May 18th, 2018
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Last year I came back home after a long weekend to find an envelope from a NC Correctional Institution in my mailbox. It was from Mr Marcus D. Hunter, a life without parole inmate who murdered taxi driver Abdoelhafiz Hassan Hamed Dowlieb in 2004. Marcus, who had an extremely hard life attached his application for ECN Forgiver's License (pg 14) and asked to become an Empowering Clerk and issue Playful Paperwork documents to his friends. We became pen pals and I helped Mr Hunter develop and have a small income from his portrait drawing (you can send him your photos and he'll mail you back a portrait for a donation). Marcus have shared with me his traumatic life story, the abusive conditions in which he and millions of others are kept behind bars and I have shared with him about my life. I find Marcus to be a sharp, talented and self aware writer and I hope he'll reach many readers in the future. I've sent him a lot of paperwork which he's been issuing to his fellow inmates with great efficiency. Considering my own family story, this new friendship is extremely bizarre, and I'm excited to see where it'll lead.
A few weeks ago I got another letter from another inmate in the same prison who requested to learn more about the Empowering Clerks Network (ECN). When I looked his information up I found that he is serving a 206 years sentence for 'crimes against nature' which included raping a 13 year old. It seems like it was a lot of effort for him to write the few sentences in his letter. I feel a disgust thinking about it and I didn't want to take a photo of it and share it online, as if his actions or the unmet needs behind them don't deserve the light of day. In contrast, when I first found an original Hitler stamp I was somewhat excited to lick it in order to create various comics with him and Stalin - it's much easier for me to find compassion in my heart towards a murderer or even a mass murderer than towards a pedophile sex offender. Placing Hitler on Freud's couch was somewhat natural and easy for me to do, but thinking about helping Joseph deal with his childhood and the feelings he must have seems unreasonable and maybe even impossible. Joseph didn't ask for any specific document yet but just wanted a general information about the ECN. I've sent him a copy of Regulations are Flexible, but what should I do if he decides to apply for a Forgiver's License, Compassion Card, Apology Declaration or other documents? Shall the ECN deny services from sex offenders, or revoke documents of recipients who were found guilty of such crimes? What do you think? Please share your thoughts and I will keep you updated about this bureaucratic process!
The #lorax #book posted on a construction site for a new #development in #beaconny that cut down many #trees this past week. #streetart #streetartNY #streetartNYC #hudsonvalleyart #green #greed #sustainable #hudsonriver #drseuss #thelorax #bookart #graffiti #guerillaart #alternativeart #AlternativeFacts #alternativestreetsigns
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I asked @publicinvestigator to take the #CompassionMAGA challenge, wear the hat for a few moments and #share how it feels. Chloe refused to touch it but seemed interested by the idea of reclaiming its message to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain back to #Obama days (or perhaps back to #1491?) #yesterday I presented my #work to the #peekskill #art #community and many #liberal #activist artists were surprised, shocked and grossed out by the #opportunity to try the hat. Why? We often explain #minorities actions and conditions in context of the injustices their ancestors and them were victims of, but aren't poor white voters victims of the (de)education system, #media and unhealthcare system in a similar way that African Americans are victims of the War on Drugs? Why don't they deserve compassion for the systematic injustices they have experienced in life such as education system that don't teach #criticalthinking, media that feeds them empty calories and a militant society that runs on fear? What do you think? . . . . . . . . #socialpractice #participatoryart #diversity #politics #politicalart #HASHTAGSARESILLY
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#CompassionMAGA #compassion #MAGA #makeamericagreatagain #liberal #otherside #someoneelsesshoesinterview #HiddenFortuneWheel #politics #politicalart #l #openengagement @openengagement #oe2018 #centerforsupportivebureaucracy interview with @deanzajen
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“Ori was an excellent guest speaker in the Art and Social Practice Program at Portland State University. He helped us re-evaluate our notions of compassion and gave us new tools to interact with communities that have different values then us”
Adam Carlin, Director, Greensboro Project Space
See my artist talk and gallery tour from my recent show, the White Men Registry at the Matteawan Gallery at the home page.
"Alon's White Men Registry helped me to develop more compassion and empathy towards white men, which doesn't come naturally to me"
52 years old Latino male, NY
"Yes, we need the White Men Registry because if I'm not going to laugh at sh*t like that I'm going to die"
Voter, White Men Registry referendum
Contact to have a Playful Paperwork / Hidden Fortune Wheel / College Rejection Letter Writing event for high school seniors at your community.
