Sunday, October 30, 2005

Village Voice 50th Anniversary Issue

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 2005--Fifty years ago today, The Village Voice burst onto the scene in New York City defending truth, exposing the powerful and taking the unpopular point of view. Five decades later, what began as "a Greenwich Village weekly" is now the nation's largest alternative publication.

To mark the occasion, the Voice will publish a special issue highlighting significant historical and cultural moments from the past 50 years. The Village Voice maintains the same tradition of no-holds barred reporting and criticism it has always embraced, winning nearly 200 editorial awards (including three Pulitzer prizes), earning a reputation for groundbreaking investigations, and as the premier expert on New York's cultural scene. Always ahead of the curve, writing and reporting on local and national politics, with opinionated reviews and comprehensive entertainment listings, the Voice remains the authoritative source for all New York has to offer.

To celebrate 50 years this special issue contains: -- Excerpts from content published over the last five decades from some of America's finest writers including: Norman Mailer, Allen Ginsberg, Jonas Mekas, Andrew Sarris, Jack Newfield, Nat Hentoff, Susan Brownmiller, Edward Albee, Jerry Rubin, Vivian Gornick, Jill Johnston, Greil Marcus, Philip Roth, Karen Durbin, Gary Giddins, Pete Hamill, James Wolcott, Lester Bangs, Teresa Carpenter, Roberta Smith, Guy Trebay, Nelson George, Stanley Crouch, J. Hoberman, Joyce Carol Oates, Donna Gaines, Gary Indiana, Michael Feingold, Toure, and Mark Schoofs

A mix of original essays: Nat Hentoff on the history and spirit of the Voice, Jarrett Murphy on the history of Voice ownership, Wayne Barrett on city politics, J. Hoberman on film, Robert Christgau on music, Michael Feingold on downtown theater and the rise of Off-Broadway, Michael Musto on NYC nightlife and Ellen Willis on feminism.

50 Village Voice covers reproduced full size, with an interactive slideshow on villagevoice.com -- A historical timeline posted on villagevoice.com featuring major milestones for NYC and the Village Voice over the last 50 years

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Native American Religious Freedom Threatened: World Prayers Needed

The San Francisco Peaks, a mountain located in Northern Arizona, which are also sacred to over 13 native American nations, are the center of a legal battle that will determine the future of Native American religious freedom. A lawsuit has been filed by the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, Havasupai, Hualapai, White Mountain Apache, Yavapai Apache, Sierra Club, Flagstaff Activist Network, Southwest Center for Biological Diversity, Dine’ Medicine Men’s Association & a Hopi traditionalist against the United States Forest Service due to its attempt to allow the Arizona Snowbowl Ski area expansion, which includes; clear cutting 74 acres of rare alpine ecosystem, building a 14.8 mile buried pipeline, and snowmaking from wastewater on the sacred mountain.

On October, 12th, 14th, 17th, & 18th, the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act will be the focus of the trial at the Federal Courthouse in Prescott, AZ. Prayers of all faiths and denominations are needed to support the tribe’s and environmental group’s lawsuit and to ensure that Judge Paul Rosenblatt will make a ruling that upholds religious freedom and human rights. The court will be in session from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. People will also be gathering outside of the courthouse in downtown Prescott all day.

For more information please visit: www.savethepeaks.org
Please email coalition@savethepeaks.org if you are organizing a vigil.