Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Week of Anniversaries!

55 years ago today

Allen Ginsberg performed his poem Howl publicly for the first time. An excerpt for you:

Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgment! Moloch the vast stone of war! Moloch the stunned governments!
Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money! Moloch whose fingers are ten armies! Moloch whose breast is a cannibal dynamo! Moloch whose ear is a smoking tomb!

You can read the full poem here, and an article on the anniversary from Progressive magazine.

70 years ago on Saturday

John Lennon, the great musician and activist, was born in Liverpool, England. Here's an interesting article "What if John Lennon had lived to see 70?"

And, of course, some of his beloved music:

Friday, September 17, 2010

We're Back!

Hey everyone, if you're reading this blog post, you hopefully got a copy of the newest issue of the CitiZine!

Due to technical difficulties, we were only able to print a very small number of copies for today, but we should have a bunch more all over campus on Monday! For now, it would be great if you could pass along your copy to all your friends to read!

Our featured activist on the cover is Joan Baez [pictured above with Bob Dylan], a folk singer born in 1941 who began her political involvement in the sixties. In 1963, Baez, along with Dylan, performed at the March on Washington for civil rights. She has taken up causes including civil rights, peace in the Middle East, GLBTQ rights, and opposition to the death penalty. Baez was involved in the protests against the Vietnam and Iraq wars, and her husband David Harris spent many years of their marriage in jail for his opposition to the Vietnam War draft. Check out her singing at the Newport Folk Festival:

Ok, we also promised you some information on those posters from CrimethInc. If you are one of the first 20 people to either comment on this blog post or email us at, we will send you a free poster (make sure to include your name in the email so we can address an envelope to you through campus mail). We have a bunch of copies of the posters featured here, so check them out to see what you could get!

One last thing: if you want to catch up on the old CitiZine issues, check out the online versions!

So, look out for more copies of this issue on Monday, and get pumped about a full-length issue coming soon!!!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

"Love Protest"

This past weekend groups of Christians in 30 different cities demonstrated a sort of ''love protest'' for LGBTQ community by wearing shirts that say 'I'm sorry' and having signs reading 'I'm sorry for how the church has treated you'

The article can be found here!

We hope you enjoy it and participate in loving others as you would yourself.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Photo from cover of Pollen's In Defense of Food.

Although most of the writers at The CitiZine are vegetarians, we know there can be environmentally-friendly eating habits outside of that lifestyle. We wanted to share some tools to help you make eco-conscious decisions about what you eat as a flexetarian (eating more flexibly with regards to vegetarianism, but still are concerned about sustainability):

Not a Vegetarian?
There are many benefits to humans giving up meat ( has a list of nine convincing issues, and this 2008 Guardian article reports on a UN expert's call to reduce red meat consumption), but that doesn't mean you can't be a conscious meat-eater. If you love eating meat, perhaps consider more eco-friendly options at the grocery store, and focus on meat that is organic, grass-fed, or locally-produced. It is fairly difficult to find a simple resource on what meat is best for the environment, since most sites focus on giving up meat, but has this helpful tool for deciphering labels on food packages (i.e. What exactly does "free-range" mean?).

Eating Seafood Sustainably
What about seafood instead of red meat? Our aquatic ecosystems are in peril for a variety of reasons (oilspills, overfishing, pollution, etc.), but if you still crave seafood now and again there are ways to make choices without exploiting our ocean's resources. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has a Seafood Watch that makes recommendations for an environmentally-friendly meal. It rates the fishing or farming practices and organizes the results so that you can check whether your favorite seafood is a sustainable choice. There's even an iPhone app and printable format so that you can check while grocery shopping!

What Else?
If you are interested in learning more about sustainable food practices, we recommend a couple documentaries that discuss the issues of the food industry. Food, Inc. is an Academy Award-nominated documentary that follows different issues related to the environment and food corporations. No Impact Man is not solely focused on food, but buying locally and community gardens are part of the family's work towards living sustainably (you can also follow the No Impact Man blog:

Some books we've found helpful include:
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Ominvore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollen
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollen

Any Recommendations?
Do you have any interesting articles or resources related to sustainable eating practices? Please comment and share with us!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Read Issue Six Online!

Thanks for visiting our blog! If you're interested in reading the BRAND NEW issue (our sixth!) then go to the online document at Scribd!

There's articles about Glenn Beck, the "R" word, the welfare system, Refuge, anarchism, and more!

So read through our online version of the CitiZine! If a lot of people read it there, we can save paper used for printing!!!

(It's all in order on Scribd, so you can "read through" it just like a paper copy!)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Special Issue

We're glad that you got a copy of the special issue. Keep an eye out next week for our final, full issue of the semester.

Here's the music video for the Derek Webb song "What Matters More"

What do you think about "What Matters More" and how do you think the Christian community should frame discussion on sexual orientation?

Sunday, April 11, 2010

We are Social Justice Christians.

A response to Glenn Beck's recent attacks against churches advocating social justice: