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Message from the Editor - SPECIAL BULLETIN on Websters

Dear Voices Reader,

    Circumstances came to light right after we published July 1 that cause us to alert you to an important situation: Webster's Bookstore Cafe in downtown State College has been given 30 days' notice to vacate due to falling behind on rent (although full payment was eventually offered to the landlord).

    Voices was the first in the county to post this news to our website and Facebook page and start getting the word out, but due to our volunteer workforce and the summer holidays, we don't have people on the ground reporting. We do have Art Goldschmidt and other Voices supporters actively helping owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus. To that end:

   1. Elaine has requested that Webster's supporters write a 500-word letter about what Webster's means to you and deliver it to the store (or email to  so she can use it with banks, future landlords or even the current landlord to get an extension.
    2. She also has asked people to buy books (1/2 off) to help her liquidate.
    3. And we ask you to sign the petition being circulated now and during Arts Fest  so that it may also be used in support of Webster's. The paper petition is down at the bookstore, but if you can't get to town to sign that please sign this online petition:

 Save Websters Bookstore Cafe - the online petition
   4. Read more »

Will WEBSTERS Cafe and Bookstore be forced to close?

Will Webster's Cafe and Bookstore be forced to close?  (this message is being passed around the local networks...)

One of the most popular local establishments and the last locally-owned used bookstore in the region is facing eviction, according to co-owner Elaine Meder-Wilgus who was putting the word out to customers today.

What will customers do to help keep Webster's open? One option is to let the process play out, but the other is to organize. It's time to see if State College is ready for a fight, the fight to keep the home base of progressive everything alive and thriving, to demand the landlord renew the lease and to allow Elaine and Co. to continue her business along the plan the landlord had agreed to.
Aaron Drive and her warehouse are not closing - but according to Elaine the Allen Street location is apparently the cash flow driver for all three locations.

Journalism news, progressive journalist fired for "excess objectivity"?

An interesting bit of news floating thru the internet journalism community, about Atlanta Progressive News senior journalist Jonathan Springston losing his job.

"In an e-mail statement, editor Matthew Cardinale says Springston was asked to leave APN last week “because he held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News.”"


As many of our readers know, we are in the midst of a major website redesign and relaunch that will result in new content and new forms of content, as well as tools to empower our readers to meaningfully participate in the democratic process. Part of that has meant going back to our core mission and re-examining how every part of what we do is consistent with, and advances, that mission.

In the end, we had to make a very difficult decision to move forward as a publication without Jonathan Springston. Last Wednesday, we informed him it seemed more appropriate if he found work with another publication or started his own publication.

At a very fundamental, core level, Springston did not share our vision for a news publication with a progressive perspective. He held on to the notion that there was an objective reality that could be reported objectively, despite the fact that that was not our editorial policy at Atlanta Progressive News. Read more »

Anybody else love the blues? Here's a free blues mp3

We get a lot of strange stuff in our email inbox - so when I saw this promo I was about to hit delete.

But I like the Blues. So I listened. This was actually a prety good tune - and its free,


To show both respect and allegiance for the great city of New Orleans & the Super Bowl-bound New Orleans Saints, Brother Dege (aka Dege Legg from the Louisiana-based bands Santeria and Black Bayou Construkt) is offering his new song "The Battle of New Orleans" as a free mp3 download. This harrowing, stripped-down Delta-blues track was inspired by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and is from his forthcoming solo full-length Folk Songs Of The American Longhair (out Feb. 16th through Golarwash Labs and Records).

To download Brother Dege's "The Battle of New Orleans" MP3
(please feel free to post on your music site/blog for your viewers):

Get ready for some raw dirt, railroad pounding, swamp-fried, Louisiana-meets-the-Mekong Delta blues music. This ain’t no cowboy chording blues cheese. This is the REAL deal.

Notice - VOICES has outgrown it's servers, expect problems and a move.

Traffic to the VOICES website has increased dramatically, and we have outgrown the servers we have used for many years. We are planning a move in the next few days, so unfortunately you can expect some periods of down time. Hopefully before long we will be settled into a new home.

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