Coming soon! A letter to Trader Joe's requesting them to increase their prices in order to help me with my complicated relationship with money.
Hidden Fortune Wheel, ECN&InfoWars, Sanctuary City DIY documentation and more Supportive Bureaucracy news (newsletter update 04/18/20170
Last summer I offered Playful Paperwork services at the RNC and DNC. As part of my role as the Executive Empowering Clerk of the Center for Supportive Bureaucracy I issued Joy Permits, Forgiver’s Licenses, Racism Release Forms, Open Carry Permits for musical instruments, OK Parent Awards, Village Fool Diplomas, Pain Deeds, Apology Declarations, DIY Certificates of Recognition, Adults Special Achievement Stickers, Refurbished Report Cards and other official documents. During the Democratic National Convention I was interviewed by the popular conspiracy theory website InfoWars, and although I presented my work as a non partisan project my liberal agenda was exposed and I was bombarded with hateful comments calling to deport me (to wherever it is I came from). Even my beautiful unibrow was made fun of and the concerns I’ve raised were ignored. I managed to be in denial of these comments until I woke up on Nov. 9th and decided to rethink my artistic path.
This summer I am working with the artist Ana Gallira on a new compassionate art project, the Hidden Fortune Wheel - spin the wheel and win the unique existential opportunity to be in someone else's shoes! Explore how it is to be an immigrant, Muslim, Black, transgender, other gender, wheelchair bound, bankrupt, child, elder and more. Participants will be invited to imagine themselves in another person's shoes according to their results and share about their experience. I'll be traveling with the fortune wheel a lot, so stay tuned on social media and newsletter for locations and schedule (and LMK if you are interested in bringing the HFW to your institution!) The #HiddenFortuneWheel will be at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, NY MFA Graduates opening exhibit on May 19th - 23rd.
May 6th - ECN Office Hours Spring Celebration at the Stony Kill Farm
May 13th,14th - Office Hours at Beacon Pop-Up Park,160 Main St., Beacon NY
May 26th - ECN Holiday (Love Yourself More Day)
June 17-18 ECN will offer Playful Paperwork at the Clearwater Festival
July 4th - Clown Visa, Global Citizen documentation and Honorary PhB (Professional Human Being Diploma graduation ceremony) in NYC (location TBD)
May is Stevie Wonder Early Career Month. Make sure you're following ECN Regulations!
Many people think we are entering dark times. But dark times can also bring the best in us. In the past few weeks I've seen so many people awaken, take action, care, show compassion and use creativity to generate love and happiness. I too vow to take theelection result as a call to action, and promise to serve and protect our nation as a Certified Village Fool (self-issued). You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one - more and more people have discover and use Supportive Bureaucracy services in their workplace, community and public spaces (the ECN also has a DC now! Just like the Neo-Nazis!). Since the election, we found a 318% increase in illegal issuing of Playful Paperwork forms (which we support) as people download forms, certificates and embosser templates at www.supportivebureaucracy.org and print documents themselves. 219% more people registered as Empowering Clerks and started Empowerment Processing Facilities (EPF) around the country (!) For example the ECN of Bend, Oregon conducted a Joy Permit issuing marathon during which hundreds of documents were issued. If you'd like to provide your fellow Muslim and Latino friends with proper documentation, we also have Certificates of Recognition available in Spanish and Arabic (and many other languages as well). Soon we'll have an official branch in Taiwan and our Racism Release Form is helping people around the country to reflect on their experiences regarding color and color blindness and is popular especially in colleges.
Good news!! CSB Research Department recently found that with only 17 points increase in Love Production worldwide, we may be able to defeat Evil by March 1st, 2021 (not too bad isn't it?) Numbers don't lie - do your share in protecting our world and produce love more effectively and efficiently. To help you with that we made the Love Receipt, which allows you to provide instant recognition for people who give love.
As usual, the Empowering Clerks Network is spending 62% of its resources providing proper recognition for those who deserve it (95.3% of the population according to research). No election results will change that, and we are determined to keep providing you with the best possible service. We always have your back when it comes to paperwork, but recently we added a new service to our official documents - the ECN Awards. We offer special trophies for Caregiver of the Year, Compassion Master, Relationship Expert, Creativity Generator and more. If you'd like to provide trophies to members of your community please contact me for details or simply visit www.crownawards.com (they can instantly increase recipient's self esteem by 19%! Almost as efficient as the ECN Certificate of Recognition).
