March 28 2003

*A Few Things to Ponder....Hip Hop News Bits
*Big Pimping 101: Dick Cheny's In The House
*A Revised Apology From the Dixie Chicks
*FBI Surveilling Michael Franti & Spearhead
*Congress Wants to Give 3 Years Jailtime to Downloaders
*Killers on the Payroll by Paris
*10 Steps to End War by Paris 

The FNV Newsletter c 2002
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A lot of crazy stuff has been going on as of late.. This is
definitely a situation where facts are stranger than fiction.. The
first strange fact- Did anyone know that the 'Pianist' actor Adrian
Brody is a Hip Hop producer. Yeah you read that right.. Homeboy who
just won Best Actor goes by the name A. Ranger when's he's off
screen... The word around town is he's actually pretty good. He even
has a few cats considering to use his material... No wonder he
stepped to Hallie Berry the way he did.. He had a 'Hip Hop I Don't
Give A Damn attitude'... Well congrats on the win.. I guess Hip Hop
really did come far.. Queen Latifah was nominated, Eminem won.. and
A Ranger aka Adrian Brody got Best Actor.. Hip Hop forever..

The second strange fact revolves Snoop Dogg... Now homeboy turned
some heads when he released his last album which contains a song
called 'Pimp Slapped'. Here Snoop sticks out his chest and unleashes
a barage of unflattering remarks to his former label head Suge Knight.
Now it seems like Snoop is about to get sued because he is accused of
putting someone's voice on the song via an answering machine message
without there consent or knowledge. The person who's voice Snoop used
is asserting that he now fears for his life because Snoop made it
appear that he was rolling with him on his beef with Suge Knight.. If
this law suit goes through I guess It really will 'Cost to Be The

Not a strange fact, but it's worth noting.. The annual Hip Hop
Generation conference is set to kick off in Madison Wi, this April
11-13th.. Keynoting the even will be long time activist Dick
Gregory.. I have abunch of Dick Gregory albums where he blast the
administration for sending folks to Vietnam..It will be good to hear
what he says to the Hip Hop audience..For more info check out the
website.. www.hiphopgeneration.org

We should note that there's another anti-war compilation album set to
come out.. My man Nick form LA is in the process of putting things
together.. He's still soliciting artists.. If anyone is interested
in getting down.. Hit me up with an email and I'll pass along the
info for Nick to get a hold of you... drop me a line at

Also Rev Run and Timbaland are in the process of putting together an
anti-war song..

64 thousand dollar question : Didn't Canibus do a song called 'Draft
Me' shortly after 9-11? Is he over there now fighting in Iraq or were
his remarks strictly aimed at the Taliban and Osama? I hope he's not
over there but if he is we wish him much luck.. and hope he stays in
good health.. Does anyone know if actors Bruce Willis and Arnold
Swartznegger have plans to go over and fight.. after all they
basically said what Canibus said 'Draft Me'.?



Third strange fact around Vice President Dick Cheney.. Jay-Z , Dru
Down and any one else who has adapted the title 'Pimp' or 'Mack of the
Year' have to 'bow down' to Cheney. He's given new meaning to the
phrase 'pimping the system'.

Here's a guy who was the CEO of a company called Halliburton. He
stepped down from his position so he could become George Bush's VP.
Homeboy still gets a million dollars a year from this company in some
sort of drawn out 'defered compensation' plan.. Well to make a long
story short.. This company Cheney headed just got a half billion
dollars to restructure Iraq's oil fields and set up electric grids
after the war.. They presently have on lock, a 2 billion dollar
contract to clean up and restructure things in Afghanistan...But Bush
and his boys keep insisting this is about the LIBERATION of the IRAQI
people and not about oil..

If that's not enough, a subsideray of his company has a huge hundred
million dollar contract to do work in Turkey... Now that's what I call
Big Pimping...Don't go blaming Jigga man and say he's corrupted the
minds and undermined the values of young people.. Blame Tricky Dick
Cheney our Vice President... Of course when he makes shady moves like
that he's considered a shrewd and calculating BUSINESSMAN. It's a
damn shame all this is going on.. Hopefully folks are paying
attention...Oh yeah just for the record Cheney has some African
American cousins who live out here in the Bay Area.. They been to the
family gatherings and everything.. One of them used to work at the
radio station.. From what I could gather he wasn't really hitting
the Black side of his family off with any of those millions he's
making from this war.. oops I mean from those 'shrewd business deals'
his 'former' company is making.

