In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens, We Find Our Own

from:  In Search Of Our Mothers’ Gardens, Womanist Prose, 1983

(in English y Español)

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

 

November 25, bless Fidel, 2016 Fidel Castro and Alice Walker Together (copyright 2016)

Dear amazing brother, you made it all the way home!

May this be the joy that always greets you.

~

Querido asombroso hermano, has hecho todo el trayecto a casa,

Que sea el júbilo el que siempre te acompañe.

 

Fidel Castro:  Compassionate Revolutionary

Alice Walker with Fidel Castro Cuba 90s Compassionate Revolutionary 2016

Originally posted on Alicewalkersgarden.com in August 2016

Fidel Castro:  Compassionate Revolutionary
Copyright© 2016 by Alice Walker

(For a book to be presented to Fidel this week honoring his birth.)

Fidel Castro is the most extraordinary person I have encountered, whether in real life, history, or fiction.  It is a gift to have been born in his time and to witness his nerve, intelligence, audacity, and wit.  He is a revolutionary in feeling as well as in thought.

There is a thrilling backstory to how I came to “meet” Fidel, but I will not go into it here:  but there I was, years ago, when I was eighteen, traveling in a quaint wood paneled train deep inside the Crimea, while reading his absorbing book HISTORY WILL ABSOLVE ME on how and why he became a revolutionary.  It is a compelling record of his endeavor to free his people from a crushing dictatorship, written shortly before he was captured and put on trial for doing so.

Continue reading the postFidel Castro:  Compassionate Revolutionary

 

November 22, bless Kennedy, 2016

Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall, sung by the Staple Singers

THE PRIZE IS POETRY

POETRY IS THE PRIZE

IT NEEDS NO OTHER.

-AW

EL PREMIO ES LA POESÍA

LA POESÍA ES EL PREMIO

NO SE NECESITA OTRO.

-AW

November 9, 2016

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Don’t Despair

Copyright © 2016 by Alice Walker

When I was a child growing up in middle Georgia, I thought all white men were like Donald Trump.  They too seemed petulant and spoiled, unhappy with everything they were not the center of, brutal toward the feelings of those “beneath” them, and comfortable causing others to act out of hate.  How did we survive this?

I think of my father, a poor sharecropper with many children, so desperate for change in a system that left his family in danger of starving that he walked to the polling place – a tiny, white owned store in the middle of nowhere – to cast the first vote by a black person in the county.  Three white men holding shotguns sat watching him, for niggers were not supposed to vote and they were there to enforce this common law.  My father voted for Roosevelt and a  “New Deal” he hoped would also apply to black people.

I come from a line of folks who chose to live or die on their feet.  My 4-Greats grandmother was forced to walk chained from a slave ship in Virginia, and carried two small children that probably weren’t hers all the way to Middle Georgia.  There she was forced to work for strange, pale people who could only have appeared to be demons to her.  She was given as a wedding gift to a young married couple when she was advanced in age; what the story of this event was is a mystery to this day. All we know is that she lived to bury all these people and that it is her who is remembered.

My aunts and uncles learned trades – tailoring, bricklaying, masonry, house-building – whatever was allowed for black people, and raised their children in homes of stability and even comfort, while the white world beyond their neighborhoods attempted to squeeze them into corners so tiny that to the majority of “citizens” of the cities they lived in, they did not even exist.

How to survive dictatorship.  That is what much of the rest of the world has had to learn.  Our country has imposed this condition on so many places and peoples around the globe it is naive to imagine we would avoid it.  Besides, do Native Americans and African American descendents of enslaved people not realize they have never lived in anything but a dictatorship?

In this election we did not really have a healthy choice, as is said in a commercial for something I vaguely remember.  Or, as a friend puts it: “‘the “choice” was between disaster and catastrophe.”‘ If this puzzles you, here is the next step of my counsel: Study.  Really attempt to understand the people you are voting for.  What are they doing when they’re not smiling at you in anticipation of your vote? Study hard,  deeply, before the Internet is closed, before books are disappeared.  Know your history and the ways it has been kept secret from you.  Understand how politicians you vote for understand your history better than you do; which helps them manipulate your generations. It is our ignorance that keeps us hoping somebody we elect will do all the work while we drive off to the mall.  Forget this behavior as if it were a dream.  It was.  In some way, many of us will find, perhaps to our astonishment, that we have not really lived until this moment.

Our surprise, our shock, our anger, all of it points to how fast asleep we were.

This is not a lament.  It is counsel.  It is saying:  We can awaken completely.  The best sign of which will be how we treat every being who crosses our path. For real change is personal.  The change within ourselves expressed in our willingness to hear, and have patience with, the “other.” Together we move forward.  Anger, the pointing of fingers, the wishing that everyone had done exactly as you did, none of that will help relieve our pain.  We are here now.  In this scary, and to some quite new and never imagined place. What do we do with our fear?

Do we turn on others, or toward others?  Do we share our awakening, or only our despair?

The choice is ours.

