01/02/17Mexico Greg Bennick / Rene Espinoza 2017 “Counterintelligence: Spoken Word / Listening Tour”

GREG BENNICK / RENE ESPINOZA
COUNTERINTELLIGENCE SPOKEN WORD / LISTENING TOUR of MEXICO 2017
www.wordsasweapons.com
https://www.facebook.com/fuerzabooking

Like the rest of the world, I was shocked at the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. Trump promotes racism through his anti-immigration policies and his promise to build a wall “and make Mexico pay for it” (regardless of whether or not he ever follows through with that plan). Racism and xenophobia are only two of multiple aspects of Trump which are threatening to human rights.

Trump being elected has empowered white supremacism in the USA. This means gun wielding border patrol patriots who will now feel even more protected as they shoot first and ask questions later. Trump is surrounding himself with people in his political cabinet who will help him achieve a goal of a stronger white America.

My idea was this:

• Since intelligence in a post-truth world is invalidated by emotional reaction to nonsensical misdirections: Trump’s tweets and so on, the more we react, we embolden the enemy. Burning an American flag for example provides propaganda tools for the opposition to use against us. We need to be thinking clearly, locally, immediately, openly, and calmly about strategy, and not reacting. The intelligence we need is counter to that information which is presented to us, not in line with it. We must burn our own course through this new era of thoughtless propagandizing.

• The idea: I would come to Mexico for the two weeks prior to the election (the 7th or 8th of January through the 21st which is the day after the inauguration)

• I would do a spoken word tour of Mexico (hardcore / punk shows, community centers, any gathering place) and spend 20-30 minutes each night speaking and sharing perspectives, then one hour each night LISTENING. Rene Espinoza of Fuerza Booking who would be promoting the tour would be with me helping to translate, compiling notes with me, and offering critical perspectives as a Mexican currently living in Mexico. We would be listening to local people describe their perspectives on Trump, on racism, on immigration, on NAFTA, on the economic conditions in Mexico….and what can be done about all of this.

• At the end of the tour, Rene and I would compile notes from each night and put it all together – in English and in Spanish – an action guide which would tell everyone in ALL of the cities, the ideas of all the other cities and share thoughts on what people are feeling and how they are thinking of reacting to this new political era.

We asked promoters across Mexico: is this tour a good idea, would it be useful or helpful, and do you want to participate? Everyone said “YES”.

These are the tour dates, and for more information contact Rene Espinoza at Fuerza Booking Mexico https://www.facebook.com/fuerzabooking

January 8th Tijuana w/Rats in the wall @ Bad Brew Bar
January 9th Hermosillo @ MiniBona/january 10th Culiacan @ Cafe Marimba
January 11th Durango @ mr ink /january 12th San Luis Potosi @Politica en el Bar
January 13th Guanajuato @ Bar Fly
January 14th Ciudad de Mexico @ Foro Bang Bang w/Xibalba
January 15th Guadalajara @ Foro Independencia w/Xibalba
January 16th Queretaro @ Cafe Grease Burger w/We believe
January 18th Gomez Palacio @ Secundaria Tecnica Maria del Refugio Zerchute de Padilla
January 19th Monterrey
January 20th Ciudad de Mexico @ Foro Alicia w/Madball

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Como el resto del mundo, estaba impactado por la reciente elección de Donald Trump a la presidencia de Los Estados Unidos. Trump promueve mediante sus políticas anti migratorias y con su promesa de “construir una barda y hacer que México pague por ella” ( se esto real o no) RACISMO.

El racismo y xenofobia son tan solo dos areas los cuales Trump promueve, violando de esta forma los derechos humanos.

Trump al ser elegido le ha dado poder a grupos que promueven la supremacist de la raza “blanca” en los Estados Unidos. Esto significa que los patriotas protectores de la fronteras ahora se sentirán con mayor derecho disparar primero y luego hacer preguntas. Trump esta rodeándose de personas en su gabinete que lo ayudaran su meta de construir América blanca.

Mi idea es la siguiente:

– desde que la inteligencia en el post-verdad a sido invalidada por reacciones emocionales a argumentos sin sentido tales como lo son lo siguiente: Trump con sus tweets busca generar reacciones de nuestra parte, entre más caso hagamos a este tipo de situación más poder estamos otorgando poder al enemigo. La quema de banderas por ejemplo provee herramientas a quienes nos oponemos para utilizarlas en nuestra contra.Debemos de pensar de manera inteligente con claridad, localmente, de forma inmediata, abierta y con tranquilidad sobre las estrategias que utilizaremos para contra restar los efectos generados por esta elección. La inteligencia que necesitamos deberá de ser contra restante a lo que se nos presenta y de ninguna manera debemos alinearnos a esta misma. Debemos de forjar nuestro propio curso de acción en esta era propaganda sin sustancia.