One thing that rings true are 2Pac's assertions.. they can find money
for wars but no money to feed the poor.. Here in Oakland they
can't find no money and are set to fire 1000 teachers.. heck, things
are already bad enough... I guess the overall game plan is to let the
kids fall so far behind that they have no choice but to join the
army... Then they can be the front line foot soldiers that are
deployed to any other country Bush and company want to issue
stern warnings to...

You can read the entire aryticle that breaks this down in great detail
at www.daveyd.com/newsdickch...ofits.html

Also be sure to peep this wonderful website called

Now is it just me but does every TV station in the country have a
square jawed GI-Joe type white guy with some high ranking title like
General or Captain consulting these news stations explaining the
war.From Ny to LA to the Bay.. every local station I check out has
the same type of guy trying to make this war sound like anoble and
sanitized activity.. The only two folks I've seen out of that
prototype was a light skinned brother and a woman when they do the
Pentagon briefings.. Hollar at me folks.. maybe they got different
experts consulting the TV stations in Mississippi or Arkansas.

Did anyone catch Donald Rumsfield this morning.. Did I hear that man
threaten to put a foot in the ass of several countries? He threatned
Syria, Iran and someother place.. Oops let me correct myself.. He
didn't threaten them.. He offered a 'stern warning'. And we don't
'kill people' we take 'strategic opportunities' All I know is we are
living in some strange and troubling times..


Someone sent out a revised satirical Dixie Chicks apology.. I wish
homegirl Natalie Maines had said this when she spoke.. 
It puts things in proper perspective...Here it is:......

As a concerned American citizen, I apologize to President Bush because
my remark was disrespectful. I now realize that whoever holds that
office should be treated with the utmost respect.

I hope everyone understands, I'm just a young girl who grew up in
Texas. As far back as I can remember, I heard people say they were
ashamed of President Clinton. I saw bumper stickers calling him
everything from a pothead to a murderer. I heard people on the radio
and TV like Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott
bad-mouthing the President, and ridiculing his wife and daughter at
every opportunity. I heard LOTS of people disrespecting the
President. So I guess I just assumed it was acceptable behavior. But
now, thanks to the thousands of angry people who want radio stations
to boycott our music because criticizing the President is unpatriotic,
I realize it's wrong to have a liberal opinion if you're a country
music artist. I guess I should have thought about that before
deciding to play music that attracts hypocritical rednecks.

I also realize now that I'm supposed to just sing and look cute so our
fans won't have anything to upset them while they're cheating on their
wive,s or getting in drunken bar fights, or driving around in their
pickup trucks shooting highway signs and small animals.

And most important of all, I realize that it's wrong for a celebrity
to voice a political opinion, unless they're Charlie Daniels, Clint
Black, Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell, Loretta Lynn, Ricky Skaggs,
Travis Tritt, Hank Williams Jr, Amy Grant, Larry Gatlin, Crystal
Gayle, Reba McEntire, Lee Greenwood, Lorrie Morgan, Anita Bryant, Mike
Oldfield, Ted Nugent, Wayne Newton, Dick Clark, Jay Leno, Drew Carey,
Dixie Carter, Victoria Jackson, Charleton Heston, Fred Thompson, Ben
Stein, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Bo Derek,
Rick Schroeder, George Will, Pat Buchanan, Bill O'Reilly, Joe Rogan,
Delta Burke, Robert Conrad or Jesse Ventura.

God Bless America,

Now lets move on to Hip Hop...



