Some Events for Progressives, Central Broward to Central Palm Beach Counties 3


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OCCUPY FORT LAUDERDALE(.org): All events at City Hall courtyard, 100 North Andrews Avenue. Bring a chair.


Tues, Jan 3,7 p.m. Direct Action Group – Plan actions re Walmart, MLK Weekend,etc


Sat, Dec 31 and Sat Jan. 7, 4:30 p.m., Labor Outreach: Plan actions re Walmart, MLK Weekend


Sat, Jan 14, 11 a.m., MLK Rally and March



WAR vs HUMAN NEEDS– No fee, hat passed.


Thursday, January 5, 7 p.m., Discussion, Bender’s, 159 Keswick C, Deerfield Beach 33442. Rsvp required to be called in. Directions and instructions will go to all positive rsvpers.


John Iacovelli: Seymour Melman wrote extensively on the subject of war spending, which he saw as the prime influence in the deindustrialization of the U.S. He began writing on this subject in the 1960’s. He advocated economic conversion, i.e., a transition from a military to civilian economy, and helped insert an “economic conversion” plank in the 1976 Democratic party platform. War Inc. was published posthumously in 2008. It is generally recognized as a summation of his work on military vs. civilian spending. It is only 125 pages, and is published on the web, where it can be found at: Come whether or not you’ve read it.



Thursday, January 26, 7 p.m., General Meeting, Melodi Willis’, Tamarac- rsvp for specifics.


Thursday, February 2, 7 p.m. 1st Congregational Church, Lake Worth, Discussion,: Carol Lewis and Bob Bender on Chalmers Johnson , Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope Please Rsvp for specifics.


Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m., Place to be determined. Visiting Prof Harry Targ, Purdue U,” Jobs Not War: Impact of the 2012 Election on War Spending, Militarism, and the Economy.”


April – Carol Lewis on Lester Brown, World on the Edge



NETWORK OF SPIRITUAL PROGRESSIVES PALM BEACH COUNTY- meets second Sunday monthly, 3 – 5 p.m., Church of our Savior MCC, 2011 South Federal Highway, Boynton Beach – no fee


Sunday, January 8, Advancing Priorities for People, Impact of War on Meeting Needs of People. Carol Lewis and Melodi Willis.




Tues, January 10, 1 p.m. Kit Rafferty, Florida Jobs with Justice. “Union Representation in the State of Florida” South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach. 561-736-7928. Hat passed.


Sun, Feb. 12, 1 p.m. Prof. Mark Solomon,Simmons College, Emeritus, Global Economic Crisis: Policy Failure or Systemic Failure? Hagen Ranch Library, Delray Beach.  Free.


DEERFIELD PROGRESSIVE FORUM: 10 a.m., Activities Center, Century Village East. Suggested Donation $5. Contacts 954-428-1598 and


Sat, Jan 7: Rev Steven Barnes, “The Encroachment of Religion on U.S. Politics”


Sat, Jan14:Prof. Gerald Friedman, U.Mass, “Re-Ignite the Labor Movement?”


Sat, Jan 21, Brian Jones, “Marx in Soho”


Sat, Jan 28: Ray McGovern, “Has the CIA Gone Rogue?”


Sat, Feb 4: Prof Mark Solomon, Emeritus, Simmons College, “The Class War: Where Do We Stand?”



PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA PALM BEACH COUNTY – Boca Raton,–RSVP required. For information, email, Hat passed.


Thurs, Jan 26, 7 p.m., “What is Occupy Palm Beach County?


Thurs, Feb 16, 7 p.m., Mark Solomon, Emeritus, Simmons College





Phil Ochs was born in El Paso, Texas on Dec. 19. 1940. He grew up in a non-political middle class family. While in college at Ohio State University, he met Jim Glover who became his roommate and whose father was Phil’s political teacher. It was during this time, while he was majoring in journalism, that Phil formed his political beliefs and started putting them to music. After 3 years of college, Phil dropped out and went to New York City. This was during the early ’60’s when things were booming in Greenwich Village. Phil started out singing at open mikes and passing the hat. By 1964 he was well enough established to release his first album, “All the News That’s Fit To Sing”. His second album, “I Ain’t Marching Anymore”, was released in 1965, and by 1966 he was able to sell out Carnegie Hall for his solo concert. Most of Phil’s songs were very political, some humorous and some very serious. He wrote about the topics of the day – civil rights, Viet Nam, hungry miners, and personalities such as Billy Sol Estes, William Worthy and Lou Marsh. In 1967 he signed with A&M Records where his first release was “Pleasures of the Harbor” in which he used heavily orchestrated arrangements for the first time. Some fans criticized this change, while others accepted it. Phil continued to perform and to travel around the world. While in Dar Es Salaam, he was mugged and lost the top three notes of his vocal range. This event seemed to send him on a downward spiral. His last years were troubled ones. He suffered from manic depression plus an affinity for the bottle. He committed suicide on April 9, 1976 at the age of 35. There have been 2 biographies written about him. Death of a Rebel by Marc Elliot was written in 1977, and There But For Fortune – The Life of Phil Ochs by Michael Schumacher was published in 1996. Rhino Records released a 3-cd compilation titled Farewells and Fantasies in 1997 which includes all of his best known works plus some previously unreleased tracks. Sliced Bread Records released a double cd of covers of Phil’s songs performed by 28 artists in 1998 entitled The Songs of Phil Ochs. History of Phil Ochs Song Nights (written by his sister, Sonny)


Sunday, Feb.19: Lake Worth The Songs of Phil Ochs, In Concert at the Lake Worth Playhouse, 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth Fl 33460. Tel# 561-586-8410. Two shows. Matinee at 2:00 pm and an evening show at 7:00 pm. Sonny Ochs will be with us. Tickets $20/$25 in advance, $26/$30 at the door. Performers are Megan Eversole, Joey George, Scott Goldblatt, Sean Hanley, Rod MacDonald, Kat Mahoney, Mel and Vinnie, Pink Slip. Tracy Sands, Matt Turk (Special Guest), and Mike Vullo.


Sun, Feb 26, 2 p.m. Labyrinth Café, Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft Lauderdale, 3970 NW 21st Avenue, Oakland Park 33309. $20. Nick Annis, Ellen Bukstel, Jennings & Keller, Rod MacDonald, Amy Carol Webb, Annie Wenz. MC: Sonnie Ochs.




Sun. Jan 1, 1 – 3 p.m., Teach-In on Intentional Community, North Olive Avenue and Banyan Avenue, West Palm Beach. 


Author: David F. Carr

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