Saints

Restaurant Opportunity Center-NY
Restaurant Opportunity Center-NY
Advocates
The heart of ROC-NY is our innovative workplace justice campaigns. Despite the restaurant industry’s importance to New York City, the restaurant workforce union density is still at 1%. After it’s inception in April 2002, ROC-NY’s mission was to provide support to the non-unionized restaurant workforce. We work to build a base of power among our members, who are part of the non-unionized restaurant workforce, organize, and win justice for those who work at exploitative and abusive workplaces.
Billboard Liberation Front
Billboard Liberation Front
The Billboard Liberation Front is a group of "culture jammers" devoted to "improving" billboards by changing key words to radically alter the message, often to an anti-corporate message. They published an instructional pamphlet titled "The Art & Science of Billboard Improvement."

http://www.billboardliberation.com


Joan Baez
Joan Baez
Singer
Joan Baez started singing and playing guitar when she was a teenager. She has spent the timee since elevating the promise of freedom. She has sung in 8 languages, all over the world. Joan Baez is a rare being, a relenteless peace worker, a bright honest light.
She has bravely resisted the facist Pinochet regime in Chile, risked arrest in the south arm in arm with Dr. King, visited tree sitters, sung to Nelson Mandela, pushed back nuclear proliferation, and all along she has carried with her the tremendous legacy of the folk troubadours who came before her.
St Joan (Baez!) we are ever grateful for your profound, persistent message of peace, we sincerely, passionately hope we will see the day when we can all stand and sing as one. May your voice be, as ever, a tool of the resistance and may all your dreams come true. Thank you.
Andrew Berman
Andrew Berman
Preservationist
As executive director of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, Andrew Berman has led efforts against New York University’s expansion in both the Village and the East Village as well as against Donald Trump’s 45-story Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York
Eileen Clancy
Eileen Clancy
Activist & Co-Founder, I-Witness Video
I-Witness Video uses video to protect civil liberties. We probe police actions at First Amendment events. I-Witness Video has uncovered perjury and abuse by police officers and prosecutors, revealed illegal police surveillance and exposed official lies.

www.iwitnessvideo.info

Think Coffee
Think Coffee
Fair Trade allujuah
Think Coffee has made a succesful local business based on their principals, they serve ONLY  fair trade coffee and send a strong signal to the rest of the cafe's small or big, it can be done, it should be done. Amen.
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn
Community Defenders
DEVELOP DON'T DESTROY BROOKLYN leads a broad-based community coalition fighting for development that will unite our communities instead of dividing and destroying them. DDDB is opposed to Forest City Ratner's 8 million square foot "Atlantic Yards" development proposal for an arena and 16 high-rises in Prospect Heights and Park Slope, Brooklyn. The $4 billion project would use at least $1.6 billion in public money and would abuse the state's power of eminent domain–taking private property from one owner to give to a private entity for a private use, instead of a public use.

Our coalition consists of 21 community organizations and there are 51 community organizations formally aligned in opposition to the Ratner plan.

DDDB believes that New York City is always about change, but we ask the question: How do we, the people, want that change to occur? We want smart collaboration that creates decentralized, diverse, exciting urbanscapes that New York and Brooklyn can point to with pride. We do not accept the abuse of eminent domain. And we do not want top down, sweetheart mega-deals that give one real estate developer carte blanche.
Bill DiPaola
Bill DiPaola
Executive Director, Time’s Up, an NYC direct action environmental organization


