OTHER WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE WORLD

(in English y Español)

How to read this page:  The Spanish translation, by Cuban poet Manuel Verdecia, will usually appear several days after the English post.  Scroll down to other, earlier entries in English and Spanish.

September 2015


The Universal Virgen de Humanidad
by Alvaro Chavarin

Ancestors Never Sleep

© 2015 by Alice Walker

Ancestors never sleep
And always seem to know
What they’re doing.
How is this possible?
I ask myself.
Sometimes I am weary
Enough to expire -
What a relief
I will think.  No more obsessing
About this madness;
Whatever it might be
This year, or even this century.
But ancestors merely
Yawn
And send me off
For a nap…

Continue Reading Ancestors Never Sleep

 

 August 2015

Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler Support the Iran Nuclear Deal 2015 August

Especially To The Toddlers of Iran ( And Other Countries )

And Those Just Learning To Ride Bikes

©2015 by Alice Walker

It is the Wellbeing
Of your country
So far
Away
I may
Only have
Been there
In
My dreams
That
Lets
Me
Sleep
At
Night.

 

ESPECIALMENTE PARA LOS NIÑOS PEQUEÑOS DE IRÁN
(Y OTROS PAÍSES)
Y A ESOS QUE AHORA APRENDEN A MONTAR BICICLETA

©2015 Alice Walker

Es el bienestar
de su país
tan
distante
que solo
puedo haber
estado allí
en mis sueños
lo que
me deja
dormir
en mis
noches.

 

Code Pink Action Page: WOMEN SUPPORT THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

LAS MUJERES APOYAN EL ACUERDO NUCLEAR CON IRÁN

Nosotras las mujeres apoyamos el acuerdo Nuclear con Irán. Decimos “No” a la guerra y “Sí” a la diplomacia.

Después que un acuerdo nuclear se alcanzara con Irán y se aprobara de forma unánime por el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU, políticos, expertos y grupos de cabildeo con intereses especiales estadounidenses están presionando al Congreso para que rechace el acuerdo. Algunos de estos individuos y organizaciones organizaron la invasión a Irak, que cuesta incontables vidas, más de $3 mil millones de dólares al contribuyente norteamericano  y le despejó el camino al Estado Islámico para que emergiera con sostenidas conscuencias devastadoras para Irak, Siria y toda la región.

Lee MasLas Mujeres Apoyan El Acuerdo Nuclear Con Irån

 

The Future Captured In A Heartless Fist

 

David Birkett posted this Video “Make Up Your Own Mind…”

The Future Captured In A Heartless Fist

©2015 by Alice Walker

Somehow it is left to us
This most hopeful of generations
To bear
The unbearable.
We do not need to have given birth
To the children
Who are being destroyed
To know they are our children
Not only in the present and the past
But certainly in the future.
All children are connected at birth
To all the others ever to arrive.
Their faces turned upward
Toward the parents all grown-ups were meant to be.
How can you separate your child
From mine?
Little one, they have captured you…

Read the full poem The Future Captured In A Heartless Fist and en Español

“No Words except Judeo-Nazis” a post from Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Jerusalem
Do not watch Make Up Your Own Mind…Video unless you feel strong.

 

 

Julian Bond 1963 Alice Walker - AliceWalkersGarden.com

Julian Bond 1940-2015

Julian

The first time I sang
“We Shall Overcome”
Was in a circle
On the lawn of Trevor Arnett Library
At Atlanta University
And by chance
I was holding
Your hand.
We were all so young,
Julian,
And so hopeful
In our solidarity.
I stumbled over some of the words
In the new to me
Song…

Continue Reading the Full Poem for Julian y en Español

 

Desert Rose Welcome the Light Music CD

If you want to live

your soul, find

a friend and

stay near.

-Rumi

Sometimes the “friend” is music.  And so in this glorious month of August, the month of fullest moons and golden suns, I am staying near this music:  Welcome the Light, by Desert Rose.  The voice of Yusuf Ganief on a CD produced by his partner Lynne Holmes, is experienced as intense steadiness in praise of bowing to the Inner Self, om namah shivaya, the inner light and guidance that is affirmed by meditation.

(See Other People’s Everything, Inc. in menu bar.)

Si quieres vivir tu
alma, halla un amigo y
permanece junto a él.

Rumi

A veces “amigo” es música. Y por eso en este glorioso mes de agosto, el mes de las lunas más plenas y los soles más dorados, permanezco junto a esta música: Bienvenida la luz (Welcome the Light) de Desert Rose. La voz de Yusuf Ganief en un CD producido por su compañera Lynne Colmes se siente como serenidad intensa en alabanza al Yo interior (om namah shivaya), la luz ínterior y la guía que se reafirma a través de la meditación.

https://soundcloud.com/desertrose-southafrica/sets/welcome-the-light-gayatri

(Vea Other People´s Everything, Inc. “Todas las cosas de otra gente” en la barra de menú.)

 

July 2015

Revised Dash Cam Video Shows Arrest of Alleged Suicide Victim

Nation of Change, July 23, 2015

SandraBland72315

For me, only Stevie Wonder’s voice helped.  ISN’T SHE LOVELY!  ISN’T SHE BEAUTIFUL!  Try it.   Weeping goes better with love.

 

Beverly’s Dancing Shack for Alice

Beverly’s Dancing Shack for Alice

 

Beverly Buchanan, Artist, 1940-2015

©2015 by Alice Walker

Someone who knew me well
And that I’d lived
In many a gray shack
My mother transformed
With flowers
Took me to your house
To meet you:
To see the shacks
You rescued from our shame
And transformed with your wit,
Small nails, old boards,
And paint.
I was enchanted to see
My mother’s magic
Emerge
From the end
Of your brush…

Continue Reading Beverly Buchanan, Artist, 1940-2015 

 

 

WHAT DOES THE AWAKENED PERSON DO?

Listening to the voices that are vilified.

          

Savior’s Day, 2012

Obama, Global Depopulation, & America’s

Shadow Gov’t

I admire Farrakhan because he loves black people as I do.  Loving us he feels it his duty to share the most bitter of truths.  It is inevitable perhaps that we disagree on a number of issues, including some of my work, which he has criticized, but on this love for our people we are united.  I take comfort  in  his courage, his intelligence and his wit.  It is easy to see why, when he was a calypso singer, he was called “the charmer.”  He also plays classical violin, as I learned from an interview on Sway in the Morning during a discussion of hip-hop culture and the lethal control of black music by the recording industry.

Some of the information in this talk will be as surprising to the 99% as to the 1%.  Stick with it through the parts that feel challenging to you. Learning from people we don’t understand is crucial to our survival.

Depopulation Blues #2

©2015 by Alice Walker

They want to kill
All the world’s people
Simply to take what they have.
It is no longer mysterious.
We know the murders are not done
Because someone is wearing
A towel.
They are not done because
There is a threat
To our sad, empty, treacherous
Way of life…

Continue Reading Shadow Gov’t Voices that are Vilified, Depopulation Blues #2 full post and en Español

 

 

WHAT DOES THE AWAKENED PERSON DO?

A Socialist Surge in the U.S.? Bernie Sanders Draws Record Crowds, Praises

Greek Anti-Austerity Vote

Democracy Now! July 7, 2015

A breath of fresh air in America’s bought and sold politics.  Bravo, Bernie Sanders!  Bravo Greece! (Though the anti-austerity vote of the people was ignored within days by the Greek government).

¿QUÉ HACE LA PERSONA ILUMINADA?

¿Una oleada socialista en los Estados Unidos? Bernie Sanders atrae récord de multitudes, encomia el voto griego contra la austeridad.

¡Democracia ahora! 7 de julio de 2015.

Un bocado de aire fresco en la política norteamericana.

 

JUNE 2015

WHAT DOES THE AWAKENED PERSON DO?

Watch Badass Woman Scale Statehouse Flagpole, Take Down Confederate Flag

—By  | Sat Jun. 27, 2015 12:18 PM EDT

A woman named Bree Newsome just scaled the flagpole in front of the South Carolina state capitol and took down the Confederate flag. She was then arrested.

Little sister, “badass” doesn’t come close to what you are.  How deep is our river?

Your elders look on you with such love, so much emotion, so much joy.  You are a flower that has bloomed regardless of endless winter, a sunbeam that has escaped the avalanches of snow.  You are our flag.  It is you, as yourself, as your history and culture, outrage and sorrow, we salute.  Blessed be.

As for your partner in liberation, James Tyson, we embrace, honor, and cherish him as well.

 

¿Qué hace la persona consciente?

Vean a la mujer “fiera”* trepar al asta de la bandera del Edificio de Gobierno y arriar la bandera confederada.
Por Madre Jones
Sábado 27 de junio, 2015, 12:18 P.M.

Una mujer nombrada Bree Newsome hace poco escaló el asta de la bandera frente al Capitolio del estado de Sur Carolina y arrió la bandera confederada. Luego fue arrestada.

Hermanita, “fiera” no se acerca a lo que eres. ¿Cuán profundo es nuestro río?

Tus mayores te miran con mucho amor, mucha emoción, mucha alegría. Eres una flor que has brotado a pesar del interminable invierno, un rayo de sol que ha sorteado las avalanchas de la nieve. Tú eres nuestra bandera. Eres tú, tu propio ser, así como tu historia y tu cultura, tu indignación y tu dolor, lo que saludamos. Bendita seas.

Respecto a tu compañero en la liberación, JamesTyson ,lo abrazamos, honramos y apreciamos a él también.

* Traducción muy aproximada para una palabra ofensiva con que se habla de alguien muy agresivo, intimidante.

 

WHAT DOES THE AWAKENED PERSON DO?

Outrage in Charleston— This IS America!

Statement by Carl Dix

Carl Dix is the co-founder of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network and a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

Carl Dix

Carl Dix

Outrageous! A white supremacist motivated by racist venom enters Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, during a Bible study class. He sits down with people there for a while and then starts shooting them, murdering six Black women and three Black men. He calmly reloaded in the course of carrying out these foul murders, telling his victims that he had to do this “because you [meaning Black people] rape our women and are taking over our country”!

Mass murder carried out in a church… Continue Reading This IS America! Statement by Carl Dix

¿QUÉ HACE LA PERSONA ALERTA?

Atrocidad en Charleston. Esto ES Estados Unidos.

Declaración de Carl Dix

Carl Six es el co-fundador de la Red Detengan los Encarcelamientos Masivos y representante del Partido Comunista Revolucionario de los estados Unidos.

¡Atroz! Un supremacista blanco incitado por el veneno racista entra a la Iglesia Metodista Episcopal Africana Emmanuel en Charleston, Sur Carolina, durante una lección de estudios bíblicos. Se sienta allí junto a las personas por un rato y luego comienza a dispararles, matando a seis mujeres y tres hombres negros. Calmosamente, recarga su arma mientras lleva a cabo estos horrendos asesinatos, diciéndoles a sus víctimas que tiene que hacer esto “porque ustedes (refiriéndose a las personas de color) violan a nuestras mujeres y se están apropiando del país”.

Matanza colectiva cometida en una iglesia…Sigue Leyendo Esto ES Estados Unidos! Declaración de Carl Six

 

WHAT DOES THE AWAKENED PERSON DO?

A small prayer circle forms nearby where police are responding to a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston

photo by AP/David Goldman or Reuters/Randall Hill (!)

THE CIRCLE

©2015 by Alice Walker

I myself do not believe

In political parties

Comprised, generally, in my experience, of so

Many who

Are not awake.  Still, all options must be

Presented by those who care.

An unbalanced wakefulness

Can be as treasonous

As blind sleep…

Continue Reading THE CIRCLE poem and translation into Español

 

 

What Does the Awakened Person Do?

Stitching Korea Back Together

Our Mission

On May 24, 2015, thirty international women peacemakers from around the world walked with Korean women, north and south, to call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea. We held international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where we listened to Korean women and shared our experiences and ideas of mobilizing women to bring an end to violent conflict. We successfully crossed the 2-mile wide De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) that separates millions of Korean families as a symbolic act of peace.

2015 marks the 70th anniversary of Korea’s division into two separate states by Cold War powers…

Continue Reading Stitching Back Korea, Commentary & en Espanol

I was not among these determined women who crossed the DMZ, except in spirit.  I lost two brothers and a brother in law to the war against Korea.  They returned alive in body but severely disturbed in mind and soul.  Boys who had grown up on a farm, they had never heard of Korea until they learned they were being sent there…

Continue Reading Stitching Back Korea, Commentary & en Espanol

 

 

May 2015

Shall We Go Down Asleep?

 

 

Or Awake?

©2015 by Alice Walker

 

Until I met the historian Howard Zinn, at seventeen, I had never encountered a white person, especially a white man who identified as white, who didn’t seem frightening.  I had every reason to feel this way, as history proves.  There were of course “white looking” people, my mother’s midwife buddy and her family, for instance, who were not feared, because as highly respected farmers and healers, they inspired respect.  Whether we even wondered why they were not brown skinned and spiral* haired like us, is doubtful; no one spoke of the rapes that black people – countless women and children but also men – endured at the hands of white rapists; nor of interracial passion and love, the latter of which I learned as an adult accounted for the straight hair and pale skin of the midwife’s children.

My mother had an almost friend in the person of Miss Janie, a white woman who lived down the road from us, but their inequality was obvious…

Continue Reading  Or Awake? White fear and greed holding us back

 

 

The King Has Gone Away For Good:  Long Live the King!

BB King

 

The King Has Gone Away For Good:  Long Live the King!

©2015 by Alice Walker

Imagine, BB King,

I have listened to you and Lucille

My whole life.

Sometimes when I have had the blues

I have listened to you

And thought:

It can’t be all bad;

I am on the planet while he is here too

And he is singing!

Continue Reading The King Has Gone Away For Good:  Long Live the King! en español tambien

 

 

EVERY WORD THIS WOMAN SAYS

IS SACRED IN THE BOOK OF PEACE

PART TWO:  THE FUTURE OF BDS

The duty to support the BDS movement

Nurit Peled-Elhanan.

EP laureate  of the Skharov prize for human rights and the freedom of speech

On the 15th of April 2015 the Israeli supreme court approved the bill defining as criminal offense the call to boycott Israeli institutions and organizations or people who cooperate with the occupation. People who call for boycott of settlements products or support the BDS are liable to stand trial in Israel. On the 16th of April the court approved the bill allowing the state to confiscate Palestinian houses and assets in East Jerusalem if they choose to live elsewhere for more than 3 months. This law, which has allowed Israel to confiscate most of Palestinian property since 1948 is called “the law of assets of absentees.” It is time the world knows that all Palestinian “absentees” are not absent but present and that robbing them of their assets and land is a crime against humanity.

But Palestinian “absentees” can also be present according to Israeli law. That is why Israel ignores about 180 villages where people who are legally defined as “present absentees” live, and denies them infrastructure, electricity and water…

Continue Reading The duty to support the BDS movement – Part two Nurit Peled-Elhanan.

 

International Social Forum Tunisia, 25.3.2015

Nurit Peled-Elhanan – The Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Thank you for inviting me to speak at the international social forum here in Tunisia. It is very symbolic that our conference should be held here, in the country that started the Arab spring and has never stopped struggling for democracy and freedom. It is very symbolic for me personally because 42 years ago my father Matti Peled came here disguised as a woman, with a false French passport to meet Yassar Arafat and to start talking about peace. Unfortunately Neither my father’s efforts nor the Arab spring have pierced the iron mental walls of Israel -   the country that advertises itself as the only democracy in the ME while holding 4 million people captive in inhuman conditions, with no civil or human rights, a country whose governments and army – which means most of its citizens – commit crimes against humanity every day, every hour.

Continue Reading International Social Forum Tunisia, 25.3.2015, Nurit Peled-Elhanan, The Russell Tribunal on Palestine

 

IT TAKES MORE THAN A VILLAGE

One of the most amazing things about this astonishing planet is that there are always teachers if we can only find our way to their classroom!  Like most great teachers Michael Meade’s classroom is the world and he is likely to be found teaching anywhere. -AW

A society is playing with fire when it neglects the needs and desires of its young people; not only are natural talents wasted, but a sense of desperation grows in the shadows. Young men in particular can feel driven to desperate acts if they do not feel welcome in society and valued for who they are in their essence.


Most people have heard the old African proverb that “it takes a village to raise a child.” Fewer know that the second part of the proverbial statement suggests that if young people are not fully invited into life they will burn the village down. A society is playing with fire if it denies the dreams of its youth in favor of a status quo that favors some and excludes others.

“What happens to a dream deferred?” asked the poet Langston Hughes over sixty years ago in a poem simply entitled: “Harlem.” More than a half century later the dream is still deferred, the site is Baltimore and the prophetic voice of the poet still asks what happens when another generation of dreams becomes deferred, “does it sag like a heavy load” or “does it explode?”

These are extreme times during which the growing disparity in terms of wealth and opportunity adds fuel to the fires of despair every day.

Laws and rules may tell us how to live; but a person must have a why to live. In the soul of America, the why to live has best been imagined as a dream. Not the simple “American dream” of blind materialism; but the wild complexity of dreams trying to live through the great diversity of souls that makes up the America that has not been yet.

Read the entire essay.

Peace and Blessings,

Mosaic Staff

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SE NECESITA MÁS DE UN PUEBLO 

Una de las cosas más sorprendentes de este asombroso planeta es que siempre hay maestros si uno es capaz de hallar el camino hasta su aula. Como la mayoría de los grandes maestros, el aula de Michael Meade es el mundo y se le puede encontrar enseñando en cualquier sitio. AW

La sociedad juega con fuego cuando descuida las necesidades y deseos de sus jóvenes; no solo se pierden talentos naturales, sino que un sentimiento de desesperación crece en la sombra. Los hombres jóvenes especialmente pueden sentirse urgidos a cometer actos desesperados si no se sienten atendidos por la sociedad y valorados por lo que son en esencia. La mayoría de la gente ha escuchado el viejo proverbio africano de que “hace falta un pueblo para criar a un niño”. Muy pocos saben que la segunda parte de la proverbial sentencia sugiere que si los jóvenes no son plenamente alentados a tomar parte de la vida quemarán el pueblo. La sociedad juega con fuego si descuida los sueños de sus jóvenes en favor de un estado de cosas que beneficia a unos y excluye a otros.

“¿Qué pasa con un sueño postergado?”, preguntaba el poeta Langston Hughes hace más de sesenta años en un poema titulado ”Harlem”. Más de medio siglo después el sueño sigue postergado. El sitio es Baltimore y la voz profética del poeta todavía pregunta qué pasa cuando otra generación de sueños queda postergada, ¿“se tuerce como una carga pesada” o “esta explota”?  Estos son tiempos extremos durante los cuales la creciente asimetría en términos de riqueza y oportunidades agrega combustible al fuego del desespero cada día. 

Las leyes y normas pueden decirnos cómo vivir; pero una persona debe tener un por qué para vivir. En el alma de los Estados Unidos, el por qué vivir ha sido cuando menos imaginado como un sueño. No el simple “Sueño americano” del materialismo ciego, sino la desenfrenada complejidad de sueños que tratan de vivir en medio de la gran diversidad de almas que integran la América que no ha sido aún.

Lea el ensayo completo.

Paz y bendiciones,

Personal de Mosaico 

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“Our Time is Now”: Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby Charges Six Baltimore Cops in Freddie Gray Death

 

“Our Time is Now”: Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby Charges Six Baltimore Cops in Freddie Gray Death

 

Published on May 4, 2015

 

http://democracynow.org - Baltimore officials have lifted a 10 p.m. curfew and National Guard troops have begun to withdraw as peaceful protests continue over the death of Freddie Gray. On Friday, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced a range of charges against the six officers involved in Gray’s arrest and transport, including murder and manslaughter. Gray’s family says his voice box was crushed and his spine was “80 percent severed at his neck.” Police said they arrested Gray for looking a lieutenant in the eye, then running away. We play excerpts from Mosby’s dramatic announcement, when she acknowledges protests calling for justice in the case and argues officers illegally arrested Gray without probable cause, then ignored his pleas for medical help. “To the youth of this city, I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment. This is your moment,” Mosby says. “Let’s ensure that we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause. And as young people, our time is now.”

 

What can we do at a time like this, when hope is all but lost, as it has been all but lost for five hundred years?  We can look on this young woman’s actions with the eyes of ancestors who surely love her.  I was thinking of what she has that they’d so admire, and it came to me from something in John Langston Gwaltney’s amazing book:  Drylongso – A Self-Portrait of Black America.  He was going around years ago talking to all the old black people he could find, who had worked for white people their entire lives, and asking really interesting, life or death questions, like: what do you think is the most basic difference between black people and white?  But what made me smile was recognition of the way black people make up expressions about behavior you’d never think of, and that every generation has its own word for something it recognizes and admires.  So what young Mosby has, the competence, the control, the  fidelity to the truth of what happened in the case of Freddie Gray, her empathy with the parents and family as well as with the outraged youth of the city of Baltimore, her style, all of this would be characterized in the phrase the old people used long ago, when they adored somebody.  They would say: She has turn. Turn.  This kind of turn is not the stuff of a model on a runway, which is without agency, but rather a movement of courage and grace under pain and disappointment.  It is the taking of responsibility for one’s role whatever that happens to be.  It is standing your ground flanked or not flanked by those who have labored with you to come to what is true and best for everyone. I was happy to see those who stood with Ms. Mosby.  Together they looked like the America we could have if we were not collectively so afraid of it.

 

As for Freddie Gray: what can one think but that he was treated completely as a run-a-way slave.-AW

 

“AHORA ES NUESTRO MOMENTO”: LA FISCAL DEL ESTADO EN BALTIMORE ACUSA A SEIS POLICIAS POR LA MUERTE DE FREDDIE GRAY

 

Publicado el 4 de mayo.

 

http://democracynow.org

Las autoridades de Baltimore han levantado el toque de queda de las 10 p.m. y los miembros de la Guardia Nacional han empezado a retirarse mientras continúan de forma pacífica las protestas por la muerte de Freddie Gray. El viernes la fiscal de Baltimore, Marilyn Mosby, anunció una serie de cargos, incluidos homicidio y asesinato involuntario, contra seis policías involucrados en el arresto y el traslado de Gray. La familia de Gray dijo que su traquea estaba completamente destrozada y que su columna vertebral estaba “un 80 por ciento rota en su cuello.” La policía dijo que arrestó a Gray por mirar desafiantemente a un teniente y luego echó a correr. Pasamos fragmentos del drástico anuncio de Mosby, cuando reconoce las protestas pidiendo justicia en este caso y alega que los policías arrestaron ilegalmente a Gray sin una causa probable y luego ignoraron sus súplicas de atención médica. “A la juventud de esta ciudad, buscaré que se haga justicia en su nombre. Este es un momento. Este es su momento,” dijo Mosby. “Asegurémonos de que las manifestaciones sean pacíficas y fructíferas de modo que traigan cambios estructurales y sistémicos para las generaciones venideras. Ustedes son la avanzada de esta causa y como jóvenes este es nuestro momento.”

 

¿Qué podemos hacer en tiempos como estos, cuando la esperanza está prácticamente perdida, como casi lo ha estado por quinientos años? Podemos mirar a las acciones de esta joven mujer con los ojos de los ancestros que seguramente la aman. Estaba pensando en lo que tiene que tanto la admiran ellos y recordé algo del asombroso libro de John Langston Gwaltney: Drylongso A Self-Portrait of Black America*.  Hace años él iba de un lado a otro conversando con todas las personas viejas negras que podía hallar y que habían trabajado para blancos toda la vida y les preguntaba cosas realmente interesantes, de vida o muerte, como: ¿Cuál cree que es la diferencia principal entre una persona negra y una blanca? Pero lo que me hizo sonreír fue reconocer la forma en que las personas negras crean expresiones sobre el comportamiento que nunca imaginarías y que cada generación tiene su propia palabra para algo que ella identifica y admira. De manera que lo que la joven Mosby tiene, la competencia, el control, la fidelidad a la verdad de lo que sucedió en el caso de Freddie Gray, su empatía con los padres y la familia así como con la airada juventud de la ciudad de Baltimore, su estilo, todo esto podría caracterizarse con la frase que los viejos empleaban hace tiempo, cuando admiraban a alguien. Ellos decían: Tiene su gallardía**. Gallardía. Pero este tipo de gracia no es cosa de la modelo en la pasarela, que es sin implicaciones, más bien un movimiento de valentía y de gracia bajo el dolor y la decepción. Es la asunción de responsabilidad hacia el papel de uno, cualquiera que este venga a ser. Es mantenerse firme protegido o no por aquellos que han trabajado contigo para llegar a lo que es verdadero y mejor para todos. Yo me sentí feliz de ver a quienes apoyaban a la señora Mosby. Juntos se parecían a la América que podríamos tener si colectivamente no tuviéramos tanto miedo de ella.

En cuanto a Freddie Gray: qué puede uno pensar sino que fue tratado completamente como un esclavo fugitivo. A.W.

* El título podría ser: “En vacas flacas: un autorretrato de la América Negra”.

** Traducción aproximada de una frase antigua que implica hacer un movimiento elegante en que se arriesga algo.

April 2015

WATCH: Relatives of Missing Mexican Students Say U.S.-Backed Drug War Is Fueling the Violence

               

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Calling all parents in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere:  If you have ever lost a child; if you have ever loved children; if you have ever been a parent or were lucky enough to have parents, please stand with these Indigenous parents of Mexico as they search for their children in a country once peaceful and now fraught with terror, sorrow, and pain.  -AW

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Hillary Clinton declared she would be the champion for “everyday Americans,” but what about her reputation of long championing military campaigns. If Clinton’s nomination is a sure thing, should antiwar organizing start right away?

Published: April 23, 2015 | Authors:   | NationofChange

Announcing her latest campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton declared she was entering the race to be the champion for “everyday Americans.” As a lawmaker and diplomat, however, Clinton has long championed military campaigns that have killed scores of “everyday” people abroad, from Iraq to Yemen. As commander-in-chief, there’s no reason to believe she’d be any less a hawk than she was as the senator who backed George W. Bush’s war in Iraq, or the Secretary of State who encouraged Barack Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan. If her nomination is as sure a thing as people say, then antiwar organizing needs to start right away…

Continue Reading the full post on Hilary the Hawk 

LONG LIVE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL!

Cornel West & Carl Dix Statement Of Conscience

Cornel West and Carl Dix 2015 Alice Walkers Garden

The authorities are desperately working to suppress the powerful outpourings of resistance to police getting away with murder because those outpourings forced this issue into the consciousness of millions of people in this society. This must not be allowed to happen. The statement below, issued by Cornel West and Carl Dix, can play an important role in ensuring this doesn’t happen. To play this role it must bring together people of prominence whose voices have broad impact in society and impact on people everywhere who don’t want to see this movement of resistance die down or be beaten down.

Circulate this statement to prominent academics, activists, attorneys, entertainers, public intellectuals and others. Urge them to add their names to it and contribute at least $200 to make it possible for this statement to be published and promoted in other ways.

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The Horror Of Cops Getting Away With Killing Again And Again Must STOP!

We face a serious problem in this society: police killing people and facing no punishment for their murderous actions, again and again. These repeated killings target especially Black and Latino people. They concentrate a whole program – mass incarceration and all its consequences, a program many have aptly called the New Jim Crow; a program that rests on top of and enforces overall conditions of harsh deprivation and dehumanizing discrimination.

Last fall, people stood up against this terrible injustice being done. When the killers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner were not even indicted, many, many people refused to accept this in silence. People of different races and nationalities, and from all walks of life, joined together to say, “We Can’t Breathe,” in solidarity with those being victimized. Through many different forms of protest and resistance, the entire society was finally forced to confront this burning injustice.

At the time and in the months since, the outpourings of resistance have been answered NOT with justice but instead with repression and the false promises of “understanding” and “reconciliation.” Meanwhile murder by police continues unchecked.

NO! We refuse to live in a society that treats people as less than human because of the color of their skin and acts as though some lives don’t matter.

The horror of police, embodying and backed up by the authority of the state, killing so many people and facing no punishment for this must STOP — and WE pledge to stop it!

Saluting our beloved desperadoes:  Alice Walker on the April 14th Movement:

GATHER:  APRIL 14TH, 2015

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http://stopmassincarceration.net

Plan A14

Cornel West and Carl Dix: Message

 

March 2015

This Indian Village Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl Is Born

AMANDA FROELICH 0SC ON MARCH 28, 2015

Indian Village Planting Trees

In a country where male children are still favored over females, Piplantri village in Rajasthan offers a refreshing and modern perspective.

The endearing village embraces its daughters and has even created a tradition that benefits both the local people and the planet every time a girl is born.

To save its daughters and create a greener planet, the community of Piplantri village plants 111 trees every time a girl comes into the world.

‘This brilliant exercise in eco-feminism no doubt will inspire the rest of India and the entire world,’ as artistically stated by Folomojo. 

The reason behind this tradition? To ensure that an increase in human population will never come at a cost to the environment. It’s an eco-friendly tradition that is literally helping to ensure a greener future with each new generation – how brilliant!

Continue Reading and See Beautiful Photos of This Indian Village Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl Is Born, also en Español

 

 

Four Correctional Officers Sentenced to Prison for Covering Up Inmate Abuse

 

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Eight former corrections officials from Macon State Prison were convicted for their involvement in beating inmates or coordinating cover-ups that followed each assault. When will this brutality end?

Published: March 21, 2015 | Authors:  | NationofChange | News Report

Four former corrections officers were sentenced to prison on Wednesday after pleading guilty to beating inmates and covering up multiple incidents of abuse. Altogether, eight corrections officers have been convicted of conspiracy and obstruction charges related to severe beatings within the Macon State Prison (MSP) in Oglethorpe, Georgia. Although the former prison guards admitted that they were following orders from their superiors, no commanding officers have been convicted of any charges…

Continued Reading… Four Correctional Officers Sentenced to Prison for Covering Up Inmate Abuse and Español

 

Welcome To The Picnic

2015 by Alice Walker

I can never banish the image
Of you, manacled, between two psychopaths
Being marched to a defenseless
Beating
That will leave your brain injured.
Try as I might, your lonely walk,
Blind justice not even stumbling
Behind
Or anywhere in the neighborhood
Will forever haunt me:
As you face two, three, four,
A dozen
Soulless creatures
Who enjoy beating you
To the ground; when your hands are not only tied,
But, demonstrating their true courage,
Fastened behind your back.
Of what are we reminded:
The enslaved men worked to death
In seven years
Their heads bashed in
When they could no longer work
Their bodies, their bones, turning up
White with time; and directly underneath
Where they fell:  Where, but Wall Street.
Or the plantations
And hundreds of years of this.
Beatings.  Beatings to death.
Beatings to incontinence.  Beatings to brain damage.
A friend tells me she never uses the word
Picnic for this very reason:  that the mothers
And fathers and brothers and children of the psychopaths
Came to the beating, hanging, quartering
Eviserations or whatever else could be imagined
To entertain at a lynching
And brought baskets of food
To enjoy with the show.  The torture of the Picaninny was
The eagerly anticipated attraction.
If they were lucky, these picnicking families, they
Got to take home trophies.   Trophies sometimes seared from
The flames.  Fingers, ears, toes.
A foot.  Remember how DuBois saw those human feet in a
Butcher’s window in downtown Atlanta?
Brother, Sister, Children,
You are not crazy to feel crazy
Here.
Understanding this, may you realize
A greater exterior calm
And an unshakeable inner peace.  We have lived within the soul
Of brutality from the beginning of our connections here.
The harshness of knowing our journey
Could easily steal our joy.  To learn not to extend
Our disaster!
That is what teachers
Are for.

Recommended:  It is crucial to have a meditation practice of some sort to deal with our relentless psychic wounding.  The Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield, Pema Chodron, are excellent guides.  Google.

BIENVENIDOS AL PICNIC

2015 Alice Walker

Nunca logro desterrar la imagen
tuya, esposado entre dos psicópatas
siendo conducido a una desamparada
golpiza
que dejará tu cerebro dañado.
Por mucho que intente, tu solitaria caminata,
sin que la ciega justicia siquiera trastabille
tras de ti
o por algún lugar del entorno,
siempre me rondará:
mientras enfrentas dos, tres, cuatro,
una docena
de criaturas desalmadas
que gozan golpeándote
hasta caer al suelo, cuando tus manos no solo están atadas,
sino, muestra de su verdadero valor,
fijadas a tu espalda.
Qué se nos recuerda:
Los hombres esclavizados trabajaban hasta morir
en siete años
sus cabezas rotas
cuando ya no podían trabajar más
sus cuerpos, sus huesos,
blanquendo con el tiempo y exactamente bajo el sitio
donde caían: dónde sino Wall Street
o las plantaciones
y a cientos de años de esto.
Golpizas, golpizas a muerte.
Golpizas en incontinencia. Golpizas hasta el daño cerebral.
Una amiga me dice que nunca emplea la palabra
picnic por esta misma razón:  que las madres
y los padres y hermanos e hijos de los psicópatas
asistían a la golpiza, el ahorcamiento, el descuartizamiento,
el evisceramiento o cualquier otra cosa imaginable
para entretenerse en el linchamiento
y traían cestas con comida
para disfrutar el espectáculo. La tortura de los Picaninny*
era la atracción ansiosamente esperada.
Si tenía suerte, estas familias de picnic, podían
llevar trofeos a casa. Trofeos a veces chamuscados
por las llamas. Dedos, orejas, pulgares,
un pie. ¿Recuerdan que DuBois vio esos pies humanos
en la vidriera de un carnicero en el centro de Atlanta?
Hermano, hermana, hijos,
no están locos por sentirse
enloquecidos aquí .
al comprender esto, podrán percibir
una mayor calma exterior
y una indestructible paz interior. Hemos vivido en el alma
de la brutalidad desde el comienzo de nuestra relación aquí.
La dureza de conocer nuestro viaje
podría fácilmente quitarnos la alegría. ¡Aprendamos a no extender
nuestra calamidad!
Para eso están
los maestros.

* Término racista para referirse a los niños negros.

Recomendamos: Es fundamental practicar algún tipo de meditación para ocuparnos de nuestras implacables heridas psicológicas. El Dalai Lama, Jack Kornfield o Pema Chodron resultan excelentes guías. Google.

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Children of Mexico celebrating La Primavera (Spring).

Children of Mexico celebrating La Primavera (Spring).  Reminding us that children are precious and must never be harmed.  Photo by Robin (Thank you!)

DEAR ALL,

Senator Tom Cotton wrote a horrific open letter to the leaders of Iran, trying to sabotage the delicate nuclear talks. It’s time for Tom Cotton to hear from us!

Sign this open letter to Tom Cotton to teach him what the American people really want: Peace!

This week marks the anniversary of the war in Iraq that left that nation in shambles, and cost Americans over a trillion dollars and thousands of lives. While the American public (and the country of Iraq) continue to pay the price, Tom Cotton’s friends in the defense industry got a whole lot richer. Just 24 hours after his notorious letter to Iran became public, Cotton was the guest of honor at an event hosted by the National Defense Industrial Association, a lobbying and professional group for defense contractors. It’s no wonder he’s pushing for an end to the negotiations!

But Senator Cotton’s not just in bed with the defense industry. During his Senate campaign he received $700,000 from the Emergency Committee for Israel! Not surprisingly, his war mongering about Iran mirrors that of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who was recently in Washington pressuring Congress to tighten sanctions on Iran instead of pursuing negotiations. Unfortunately, Netanyahu was just reelected for another term, so our peace activism is more necessary now than ever.

From Guantanamo to Iran, food stamps to women’s rights, we can come up with at least ten reasons why Tom Cotton is a dangerous dude. While he is lecturing the Iranians about the US Constitution, let’s school him on Peace 101.

Toward peace in the Middle East,

Alli, Jamila, Janet, Jodie, Katie, Katy, Medea, Michelle, Nalini, Nancy, Nathan, Sergei, Sophia and Tighe

Niños de México celebran la primavera. Esto nos recuerda que los niños son valiosos y nunca deben sufrir daño. Foto de Robin. (¡Gracias!)

 

Queridos todos:

El senador Tom Cotton escribió una espantosa carta abierta a los dirigentes de Irán, intentando sabotear las delicadas conversaciones sobre el tema nuclear. ¡Es hora de que Tom Cotton sepa de nosotros! Firma esta carta abierta a Tom Cotton para enseñarle a él lo que el pueblo estadounidense quiere en realidad: ¡La paz!

Esta semana se cumple un aniversario de la guerra en Iraq, la cual dejó a esa nación en el caos y les costó a los estadounidenses más de un millón de millones de dólares así como miles de vidas. Mientras el pueblo norteamericano (y el país de Iraq) siguen pagando el precio, los amigos de Tom Cotton en la industria armamentista se hicieron bastante mucho más ricos. Apenas veinticuatro horas después de que su famosa carta a Iraq fuera conocida, Cotton fue el invitado de honor en un evento organizado por la Asociación Nacional de la Industria Defensiva (NDIA), un grupo de cabildeo y profesional de contratistas del sector de la defensa. ¡No hay que asombrarse de que esté haciendo lo imposible para detener las negociaciones!

Mas el senador Cotton no solo se va a la cama con la industria armamentista. ¡Durante su campaña en el Senado recibió $700,000 dólares del Comité de Emergencias para Israel! Nada sorprendente, pues su activismo guerrerista respecto a Iraq es reflejo de la del Primer Ministro israelí Netanyahu, quien recientemente estuvo en Washington haciendo presión sobre el Congreso para que endureciera las sanciones a Irán en lugar de seguir las negociaciones. Desafortunadamente, Netanyahu ha sido recientemente reelecto para otro período, de manera que nuestro activismo por la paz se hace más necesario que nunca antes.

Desde Guantánamo hasta Irán, desde bonos de alimentos hasta los derechos de las mujeres, se nos pueden ocurrir hasta diez razones para considerar a Tom Cotton como un tipo peligroso. ¡Démosle una lección sobre la paz!

Por la paz en el Medio Oriente:

Alli, Jamila, Janet, Jodie, Katie, Katy, Medea, Michelle, Nalini, Nancy, Nathan, Sergei, Sophia y Tighe.

 

 They are crazy.  That was the answer

we received as children as we wondered why?

Why did they abuse, mistreat, slander, degrade,

why did they lynch, murder, kill.  Was there no feeling of shame or sadness

no tickling of remorse?

They are sick.  Our grandmothers said.  Then, no,

they are not just sick.  Sickness we might cure

with herbs.

They are crazy.  This might only be cured

with isolation but there are so many and they are everywhere.

I was so little I could see reality:  So are we so many, Grandmama, I offered,

we too, are everywhere. -AW

 

Están locos. Era la respuesta
que nos daban cuando niños al preguntar por qué.
¿Por qué ellos abusaban, maltrataban, ofendían, degradaban?
¿Por qué ellos linchaban, asesinaban, mataban?
¿No tenían sentimientos de vergüenza o tristeza,
no los punzaba el remordimiento?

Están enfermos, decía nuestra abuela. Pero, no,
no solo están enfermos. La enfermedad podemos curarla
con hierbas.
Están locos. Esto solo se puede curar
con aislamiento pero son tantos y están por todas partes.

Yo era muy pequeña y podía ver la realidad: también somos
muchos,
abuela, me ofrecí,
nosotros también estamos dondequiera.
A.W.

 

Dear All,

The Ides of March?*

 

Republicans are being disrespectful, dangerous, and reckless. We have to hold them accountable.

Dear MoveOn member,

In an unprecedented move, 47 Republican senators have sent a warning letter directly to Iranian leaders, threatening to blow up any diplomatic deal negotiated by President Obama.

