Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Vow To Awaken

Vow To Awaken


Happy New Year 2014. I am writing you this with deep intention. My son and I woke up this New Year’s Day morning, did yoga and zazen. Now he is sitting down to write at the kitchen table, and I am in my easy chair next to my meditation space.

This is the year of Vow To Awaken. Two projects of mine have been up in the air, but I think, over the course of the last couple of months, that there is a way to focus them, to make them effective, and socially beneficial, by uniting them both under the banner of Vow To Awaken.

It’s just a phrase. It’s a little bit out there. It’s a little bit too spiritual for non-spiritual people. It’s empty now, but it’s open and can be filled with energy. It is a powerful name. It has become special to me. It’s an imperative. It’s a suggestion, and a subject.  It’s spiritual, sure, if you want to call it that. It’s also universal. It is designed for the sleeping, to rouse them. Earlier, in the debate with White Collar Crime, my band, about how we were going to change our name together, I suggested “A Word That Will Rouse Them” from the quote from the Book of Isaiah. “I have been given a well-trained tongue, that I may speak to the weary, a word that will rouse them.”

My zen practice has been transformative over the course of the last two and a half years. It helps me to clarify what is essential. My life overall can seem like an asteroid burning through the friction of the Earth’s atmosphere, crashing in flames through the air. I do things all the way, and my way is a way of too much. So I had to get sober, stop smoking herb, drinking Dogfish, although I loved those things, and couldn’t imagine giving them up on my own. But I found a universal spiritual practice called the Program, and the love of God flashes on me every day I open up to it, in the words and eyes of other people. I was given a path, a word, a chance to wake up. And so I woke up. Or began to.

With Nick and Elysia, I have been talking about starting a new newspaper here in NYC. The tentative name has been “The New York Transformer” but it’s a name that has always been a kind of a placeholder for me, good but not great. The ambitions of this paper are bigger than New York. To speak the truth in a time of universal deceit, to bring spirituality to the struggle against deception, to dig out a vision of deep politics, to confront the demonic forces of abuse, to tell the stories that unite us.  Vow To Awaken. Why not make the name of the paper that name, and unite the band and newspaper and other projects under one name, making them a new form of social movement? They will feed each other this way, and both become stronger for their association with each other.

A big part of the reason the band had to have a positive, strident name, was that I want a name that will last. Other band names that we debated were too negative. Coy, ironic and clever, but we have all had an overdose of those things in this world.

I am about to help Steve Olson Crazy Monk start his music company, and contribute to it as an artist as well. I have already helped Lo Nathamundi start his Kaleidoscope Community Yoga corporation, and our weekly phone meetings have gone very well, this Fall. I was right. What I saw on tour in May was right: I CAN actually spark people off, turn them into fellow asteroids, comets of fire. A lot of people are just waiting for the push: start your company, do your mission. Capital Cooperative Corporation is my baby, my construction and contracting company, and it’s doing so much more. It’s an incubator for spiritual, world-changing companies. Vow To Awaken. 2013 was just our entrance into the world stage.

I am planning a two week conference at the Dai Bosatsu Zendo, in the Catskill Mountains, for all people of peace, truth, and Awakening. October 3-12 are our tentative dates. Save those dates!

In 2014, I want to help Lo from Kaleidoscope do a small East Coast tour in the Spring.

I want us all to tour again, as The Truth Party, this Summer. What was The Truth Party? Well, in May 2013, it was just me, Crazy Monk, and Lo Nathamundi out on the road, in an old Dodge van, doing our thing. Speaking, rapping, doing yoga with people. And it worked. And it’s going to be bigger and better in 2014.

No one summed up that experience better than a certain young spiritual chocolate maker in sacred Portlandia. Lesley Beth wrote that her favorite memory of The Truth Party was:

“The time a small group of us held hands and took an oath that we would NEVER take some mediocre job we hate….
This is what the Truth Party was about to me. It's that accountability, that pact, that on the verge of each new moment we are beaming with trust, wisdom, and courage. In the spirit of Truth, I pray that each of us continues to find purpose in every moment and action no matter how seemingly mundane, and that we continue to breath in and out that spark of inspiration as it echoes into the grand macrocosm, interlinking us all, like a playful pose of Kaleidoscope yoga!

Vow To Awaken.