Bill DiPaola is the Executive Director of TIME'S UP!, a grassroots environmental group that uses educational outreach and direct action to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city. For more than 15 years, TIME'S UP! has worked to educate people about the environmental impacts of everyday decisions, from the food we buy to the means of transportation we use.
Ricardo Dominguez
Ricardo Dominguez
Co-Founder, Electronic Disturbance Theater and Digital Zapatista
Ricardo Dominguez is Co-founder of the Electronic Disturbance Theater and Digital Zapatista. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, he is a net.performer who was trained as a classical actor. He started working with a group of artists, theorists, and activists during the early 1980s in Tallahassee, Florida - who later became Critical Art Ensemble. As a member of Critical Art Ensemble, he took part in the development of the theory of electronic civil disobedience and a performative matrix that would emerge from non-violent direct electronic action. In an attempt to put the theory of electronic civil
disobedience into practice he moved to New York City in 1991. Between 1991 and 1994 he lived in the squats of New York City and trained himself to use the emerging technologies. He is part of the editorial collective Blast5, Managing Editor of The Thingnyc, and a member of the New York Commitee for Democracy in Mexico. He is also an assistant professor in the Visual Arts Department at UCSD; principal scientist at the new edge technology institute CAL IT(2) (www.calit2.net), where he will be researching and developing a performance project on nanotechnology entitled *b.a.n.g lab*.

http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ecd.html


Daniel Ellsberg
Daniel Ellsberg
Whistle Blower Peace Man
“But I was not wrong to hope that exposing secrets five presidents had withheld and the lies they told might have benefits for our democracy that were worthy of the risks. Wouldn’t you go to jail to help end the war?”

Ellsberg, born in Detroit, graduated from Harvard in 1952. After three years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a rifle corps commander, he returned to Harvard to earn his Ph.D. in economics.

From 1959 through 1971, he worked as a strategic analyst for the RAND Corporation; as a consultant for, and then special assistant in, the Department of Defense; and for the State Department at the U.S. embassy in Saigon. Beginning in 1969, while working  for the RAND Corporation, he privately photocopied a 7,000-page top secret study of America’s intentions in Vietnam. Driven “by an urgent sense that [President] Nixon was about to escalate the war,” Ellsberg gave the documents (known as the Pentagon Papers) to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 1969 and, two years later, to the New York Times, Washington Post, and 17 other newspapers. He explained that he did this in order “to reveal patterns of official deception.”

After a brief period underground, Ellsberg was arrested and held for trial. The charges were dismissed, however, when it was learned that burglars working for the White House had broken into his psychiatrist’s office, looking for evidence to use against him.
Angelo Fontana
Angelo Fontana
Cobbler
Angelo Fontana is a cobbler, born and trained in Italy, he came to the NYC and for forty years ran a shoe repair shop on east 10th st at Second Ave. In 2008 he was forced out by rising rents. His shop now houses a "non-dairy" gelato bar. Angelo, we miss you, we miss your artistry your incredible integrity your eyes on the street keeping us safe. We are sorry we couldn't defend your lease but keep your saintly spirit strong that we may defend othes in the future.
Glenn  Gabel
Glenn Gabel
Video Artist

Our dear friend is gone and we will miss him. He made dozensof videos of Rev & The Choir, including many of the best episodes of The Last Televangelist like this wonderful piece and a more recent one HERE.

Glenn's Obituary

Photojournalist Glenn P. Gabel was killed in a motorcycle crash on his way to work as a cameraman for Al Jazeera late (as always) Friday morning, August 16. It was a beautiful summer day.

Glenn, 47, loved life on the edge, whether documenting falcons along the steep banks of the Mississippi River or jumping from planes in the U.S. Army. He joined the military straight out of high school in 1984 and became a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne.

Glenn came from Rhode Island where he taught himself to shoot and edit, creating his own cable television program called “Out of Order” in the early 1990’s. The show tapped into the state’s vibrant music and arts scene. Glenn continued to make videos with artists his whole life, including Shepard Fairey, painter Vebjorn Sands, social activist and performance artist Rev. Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir.

Glenn was a founding member of Al Jazeera’s first New York bureau at the United Nations, where he worked as a cameraman and editor. More than a just a shooter, Glenn was a savvy journalist with an analytical mind and an encyclopedic knowledge of history, science, art and music. He served on the board of the UN Correspondents Association and often generously shared his technical expertise with other members of the UN press corps. As an editor, he is remembered as an artist in his own right and a perfectionist who continued to work on his news stories even after they aired. His work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association.

