Oct. 4th

 Since 1982 the ALA (American Library Association) has been participating/celebrating Banned Book Week and our right to read and write what ever we choose.

The “10 Most Challenged Books of 2007” reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:

1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group

2) The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence

3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes
Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language

4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman
Reasons:  Religious Viewpoint

5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain
Reasons:  Racism

6) “The Color Purple,” by Alice Walker
Reasons: Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language,

7) “TTYL,” by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

8) “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou
Reasons:  Sexually Explicit

9) “It’s Perfectly Normal,” by Robie Harris
Reasons:  Sex Education, Sexually Explicit

10) “The Perks of Being A Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons:  Homosexuality, Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Unsuited to Age Group

Many Libraries and bookstores will be celebrating the event and you should too. Read a banned book, turn your kid on to a banned book, turn a patron on to a banned book, check out the offcial banned book website, also check out the NCAC site they have great info and links to other info on banned book week, and go to your local banned book events!

On Oct. 1st from 12:00-1:30 the San Francisco Public Library will be hosting a lunchtime banned book reading on the steps outside of the library featuring local writers reading selection from the list. Hope to see ya there.

read a banned book

read a banned book

Weird-sorta-creepy-ness in Front of Rainbow Grocery

U.S. Department of Homeland Graffiti and Graffiti Research Lab

l love these guys! So…not too sure what the upcoming exhibit is really all about, but it is sure to be worth the trek to SanJo to the Gallery Anno Domini. From June 4th through the 28th, the U.S.D.H.G and the G.R.L. are liquidating all confiscated, high-tech graffiti artifacts and tools, expunged evidence, court exhibits, redacted documents and office furnishings, priced to sell. The G.R.L. specialize in Laser tags/graffiti and Throwies and all things subversive and dissident. WHOOO HOOO…subversion and dissidence!!!

Artist’s Reception: First Friday, June 6th, 2008
8 p.m. ’til late • free and open to the public
Exhibition runs from June 4th – June 28th

 

 

U.S. Department of Homeland Graffiti

Obama Library Find

Found this at work today drawn on an SF library/Tenderloin map.

SFPL find