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Remembering Danny Bobis: A Life of Wealth, Weighed in Spirit

Danny Bobis was a fellow activist, a drummer, a husband, a surf coach, a math teacher, and a friend to countless people. Danny went missing almost two weeks ago while surfing in Indonesia and after an almost week-long search his body was discovered by a local fisherman. Our greatest fears were confirmed.

Danny’s right arm was tattooed with the message “Wealth is Weighed in Spirit” — a portion of the chorus from the title track of his band, Cipher’s, second full-length album, Children of God’s Fire. This proclamation was more than just a sing-along or mere tattooed lettering — these were words that Danny lived by and it is a sentiment echoed today in everyone whose life was touched by Danny’s.

Danny taught math and coached the surf team at Long Beach High School. When word arrived that Danny was gone, hundreds of his students gathered on the boardwalk for an impromptu candle light vigil, they were quickly joined by members of the community, surfers, activists and fans of his band. The gathering was an eye-opening summation of Danny’s spiritual wealth. If the people holding candles that night on the boardwalk made a point to touch only a fraction of the people that Danny did in his short life then tens of thousands of people would have their lives forever impacted.

It is people like Danny who are the game changers that will forever leave an impact on this world. In 2009 Danny helped launch a campaign with Sparrow Media that successfully halted the construction of an offshore Liquid Natural Gas substation slated to be built 13 miles south of Long Beach. In doing so he saved the fragile ecosystem of the Cholera Bank and secured the safety of Long Beach’s waters.  Danny also helped to organize fundraisers for Surf Aide International’s efforts to combat Malaria in South Asia.

 

For over a decade Danny’s band Cipher was, for many, their first taste of social justice activism, and for some the beginning of a life of charitable activism.  Danny used music as a medium for social change & education, playing benefit shows to fund relief efforts in the wake of hurricane Katrina or through helping to organize 100 Shows For Haiti. Cipher used their music as a means to educate at shows and Danny’s work as a teacher helped him to touch even more people.  Please join us in celebrating Danny’s life tomorrow at Laurelton Beach, NY.

The Bobis family would like to invite everyone reading this to a public memorial tomorrow, 8/7/2011 at 5:30pm at Danny’s hometown surf spot, Laurelton Beach, in Long Beach, NY (CLICK HERE FOR MAP & DIRECTIONS)  The entire community is invited. Join us as we honor a life of purpose and courage.

The memorial will be immediately followed by a paddle out to sea. All are invited to join. We will start promptly. For any questions, contact friendsofdannybobis@gmail.com”

 


The Sparrow Project has screen printed t-shirts and hand printed a limited run of posters on 12″ x 19″ french paper with the this image dedicated to Danny’s memory. All of the proceeds raised will go directly to Danny’s wife Rachel.

There are many benefits for the Bobis family planned for the near future.  To stay up-to-date about events in your area please check out the following links…

Daniel Bobis Fund Tumblr Page
Daniel Bobis Info Facebook Page
Alternative Press Benefit Raffle for Danny
Eastern Surf Magazine Benefit Roundup

 

We lost a shining example of a person when Danny passed.  We should strive every day to follow his example and continue to move this world as he would have.  If wealth is weighed in spirit then Danny’s legacy has left us all rich.


Cipher’s ‘Joyous Collapse’ is Making the Political, Personal

This week Sparrow’s Andy Stepanian highlighted the political punk band Cipher in an article he wrote for The Huffington Post. The article garnered a bit of attention for Cipher, which was the point …Cipher has always put sincerity, ethics, and substance before the fluff of the music industry, if only every band had the hearts that these guys have.  You can read the full article by clicking here.

 

Seminal New York hardcore punk band Cipher have always braided politics with their art, delivering a powerful message along side an equally brutal sound. Cipher has never shied away from the political aspects of their music, and in their most recent album, The Joyous Collapse, Cipher shifts their focus away from challenging the more obvious external institutions of oppression to some of the less obvious aspects of personal revolution. Each song on The Joyous Collapse is aimed at breaking down ones self and seeing where we as individuals directly and indirectly support oppression. Directly attacking ones own daily interactions with militarism, sexism, homophobia, and consumer culture, The Joyous Collapse forces us to ask ourselves, “where & how do I support suffering?”

 

The Sparrow Project thanks Cipher frontman, Maurice “Moe” Mitchell for inviting us into his life and sharing Cipher’s story with us. Please share this video with your friends & please show support for Cipher’s amazing efforts by downloading a song or the album off itunes today.