Glenn will be dearly missed by his partner Kristen Saloomey and their two boys, Sawyer Pete, 8, and Jax Matthew, 4. Dad made great birthday cakes, planned amazing family vacations and fixed everything. He also leaves behind his father Pete and brother Darrin Gabel, and grandmother Hilda Correira. Glenn's many friends and colleagues will remember his extraordinary talent and his generous spirit.

Chino  Garcia
Chino Garcia
Co-Founder, CHARAS / El Bohio Community Center
Chino Garcia co-founded CHARAS / El Bohio in the abandoned P.S. 64 at 605 E. 9th Street. Chino Garcia is one of several founders of Charas / El Bohio, a multi-ethnic cultural and community center on the Lower East Side. Charas presents plays, film screenings, literary readings, concerts, workshops, conferences, after-school programs, day camps and festivals reflecting the cultural and ethnic diversity of the neighborhood. Located in former Public School 64 on East 9th Street, which has been partially renovated and renamed El Bohio ("the hut"). This six-story structure now has three functional floors and efforts are under way to restore others. Charas was founded in 1965 and in its early years worked with engineer/futurist R. Buckminster Fuller to adapt geodesic domes to the needs of poor communities. At this writing Charas was in the midst of a legal wrangle with the city, which has sold its building to a developer of luxury condos.
Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman
Journalist & Founder of Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman is the co-founder, executive producer and host of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on more than 450 public broadcast stations in North America.

She began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio’s New York station, WBAI, where she produced WBAI’s Evening News for 10 years.

In 1991, Goodman traveled to East Timor to report on the Indonesian occupation of East Timor. There, she and colleague Allan Nairn witnessed Indonesian soldiers gun down 270 East Timorese men, women and children during a memorial procession. Indonesian soldiers savagely beat Goodman and Nairn, fracturing Nairn’s skull. Their documentary, “Massacre: The Story of East Timor” won numerous awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from the Associated Press, United Press International and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

In 1996, Goodman helped launch Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!. Two years later, Goodman and producer Jeremy Scahill went to Nigeria. Their award-winning radio documentary “Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship” exposed Chevron’s role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers in the Niger Delta, who were protesting yet another oil spill in their community. In 1999, Goodman traveled to Peru to interview American political prisoner Lori Berenson. It was the first time a journalist had ever gotten into the prison to speak to her.

In March 2004, Goodman obtained the international broadcast exclusive of the return of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide from his imposed exile in the Central African Republic to Jamaica, accompanying the Aristides with the delegation that retrieved them. Her coverage of the Haitian story scored more than 3.5 million hits on Democracy Now!‘s Web site, ultimately forcing the story into the mainstream press in what Goodman describes as “trickle up” journalism.

In addition to writing her syndicated editorial column, Goodman is co-author, with her brother David Goodman, of the book Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back (Hyperion, 2006) and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them.
Daniel Gross
Daniel Gross
Daniel Gross is an organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World on its Starbucks campaign and the founding director of Brandworkers International, a non-profit organization for retail and food employees.

He worked as a Starbucks barista for three years before being fired in 2006 for union activity. The Federal Government investigated his termination, concluding that it was illegal under US labour laws. Starbucks contended this ruling.

In 2008, he co-authored "Labor Law for the Rank and Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law" and is an active contributor to Z Mag: http://www.zmag.org/zspace/danielgross
Steve Kurtz
Steve Kurtz
Founding member, Critical Art Ensemble
Steve Kurtz is a founding member of the award-winning art and theater collective, Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). CAE is a collective of tactical media practitioners of various specializations, including computer graphics and web design, wetware, film/video, text art, book art, and interventionist performance. Formed in 1987, CAE's focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The collective has performed and produced a wide variety of projects for at diverse venues ranging from the street to the museum to the Internet. Critical Art Ensemble has also written six books on various aspects of cultural resistance. Its writing have been translated into 18 languages.
Jennifer Miller
Jennifer Miller
Founder, Circus Amok
Jennifer Miller (born 1961) is an American circus entertainer, writer, and professor at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and in the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures. She is a bearded woman, juggler, and fire eater. Miller lives in New York City.