That's it for now. I have to admit that I wanted to drop the project all together as a reaction to the election, but I decided to keep doing my work thanks to the response I got from recipients and providers of services across the country, who used Joy Permits, Official Posted signs and other documents to answer some of their needs after the elections. I'm grateful for the opportunity to help others with my artwork, and hope to increase my efficiency rates in the future.
Speaking of that... Last week I started Compassionate America, LLC. Not only that it might be the first corporation in US history that was named by a mistake (I misspelled Bureaucracy and had to amend it so I looked for another name) but it also has no business plan whatsoever (!!!) I was simply anxious to get sued by Trump after I threatened to sue him and thought that it's a good idea to protect my family that way. But regardless, I'm thinking that maybe we should treat love and compassion like a business, invest our resources wisely and always seek growth. I hope to use Compassionate America as an umbrella organization to the Empowering Clerks Network and the Center for Supportive Bureaucracy to increase compassion stats using humor and Playful Paperwork. Wish me luck! And feel free invite me to offer services and present the project at your conference, event, corporate party or as a guest artist.
What inspired you to create Public Trust?
I tend to work iteratively and slowly. I make similar pieces, or pieces that build on each other even if that is not superficially obvious. I have been using speech acts as the basis for participatory pieces that are based on some sort of exchange. I often think that if I want to make situations that require an exchange with the public I am limited by what the public has on them at all times: spare change, keys, phone, IDs, credit cards, money, their name, their voice, etc. Thus I have used the participants voice quite a bit. Two years ago I made a modest piece also called Public Trust that asked for people to give me lies that I would then notarize and turn into truths. The piece was very successful but I began to think that there was no consequence to it. It was a little too playful, you could get away with anything. Thus I began to think of promises and promissory statements as having more inner tension since they could become lies or facts depending on the future actions of the participant. I also liked the religious, ethical, and societal implications of promises. Finally, in that serendipitous way in which making art happens, I was also reading Agamben’s tremendous book, the sacrament of language, an archeology of the oath, and that sort of sealed the deal.
Your project provides a service, offering community and participants a reflection of their promises together with other public promises. What were the most inspiring or interesting promises (or combinations of the private and public ones) so far?
I know it sounds trite, but I really do like them all. I think my standouts are the ones where how it happened was significant. I had two instances of two very different but very hostile participants who yelled at me, questioned the work, were openly belligerent who walked away without participating. Only to, in both cases, come back two days later and make a promise.)
(As seen in the video, one of the ways to make a promise was with an official pinkie promise O.A.)
I am rarely asked that question. I strive to create a meaningful experience based on fairly familiar modes of operation. In other words, when I show outside of museums and galleries, I base my work on modes of operation that are pertinent to those public spaces and experiences. I want to make situations where people participate because they find them meaningful, engaging and accessible – not because they are art. It is important to me that it be art, but it is not important to me that it be perceived as art by the participant –unless it helps the interaction. I think that because of this when I am asked if my work is art, it is more often than not a question that comes out of curiosity, not out of doubt. "By the way, is this art?”, versus, suspicious looks “is this art?"
What is your promise?
It is based on a quote by Michael Barenbaum who said: "Try not to be a perpetrator. Try not to be a bystander. Try not to be a victim.” My promise is to try not to be a bystander.
What is your favorite artwork (or a few if you can't name only one)
Tania Bruguera’s Immigrant Movement International
Pablo Helguera’s The he School of Panamerican Unrest
Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski’s Conflict Kitchen
Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July’s Learning to Love You More
Merle Laderman Ukeles’ Touch Sanitation
Mel Chin’s Revival Field andThe Name of the Place
Suzanne Lacy’sThe Oakland Projects
Pedestal of the World by Piero Manzoni
Joseph Beuys 7000 Oaks – City Forestation Instead of City Administration
On Kawara’s date paintings
Both Public Trust and the ECN use objects and methods of the authority and legal system, which many people feel disempowered or even threatened by. Was it part of your choice of using these tools?