 

This is disrespectful, dangerous, and reckless. We have to hold them accountable. And make sure not a single Democrat joins them in blowing up the president’s diplomatic efforts and putting us on a path to war.

 

We’re producing a TV ad immediately to call out this outrageous act. Please click here—right now—and make the most generous contribution you can to help us hold these 47 Republicans accountable, and make sure no Democrat joins them in undermining the president and risking a war.

 

“Traitors” is how the front page of today’s New York Daily News described the 47 Republican senators who wrote to Iran’s leaders yesterday in an effort to undermine President Obama and sabotage his diplomatic efforts to prevent yet another unnecessary war.2…

 

Continue Reading Ides of March?* full post and en Español

 

 

PEACE AS THE INTELLIGENT OPTION

By Manuel E. Yepe

http://englishmanuelyepe.wordpress.com

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

http://www.walterlippmann.com/docs4299.html

At the end of World War II, the United States was in much better material condition than the rest of the world. It, therefore, had the opportunity to be at the forefront of a world of peace and justice, truly globalized and in solidarity. But the excessive hegemonic ambitions of the US power elite wasted that historic opportunity and prevented other countries from the prospect of achieving such autopia.

If, instead of aiming at total world domination, the United States had promoted the creation of a democratic and fair system of international relations, it could have paid history the enormous moral debt it had incurred for the crimes of its shady foreign policy since the closing years of the 19th century when the nation assumed its imperialist character…

Continue Reading full article PEACE AS THE INTELLIGENT OPTION with commentary and en Español

 

All The Fast Car Ads Look Crazy Now

2015 by Alice Walker

Do you notice how all
The fast car ads look
Crazy now?
There she is, blonde,
Hair color (if from a bottle)
Polluting the environment
And affecting her brain
But copied by some of the most
Brainwashed though
Intelligent
People on the planet
Who used to actually enjoy
The multi-colors and multi-fuzzies
Of their own hair.
His hair is darker.  Always.
Why is this?  Is he attempting
To pass off his suspect
DNA
As belonging
To the “free” world?
Suppose she’s really poor
Though?
Suppose his real job
Was shipped to China.
It doesn’t seem to matter
In the ads.
It’s what you’re made
To think of:
Somewhere there are free
People:
They are laughing;
They are happy;
They are blonde
And the dark haired man
Is hoping at least
His children will be.
What madness is this?
They go careening across your screen
Laughing.
They never seem to think
About Chernobyl
And the warehoused defective
Children in Russia
And Scandinavia.
Nor do they appear worried
About Fukushima
And the plumes of radiation
In air and ocean
Eating California
Canada and Mexico.
They are laughing,
The car they drive is fast.
They are fast.
All is well in their world.
The ad is meant to sell you their
Security.
That world of freedom, speed,
And lack of care,
Is meant to seem large.
But really it is
No bigger than your screen.
Turn it off.
Attend to your motorbike,
The broken lamppost outside
Your window,
The rubbish
Despoiling
The beauty
Of  your slow
But larger than screen size
Village
Street.

Recommended:  Revealed:  The Men Who Own and Run The US Government.  Long impassioned, wonderful speech in there about dictatorship by television. (YouTube) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is available as an audio book from Audible, read by Tim Robbins.    It is an extraordinary production.  Though written decades ago, this story is as eerily familiar as George Orwell and Aldous Huxley’s work has become in the last few years.  If there are not already “Entertainment Anonymous” chapters, they should be formed without delay. 

The Horrible Truth About Fukushima, an interview with Australian pediatrician Dr. Helen Caldicott.  

TODOS LOS ANUNCIOS DE AUTOS VELOCES PARECEN ALOCADOS AHORA

2015 de Alice Walker

¿Has notado cómo
los anuncios de autos veloces
parecen alocados ahora?
Hela ahí, rubia,
el color de pelo (tal vez de un frasco)
contaminando el ambiente
y dañando su cerebro
pero copiado por algunas de las
personas del mundo
con más lavado de cerebro a pesar
de su inteligencia
que solían disfrutar realmente
los muchos colores y muchos rizos
de sus propios cabellos.
El pelo de él es más oscuro. Siempre.
¿Por qué es así? ¿Está tratando de
rehuir su sospechoso
ADN
como perteneciente
al mundo “libre”?
Supongan que en verdad
ella es pobre.
Supongan que el empleo real
de él se envía a China.
No parece importar
en los anuncios.
Es lo que te hacen
pensar:
en algún sitio hay gente
libre:
están sonrientes,
están felices,
son rubios
y el hombre de pelo oscuro
espera que al menos
sus hijos serán así.
¿Qué locura es esta?
Van a toda velocidad por tu pantalla
riendo.
Nunca parecen pensar
en Chernobil
y los lacerados niños almacenados
en Rusia
y Escandinavia.
Ni parecen preocupados
sobre Fukushima
y las motas de radiación
en el aire y el mar
que se devoran a California
Canadá y México.
Están riendo,
el auto que manejan es veloz.
Ellos son veloces.
Todo está bien en su mundo.
El anuncio está hecho para venderte
su seguridad.
Ese mundo de libertad, velocidad
y falta de preocupación
pretende parecer enorme.
Pero en verdad
no es mayor que tu pantalla.
¡Apágala!
Atiende a tu motocicleta,
el roto farol afuera
de tu ventana,
la basura
que despoja
la belleza
de tu lenta
pero más grande que la pantalla
calle del
pueblo.

******

Se recomienda: “Revelación: Los hombres que poseen y controlan el gobierno de los EE.UU.” Largo, vehemente y maravilloso discurso vemos aquí sobre la dictadura por televisión. (YouTube). Si todavía no existen capítulos de “Entretenimiento anónimo” (Entertainment Anonymous) deben hacerse sin demora. Vean “La horrible verdad sobre Fukushima”, entrevista con la Dra. Helen Caldicott, pediatra australiana.

 

February 2015

THE SMOKING GUN STILL IN HAND: SPYING ON, AND CENSORSHIP OF WRITERS OF CONSCIENCE

Claude McKay

U.S. NEWS

New documents show the FBI spied on ‘notorious negro’ writers for decades

ALISON FLOOD, THE GUARDIAN

09 FEB 2015 AT 12:58 ET                   

Newly declassified documents from the FBI reveal how the US federal agency under J Edgar Hoover monitored the activities of dozens of prominent African American writers for decades, devoting thousands of pages to detailing their activities and critiquing their work.

Academic William Maxwell first stumbled upon the extent of the surveillance when he submitted a freedom of information request for the FBI file of Claude McKay . The Jamaican-born writer was a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, author of the sonnet If We Must Die, supposedly recited by Winston Churchill, and Maxwell was preparing an edition of his complete poems. When the file came through from the FBI, it stretched to 193 pages and, said Maxwell, revealed “that the bureau had closely read and aggressively chased McKay” – describing him as a “notorious negro revolutionary” – “all across the Atlantic world, and into Moscow”…

Continue Reading The Smoking Gun Still in Hand

 

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Lorraine Hansberry

What has come to light about J.Edgar Hoover – that he was not only a closeted homosexual but also a passing (for white) person of color – makes the damage he has done to so many lives in America all the more thought-worthy.  Is this the havoc that sexual repression and racism can cause: in this case,  tremendous suffering, fear, anguish, all from one stunted and twisted individual?  Another realization is that the surveillance of the work of writers and artists of conscience has not ended, but goes on in various locales and situations to this day.  That mainstream media is responsible for killing the art, and distorting and disparaging work that is critical of American “politics” or “politricks” as anther Gregory or Malcolm X might describe it.  This is why books that might otherwise be bestsellers – if they fail to toe the prescribed line in specific areas – are attacked, ridiculed, and consigned to the bottom of the review  list, if noted at all.  This is why one’s political views, if they are deemed “incorrect” by assigned gatekeepers,  can mean oblivion, or the threat of it.  As an irate reader wrote of me, regarding my work in defense of Palestinians: We will see to it that your books become landfill.  Which wasn’t quite as sobering as reading that another “journalist” came down on the side of my actual murder.  In what do I place hope for my country’s moral salvation?  Only in the determination of the people to recognize, identify and act on whatever attempts to distort or destroy intelligence that could be of help to our social and spiritual, and now physical, survival.-AW

January 2015

From NATION OF CHANGE

Meet the Extreme Super Rich – These 80 People Own More Than the World’s Poorest 3.6 Billion

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While income inequality is becoming greater, the rich continue to get richer. Yet, this is no accident—the central bank and government policy are to blame. “It’s not a recession, it’s a robbery.”

Published: February 4, 2015 | Authors: Michael Krieger | Occupy.com | News Report

Before I get into the meat of this post, I want to make it clear that the definition of oligarch, a term I use a lot, does not center solely around money.

Late last year, in the post Inside the Mind of an Oligarch – Sheldon Adelson Proclaims “I Don’t Like Journalism,” I attempted to frame the word oligarch as I use it. I wrote the following:

“In a nutshell, while many oligarchs are extremely wealthy (or have access to extreme wealth), not all people with extreme wealth are oligarchs. The term oligarch is reserved for those with extreme wealth who also want to control the political process, policy levers and most other aspects of the lives of the citizenry in a top-down tyrannical and undemocratic manner. They think they know best about pretty much everything, and believe unelected technocrats who share their worldview should be empowered so that they can unilaterally make all of society’s important decisions. The unwashed masses (plebs) in their minds are unnecessary distractions who must be told what to do. Useless eaters who need to be brainwashed into worshipping the oligarch mindset, or turned into apathetic automatons incapable or unwilling to engage in critical thought. Either outcome is equally acceptable and equally encouraged.”

With that out of the way, Five-Thirty-Eight provided the following:

“Eighty people hold the same amount of wealth as the world’s 3.6 billion poorest people, according to an analysis just released from Oxfam. The report from the global anti-poverty organization finds that since 2009, the wealth of those 80 richest has doubled in nominal terms — while the wealth of the poorest 50 percent of the world’s population has fallen.”

There you have it. The reason the wealth of the richest has doubled since 2009 is because “it’s not a recession, it’s a robbery.” Central bank and government policy have done this, it is no accident.

For more evidence…

“Four years earlier, 388 billionaires together held as much wealth as the poorest 50 percent of the world. Thirty-five of the 80 richest people in the world are U.S. citizens, with combined wealth of $941 billion in 2014. Together in second place are Germany and Russia, with seven mega-rich individuals apiece. The entire list is dominated by one gender, though — 70 of the 80 richest people are men. And 68 of the people on the list are 50 or older.”

Oxfam notes that global wealth inequality is increasing while the rich get richer. If trends continue, the organization projects that the richest 1 percent of people will have more wealth than the remaining 99 percent by 2016.

Now here’s the list (in billions):

1 Bill Gates $76 USA Tech

2 Carlos Slim Helu $72 Mexico Telecom

3 Amancio Ortega $64 Spain Retail

4 Warren Buffett $58 USA Finance

5 Larry Ellison $48 USA Tech

6 Charles Koch $40 USA Diversified

7 David Koch $40 USA Diversified

8 Sheldon Adelson $38 USA Entertainment

9 Christy Walton $37 USA Retail

10 Jim Walton $35 USA Retail

11 Liliane Bettencourt $35 France Product

12 Stefan Persson $34 Sweden Retail

13 Alice Walton $34 USA Retail

14 S. Robson Walton $34 USA Retail

15 Bernard Arnault $34 France Luxury

16 Michael Bloomberg $33 USA Finance

17 Larry Page $32 USA Tech

18 Jeff Bezos $32 USA Retail

19 Sergey Brin $32 USA Tech

20 Li Ka-shing $31 Hong Kong Diversified

21 Mark Zuckerberg $29 USA Tech

22 Michele Ferrero $27 Italy Food

23 Aliko Dangote $25 Nigeria Commodities

24 Karl Albrecht $25 Germany Retail

25 Carl Icahn $25 USA Finance

26 George Soros $23 USA Finance

27 David Thomson $23 Canada Media

28 Lui Che Woo $22 Hong Kong Entertainment

29 Dieter Schwarz $21 Germany Retail

30 Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $20 Saudi Arabia Finance

31 Forrest Mars Jr. $20 USA Food

32 Jacqueline Mars $20 USA Food

33 John Mars $20 USA Food

34 Jorge Paulo Lemann $20 Brazil Drinks

35 Lee Shau Kee $20 Hong Kong Diversified

36 Steve Ballmer $19 USA Tech

37 Theo Albrecht Jr. $19 Germany Retail

38 Leonardo Del Vecchio $19 Italy Luxury

39 Len Blavatnik $19 USA Diversified

40 Alisher Usmanov $19 Russia Extractives

41 Mukesh Ambani $19 India Extractives

42 Masayoshi Son $18 Japan Telecom

43 Michael Otto $18 Germany Retail

44 Phil Knight $18 USA Retail

45 Tadashi Yanai $18 Japan Retail

46 Gina Rinehart $18 Australia Extractives

47 Mikhail Fridman $18 Russia Extractives

48 Michael Dell $18 USA Tech

49 Susanne Klatten $17 Germany Cars

50 Abigail Johnson $17 USA Finance

51 Viktor Vekselberg $17 Russia Metals

52 Lakshmi Mittal $17 India Metals

53 Vladimir Lisin $17 Russia Transport

54 Cheng Yu-tung $16 Hong Kong Diversified

55 Joseph Safra $16 Brazil Finance

56 Paul Allen $16 USA Tech

57 Leonid Mikhelson $16 Russia Extractives

58 Anne Cox Chambers $16 USA Media

59 Francois Pinault $16 France Retail

60 Iris Fontbona $16 Chile Extractives

61 Azim Premji $15 India Tech

62 Mohammed Al Amoudi $15 Saudi Arabia Extractives

63 Gennady Timchenko $15 Russia Extractives

64 Wang Jianlin $15 China Real Estate

65 Charles Ergen $15 USA Telecom

66 Stefan Quandt $15 Germany Cars

67 Germán Larrea Mota Velasco $15 Mexico Extractives

68 Harold Hamm $15 USA Extractives

69 Ray Dalio $14 USA Finance

70 Donald Bren $14 USA Real Estate

71 Georg Schaeffler $14 Germany Product

72 Luis Carlos Sarmiento $14 Colombia Finance

73 Ronald Perelman $14 USA Finance

74 Laurene Powell Jobs $14 USA Entertainment

75 Serge Dassault $14 France Aviation

76 John Fredriksen $14 Cyprus Transport

77 Vagit Alekperov $14 Russia Extractives

78 John Paulson $14 USA Finance

79 Rupert Murdoch $14 USA Media

80 Ma Huateng $13 China Tech

I didn’t provide this list to say whether these people are good or bad. I provide it because whenever 80 people own as much as the poorest 50% of the globe, we sure better know who they are. We should also be cognizant of the disproportionate influence any of them can have on public affairs should they want to.

Originally published by Liberty Blitzkrieg

Source: Nation of Change Article

Recommended:  For a look at what some people do with the money they squeeze out of the rest of us, see THE WOLF OF WALL STREET,  Martin Scorsese’s brilliant film about greed.  Not for the very young or faint of gizzard. For an equally brilliant analysis of the fix we’re in read Nancy Turner Banks’ extraordinary AIDS, OPIUM, DIAMONDS AND EMPIRE, The Deadly Virus of International Greed.  Banks is an African American doctor who cares about the patients many on the planet already are, or are doomed to become.

 

TOMADO DE NATION OF CHANGE (NACIÓN DE CAMBIOS)

Conozca los ricos en extremo. Estas ochenta personas poseen más que los 3 600 millones de personas más pobres del mundo.

Mientras la desigualdad de ingresos se vuelve más amplia, los ricos prosiguen haciéndose más ricos. Sin embargo, esto no es fortuito. El banco central y la política gubernamental son culpables. “No es una recesión, es robo.”

Publicado el 4 de febrero de 2015. Autor: Michael Krieger | Occupy.com | News Report

Antes de entrar en el plato fuerte de este artículo, quiero aclarar que la definición de “oligarca”, término que uso bastante, no se centra solo en torno al dinero.

Hacia fines del año pasado, en el artículo “Dentro de la mente de un oligarca, Sheldon Adelson declara, ‘No me gusta el periodismo’,”, intenté enmarcar la palabra ‘oligarca’ tal y como la empleo. Escribí lo que sigue:

“En una cáscara de nuez, mientras muchos oligarcas son extremadamente ricos (o tienen acceso a riquezas extremas), no todas las personas con riquezas extremas son oligarcas. El término “oligarca” se reserva para aquellos extremadamente ricos que también quieren controlar los procesos políticos, las palancas de la política y la mayoría de los otros aspectos de la vida de la ciudadanía de un modo tiránicamente vertical y antidemocrático. Piensan que ellos saben mejor sobre prácticamente todo y creen que los tecnócratas no electos que comparten sus visiones sobre el mundo deben ser empoderados de manera que puedan unilateralmente tomar todas las decisiones importantes de la sociedad. Para sus mentes, las sucias masas (la plebe) son distracciones innecesarias a quienes debe decírseles qué hacer. Inútiles comedores a quienes debe condicionárseles el cerebro para que veneren el modo de pensar oligárquico o convertirlos en autómatas apáticos, incapaces o indiferentes de involucrarse en el pensamiento crítico. Cualquiera de los resultados es igualmente aceptable e igualmente alentado.”

Con esto despejado, Five-Thirty-Eight (Cinco-Treinta y ocho) proporcionaba lo siguiente:

“Ochenta personas poseen la misma cantidad de capital que los 3 600 millones de personas más pobres del mundo, de acuerdo con un análisis publicado hace poco por Oxfam. El informe de la organización mundial contra la pobreza establece que, desde 2009, la riqueza de esos ochenta más ricos se ha duplicado en términos nominales, mientras que la fortuna del 50 por ciento más pobre de la población del mundo ha disminuido.”

Ahí tienen. La causa de que el capital de los más ricos se ha duplicado desde 2009 se debe a que “No es una recesión, es robo.” El banco central y la política gubernamental han hecho esto, no es fortuito.

Para mayor evidencia:

“Cuatro años antes, 388 multimillonarios en conjunto poseían tanta riqueza como el 50 por ciento más pobre del mundo. Treinta y cinco de las ochenta personas más ricas del mundo son ciudadanos estadounidenses, con una riqueza conjunta de $941 mil millones en 2014. Juntos en el segundo lugar están Alemania y Rusia, con siete individuos mega-ricos cada una. Sin embargo, la lista completa está dominada por un género,  “Setenta de las ochenta personas más ricas son hombres, mientras que sesenta y ocho de las personas en la lista tienen 50 o más años.”

Oxfam apunta que la desigualdad de ingresos se incrementa mientras los ricos se hacen más ricos. Si esta tendencia continúa, la organización prevé que el 1 por ciento más rico de la población tendrá más riqueza que el restante 99 por ciento para 2016.

He aquí la lista (en miles de millones):

1 Bill Gates $76 EE.UU. Tecnología

2 Carlos Slim Helu $72 México. Telecomunicaciones

3 Amancio Ortega $64 España Detallista

4 Warren Buffett $58 EE.UU. Finanzas

5 Larry Ellison $48 EE.UU. Tecnología

6 Charles Koch $40 EE.UU. Diversificados

7 David Koch $40 EE.UU. Diversificados

8 Sheldon Adelson $38 EE.UU. Entretenimiento

9 Christy Walton $37 EE.UU. Detallista

10 Jim Walton $35 EE.UU. Detallista

11 Liliane Bettencourt $35 Francia. Productor

12 Stefan Persson $34 Suecia. Detallista

13 Alice Walton $34 EE.UU. Detallista

14 S. Robson Walton $34 EE.UU. Detallista

15 Bernard Arnault $34 Francia. Artículos suntuarios

16 Michael Bloomberg $33 EE.UU. Finanzas

17 Larry Page $32 EE.UU. Tecnología

18 Jeff Bezos $32 EE.UU. Detallista

19 Sergey Brin $32 EE.UU. Tecnología

20 Li Ka-shing $31 Hong Kong Diversificados

21 Mark Zuckerberg $29 EE.UU. Tecnología

22 Michele Ferrero $27 Italia. Alimentos

23 Aliko Dangote $25 Nigeria. Materias primas.

24 Karl Albrecht $25 Alemania. Detallista

25 Carl Icahn $25 EE.UU. Finanzas

26 George Soros $23 EE.UU. Finanzas

27 David Thomson $23 Canadá. Medios

28 Lui Che Woo $22 Hong Kong. Entretenimiento

29 Dieter Schwarz $21 Alemania. Detallista

30 Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $20 Arabia Saudita. Finanzas

31 Forrest Mars Jr. $20 EE.UU. Alimentos

32 Jacqueline Mars $20 EE.UU. Alimentos

33 John Mars $20 EE.UU. Alimentos

34 Jorge Paulo Lemann $20 Brasil. Bebidas

35 Lee Shau Kee $20 Hong Kong. Diversificados

36 Steve Ballmer $19 EE.UU. Tecnología

37 Theo Albrecht Jr. $19 Alemania. Detallista

38 Leonardo Del Vecchio $19 Italia. Artículos suntuarios

39 Len Blavatnik $19 EE.UU. Diversificados

40 Alisher Usmanov $19 Rusia. Industria extractora

41 Mukesh Ambani $19 India Industria extractora

42 Masayoshi Son $18 Japón. Telecomunicaciones

43 Michael Otto $18 Alemania. Detallista

44 Phil Knight $18 EE.UU. Detallista

45 Tadashi Yanai $18 Japón. Detallista

46 Gina Rinehart $18 Australia. Industria extractora

47 Mikhail Fridman $18 Rusia Industria extractora

48 Michael Dell $18 EE.UU. Tecnología

49 SEE.UU.nne Klatten $17 Alemania. Autos

50 Abigail Johnson $17 EE.UU. Finanzas

51 Viktor Vekselberg $17 Rusia. Metales

52 Lakshmi Mittal $17 India. Metales

53 Vladimir Lisin $17 Rusia. Transporte

54 Cheng Yu-tung $16 Hong Kong. Diversificados

55 Joseph Safra $16 Brasil. Finanzas

56 Paul Allen $16 EE.UU. Tecnología

57 Leonid Mikhelson $16 Rusia. Industria extractora

58 Anne Cox Chambers $16 EE.UU. Medios

59 Francois Pinault $16 Francia. Detallista

60 Iris Fontbona $16 Chile. Industria extractora

61 Azim Premji $15 India. Tecnología

62 Mohammed Al Amoudi $15 Arabia Saudita. Industria extractora

63 Gennady Timchenko $15 Rusia Industria extractora

64 Wang Jianlin $15 China. Bienes raíces

65 Charles Ergen $15 EE.UU. Telecomunicaciones

66 Stefan Quandt $15 Alemania. Autos

67 Germán Larrea Mota Velasco $15 México. Industria extractora

68 Harold Hamm $15 EE.UU. Industria extractora

69 Ray Dalio $14 EE.UU. Finanzas

70 Donald Bren $14 EE.UU. Bienes raíces

71 Georg Schaeffler $14 Alemania. Productor

72 Luis Carlos Sarmiento $14 Colombia. Finanzas

73 Ronald Perelman $14 EE.UU. Finanzas

74 Laurene Powell Jobs $14 EE.UU. Entretenimiento

75 Serge Dassault $14 Francia. Aviación

76 John Fredriksen $14 Chipre. Transporte

77 Vagit Alekperov $14 Rusia. Industria extractora

78 John Paulson $14 EE.UU. Finanzas

79 Rupert Murdoch $14 EE.UU. Medios

80 Ma Huateng $13 China. Tecnología

No proporcioné esta lista para indicar si estas personas eran buenas o malas. La proporcioné porque como quiera que 80 personas posean tanto como el 50 % más pobre del mundo, de seguro que es mejor que los conozcamos. También debemos tener conocimiento de la influencia desproporcionada que cualquiera de ellos puede tener en los asuntos públicos de quererlo hacer.

Publicado originalmente por Liberty Blitzkrieg.

Se recomienda: Para ver lo que algunas personas hacen con el dinero que nos exprimen al resto de nosotros, vean The Wolf of Wall Street (El lobo de Wall Street), la genial película de Martin Scorsese sobre la avaricia. No es para los muy jóvenes o débiles de estómago.

 

Dear Avaazers everywhere, 

Boko Haram Alice Walkers GardenBoko Haram just used a 10-year-old girl as a bomb-detonator right after massacring up to 2,000 people. But the government and the international community are hardly responding. Let’s call for an emergency UN Security Council meeting now:
Sign the Petition button

Boko Haram just used a 10-year-old girl as a bomb-detonator right after massacring up to 2,000 people.

There is a reign of terror in Northern Nigeria.

But Nigerian President Jonathan has said almost NOTHING about this in his election campaign, and his brutal army, instead of protecting civilians, is fuelling the insurgency.

The world has put this crisis in the ‘too hard to solve’ box — the UN Security Council hasn’t even issued a Presidential Statement on Nigeria!

The only good news: escalating violence has renewed pressure to act.

Let’s multiply that pressure now and persuade our leaders and the United Nations to convene an emergency Security Council meeting and prioritise this crisis.

Join this urgent call – for the sake of that tiny, innocent girl, and all those like her at risk:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/?brGNJab&v=51541

Nigeria is deep into a brutal conflict that’s ostensibly a Muslim/Christian war, but underlying it are tensions between an oil-rich, corrupt, ruling elite and a poor, disenfranchised and neglected North. Over 10,000 people were killed in 2014, and over 1.6 million Nigerians have fled their homes. Boko Haram now controls an area the size of Denmark.

Politicians have fed this divide, and the recent surge in violence comes in the middle of a deadly election campaign. Shockingly, President Jonathan’s under-resourced response could be part of a dark game – if there is chaos in the North and low voter turnout, he is more likely to stay in power since his support base is in the South.

International military advisers and special forces have been sent in, but there is hesitation about working with Nigerian units with terrible human rights records. The UN Council should now prioritise a comprehensive plan that includes cleaning up and training security forces to contain Boko Haram; investing in the poorest regions; and prioritising an anti-corruption programme.

This is not a short, sharp, shock strategy — this crisis cannot be solved in days — but it is immoral to ignore it any longer. Our global community can ensure the UN Security Council finally lays out a genuine plan for peace.

If we do nothing, thousands more will be killed, and the Boko Haram threat will spread. The attacks in Paris have reminded us that terror has no borders. Join the call:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/?brGNJab&v=51541

With elections looming and violence escalating, Nigeria is like a boiling pot. Politicians have failed their people, and the international community has allowed the situation to deteriorate. We cannot wait any longer and with enough backing, a strong UN statement could begin to change the game. Let’s make it happen.

With hope and determination,

Alice, Pascal, Mike, Melanie, Marigona, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

Sources:

Nigeria: two suspected child suicide bombers attack market (The Guardian)
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/11/child-suicide-bombers-nigeria-market

UNOWA Briefing and Consultations
http://www.whatsinblue.org/2015/01/unowa-briefing-and-consultations.php

Nigeria’s Jonathan Slams Paris Attack, Ignores Baga Massacre (Bloomberg)
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2015-01-12/nigeria-s-jonathan-slams-islamist-raids-abroad-is-muted-at-home.html

Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Baga destruction ‘shown in images’ (BBC)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-30826582

Uniting Against Boko Haram (BloombergView)
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-01-13/boko-haram-can-be-stopped-by-a-nigeria-united-again

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The Energy Of The Wave

For the people of Africa

(facing armored tanks and other weapons they did not make)

©2015 by Alice Walker

As a child I sensed
But did not
Grasp
The power
Of prayer.
It was my innocence
Of the depths
That kept me unaware.
How could the passion of the heart
Sent flying toward others
Through humble words
Change anything?
Or, rather,
What might this change?
But prayer
Is an energy
That crosses mountains and deserts
And continents and seas
And is never stopped
Nor even slowed
By anything.
It arrives
At its destination
As a blessing
That says:  I feel- though it is but
A shadow of your sorrow -
The suffering
That has befallen
You.
Though far away,
You are securely cradled
In the safety
Of my heart.
I am but a droplet
In what must become
A vast sea
To create the big wave
That washes
Away
Whatever demons
Are harming
You.
Prayer is the beginning:  when
We don’t know
What else to do.
It is in this
Spirit
Of awareness and near impotence
Beloved
Kin
Of butchered Africa
That we stand with you.

 

ENERO DE 2015

Boko Haram en español

Queridos avaazeros allí donde estén,

Boko Haram recientemente empleó una niña de diez años como detonador de bomba justamente tras masacrar a unas 2, 000 personas. Sin embargo el gobierno y la comunidad internacional apenas han reaccionado. Hagamos ahora un llamado a una reunión urgente del Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU:

Boko Haram hace poco utilizó una niña de diez años como detonador de bomba justamente tras asesinar a unas 2, 000 personas. Existe un reino de terror en el norte de Nigeria. No obstante Jonathan, el presidente nigeriano, casi no ha dicho nada al respecto en su campaña electoral y su cruel ejército en vez de proteger a los civiles está avivando la insurrección.

El mundo ha colocado esta crisis en la gaveta de “muy difícil de resolver” (¡el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU incluso no ha emitido una declaración oficial sobre Nigeria!).

La única buena noticia que hay es que la escalada de violencia ha renovado la presión para actuar.

Multipliquemos esa presión ahora y forcemos a nuestros dirigentes y a las Naciones Unidas a convocar una reunión de emergencia del Consejo de Seguridad para priorizar esta crisis.

Únete a este urgente llamado, por esta pequeña niña inocente y por todos aquellos que están en riesgo:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/?brGNJab&v=51541

Nigeria se halla sumida en un cruel conflicto que es ostensiblemente una guerra musulmano/cristiana, pero por debajo de esta hay tensiones entre una élite gobernante  petrolera rica y corrupta, de una parte, y un Norte pobre, sin poder de decisión y descuidado, por otra. Más de 10,000 personas fueron asesinadas en 2014 y más de 1, 600 000 nigerianos abandonaron sus hogares. Boko Haram controla actualmente un área del tamaño de Dinamarca.

Los políticos han alimentado esta división y la reciente oleada de violencia llega en medio de una funesta campaña electoral. Increíblemente, la respuesta de bajo presupuesto del presidente Jonathan podría formar parte de un oscuro juego (si en el norte hay caos y un bajo número de votantes, es más probable que resulte ganador ya que su base de apoyo es el sur.

Asesores militares internacionales y tropas especiales han sido enviadas allí, pero hay titubeos con respecto a trabajar con las unidades nigerianas que tienen un terrible historial en cuanto a derechos humanos. El Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU debe ahora priorizar un plan integral que incluya la limpieza y el entrenamiento de las tropas de seguridad para contener a Boko Haram; invertir en las regiones más pobres y dar prioridad aun programa anti-corrupción.

No se trata de una estrategia breve, fuerte y de choque (esta crisis no puede resolverse en días), pero es inmoral ignorarla por mayor tiempo. Nuestra comunidad global puede conseguir que el Consejo de Seguridad finalmente diseñe un genuino plan de paz.

Si no hacemos nada miles más serán asesinados y la amenaza de Boko Haram se expandirá. Los ataques en París nos han recordado que el terrorismo no tiene fronteras. Únete al llamado:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/stop_boko_haram_terror_en/?brGNJab&v=51541

Con las elecciones acercándose y la violencia incrementándose, Nigeria parece una caldera hirviendo. Los políticos le han fallado a su pueblo y la comunidad internacional ha permitido que la situación se deteriore. No podemos esperar más tiempo y con suficiente apoyo, una fuerte declaración de la ONU podría comenzar a cambiar el juego. Hagamos que esto suceda. Con esperanza y decisión,

Alice, Pascal, Mike, Melanie, Marigona, Ricken y el resto del equipo Avaaz.

* Palabra formada del vocablo “avaaz” que significa “voz” o “canto” y vendría a ser como “voceros” o “cantantes”.

Fuentes:

Nigeria: dos supuestos niños bombas suicidas atacan mercado. (The Guardian)

Reunión informativa y consultas de UNOWA (Oficina de Naciones Unidas para África Occidental)

Presidente Jonathan de Nigeria critica el ataque de París, ignora la masacre de Baga. (Bloomberg)

Boko Haram de Nigeria: la destrucción de Baga “mostrada en imágenes”. (BBC)

Unidad ante Boko Haram (BloombergView)

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LA ENERGÍA DE LA OLA

Para las personas de África

(que enfrentan tanques blindados y otras armas que ellos no fabrican)

© 2015 de Alice Walker

De niña yo sentía
pero no podía
comprender
el poder
de la oración.
Mi inocencia
sobre lo profundo
me mantenía desprevenida.
¿Cómo podía la pasión del corazón
echada a volar hacia otros
mediante humildes palabras
cambiar algo?
O, mejor,
¿qué podía esto cambiar?
Pero la oración
es una energía
que atraviesa montañas y desiertos
y continentes y mares
y nunca es detenida
ni incluso aminorada
por cosa alguna.
Ella llega
a su destino
como una bendición
que dice: Yo siento (aunque solo sea
una sombra de tu dolor)
el sufrimiento
que te ha
sobrevenido.
Aunque estés distante
estás bien acunado
en la seguridad
de mi corazón.
Soy solo una gotita
en lo que puede devenir
un amplio mar
para crear la gran ola
que barra
lejos
todos los demonios
que te estén haciendo
daño.
La oración es el inicio: cuando
no sabemos
qué otra cosa hacer.
Es en este
espíritu
de conciencia y casi de impotencia
amados
familiares
de la masacrada África
que estamos contigo.

###

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Martin! (15de enero, 1929). Estos son los hijos tuyos y de Ella Baker. La piedra que el constructor rechazó: una piedra angular de empatía, reciprocidad, de no rendirse y de amor.

Vea a los activistas de Ferguson enviar un mensaje de “amor y lucha” a Palestina.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARTIN! (JANUARY 15, 1929)  THESE ARE YOUR AND ELLA BAKER’S CHILDREN.  THE STONE THAT THE BUILDER REJECTED:  A CORNERSTONE OF EMPATHY, RECIPROCITY, NEVER GIVING UP, AND LOVE.

 

Watch Ferguson activists bring message of “love and struggle” to Palestine

Sources: 

Article: Ferguson Activists bring message of Love and Struggle to Palestine

 

BREAKING THE SILENCE:

IDF SOLDIER CALLS AMERICA TO STAND UP TO ISRAEL WAR CRIMES

 

Saudi Government Imposes Sentence of 1,000 Lashes Against Activist Blogger

The Saudi Arabian government has issued a series of 1,000 public lashings and 10 years in prison to an activist blogger Raif Badawi for insulting Islam. U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki requested an end to this punishment, but it does not look like Saudi authorities will end this brutality.

Published: January 11, 2015 | Authors:  | NationofChange | News Report

Fearing a resurgence of the 2011 Arab Spring upheaval, the government of Saudi Arabia began a series of 1,000 public lashings against an activist blogger for expressing freedom of speech and religion. Sentenced to 10 years in prison for insulting Islam, Raif Badawi must endure 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks and pay a fine of one million riyals (approximately $266,600). Although Saudi Arabia publicly condemned the recent attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Saudi secret police regularly collude with the NSA to commit human rights abuses against activists and bloggers.

According to an eyewitness account, Badawi exited a police van in front of al-Jafali mosque in the coastal city of Jeddah just after middayon Friday. Escorted by eight or nine officers, Badawi stood in the middle of the crowded square handcuffed and shackled. An officer beat Badawi’s back and legs 50 times with a large cane. Badawi remained silent as his face contorted with anguish. After the flogging ended, the officers escorted Badawi back to the van and returned him to prison.

Detained since June 17, 2012, Badawi had initially been charged with apostasy, which carries the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, but a judge dismissed the charge. Accused of cybercrime and disobeying his father, Badawi was convicted of insulting Islam on a liberal online forum that he had created. The Saudi government shut down Badawi’s website and originally sentenced him to seven years and 600 lashes on July 29, 2013.

After reviewing an appeal on May 7, 2014, a judge extended Badawi’s sentence to ten years in prison, 1,000 lashes, a ban from using the internet, and a fine of one million riyals. Following his arrest, Badawi’s wife fled the country with their children and moved to Canada. In July, Badawi’s lawyer Waleed Abul-Khair was sentenced to 15 years in prison and barred from travelling for another 15 years after being convicted of inciting public opinion, insulting the judiciary, and undermining the regime and officials.

In an act of diplomatic hypocrisy, U.S. State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki called on Saudi authorities to end the brutal punishment. Noting that Badawi had been sentenced for simply exercising his rights to freedom of expression and religion, Psaki neglected to address that fact that the NSAregularly colludes with the Saudi Ministry of Interior (MOI) to help track down activists and bloggers such as Badawi. Although the State Department has accused the Saudi government of committing arbitrary arrests, denial of due process, detaining political prisoners, human trafficking, and torturing prisoners to death, Psaki also chose to ignore the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture, rectal rehydration, and murdering detainees.

With his website featuring articles critical of senior Saudi religious dignitaries and Islamic historical figures, Badawi found himself at the mercy of modern-day judges trained as religious scholars under Sharia law. Part of a wider clampdown on political dissent, Saudi officials have made an example out of Badawi to intimidate and silence human rights groups and activists throughout the country. Fearing a recurrence of the 2011 Arab Spring, Saudi authorities believe they cannot afford any subversive incidents of political debate or religious questioning.

“Flogging and other forms of corporal punishment are prohibited under international law, which prohibits torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” stated Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director for Amnesty International. “It is horrifying to think that such a vicious and cruel punishment should be imposed on someone who is guilty of nothing more than daring to create a public forum for discussion and peacefully exercising the right to freedom of expression.”

Badawi is scheduled to endure 50 lashes each week for the next 19 weeks. He is also serving a prison sentence of ten years for creating an online public forum.

 

 

Light A Candle
(for Raif Badawi)
©2015 by Alice Walker
IIII
Darkness is gaining.
Winter in Gaza.
Babies freeze to death.
Soldiers shoot children
Aiming for their eyes.
Light a candle for us all.
Light a candle for the children.
Light a candle for blind justice.
Light a candle
For the death
of hope
in Saudi Arabia.
And though it is hard
to look
and harder to let ourselves
feel:
thinking: What can
I do?
Light a candle
And say a prayer
For this man.

 

PRENDE UNA VELA

Para Raif Badawi

©2015 de Alice Walker

La oscuridad aumenta.
Invierno en Gaza.
Los bebés mueren helados.
Los soldados disparan a niños
apuntándoles a los ojos.
Prende una vela por nosotros.
Prende una vela por los niños.
Prende una vela por la justicia ciega.
Prende una vela
por la muerte
de la esperanza
en Arabia Saudita.
Y aunque es difícil
mirar
y más difícil permitirnos
sentir
pensando: ¿Qué puedo
hacer?
Prende una vela
y di una plegaria
por este hombre.

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Dear Sister,

I´m sending you the last feature translated for your blog. I also lit
a candle for that man and said a prayer. It goes as follows:
Oh Lord be gentle
to this man who suffers.
Make his bars smooth
and his body iron solid.
Give wings to his mind
to defeat time and space.
I know too well what he endures.
I know how it feels
when the tongue must close
its doors to the mind and the heart.
Have mercy on this man.
Let him fly.
Let him fly.

Manuel Garcia Verdecia
beloved poet of Cuba

 

Beverly Johnson

I Believe the Women

©2015 by Alice Walker

I believe the women.