NO DESESPERES en español

 

 

November 8 2016

Candles Alicewalkersgarden Election 2016

I am spending election day burning a candle for four extraordinary people:  Mumia Abu Jamal, Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, and Edward Snowden.  I was thinking about all of them this morning in meditation.  So I labeled it “thinking,” as we are taught, and went back to Om Nama Shivaya.  But they all came right back to mind when meditation was over.

What is it about this gang of four, other than they’re all locked up? (Exile is also a lock up.)  I was thinking about this a lot, tossing out words that almost fit.  The one word that does hold up is -they are decent human beings.  If there is a right thing to be done in a situation,  they are committed to doing it.  This is extraordinary, really, when one thinks about it.  And yet, didn’t decent behavior used to be common?

In any case, I turned to You Tube to watch videos of Julian Assange, especially the  one he did recently with John Pilger, the Australian journalist, who is incredibly decent his own self.

They are discussing how, even though all charges against Assange have been dropped; including that by the “raped” woman who confessed the police made her do it (lie about Assange; that he raped her), he must remain in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London or risk arrest and detention if he steps outside the door. He’s been there four years, living in two rooms, with no sun at all.

I have stepped inside that door to visit him, a few years ago.  As I have stepped into two prisons to see Mumia and would gladly step over to Russia to bring Snowden some home cooked collard greens, and Chelsea Manning a really loving, sisterly hug.  How can we bear that these amazing people are in exile and prison?  That Chelsea recently tried to take her own life?  Chelsea, one of the best people on the planet.  While we are surrounded by people who are not at all in her league; and voting for some of them to rule over us this very day.

I think from my visit with Assange that he is an honest person.  An example of this is that even though we had  limited time to talk, and a horrible hit piece had just been done on him, one that, on reading, had rattled me quite a bit, he went to great pains to explain to me that “math” and “arithmetic” are different.  That my father, whom I always lament was a “mathematician” who ended up plowing vast cotton fields, was not really good at “math” but at “arithmetic.”  It was annoying.

But he was right.  So there’s that.  A stubborn insistence on the exact reality.

And that is what I am thinking about this election day.  How to retain a stubborn insistence on the exact reality.  US America’s political system is not working for the planetary common good.  At all. In fact, it works against peace as if it is a disease. It makes enemies daily that we can never outlive.  No amount of dreaming and pretending will make  our country’s unpardonable behavior disappear.  Only paying attention to the truth tellers, the whistle-blowers, honoring men and women like Ann Wright and Daniel Ellsberg and Jill Stein might at least permit us to breathe.  To meditate on other possibilities. And to pay attention  to our own sense of what is decent and what is right.  And above all, listening to Indigenous lovers of this land, those at Standing Rock, and especially the spectacularly decent teachers of humankind: the Hopi.

Elecciones 2016 en Español

 

October 2016

Yemanjá: 

 

Wisdom from the African Heart of Brazil

Narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker

A film by Donna C. Roberts and Donna Read

http://www.yemanjathefilm.com

A documentary film about the Candomblé religion in Bahia, Brazil, a vibrant African-derived culture which evolved from the days of enslaved Africans. Elder women leaders tell stories of Candomblé’s history, social challenges and triumphs, grounded in strong community, and Earth-based wisdom and practice.

I have just returned from the beautiful city of Pittsburgh, a place of three rivers!  And a fourth that is underground. This means a wonderful energy that has produced many artists, many musicians, whose names appear on some of the apartment buildings and houses. Friends and I were there celebrating the screening of the film Yemanjá, Wisdom From the African Heart of Brazil. My own heart was completely there; it was also with the Water Protectors of Standing Rock. Both cultures revere and protect water.  In fact, as can be seen in the film, Yemanjá is the Goddess or Orixá of water, particularly that of oceans. There is also a Goddess of fresh water.  In any case, all water is understood to be completely sacred.

I believe it is on this issue, the sacredness of water, that all indigenous and true Earth identified people connect.  I send this video out then to all who are risking their lives and livelihoods to protect water, wherever it exists, whether in the earth, the sky, or our bodies.

———-

Yemayá:  Sabiduría desde el corazón africano de Brasil

Narrado por la autora, Premio-Pulitzer, Alice Walker

Una película de Donna C. Roberts y Donna Read

http://www.yemanjathefilm.com

Es una película documental sobre la religión Candomble en Bahía, Brasil, un vibrante elemento cultural derivado de la cultura Africana que se desarrolló a partir de los días de los esclavos africanos. Viejas líderes cuentan anécdotas de la historia, los desafíos sociales y los triunfos del Candomble, basadas en una fuerte sabiduría y una práctica enraizadas en la comunidad y la Tierra.

¡Acabo de volver de la hermosa ciudad de Pittsburgh, un lugar de tres ríos! Y un cuarto que es subterráneo. Esto implica una energía maravillosa que ha dado muchos artistas, muchos músicos, cuyos nombres aparecen en algunos de los apartamentos y casas. Mis amigos y yo estábamos allí celebrando la proyección del filme Yemayá, sabiduría desde el corazón africano de Brasil. Mi propio corazón estaba totalmente allá; estaba también con los defensores del agua en Standing Rock. Ambas culturas reverencian y protegen el agua. De hecho, como puede verse en la película, Yemayá es la diosa u oricha del agua, en especial la de los océanos. Hay también una diosa del agua dulce. En cualquier caso, toda el agua se entiende que es totalmente sagrada.