– La idea es la siguiente: visitar México durante las dos semanas previas a la toma de la presidencia ( 8 -21 de Enero)

– Llevaré acabo una gira de la platicas ( dentro de la escena Hardcore/punk, centros comunitarios, y cualquier otro tipo de puntos de reunión) y pasar entre 20-30 minutos cada noche conversando y compartiendo puntos de vista con los asistentes a las pláticas y escuchar a estos mismos. Rene Espinoza de Fuerza Booking estará promoviendo la gira ayudará traduciendo, compilando notas conmigo, y ofreciendo puntos de vista críticos como un mexicano que reside actualmente en este país. Escucharemos los puntos de vista de las personas de cada ciudad sobre Trump, con un enfoque en el racismo, políticas migratorias, el TLC, las condiciones económicas del país y lo que se puede hacer respecto a esto.

– Al final de la gira, Rene y yo compilaremos las notas que tuvimos después de cada fecha en las distintas ciudades, desarrollando una guía de acción la cual le comunicará al resto de las ciudades del país, las perspectivas e ideas sobre lo que las personas opinan y como se está reaccionando en esta nueva era política.

– Comentamos a varios promotores sobre la idea de realizar esta gira si sería útil y podría ayudar en algo, y si les gustaría ser partícipes estos nos dijeron que SI.

Estas son las fechas para la gira para mayores informes contacta a René en el siguiente sitio web:

www.facebook.com/fuerzabooking

January 8th Tijuana w/Rats in the wall @ Bad Brew Bar
January 9th Hermosillo @ MiniBona/january 10th Culiacan @ Cafe Marimba
January 11th Durango @ mr ink /january 12th San Luis Potosi @Politica en el Bar
January 13th Guanajuato @ Bar Fly
January 14th Ciudad de Mexico @ Foro Bang Bang w/Xibalba
January 15th Guadalajara @ Foro Independencia w/Xibalba
January 16th Queretaro @ Cafe Grease Burger w/We believe
January 18th Gomez Palacio @ Secundaria Tecnica Maria del Refugio Zerchute de Padilla
January 19th Monterrey
January 20th Ciudad de Mexico @ Foro Alicia w/Madball

10/27/16Tour with Great Reversals…November 2016

Heading out on a five day spoken word tour in two weeks with my friends in Great Reversals. Hear me rant about our relationship with power/authority or our need for risk/connection, depending on the night. See you soon friends.

PITTSBURG PA November 10th:
https://www.facebook.com/events/740719986094316/

PHILADELPHIA PA November 11th with Toska and Pulling Punches:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1810231775902562/

BOONTON NEW JERSEY – November 12th with Hell Mary:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1778137169123860/

COLUMBUS OH – November 13th:
https://www.facebook.com/events/904335449697246/

DETROIT MI – November 14th with Bracewar, Bent Life, and Bitter Peace AD in Detroit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1691888801130664/

Download the new Great Reversals record here for free:
https://gr8rev.bandcamp.com/album/mere-mortals

FOLLOWUP POST TOUR 11/15/2016

Just walked in the door after flying home from my spoken word tour with the passionate hardcore band Great Reversals: five excellent humans and truly sincere people.
 
So many people helped make this tour happen: in Pittsburg, Kristine Michelle Hayes is the embodiment of determination and courage. In Philadelphia, Andrew at Hydrogen Man Records put on a great show and Chris Striegel taught us how to eat in quantities that would kill a normal human. Paul Alan in New Jersey put on the only seven band show in history that ended early. Josh at Head2Wall Records in Columbus Ohio created a banger of a show which was a tour highlight featuring vegan Polish food(!). And Maxxwell Lange in Detroit managed to get 120 kids to come out to a Monday night show in a display of pure promotional genius.
 
So many bands to thank and for you to check out: Hell Mary, Northern Widows (like Nails on steroids), Pulling Punches, TOSKA, None Above All, Silence Equals Death (like One King Down for 2016), Bitter Peace A.D., Bent Life and so many more. Steven Muczynski lent us his van. Mike Moynihan took photos. I am forgetting key people I am sure. So many true friends.
 
Spoken word in the hardcore/punk scene is an exercise in honesty: getting out of your head, being present in the moment, and opening up as much as possible in front of strangers in new bizarre settings every night. Few things are more intimidating and as fulfilling. Thank you to everyone who interacted and engaged with ideas on what to do now that our future is entirely in our hands. Our heroes are dead. No kings or priests or leaders are coming to save us. Any hope is within each of our abilities to connect with and expand to others amidst insecurity and fear. Our communities, our world, and our lives depend on it.
 
See you next time, and there will be many more next times. xxx

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