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Welcome to the re-branding 
of Big Tea Party as
SLAW.me

ABOUT: SLAW me is a how-to for real people trying to survive in a really stupid world. We produce edge-u-cational videos for television, the internet, public screenings, the classroom and home use. We also write informational articles, develop delicious and healthy recipes, play in our gardens, take lots of still photos and create music! (more)

How The Tea Party ruined Big Tea Party, 
or how Big Tea Party became SLAW.me: 
Unfortunately, there was another Tea Party 
lurking in the background (more)

About Elizabeth Fiend: Elizabeth Fiend is an educator, filmmaker, author, musician and artist (more)

About Valerie Keller:  Valerie Keller has been editing films and videos since 1989, and creating her own delightfully oddball work for the past several years (more) 

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Screening and Activist Networking with Legal Q&A free

July 7th (Thurs) – 6:30 pm – PhillyCam, 699 Ranstead Street, Philly

“Connecting Movements and Media Makers, + legal Q&A”

In preparation of the upcoming protests during the Democratic National Convention PhillyCam hosts an evening to network, and learn via a look back at the protests in Philly during the Republican National Convention in 2000. Plus Q&A featuring RNC video producers Elizabeth Fiend and Valerie Keller, economic-rights activist Cheri Honkala, and Jody Dodd activist-legal-advisor.

Backstory of the Protests at the Republican National Convention, Philly, 2000:

“We were riding an exciting wave of mass direct actions against global capitalism following the previous November’s actions which shut down the meetings of the World Trade Organization in Seattle and large scale street actions against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in DC. 

While activists from Philadelphia and afar were organizing to shut down the city in August 2000 and simultaneously helping with vast logistical needs for the multitude of other protests and actions that week in Philly, the Philadelphia Police Department (in tandem with the District Attorney’s office and judges) were planning repression on a scale we hadn’t anticipated.” For more on the backstory click here.

Program: Networking, Q&A 
with video Producers, Activists and Legal Advisers 

Screening of Unconventional Coverage, SLAW.me’s award winning commentary on the protests during the Republican National Convention

and Skylight Pictures Battle for Broad, from the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC)

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About our video:

“Unconventional Coverage:

The Message and the Means”

Says “The Chicago Tribune:” [speaking of video host Elizabeth Fiend]  “Her documentary on the demonstrations protesting the Republican Convention in Philadelphia was pretty much the only coverage I can remember that actually told you what the protesters were protesting.”

For more videos click here

This hour long commentary, was filmed during the protests that erupted when the Republicans first nominated George Bush for president at their national convention in Philadelphia in 2000.

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J-WALK THE MUMMERS

Do this now – show up – have fun!

$20 Register Here.

Pre-registration to be in the parade is mandatory. Deadline is NOVEMBER 18th!

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Badges will be given out on New Years Day, Jan. 1, 2017 AT THE PARADE.

The $20 fee gets you into in the January 1, 2017 Mummer’s Parade and an official Mummer’s badge that you’ll pick up at the parade (and is yours to keep). The cost helps cover backdrops, props, crowd swag and a donation to the food pantry PHILABUNDANCE. [Complete info at the end of this post.]


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JOIN the Vegetable Club $6
NO REFUNDS   
1. Type your name in the box (this is how we'll know you're registered).
2. Print your receipt for proof of payment, and bring it to the Club.
(You can 'give' this to someone else, just have your friend tell us the name 
used to purchase the it. ID will not be checked.)

MY NAME IS:


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Democracy and the 51ft Inflatable Joint Come to the Mummers Parade
The 51ft inflatable joint comes to the Mummers Parade to celebrate the decriminalization of pot in Philly, and the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania
• Anyone can be in the parade
Registration Deadline is Nov. 18th
• $20 fee = entrance to the parade and a contribution to the food pantry Philabundance
Register here
Facebook: J-Walk the Mummers 
Be involved in helping to normalizing the use of marijuana

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The big joint made its Philadelphia debut at the Democratic National Convention this summer. Now, it’s helping to democratize America’s longest continuing folk parade, the Mummers Parade, thanks to Vegetable-Activist Elizabeth Fiend and Philadelphia Pranking Authority founder Miss Fidget.
More about the Mummers Parade

The Mummers Parade has long been reserved for existing Mummers Clubs, their relatives, neighbors and friends. That’s all changed this year when the Philadelphia Pranking Authority opens the door to allow ANYONE to join in the fun. And fun it will be as the 51 foot inflatable joint makes its way down Broad St. on New Year’s Day.