Creo que es en este aspecto, el carácter sagrado del agua, en el que todos los pueblos indígenas y verdaderamente identificados con la Tierra se relacionan. Envío este vídeo a todos los que estén arriesgando sus vidas y sustentos por proteger el agua, dondequiera que exista, bien sea en la tierra, el cielo, o en nuestros cuerpos.

 

Buffalo just came out to support the people at Standing Rock

Standing Rock Sioux Buffalo Medicine 10-27-2016 alicewalkersgarden

Buffalo acaba de salir para apoyar a la gente en Standing Rock

Source photo of Buffalo at Standing Rock

 

Video source: Vimeo

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After Wednesday’s debate, Democracy Now! spoke to Dr. Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential nominee. She and Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson were excluded from the debate under stringent rules set by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is controlled by the Democratic and Republican parties.

en español

Tras el debate del miércoles, ¡Democracia ahora! habló con la Dra. Jill Stein, la candidata por el Partido Verde. Ella y el candidato libertario Gary Johnson fueron excluidos del debate bajo normas estrictas establecidas por la Comisión para los Debates Presidenciales, la cual está controlada por los partidos Demócrata y Republicano.

Fuente de video.

Video Source

September 2016

 

I spent all day last Saturday from ten o’clock in the morning to after ten o’clock at night (with a break for lunch, stretches, walks and a nap in my car) listening to a presentation by David Icke who is traveling the planet with his Phantom Self, World Wake Up Tour. He was extraordinary, as usual, and held the packed audience’s attention as he carried us through teachings welcome to some and no doubt too frightening to be welcome to others. Like Assange and Manning and Snowden and others that have appeared to shed light on these dark times, Icke is considered a prophet or a madman, depending on how open one can be to what he has devoted his life to share; i.e. his vast research and understanding of how humanity has wound up on the verge of murdering itself. I find him refreshing, myself, especially during this period of election coverage that seems from another reality entirely than the one real people live in, and is.

For friends who couldn’t attend the talk or who balked at the thought of sitting anywhere, listening to anyone, for ten hours, I decided to find, among Icke’s numerous videos, one lecture that might offer an introduction that wouldn’t be too scary for folks leery of being nudged in a direction of inquiry that might upset, destroy possibly, their world view. I think this one might fit the bill.

I notice that Icke’s own visual presentations are sometimes supplanted by weird scenes that have nothing to do with what he’s talking about. A kind of creeping censorship, no doubt. Which means, really, don’t wait to learn from a great teacher, even as you reserve your right to disagree with him, or it might soon be too late.

-Alice Walker

Por favor, lea Enemigos en La Puerta

Winne Mandela posted by Alice Walker on alicewalkersgarden.com

The name “Lucy,” which appears in the following poem, was given by paleoanthropologists to the fossilized skeleton of the most ancient, recognizably human being ever found.  A woman who lived on the African continent some three million years ago. WINNIE MANDELA WE LOVE YOU by Alice Walker Winnie Mandela We love you. If we had known you In a time of peace We would have loved Your peacefulness Your quiet so deep It did not hear The call To fight. We missed our chance. Winnie Mandela We love you. In a time of war We love your ferocity. We love your vigilance. We love your impatience With killers And charlatans. We love your hatred Of the deaths of our people. We love your hatred Of despair. Winnie Mandela We love you. We love your beauty. We love your style. We love your hats, Scarves And various lengths Of hair. We love the passion In your body. The fury in your eyes. When you smile We are amazed. We love your loyalty To Nelson The  beautiful. Your attention to The children And the voluptuousness Of the countryside Which will be ours Again. We love your memory Of details. We love that you do not intend To forget. Winnie Mandela, “Lucy,” We love you For helping us recognize The eternity you’ve been with us before. Winnie Mandela, Sister, We love you. Yours is the contemporary face Of the mother Of the human race.


From Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems 1965-1990 Complete, Harcourt Brace publishers;  by Alice Walker

 

Leer este poema en español

Happy Birthday, Beloved!  26th September.  //  ¡Feliz cumpleaños, querida!  26 de septiembre

This poem was published in the Eighties, while Nelson Mandela was still imprisoned.  Winnie Mandela was raising their children alone while also being recognized by black people as “the mother of the Nation.”  Life would take a terrible turn in her personal journey, which is well worth studying, for the light it sheds on how and why people sometimes change course, or break.  But having endured her personal Calvary Winnie Mandela rose again to lead, teach, and protect her people.

When her daughters – who I sometimes felt were also my daughters while they were growing up without their father, and, because of her many arrests and bannings, frequently  without their mother –  asked if i would read this poem for their mother at her 80th birthday celebration in Johannesburg I was happy to do so. (This was accomplished via video shot by filmmaker Pratibha Parmar).  Ironically Nelson Mandela was released from prison on Parmar’s birthday, Feb. 11, 1990.

Winnie Mandela’s life is precious to all people who understand what a trial it is simply to exist, standing your ground against forces that despise and abuse you, over decades and centuries.  Whoever is perfect in their response to the murder of a people’s soul, may judge whatever is impossible to understand.