Yes, because for better or for worse these are systems that we know how to interact with. A form is easier to interact with than a blank piece of paper. And if you use it well it is more generous than the illusion of freedom that a blank page gives.
Do you have any hopes or fantasies about Public Trust in many other locations around the country and the world, or of such projects being a service that actual government offer to citizens?
I have collaborated with city governments in at least two projects and it was extremely rewarding. I have a high degree of respect for civil servants… 99% of the time they really get that they are in charge of our commons.
Until the CSB starts its extensive collaboration with the Military Industry Complex, here is another beautiful bureaucratic art that inspired me a lot, the short movie Validation and the winner of the ECN Awards of 2016, the Yes Men NYT Hoax (both I think are masterpieces in their beauty, inspiration, humor and intrinsic truths they make us see)
Today I'm heading to Cleveland Ohio for the Republican National Convention. I plan to issue and distribute some 7,000 thousands of 6 months Joy Permits (can be renewed online or using white out),Open Carry Permits for Musical Instruments, Adults Special Achievement Stickers, Racism Release Forms, Refurbished Report Cards, DIY Certificates of Recognition, Forgiver's Licenses (Class A & B) applications and other Playful Paperwork documents. I believe that humor and compassion can help us reconnect to our humanity and to one another, and that one good guy with a musical instrument or an art project can prevent one bad guy from conducting an event of mass hatred. Racists are people, needing love and compassion like the rest of us, perhaps even more. Therefore I visited the Trump rally in April and didn't confront anyone with politics, but with paperwork. Lots of paperwork.
Attached is a press release about the trip, feel free to pass it along.
Please download and print the ECN new Racing Release Form (RRL - 789) and leave it in key locations at your community (see photo below of the RRL-789 at a DMV counter).
Download ALL documents, Stickers, Permits and Diplomas at www.supportivebureaucracy.org and issue them to your community.
Please read and share Checkpoint Charlie, a postage stamps comics collection of mine about fascism in the US (attached PDF)
If you want to help me fund the trip travelling and printing cost, please send a PayPal donation to email@example.com or use this link. Thank you!
Last thing - I'm making an artwork about the experience of being fired from a workplace. If you'd like to share with me your story (anonymously) please reply to that email with your story.
For freedom! Stay tuned for updates on social media about my trip.
Executive Empowering Clerk
Center for Supportive Bureaucracy
This is an official communication from the Center for Supportive Bureaucracy
Issuing official documents since 2006:
Forgiver’s License (Class A&B) • Joy Permits (JP-33) • Refurbished Report Cards (RRC-202) • DIY Certificates of Recognition (COR107) • Adults Special Achievement Stickers (ASAS-46) • Pain Deeds (PD336) • Certified Apology Declarations (447-D) • True Friend Diploma • OK Parent Award • Loving & Liable Entity (LLE) certification • Life Celebrating Obituaries • Validation Ticket • Typewriter Matchmaking Service • Letter Writing Service
See more warning notes by the ECN at www.supportivebureaucracy.org
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- As of June 1st, 2016 at 643pm the ECN was forced into a strike by the national Empowerment Processing Facility (EPF). The EPF claims to collapse after technical failures due to over-printing of 513% beyond its capacity and overworked staff. CSB was unable to function without Playful Paperwork. For two weeks no Joy Permits, Apology Declarations or an Open Carry permits for musical instrument were printed. EPF agreed to process only emergency Forgiver's License applications. The ECN demands that all authority of printing documents held on local (documented or undocumented) Empowering Clerks. #StandwithECN!! Let's not let the EPF determine the future of the Playful Paperwork movement!! Let's end the #ECNstrike by printing our own documents!. In order to solve the crisis before the end of the school year (which brings a 342% higher demand for Refurbished Report Cards) the CSB managed to leak all ECN documents transcripts for public use!! Thanks to CSB agent #3492D they were released and you can now download all forms legally OR illegally atwww.bit.ly/ECNvertical and www.bit.ly/ECNhorizontal. The good news are that new EPF's are about to open in San Francisco, Ohio, NYC and other locations, which will reduce the burden from the national EPF and end the crisis. Let's not let the EPF decide how many Joy Permits are printed! Even the Executive Empowering Clerk was found guilty of crossing the line a few times (he was even called a scab!) Let's break the strike! Take ownership over our paperwork once and for all! Share your printing records by replying to this email, at #StandwithECN or at our new Facebook group!
