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ig-news-digest        thursday, october 1 1998        volume 01 : number 193

today's subjects:
  [ig-news] rocktropolis article, september 25 1998  [sherlyn koo <sherlyn@f]
  [ig-news] sonicnet article, 30 september 1998  [sherlyn koo <]


date: thu, 1 oct 1998 16:53:59 +1000 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] rocktropolis article, september 25 1998

hey folks,

i found this article on rocktropolis - it's a few
days old but still worthwhile i think...

- -sherlyn

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september 25, 1998
zack de la rocha's spitfire tour schedules dates

the only four dates for the forthcoming spitfire tour -- the
spoken word tour organized by rage against the machine's zack
de la rocha -- have been announced, with plans to expand the
tour in spring 1999.

ex-nirvana bassist krist novoselic appears on all four dates
to moderate and to speak on free speech and censorship
(allstar, june 5). actor woody harrelson, marijuana activist
todd mccormick, and former mtv vj kennedy will also speak at
all of the dates.

other speakers on the tour, which hits four college campuses
in october, include indigo girls' amy ray, former dead kennedy
jello biafra, and exene cervenka of x. between five and seven
speakers appear on each date, talking for at least 15 minutes
each before an hour-long question- and- answer period with all
of the speakers.

each speaker will also be joined by an activist to host their
own private discussion afterwards. as part of the spitfire
foundation's effort to promote grassroots political action,
tickets for the private discussions will only be available
through local charities and activist groups.

while speakers have been confirmed for each of the four dates,
the possibility of additional guest appearances has not been
ruled out. for more on the tour, check out the spitfire tour
web site.

the spitfire tour itinerary:
oct. 1, littlejohn coliseum, clemson university, clemson, s.c.
krist novoselic: free speech, censorship
kennedy: personal responsibility
woody harrelson: hemp, the environment
todd mccormick: medical marijuana
amy ray: gay rights
tracey conaty (national gay and lesbian task force): gay and lesbian rights

oct. 18, zellerbach hall, uc berkeley, berkeley, calif.
krist novoselic: free speech, censorship
kennedy: personal responsibility
woody harrelson: hemp, the environment
todd mccormick: medical marijuana
exene cervenka: society's toll on mental health
michael franti (spearhead): consciousness, social changes

oct. 26, lanford auditorium, vanderbilt university, nashville, tenn.
krist novoselic: free speech, censorship
kennedy: personal responsibility
woody harrelson: hemp, the environment
todd mccormick: medical marijuana
jello biafra: politics

oct. 27, o'connell center, university of florida, gainesville, fla.
krist novoselic: free speech, censorship
kennedy: personal responsibility
woody harrelson: hemp, the environment
todd mccormick: medical marijuana
amy ray: zapatistas
cecilia rodriguez (comission for democracy in mexico): zapatistas
jello biafra: politics

- -- mike magnuson

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date: thu, 1 oct 1998 16:54:53 +1000 (est)
from: sherlyn koo <>
subject: [ig-news] sonicnet article, 30 september 1998

hey folks,

another article, this time from sonicnet

- -sherlyn

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protesters blast spitfire's 'pro-gay' agenda

spoken-word event featuring krist novoselic and amy ray hit with
barrage of conservative objections on eve of kick-off.

contributing editor teri vanhorn reports:

on the eve of a politically charged spoken-word event featuring
former nirvana bass player krist novoselic, indigo girl amy ray
and actor woody harrelson, a coalition of conservative
organizations is exercising its own free-speech rights to voice
strident objections to the affair.

on the clemson, s.c., campus of clemson university, where the
spitfire tour is scheduled to make its first showing thursday
(oct. 1), the local organization operation standard is battling
what it perceives to be a "homosexual agenda" in the presence of
the various musicians, actors and activists.

beyond circulating petitions opposing the event, exactly how the
group and its "allies" plan to protest is unclear.

