JOY IN SPEAKING TRUTH to power, a crucial role in the face of political and media rhetoric designed to obscure, manipulate, or worse

OVER THE PAST WEEK, I've been inviting all Facebook friends - and this post is an open invitation - whether you are poets or not - to Like 100,000 Poets (and friends) for Change 2018 GLOBAL EVENT. Of course, there's no obligation to do so, however given the state of the world at this time, it's important to throw our energy and support behind this effort. It sends out a message to those who . . . 

  • use their power to harm people, culture and environment,
  • to the folks on the run who don't know we care, and
  • to each other that we are together - have one another - in support of PEACE, SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE.

Really I think we outnumber the bad guys. We just don't get the press. We have to make our own.

FROM MICHAEL ROTHENBERG:

"Do you want to join other poets, musicians, artists, mimes, dancers, photographers, performing artists, around the USA and across the planet in a demonstration/celebration of poetry to promote serious social, environmental, and political change?

"September 29th is the global 100 Thousand Poets for Change Day, 2018!

"This is our 8th year!

"If you would like to organize an event in your community, join us here and write to us directly to register your event at

Sign up:
http://100tpc.org/sign-up/"

- Michael Rothenberg, Co-founder of 100TPC with Terri Carrion


UNIQUE 100TPC AS PART OF 100,000 POETS (and friends) for Change 2018

American-Israeli Poet, Michael Dickel (Meta/ Phor(e) / Play) and others are organizing a 100TPC event in Jerusalem during Sukkot this year. Sukkot is a harvest holiday celebrated in temporary structures (a sukkah, singular; sukkot, plural) to commemorate when the Jews wandered in the wilderness. It is traditional to eat meals and sleep in the sukkot during the week of the holiday. The plan is to offer poetry, shared food, and comfort in one or more sukkah in Jerusalem in the spirit of peace, justice, and sustainability. More details will come. This Sukkot comes at the end of September and ends the weekend of 100TPC Global 2018.

Connect with Michael HERE on Facebook for more information if you want to help with and/or attend the Sukkot event. You can also leave a message for Michael Dickel here at Beguine Again in the comments section below. I'll make sure he gets it.

Non-Jews living in and near Jerusalem are welcome. Christians also celebrate the Feast of the Tabernacles.

This event in Jerusalem suggests another way to organize around 100TPC, which could be emulated elsewhere. What holy days or feast days are celebrated in your tradition near September 29, 100TPC Global 2018? Or, do as Rev. Terri Stewart (Beguine Again) did one year: 100,000 Peacemakers for Change. Egypt did 100,000 Mimes for Change. There have been 100,000 Drummers for Change ... and Musicians and Photographers as well. All these registered their events with 100,000 Poets for Change. We're only limited by our energy and imagination.

If you are organizing a registered 100TPC event in your area, I'm happy to include details about your event on The Poet by Day if you send your announcement to me at thepoetbyday@gmail.com

Let's do it ... and, let's get the word out with Joy! Gratitude! Caring! Sharing!

- Jamie Dedes (The Poet by Day and The BeZine)

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