- TOMORROW: ECN @ 20x20 PeachaKucha. ECN Director Alon will present the demands to end #ECNstrike and the story behind the CSB at the next 20x20 PeachaKucha at Quinns, 330 Main St. Beacon NY on June 14th@8pm. Please join us there or watch the presentation online! (ps here's an amazing PeachaKucha presentation about drawing lynchings from old postcards documenting the events by ECN friend Jean-Marc Superville-Sovak.)
- June 22nd 130-3pm ECN will hold a Refurbished Report Card issuing ceremony at the Beacon NY Howland Public Library, (more info here). We're going to offer students, teachers and community members the opportunity of receiving a better evaluation or an alternative experience for one or more bad school years they had. We'd love for you to join us or offer the service at your community (outside of school at the last day can be great way to do it.) It's fun and easy! print Refurbished Report Cards for free here.
- ECN will hold public office hours at the 2016 Art in Odd Places festival! (Oct. 6-9 2016) It's a wonderful event, an incredible opportunity to experience socially engaged, political and unique art in public places (14th St. in Manhattan). This year's theme is RACE and we're already preparing a Racism Release Form for the occasion.
- Newly ordained Empowering Clerk Elaine Fisher is planning on offering office hours at the national Republican Convention!! More details soon!
MORE ECN NEWS:
- The Radical Therapist interviewed CSB Director Ori Alon about the therapeutic aspects of Playful Paperwork, the experience of issuing Joy Permits at a Trump rally, his childhood and more! You can also listen to the interview at www.supportivebureaucracy.org/ homepage.
- The ECN of Oregon rocks! Founder Ms. Teafly has been issuing numerous documents, trained 3 new Empowering Clerks and offered regular office hours. Way to go! Establishing your own ECN branch has never been easier! Simply register your Empowerment Processing Facility (EPF) or just start printing your own documents illegally (here and here) & offer them to your community! Or apply to receive your special Portable Empowering Clerk Office at www.supportivebureaucracy.org.
- The Deputy NY DMV Commissioner Timothy.B. Lennon made an official call to ECN Director Alon to greet him for his work and discuss the possibility of a collaboration between the two entities of issuing Adult Special Achievement stickers and car registration stickers, We'll keep you posted on updates regarding the initiative, meanwhile you can read more at Official Letter form the Empowering Clerks Network book collection.
- Read about the ECN visit to a Trump rally and other Supportive Bureaucracy news at our blog.
- Participate in discussions and share your experiences with Playful Paperwork with other Empowering Clerks, ECN representatives and recipients of services at our new Facebook group!
- Attached is our new flyer, skilfully designed by Alan Goldsmith of Pixetera and ElderSparks, Feel free to pass it along to anyone who might be interested in bringing us to conduct a workshop or office hours at their community!
- With the Joy of giving service,
Executive Empowering Clerk, CSB
- With the Joy of giving service,
Dear fellow bureaucrat,
First, welcome everyone who joined this list through Miranda July's Instagram post! I'm honored she likes the project and so glad to have you guys here! To confirm your subscription, please share something vulnerable with someone you love or perform an act of kindness to a person who acts in mean ways (A741). You're welcome to order from our large catalog of Playful Paperwork documents or simply become an Empowerment Processing Facility (EPF) and print them yourself & issue and distribute them in your community, following Empowering Clerks Network regulations of course (G-786, K-775, F-79 and L-71).
Two weeks ago I offered office hours as an ECN representative at a Trump rally in Poughkeepsie NYand issued numerous Joy Permits, Adults Special Achievement Stickers, DIY Certificates of Recognition and other official documents. On the way there I was nervous, anxious and worried that something bad or violent would happen. I handed hundreds official documents, was mostly ignored and didn't have a significant conversation with rally attendants ('I don't need a Joy Permit, I have Jesus' or 'these protesters, they need Joy Permits!' were common responses). I plan to write a more detailed article about the experience soon, in the meantime here are some bulletin points regarding that experience -
- It was extremely meaningful to me, and though I can't point out to a specific 'result' like when people actually use their Refurbished Report Card, Apology Declaration, Pain Deed or Forgiver's License, I believe it made some small difference in the atmosphere between the protesters and supporters, who unfortunately didn't really communicate with one another as far as I've noticed. Though I'm not sure it happened that Sunday afternoon, I am now even more so believe that humor, kindness, gifting strangers and poking our hierarchical society structure can lead to some magical results. I'm excited to keep doing my work as an Empowering Clerk to offer these services to any human being I may interact with and I'd be happy for more people to join us as Empowering Clerks.