Sander Hicks
East 10th Street
New York, NY

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

THE MATRIX: the newspaper of truth

Recruiting for The Matrix:

New Newspaper about Peace and Truth 

We are starting a full color, high impact, socially empowering, spiritually curious, aggressively wonderful newspaper, social network, and website. We are about peace, truth, non-violence, social transformation, and personal improvement. We  break down barriers between ideologies. We free minds. It’s time to create a whole new reality.

We are looking for writers, artists, people to help out, people to sell ads, people with a deep commitment to social change. We are pro-freedom and pro-truth. We are pro-entrepreneurship, without being in favor of corporate capitalism, imperialism, and war. We are against domestic surveillance. We lean towards a new politics: committed to democracy, and deep freedom. We are skeptical of power, influenced by anarchism, civil libertarianism, but also interested in class consciousness. We are seeking to build a coalition of independent third parties. We aim to unite people around the simple ideals- peace, truth, freedom- these ideals forge the future.  Some of us were involved Occupy Wall Street, and want to take that urge to a whole new level of breakthrough. Occupy showed us that the masses are on our side. The new Bitcoin currency shows that free market mechanisms can support something disruptive that bypasses the economic status quo. It’s time for our society to experience some empowering, non-dogmatic, universal spiritual and economic development. It's time for the brilliance of fiery heroes.

Here's an excerpt from our upcoming story on Bitcoin:
Roger Ver, a charismatic Bitcoin investor known informally as “Bitcoin Jesus”  recently told the LeWeb 2013 conference, “One of the things governments around the world do currently is they finance their wars and the things that they do through inflation. The just print money for whatever it is that they want to spend it on. If the world were using Bitcoin that would no longer be a possibility. If you’re opposed to governments inflating money to pay for wars around the world, Bitcoin should be something you’re interested in.”

We plan to use a cooperative model. Once this project gets going, it will walk its talk: We will share the profits of each issue among the writers, artists, editors, designers, and ad sales people who help build the momentum. We will use worker democracy and consensus, as much as possible. We will also give due respect to the intense energy of individual artistic vision. We will be pragmatic and seek to get out one paper a month, for the first year, and grow it from there. As the newspaper grows in value, contributors will have a share in its profits, and ownership, through shares.

Peoples’ talents are the true assets. We are looking for people who want to get to know us, and then make a commitment to the project.

Our Philosophy of Small Business Advertising:

I’m Sander Hicks, an activist small business owner, independent publisher and licensed NYC contractor.

I know that advertising can help your small business. To get new customers, you need a chance to contact 50,000 people at once. We are here to help.

I used to run the Vox Pop Café in Brooklyn. I worked with my own local newspaper, New York Megaphone, and put a lot of little ads, in each issue of the paper. We offered coupons and discounts. We did it in every issue, and the Megaphone printed a ton of papers. It worked. Our revenue went up 45% in a year.

At The Matrix, we will work with our readers, our social networks, our email lists, our communities. We will do live events and have our advertisers meet our readers. We want long-term relationships with people, our coworkers, and our advertisers.

As Publisher of The Matrix, I will do everything I can to help your business. You support our paper, and we will use everything we can to help you win new customers.  We have 3,000 friends on facebook. We are a social network.

This is a great opportunity for those who embrace what we stand for, and share our vision. 

Let’s build this.


Sander Hicks

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fetzer Takes on Boston Bombing

I used to be professor Jim Fetzer's publisher. We did a book that took a hard look at the timley and 
mysterious plane crash death of Senator Paul Wellstone.

Ten years later, it's good to see that he's still at it, taking on the Boston Bombing in 
his new book, below. 

(Sure, some people don't love some of the directions he's taken in the always contentious fields of 9/11 Truth, but
let's put that aside for a moment, and look at Boston.)
Even if the 9/11 Truth Movement is recharging right now, maybe it's time for.... Boston Truth!


By Mike Palecek 

The Boston Marathon bombing of April 15th is "the most obvious 'false flag' attack in U.S. history," Dr. Jim Fetzer, a distinguished university professor and author of 20 books on artificial intelligence and cognitive science, says. The attacks, near the finish line of the annual event, killed three spectators and injured 264 more, forcing a halt to the race.

