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Journal of the 20th Year
S ince 1992, the Z office has been located in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a town famous for its oceanographic institutions. Z moved here from Boston in order for the ageing staff members to enjoy a more relaxed environment after years of city life and 60-hour work weeks.
When we’re not involved with the excitement of teaching and interacting with 65 students at our bi-annual Z Media Institute or videoing talks at World Social Forums and other noteworthy events, we’re doing office work—opening mail, checking emails, contacting writers, paying bills, answering phones, proof reading articles, and editing video footage.
It’s not as exciting as planning marches, but it has its moments. For instance, we have two small parrots to assist us—Zeek and Zaak. They start work around 8:30 AM when they perch on one of our many computers. Their job includes chewing the rubber off the mouse pad, pulling the keys off the keyboard, chewing the tops off pens, and chasing down our morning coffee (which they can’t have). When we print out articles to review for upcoming issues, they fly over to the laser printer and wait for the paper to come out so they can wrestle with each piece before shredding it.
At around 10:00 AM they take a break (so we can get things done without them—as if) and snack on figs, corn, peppers, nuts, chicken, couscous, noodles, apples, beans, and whatever else we can find.
They return to the Z office in the afternoon with renewed energy to open the daily mail with frenzied tearing in order to try and eat the glue on the envelopes. They contribute to phone answering by shrieking in our ears and chewing the cord, which is very useful when taking phone subscription and DVD orders, as you can imagine. They assist with check deposits by unplugging the adding machine after shredding the paper roll into oblivion.
When we’re editing the magazine, they play their invaluable part by wrestling on top of the copy and wresting pens from our hands. When we’re choosing graphics, they sit on the files and chew the folders or take a bathroom break then and there. Occasionally, they will sit quietly on a staff shoulder or head where we suspect they are developing plans for further destruction—oops, contributions.
So, if you notice strange spacing, typos, or mysterious zeros cropping up in your print magazine, don’t worry. It’s not the FBI or the da Vinci code, it’s just the Z birds dancing across the keyboard.
Zeek is eight and Zaak is three. They are white, green, yellow, orange, and black high-energy caiques, a breed of parrot known as the clowns of the parrot world. (Photos by Lydia Sargent.)
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CUBAN 5 - From May 30 to June 5, supporters of the Cuban 5 will gather in Washington DC to raise awareness about the case and to demand a humanitarian solution that will allow the return of these men to their homeland.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
BIKES - Bikes Not Bombs is holding its 24th annual Bike- A-Thon and Green Roots Festival in Boston, MA on June 3, with several bike rides, music, exhibitors, and more.
Contact: Bikes Not Bombs, 284 Amory St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; 617-522-0222; mailbikesnotbombs.org; www.bikesnotbombs.org.
LEFT FORUM - The 2013 Left Forum will be held June 7-9, at Pace University in NYC.
Contact: 365 Fifth Avenue, CUNY Graduate Center, Sociology Dept., New York, NY 10016; http://www.leftforum.org/.
VEGAN FEST - Mad City Vegan Fest will be held in Madison, WI, June 8. The annual event features food, speakers, and exhibitors.
Contact: 122 State Street, Suite 405 B, Madison, WI 53701; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://veganfest.org/.
ADC CONFERENCE - The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) holds its annual conference June 13-16 in Washington, DC, with panel discussions and workshops.
Contact: 1990 M Street, Suite 610, Washington, DC, 20036; 202-244-2990; convention @adc. org http://convention.adc.org/.
CUBA/SOCIALISM - A Cuban-North American Dialog on Socialist Renewal and Global Capitalist Crisis will be held in Havana, Cuba, June 16-30. There will be a 5-day Seminar at the University of Havana, plus visits to a co-op and educational and medical institutions.
Contact: email@example.com; http://www.globaljustice center.org/.
NETROOTS - The 8th Annual Netroots Nation conference will take place June 20-23 in San Jose, CA. The event features panels, trainings, networking, screenings, and keynotes.
Contact: 164 Robles Way, #276, Vallejo, CA 94591; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.netrootsnation.org/.
MEDIA - The 15th annual Allied Media Conference will be held June 20-23, in Detroit.
Contact: 4126 Third Street, Detroit, MI 48201; http://alliedmedia.org/.
GRASSROOTS - The United We Stand Festival will be hosted by Free & Equal, June 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas. The festival aims to reform the electoral process in the U.S.
LITERACY - The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) will hold its conference July 12-13 in Los Angeles.
Contact: 10 Laurel Hill Drive, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003; http://namle.net/conference/.
IWW - The North American Work People’s College will take place July 12-16 at Mesaba Co-op Park in northern Minnesota. The event will bring together Wobblies from across the continent to learn skills and build one big union.
PEACESTOCK - On July 13, the 11th Annual Peacestock will take place at Windbeam Farm in Hager City, WI. The event is a mixture of music, speakers, and community for peace. Sponsored by Veterans for Peace.
Contact: Bill Habedank, 1913 Grandview Ave., Red Wing, MN 55066; 651-388-7733; email@example.com; http://www. peacestockvfp.org.
LA RAZA - The annual National Council of La Raza (NCLR) Conference is scheduled for July 18-19 in New Orleans, with workshops, presentations, and panel discussions.
Contact: NCLR Headquarters Office, Raul Yzaguirre Building, 1126 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-785-1670; www.nclr.org.
ACTIVIST CAMP - Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp will have sessions in July and August in Ben Lomond, CA; Portland, OR; Charlton, MA. YEA Camp is designed for activists 12-17 years old who want to make a difference.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; http://yeacamp.org/.