Whatever the reason
For their delay
In coming forth,
I believe they would not
Come forward now
Except to feel sane
And clean
Again.
Sisters keep your heads up.
I also feel compassion
For the old man.
How can I not?
I love old men,
Partly because
it takes so long
For them to awaken
To themselves.  The selves
They hid or put to sleep
when they were five
Or even younger.
Who knows what happens
To misalign a soul?
We can grow from this
If we try.  It is not the end
Of the world.  What other people
Think of us should be our last concern.
It has always been what we think of ourselves
That matters.
When we have hurt others
No matter our reason
Maturity demands we own up
Go to them
Say I am sorry and will you forgive me?
Most people don’t believe
In this
And that is why the world
Is out of control.
You have lost a beloved idol
precious to you; how will you make it
Without your belief?
I would walk on my knees over pebbles
To unbreak your heart.
But that is magic none of us can do.

 

CREO A LAS MUJERES

©2015 de Alice Walker

Creo a las mujeres.
Sea cual sea la razón
para su tardanza
en  salir adelante,
considero que no
hubiesen avanzado ahora
si no para sentirse cuerdas
y limpias
de nuevo.
Hermanas lleven en alto las cabezas.
También siento compasión
por el anciano.
¿Cómo no sentirla?
Amo los ancianos
en parte porque
les lleva tanto tiempo
en descubrirse
ellos mismos. Los seres
que ocultaron o adormecieron
a los cinco años
o aun antes.
¿Quién sabe qué sucede
para desajustar un alma?
Podemos crecer desde aquí
si lo intentamos. No es el fin
del mundo. Lo que otros piensen
de nosotros que sea nuestra última inquietud.
Siempre lo que pensamos de nosotros
mismos ha sido lo importante.
Cuando hemos lastimado a otros
sin importar nuestra razón
la madurez exige reconocerlo
ir donde ellos
decir Lo siento y ¿Me perdonarás?
Mucha gente no cree
en esto
y es por eso que el mundo
está fuera de control.
Han perdido un amado ídolo
querido por ustedes, ¿cómo recuperarse
sin creer?
Yo andaría de rodillas sobre piedras
para restablecer el corazón de ustedes.
Pero eso es magia que ninguno podemos hacer.

 December 2014

Dick Gregory AliceWalkersGarden.com

Dick Gregory

Man of the Years

©2014 by Alice Walker

IN PRAISE OF DICK GREGORY I paraphrase Mari Evans’ great poem, substituting man for woman:

 

I am a black man…

Look on me

And be

Renewed.

 

What is it about Dick Gregory that settles and comforts us?  Even as he bemoans our many states of unawareness.

It is that he is still himself; with the same nose, lips, eyes, skin, hair, humor, wisdom, and health consciousness that he has always had.

He has blossomed into a most beautiful elder.

He has survived to be the grandfather every tribe requires to see itself: humorous,smart, irascible, irreverent,  sometimes repetitive, eating snacks while telling a story, chuckling with abandon at jokes and asides only he might understand, unafraid to display irritation or to interrupt a, to him, impertinent or irrelevant question and questioner, unafraid to vent.

This freedom of being, which is the elder’s earned right,  is a gift so rare in our age as to be almost incomprehensible.

How did this happen?  That Dick Gregory survived, as himself, and as the 82 year old version of that self?

This is what old age looks like, or can.  It used to look like this in Georgia when I was growing up, and in parts of Africa, perhaps, it looks this way still. The freedom to joke about everything that grownups think is serious.  There is nothing like it.  Except, perhaps, childhood.

Thank you Dick Gregory for your long distance integrity.  You make us happier to be us. Thank you also for making 2014, a hard year for so many beings on the planet, easier.  2014 could not have been borne as well without your example of bearing all, and living through.

Coretta (King) died of grief, you have said.  Others might  too, without elders delivering mind and heart rearranging information and humor to alleviate the desolation that afflicts, scars, and deforms human life.

I also thank Underground Railroad radio for sending out your voice.

Recommended : for a second Man of the Years there is the remarkable Abraham Bolden, the first African American to serve in the American Secret Service.  Hired personally by president Kennedy, for White House detail, Bolden was mercilessly harassed, framed, and imprisoned when he expressed the view that the white Secret Servicemen surrounding Kennedy’s limousine the day he was assassinated would not have been moved to protect him.  There is a spellbinding interview with Bolden on Youtube; his book THE ECHO FROM DEALEY PLAZA is available. Now  in his late Seventies, Bolden is interested in taking his story to students, and other interested Americans, around the nation.

 

HOMBRE DE LOS AÑOS

©2014 de Alice Walker

En memoria de Dick Gregory parafraseo el gran poema de Mari Evans:

Soy un hombre negro

Mírame

y te

renovarás.

 

¿Qué pasa con Dick Gregory que nos calma y consuela? Incluso cuando lamenta nuestros diversos estados de inconsciencia.

Resulta que aun así es él mismo, con la misma nariz, labios, ojos, piel, pelo, humor, sabiduría y sentido de la salud que siempre tuvo.

Ha florecido en un muy hermoso anciano.

Ha sobrevivido para ser el abuelo que cada tribu precisa para verse a sí misma: gracioso, inteligente, irascible, irreverente, a veces repetitivo, merendando mientras hace cuentos, riéndose entre dientes desinhibidamente  de los chistes y acotaciones que solo él podría entender, sin temor a mostrar irritación o de interrumpir una pregunta o un preguntón, para él, impertinente o irrelevante, sin miedo a desahogarse.

Esta libertad de ser, que es el derecho conquistado por el anciano, resulta un don tan raro en nuestro tiempo como para que sea casi incomprensible.

¿Cómo sucedió esto? ¿Cómo fue que Dick Gregory sobrevivió a ser él mismo y a la versión con 82 años de ese ser?

Es así como se ve la vejez o podría verse. Solía verse así en Georgia en mis años de juventud y en partes de África tal vez aun se vea así. Es la libertad de burlarse de todo cuanto los adultos consideran que es serio. No hay nada parecido a esto, con excepción quizás de la niñez.

Gracias, Dick Gregory, por tu maratónica integridad. Nos haces más felices de ser nosotros mismos. Gracias también por hacer de 2014, un año difícil para muchos seres en el planeta, más llevadero. 2014 no hubiese podido soportarse igual sin tu ejemplo de aguantarlo todo y sobrevivirlo.

Coretta (King) murió de dolor, tú dijiste. Otros podrían haberlo hecho también, sin ancianos que entreguen su mente y su corazón a reordenar la información y el humor para aliviar la desolación que aflige, marca y deforma la vida humana.

De igual modo agradezco a la radio Underground Railroad por diseminar tu voz.

Recomendación: Como segundo Hombre de los Años está el extraordinario Abraham Bolden, el primer afroamericano que trabajó para el Servicio Secreto estadounidense. Reclutado personalmente por el presidente Kennedy, Bolden fue despiadadamente acosado, acorralado y apresado por expresar su punto de vista de que el Servicio Secreto que rodeaba la limosina del presidente Kennedy el día en que fue asesinado no hizo nada para protegerlo. Hay una fascinante entrevista a Bolden en Youtube. Su libro The Echo From Dealey Plaza está en existencia. Ahora, a sus largos setenta años, Bolden se interesa en transmtir su historia a los estudiantes y otros estadounidenses interesados por todo el país.

El primer agente negro en el Servicio Secreto, Abraham Bolden, habla acerca de su acoso y sobre el asesinato de JFK.

Colgado por WeAllBe TV.

 

First Black Secret Service Agent, Abraham Bolden,

  Speaks Out On Being Framed & JFK Assassination

Uploaded by WeAllBe TV

 

Nobility 

 

My Cuban friend writes:  Christmas is the time of rebirth.  Also:  that your release and arrival back home in Cuba coincided with the day of St. Lazarus. (A day much celebrated in Cuba.)  Lazarus who, because he was a good man, and beloved,  was called back from the clutches of the dead.

You have Cuban families and an international family.  We are awed by your courage and fortitude and deep love for your people and your country.  May we learn to be as strong in defense of what we hold dear as you have been.  Perhaps  part of your  work in this lifetime was to teach us this.  If so, thank you.

Happy Rebirth!

Recommended:  The most exciting way to be brought quickly up to speed on the significance of the Cuban Revolution is to read Nancy Stout’s ONE DAY IN DECEMBER:  Celia Sanchez and the Cuban Revolution

Also:  History Will Absolve Me, by Fidel Castro (1953)

Mi amigo Cubano escribe: Navidades es el tiempo del renacer.   También que la liberación de ustedes y su regreso a sus hogares en   Cuba coincidían con el Día de San Lázaro (fecha muy celebrada en   Cuba). Lázaro que siendo un buen hombre fue llamado de las garras de   la muerte a la vida.

Ustedes tienen familias cubanas y una familia internacional. Estamos   impresionados por su coraje, su fortaleza y su profundo amor hacia su   pueblo y su país. Ojalá aprendamos a ser tan fuertes en la defensa de   lo que creemos valiosos como lo han sido ustedes. Quizás parte de su   labor en esta vida ha sido enseñarnos esto. De ser así, gracias.

Feliz Renacer!

Traducción al español de Manuel García Verdecia

 

A DAY OF REVOLUTIONARY REAFFIRMATION

By Manuel E. Yepe

http://englishmanuelyepe.wordpress.com/

A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

December 17, 2014 will go down in Latin American history as the day on which the Cuban revolution, triumphant since 1959, was finally accepted by the US government as an irreversible fact, thereby recognizing the legitimacy of the road opened by Cuba for all the peoples of Latin America to move towards the affirmation of their political independence.

Few, if anyone, could have imagined that the heroic sacrifice of a small group of brave and talented Cuban patriots could lead to such a
dramatic outcome. Risking their lives, they were able to infiltrate –unarmed– the Cuban criminal gangs at the service of organizations in the US government which, from south Florida systematically assaulted Cuba with total impunity…

Continue Reading A Day of Revolutionary Reaffirmation and en Español

 

Sister Mama 

 

photo of Mrs. Eric Garner heartbroken at press statement alicewalkersgarden.com

Mrs. Eric Garner

 

Alice Walker – To the Po’lice

 

 

To the Po’lice
©2014 by Alice Walker

In case you are
wondering
the answer is yes:
you have hurt us.  Deeply.
Just as you
intended:
you and those
who sent you.
You do know by now
that you do not send
yourself?
I imagine your Designers
sitting back
in the shadows
laughing
as we weep.
Though usually devoid of feeling,
they are experiencing a sensation
they almost enjoy:
they get to witness, by twisted
enchantment, dozens
of strong black mothers
weeping.
They planned
and nurtured
your hatred and fear
and focused the kill shot.
Then watched you
try to explain
your innocence on TV.
It is entertainment for
them.  They chuckle and drink
Watching you squirm.
They have tied you up
in a bag of confusion
from which you
will never escape.
It’s true you are white, but you are so fucking poor,
and dumb, to boot, they say.
A consideration that turns
them pink
with glee.
(They have so many uses planned
for the poor, white, and dumb: you would be
amazed).
You and the weeping mothers
have more in common than you might think:
the mothers know this.
They have known you
far longer
than you have known them.  After centuries,
even those in the shadows, your masters,
offer little mystery.
If you could
find your true courage
you might risk everything
to sit within a circle, surrounded
by these women.  Their eyes red
from weeping, their throats raw.
(They might strike you too, who could swear
they wouldn’t?)
Their sons are dead
and it was you
who did the deed.
Scary enough.
But within that enclosure
Naked to their grief
Is where you must center
If you are ever
To be freed.

 

EARLIER POEM:

Alice Walker – Gather

 

Gather

©2014 by Alice Walker

for  Carl Dix and Cornel West

It is still hard to believe
that millions of us saw Eric Garner die.
He died with what looked like a half dozen
heavily clad
policemen
standing on his body, twisting and crushing
him
especially his head
and neck.
He was a big man, too.  They must have felt
like clumsy midgets
as they dragged him down.
Watching the video,
I was reminded of the first lynching
I, quite unintentionally, learned about:
it happened in my tiny lumber mill
town before the cows were brought in
and young white girls
on ornate floats
became dairy queens.
A big man too,
whom my parents knew,
he was attacked also by a mob
of white men (in white robes and hoods)
and battered to death
by their two by fours.
I must have been a toddler
overhearing my parents talk
and mystified by pieces of something
called “two by fours.”
Later, building a house,
i would encounter the weight,
the heaviness, of this varying length
of wood, and begin to understand.
What is the hatred
of the big black man
or the small black man
or the medium sized
black man
the brown man
or the red man
the yellow man
in all his sizes
that drives the white lynch mob
mentality?
I always thought it was envy:
of the sheer courage to survive
and ceaselessly resist conformity
enough to sing and dance
or orate, or say in so many outlandish
ways:
You’re not the boss
of me!
Think how many black men
said that:  “Cracker,* you’re not the boss
of me;”
even enslaved.  Think of how
the legal lynch mob
not so very long ago
tore Nat Turner’s body
in quarters
skinned him
and made “money purses”
from his “hide.”
Who are these beings?
Now we are beginning to ask
the crucial question.
If it is natural to be black
and red or brown or yellow
and if it is beautiful to resist
oppression
and if it is gorgeous to be of color
and walking around free,
then where does the problem
lie?
Who are these people
that kill our children in the night?
Murder our brothers in broad daylight?
Refuse to see themselves in us
as we have strained, over centuries,
to see ourselves in them?
Perhaps we are more different
than we thought.
And does this scare us?
And what of, for instance,
those among us
who collude?
Gather.
Come see what stillness
lies now
in the people’s broken
hearts.
It is the quiet force of comprehension,
of realization
of the meaning
of our ancient
and perfect
contrariness;
of what must now be understood
and done to honor
and cherish
ourselves:
no matter who
today’s “bosses”
may be.
Our passion and love for ourselves
that must at last unite
and free us.  As we put our sacrificed
beloveds to rest in our profound
and ample caring:
broad, ever moving, and holy,
as the sea.

*Cracker:  from the crack of the whip wielded by slave drivers.

Updated: December 14, 2014
A la Policía

©2014 de Alice Walker

Si por casualidad
se están preguntando
la respuesta es: Sí
nos han herido. Profundamente.
Tal y como
pretendían:
ustedes y aquellos
que los mandaron.
¿Saben ustedes ya
que no actúan
por voluntad propia?
Imagino a sus dirigentes
sentados
a la sombra
riéndose
mientras lloramos.
Aunque normalmente faltos de sentimiento
están experimentando una sensación
que casi disfrutan:
consiguen presenciar, por torcido
encantamiento, docenas
de fuertes mujeres negras
llorando.
Ellos planearon
y nutrieron
el odio y el miedo de ustedes
y enfocaron el disparo de muerte.
Entonces los vieron a ustedes
tratando de explicar
su inocencia en la televisión.
Es entretenimiento para
ellos. Ríen y beben
viéndolos humillarse.
Los han atado a una
bolsa de confusión
de la cual
nunca escaparán.
Verdad que ustedes son blancos,
pero son tan jodidamente pobres
y tontos para echarlos, dicen.
Una consideración que los pone
rosados
de regocijo.
(Tienen tantas tareas planeadas
para los blancos pobres y tontos: ustedes
se asombrarían.)
Ustedes y las mujeres que lloran
tienen más en común de lo que imaginan:
las madres lo saben.
Ellas los han conocido
por mucho más tiempo
del que ustedes a ellas. Después de siglos
aun esos a la sombra, los amos suyos,
ofrecen muy poco misterio.
Si ustedes pudieran
hallar su real coraje
podrían arriesgarlo todo
para sentarse en círculo, rodeados
por estas mujeres. Los ojos de ellas rojos
de llorar, sus gargantas en carne viva.
(Ellas podrían golpearlos también, ¿quién puede
jurar que no lo harían?
Sus hijos están muertos
y son ustedes
quienes cometieron el hecho.
Bastante amedrentador.
Pero dentro de ese círculo
desnudos al dolor de ellas
es donde deben centrarse
si es que alguna vez
van a ser libres.

~  Traducción al español de Manuel García Verdecia

 

 

Efua Dorkenoo

Efua Dorkenoo 1949-2014

Leading Voice Against the Practice  of Female Genital Mutilation

 

To be great means to put our love to work for all of God.

This means Everything.  And so you are defined.
The tiny portal of human life itself
must feel our care;
the blameless vulva
through which nations
pass must know our praise
and gratitude.
It must not be harmed.

Thank you, Efua,

sister at the barricades;
we will stand side by side here,
forever.  Protecting the people
from themselves;
bearing the dubious gift
of being, for so long, and so
deliberately,
misunderstood.  But knowing
in our own bodies
what it means to hurt.

Torture is not culture.

May the light of self love

and understanding
dawn, as tribute
to your Goddess witness
and watchfulness
over all of Life,
divine.

Efua Dorkenoo, presente. 

 

Cutting the Rose, by Efua Dorkenoo 1996

 

Possessing the Secret of Joy, by Alice Walker
Warrior Marks: Female Genital Mutilation and the Sexual Blinding of Women, book and film, by Alice Walker and Pratibha Parmar.

*****

Efua Dorkenoo 1949-2014
Voz destacada contra la práctica de la mutilación genital femenina
Ser grande significa poner nuestro amor a trabajar por lo que es de Dios.
Esto significa todo. Y se te define.
El minúsculo portal de la vida humana en sí
debe sentir nuestro cuidado;
la inocente vulva
por la cual las naciones
pasan debe saber nuestro aprecio
y gratitud.
No debe ser dañada.
Gracias, Efua,
hermana de las barricadas;
estaremos codo con codo aquí,
para siempre. Protegiendo a la gente
de ellos mismos;
soportando el dudoso don
de ser, por tanto tiempo, y tan
deliberadamente,
mal entendido. Pero sabiendo
en nuestros propios cuerpos
lo que significa herir.
Torturar no es cultura.
Que la luz del amor propio
y el comprensión
alboreen, como tributo a
al testimonio y vigilancia
de tu Diosa
sobre toda la vida,
divina.
Efua Dorkenoo, presente.

 

Sister

Source:  Nation of Change

What you have to say, Sister of the arresting sign

is powerful and right.  The moment we begin to see

we are being manipulated, set up to riot, to lose our  dignity, our freedom and our lives

is the very moment, as if by magic, we begin to see we need not shop.  Better to stay in with neighbors surrounding us, and talk things through.  What does this time remind us of?  Bring out the old movies, books, folks, who can remind us how the trick was always played.  How hurt, disillusion, passion, has too frequently seen the best of us in jail.  Old tactics that never worked before won’t work now, either.  Anger to burn something, anything, in our hurt and rage, must be befriended by our understanding of reality, and taught to spare our own houses and those of anyone.  Who destroys a home, a neighborhood, destroys a world that ancestors and older relatives, neighbors and friends, have worked to build.  It does not matter if it is poor; we know love, friendship, laughter, joy exist among the poor, regardless of where they live.  Now is the time to think, to study, to learn. *  To move forward in consensus. To recognize provocateurs and leave them in the shadows where they belong, while we seek light.  New tactics, new Peace. Support local stores; walk together, knowing you are loved.

*Lesson plan #1:  As we know, our police are regularly sent to Israel for training in “anti-terrorist” activity.  (Google).  In this recent documentary by David Sheen we see how black people in Israel are treated.  Like dogs, as one man is quoted as saying.  These videos are priceless in their ability to connect the dots on many levels, psychological and otherwise, which could mean discussions of depth and insight into the smallness and inter-relatedness of our planet.  Also the age-old use of smoke and mirrors to confuse the unobservant.

Lesson plan #2: Anonymous – # Op Anon. Verdict. Justice is Coming: What does it mean when the most principled response to the police murder of our people comes from “Anonymous”? YouTube.

The Truth About Reptilians by George Carlin on YouTube.  What a “comedian” can do to enlighten and teach.  As well as make us laugh when we’ve cried long enough.