 

 

August 2016 

An inspiring example of the passion of caring. -AW

Video Source:  The Sane Progressive

 

Never Give Up Alice Walker Garden

Never Give Up:  Even when the way of Peace is sabotaged or difficult to read….

 

Alice Fidel Cuba 90s Website Alice Walker AliceWalkersGarden.com

Fidel Castro:  Compassionate Revolutionary

Copyright© 2016 by Alice Walker

(For a book to be presented to Fidel this week honoring his birth.)

Fidel Castro is the most extraordinary person I have encountered, whether in real life, history, or fiction.  It is a gift to have been born in his time and to witness his nerve, intelligence, audacity, and wit.  He is a revolutionary in feeling as well as in thought.

There is a thrilling backstory to how I came to “meet” Fidel, but I will not go into it here:  but there I was, years ago, when I was eighteen, traveling in a quaint wood paneled train deep inside the Crimea, while reading his absorbing book HISTORY WILL ABSOLVE ME on how and why he became a revolutionary.  It is a compelling record of his endeavor to free his people from a crushing dictatorship, written shortly before he was captured and put on trial for doing so.

I recognized him immediately – as I read across endless, often quite spectacular, miles of Russia (the old Soviet Union)…

Continue Reading Fidel Castro: Compassionate Revolutionary

Leer más Revolucionario Fidel Castro Compasiva

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I thank Thich Nhat Hahn Alice Walker Alice Walkers Garden

Breathing in

I thank Thich Nhat Hahn 

Breathing Out

I thank him more.

  -AW

 

Why vote for evil (lesser is still evil) when you can vote for good?

Most of us have never won an election anyway.  The self-deception is believing you have. And we’ve certainly never “won” democracy.

Bernie sure did look good, though.

-AW

Cornel West: Why I Endorse Green Party’s Jill Stein Over “Neoliberal Disaster” Hillary Clinton

This article is also translated into Spanish/Español

JULY 18, 2016

STORY - http://www.democracynow.org/2016/7/18/why_a_member_of_the_democratic

AMY GOODMAN: You are endorsing Dr. Jill Stein. You were a surrogate for Bernie Sanders. You spoke all over the country for him.

CORNEL WEST: Yes, yes, yes.

AMY GOODMAN: What made you decide to support the Green Party presidential candidate as opposed to Hillary Clinton?

CORNEL WEST: Well, I’ve never been tied to one party or one candidate or even one institution. And that’s true even with one church as a Christian. I’m committed to truth and justice. And Brother Bernie, no doubt, was the standard-bearer for truth and justice during the primary at a national level, at a highly visible level. Once he endorsed Hillary Clinton, who, for me, is a neoliberal disaster, it was clear—

AMY GOODMAN: What do mean by that?

CORNEL WEST: A neoliberal disaster is one who generates a mass incarceration regime, who deregulates banks and markets, who promotes chaos of regime change in Libya, supports military coups in Honduras, undermines some of the magnificent efforts in Haiti of working people, and so forth. That’s the record of Hillary Clinton. So there was no way—when my dear brother, who I love very deeply, Bernie Sanders said she will make an outstanding president, I said, “Oh, I disagree with my brother. I think she’ll—I don’t think she’ll make an outstanding president at all.” She’s a militarist. She’s a hawk. She could take us into war with Russia. She could take us into war with Iran. So, I mean, I think she’s—she’s dangerous in terms of her neoliberal ideology—not as a woman, because I’m supporting, of course, my dear sister Jill Stein.

I think after a magnificent campaign of Bernie Sanders, the next step is a green step. The next step is a progressive step. And when you’re calling for reparations, you’re calling for the release of prisoners who have been historically unfairly treated, especially tied to nonviolent crimes, and then saying they should vote and that vote should never be taken away, when you’re calling—putting people and planet and peace before profits, Sister Jill Stein, for me, is somebody that’s worth fighting for. And she’s not a spoiler. You know, a lot of people use that term “spoiler.” If Hillary Clinton can’t make the case to progressives, she doesn’t deserve our vote.

Now, Trump is a neofascist in the making. There’s no doubt about that.

AMY GOODMAN: Donald Trump.

CORNEL WEST: Yeah. Oh, there’s no doubt about that. But the thing is, is that you can’t just be a non-Trump and deserve one’s vote. If Hillary Clinton wants the vote of progressives, she better be real about it. But I don’t think she has the capacity to be real about it. She’s so tied to Wall Street. She’s so tied to the corporate elite.

AMY GOODMAN: Why do you say he’s a neofascist, Donald Trump, the—

CORNEL WEST: Because neofascism in the United States takes the form of big money, big banks, big corporations, tied to xenophobic scapegoating of the vulnerable, like Mexicans and Muslims and women and black folk, and militaristic policies abroad, with strongman, charismatic, autocratic personality, and that’s what Donald Trump is…

Please Continue ReadingCornel West: Why I Endorse Green Party’s Jill Stein Over “Neoliberal Disaster” Hillary Clinton

Continúe leyendoCornel West En “DEMOCRACIA AHORA” Explica Por Que Apoya A Jill Stein Del Partido Verde En Vez Del “Desastre Neoliberal” Hillary Clinton

Palestine-flag-DNC-Obama-Hillary-2016-Alice-Walker

This is the news of which tears and smiles are made.  As Celie Johnson might say:  I loves folks. -AW

Did You See Our Palestine Signs at the DNC? Rabbi Shmuley Did.

by Tamar Ghabin, Government Affairs Associate, and Josh Ruebner, Policy Director

July 29th, 2016

WATCH: Visible Support for Palestinian Rights at DNC

DNC delegates raise the Palestinian flag on the convention floor.