 

Cipher’s The Joyous Collapse is available at Itunes, and Amazon. Please support Cipher by buying the album today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can connect with Cipher on…
Facebook – facebook.com/​cipheronline
Twitter – twitter.com/​cipher_online
Merch via Big Cartel – cipher.bigcartel.com

 

Cipher’s Maurice Mitchell Heads Out On A Community Building Tour

Some folks in the music scene can get nostalgic from time to time and reminisce of the, “good old days” when rock was political and it, “meant something.” Cipher is one of those bands that brings back nostalgia far more vivid than the memories of the apple pies grandma used to make. For some it’s nostalgia for a place inside themselves where their hearts burned for what seemed for a minute to be tangible revolutionary social change in our lifetimes. It’s more than Cipher’s aggression, it’s more than their political content, and it’s more than the the way they braid musical genres at times creating their own. Cipher is music in action. Cipher would travel halfway across the country to play a show to one kid with in hopes that when she left the show that night she would take control over her destiny, pledging to fight for a better tomorrow. This is what sets Cipher apart, that, and the fact that they are always willing to try something new.

In the vein of trying something new Cipher’s frontman, Maurice (Moe) Mitchell decided to hit the road on a different kind of tour, a lecture & listening tour. At each stop Moe will be playing exclusive tracks off Cipher’s newest release, The Joyous Collapse, due to come out in May, 2010. He also will be speaking about the politics behind the songs, the “call for a new direction” in our music scene, and working to facilitate dialog aimed at community building at each stop. Check out Moe’s video above & contact listeningtour2009@gmail.com if you would like to bring Moe or the Cipher to your city.

Friday, October 30th, 2009 – Toronto

Sunday, November 1, 2009 – Houston, TX more info at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157803829754&ref=mf

Friday, November 6th, 2009 – Internationalist Books, Carborro, NC more info at http://www.internationalistbooks.org/

Monday, November 9th, 2009 – Albany, NY – SUNY Albany for more info contact Tim Larose at larosetim@yahoo.com

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 – Reclaiming the Right to Rock Conference, University of Indiana, Bloomington, IN for more info contact Dr. Mausby at maultsby@indiana.edu

For questions about the tour email: listeningtour2009@gmail.com

Envy on the Coast & Cipher Say No to LNG

Ryan Hunter of Envy on the Coast, Danny Bobbis of Cipher & members of the Surfrider Foundation Speak Out Against the Proposed Liquid Natural Gas Island 13 Miles South Of Long Beach

Ryan Hunter of Envy on the Coast Speaks out against the proposed construction, the effects on marine habitats, the toll of fossil fuels on human life & foreign policy & why you should contact Govenor Paterson and tell him to put an end to the proposed LNG island.

Envy on the Coast speaks out out against the proposed LNG island 13 miles south of Long Beach, NY. from Sparrow Media on Vimeo.SIGN THE PETITION! SCROLL DOWN FOR LINKS & RESOURCES ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED.

This plan is bad for the environment, ocean life, and beach goers. It poses a threat to security in the Northeast, and it broadens our dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels which can only lead to political tensions & potential future conflicts. Together we say NO TO LNG OFF OUR SHORES. There are a few easy ways to take action against this proposed plan to build an artificial island 13 miles south of Long Beach.

1.) SIGN THE PETITION ONLINE AT CARE2 http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/689151878 OR AT http://www.cleanoceanaction.org

2.) STAY UP TO DATE ON THE FIGHT TO STOP THE LNG ISLAND BY SIGNING UP ON FACEBOOK CAUSES http://apps.facebook.com/causes/193079

3.) WRITE TO GOVERNOR PATERSON BY MAIL OR EMAIL

Governor David A. Paterson

State Capitol

Albany, NY 12224

http://161.11.121.121/govemail (governor’s email form)

4.) NJ RESIDENTS WRITE TO GOVERNOR CORZINE

Governor Jon Corzine

Office of the Governor

PO Box 001

Trenton, NJ 08625

http://www.state.nj.us/governor/about/contact

5.) VOICE YOUR CONCERNS IN D.C.

Yvette M. Fields, Director

Office of Deepwater Ports and Offshore Activities

1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, W21-309 (MAR-530)

Washington, DC 20590

To view the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#docketDetail?R=USCG-2007-28535. Please wait as the page loads slowly even though it appears to be done loading.

To submit comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480946987 and follow the instructions.

6.) SHARE THIS VIDEO WITH OTHERS & TELL OTHERS ABOUT WHAT ENVY ON THE COAST, SPARROW MEDIA, CIPHER, SURFRIDER, & CLEAN OCEAN ACTION ARE TRYING TO DO. PLEASE SHARE THESE LINKS WITH OTHERS

http://www.SparrowMedia.net

http://www.cleanoceanaction.org

http://www.surfrider.org