Part II : Black wash and Sex wash:

 

FOTO: “¡Manos arriba, no compres!FUENTE: Nación de Cambio (Nation of Change)Lo que tienes que decir, hermana del deslumbrante cartel, es poderoso y correcto. En el momento en que comencemos a ver que nos están manipulando, animando a los disturbios, a perder nuestra dignidad, nuestra libertad y nuestras vidas, es el momento exacto en que, como por magia, comenzamos a ver que necesitamos dejar de comprar. Es mejor quedarnos junto a los vecinos que nos rodean y hablar en detalle de los asuntos. ¿De qué nos recuerda este tiempo? Saquen las viejas películas, los libros, la gente que pueda recordarnos cómo se hizo trampa siempre. El modo en que el dolor, la desilusión, la pasión, ha visto demasiado frecuentemente a los mejores de nosotros en la cárcel. Las viejas tácticas que nunca funcionaron antes no funcionarán ahora tampoco. La ira para quemar algo, cualquier cosa, en nuestro dolor y rabia, debe amistarse con nuestra comprensión de la realidad y enseñarla a perdonar nuestros propios hogares y los de cualquiera. El que destruye una casa, un barrio, destruye un mundo que los antepasados y los más viejos familiares, vecinos y amigos, trabajaron para construirlo. No importa si es pobre; sabemos que el amor, la amistad, la risa, la alegría existen entre los pobres, con independencia a donde vivan. Este es el momento para pensar, estudiar, aprender.* Para movernos adelante en consenso. Para reconocer a los provocadores y dejarlos en las sombras a donde pertenecen, mientras nosotros buscamos la luz. Nuevas tácticas, nueva paz.Apoyen las tiendas locales. Anden juntos, sabiendo que son amados.

* Plan de lección 1: Como sabemos, nuestros policías normalmente son enviados a Israel para ser entrenados en actividades “antiterroristas”. (Google). En este reciente documental de David Sheen vemos cómo son tratadas las gentes negras en Israel. Como perros, tal y como un hombre se cita que dice. Estos videos son invaluables en su habilidad para conectar los puntos en muchos niveles, psicológicos y otros, que podría significa el debate de profundidad y percepción en la pequeñez e interrelación de nuestro planeta. También al antiguo empleo del humo y los espejeos para confundir a los poco observadores.

Plan de lección #2: Anónimo. Operación anónimo. Veredicto. La justicia ya llega. ¿Qué significa que la respuesta de principios al asesinato por la policía de nuestra gente venga de anónimos? YouTube.

La Verdad Sobre los Reptiles de George Carlin en YouTube. Lo que un comediante puede hacer para iluminar y enseñar. Tanto como hacernos reír cuando hemos llorado pro tanto tiempo.

 

November 2014

 

 

Revolution and Religion: a Dialogue Between Cornel West and Bob Avakian

 

©2014 by Alice Walker

If the murder of our youth is considered insignificant to those in American society who make the laws, those of us who love the children, and their parents, and ourselves, must awaken to the reality that the political system we find ourselves prisoners of must be abandoned. What is to be done?

 

This question is approached with courage, dignity, and clarity in this conversation between Cornel West, a Christian revolutionary, and Bob Avakian, a Communist revolutionary.  The way will not be easy, but when has it ever been?  We will not all agree, on anything, but when has that not been so?  Rage, I believe, has no future.  Destruction is not a cure. Calling people the names of innocent and quite decent animals is really beneath us as offspring of those regularly called everything but children of God.  As they phrased it so poetically.  What do I believe shifts reality:  deep study of the causes of our suffering, helpfulness toward those we see are struggling, teaching the illiterate to read, feeding those without food, clothing those without clothes. Housing the homeless. In my opinion the  saying attributed to Marx “From each according to his ability and to each according to his need” would not seem out of place among some of the teachings in The New Testament, itself a manifesto.   Both Christians and Communists have been mocked and derided by masses of humans, as they strove to climb over others to get to the top of the hill. We can look at their essential offerings again, in light of this historic dialogue between brother Avakian and brother West.  Our lives on this planet, and the life of the planet itself depend on our ability to learn how to study as well as protest.  That is why, in the Sixties, students who were arrested in the South, carried their books with them to jail.  That is why, in Mississippi, we considered teaching reading and writing a fundamental act of rebellion.

 

We will probably never, as a people, relinquish our solidarity with Jesus.  And why should we? Jesus was a revolutionary himself.  Chasing the money lenders out of the temple isn’t all he did. Get to know this man, this spirit, deeply, not as a sacrificial lamb hanging on a wall, but as an exemplar of compassion, empathy and courage.  And fierce intellect.  A public intellectual, indeed.  Realize he is born over and over again, as well, in all people who hold the characteristics he embodied.

 

Get to know why Communism is so maligned.  In hindsight it is almost amusing to consider how “Godless Communism” was the phrase that most impressed many people away from the study of Communism, when in fact the crushing of Communism was about the rich being determined, by whatever murderous means necessary,  to keep their wealth.  Does anyone today believe the owners of most of the stolen wealth in the world care about God?

 

Thank you, brothers West and Avakian, for this ray of light.  We shall know the truth, if it is the last thing we ever know.  And who knows what future for humanity lies beyond our knowing.

 

Updated December 2, 2014

Revolución y religión: un diálogo entre Cornel West y Bob Avakian

©2014 de Alice Walker

Si el asesinato de nuestros jóvenes se considera insignificante por aquellos que en la sociedad estadounidense hacen las leyes, aquellos que aman los niños y sus padres y nosotros mismos debemos despertar a la realidad de que el sistema político en que nos hallamos prisioneros debe abandonarse. ¿Qué debe hacerse?

 

Esta pregunta es asumida con valentía, dignidad y nitidez en esta conversación entre Cornel West, un cristiano revolucionario, y Bob Avakian, un comunista revolucionario. El camino no será fácil, pero ¿cuándo lo ha sido? No todos estaremos de acuerdo en alguna cosa, pero ¿cuándo no ha sido así? La ira, creo, no tiene futuro. La destrucción no es una cura. Llamar a la gente por el nombre de animales inocentes y bastante decentes queda en realidad por debajo de nosotros como descendientes de aquellos a quienes normalmente llaman cualquier cosa menos hijos de Dios. Como ellos tan poéticamente lo dicen. ¿Qué es lo que considero que cambia la realidad? El profundo estudio de las causas de nuestro sufrimiento, el apoyo a aquellos que vemos que están luchando, la enseñanza de los analfabetos a leer, la alimentación de los que no tienen comida, el vestir a quienes no tienen ropas, el dar viviendas a los que no las tienen. En mi opinión, la frase atribuida a Marx, “De cada cual según su capacidad a cada cual según su necesidad“, no parecería fuera de lugar entre las enseñanzas del Nuevo Testamento, un manifiesto en sí mismo. Tanto los cristianos como los comunistas han sido desdeñados y ridiculizados por masas humanas, mientras se esforzaban por escalar sobre otros para llegar a la cima de la montaña. Nosotros podemos mirar a sus creaciones de nuevo a la luz de este diálogo histórico entre el hermano Avakian y el hermano West. Nuestras vidas en este planeta y la propia vida del planeta dependen de nuestra habilidad para aprender cómo estudiar y cómo protestar también. Es por eso que en los 60, estudiantes que eran arrestados en el Sur llevaban con ellos sus libros a la cárcel. Es por eso que en Mississippi, considerábamos el hecho de enseñar a leer y escribir un acto fundamental de protesta.

 

Probablemente como personas nunca abandonaremos nuestra solidaridad con Jesús. Y ¿por qué hemos de hacerlo? Jesús mismo fue un revolucionario. Echar a los usureros del templo no es lo único que hizo. Debemos conocer a este hombre profundamente, no como un cordero expiatorio que cuelga de la pared, sino como un ejemplo de compasión, empatía y coraje. Y de intenso intelecto. Un intelectual público en realidad. Percatémonos de que él renace una y otra vez, también, en todas las personas que poseen las cualidades que él personaliza.

 

Debemos conocer por qué el comunismo ha sido tan calumniado. En retrospectiva es casi divertido pensar que el “comunismo impío” fue la frase que mayormente alejó a la gente del estudio del comunismo, cuando de hecho el aplastamiento del comunismo consistía en la determinación de los ricos, por cualesquiera criminales medios que fueran necesarios, a mantener su riqueza. ¿Hay alguien hoy que crea que a los dueños de la mayoría de la riqueza robada en el mundo les interesa Dios?

 

Gracias, hermanos West y Avakian, por este rayo de luz. Debemos saber la verdad. Aunque sea la última cosa que sepamos para siempre. Y quién sabe qué futuro espera a la humanidad más allá de nuestro conocimiento.

 

 

 

Boys for Sale (What truly grown-up men discuss)

 

What is to be done?  Who is to do it?

©2014 by Alice Walker

My friend says to me:

But what can we do?  Already giving up.
To be aware is already something,
I say.  Consciousness rarely
leaves us unmoved. Or unmoving.
And so it is with this revelation
of what has been happening
to our children, all of them,
and especially to our boys.
The beast in so-called
civilized man
is more lethal, sinister,
grotesque and cunning
than I would have believed:
And what is it, anyhow, this beast?
How does it manifest
in every age
to  plague our republic
from shadows
it projects
as light?
We are presented here
with four men who may, in their
simplicity, signal
a beginning of the end of our acute
obliviousness:
Four men sitting on metal folding chairs
talking together, almost  forty years ago;
saying what they have witnessed,
what they have surmised,
what they have feared;
hearing each other out.  Taping
themselves.  Sharing this, all these years later,
with us, who thought we had heard it all.
This is what I believe truly grown-up men
should do.  Feel deeply.  Be present
to the steeply  challenged life of the  young.  Care about  children,
whether boys or girls, and not only about your own.
Sit together, as these
men do:
become determined
to liberate us
from our fantasy
of a society that cares:
Be resolved as Buddhas
to find a way through.
To sit a lifetime
if need be
on hard chairs.

Youtube Source: Video Boys for Sale 1 of 2 , Video Boys for Sale 2 0f 2

Youtube Source as of August 2015: Documentary Boys for Sale

 

NIÑOS A LA VENTA

(Lo que en realidad discuten los hombres en verdad adultos)

¿Qué debe hacerse? ¿Quién debe hacerlo?  

©2014 de Alice Walker

Mi amiga me dice:

Pero ¿qué podemos hacer? Ya cediendo.
Estar consciente es ya algo.
le digo. La conciencia raras veces
nos deja inconmovibles. O no conmovedores.
Y así sucede con la revelación
de lo que ha estado sucediendo
a los menores nuestros, a todos,
y en especial a los niños.
La bestia en el llamado
hombre civilizado
es más letal, siniestra,
grosera y astuta
de lo que hubiera creído.
Y ¿qué es después de todo esta bestia?
¿Cómo se manifiesta
en cada época
para infestar nuestra república
de sombras
que proyecta
como luz?
Nos presentan aquí
cuatro hombres que pueden, en
su sencillez, señalar
un inicio del fin de nuestro inclemente
olvido:
Cuatro hombres sentados en sillas plegables de metal
que hablan entre ellos, hace casi cuarenta años;
diciendo lo que han presenciado,
lo que han conjeturado,
lo que han temido;
escuchándose unos a otros. Grabándose
ellos mismos. Compartiendo esto, tantos años después,
con nosotros que creíamos haber oído todo.
Es lo que creo que los hombres de verdad adultos
deben hacer. Sentir hondamente. Estar presentes
ante la abruptamente asediada vida de los jóvenes. Preocuparse
de los menores
sean niños o niñas y no solo por los suyos.
Siéntense como hacen
estos hombres:
decídanse
a librarnos
de nuestra ilusión
de una sociedad que se preocupa
Sean resueltos como Budas
a encontrar un camino de salida.
A sentarse una vida entera
de ser necesario
sobre duras sillas.

###

 

Farrakhan At Tuskegee:  An Elder Speaks On Depopulation

 

 

Depopulation Blues

©2014 by Alice Walker

It makes you think
of years gone by
when we dreamed
whatever we could not imagine:
but we could never, “useless eaters,” have dreamed or imagined
this.  We might have done a better job
of imagining it
if we were different beings
and not so forgiving of the coldness
that has always been our reception
in these parts.
What could not be imagined
is how it would be done;
we knew greed and stinginess
combined would mean their elimination of us
would be
at our own expense.
Evil can be brilliant, though, it will find a way;
we are not fools
completely
to be seduced by it.
Ford, Nixon, Carter,
Reagan, perhaps all
the others
knew we were counting on them
to be human as we are.  Though why 800,000 Rwandans
died while we watched a televised presidential
sex scandal might have told us something.  That politicians
who smiled at us and kissed our babies
blue eyes shining with triumph
well knew we were falling
into our graves
kicked by them
as they counted
our votes.

 

Blues de la despoblación

©2014 de Alice Walker

Traducio por Manuel Verdecia Garcia

Te hace pensar
en años pasados
cuando soñábamos
lo que fuera que no podíamos imaginar:
pero jamás pudimos, inútiles comilones,
haber soñado o imaginado
esto. Quizás pudimos hacerlo mejor
al imaginarlo
si éramos seres diferentes
y no tan indulgentes de la frialdad
que ha sido siempre nuestra acogida
en estas partes.
Lo que no se podía imaginar
es cómo habría de hacerse.
Sabíamos que la avaricia y la mezquindad
juntos implicarían que ellos nos eliminaran
que sería
a expensas nuestras.
El mal puede ser brillante, no obstante, hallará su modo. No somos
tontos
completamente
para dejarnos seducir por eso.
Ford, Nixon, Carter,
Reagan, tal vez todos
los otros
sabían que contábamos conque ellos
serían humanos como nosotros. Aunque el porqué 800 000 ruandeses
morían mientras veíamos un televisado escándalo
sexual presidencial podía habernos dicho algo. Que los políticos
que nos sonreían y besaban nuestros niños
los ojos azules brillantes de triunfo
sabían bien que estábamos cayendo
en nuestras tumbas
pateados por ellos
mientras contaban
nuestros votos.

 

Banning Cruelty

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOzTiLrEIHE

Banning Cruelty

©2014 by Alice Walker

 

Repelled by cruelty

let us ban it

from our hearts.

If we feel sad, bereft,

as if we have nothing good

to live for

think of the heart

behind these wheels-

a heart that smells

of what it carries.

Whatever else may be happening

in our perhaps blighted life:

we do not have to drive

this truck.

 

Prohibiendo la crueldad

©2014 por Alice Walker

Repugnados por la crueldad

prohibámosla

de nuestros corazones.

Si nos sentimos tristes, afligidos,

como si no tuviésemos nada bueno

por lo que vivir

pensemos en el corazón

detrás de estas ruedas,

un corazón que huele

a lo que porta.

Cualquier otra cosa puede estar pasando

en nuestra quizás malograda vida;

no tenemos que conducir

este camión.

Traducio por Manuel Verdecia  

 

Leonard Cohen:  Story of Isaac

 

THESE CHILDREN IN JAIL

230 Palestinian children in prison

ילדים פלסטינים בכלא Palestinian Children Jailed

 

Burnt Offerings

©2014 by Alice Walker

Some realities drive us to our knees
and since I was there
already
before my altar
I unwrapped and lit
the beeswax candles
I acquired for you.
My hope is you have never heard
the story of Hansel & Gretel
the trail of bread crumbs
the witch’s cages
filled with children;
the big black pot
and the cooking fat.
Never overheard elders
whisper of foreign customs
that honor
capture of children
and their sacrifice.
The lump of terror
I feel in my own heart
must be magnified
in yours.
In this cage,
seeing how many there are of you,
where would you sleep?  And how?
I ask myself this, as I toss and turn.
Remembering too, the great Winnie Mandela
who endured almost a year
of solitary confinement
in a South African prison.
Three ants became her friends
as she used a bucket
like the one I see you have
for night waste (the bottom)
and for food (the lid).
When she emerged from prison
a frightfully different woman,
few South Africans
appeared to consider
the isolation, the humiliation, and the company
she had kept.
What must you think
of us, little ones?
Grownups powerless
to get you out.
What must you feel
as day by day goes by
without parents or community
(a burnt offering that perhaps you witnessed;
as fire rained from the sky )
coming to claim you.
Until
now it is only
awareness 
of the 
utter
brokenness
of your small lives
that regularly 
comes 
to visit you.

What is missing from this photograph are the grownups who forced the children inside the cage.  Let us consider them, and send them collectively, around the planet, all our thought.  Recognizing as we do so that this was not necessarily their idea.  What would we do?

 

Ofrendas Quemadas

©2014 por Alice Walker

Traducio por Manuel Verdecia Garcia

Ciertas realidades nos ponen de rodillas
y como yo estaba
ya allí
ante mi altar
desenvolví y encendí
las velas de cera
que adquirí para ustedes.
Espero que nunca hayan oído
el cuento de Hansel y Gretel
el rastro de migas de pan
las jaulas de la bruja
llenas de niños,
la enorme olla negra
y el aceite hirviente.
Que nunca escuché  adultos
murmurar de costumbres extranjeras
que dignifique
la captura de niños
y su sacrificio.
El nudo de terror
que siento en mi corazón
debe aumentar
en el de ustedes.
En esta jaula,
viendo cuántos hay de ustedes,
¿dónde dormirán? ¿y cómo?
me pregunto mientras doy vueltas en la cama.
También recuerdo la gran Winnie Mandela
que soportó casi un año
de confinamiento solitario
en una prisión de Sudáfrica.
Tres hormigas se hicieron sus amigas
mientras usaba un cubo
como el que veo que ustedes tienen
para los desechos nocturnos (la vasija)
y para la comida (la tapa).
Cuando salió de la prisión
una mujer terriblemente distinta,
pocos sudafricanos
parecían considerar
el aislamiento, la humillación y la compañía
que había tenido.
¿Qué deben pensar
de nosotros, pequeños?
Adultos impotentes
para sacarlos de ahí.
¿Qué deben sentir
mientras pasa un día y otro
sin padres ni comunidad
(una ofrenda quemada que tal vez presenciaron
mientras llovió fuego del cielo)
que vengan a reclamarlos.
Hasta
ahora es solo
la conciencia
de la
total
rotura
de sus pequeñas vidas
la que regularmente
viene a visitarlos.

Lo que falta en esta fotografía son los adultos que obligaron a los niños a meterse en la jaula. Considerémoslos y enviémosles colectivamente, alrededor del mundo, todo nuestro pensamiento, reconociendo al hacerlo que esta no fue necesariamente una idea de ellos. ¿Qué haríamos nosotros?

 

Link to article entitled,

 

“Bhutan Makes Condoms Available To Buddhist Monks To Stop   Spread Of STDs”

 

A Blessing

©2014 by Alice Walker

Between those
who are old enough
and those who care
Sex is not a sin
it is a door.
Through that door
we may understand
“God”
Self
& Universe.
Passion is the great
Instructor.
Some creature
so long ago
we have forgotten
his scaly
embrace
forced us to tear ourselves
away
from what we feel
or do not feel.
Away from feeling,
or not feeling
what we know.

We will end this now.

 

Una bendición
©2014 por Alice Walker
Traducio por Manuel Verdecia Garcia

Entre aquellos
que son bastante mayores
y aquellos que se preocupan
el sexo no es un pecado
es una puerta.
Por esa puerta
podemos comprender
el Ser
de Dios
y el Universo.

La pasión es la gran
Maestra.
Cierta criatura
hace mucho tiempo
que hemos olvidado
su abrazo
escamoso
nos forzó a separarnos
de lo que sentimos
o no sentimos.
Lejos de sentir
o no sentir
lo que conocemos.

Acabaremos esto ahora.

Link to article entitled,

“Police Arrest 90-Year-Old and Two Pastors for Feeding Homeless People”

 

The Place Most Hidden

©2014 by Alice Walker

Here it is,
the place we were most hidden;
now out front
in open view of all.
Your great country
that hates you for being poor;
though it has seen to it
very deliberately
that you were robbed.