“All the…pro-Palestinian yellow stickers at #DNCinPhilly are truly dispiriting,” lamented prominent right-wing Israel supporter Rabbi Shmuley Boteach on Twitter.

Yep, we worked with delegates to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) to distribute thousands of our “Progressive for Palestine” and “I Support Palestinian Human Rights” t-shirts, signs, stickers and buttons to more than 30 state delegations!

This presence was, Al Jazeera reported, a “show of force” in support of Palestinian human rights “unprecedented at other political conventions.”

Watch and share our 90-second video showing a few of the many hundreds of delegates who proudly demonstrated their support for Palestinian rights on the floor of the DNCWatch our videos from the DNC.

In fact, DNC delegates were so receptive that we actually had trouble keeping up with the demand for materials!

After seeing these signs and stickers on TV and social media, many people have been asking us: how can we get this #ProgressiveforPalestine swag?

It’s easy. Just click here to make a donation to the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and we’ll be glad to send some to you too.

Creating this visible presence at the DNC in support of Palestinian rights, which built on our similar work in Cleveland at the RNC, was just one of the things we did this week in Philadelphia.

On Monday, we organized a path-breaking panel for delegates, cosponsored by member group American Friends Service Committee, entitled “Progressive for Palestine: Is the US Ready to Rethink Policy on Israel?”

The standing-room-only crowd heard a special video message from Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who assured us that thanks to the tireless work of Palestine solidarity activists, the conversation on Capitol Hill is changing for the better.

And Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) spoke passionately to the crowd about his work in Congress to hold Israel accountable for violations of US weapons laws and to advocate for the human rights of Palestinian children.

We were also privileged to hear from Dr. Jim Zogby, a member of the DNC’s platform committee who pushed hard for Palestinian human rights amendments, and Linda Sarsour, the most prominent Palestinian-American surrogate for a presidential candidate.

Watch and share this inspiring event here.

In Philadelphia, we also helped organize a Palestine solidarity march with member group Philly BDS, educated delegates about the issue with member group American Muslims for Palestine, supported protests by member group Code Pink, and helped turn out crowds for panel discussions held by member group Jewish Voice for Peace and our friends at the Arab American Institute.

For example, check out our Executive Director Yousef Munayyer at this JVP-sponsored panel on Boycotting for Justice: Building Progressive Grassroots Power.

Huffington Post noted that if all of the Palestine solidarity activism on full display at the DNC “proceeds on its current trajectory, it could threaten the virtually unconditional support for Israeli government policies that has been a core tenet of both major parties for decades.”

That’s exactly right. In fact during the DNC, new polling confirmed recent trends and showed support for holding Israel accountable for settlements is supported by Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders backers alike with even some support among Republicans!

Help us continue along this trajectory by making your donation today to support our ongoing work and get your #ProgressiveforPalestine swag.

Of course, creating this visible presence for Palestinian rights at the DNC cost money. Help us raise $10,000 today to recoup those costs and help launch the next phase of our work to continue to make Palestinian rights a central part of this electoral season.

Sincerely,

Josh Ruebner, Policy Director

Tamar Ghabin, Government Affairs Associate

- See more at: http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=4825

 

Meridian’s granddaughter.  Hello, Beloved.  Thank you, Leisha Evans.

Is there another way to think about this?  Let us find it, quickly, together. If we don’t find it, we risk losing the friends we’ve made, the friends we love, after over half a century of work. We risk losing all the children’s trust in our ability to find a way we all can live.

http://www.lionsroar.com/a-buddhist-cops-approach-to-justice/

There used to be a wonderful phrase:  Don’t believe the hype.  The hype is still here; and people still believe it.  That is why we love writers who get the real word out.  Like this writer who tells us something I’m sure most of us didn’t know. -AW

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-cops-killed-white-men-conservatives-silent-article-1.2632965

Thanks Belvie Rooks  (and brother D).

This Black Lives Matter Photo Should Be Seen Around The World – Link

Thanks William Lee, all the way from China!

 

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June  2016

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7/26 Oakland Forum-Palestinian Workers, Human Rights, Labor and Zionism

July 26 (Tuesday) 7:00 PM (Free) Uptown Body and Fender – 401 26th St., Oakland

 

Palestinian workers are under attack and they and their families face apartheid conditions. At the same time, legal efforts are being made to prevent an international boycott of Israel and labor action. Bay Area ILWU longshore workers played an important role in supporting Palestinian workers by boycotting the Israeli controlled Zim shipping line. This forum will look at the history of Zionism including the collaboration with the Nazis, and the present attack on UK Labor Party members critical of Israel who are being attacked as anti-Semites.