Miller is the youngest daughter of two Jewish-turned-Quaker professors and she grew up in Connecticut and California. Miller became involved in the performing arts and theater while in high school, and was involved in the downtown dance scene in New York in the early 1980s. In her career as a performing artist, which has spanned over 20 years, she has performed with numerous choreographers and dancers, several circus companies, and in the Coney Island SideShow.

In 1989, she founded the acclaimed NYC political performance troupe Circus Amok and has directed it ever since. She was also a focus of Tami Gold's documentary Juggling Gender and Circus Amok has been the subject of numerous documentary films. Miller is widely recognized for her work and is the recipient of awards including the Obie, Bessie, BAX 10, and most recently the Ethyl Eichelberger Award. She currently teaches in New York at Pratt Institute, and has taught at several universities including UCLA, Cal Arts, Scripps College, and NYU.

Juanita Nelson
Juanita Nelson
War Tax Resistor, Peace Hero
Juanita Nelson lives in a small wooden cabin in the forest in Vermont. She chops wood and grows her own vegetables and sometimes walks over to visit with the guests at the Traprock Peace center just down the road.

She was a freedom rider before they were called freedom riders.
As early as 1942 Juanita participated in some of the first sit ins in the civil rights movement and in 1959 she became the first woman in modern times to be apprehended for war tax refusal. She made her court appearance in the bathrobe she was wearing when arrested at her home.

Over time she and her husband Wally found other ways to resist taxes, principally by lowering their incomes to less than 5, 000 a year and foregoing their ownership of anything of value.

“It is, as far as I can see, an unpleasant fact that we cannot avoid decision-making. We are not absolved by following the dictates of a mentor or of a majority. For we then have made the decision to do that — have concluded because of belief or of fear or of apathy that this is the thing which we should do or cannot avoid doing. And then we share in the consequences of any such action.”

Bernardo Palombo
Bernardo Palombo
Maestro of The Highest Order
Bernardo Palombo is the founder and Artistic Director of El Taller Latino Americano. He began the Workshop in 1979 in a small space on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and moved to the current location on Broadway and 104th Street in 1996.

Born in Mendoza, Argentina, Palombo achieved his first musical success at the age of 17 when his song "Vendimiador" was recorded by the legendary Argentinean vocal group, Los Trovadores, and became an immediate and long-lasting hit. He moved to New York City in 1969 and continued to write songs that have been recorded by some of the best-known exponents of Latin music in New York and Nueva Canción in South America including Mercedes Sosa, Philip Glass, Conjunto Libre and Lucecita Benitez. Palombo also became a musical consultant and composer for film and television, involving himself in such diverse and innovative projects as the Lucas/Coppola production of Powaqqatsi, the film Americas in Transition and the PBS show Sesame Street, who have featured some of his Spanish language songs.

Bernardo's musical background and 30+ years of teaching inspired the development of El Taller's unique acoustic based language programs for adults and children. Prior to founding El Taller, Bernardo taught at the New School, Sarah Lawrence, Yeshiva University and the United Nations School. But it is at El Taller that his vision for language education flourished. In recognition of his unique contribution to the education and the arts, Bernardo received the Independent Educator's Award from Teachers College at Columbia University and numerous grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.
Jesusa  Rodriguez
Jesusa Rodriguez
Great Artist and Leader
WATCH VIDEO HERE

Almost thirty years ago JR and her companion Lilian Felipe started a cabaret called El Habito and an adjoining theater, known as La Capilla, in Mexico City. Her theatre cooperative, Las Divas, has produced and performed hundreds of plays. She is an interrogator of power, and an illuminator of darkness fearlessly mocking the politics and religion in a

Jesusa is a longtime foe of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the indignities of globalization, a supporter of democratic reforms in a notoriously corrupt nation, an advocate for seed sovereignty, and a fierce campaigner for the rights of indigenous people.