"who knows what the deal is," novoselic said. "if this is just
the tip of an iceberg of some big moment or if it's just
somebody obsessed and scribbling away."

spitfire, a multi-faceted, spoken-word event focusing on global
affairs and free-speech issues, will make stops over the next
month at the university of california at berkeley, in berkeley,
calif., vanderbilt university in nashville, tenn., and florida
state university in gainesville, fla., with plans to extend to
a full national- and overseas-outing next year. participants will
vary at different stops along the way.

the speakers, including novoselic, the former bassist for the
superstar grunge band nirvana, and ray, a singer/guitarist with
the atlanta folk duo indigo girls, will address a variety of
topics, ranging from harrelson's focus on hemp and the
environment to ray's planned address on gay rights.

operation standard spokesman mike griffin said he was aware that
several topics will be addressed at the event but his
organization's press release focused specifically on the forum's
address of gay rights, claiming spitfire promotes "the homosexual

"queer rights is their goal, and recruiting is their game plan,"
it states.

additionally, griffin condemned the event for "breaking down the
morals of society."

ray had initially planned to speak on central american democracy
issues, but changed her topic to gay rights when she learned that
the tour's first stop would be in south carolina, spitfire
spokeswoman sarah haynes said. last spring, irmo high school in
that state canceled a concert by the openly gay duo, spawning two
more cancellations at southern high schools as well as protests
blaming the actions on homophobia.

operation standard and several other organizations are currently
circulating a petition on campus in protest of the spitfire event.
addressed to the president of clemson, the petition requests that
the institution shut down the event and ban "others like it" or
refund students' activity fees.

the event is free to those enrolled at clemson, by virtue of the
$20 activity fee the university collects from each student.
admission to the general public is $10. at the u.c. berkeley stop,
there are no student-activity fees to subsidize the event.

in reacting to the news wednesday night (sept. 30), novoselic, who
is moderating the tour in addition to speaking about free speech
and censorship, called the organizations' perspective "skewed" but
added that their collective act of speaking out is, on some level,
exactly what the tour is trying to promote.

"that's just being an american -- that's just what being an
american is about, getting stuff off your chest and participating
in a dialogue of ideas," novoselic said. "the better idea will
win, i'm sure."

haynes called griffin's take on the event "off-base."

"one of the speakers has a goal of reaching out to people and
letting them understand her life and what it's like to be in her
shoes and to promote tolerance and understanding and to basically
not discriminate," haynes said, referring to ray.

"that's her agenda. our agenda as a group is to promote free
speech. we're encouraging anybody who wants to send out a press
release or speak out or show up in protest or get up during the
question-and-answer session to do so. that's great; that's what
this about."

operation standard has linked with such organizations as the
council of conservative citizens, citizens for traditional family
values and the carolina family alliance in the protest, griffin
said. he claimed his organization has 300 members and that the
other organizations involved have more than 20,000 active

griffin said his organization's intent was to "make people aware
of what is behind this and what the agenda is, so people will
hear it from our point of view."

"it's the people they have speaking on the tour and the people
behind the tour, their backgrounds -- predominately very, very
liberal and pro-homosexual," griffin said.

"we've got woody harrelson, who is tolerant of the homosexual
lifestyle and tolerant of a lot of diverse sexual activities that
are going on out there and he's played parts in the movie industry
that are not good for this country. ... basically they are a group
of individuals that are breaking down the morals of this country
and we are against it."

griffin said a lawsuit against clemson university will result if
the institution does not comply with the petition's requests to
shut down the event and ban "others like it" in the future or
refund the $20 per-semester student fees. he referred to a recent
court decision in illinois, ruling that the use of student fees to
fund activist groups on campus violates the first amendment.

although griffin said he has no plans to show up at the spitfire
tour himself, he added that he was aware of plans by others to
protest the event, but he refused to provide specifics.

novoselic said he wasn't quite sure what to make of the protest,
and hadn't decided whether he would address the organizations'
complaints in his speech thursday.

"all i know is that what's going to happen tomorrow night is
we're going to have a great time," he said. "i want to have an
engaging time, and i'm really looking forward to it. maybe
they'll be surprises -- maybe this person will stand up and ...
who knows?"

[ wed., september 30, 11:30 pm edt ]

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