 

We will also look at the struggle of UAW 2865 to support the international boycott, and how their national leadership nullified their efforts.

 

Video from ILWU Zim Action On Port of Oakland will be screened.

 

 

Speakers:

Fadi Saba, President Luther Burbank Education Association CTA*

Jeff Blankfort, Editor Of Labor Bulletin On The Middle East and Radio Host of KZYX&Z Takes on The World

Lenni Brenner, Historian and author of Zionism In The Age Of Dictators

Jack Heyman, ILWU Local 10 retired and Chair Transport Workers Solidarity Committee

* for identification only

 

 

Sponsored by United Public Workers For Action.

www.upwa.info <http://www.upwa.info>

 

Who or what are the beings that can tolerate slave ships, whether on sea or land, and cause humans to endure being “packed like sardines” on their way to forced labor.  Meditating on this question is scary but must be done. -AW

 

Jesse Williams’  BET Awards Speech

Here is part of the problem right up front:  we have to endure a MacDonald’s commercial before Jesse Williams’ speech.  Surely there is a better way to honor our people than by encouraging belief that such a corporation cares about what they eat, unless it makes money for the corporation. In any case, it interrupted a poem I wanted to write about fear of blackness in white culture.

Here It Is

2016 by Alice Walker

Here it is

the beauty that scares you

-so you believe-

to death.

For he is certainly gorgeous

and he is certainly where whiteness

to your disbelief

has not wandered off

to die.

No.  It is there, tawny skin, gray eyes,

a Malcolm-esque  jaw.  His loyal parents

may Goddess bless them

sitting proud and happy and no doubt

amazed

at what  they have done.

For he is black too.  And obviously

with a soul

made of everything.

Try to think bigger than you ever have

or had courage enough to do:

that blackness is not where whiteness

wanders off to die: but that it is

like the dark matter

between stars and galaxies in

the Universe

that ultimately

holds it all

together.

-AW

 

Three deep bows to a beautiful son.

Aquí es el poema en español

 

View Video, BET Humanitarian Awards Speech by Jesse Williams

 

 

A thoughtful piece on our dilemma.

I remember Martin Luther King saying we might one day have the vote (people of color) and have no one to vote for. Or, we might gain entrance to “white only” restaurants and have no money to buy the food. And so on. What a prophet! I think it would help to remember not everyone in the country thinks America (North America, the US) is or ever was “great.” Looking at its truly soulless behavior against everyone except, for the most part, wealthy white people, overwhelmingly male, what would that mean? I would have liked to have experienced  a “fair” nation, a “just” nation, even a “compassionate” nation, though that word probably frightens a lot of Americans.

In any case, we have reached where we were heading. Rule by the rich and insatiable. Hungry ghosts. Whatever happens with Bernie Sanders’ candidacy he makes us see an alternative.  A beautiful gift.  If he is sucked into supporting the prevailing charade we will mourn its loss, but hopefully we will continue to seek the light. -AW

Read, The chaos of a Hillary Clinton Presidency: Corporate dominion and a building rebellion

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An optimistic local out for a stroll

Loving Oakland

Copyright © 2016 by Alice Walker

If gentrifiers do not despoil it

which means getting rid of poor

and black and people of color

people

Oakland can be what it has been

for a long time:  an urban Paradise.

It is a place where

the young blonde woman

crossing the street in front of your car

would look like a threat

to the neighborhood

except she’s frowning

over some deep issue in her inner life

and wearing outrageous vivid blue shoes.

It is a place where

as you sit on the grass by the lake

a tall black man of a certain age

strolls by

blowing his saxophone.

You smile and bow,…

Continue reading the full poem, Loving Oakland

 

The Long Road Home

©2016 by Alice Walker

I am beginning to comprehend

the mystery

of the gift of suffering.

It is true as some

have said

that it is a crucible

in which the gold of one’s spirit

is rendered

and shines.

 

Ali,

you represent all of us

who stand the test of suffering

most often alone

because who can understand

who or what

has brought us to our feet?

 

Their knees worn out

ancestors stood us up

from the awkward position

they had to honor

on the floor beneath

the floor.

 

I have been weeping

all day

Thinking of this.

The cloud of witness

the endless teaching

the long road home.

 

El poema, EL LARGO CAMINO A CASA

Para Muhammad Ali  se ofrece en español

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One of the few athletes who loved us more than we loved him. -Mungu Sanchez.  Thank you, son.

 

 

May 2016 

I have recently been sharing thoughts about books that are to me “great” in the sense of having the power to engage the reader in new ways of imagining, of loving, acting, and growing.

There are books that are great in an even more extraordinary way: they can sometimes single-handedly shift consciousness so much that a crime like enslavement of people, sometimes singly, often whole families, can at last be seen and emotionally felt for what it is.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe did this.  Slave narratives like Frederick Douglass’s did this. I’ve just finished reading two harrowing books out of India that could have similar impact:  RIVER OF FLESH and Other Stories: The Prostituted Woman in Indian Short Fiction, edited by Ruchira Gupta, and TOWN OF LOVE by Norwegian writer Anne Osby.

