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Renda Writer’s World Peace Mural Tour!

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All Photos and Video By Gail

In honor of today (September 21st) being World Peace Day, we’d like to introduce you to Miami, Florida-based street artist and Peace Advocate Renda Writer and his one-man World Peace Mural Tour: which recently saw him creating two of his multicolored-text-based World Peace wall murals here in the New York area.

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Writer Working on his World Peace Mural at First Street Green Art Park in NYC

“My murals involve me writing the simple two-word phrase “World Peace,” repeated over and over, in various color patterns,” Writer explains. “I combine the energetic power of a written mantra with the stylistic visuals of typography, graffiti, and public art and utilize the influence and high visibility of public art to spread the simple message: “World Peace.”

Here’s a little video I made of Writer working on the mural on Sunday, September 11th.

Since conceiving the idea in April of this year, Writer has created 14 such murals in 7 different states including Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Washington DC, and most recently in New York City — where these photos and the above video were taken on September 10th and 11th — and in Mamaroneck, in Westchester County, New York on September 17th.  “These murals, as  part of my World Peace Mural Tour, are my commitment to spending the rest of my life creating “World Peace” themed murals across the world.”

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Fans Gather at East Street Green Art Park to Celebrate the New Mural!

“Through the simple message of ‘World Peace,’  the aim is to bring World Peace into the global conversation and remind the people of the world that it is possible. This is my life’s purpose.” More information about the tour can be found at World Peace Tour Dot Com and Facebook Dot Com Slash World Peace Mural Tour.

Completed World Peace Mural

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New York’s 9/11 Memorial to Open on September 12th


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According to the Google Blog post for today, NYC’s 9/11 Memorial opens officially to the public tomorrow, September 12, 2011, after the dedication ceremony taking place this morning at the site. Even though ground zero is only about a ten-minute walk for me from the office of my day gig, I’ve probably walked by it twice in ten years, because it’s always seemed disrespectful to gawk at the site of such a tragedy. But I’m going to make an effort to walk over there in the next couple of weeks and check it out, because it looks like it’s pretty cool and a fitting memorial to the events of that day, if there could be such a thing. For anyone interested in coming in from out of town to see the Memorial, there’s a fairly comprehensive FAQ located at This Link.

What If Your Birthday Was on September 11th?

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Confession: Most of the time, I can barely recall what Netflick I watched last night or what I ate for lunch earlier in the day, but ask me what it was like to be in Manhattan on September 11th, 2001, and I remember that day like it was still happening. I remember seeing the smoke from the first tower as I stood at the corner of 19th Street and 5th Avenue, walking to work that morning and thinking “Something’s on fire.” I can tell you what the weather was like (the most beautiful late summer Tuesday, ever).

I recall the most minute, bullshit details of numerous conversations I had with people that day. I can tell you what I made for lunch (pasta with chicken in red sauce). I even remember what I was wearing. It’s been ten years since that day and for me it’s like it was, as they say, just yesterday. I’m sure I’ll have the same clarity about September 11, 2001 for the rest of my life. If you were in NYC at the time, you can’t ever forget. But think about this: what is that day like for people whose birthday is on September 11th? That’s something I hadn’t really considered until I read this fantastic story in The Awl built around first-person testimonials from10 people who are unfortunate enough to have 9/11 as their birth date. Ten People Who Observe Birthdays on 9/11 is by far my favorite remembrance piece of the too-many-to-mention that I’ve already read over the past few days. It captures just the right balance of candor and uncomfortable humor that feel appropriate after a decade of 9/11 anniversaries. The piece starts out like this:

Jotham Sederstrom, 34, freelance reporter: On September 10th, my friends took me out for birthday drinks in Chicago. I was out until three or four, I think, at a place called “The Hideout,” among other places. I didn’t wake up until about noon, at which point everything had changed.

George Spyros, 44, executive producer: I got married the weekend before. We had a bunch of friends and family from out of town, and went out Monday night for dinner. My wife and I were supposed to fly out on September 11th for our honeymoon. On top of that, it’s my birthday.

Michael Wright, 44, editorial director: September 11th has always been the best day of the year for me — and then it all goes to shit.

Allison Spensley, 31, mid-career change: It was my 21st birthday, so of course I had plans to go out.

And it just gets more engaging. You can read the rest – and I strongly recommend that you do – Here.

In Memory of Those Who Died In Vain


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Dancing in the Dark, Walking Through the Park and Reminiscing

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“An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.” –Mohandas Gandhi

I’ve been sitting in my office on Wall Street – which is about four blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center – since before 8:00 AM and not one person who’s called on the phone or walked by my desk has even mentioned that today is the sixth anniversary of the day those towers went down. And what’s most surprising to me about that odd fact is that…it doesn’t surprise me at all. Like a lot of other people who were in NYC on that day six years ago, I’d just as soon move on from the continuous analytical overhaul of an event that no one will ever be able to erase from public consciousness. It was a pretty crappy day in my experience for innumerable reasons. It devastates me still to think about how we lost hundreds of truly heroic firefighters, who died needlessly in a doomed high-rise that no one had any business running into. I hate knowing that thousands of innocent people lost their lives simple because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it breaks my heart that New York citizens like my friend George Tabb are fighting life-threatening respiratory ailments right now caused by exposure to the toxic dust at ground zero. What a fucking waste of life this all amounts to.

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Every Man For Himself and God Against All

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Five Years Gone

Five years ago today, a guy I knew from the local NYC punk rock scene, John Heffernan (AKA Johnny Heff) died for no reason. Johnny played guitar for the punk band The Bullys, but in his day job he was a NYC Firefighter.
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Johnny at a Bullys Gig with ex-Misfits Guitarist Bobby Steele
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John in his Uniform

Johnny was a really cool guy. That’s all I have to say about it right now.

Author And Punk Rock Legend George Tabb Needs Our Help!

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George and Wendy Tabb in the Apartment The Were Forced to Flee

Aside from knowing NYC rock journalist and musician George (Furious George) Tabb for years and always knowing him to be an all around great guy, George is a former WTC area resident who really stepped up to the plate after 9/11 as a voice of the people concerned with the environmental hazards resulting from the tragedy. Despite the obvious, Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) Administrator Christie Whitman said a week after the attacks: “I am glad to reassure the people of New York … that their air is safe to breathe and their water is safe to drink…” Yeah, right.

Those of you in the NYC scene know that George has been a staple in our scene for many years with his many bands, projects and his constant support of our local clubs & shows. He is now seriously ill & needs our help! You can read all of the sad details of George’s illness at this special Myspace page “Help George Tabb”. You do not have to be a member of Myspace to view the page and read George’s story. Please help George if you can. Even a few dollars will make a difference.

God Bless you and thanks for reading.

The Roof Is On Fire: Thoughts on Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11

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This past weekend I went to see the Michael Moore film, Fahrenheit 9/11. Everyone needs to see this film. Parts of it are hilarious and parts of it are extremely difficult to watch, but it gives the typical not-super-political person, like me, a laser perspective into what’s going on in Iraq.

It’s pretty obvious that we shouldn’t be there and why all of this killing and Anti-American sentiment is so out of control. Of course it’s VERY anti-Bush, but going in with an open mind, I found there was very little Moore propaganda. 99% of what he represents is backed up by undeniable physical evidence or others “in the know” confirming Moore’s accusations.

It’s so important that everybody vote in the November election to get George Bush out of the White House and try to heal some of the heinous damage he’s done to this country and to repair the way the world sees us. I don’t know how we can survive four more years of his blatant disregard for humanity.

See Fahrenheit 9/11 and tell everyone you know to see it.