- It was a completely different experience for me as an artist - I don't usually walk by people with my folder, I got used to the comfort of my 'pop-up office', with a tent, tables, chairs, typewriters etc. I'm also used to audience that is liberal, open, familiar with various artistic experiences and with similar world views as mine. I never walked by a crowd that has such extremely different views than mine and offered them my work. Now I'm eager to do it again. The ECN has never denied services from anyone - we believe that that every human being has the right to issue a Joy Permit, apply for a Forgiver's License Class A, honor someone with a True Friend Diploma or OK Parent Award and to Open Carry musical instruments in public. There is no reason to deny services from any group of people, conservatives, extremists and even racist and violent people. If you want to issue official documents as an Empowering Clerk in your community and try to make a difference with humor and kindness, please do so!
Learn more about the ECN visit to Trump rally at the Radical Therapist interview!
2.A/3 The Center for Supportive Bureaucracy is EXPANDING!
Congratulations Ms. Teafly, the founder of the Oregon division of the ECN. Teafly just won the Awesome Foundation grant, that'll allow her to establish her fully functional EPF and print lots of paperwork including Forgiver's Licenses and Happiness Insurance cards. She also plans on building a portable office-bike-trailer with all necessary paperwork and typewriters (how cool is that??) to serve the people of Oregon. Watch an interview with her here and if you think that it's great - why not do it yourself? So many people have been printing and issuing Joy Permits and other document themselves, if you have a home printer - you can do it too! Becoming an Empowerment Processing Facility only takes a few mouse clicks - visit www.supportivebureaucracy.org to learn more. And if you have a new model of Canon Pixma or Epson, you can easily print Forgiver's Licenses too and dramatically increase compassion stats in your community! Ask us how if you're interested, many documents are available to download at the website right now. Many Empowering Clerks report that issuing documents to their fellow human beings is a meaningful, powerful and joyful activity that helps their self-growth and self-esteem.
We are pleased to announce that we are very likely to reach our goal of issuing 1.2 million documents by June of 2019, but it can only happen if thousands of concerned citizens will print Learner's Permits, Joy Permits, Refurbished Report Cards and other documents themselves. This summer we plan to launch our annual Refurbished Report Card issuing event in which teachers, adults and children will be invited to issue Refurbished Report Cards to one another. The Beacon NY Howland Public Library had already showed enthusiastic interest in hosting such event, and it's likely that your community can benefit from it too. Why wait? Simply download the RRC, print and issue to the people who are close to you! Or stand outside a school at the last day and offer the service to students. If only 0.04% of Americans would issue and receive a Refurbished Report Card, it might create a ripple effect that is beyond our imagination!
More details about the (national or international, TBD) Refurbished Report Card Graduation Fest - soon. Stay tuned!
As you sure know, the ECN has been walking hand in hand with the US Government for quite a while. A second collection of this fruitful dialog between the two entities has been released by Alfassi Books community publishing house now and is available to read online or at the attached file for a limited amount of time! (time is inevitably limited). Read our letters to the NY DMV to issue our Adult Special Achievement stickers together with car registration stickers, to the Family Court to recognize our Chosen Family Affidavit adoption, the USDA to help us offer Karma Inspection, the emergency notice urging everyone to open carry musical instruments in public places and more letters and special announcements here or at the attached PDF. If you want an actual copy of the new book or other official documents - simply reply to this email with your info, address and booklets/documents you're interested at. Orders are based on the gift economy - you can either support my work via a Paypal donation to this email or pay it forward to someone else. Enjoy reading!
The Empowering Clerks Network recently issued documents at the vigil in memory of Samuel Harrell, who was beaten to death by officers in Fishkill NY Correctional Facility a year ago. We'd like to thank the Beacon Prison Action for organizing this incredibly important 5 days event, hunger strike and call to action to reform our "justice" system, which was also covered by Democracy Now. We hope to soon offer document issuing workshops at local prisons for inmates and officers and to create official documents about the War on Drugs and the tragic mass incarceration in the US. If you're interested in joining us in this effort or can help us offer this service to people who are currently or were incarnated in the past, please contact us.