Continue reading about RIVER OF FLESH and TOWN OF LOVE o Leer El Artículo en Español

 

See reminder below:

The Celia Project

A Research Collaboration on the History of Slavery and Sexual Violence

Welcome

In 1855 Missouri, an enslaved woman named Celia was tried, convicted, and ultimately executed for killing her owner. Celia confessed: She had tried to put a stop to what had been five years of sexual abuse. At the center of the trial was a dramatic confrontation over the legal standing of enslaved women. Did an enslaved woman have the right to defend herself against sexual assault? Drawing on Celia’s own words, her court-appointed defense team said “yes.”

Prosecutors, the trial judge, jurors, and the state high court all rejected Celia’s claim. Enslaved women did not have the same right to self-defense accorded to free women under Missouri law, they concluded. To allow such resistance would have been to strike at the heart of slaveholders’ power.

Continue Reading, The Celia Project and also the post is translated into Español   (Thank you: Beverly Guy-Sheftall)

 

BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS

 

Meanwhile, over at the Marsh in Berkeley, the small, slender, powerful, stunning and adorable Echo Brown performs BLACK VIRGINS ARE NOT FOR HIPSTERS.  Word of mouth fills the theatre, and the show has been extended.  Google for details – I’m headed for a silent retreat.  What I can say is that not since early Whoopi Goldberg and early and late Anna Deavere Smith have I been so moved by a performer’s narrative.  This one woman show proves once again that there is apparently a black woman gene that refuses to let her stay down, give up, or admit defeat, in any area in which she passionately lives her life. Truth seems to be Goddess of this realm. The beauty of this small being, standing alone on an empty stage, fills my heart with gratitude for the long and grueling inner journey that has brought us so far.

ALGO NUEVO Y MARAVILLOSO EN EL MARSH DE BERKELEY

Mientras tanto, en el Marsh de Berkeley, la pequeña, esbelta, poderosa, admirable y encantadora Echo Brown representa

Las vírgenes negras no son para los hipsters*.

El rumor ha hecho que se llene el teatro y el espectáculo se ha extendido. Vayan a Google para detalles –voy camino a un retiro de silencio. Lo que puedo decir es que desde la temprana Whoopi Goldberg y la temprana y posterior Anna Deavere Smith no me he sentido tan conmovida con la narración de un actor. Este espectáculo unipersonal de una mujer demuestra una vez más que, al parecer, hay un gen en la mujer negra que rechaza quedarse echada, rendirse o admitir la derrota, en cualquier asunto en el que apasionadamente realice su vida. La verdad parece ser la Diosa de este reino. La belleza de este pequeño ser, que permanece sola en un escenario vacío, colma mi corazón de gratitud por el largo y angustioso camino que nos ha traído tan lejos.

 

* Hipster se denomina a las personas que cultivan el arte no masivo ni predominante sino el alternativo, especializado, selecto.

 

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Papa Hemingway In Cuba

New film!

If I were still teaching writing I would gather my entire class in my arms and take them to see PAPA HEMINGWAY IN CUBA.  Writing is such a lonely, sometimes terrifying pursuit.  And there is often so much misrepresentation of it.  This film, like Hemingway himself, is blunt and true, and I was reminded, watching it, how much, as a young writer, I learned from him.  Economy of both thought and expression, the necessity of writing nothing, not one thing, that rings false, or is false.  The complete indifference to whatever glorious diversion might obstruct the path to purity of effort.  Then, to see the side of his life that chronicles some of the cost of pursuing the creation of his monumental gift, some of the wrong turns, the embrace of the false in other areas of his life – with his women and his wives, for instance; what a sad but so human revelation.

I fell in love with Cuba and the Cuban people at about the time Hemingway was leaving his secluded paradise there.  He was almost sixty, and would commit suicide very soon; I was sixteen, and suicidal about American racism and injustice. I used to wonder, on my visits to Cuba – usually to do work in defense of the people’s health and wholeness – why he was so universally admired there.  I hadn’t realized…

Continue reading, “Papa Hemingway In Cuba New film!” and en español, “Papa Hemingway en Cuba ¡Un nuevo filme!

 

The Battle Over Boycott:  the next great frontier.  See link below.

Link >> A New York Bill Penalizing Boycotts is a Threat to Democracy

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if Labor had not first existed. Labor is superior to capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.—Abraham Lincoln

Source article Slate.com

La batalla sobre el boicot: la próxima gran frontera. (Vea el link debajo)

Un proyecto de ley de Nueva York que penaliza el boicot es una amenaza a la democracia. 

“El trabajo es anterior al, e independiente del, capital. El capital es solo el fruto del trabajo y jamás hubiera podido existir de no haber existido primero el trabajo. El trabajo es superior al capital y merece la mayor consideración.” Abraham Lincoln

Artículo tomado de Slate.com 

 

 

April 2016 / Abril 2016

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MILES AHEAD

A film by Don Cheadle

This afternoon I went with friends to see the new Don Cheadle film about Miles Davis, MILES AHEAD, that is playing at our local cinema.  It is fantastic.  I had seen a trailer in which Miles appears in a car chase shooting wildly out the window of his car.  In the film there is such a chase; Miles shooting out the window of a careening vehicle, and being shot at by someone in the music mafia who has orders to steal a musical tape he has made, and perhaps kill him…

Continue reading, MILES AHEAD A film by Don Cheadle

 

MILES*  POR DELANTE

(*Juego de palabras con el nombre del músico que significa también “millas”.)