Celebrating the decriminalization of marijuana in Philadelphia and the legalization of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania these pranksters intend a joyous strut which will mark the first time the giant-j will make an appearance, not in a protest, but in a mainstream event. The city signed-off on the big-j’s inclusion in the parade at an October Mummer’s Sensitivity Training. Says Miss Fidget, the Philadelphia Pranking Authority Captain, “Anyone can be a Mummer! We keep it cheap, easy and fun. For seven years our diverse group of weirdos has marched in the parade wearing homemade costumes. We barely practice. We’re not like other Mummers.” More about The Philadelphia Pranking Authority

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Vegetable-Activist Elizabeth Fiend in the 2011 Mummers Parade

Why bring the big joint to the Mummers Parade? For the past seven years, says Elizabeth Fiend, I’ve been bringing my One Woman Vegetable Awareness Campaign to the Mummers Parade. Unhealthy diets take a terrible toll on the individual, but also society as a whole. Costs related to obesity alone now surpass $27 billion per year — add in the cost of diabetes and heart disease and we’re talking big bucks. But most people react to any mention of vegetables as completely annoying. So, I came up with this unique campaign to get people to think of vegetables in places where they normally never would — like the Mummers Parade. I do it in utterly ridiculous ways which works better than nagging. At first people looked quizzical or reacted in a hostile way. But in the last few years more and more people give me the thumbs up as I engage the crowds in the ever present down time of the parade asking people to call out their favorite vegetable. And now dear reporter help me with my campaign by mentioning vegetables in your article. More about the financial and personal cost of a poor diet: obesity, heart disease, diabetes

When Elizabeth Fiend contacted Philadelphia celebrity-stoners, Nikki Allen Poe who is in possession of the giant joint and Chris Goldstein, the two men most influential in helping Mayor Jim Kenney (then City Councilman) understand the benefits of decriminalizing marijuana, Chris said “OMG we can definitely make that happen! No kidding, I’ve been wanting to have a Marijuana Mummers troupe for years :)” Pot-photog, Mike Whiter, founder and activist at Pennsylvania Veterans for Medical Marijuana will be documenting the event. More about the financial and personal cost of the War on Drugs: mass incarceration, institutionalized racism

Is getting the word VEGETABLE in the media the only reason for bring the giant joint to the Mummers Parade? No, there’s another reason and that’s normalization of marijuana use. Since forever, recreational marijuana has been illegal in the United States. Although medical marijuana has been legal in California for 20 years the East Coast has a whole different vibe, maintaining the status quo that if pot is illegal the people who smoke it must be bad. Pot smokers have been forced underground.

You would never be embarrassed to share that you consume alcohol in moderation and the same should be said of pot. You would never be embarrassed to wear a Budweiser tee. OK actually you should be very embarrassed to sport Bud paraphernalia – but a tee from some microbrewery would be worn without hesitation, and pot should be treated in the same way.

This is the start. Whether you smoke pot for relaxation, to get uplifted, or for a myriad of medical reasons like relief from pain or anxiety NOW IS YOUR TIME. Everyone is invited to march in the parade with us and spread the word to the general public that marijuana use is decriminalized in Philly, and medical marijuana will begin in 2017 in Pennsylvania. Come out, literally and figuratively, celebrate this amazing plant and have a hell of a lot of fun! Non-pot smokers welcome too.

How to prepare and what to expect day of the parade: registration info, costumes, signs, transportation etc.

Registration is mandatory and ends November 18th
Click Here To Register  http://slaw.me/j-walk-the-mummers/
Registration costs $20
The $20 fee gets you into in the January 1, 2017 Mummer’s Parade and an official Mummer’s badge that you’ll pick up at the parade (and is yours to keep). The cost helps cover backdrops, props, crowd swag, and a donation to the food pantry PHILABUNDANCE.

Join us on FaceBook at: J-Walk the Mummers 

About the Mummers Parade 
About vegetable-activist Elizabeth Fiend
About The Philadelphia Pranking Authority
About the food pantry Philabundance

A look at what our future could be if pot was legalized in Pennsylvania

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J-WALK THE MUMMERS

You Can Be In the Mummers Parade With the 52 ft. Inflatable Joint!

Name of Mother Club: LANDI

Name of Brigade/Group/Act: The Philadelphia Pranking Authority

Captains’ Name: Elizabeth Fiend/Miss Fidget

Theme Title: CON GAME

click here : REGISTER BY NOVEMBER 18th to be in the parade! 

Theme Concept:

There’s plenty of CON-GAMES in the world and we’re going to celebrate/make fun of some of them!

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Leeway presents an exhibition in conjunction with Philadelphia Open Studio Tours 2011

and BIG TEA PARTY ARTIST TALK with ELIZABETH FIEND

ARTIST TALK: Wed. Nov. 9th, 6-8pm: Elizabeth Fiend, Anula Shetty, and Michelle Myers –FREE

AT: Leeway Foundation, 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832, Philly

ELIZABETH FIEND: GONZO HEALTH and ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST
Elizabeth is an educator, filmmaker, author, musician and artist. She currently specializes in film making, writing and motivational speaking and aspires to be an agent of social change who uses artistic expression combined with extensive research and reliable information to improve the health of individuals, the community and the planet. Elizabeth conceives, writes, produces and hosts how-to videos that encourage people to use their own imagination, skill and energy to advance not only their lives but the community around them and ultimately the planet. Elizabeth’s goal is to promote a sustainable living trinity – good health, environmentalism and community activism, a practical, rewarding lifestyle where ones actions won’t have a negative effect on future generations.
Click here for more on Elizabeth

COME MEET and  TALK with this  INTERESTING WOMAN!