Looks like its more than just the Dixie Chicks coming underfire for
speaking out against the war... Bay Area Hip Hop artist Michael
Franti and his group Spearhead while enjoying tremendous fan support
are being surveilled by the FBI...Recently members of Michael Franti's
band got some late night visits from the FBI who were concerned about
his anti-war songs and activities. He explained whats been going the
other day on the excellent radio show Democracy Now Here's a
transcript of that interview courtesy of Democracy Now:

* * * * * *
Hip Hop Artist Michael Franti Speaks Out on
U.S. Government Surveillance of his Band and
MTV Self-Censorship

'There's a lot of us who are now making a blip on the radarS [the
government is] starting to pay attention and collect information' 'Our
label received a letter, a mass e-mail from MTV instructing the fact
that no videos could be shown that mentioned the word bombing or war.'


DEMOCRACY NOW! March 27, 2003

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Host: For nearly a decade hip-hop artist
and activist Michael Franti has been a leading progressive voice in
music. He grew out of the Bay area music and political scene of the
90's and in 1986 he founded the drum and bass duo 'The Beatniks'
paving the way for his next musical endeavor 'The Disposable Heroes of
Hiphoprisy'. His most recent musical project is the musical
collective 'Spearhead' begun in 1994 and he's used his music to push
social boundaries, speaks out against sexual violence, encourages his
community to prevent the spread of HIV and has been very vocal in his
opposition to war. And now it maybe the reason why the government is
looking at him and his group Spearhead. Welcome to Democracy Now

Michael Franti: Hi Amy.

AMY GOODMAN: It's good to have you with us. Can you talk about what's
been happening as you've been touring the country with songs like
'Bomb da World.'

MICHAEL FRANTI: Well we've been touring for the last year and a half
performing that song and everywhere we go it gets standing ovations,
people begin to cry. People are just very grateful to hear any voice
out there right now who are speaking in support of peace and human

AMY GOODMAN: What's happened as you've been on this tour?

MICHAEL FRANTI: Well, what's happened most recently is that we
performed at a rally on March 15th in San Francisco and the next day
on the 16th that rally was out here mine who prefers to go unnamed,
his mother received a visit from two plain clothes men from the
military and this band member of mine has a sibling who is in the
Gulf. And they came in and talked to her and said you have a child
who's in the gulf and you have a child who's in this band Spearhead
who's part of the 'resistance' in their words, and they had pictures
of us performing the day before at the rally, they had pictures of us
performing at some of our annual concerts that we put on that are in
support of peace and human rights.

They had his flight records for the past several months, they had the
names of everybody who works in my office, our management office
'Guerilla Management'. They had his checking account records. They
asked his mother a lot of questions about where he was, what he was
doing in this place, why he was going here. They confiscated his
sibling's CD collection that they had brought over to listen to while
they were in the Gulf, and basically were intimidating she could talk
to and which members of the press she should not speak to.

And basically what this signals to me is that particulary singled out
or under any investigation for any activity because all the activity
that we do is very much above board and all the events where photos
were taken out were all public things we were at. But what it does
signal to me is that there's a lot of us who are now making a blip on
the radar, you know, whether we're organizers at rallies, whether
we're musicians, whether we're people who are speaking out, authors,
writers, actors. And we're beginning to make little blips on the
radar. They're starting to pay attention and collect information
about what's going on. You know, more important to me or more
important than me you know, being a part of that is the fact that our
civil rights are being eroded across the board for every person.

And for musicians in particular it's a really hard time. Last week
our label received a letter, a mass e-mail from MTV instructing the
fact that no videos could be shown that mentioned the word bombing or
war. No videos could be shown that had protesters in it. Any footage
from military gave a list of prior videos that could not be shown, yet
MTV has aired videos that show troops saying goodbye to their loved
ones and going off to war in a very heroic fashion and troops which
are gonna be coming home traumatized, wounded and dead and then be
treated and thrown onto the scrap heap of veterans, as we've seen
veterans treated in this country. And at the Academy Awards, there
were also letters and talk that went around saying not to speak out.
Radio has put the word out not to air songs that are in opposition to
the war and in support of peace. Meanwhile, our song 'Bomb Da World'
which we just put out is now in heavy rotation on a top youth radio
station in Australia and in Denmark and it's expected to get added to
a lot of stations in other countries.

