Several friends of mine are involved in the organization of a day of peaceful protest tomorrow called "Don't Iraq Iran" as a pro-active measure to keep the US from going to war with Iran. Organized by the group Lag4Peace, there are events happening all over the grid from 8AM-6PM PST, with Commonwealth Island being the main gathering point (click here to teleport). There will be protests, parties and talks going on at SL Capitol Hill, CNN's new iReports Hub, the Reuters sim, and Linden Estate Services.
And I won't be a part of any revolution that doesn't have dancing, so check out the musical stylings of featured artists Louis Landon, Hathead Rickenbacker, and Leslee McCarey, as well as various DJs throughout the day.
After the jump, find the complete schedule of events and SLURLs. Looks like a great day to fight for peace...
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
PRESS CONFERENCE: 4PM SLT TUESDAY 27 NOV 2007 Commonwealth Peace Camp
DAY OF ACTION: 8AM to 6PM SLT SATURDAY 1 DEC 2007 Commonwealth, Capitol Hill, CNN, Reuters, IBM HQ
Title: MAJOR PROTEST ACTION IN SECOND LIFE - STOP THE NEXT WAR: US vs. IRAN
Subtitle: DON'T IRAQ IRAN!
Contact: any1 Gynoid (Second Life) or email to email@example.com
According to BBC, a highly fictionalized intelligence report was published by Republicans and disseminated to the US Congress, containing war-inspired lies about the current state of Iran's Nuclear Program and activities in Iraq. The United Nation's International Atomic Enery Agency (IAEA) vigorously denounced the report as a pack of lies, and produced a point by point refutation. Last week, the IAEA reported that Iran was entirely cooperative with the UN inspections process, and all nuclear materials were accounted for. A recent article in the New Yorker revealed the US Administrations' intentions, in particular: “There is a desperate effort by Cheney et al. to bring military action to Iran as soon as possible."
In response to this alarming news, Left/Progressive residents of Second Life are organizing a major protest action in SL, for 1st December 2007 with coordination with other progressive groups and individuals in SL.
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
PRESS CONFERENCE: 10AM SLT FRIDAY 30 NOV 2007/p>
LOUIS LANDON's PEACE REVOLUTION!
MAJOR PROTEST ACTION IN SECOND LIFE called LAG for PEACE: DON'T IRAQ IRAN
Live Music Artist Biographies are Included In-line Below... Louis Landon, Hathead Rickenbacker, and Leslee McCarey
WHEN: DAY OF ACTION: 8AM to 6PM SLT SATURDAY 1 DEC 2007
WHERE: Commonwealth Island (All Music, Poetry, Speakers)
PROTESTS AT: Capitol Hill, CNN, Reuters, and other locale (see schedule inline below)
Press Contact: any1 Gynoid (Second Life) or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*** SCHEDULE OF EVENTS ***
Unless otherwise noted, all events at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Commonwealth%203/12/53/22
8:00 am LIVE MUSIC for PEACE: Leslee McCarey, Singer Songwriter
8:45 am: KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Sequoia Pinion, Founder, Spiritual Peacemakers
9am KICKOFF RALLY and Introduction to the Protest Action Featuring: SuperActivist DALINIAN BING
10am PROTEST RALLY - CAPITOL HILL of SL (click here to teleport)
DJ JONI VILLOTA rocks the Lag4Peace Main Stage!
11 am POETRY for PEACE - SERENE BECHIR, Poet/Emcee
LIVE Poetry read by Serene Bechir, Prajna Vella, Larkworthy Antfarm, and Sartor Indigo And FEATURING contributed poetry by Bayou writer, Ladykendred Allen, Lumi Michinaga, and other great SL poets
12 noon PROTEST RALLY - CNN IREPORTS HUB (click here to teleport)
Live DJ DENOTSOOT BINDER.... ROCKS the Lag4Peace Main Stage!
1pm LIVE PEACE MUSIC - HatHead Rickenbacker, Award Winning Peace Musician
Lag4Peace Main Stage
2pm PROTEST RALLY - REUTERS NEWS HQ (click here to teleport)
Live Deejay/Club Owner "The Gathering" ATOMIK HAMMERER rocks the Main Stage!
3pm DANCE 4 PEACE PARTY - Live DJ/Club Owner "ROBS Song Spot" DJ SONGDOG WOOLLEY
Featuring Dance Host: Grog Fossil
4pm PROTEST RALLY - Linden Estate Services (click here to teleport)
Live DJ BUFFY RANG rocks the Lag4Peace Main Stage!