"The Boston bombing was an obvious staged event…where the perps were not those two (Tsarnaev) brothers but members of the paramilitary company Craft International," of Dallas, Tex., Fetzer writes in the new book "The Dynamic Duo"(CWG Press). Craft is a private mercenary firm that provides mercenaries to clients, and trains military fighters.

The official story is that the Tsarnaev brothers had pressure cooker bombs in their backpacks and left them (to explode), but Fetzer says, "its pretty bizarre these all these paramilitary guys are running around with big black backpacks and there's a picture of the exploded backpack that has a white square on it which is identical to the black backpack with a white square on it worn by one of the paramilitary (Craft) guys, and there's photos showing the surviving brother (Dzhokhar) leaving the scene apparently with his backpack still on." 

Fetzer said photographs show Craft personnel on the scene with backpacks that "were a match for one that exploded" but that the two backpacks that did explode "are not the same" as the one Dzhokhar was wearing." He goes on to say "They had Craft International paramilitary guys out there planting the bombs in full view…you can see them planting the bombs in the film." 

Fetzer also said he has videos of older brother Tamerlan being arrested and put naked into a police vehicle. One witness reportedly saw the police run over him repeatedly with an SUV."And after he's been arrested, he turns up dead, where his body has been brutalized and mutilated. Who else could have done this than the police?"

Alternative media, Fetzer said, "turned up photos of men in military garb and distinctive baseball caps that featured a skull logo, talking on cell phones and carrying backpacks that looked just like those that had been used in the bombings."

(Craft International's website explains its skull logo reflects its late founder Chris Kyle's "life and service," "mainly honors his fallen teammates" and is intended "to strike fear in the enemy.")

Fetzer writes there is no apparent motive for the brothers to plant bombs at the Boston marathon "but there is an urgent need for the Department of Homeland Security and FBI to concoct some fantastic scenario that will draw attention from the public's dawning realization…that Chechen terrorists had nothing to do with it."

"The Dynamic Duo" book may be ordered from Palecek is editor of the book.
This story prepared by Sherwood Ross Associates, media consultants. Contact Ross at to arrange for interviews.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

White Collar Crime to Open Up for Japanese Punk Legends Ultra Bidé

Come out to the Cake Shop, on Ludlow Street and Stanton, LES, NYC, this Saturday night, 10/26/13, 8 PM, to be sonically annihilated by the interstellar noise of Alternative Tentacles' Ultra-Bidé and the liberating art punk of White Collar Crime. Also playing is Paint Fumes, fuzzed out indie punk from the Carolinas.

White Collar Crime is the brainchild of Sander Hicks, the social activist who started indie publishing company Soft Skull Press, and the radical coffee shop Vox Pop. Hicks sings about the NYC police state, the 9/11 cover-up and his addiction to love, backed up by the tight organ-bass-drums trio of Dale, Jon and Nick. The songs are full of raw emotion and sharp lyrics. White Collar Crime's live performances are filled with intense energy. Brandon Stousey (now with Pitchfork) in year 2000 said, "My friend turned to me and said, 'this is the best band ever.' My neck was shivering and I was ready to storm the White House. "

Dale W. Miller of White Collar Crime says, "I went to check out Ultra Bidé at The Saint in Asbury Park and the energy they created was like nothing I have heard before. They are right up there with my favorite Japanese noise bands, Melt-Banana, Ruins and Boredoms. They go beyond. They will not let you down. The sound they create with just two basses, vocals & drums is full and powerful. They hit the stage hard and quick, like any punk band should, leaving you wanting more. I know this Saturday they will not disappoint."

Ultra Bide record for Alternative Tentacles Records, a label founded by Dead Kennedys front man Jello Biafra. Jello met White Collar Crime's Sander Hicks in 2004, outside Sotheby's auction house, where the two were protesting the auctioning off of Johnny Cash's memorabilia during the RNC convention. Audio of this imprompty interview here:

Paint Fumes are a full on overdriven fuzzed out punk band form Charlotte, North Carolina. Their stimulating sound reminds one of Thee Oh Sees or Ty Segall.  The Trio consist of two guitarists and a drummer yet their sound is huge. CD out on Slovenly Records.

For More Info: Contact Skyler, indie rocker moonlighting as publicist   

561 674 7453
Links to Music on Web: Ultra Bidé ,
White Collar Crime,
Sander Hicks new songs