AMY GOODMAN: A few days ago, Democracy Now! Correspondent Jeremy
Scahill and I were at the Ani DiFranco concert at the New Jersey
Performing Arts Center to talk about Democracy Now and the importance
of independent media in a time of war, just before she went on. And
Clear Channel, which owns New Jersey Performing Arts Center, runs that
venue, told her no political information could be given out and
threatened to close down the concert if there was any political

MICHAEL FRANTI: It's incredible, it's outrageous and I think it's
something that we all need to be aware of and need to support the art,
you know, whether it's music, whether it's films, whether it's dance
performances or whatever, this is the last place, apart from Pacifica
and a few other stations around the country, where these voices are
being heard.

AMY GOODMAN: And Clear Channel that runs 1,200 radio stations now,
runs many of the big venues in this country for musicians.

MICHAEL FRANTI: So it's important that we call these stations and
demand that these voices be heard. Amy Goodman: Well Michael Franti,
I want to thank you for being with us, as we go out with your voice,
with 'Bomb Da World.'

If you want to hear the song Bomb The World go to Franti's website..
www.stayhuman.org/index.htm If you wanna hear the Hip Hop remix
go to my site.. I don't think Franti has put it up on his site yet..


What's ironic about all this is that not too long ago Franti came on
our radio show and broke down the history of Marley and told how
during his prime he was in the cross hairs of the FBI's and CIA's
counter intelligence program [Cointelpro]. He spoke about how the
power of music and its ability to shape public opinion and inspire
people into action was something that governments all over the world
have been aware of and feared. Marley's call for folks rise up and to
love one another was seen as a threat because he had the potential to
unite people who would want to bring about some fundamental changes
within their government. Hence artist like him were monitored. The
other thing Franti pointed out is that it was no mistake that Marley
did not enjoy much urban [Black radio play] which is something that he
desperately wanted. There's always been an attempt to separate artist
with compelling messages from the masses of the people who they desire
to reach.

One thing about Franti is that everywhere he plays he attracts huge
crowds. And despite having slamming Hip Hop songs that address
societal ills like the prison industrial complex, HIV/AIDs and Media
Control, he gets no urban radio play. This is inspite the fact that
he played on the Smoking Grooves Tour. This is despite the fact that
he has had remixes of some of his popular songs done by the Fugees.
This is despite the fact that he has had in group dope underground Hip
Hop artists like Azeem and RadioActive. This is inspite the fact that
the free concerts that he pays for and annual puts on has not only
attracted 20 thousand plus crowds but have also included Digital
Underground, Talib Kweli, The Coup, Mystic and KRS-One on the bill.

His new song Bomb The World remix features Bay Area soul singer Ledisi
and Beatbox artist Radioactive. The Hip Hop/reggea track was freaked
out by Sly and Robbie. The song is absolutely incredible and is
perhaps one of the best anti-war songs to come out to date. Its
doesn't advocate violence. It's a call for peace and could easily be
a song that Bob Marley would've done. Interestingly, the song first
raised eyebrows when he performed it on the Craig Kilborne show
shortly after 9-11. The producers were enraged that Franti did the
song and censored it from their broadcast. Several months later they
went ahead and played the performance.

We'll keep you posted on the outcome of all this..



Congressman Wants To Jail Student Music Downloaders.
by antiGUY 03-23-03


musicNEWS: It appears that the RIAA and MPAA have found yet another
friend in the federal government of the United States. Wired.com
reports that during a recent hearing of the Subcommittee on Courts,
the Internet and Intellectual Property, congressman John Carter (Rep
Tx) said that jailing college students who download copyrighted
material would help stop piracy.

This news comes on the heals of a story that we reported on February

"Download An MP3, Go To Jail For 3 Years. " (see
story)www.antimusic.com/news/03...tem6.shtml where we
reported that lawmakers and the Justice Department were apparently
planning to utilize a little known law called the "No Electronic Theft
(NET) Act," to begin procecuting file traders. That law was passed by
Congress and signed by Bill Clinton in 1997 with very little notice
from the media. But last July, 19 members of Congress wrote a letter
to Attorney General John Ashcroft urging him to "to prosecute
individuals who intentionally allow mass copying from their computer
over peer-to-peer networks."

Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif were among the 19 politicians urging
the Attorney General to start taking action against online file
swappers due to their concern over the "staggering increase in the
amount of intellectual property pirated over the Internet through
peer-to-peer systems."

Now according to the Wired.com story congressman John Carter is ready
to move forward with plans to jail student file swappers using the
law. "What these kids don't realize is that every time they pull up
music and movies and make a copy, they are committing a felony under
the United States code," Carter said in an interview. "If you were to
prosecute someone and give them three years, I think this would act as
a deterrent." Click here to read the full Wired.com story.

courtesy of Mass Mic News 3/23/03


By Paris, March 21, 2003

Well, here we are. Bombs are dropping, the dying has started, and our
country of ignorant, blind allegiance-pledging sheep has sanctioned
yet another massacre for profit in the name of "liberating the
oppressed." Never mind the fact that millions of people spoke out
against our non-elected Commander-in-Chief's hell-bent course of
action, or that Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix and Ex-Marine and
former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter stated repeatedly that
weapons of mass destruction didn't exist and that more time was
needed, or that the report of supposed proof of Iraq's weapons of mass
destruction presented by Colin Powell to the U.N. was plagiarized, or
that of the 535 members of Congress, only one (Sen. Johnson of South
Dakota) has an enlisted son or daughter in the armed forces, or that
GOP-contributors the Bechtel Group Inc., Fluor Corp., Halliburton Co.
subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root, Louis Berger Group Inc., and Parsons
Corp have all been asked to submit bids for the rebuilding of Iraq's
infrastructure, again sadly proving the argument that this is indeed a
slaughter for profit.

Never mind these facts, no. Never mind the fact the the Hallibuton
Corporation, of which our Vice-President was once CEO, has been
awarded a contract to oversee firefighting operations in Iraqi
oilfields, and will probably be instrumental in the rebuilding effort,
just as it was in the Gulf War after we bombed Iraq in 1991, to the
tune of $23.8 million dollars.

This will probably be lost on my fellow Americans. It certainly has
been lost on our conservative -bending Bush-complicit media.

I can almost hear the conservatives now. "Where were you when Clinton
bombed Bosnia...blah, blah, blah..." Is this the best they can do?
That's a moot point at this juncture. People are dying in a war that
is unjust and the media has simply sat on it's collective hands.
Where's the independent investigation into 9-11? Gone forever, I
suppose. This is now more relevant then ever because the entire chain
of events which have transpired since 9-11 (the reduction of civil
liberties, rampant profiteering and the demonization and imperialist
invasions of lessor-developed countries) have occurred because of
9-11. How come I can find all this information from credible sources
online but they can't? Because they don't want you to know, that's

I'm sure some of them will say, "what's a rapper doing commenting on
politics...blah, blah blah..." completely overlooking the fact that
I, too, am educated, and that they, in their arrogance and inherent
racism, don't have the market cornered on analytical thought. What
makes these talking heads more qualified than me to speak out?

Understand that today's supposed "news" is totally under the control
of the Pentagon. We never see actual war footage - babies dying,
families slaughtered - just blips and far-away night vision shots.
The dehumanizing effect of all of this is that we are desensitized to
the atrocities of war. For most Americans, it is a temporary
inconvenience that we hope will be resolved quickly. A video
game...cool! We can't relate to the horrors of war because we've
never been attacked here. Remember most of the war hawks have never
served in the armed services and most of the doves have.

So now we are faced with the paradox of wanting our soldiers--young
men and women who risk too much for too little pay--to come home in
one piece. But supporting our troops while they're fighting an
immoral and illegal war is misguided and wrong. Members of our armed
forces don't deserve insults, but their role in this war doesn't merit
support either. Cheering them as they leave and holding parades when
they return would certainly be misinterpreted by citizens of other
countries as popular support for an inglorious enterprise--and it
would make it easier for Bush to send them off again, to Iran or Libya
or wherever.

Iraq has never attacked, nor threatened to attack, the United States.
As his 1990 invasion of Kuwait proved, Saddam is a menace to his
neighbors--Saudi Arabia, Iran, Israel--but he's their problem, not
ours. Saddam's longest-range missiles only travel 400 miles.

