A poetic glance at one week in March 2003 that defined the struggle of a nation at war abroad and with its people. It follows Youth Poetry Slam Team Coach, Bill Nevins’ firing as a teacher, and the silencing of his outspoken Rio Rancho High School Poetry Team. Days later, hundreds of peaceful protesters demonstrating nearby were brutally assaulted by police. Free Speech Zones were enforced at gunpoint. The fabric of the Constitution was crumbling. Yet out of this fire, across the country, arose a diverse community of musicians and poets. Dubbed Poetic Justice, it modeled free speech and supported Nevins and was a testament to our creative spirit, representing a path toward transformation and hope. Written by Eric Sirotkin
with Adan Baca, Socorro Romo, Demetria Martinez, Tony Santiago, Erin Ambrose, Jazz, The Ruffians, Carlos Contreras, Priscilla Baca y Candelaria, Manuel Gonzales, Danny Solis and Kenn Rodriguez.
Information can win wars. In a strange logical twist, it seems to be more expensive to cover things up than to let information circulate. Actually, if information is known to open societies, I cannot remember one situation that secrecy managed to save anything. Except the idea that without secrecy manipulation becomes problematic. Let my information go! became the implicit logo of Julian Assange. As a Hacker, he used the alias of „mendax” from the phrase made famous by Horace, „splendide mendax”.
One only, true to Hymen’s flame,
Was traitress to her sire forsworn:
That splendid falsehood lights her name
Through times unborn