-AW

 

El Sitio Más Oculto
Por Alice Walker
Traducio por Manuel Verdecia Garcia

Aquí está,
el sitio donde estábamos más ocultos;
ahora expuesto
a la vista de todos.
Su gran país
que los odia por ser pobres,
aunque se ha ocupado
muy deliberadamente
de que a todos les robaran.

UNDERSTANDING WHO WE, and THEY, MIGHT BE

 

I have traveled quite enough in my lifetime and most days the greatest bliss I can imagine is being home before a cozy fire, a sweet human nearby, or the same sweet human absent for a spell; reading perhaps, or napping, while being serenaded by a couple of lovely snoring dogs.

 

But I wish I had been at Wembley Arena in London October 25th to listen to David Icke hold forth for ten hours.

 

Icke is a rare, free, being; he just gets out there and says what he thinks about what he’s found out.  It’s unusually thrilling. While waiting for the October 25th event to become available on Youtube I watched the March 2014 talk, Remember Who You Are, which I found exhilarating.  Whatever happens to David or to any of us, we’ve been brought into the realm of an entirely different interpretation of life on the planet than the one with which we were raised.  I find it exciting, scarily fresh, definitely  liberating.  I am immensely grateful.

             Exopermaculture

Bridging/Blending Above and Below

David Icke AWAKENS 12,000 in 10 hours: Wembley Stadium, October 25, 2014

Posted on October 30, 2014 by Ann Kreilkamp

For deep background research into original manuscript sources of the gnostic depiction of the cyborg ET “archon” intrusion, you might want to read what was, for me, a paradigm-shattering book,  Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief (2006), by John Lamb Lash. David Icke is no longer the “lone nutter” that this former popular sportscaster was labeled, back in 1991, when he first stepped into the limelight in a new way, by courageously presenting his research results despite knowing the inevitable ridicule with which it — and he — would be greeted. His example is one we can all appreciate, learn from, and emulate  as we break out of the “bubble” that has kept us imprisoned for so long.  Depending on our unique gifts and talents, each of us has a special role to play during the coming years when, like a beautiful flower blooming, by following the Laws of Nature humanity self-organizes into planetary healing and harmony.   AWAKENs  Source article

David Icke Exposes The Archon Conspiracy And The Crumbling Matrix

AWAKEN at Wembley Arena, 25th Oct 2014

October 28, 2014

by Anna Bragga   

wembley performance saw icke hold audience in the palm of his hand for ten hours

© Twitter  -  Wembley performance saw Icke hold audience in the palm of his hand for ten hours

One of the world’s most loved and mocked public figures; the former BBC TV sports presenter, author and speaker, David IckeContinue Reading David Icke AWAKEN  UNDERSTANDING WHO WE, and THEY, MIGHT BE  also (en Español)

 

September/October 2014

 

Meridian  Seminar

A recent seminar on my 1976 novel, Meridian , arranged by Robert Cohen, author of the much anticipated and highly praised Freedom’s Orator: Mario Savio, and the Radical Movements of the 1960s, gave me the opportunity to look back at that book, as I had not done, possibly, ever.  In speaking with the alertly interested young UC students around me, I was reminded of what I had wanted, all those years ago, to show: that the “meaning” of the Civil Rights Movement in that novel, was, above all, that it was a training ground for the recognition and use, to our own benefit, of our collective compassion and love; and, as well, a preparation for the full and free future use of our individual and/ or collective voice.  That the political structure of the US, comprised then as now of almost identical parties, both unfair where race was concerned in the Sixties – when one risked being murdered for attempting to vote – and as it exists now – when one’s right to vote as a black or poor person can be denied on the basis of almost anything dreamed up – is patently absurd.  Which is why there has been an ongoing, seemingly endless sense of futility among those who deeply ponder such things.

I pointed out places in the novel where this idea is obvious:  Meridian Hill, the protagonist, faces down a tank (in Jackson, Mississippi the tank used against black non-violent protesters was named for the Mayor, whose last name was Thompson:  hence, Thompson’s tank) in order to take black school children to see a mummified white woman whose husband prostitutes her body, by showing it off for money, in the small towns of the South.  Children of color are allowed to see this spectacle only on Thursday, the day set aside for Colored.  Meridian takes them to see the mummy on a Tuesday, risking arrest.  They discover the “mummy” is a fake. What is Meridian teaching?  Not that we all have the same right to go anywhere, regardless of skin tone, but that once there we can see for ourselves it isn’t worth the trouble.

Or, when, toward the end of the novel, a woman old enough to have forgotten sex is convinced by her equally ancient sister that she was impregnated by an old man passing by who perhaps put his hand on her neck.  Meridian, intuiting the dynamics of the rivalry between the sisters, helps the old woman push her colossal bed of sin out of her house and set it on fire.  Then she asks her if she’ll risk what life she has left to come to the courthouse and register to vote.  The vote is as delusional as the pregnancy, so what is happening?

Love, compassion, solidarity with our people in all forms of craziness.

Early in the book an old black man who has been pushing a broom one feels for generations, sums up the black experience with the political structure of America:  “I seen rights come and I seen’em go.”  Meridian, the novel, is about acknowledging this more than three centuries of shifting sand, saying enough!, freeing ourselves of our delusions, addictions, illnesses of whatever sort, and moving on to join the rest of an awakening world.

 

Seminario sobre Meridiana

Un reciente seminario sobre mi novela de 1976, Meridiana , organizado por Robert Cohen, autor del muy esperado y altamente elogiado libro El orador de la libertad: Mario Flavio y los movimientos radicales de los 1960 , me dio la oportunidad de volver la mirada a ese libro, tal vez como no lo había hecho, posiblemente, nunca antes. Mientras conversaba con los vivamente interesados jóvenes estudiantes de la Universidad de California a mi alrededor, me recordaron de lo que había querido mostrar todos esos años atrás: que el “significado” del Movimiento por los Derechos Civiles en esa novela fue, sobre todo, que este resultó un campo de entrenamiento para el reconocimiento y el uso, para nuestro propio beneficio, de nuestros compasión y amor colectivos, así como una preparación para el total y libre uso futuro de nuestras voces individuales y/o colectivas. Que la estructura política de los Estados Unidos, compuesta entonces como ahora por casi idénticos partidos, ambos injustos en lo concerniente a la raza en los 60 (cuando uno podía arriesgarse a ser asesinado por tratar de votar) y tal y como la que existe ahora (cuando el derecho de uno a votar como persona negra o pobre puede ser negado sobre la base de prácticamente cualquier cosa que se pueda soñar) es evidentemente absurda. Es por ello que ha habido un creciente, y al parecer, inacabable sentido de inutilidad entre aquellos que reflexionan profundamente sobre estos asuntos.

Destaqué lugares en la novela donde esta idea resulta obvia: Meridiana Hill, la protagonista, se enfrenta a un tanque (en Jackson, Mississippi, el tanque que se empleaba contra los manifestantes negros llevaba el nombre del alcalde, cuyo apellido era Thompson: el tanque Thompson) con el objetivo de llevar a los niños negros escolares a ver una mujer blanca momificada cuyo esposo prostituye su cuerpo al mostrarlo por dinero por los pequeños pueblos del Sur. A los niños negros solo se les permite ver este espectáculo los jueves, el día designado para los de color. Meridiana los lleva a ver la momia un martes, arriesgándose a ser arrestada. Ellos descubren que la momia es una falsificación. ¿Qué les está enseñando Meridiana? No que todos tenemos el mismo derecho de ir a cualquier parte independientemente del color de la piel, sino que una vez allí nos percatamos de que no vale la pena la complicación.

También cuando, hacia el final de la novela, una mujer lo suficientemente vieja como para haber olvidado el sexo queda convencida por su igualmente vieja hermana de que ha quedado fecundada por un viejo que pasaba cerca quien, tal vez, le puso su mano sobre el cuello. Meridiana, adivinando la intensidad de la rivalidad entre las hermanas, ayuda a la vieja a sacar la cama del pecado fuera de la casa y pegarle fuego. Luego le pregunta si arriesgaría lo que sea que le quede de vida por venir al juzgado e inscribirse para votar. El voto es tan ilusorio como la preñez, de modo que ¿qué sucede?

El amor, la compasión, la solidaridad con nuestra gente en todas las formas de locura.

Hacia los inicios del libro un viejo negro que ha estado empujando una escoba, le parece a uno que por generaciones, resume la experiencia de los negros con la estructura política de los Estados Unidos: “He visto los derechos venir y los he visto irse”. Meridiana, la novela, trata sobre el reconocimiento de estos más de tres siglos de arenas movedizas, diciendo “¡No!” Liberándonos de nuestras ilusiones, adicciones, dolencias de cualquier tipo y avanzando a unirnos al resto de un mundo que despierta.

Code Pink for Peace

Campaign to stop the US-based real estate company RE/MAX from selling Israeli settlement homes

October 30, 2014

Dear Everyone,

The Israeli government announcement that it was building  another 1,000 settlement homes in occupied East Jerusalem  was met with worldwide condemnation, including an Emergency UN Session on Wednesday. If you are outraged and want to do something about it,  join us in our new campaign to stop the US-based real estate company RE/MAX from selling Israeli settlement homes.

Settlements have displaced thousands of Palestinian families in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and are illegal under international law. We’ve reached out to the Chairman of the RE/MAX Board of Directors to call on RE/MAX Israel to halt the selling of settlement properties, but he has ignored us.

Help us make our voices heard:   Send a letter to Dave Liniger, the Chairman of the Board at RE/MAX and tell him to put an end to the sale of settlement homes by RE/MAX Israel!

After you’ve sent a letter to the Chairman, call RE/MAX headquarters (303-770-5531) to register a complaint

Continue Reading, U.S. Based RE/MAX RE/MAX from selling Israeli settlement homes.

AWAKE, a film about Yogananda

Yogananda photo Alice Walkers Garden

AWAKE, a film about Yogananda

©2014 by Alice Walker

When my partner and I left the movie theatre recently, having seen AWAKE, the new film about Paramahansa Yogananda, he said he felt he’d just emerged from a five day retreat.  I felt the same.  It is a mesmerizing film about a very special being, someone those of us who value the practice of yoga should bow to every day.  He is largely responsible for bringing Kriya Yoga and Meditation to America and in his book THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI he reveals some of the trials and triumphs of that feat.

The film covers a lot of ground. But certain moments stand out:  the time, at eleven, when Yogananda’s mother dies suddenly on a visit away from home: the brutal impact of this loss on the psyche means, among other things, that he must always now recognize dream from reality.  His mother is gone.  Forever.  Dreaming of her will not bring her back…

Continue Reading AWAKE, A film about Yogananda

 

Party People at Berkeley Rep

What would the world look like if everyone demanded honest history: that is to say, the truth?

I treasure this play because, finally, that is what the people involved in its creation decided is the best legacy to leave the young, the best reality to share among ourselves.  I saw a review that considered the production  ”Flawed But Riveting;” I immediately thought how that description  fits humanity.

At the beginning of the first act the frenetic dance and loud music seems much to bear, also the display of guns.  Later it becomes clearer that we are being prepared, watching the play,  to separate individuals from images of them created by or captured by a media that can never affirm the hopeful and caring, not infrequently naive, but deeply loving heart of the revolutionary in confrontation with a merciless state.

Hardest to watch is how Black Panthers and Young Lords alike were broken; how they were undermined by the FBI and by their own Machismo.  How they, who stood so tall, fell into moral slumps and brain scrambled contortions brought on by drugs.  How they brutalized one another as their revolutionary love turned to suspicion,  hatred and despair.

The directing is brilliant, all the actors are amazing, and the choreography is superb.  It was my luck to sit next to the choreographer on opening night and I was able to tell her how sensational I thought her work and how extraordinary her perfume!

Please Google for names of everyone.

 

Translación, Party People Berkeley Rep:

¿Qué tal se vería el mundo si todos exigieran una historia honesta, o sea, la verdad?

Aprecio altamente esta obra porque, definitivamente, es eso lo que las personas implicadas en su creación decidieron que es el mejor legado para dejarle a los jóvenes, la mejor realidad para compartir entre nosotros. Leí una reseña que consideró la producción “Defectuosa pero fascinante”. Inmediatamente pensé en cómo tal descripción se ajusta a la humanidad.

Al principio del primer acto el frenético baile y la música en alto volumen parecen demasiado para soportar, así como la exhibición de armas. Más tarde se hace claro que nos están preparando, al ver la representación, para separar a los individuos de las imágenes de estos creadas o captadas por un medio que nunca puede mostrar el corazón esperanzado y bondadoso, no pocas veces ingenuo, pero profundamente amoroso, del revolucionario en confrontación con un estado despiadado.

Lo más difícil de ver es el modo en que tanto los Panteras Negras como los Jóvenes Lords fueron destruidos; el modo en que fueron minados por el FBI y por su propio machismo; el modo en que, ellos que se irguieron tan alto, cayeron en depresiones morales y en mezclas y retorcimientos mentales debido a las drogas; el modo en que se trataron cruelmente unos a otros a medida que su amor revolucionario se tornó suspicacia, odio y desespero.

La dirección es brillante, todos los actores resultan asombrosos y la coreografía es soberbia. Fue una suerte para mí sentarme al lado de la coreógrafa en la noche del debut y poder decirle de lo sensacional que había sido su labor y de lo extraordinario de su perfume.

Por favor vaya a Google por los nombres de cada uno.

 

 

Is the darkness of planet earth pushing us to awaken?

 

 

My Neighbor, the Great Being and Artist, Sue Hoya Sellers, Has Left Us To Our Own Devices

 

Sue Hoya Sellers

 Shiloh and Sue in front of the Mona Lisa, Paris, 2014

There is more to come, but here is an offering of spirit to tide us over.  Sue’s body was cremated this morning at eleven o’clock.  Drums sounded from her hillside, and mine, and from the trees came the sweet trumpet sound of Amazing Grace, blown with all his soul, by Kaleo Larson.

 

 

Findings of the Recent Extraordinary Session in Brussels, September 2014

Please Read the Full Findings

Operation Protective Edge Man in rubbles of bombed out home child's teddy bear left

Please Read Full Findings of Russell Tribunal held in Brussels on September 24 and 25, 2014

SUPPORT

Support the Russell Tribunal on Palestine and the forthcoming Extraordinary Session in Brussels, 24-25 Sept 2014 investigating Israel’s Crimes in the Gaza Strip under International Law.

Russell Tribunal Sept 24-25 2014 Announcement Alice Walker Alicewalkersgarden.com

 

The Russell Tribunal asks us to remember

A must watch video from Alice Walker making insightful connections in her message to the  Russell Tribunal on Palestine  who are holding an Extraordinary Session on Gaza on 24-25 Sept in Brussels.

 

We Say No More

October 2014 – A Month of Resistance

Month of Resistance NYC Alicewalkersgarden

 

Gather

  ©2014 by Alice Walker

  for Carl Dix and Cornel West

 

It is still hard to believe

that millions of us saw Eric Garner die.

He died with what looked like a half dozen

heavily clad

policemen

standing on his body, twisting and crushing

him

especially his head

and neck.

He was a big man, too.  They must have felt

like clumsy midgets

as they dragged him down.

 

Watching the video,

I was reminded of the first lynching

I, quite unintentionally, learned about:

it happened in my tiny lumber mill

town before the cows were brought in

and young white girls

on ornate floats

became dairy queens.

A big man too,

whom my parents knew,

he was attacked also by a mob

of white men (in white robes and hoods)

and battered to death

by their two by fours.

I must have been a toddler

overhearing my parents talk

and mystified by pieces of something

called “two by fours.”

Later, building a house,

i would encounter the weight,

the heaviness, of this varying length

of wood, and begin to understand.

 

What is the hatred

of the big black man

or the small black man

or the medium sized

black man

the brown man

or the red man

in all his sizes

that drives the white lynch mob

mentality?

 

I always thought it was envy:

of the sheer courage to survive

and ceaselessly resist conformity

enough to sing and dance

or orate, or say in so many outlandish

ways:

You’re not the boss

of me!

Think how many black men

said that:  “Cracker,* you’re not the boss

of me;”  

even enslaved.  Think of how

the legal lynch mob

so long ago

tore Nat Turner’s body

in quarters

skinned him 

and made “money purses”

from his “hide.”

 

Who are these beings?

Now we are beginning to ask

the crucial question.

If it is natural to be black

and red or brown

and if it is beautiful to resist

oppression

and if it is gorgeous to be of color

and walking around free,

then where does the problem

lie?

Who are these people

that kill our children in the night?

Murder our brothers in broad daylight?

Refuse to see themselves in us

as we have strained, over centuries,

to see ourselves in them?

Perhaps we are more different

than we thought.

And does this scare us?

And what of, for instance,

those among us

who collude?

Gather.

Come see what stillness

lies now

in the people’s broken

hearts.

It is the quiet force of comprehension,

of realization

of the meaning

of our ancient

and perfect

contrariness;

of what must now be understood

and done to honor

and cherish

ourselves:

no matter who

today’s “bosses”

may be.

Our passion

and love for ourselves

that must at last

unite

and free us.  As we lay our sacrificed

beloveds to rest

in our profound

and ample caring :

broad, ever moving,

and holy ,

as the sea.

 

*Cracker:  from the crack of the whip wielded by slave drivers.

 

 

Júntense

©2014 por Alice Walker

Para Carl Dix and Cornel West

Traducio al Español por Mañuel Verdecia

Todavía es duro pensar

que millones de nosotros vimos morir a Eric Garner.

Murió con lo que parecía media docena

de policías

fuertemente equipados

parados junto a su cuerpo, torciéndolo y golpeándolo

especialmente en su cabeza

y cuello.

Era un hombre corpulento. Debieron sentirse

como torpes enanos
mientras lo arrastraban.

Al ver el video

recordaba el primer linchamiento

del que, casi involuntariamente, supe:

ocurrió en mi pequeño pueblo

con aserradero antes que trajeran las vacas

y jóvenes blancas

en adornadas camionetas

se volvieran reinas de lecherías.

Era igual un hombre enorme

a quien conocían mis padres,

lo atacó también una turba

de hombre blancos (con túnicas y capuchas blancas)
y lo mataron a golpes con
sus “dos por cuatro”.

Debo haber sido una bebita

que de pasada oyó a mis padres hablar

perplejos sobre algo que

llamaban “dos por cuatro”.

Después construyendo una casa

yo encontraría el peso,

la solidez de esta longitud variable

de madera y empezaría a entender.

¿Cuál es el odio hacia el alto hombre negro

o el pequeño hombre negro

o el mediano hombre negro

el hombre pardo

el hombre rojo

de todos los tamaños

que impulsa la mentalidad de la turba

de linchadores bancos?

Siempre pensé que era envidia

del genuino coraje para sobrevivir

y continuamente rechazar la conformidad

lo bastante como para cantar y bailar

y hacer discursos o decir en tan extrañas

formas:

¡Ustedes no son

mis dueños!

Piensen en cuántos negros

dijeron: “Cracker*, tú no eres

mi dueño”,

aun siendo esclavos. Piensen

en cómo la turba linchadora autorizada

hace tanto tiempo

desgarró el cuerpo de Nat Turner

en cuartos

lo despellejaron

e hicieron “monederos”

de su “cuero”.

¿Quiénes son estos seres?

Ahora empezamos a hacernos

la pregunta crucial.

Si es natural ser negro

o rojo o pardo

y es hermoso resistir

la opresión

y si es esplendido ser de color

y andar libremente,

entonces ¿dónde reside

el problema?

¿Quiénes son estas gentes

que matan nuestros hijos en la noche

y matan nuestros hermanos a plena luz del día?

¿Rechazan verse en nosotros

como nos hemos forzado, por siglos,

a vernos en ellos?

Tal vez seamos más diferentes

de lo que pensábamos.

¿Y esto nos asusta?