5pm GALA PEACE CELEBRATION - LOUIS LANDON's PEACE REVOLUTION ! (live concert)
*** ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES ***
*** LOUIS LANDON' PEACE REVOLUTION! ***
*** LIVE MUSIC 5PM SATURDAY ***
LOUIS LANDON's brand new CD "Peace Revolution!" was released at the in-world launch celebration on 24.11.07. An exclusive performance of Peace Revolution! music and other favorites from Louis' repertoire plays LIVE at Lag 4 Peace's Don't Iraq Iran! Main Stage on 1st December from at 5pm.
LOUIS LANDON has played classical music for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Latin music with "Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers" on national and international tours, pop music with Rupert "Pina Colada Song" Holmes on television and national tours, rock with John Hall, opening for "Little Feat" on national tours and has written and produced music for film, video, and commercials, including three years of "best plays" and "bloopers" commercials for the National Basketball Association. He has been performing his own music in the New York tri-state area for the past 12 years.
LOUIS LANDON's previous CD, released in December of 2005, is solo piano new age CD entitled "unwind," and is currently charted at #3 of the top 100 CDs for the month of February, 2006 on NewAgeReporter.com's website, playing on over 174 stations internationally! It is also featured on internet and satellite radio stations including "Whisperings" at www.solopianoradio.com, reaching over 950,000 people monthly.
*** HATHEAD RICKENBACKER - LIVE MUSIC 11AM SATURDAY ***
HATHEAD RICKENBACKER is an award-winning musician who performs jazz, blues, funk, soul and electronica - often all at the same time. HatHead's performances on piano at overly expensive restaurants earned him Best Music from Toronto Magazine several years in a row. HatHead believes that music is a power to be used for peace. Hathead Rickenbacker plays LIVE at Lag 4 Peace's Don't Iraq Iran! Main Stage on 1st December from at 11am.
*** LESLIE MCCAREY - LIVE MUSIC 8AM SATURDAY ***
"A fusion of folk, classical and light jazz allows her [Leslee McCarey] sound to be always versatile and rich in character. Keep your eyes opened and your ears tuned to this performer. . . good things are sure to be happening!" - Dirty Linen Magazine
[Leslee McCarey] "Grips the listener's ears, heart and funny bone." - Highline Times, Seattle
"Music that's non-stop!" - Ichabod Caine, KMPS Radio, Seattle
"A durable, lived-in voice. . .conjures up great folkies of the past" - Option Magazine
"Gentle folk music - and then some. . . good stuff!" - Factsheet Five
Second Life singer-songwriter LESLEE MCCAREY (known in real-life music circles as Leslie McKay) is a Pacific Northwest native who blends folk, contemporary and classical influences into a powerful personal statement. Her diverse original material covers the full emotional spec¬trum, from sensitive love song to rollicking slice-of-life humor, from good-time toe-tappers to thoughtful mood-pieces. Leslie's clean acoustic guitar and sophisticated piano provide a backdrop for her dynamic contralto vocals.
LESLEE MCCAREY has performed at festivals, conferences, coffee houses, noisy bars and kitchens from Seattle to Santa Fe, including appearances in Spokane, Portland and San Francisco. Appearances in the Northwest have included the Northwest Folklife Festival, Oregon Folklife Festival, Ballard Seafood Fest and the Seattle Wooden Boat Show.
LESLEE MCCAREY's (Leslee McKay in RL) debut album, “Only A Rose,” includes 11 original songs, and was originally released on cassette. It is currently in the process of being re-released in MP3 and CD formats. The Ballad of the Cathlamet, a single, was released in 1987 –this tongue-in-cheek musical saga of the misadventures of the locally infamous Whidbey Island ferry has become a perennial favorite with both radio and live audiences. Leslie is one of the Northwest artists featured on the Victory Music 20th Anniversary Album, has written and recorded video soundtracks, and has been active in studio work and producing for other local artists. She is currently composing a major choral-orchestral work, and periodically contemplates her second album.
*** ABOUT LAG 4 PEACE ***
Lag 4 Peace is a grass roots, SL-based and promoted coalition inviting the media to attend our protest, as we stand in consensus about the insanity of contemplating, much less making happen, such horrible human and environmental tragedies as war. We welcome participation from all groups and individuals in Second Life who pray for a world free of war and tyranny. The Lag 4 Peace organizers' team leads include: Dalinian Bing (Protest & Signs), Smoke Wijaya (Logistics), Any1 Gynoid (Talent, Media), Stone Gynoid (Media, Greeters), Eye Inifinity (Protest Animations), Plot Tracer (Peace Camp), Hayduke Ebisu (Commonwealth Facilities), Solidad Sugarbeet (Communications) as well as JFK Peccable, Rin Tae, and Green Hawks covering Security and Technology.