Why Iraq? Why not North Korea, who has an intercontinental ballistic
missile capable of hitting the western United States and nuclear
capability? Why not Pakistan, who just unveiled its new HATF-4
ballistic missile? I'm not calling for us to ride on these countries
too, don't get me wrong. But if disarmament were Bush's goal,
shouldn't those countries--both of which have threatened to use
nukes--be higher-priority targets than non-nuclear Iraq?

Iraq isn't part of the war on terrorism. The only link between Iraq
and Al Qaeda is the fact that they hate each other's guts. And no
matter how often Bush says "9/11" and "Iraq" in the same breath,
Saddam had nothing to do with the terror attacks.

That leaves freeing Iraqis from Saddam's repressive rule as the sole
rationale for war. Is the U.S. in the liberation business? Will
Bush spread democracy to the numerous other places where people can't
vote, speak freely or eat much? You be the judge. I wouldn't bet on

Of course, it would be great if Iraqis were to overthrow Saddam
(assuming that his successor would be an improvement). But regime
change is up to the locals, not us. George W. Bush has led us to
commit an abhorrent crime, an internationally-unsanctioned invasion of
a nation that has done us no harm and presents no imminent threat.

We have killers on the payroll in the White House.



Ten Thing You Can Do To Stop The War On Iraq 1. Call or Fax the White
House or the United Nations Security Council to express your
opposition to an invasion of Iraq. The United States Congress has
voted for going to war with Iraq - failing in its duty to represent a
deeply divided American public. But there are still ways to stop this
invasion. Contact the White House at 202-456-1111 (tel) or
202-456-2461 (fax). Appeal to the members of the UN Security Council
to do everything in their power to stop this war now! You can fax
them directly from the Global Exchange website with one click of your

2. Join the national mobilization to stop the war on Iraq by
organizing an anti-war event (a rally, march, vigil, teach-in, or
other action) in your community. Make sure to list your event on the
website www.unitedforpeace.org. UnitedforPeace also has plenty of
exciting action ideas and tips.

3. Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper saying why
you oppose the war on Iraq. Your letter should be from one to three
paragraphs long. Possible points to make include: the Administration
has not presented an adequate justification for going to war; Iraq
does not pose a clear and present danger to the US; and an invasion of
Iraq would violate international law. You can find out where to send
your letters by looking on the letters to the editor page of your
local newspaper. 4. Email a friend and ask them to join you in
opposing the war. Send this list of things you can do to stop the war
to a friend along with a copy of Global Exchange's Top Ten Reasons Why
the US Should Not Invade Iraq, available online at

5. Distribute flyers about why people should stop this war now.
Good, heavily trafficked locations include bus stops, subway stations,
grocery stores, college campuses, libraries, and churches, among other

6. Organize a weekly vigil against the war at the US federal building
in your city, at the office of a Congressperson who supports the war,
or at another public place.

7. Call a press conference where local community leaders, religious
leaders, veterans, politicians, and others can speak out against the
war. Once you have some community leaders who are willing to speak
out against the war, determine the time and location of the press
conference, send a press release to local media outlets, and then
follow up with a phone call to tell editors and reporters what you're

8. Educate yourself about Iraq and the US accusations against Saddam
Hussein so you can discuss the issue with friends, family, and even
strangers. We won't be able to stop this war if we can't convince
people who don't agree with us to come over to our position. Websites
that have good information include www.zmag.org, www.thenation.com,
www.commondreams.org, www.alternet.org, www.pacificnews.org and

9. Place a "No War on Iraq" banner in a prominent public place. Even
if the banner is taken down within a few hours, people will see it
while it's up, and they will realize that the opposition to this war
is growing. You can hang banners from freeway overpasses and out the
windows of buildings in downtown areas. It's easy to make a banner:
just use paint or markers on a white sheet.

10. Connect with the local peace group in your community. They will
undoubtedly have other ideas for how you can work to stop the war.
Some peace groups that have chapters in many cities and towns include
Peace Action and the American Friends Service Committee. You can also
look at the events section on the United for Peace website, and see
what groups are sponsoring events in your community. Or join Global
Exchange's moderated email listserve by sending a message here.

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