Sunday, June 8, 2008

2008 Chicago Peacefest

So your brother's bound and gagged
And they've chained him to a chair
Won't you please come to Chicago just to sing?
In a land that's known as freedom how can such a thing be fair?
Won't you please come to Chicago for the help that we can bring?

We can change the world - rearrange the world
It's dying - to get better

Politicians sit yourselves down, there's nothing for you here
Won't you please come to Chicago for a ride
Don't ask Jack to help you 'cause he'll turn the other ear
Won't you please come to Chicago or else join the other side...
The wife brought home a little flyer the other day for the 2008 Chicago Peacefest, which looks to be a most interesting event.

It will take place June 27-29 in Lincoln Park, 1700 N. Stockton, from Noon to 9 p.m. each day.

The flyer announces that there will be "Speakers, poets, bands, healthy food, peace activists" and "drum circles."

That's right...Drum circles.

I'm not familiar with any of the bands listed, but the names intrigue me: The Individuals; Poverty Tax; Environmental Encroachment; Gen'ral Patton & His Privates; Black Rose and the Disciples of Funk; Punk Picnic; The Innervisionists; The Drum Circle All Stars...

That's right...The Drum Circle All Stars. I take that to mean that all the most popular stars of the drum circle circuit will be on one stage--performing together.

The flyer declares: "It's time to create a new community of free thinkers and brilliant minds who are looking to change the world!"

We're definitely checking it out. If you're a pro-peace libertarian in the Chicago area, you should, too. Such gatherings may be fertile ground for forging alliances with people who are as every bit as fed up with the existing power structure as you are--that is, they're fed up that there even is a power structure.

You never know who you might meet that is every bit as determined as you are to build a new society within the shell of the old.

2 comments:

Soviet Onion said...

Well if you're going, I'll definitely have to show. It sounds like as good a place as any to meet in person for the first time. Plus it'll it will make great mythology for the founding of the Chicago ALL (our bond of comradery was forged in the heat of the drum circle!)

The event itself sounds intriguing, especially as a way to survey the different peace-activist groups for potential allies. Just be sure to watch out for Leninist front groups. Yes, they're real. No, that's not just me indulging in conspiracy theory. I'll even point them out to you if you like.

Want to designate a day and meeting time?

Robert Kaercher said...

Cool. I'll be in touch via the electronic mail.