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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Sunday, April 03, 2005

Beer and Pot for Sunday, why not?

All Ypsi/Arbor bloggers and blog readers are invited

I'm passing along an alternative media initiative from Mark Maynard which is a great idea garnering a good response. Here's a highlight, but go read his post and consider jumping in.

"As I mentioned here a week or so ago, I’ve been thinking about launching a local grassroots reporting site here in Ypsi. At the most basic level, what I have in mind would only require about half a dozen people each volunteering to cover one City Council or School Board meeting a month or so (something that they might already be doing for their own sites anyway). It doesn’t have to be anything complex, at least not at first.

...Anyway, the initial response was positive enough that I went the next step and reserved a table at Frenchie’s for tax day – Friday, April 15 – from 7:00 to 9:00."

As for the event itself, I don’t think it has to be totally focused on this community reporting portal idea, but I would like to at least take half an hour or so to discuss it. The rest of the time, we can just drink beer and talk shit about the people who don’t show up."

I'm not too sure what frame of mind I'll be in that day because it will have been a year to the day that Craig died, so I can't make any promises. Likewise the day before, which was his birthday, and the day after, which is my birthday. Just excuse me for the rest of the month as I blunder my way through it.


Less of a bash, more issues to hash
Focus of marijuana festival shifts from freedom to party to freedom from pain

Drizzling rain and cold weren't enough to keep about 900 people Saturday from congregating on the University of Michigan Diag to hear music and speeches calling for the legalization of marijuana.

They came for the annual Ann Arbor Hash Bash, held each year on the first Saturday in April. This was the 34th bash.

...) Poet John Sinclair, a 1960s activist, urged participants to fight for the right to legalize marijuana. "We will continue to work to alter the laws in this town," he said.

The first Hash Bash was held after Sinclair's 1969 arrest and imprisonment for possessing two marijuana joints.

The number of participants was smaller than last year's estimated 1,500, but organizers said they were pleased with the turnout.


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