Facebook event info click here

The Leeway Foundation supports women and transgender artists who create social change. Our fall exhibit, Tongue-in-Cheek, features works by ten artists—the majority of whom are previous recipients of Leeway grant and award programs—exploring playful, whimsical images and concepts through diverse mediums such as painting, photography, screenprinting, puppetry and video.

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Enjoy Some Photos From the Miss Rockaway Armada Bike Parade!

Posted by: Elizabeth Fiend

Elizabeth Fiend: Eat More Vegetables; Tax the Rich; Feed the Poor

Hey Philly People:

!!!Second parade Sat., Sept. 10 thru Fishtown!!!

I’m getting together a group to join in the Ms Rockaway Armada Parade.
A rare NIGHTTIME parade in Philly!
INVITE ANYONE, HAVE SOME FUN.

Saturday, September 3 · 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Parade Starts: 313 Broad St (near Spruce) an empty lot next to U of Arts.

Finishes at: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Avenue, West Philly.

Posted by: Elizabeth Fiend

If you don’t want to be IN the parade, come watch! Map of route at end of post.

The Deal: Decorate your bike and your-self in any ole way, free-form, up to you.
Our theme (required – two things: lights and a lighted paper lantern): your bike and your-self must be lighted – battery LED’s, fairy-lights, el-wire, glow sticks, fiber optics AND must include a lighted paper lantern. Need help decorating? Comment below and we’ll answer.

From the parade organizers: The basic premise is that the entire parade is bike mounted, participants and all, as it rolls from Broad and Spruce at 5 pm; after a puppet making fair hosted by Spiral Q. Along the way, the parade participants will encounter various surprises like large puppet monsters, marching bands, dancers and short performance from the sidewalks. Think of it as a parade in reverse, or a tour of a magical Philadelphia from an alternate dimension. We also want to make the mounted parade group festive as well, so your group could really help make that happen. The parade ends with performances in Clark Park about 1 to 1.5 hours later.

!!!Optional second parade Sat., Sept. 10 thru Fishtown!!!

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HaPPY EaRTH DaY!
Love, BiG TeA PaRtY Sustainable Living
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Event: To coincide with Poetry Month and First Friday in Old City Philadelphia
BiG TeA PaRtY Sound Artist Allen Fiend on Poetry

April Fools Viewing Party at PhillyCAM hosted by DJ K-Tell
April 1, 5:30-8:30, FREE (no joke)
PhillyCAM Studio at the Painted Bride, 232 Vine Street, Philadelphia

at 6:50 Poetry with BiG TeA PaRtY sound designer Allen Fiend,

video clips from BiG TeA PaRtY “Unconventional Coverage” and “Chew on This”

plus BiG TeA PaRtY host Elizabeth Fiend’s Favorite Vegetable Quiz “What’s Yours?”

An evening showcasing live performance, poetry & fun.

IN PERSON: To coincide with Poetry Month and First Friday in Old City, PhillyCAM presents a special program of April Folly on Friday April 1st from 5:30 pm – 8:30pm.

ON TV: Philadelphia Community Access Media cablecasts on Comcast 66/966 and Verizon FIOS 29/30.

Watch the show on TV or get out and about and see it live and meet producers in person at the PhillyCAM studio 232 Vine Street. Highlights include selections from PhillyCAM’s recurring series Miles of Music, Dumpsta Players Presents, Big Tea Party, and Dance Connection plus the latest video about PhillyCAM’s current art exhibition with Theodore Harris.

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BiG TeA PaRtY Sustainable Living’s “It’s Elemental”

First Friday at PhillyCam — Oct. 1; 5:30-7:30

Watch In Person: PhillyCAM studio 232 Vine Street, Painted Bride Arts Center

or On TV: Philadelphia Community Access Media cablecasts on Comcast 66/966 and Verizon FIOS 29/30.

PhillyCAM First Friday October Viewing Party : An evening showcasing Sustainability  hosted by social commentator Desire Grover, producer of GhettoPrint and Community Organizer for the Energy Justice Network.

LEARN HOW TO LIVE A MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY or GREEN LIFE

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GRAPHICS BY: VaLerie K

BiG TeA PaRtY Sustainable Living’s “It’s Elemental”

This video introduces you to concepts that lead to living a more environmentally friendly or ‘green’ life. This video is full of information about specific environmental problems as well as easy ways you can combat issues like air pollution, impurity of our water supply and mass production of food grown with pesticides and lacking in taste and nutrition. This video promotes the idea that there are a lot of simple things each individual can do every day to reduce his or her impact on the planet. The video uses humor, quick editing, music and stimulating visuals all designed to engage teenagers as well as their families. (more…)

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