“Die in” demonstration for “United We Dream” for Undocumented “Queer and Trans people”

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I did visit the “United We Dream” and “Operation Break the Cage” demonstration today in Washington DC at 16th and H Sts NW near Lafayette Park and the White House.  The demonstrated was billed as somewhat radical, “for undocumented queer and trans people” subject to deportation

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Clip 3  “We have nothing to lose but our shame”; “It is our duty to love and protect each other”

Clip 4  Stonewall was started by a trans woman

Clip 5   Break the Cage

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The “die in” was a spectacle.

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(Published Tuesday June 30, 2015, 6:30 PM EDT)

“Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper”: Director QA and Panel Discussion at Newseum

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Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper”  (Discovery Channel) had an extensive QA at the Newseum in Washington DC on June 18  The film by Dawn Porter will air on the OWN network Sunday night June 21.

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Part 2 (Be real)

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Part 4

Part 5

Part 6 (technology)

Part 7 (my question about volunteer mentor suitability across class and race)

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Part 9

Part 10

(Published Saturday June 20, 2015 at 11 AM)

Character list for screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Conscripted”

Here is a list of characters in my screenplay treatment and script “Do Ask, Do Tell: Conscripted”  (July 17, 2014):

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Name Gender.DOB physical identification location, category role, access
Bill Ldzet M, 1943 elderly me 3-1900, abductee trainee, source of narrative, intended return
Randall M, 1995 Undergrad student, philosophy 78,200,32,103-104-90 0-station, abductee angel cand; interviewer, reviewer
Brutus M,1995 video artist, possibly alien 79(?), 195,31,102-104-0 0-station, alien angel, telepathic, reviewer
Adam M,1989 physicist, part of Bill backstory-S 70, 160, 30, 103-104-70 1-city, abductee angel cand, reviewer
Ricky M, 1948 prole immaterial 3-1900, abductee cook, housekeeper; interviewer

(Published, Thursday June 18, 2015 at 4:30 PM EDT)

 

“Angel’s Brother”: the UFO abductions in the novel

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Throughout “Angel’s Brother” there are references to a supposed accident where the character Ali Mogul lost his long legs in an auto accident collision with a landing UFO, but that stays in the “fact or fiction” realm.

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But there are four “real” abductions”.  Randy “goes” up in Chapter 16 and has a pretty good introduction to it from Finland, coming down in Russia;  Sal gets it early in Chapter 15 and gets taken from Greece back to Texas.  Bill, having transformed himself and escaping, gets a UFO ride in Chapter 26, and in Chapter 27, the last, they all take the Angels’ space shuttle to Titan.

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Wednesday, I did drive through some of the Richmond VA suburb of Glen Allen (formerly Hungary), which is immediately west of I-95 and N or 295, and E of US 33 (Staples Mill Road).  One of the more intriguing sightings in the mid-Atlantic happened in June 1990, according to this link.  I believe it happened more or less around the Mountain Road area (an ironic name), veering off to the NW, past the Virginia Randolph house.  The sightings may have continued down into NW Richmond, along Staples Mill, apparently to about where Anthem Blue Cross is today — I spent a weekend there working gathering data for a company buyout back in 1989.  Nearby was the (at the time) affiliated “The Computer Company” in a warehouse-like brick building.  It’s ironic that an incident like this would happen so close to the site of a provocative work experience in my own career.

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Back in 1992, I visited a rural area slightly east of I-81 near Wytheville, VA, where supposedly there were sightings in the late 80s, maybe connected to Brown Mountain 70 miles S in North Carolina, which I want to visit.

(Published: Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 11:50 PM EDT)

“A Separate Peace”, novel by John Knowles and the 1972 Film, a tale about “upward affiliation”

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I haven’t seen many films twice, but “A Separate Peace“, directed by Larry Peerce, had special importance, as I saw it during that period I was working for the government and living “near home” in 1972, and then again after moving away for my “Second Coming” in 1973.

In fact, I read the paperback of the novel by John Knowles (1959, Secker and Warburg).  I particularly remember when (first-person observer)  Gene “jousts” the limb when he and his best friend, Finny, are climbing the tree.  Gene (Parker Stevenson in the film) worshiped his friend (John Heyl)  with a process that I often call “upward affiliation“.  The incident seemed to come from a momentary compulsive urge.

Finny gets a broken thigh, and normally should have healed OK, and still trusts and loves his friend. But an unusual medical tragedy ensues; he gets an embolism, which travels to his heart or lung and it kills him.  This was medicine in the 50s and 60s.  Today, they usually prevent this with blood thinners.

In my own life, I made a “separate peace” regarding in own “inequality”.  I lived separately and productively.  But eventually others do come knocking.

The film (Paramount) can be rented on YouTube for $2.99.

(Published Saturday, June 6,  2015, 4:45 PM EDT)