Jesusa has been threatened, censored, arrested and beaten and seems to be at the center of many of Mexico’s recent and fiercest battles, including the legalization of abortion, the Oaxacan teachers strike, the Zapitista’s ongoing struggle against militarized nationalism, the illegal election of Calderon and the recognition of civil unions for gay people in Mexico City.

We dedicate our love to you Blessed Jesusa and thank you for your work. You are our teacher. May all YOUR dreams come true.

““we are constantly threatened by the vengeful thunderbolt of a world that prefers sordid tranquility of boredom to the harrowing splendor of rebellion, of a society that prefers to be immobile rather than transgress” (Jesusa Rodriguez)
Jack Taylor
Jack Taylor
Preservationist
Armed with a red pen, Jack Taylor helped to polish the prose of other writers while working as a copy editor and proofreader. Fortunately for preservationists, he has long used his own pen – and typewriter – to defend the architectural heritage of neighborhoods throughout New York City.
Mr. Taylor’s eloquent prose, frequently appearing in the editorial pages of the city’s leading newspapers, continues to raise awareness of and generate support for preservation efforts. Whether writing about the merits of adaptive reuse or persuasively arguing for the protection of threatened resources, such as the Dvorak House or the Naumburg band shell in Central Park, Mr. Taylor is always an advocate for the built environment.
Mr. Taylor is not afraid to cross swords when necessary, and because of this he is recognized as one of the city’s leading preservation advocates. As president of The Drive to Protect the Ladies’ Mile District, Mr. Taylor fought for the designation of more than four hundred properties located on parts of twenty-eight blocks along the Avenue of the Americas, Fifth Avenue and Broadway, as well as side streets from 15th to 24th Streets.
Opponents of the proposed Ladies’ Mile Historic District argued that not all the buildings in this area were of landmark quality. Mr. Taylor, however, successfully argued that the area was “a magnificent universe in miniature…To designate piecemeal would be a travesty, for the gaps and inconsequential structures are negligible.” And, as a result of his efforts, and those of the seven organizations that united under the umbrella of The Drive to Protect the Ladies’ Mile District (spearheaded by Margaret Moore, Christabel Gough, and Anthony C. Wood), the city designated much of the area a historic district in 1989.
Kurt Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut
Humanist, Socialist, Teacher, Writer, Leader
Kurt Vonnegut is one of the most beloved writers in the world. He was a
nineteen year old soldier in the US army when he was captured by the
Nazi¹s and held as a POW. He witnessed firsthand the Allied Forces
firebombings of Dresden and was put to work collecting the dead after
the attacks. He worked briefly as a journalist and in the marketing
department at General Electric. He sometimes called himself a humanist
and claimed to be a socialist but since Kurt Vonnegut practiced the art
of radical instability nobody ever really tried to describe him.

We knew him as a champion of freedom and kindness, a serious foe of
television and a formidable critic of capitalism and the forces that
keep nations at war.

Blessed Kurt, we are grateful for your wisdom, your jokes and your
letters. May all your dreams come true.
Bernard White
Bernard White
Community Organizer & Program Director, WBAI
With more than 30 years as a broadcaster, many more years as a community activist and almost a decade as WBAI’s Program Director, Bernard White continues to be among the most recognized voices on radio for peace and justice. For many of the years that he has served as WBAI's Program Director, White has done double duty as host of the station’s morning drive-time show Wake-Up Call. As PD he has been able to amplify and expand opportunities for underrepresented groups to gain access to the airwaves and brought to our attention issues ignored or obfuscated by the mainstream media.
Dick Zigun
Dick Zigun
"Mayor" of Coney Island
Dick D. Zigun, the founder of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and has received many NEA grants.  Known to many as the Mayor of Coney Island, Dick is an authority on amusement parks, American popular theater and the history and tradition of the American sideshow.  An excellent public speaker with many TV appearances to his credit, Dick lectures college classes and other groups.  Dick not only produces the Sideshow, but the Mermaid Parade, America’s Largest Art Parade, and has produced Air Shows, Fireworks and other events on both large and small scales.