Mark a big orange X on your cat calendar for August 9th as we welcome Navajo and Meteor Blades to Southern California at 2 p.m. in a new venue for us, Guild just two blocks from the 7th St/Metro Center train station in downtown Los Angeles. Meteor Blades and long-time activist Bill Zimmerman will be speaking about their experiences during the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.
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Meteor Blades is one of three senior staff writers at Daily Kos. I have a hard time telling you what his area of expertise is because appears to be endless.
Navajo is Daily Kos' Director of Community Building. She manages the initiative that inspires us to turn off our computers, get out of the house and get together in real life. Like MB, she has more talents than I can list here.
What I will do is link to the staff information page at Daily Kos. Have you all read the staff bios? This is where you can find out who lurks behind the orange curtain, not just Meteor Blades and Navajo, but everyone who makes Daily Kos possible. Prepare to be impressed.
Our other guest is Bill Zimmerman, whose most recent books are The Student Loan Swindle: Why It Happened, Who Is To Blame, How The Victims Can Be Saved, available as an e-book in all the usual formats and Troublemaker: A Memoir from the Frontline of the Sixties. Now a political consultant, like Meteor Blades, his activism started in the sixties and never stopped.
Shockwave wrote about Troublemaker recently http://www.dailykos.com/...
Caveat: Bill Z is coming back to L.A. from out of town on August 8th. It is just possible he won't be able to join us; however, there is a contingency plan. Many of you will have read about Kai Newkirk in Shockwave's diaries about the March for Democracy in support of getting big money out of elections. One of those diaries is this http://www.dailykos.com/...
Kai has agreed to speak to us if Bill Zimmerman can't make it, a generous offer. If Bill will be there, Kai promises to meet with us another time.
We have Shockwave to thank for putting all this together including an exhaustive search for an available place to go when I found out that Casey's would be closed to the public because of a beer crawl. I don't know what a beer crawl is, but it sounds messy.
All Kossacks are welcome at our meetups. You are encouraged to invite your friends and family. If you have an idea for a future event, please send me a PM.