¿Y qué hay, digamos,

de aquellos nuestros

que actúan en connivencia?

Júntense.

Vengan a ver la calma

que hay ahora

en los rotos corazones

de la gente.

Es la quieta fuerza de la comprensión,

de la percepción

del sentido

de nuestra antigua

y perfecta

contrariedad,

de lo que ahora debe entenderse

y hacerse para honrarnos

y apreciarnos,

no importa quiénes

hoy puedan ser

los “jefes”.

Nuestra pasión y amor

por nosotros mismos

que debe finalmente

unirnos

y liberarnos. Mientras dejamos descansar

a nuestros sacrificados amados

en nuestro profundo

y amplio cariño:

inmenso, siempre móvil

y sagrado como el mar.

* Cracker: por el chasquido, “crack”,  que producía el látigo de los que conducían a los esclavos. 

 

 

All Out for the Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation! 

 

Join a daily vigil starting on: Friday, September 12, 5 pm – 7 pm.

Please read more.

 

Eyewitness: Ferguson’s heroic resistance

If It Had Not Been alicewalkersgarden web Photo Gloria La Riva

 

Excerpt from “Eyewitness: Ferguson’s heroic resistance” article: ”To hear the news reports or listen to Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri yesterday, you’d think the protesters of Ferguson were bent on looting and destruction, and that a midnight curfew and police were needed to protect the people.

But last night at 12:30 a.m., the dozens of police who amassed on the street to enforce a midnight curfew launched a brutal attack on 75 protesters peacefully standing their ground to demonstrate. First, the police fired multiple tear gas canisters into the middle of the crowd, and dense clouds filled the air.

Next came a fire of rubber bullets, sending those of us in the line of fire to crouch to the ground to avoid getting hit. Several were wounded, one man critical in circumstances still not clear.

The riot came from the cops, not the people.”   Please read the full article

Happy Birthday Fidel! ~ August 13th

Happy Birthday Fidel Alice Walkers Garden

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.  This is why right, though temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Above photo: Among other beings of light: two ophthalmologists from NYC, Ramsey Clark, former attorney general of the United States, and Dennis Banks, a founder of AIM, the (North) American Indian Movement

 

Cuba’s Health Care System: a Model for the World

Please read the full post, Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love

 

 

July 2014

 

Letter from Gaza

Letter for Gaza Cartoon AWG Post July 23 2014

 

Ellen Cantarow reports on the email Dr. Mads Gilbert sent to friends July 19 from Gaza. “The last night was extreme.

The email Mads Gilbert, professor of medicine at the University of North Norway (Tromso), sent to a friend on July 19 was a cri de coeur . He had spent two weeks in Gaza during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead attack in the winter of 2008-09, tending to the wounded and the dying in Al-Shifa hospital, and again for another week during a similar assault (Operation Pillar of Cloud) in 2012.

As then, Gilbert is now once again caring for streams of patients rushed into Al-Shifa (the name means “healing”) from the Gaza killing fields. I reproduce the email in its entirety because it is the first lengthy account by a physician writing directly from a hospital about the region’s injured and dying in the course of Israel’s latest hostilities. Al-Shifa has been under bombardment and shellfire; other health care facilities as well as ambulances and medical personnel have been attacked. Gaza’s only rehabilitation hospital, Al-Wafa,  has been destroyed.

 

Please read the full post, Letter from Gaza

 

Some Light: Thank you, Phylllis Bennis and The Nation. Whew!  

Gaza

Why Opposing the Israel Lobby Is No Longer Political Suicide

by Phyllis Bennis

July 16, 2014

The Nation

 

Our movement isn’t strong enough yet to end US enabling of the carnage in Gaza—but the shift in public discourse is a crucial first step. Now we just have to escalate our own work to get on to that next stage. Please read more

 

 

 

 

  You were so thin.  This is why we were bringing food.

 

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/intcoop/sakharov/home_en.html

 

– EP SAKHAROV PRIZE NETWORK NEWSLETTER

JUNE 2014

Nurit Peled Elhanan draws attention to human rights violations in Palestine

04-07-2014: 2001 Laureate, Nurit Peled Elhanan has drawn the European Parliament’s attention to the background of the killing of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. She has denounced Israeli forces “for 12 hours trying to force the father of Mohammed Abu Khdair to issue a statement it was a family killing on account of his son being gay”. It is widely believed that Khdair was murdered in a revenge attack after the discovery of the bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers Naftali Frenkel , Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. Ms Peled has also called attention to the case of Uriel Ferrera, 18, who is serving a third prison term “for refusing to be drafted to the Israeli Occupation Army. Since he is a very orthodox Jew, he is being harassed and mocked in prison for his faith, and receives immeasurable punishments”.  Ms Peled stated “I believe this case of Zionist anti-Semitism should concern people who care for human rights “.  Link:  http://bit.ly/1mpxW51

 

Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan

 

Estabas tan flaco. Es por eso que te traíamos comida.   Vea foto arriba.

 

Nurit Peled Elhanan llama la atención sobre la violación de los derechos humanos en Palestina.

 

La laureada en 2001, Nurit Peled Elhanan, ha llamado la atención del Parlamento Europeo sobre las circunstancias del asesinato de adolescentes palestinos e israelíes. Ha denunciado a las tropas israelíes por tratar de forzar, durante doce horas, al padre de Mohammed Abu Khdair a emitir una declaración diciendo que se trataba de un asesinato familiar debido a que su hijo era homosexual.  Se considera ampliamente que Khdair fue eliminado en un ataque por venganza tras el descubrimiento de los cuerpos de tres adolescentes israelíes muertos Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal

Yifrach. La señora Peled también ha urgido a interesarse por el caso de Uriel Ferrera, de 18 años, quien cumple una tercera condena de cárcel por rechazar a ser reclutado para el ejército israelí de ocupación. Como es un judío muy ortodoxo, se le acosa y burla en la prisión debido a su fe y recibe cuantiosos castigos. La señora Peled aseveró, “Creo que este caso de sionismo y antisemitismo debe interesar a las personas que se preocupan por los derechos humanos.”

 

 

Also: A new bombing of Gaza.  Google.

Other news: 

Video: WATCH how israeli warplanes attacked Palestinian houses in GAZA

http://972mag.com/nstt_feeditem/video-israeli-police-beat-american-teenager-in-e-jerusalem
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4536477,00.html
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=709068
http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/soliders-kidnapping-retribution.html
http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=159234
http://www.mintpressnews.com/the-high-cost-of-israels-brutal-assault-on-palestinians-in-search-for-israeli-teens/193263/
http://revolution-news.com/berlin-refugees-threaten-to-set-squat-on-fire-if-police-attempt-eviction
http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2014/07/01/369367/israeli-forces-kill-palestinian-teen/

Image of the girl Sanabel Mohammed Fahmy al-Tus (9 years) run over by a car from a settlement near Bethlehem before the commandos fled.

Children are precious.

 

When we were in Gaza my partner, a jazz musician, gave his trumpet and a few lessons to a young boy who was fascinated by our music.  We bunked with two sisters and their elderly father, their cousins and aunts. Some of them slept on the floor so we might have beds. Are they on this list?  Or unmet others, as generous and kind as they?  We still marvel at the deep  love shared between father and son as the child delighted in the gift of a musical instrument from America. -AW

June 2014

 

  The Music of Archie Roach


Archie Roach Alice Walker Sydney 2014 Alicewalkersgarden.com

Alice Walker and Archie Roach: Sydney Opera House 5/14

 

Seams Of Gold:  Was the Gold We Seek Once Inside Us?

©2014 by Alice Walker

 

Twenty-two years ago, in Adelaide,  at one of  Australia’s literary festivals,  I met Archie Roach.  But did we actually meet?  What would we have said?  It is probably truer to say that I  saw  Archie Roach, as he sauntered past in colorful vest and Mohawk hair cut, on the way to the stage to sing a selection of his extraordinarily beautiful and soulful songs.  An Aboriginal man of gentle force, dignity, and with more than a hint of being a free spirit in his smile, he certainly stood out.  Did I meet Ruby, his wife?  Was she there?  Probably, because even though they were caring for a houseful of abandoned street children at the time, as someone had whispered to me, they were almost always together.  So much so that one did not say “Archie” or “Ruby” but “Archie  and  Ruby” always.

 

Please read the complete post…

 

Maya Angelou 

Maya Angelou Alice Walkers Garden

 

Maya Angelou was an indomitable spirit of great generosity, kindness, and love.  Her work, both written and spoken, has inspired, and actually helped, the lives of millions.  When I think of tribute, I envision Maya as a kind of General of Compassion, offering an army of words of encouragement.  She was special, she was rare, she was more beautiful than perhaps even she realized, because she was among other things such an artist that she could not only create worlds on paper, or in a listener’s imagination, but she also managed, over and over again in her long life, to create and recreate herself.
Alice Walker

Spanish Translation by Mañuel Verdecia :

“Maya Angelou fue un espíritu indomable de gran generosidad, benevolencia y amor. Su obra, tanto la escrita como la oral, ha inspirado y, de hecho, ha ayudado a la vida de millones. Cuando pienso en un tributo, veo a Maya como una suerte de General de la Compasión que ofrece un ejército de palabras de aliento. Era especial, era rara, era más bella incluso que lo que ella misma podía percibir, porque era, entre otras cosas, tal clase de artista que no solo podía crear mundos sobre el papel o en la imaginación del oyente, sino que también lograba, una y otra vez en su larga vida, crear y recrear su propio ser.”

 

Vincent Harding 1931-2014

Vincent looks across at us from Paradise Alice Walkers Garden

 

Vincent looks across at us from Paradise -aw

Vincent nos contempla desde el paraíso

  Vincent Harding 1931-2014

 

Dear Friends / Queridos Amigos  

May 1, May Day, 2014

A child is a child is a child… See The War Against Children blog post.

 

Un niño es un niño es un niño… Vea el texto “La Guerra contra los Niños” en el blog.

 

Palestinian Children Killed by Israeli Forces since 2000

 

 

What to do can be the hardest question to ask one’s self.  I have found giving to organizations that really work hard for our people (all of them), the animals (all of them), and the earth (all of it) one way to honor the deep connections that I feel.  The people, the (other) animals, the earth, are so dear.  How could anyone wish to harm them?  Yet, we do.  Humans do.  But we also heal.  We sit beside the one who weeps and share a shoulder, an embrace. We find food and water where there is none or it is scarce.  We liberate the caged.  We find teachers for the children of war whose schools have been bombed to splinters.  We fight to keep GMOs out of our water and off our Mother’s face, even as we mourn the irradiation of the sea.

 

This letter today from Avaaz cheered my day.  May it lift yours.  -AW

 

Dear Avaazers, 

 

I feel continually grateful for the level of trust that Avaaz donors place in our work every month, and I wanted to make sure you know what happens after you make that important choice to hope and to give!

 

For example – take a look at this:

Borneo

We’re buying a rainforest!  Over 90,000 of us donated enough to give $1 million to conservation organisations like the Rainforest Trust who are buying land connecting two vital preserves in Borneo that can keep the orangutans alive on this planet with us.

I love this job :)

These amazing girls are a second example:

Syria

Yamama and her cousin Hayat are Syrian refugees, but they’re in school  in part because our community raised $1 million in a challenge grant to donor governments to save Syria from a lost generation of children without education. We just got word that governments have matched us over 100:1!! UN Education Envoy Gordon Brown called our effort “magnificent” and “important in getting governments to give.”

And for a third, meet Gaby:

Syria

Gaby Lasky is an inspiring Israeli lawyer working with leaders of the Palestinian nonviolent movement and a tireless team to  defend hundreds of peaceful activists against trumped up charges . Our community donated enough to grant $225,000 to Gaby’s efforts!

Many, many more stories to tell, but our community’s top issue for donations has been climate change…

Climate

Here’s Filipino climate ambassador  Yeb Sano, delivering a massive petition spearheaded by Avaaz to the world’s climate negotiators.  Our climate change campaign, supported by tens of thousands of monthly ‘sustainer’ donors, has a large team working day and night to press our governments into action on this crisis of our time. Click  here  to read an in-depth report on our climate team’s full-spectrum work to save the world.

But it’s not just the money we donate as a community, but HOW we raise it that makes us a unique force for good in the world. Here’s three things that make us special:

 

  • Our community calls the shots.  We don’t accept any money (ever!) from governments, corporations, foundations, or large donors — making our community our only boss. Most of the non-profit sector is funded by very rich people, whose preferences deeply shape the work done.
  • We’re super fast.  Even for urgent problems, it can take months or even years to raise money from foundations and large donors — but we can raise over $1 million in hours!
  • We’re political.  Because our donations are not tax deductible, we have no government restrictions on calling out politicians, and politics is where many battles to save the world are won and lost.

Partly because of our unique model and proven track record of impact, the number of Avaaz members choosing to donate has been skyrocketing, heading for 1 million! 

donors

Most of the money donated goes to Avaaz campaigns. But a lot of it, we just give away — over $8 million so far to humanitarian causes and partner organisations who are doing great work that is unlikely to be funded by corporations and foundations. Organisations like the The Equality Effect for whom our community raised $300,000 last year. The head of The Equality Effect said “we are enormously grateful to Avaaz members for supporting us in ensuring laws in Kenya and Malawi protect girls who are vulnerable to some of the most appalling violence in the world.”

grants

Some people criticise activism as useless or feel-good, and they’re sometimes right. But Avaaz has been given awards for our effectiveness, and  our community’s ability not just to speak out powerfully, but to put our money where our mouths are , is a massive part of why we’re a force that is changing the world. And we’re just getting started :) .

With huge appreciation and respect for all that everyone is contributing,

Ricken and the team

PS – all our financial accounts are fully audited every year, and every year we get a squeaky clean bill of health. You can see the audit letters, and more financial info  here .

April 2014

 

Mojave Woman Face Tattoos old photo

This ancestral Mojave woman with her many tattoos is refusing to be made larger!  Her eyes to me are even more striking than her facial art.

Someone who heard me say my mother never said “I love you” to me until she was an old woman, sent this beautiful response to the child in me who did not understand.  When your language is stolen and replaced with an ill fitting one, speaking of something as important as love must feel like a rusty tin can has been nailed to your mouth.  A brutal image, yes, but what can be more brutal than being robbed of a language that connects us with the Universe and having it replaced  with something that connects us only to those in control?

I have never forgotten a comment made by a woman acquaintance to the effect that sure, the Indians of South America lost their languages (in this instance to the Spanish speaking conquerors) just as they lost their precious metals, particularly gold.  Though they lost the gold of their language and their environment, said this woman, they were amply compensated by the acquisition of the “gold” of the Spanish language they now spoke so beautifully  (and of course were forced to learn).  Yes, there are people who think like this. They are those who may have chosen a language other than their birth language because of its advantages for them, but they have never experienced the anguish of having a language (the strongest possible connector to one’s ancestors) ripped from them.

 

If What I Mean Is Hummingbird, If What I Mean Is Fall Into My Mouth

I find the piece below incredibly insightful and healing and am grateful for it.  If my mother were alive I would sit and talk with her about it.  Her belief was that “doing is better than saying” and I wonder how many generations back we’d have to time travel in order to find the place where to say I love you encompassed the distilled yearning, desire, and passion of one’s entire history, memory, and  culture.

If What I Mean Is Hummingbird, If What I Mean Is Fall Into My Mouth

[by Natalie Diaz]

In Mojave, the words we use to describe our emotions are literally dragged through our hearts before we speak them—they begin with the prefix  wa- , a shortened form of  iiwa , our word for heart and chest. So we will never lightly ask,  How are you?  Instead, we ask very directly about your heart. We have one way to say that our hearts are good, and as you might imagine if you’ve ever read a history book or lived in this world, we have many ways to say our hearts are hurting….

Continue Reading Mojave and If What I Mean Is Hummingbird, If What I Mean Is Fall Into My Mouth and en Español

 

 

March 2, 2014

 

 

One of the most remarkable persons to have graced our planet is the South African Zulu Shaman Credo Mutwa.  His teachings about so many things are immensely valuable.  Indeed, I have been envisioning how an entire course of study might be constructed around his wisdom.  I am perhaps not the person to attempt such a course, but it is obvious to me it would benefit the planet and human and animal kind if someone did.  There is a world of information this great teacher and healer offers us: from the (perhaps) thousands of years Africans have interacted with Space beings to this revelatory look below at the African way with ancient and contemporary Crop Circles.

A gardener, I loved crop circles from the moment I was shown pictures of them.  I was also moved by the spirit of the beings who made them.  To create so beautifully, so mysteriously, how cool they must be!   I also resonate deeply with the traditional African sense of reciprocity and reverence with these unanticipated guests.

Credo Mutwa is now 92 years old.  He is in great pain, suffering from the knowledge that, as he says, his continent, Africa, is being murdered.  What can we do to stop the depopulation of Africa, of Earth?  Let us begin by knowing who we have been; what has already been taken from humanity.  Let us honor and love ourselves, and each other, before we go.

2 de marzo de 2014

by Cuban poet and translator Mañuel Verdecia

Una de las personas más extraordinarias que han enaltecido nuestro planeta es el chamán sudafricano de origen zulú Credo Mutwa. Sus enseñazas sobre muchísimas cosas resultan inmensamente valiosas. De hecho, he estado considerando la forma en que se podría organizar un curso de estudio en torno a su sabiduría. Tal vez no sea la persona adecuada para procurar tal curso, pero para mí es obvio que beneficiaría al planeta así como a las especies humana y animal si alguien lo hiciera. Hay todo un mundo de información que este maestro y curandero puede ofrecernos: desde (quizás) los milenios en que los africanos han interactuado con criaturas del espacio hasta esa mirada reveladora al saber de los africanos respecto a los antiguos y contemporáneos círculos de las cosechas.

 

Como jardinera, me enamoré de los círculos de las cosechas desde el instante en que me mostraron fotos de ellos. Me sentí muy conmovida por el espíritu de los seres que los hicieron. Para crear de forma tan bella, tan misteriosa, ¡cuán estupendos deben ser! También me identifico profundamente con el tradicional sentido africano de de reciprocidad y reverencia hacia estos huéspedes inesperados.

 

Credo Mutwa tiene ahora noventa y dos años. Se halla en un profundo dolor, sufriendo por saber que, según dice, su continente, África, está siendo asesinado. ¿Qué podemos hacer para detener la despoblación de África, de la Tierra? Empecemos por saber quiénes hemos sido, de qué se ha privado ya a la humanidad. Honrémonos y amémonos a nosotros mismos y a los otros, antes de marcharnos.

 

by  Andreas Muller

31 August 2013

from  Earth-Heal  Website

“The world in which we live is more miraculous than we know.

There are things which go on in our world about which we know nothing.”

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

 

Prologue

In late 2002 I read the book ” Secrets in the Fields ” by crop circle researcher  Freddy Silva .

On page 303 the author writes:

“If contact with non human life continues to follow the U.S. military’s example of researching UFOs – shoot them down and analyze them – then it’s no wonder contact needs to be made in more subtle ways with people who appear to have every inclination of behaving like barbarians.

Yet compare this attitude with that of “pagans” in South Africa in response to crop circles:

‘Whenever a circle appeared in the fields, the people rushed to erect a fence of poles around the circle. They would dance and perform other sacred rituals honoring the Star Gods and the Earth Mother.

All the kings and chiefs awaited the arrival of these circles.

Their appearance would be cause for celebrations that lasted several days. The celebrations were accompanied by prayers to the gods to watch over the people and talk to them through the sacred sites’.”

(MUTWA 1996, 23 / SILVA 2002, 303)

As the bibliographical reference Silva gives: Mutwa, Credo. 1996. ‘Isilwane – The Animal.’ Cape Town, S. Africa: Struick.

To be honest, I’d never heard of this book or its author before. I soon learnt more about this astonishing man, when doing an online search for his name. 

Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa…

Continue Reading Ancients Crops Circles of Africa

 

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