With the joy of giving service,
Ori Alon (licensed Empowering Clerk #439372A)
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Happiness Insurance, Aunty adoption, OK Parent Award, Joy Permit and more from the Center for Supportive Bureaucracy (newsletter 3/5/2016)
Dear Empowerment Agent #441902/L,
Last week the ECN offered office hours and trained new Empowering Clerks at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. The new clerks-social workers will issue a variety of official documents to their clients, and we hope that such documentation will increase compassion and self acceptance statistics. We also offered office hours at the Clown Town Healing conference in Phoenix AZ, in which we issued and distributed thousands of Joy Permits, Adults Special Achievement Stickers, Certificates of Recognition and more. The weekend was led by the Certified Prophet, Dr. Patch Adams. Adams is a pioneer of bringing humor to medical practice, and the ECN journey of infusing joy and spirituality to paperwork is inspired by his life work. Watch the movie about him with Robin Williams here and the 'real' Patch Adams Ted Talk here.
The ECN recently started to work with a local Beacon NY doctor, Michael O'Brien MD, who will be establishing a new medical practice by the end of 2016. This collaborative will hopefully lead to efficient use of health related Playful Paperwork documents, for example the Happiness Insurance Card, Non Violence Prescription Form, Free Play Admission Ticket and more, with the assistance of our Secretary of Design, Ms Teafly. Obviously, more paperwork is needed in our health care system, and therefore the ECN now offers Happiness Insurance plan. If you have a Joy Permit, it's a good idea to insure it. You may choose your providers (people or actions that brings you happiness, like family, friends, creativity etc) and a copay method (things you're not thrilled about but do to maintain happiness like exercise or therapy). Your deductible is based on your Annual Karma Report (a formless form). The ECN-CSB UNITED takes no responsibility for your happiness, it is solely incumbent upon you to contact your providers in case of happiness reduction claims. You may file Form 77A to apply.
As you sure know, the CSB communicates regularly with the US Government, in the form of sending all sorts of offers to public servants. A collection of these letters appeared in Official Letters from the Empowering Clerks Network, including ideas likeissuing Joy Permits together with Building Permits, training the County Clerk as an Empowering Clerk (the G-786), reinterpretation of the Second Amendment as the right to express oneself creatively (as it is more powerful than firearms) and establishing a Federal Compassion Agency (FCA). If you enjoyed these letters, stay tuned for the new collection of this fruitful collaboration, coming this spring
We now also celebrate a variety of ECN Holidays, for example the 26th of each month is the ECN Love Yourself More Day. You can simply add the ECN calendar to your own calendar and receive notifications on special events, office hours and holidays. The ECN Calendar idea was brought to us by the professional Empowering Clerk Yoni Stadlin, founder of Eden Village (LLE) inspiring and wonderful summer camp.
PS - my comics collection Checkpoint Charlie was reviewed by The Great Red Oak Press. You can read the full review, 'Bleeding Between the Lines' here -
(...) "This is the truth that bleeds through the lines in Alon’s Checkpoint Charlie.
The title Checkpoint Charlie at first appears to be a reference to the ever famous American clown Charlie Chaplin, and it is in a way. Alon, like Bretch, is a huge fan of Chaplin and his disarming humor. Yet, then you turn the page your learn about the real Checkpoint Charlie… it is a place where an innocent man, a refugee from an oppressive society, was shot between the lines of two nation-states, and was left there to bleed to death between the lines, because everyone was too afraid to help or say something.
And this is where this art leaves us, bleeding between the lines of nation-states, those peculiar entities, in which all sensible people believe, which all purport to their citizens to exist as some sort of center for supportive bureaucracy. This art exposes the repulsiveness, absurdity, and pain beneath human fear.
Fear is what killed Peter Fetcher (the man who was trying to escape East Germany through Checkpoint Charlie).
Fear is what Ori Alon seeks for us to first feel (in the repulsion), then laugh at (in the humor), and then understand (in the bleeding through the lines on the page).
This is a comic book about America (and Israel), from an Israeli-American artist who deeply loves the people of those two places, as he deeply loves humanity, and his desperate cry to help us see each other as people again, and end war and militarism, and their mutual progenitor, fear." (...)
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