Saturday, November 12, 2005


UP FRONT News November 25, 2005
Published by Tom Weiss
Editorial Advisor: Willard Whittingham

“The paper that can’t be bought and can’t be sold.”

UP FRONT News, as an investigative newspaper, often covers – or, better, uncovers – negative people, i.e. those who place their needs over the rights of others. Many of them are in the turbulent moral arena of politics. Among those in this narcissistic grouping are Hillary Clinton (and, of course, her husband); George W. Bush; Big Dick Cheney, Osama bin Laden; Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin; Geoffrey Blank; Adolf Hitler; Arnold Schwarzenegger; Donald Trump; Thomas Berger (my former landlord); Lenora Fulani; Jerry Kann; Fred Newman; and, of course, Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

Their crimes and human rights violations, of course, differ in severity. “Left” neo-fascist Geoffrey Blank, for example, has not, to my knowledge, killed any person, although he has committed multiple murders of the truth. I’d hate to experience Blank, however, were he to have any political power, or, if he were to be in the possession of a firearm – or even a boxcutter. And while, to my knowledge, Hillary Clinton has not personally assaulted any homeless people, her behavior has endangered the lives of many homeless people, who, for quite some time, included me. (Ms. Clinton is facing the like- lihood of legal action against her by me for what I believe to be her criminal violations of her oath of office, certainly with respect to her constituent responsibilities. I have the paperwork which will show that, last winter, while I was homeless, Hillary Clinton endangered my life.)

This article, however, is the first of what I hope will be many that focus on positive people, i.e. those who are, at least in the generic, small “c” sense, christian, who live to make life better for others. Sometimes, they are referred to as angels. Hence the “Angel Angle.”

I’ve written several times in the past about the Rev. Dr. Timothy P. Mitchell, Pastor of the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Flushing, Queens, New York City, the first church I joined a number of years ago. Here I will only say that Rev. Mitchell, a close friend and religious and political associate of Martin Luther King over many years, is not only a Christian but also a christian in the sense of the word described above. He is a role model.

DOROTHY DAY, PETER MAURIN, AND ROGER O’NEIL, who, over the years, have made up the leadership of the Catholic Worker movement, started about 75 years ago by Ms. Day. Dorothy Day, a Brooklyn native, with Mr. Maurin, an itinerant French clergyman, catalyzed a pacifist poor people’s ongoing revolution, which has influenced world history. Ms. Day’s influence on leaders such as Cesar Chavez, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Dr. King are a matter of record. Today, there is an international network of Catholic Worker houses, two of which are located in the East Village in Manhattan. And it is at St. Joseph’s and Mary Houses that the very Irish Roger O’Neil does his non-stop human rights work. The soup kitchen at St. Jo- seph’s at 36 East 1st Street, which operates Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 to 11:30 A.M., serves real, homemade soup, among other foods and services. The Catholic Worker is memorializing the 25th anniversary of Ms. Day’s death, a lady who is being considered for sainthood by Rome and who lived for many of her later years in Staten Island.

MARTY STUART, a musical prodigy who is very famous throughout the U.S., but only marginally known in New York City, which is only now beginning to recognize the positive power embodied in the blending of country music and rock ‘n’ roll. Marty Stuart, who has performed in the N.Y.C. area rarely, served as Johnny Cash’s lead guitarist for many years. What I call the lonesome railroad sound that characterizes much of Cash’s music is Marty Stuart on guitar. Stuart has, for well over a decade, however, been performing with his own bands, including the Rock ‘n’ Roll Cowboys, and now The Fabulous Superlatives. He is a fine singer but what he may be best known for are his
probably by now legendary gifts as a string musician. I am one of those who, in a world that has heard Andres Segovia, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, and Django Reinhart (sp?), be- lieve that Marty Stuart has to be one of the best ever. I call the Philadelphia, Mississippi born Stuart “The Mississippi Mozart.” His current album, “Soul’s Chapel” is all gospel and could warm the heart of an atheist.

REBECCA MOORE, and her blu(e) violin, are not nearly as well known nor as frequently seen in performance or on CD’s as Marty Stuart. She is, however, very gifted, performing a totally original music in which she sings and is accompanied by her- self on the piano or her blue violin and several other string musicians who comprise what becomes a chamber music group playing music that, without being in the least derivative, has the influences of, among others, Franz Schubert, Joan Jett, and Kansas City, Mo. sing- er-songwiter Iris DeMent. Ms. Moore, however, carries on her work not only in musical performance but also as a charismatic and convincing community activist, and founder of the Ludlow Orchard Community Organization, ominously acronymed LOCO, a truly urban grass roots group that is taking on gentrifiers in the form of mega-developers who are out to destroy the Lower East Side, a neighborhood that, over the years, qualifies as the heart of New York City. Who, tell me, doesn’t know about Orchard Street? The hotel moguls and condominiumizers can only expect a lot more from Rebecca Moore.
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