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Happy Guerrilla Holidays

Friday, December 23rd, 2005

Your friendly neighborhood poetry insurgency has escalated over the past several weeks, and will remain in full effect over the holiday season:

  • Tuesday, 12/27/05, 8-11pm: Guerrilla Poets host the open mic at Busboys & Poets (14th & V, NW)
  • Monday, 1/2/06, 7-9pm: Guerrillas occupy and rock DuPont Circle

In line with recent trends, don't be surprised if you encounter voices of resistance while traversing the city. The insurgency has metastasized, spawning multiple groups sometimes active in different places at the same time. Whether on a stage, in a rally, moving through subterranean tunnels, over the airwaves, or on the internet, we kick poetry & percussion to protect a peaceful people.

Times such as these shape our common future. Whether through the insurgency or any number of other groups (to which we'd be happy to help connect you, incidentally), we implore you to develop your dissent and resistance over the coming year to the ongoing imperial aggression victimizing the people of both our own country and the various others abused around the world by our illegitimate, corrupt government.

Merry everything to you and your loved ones,
The Guerrilla Poets

Stuck Inside a War Torn Wonderland

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

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To the tune of "Walkin in a Winter Wonderland"; Lyrics courtesy of Code Pink  

Bombs explode – are you listenin'
Along the road – soliders missin'
We're frightened tonight
Our chopper's in flight
Stuck inside a war-torn wonderland
Gone away is the U.N.
Here to stay – Americ-n's
We've changed ou-ur minds
About weapon finds
Still we're stuck inside a war-torn wonderland.
In their country we'll set up a council
We'll pretend it's the Iraqi's voice
We'll complain that they are at a stand-still
If we left right now they'd all rejoice.
Later on, we'll rehire
Ba'athist guards
We once fired;
They'll smuggle our schemes
To insurgent teams
We're stuck inside a war-torn wonderland
Stuck inside a war-torn wonderland

Roving Lyrical Ambushes in Columbia Heights

Saturday, December 10th, 2005

Untitled document Telling children armed with snow/ice balls to "bring it on" when political caroling in Columbia Heights (aka Upper Cardoza) may not be advisable.   Our little friends followed us up to one house….and then the gentleman scolded them.   It was cold, but not freezing as the GPI, Jammers and Radical Cheerleaders came together to walk to door-to-door singing "christmas" carols.   We knocked on about 20 random doors, as soon as the door opened, we'd launch into a carol…such as Stuck Inside a War Torn Wonderland

Thanks to Code Pink and the Radical Cheerleaders for the rad carols!  Not one single door was shut — everyone greeted us warmly.   The highlight of the night was undoubtedly along Columbia Road.  We approached a house with lights (we targeted those) and when the girl opened the door, we started to sing, she ran away and suddenly 5 housemates were inviting us in and sharing their vegan chocolate chip cupcakes with us.   We left tons of flyers, hit about 20 houses and did a little rocking outside of BusBoys & Poets just before Damu Smith's birthday party..which was PACKED.   We ended the night at a party at The Everywhere Man's house….twas chill…twas festive…twas fun. 

Thanks to this evening's lyrical insurgents: Elizabeth, Nicole, Sarah, Dana, Andrew, Lyndi, Damien and Gustav.  Hella fun.  I plan to bring copies of the carols for the December 19 insurgency.  Catch the artivist bug!  

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