EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world.
“Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”
† Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Kay Whitlock, co-author of Queer (In)Justice, is contributing editor of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm.
Remembering Trayvon Martin, Special Edition of ProudFlesh
by nancy a heitzeg
CI is thankful for the publication of a Special Travyon Martin Issue of ProudFlesh: New Afrikan Journal of Culture, Politics, and Consciousness. Although this journal usually requires a subscription, the editors have made this issue free and available in perpetuity, and are encouraging its’ use in classroom and community education. If you are interested in accessing the entire issue , just go to the link above and create an account for free access.
A special issue on Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African-American teenager killed by George Zimmerman, while walking home. May your soul rest in peace (February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012). The issue is guest-edited by Azuka Nzegwu, Ph.D.
So as we approach a day of thanks giving, CI would like to thank ProudFlesh for creating this issue and making it available for all. Thank you to Azuka Nzegwu, PhD for allowing us to reprint the introductory editorial. Thank you to everyone, everywhere who helped create awareness around the Martin case and the too many that resemble it. And special thanks to @princss6 and a Twitter storm that keeps on bringing the news, even now. Thanks to so many others, too many to name.
it started in his system/an erratic prance some mechanism gone wet codeine induced cellulitis, acid trails and flashes
he had nightmares about his mother pinching him in his sleep his youth authority internment the scar up his ass where they removed some thing the lesbian he loved in Yucaipa the black bird smashed against the window of the stolen car
he began to sweat out his nights when he woke his long dark brown hair was plastered to his head. he was always dripping
it got so she couldn’t stand laying next to him the stench nauseated her, caused her to vomit sometimes she made him sleep outside on the porch so she could get an occasional night’s rest but most times she took breath by mouth
he went to the hospital they took tests and found nothing he went to the police profuse sweating was not a crime he took daily showers the water bill went up the seams in his clothes began to mold and erode the sheets and comforter would not wash clean
his septic sweat permeated everything seeped down thru the mattress into the earth beneath their bed
one summer’s midnight as they slept in his dampness there was an earthquake it measured 8.2 on the Richter scale the bed split open the soft moist mouth of a scream and she watched with mixed emotions as he fell thru
For eons mankind has been conquering Nature. Now he is beating it to death. Music, if only merely for its own survival, must actively oppose this. All of our music must take up the recurring, fundamental themes of our time: Ecos, the land ethic, the connectedness of all things and forms of life, the created purities of earth, air, fire and water.
To the extent that we composers and musicians do not focus our music on these themes we shall be standing aside while the planet, which sustains our art, sickens and dies. Taking up these basic themes we will show how music can give more than shallow entertainment or trendy sensationalism. We will show how it can serve the life-preserving causes of our time on Earth Island.