 

Un filme de Don Cheadle

Esta tarde fui con amigas a ver el nuevo filme de Don Cheadle sobre Miles Davis, Miles Ahead, que se exhibe en nuestro cine local. Es fantástico. Había visto un avance en el que aparece Miles en una persecución de autos disparando alocadamente desde la ventanilla de su carro. En el filme está esa persecución. Miles dispara desde la ventanilla de un vehículo a toda velocidad mientras a él le dispara alguien de la mafia de la música que tiene órdenes de robar una grabación musical que él ha hecho y, quizás, hasta matarle…

Mas en español, MILES POR DELANTE Un filme de Don Cheadle

 

David Icke: A Memory of Prince – Beyond Normal – YouTube

 

“Everything That Rises Must Converge” Pierre de Teilhard de Chardin.    This is why I respect and love David Icke.  Such a thoughtful, soulful, deeply aware requiem for Prince.  Who was a magical force but mysterious to me.  Which was fine.

Todo cuanto se levanta debe converger”, Pierre de Teilhard de Chardin. Es por esto que respeto a David Icke. Un réquiem tan considerado, conmovedor y profundamente consciente para Prince. Este era una fuerza mágica pero misteriosa para mí. Lo que estaba bien.

Dawning  LIGHT- aw

Bernie Sanders vs. the Out-of-touch American Jewish Establishment

Sanders’ Jewish socialism, his recognition of the injustice of the occupation, is a rebuke to those in the U.S. and Israel who believe Jews should only care about other Jews’ freedom and dignity. No wonder they’re trying to marginalize him.

Max Berger Apr 16, 2016 1:57 AM

Bernie backs the Jewish values we millenials believe in – and Israel’s not one of them

How I chose between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

As Jews in the U.S., we are taught over and over about the history of our persecution. American Jews are applying the lessons we learned from that history…

Continue Reading complete article, “Bernie Sanders vs. the Out-of-touch American Jewish Establishment” by Max Berger

En Español

LUZ DE AMANECER, AW

Bernie Sanders versus el grupo de poder Judío Americano desconectado de la realidad

El socialismo judío de Sanders, su reconocimiento de la injusticia de la ocupación, es una crítica a aquellos que en los EE.UU. e Israel creen que los judíos solo deben preocuparse de la libertad y la dignidad de otros judíos. No es asombroso que traten de marginarlo.

Para Leer El Artículo

 

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Two pieces of good news in a row.  Bernie Sanders wins Wisconsin, and Michael Moore’s new film Where To Invade Next is almost too good to be true.  Though a friend reminds me:  Nothing is too good to be true! The film invades half a dozen European (and Tunisia) countries and instead of grabbing land, families to enslave, oil or diamonds, Michael Moore “steals” the best ideas the countries offer.  I felt so hopeful after seeing this film.  Not everyone on the planet has fallen ill with the American disease of envy, greed, brutality, lack of empathy, and war, i.e., a love affair with death.  Instead they have taken what America used to stand for, and run with it.

Drop everything and go see this film.  You will be so glad you did!

Dos buenas noticias seguidas. Bernie Sanders gana en Winsconsin y el nuevo filme de Michael Moore, Where to Invade Next (¿A quién invadir después?) es casi demasiado bueno para ser verdad. Aunque una amiga me recuerda: ¡Nada es demasiado bueno para que sea verdad! La película invade media docena de países europeos (y a Tunes) y en lugar de arrebatar terrenos, familias para esclavizarlas, petróleo o diamantes, Michael Moore se “roba” las mejores ideas que esos países ofrecen. Me siento muy llena de esperanzas tras ver este filme. No todos en este planeta se han contagiado con la enfermedad norteamericana de la envidia, la avaricia, la crueldad, la falta de empatía y la guerra, o sea, un romance con la muerte. En vez de esto han tomado aquello con que Estados Unidos solía identificarse y han corrido con ello.

Deje todo y corra a ver el filme. ¡Se sentirá muy feliz de hacerlo!

 

Other Great News From “Other People’s Everything, Inc.”

There are almost too many great books lately to share with any kind of depth, but if I keep putting off writing about them I’m afraid they will vanish. I will list the ones that come to mind and between chores attempt to fill in what’s missing: you won’t regret staying tuned.  Humans are at it again: showing us what’s possible! WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, BY PAUL KALINITHI, made me so glad Paul existed I could hardly sit still. It’s a wonderful book about a wonderful human being.  Living and dying with so much grace and dignity I’m still weeping as I write this, and it’s been months!  Ruth OZeki’s amazing books: My YEAR Of MEATS  and A TALE  FOR THE TIME BEING lit up my mind and soul for a couple of weeks.  She was such a surprise! I love the Japanese/American-ness of her!  I AM MALALA, by Malala Yousafzai, shines…

Continue Reading, Other Great News From “Other People’s Everything, Inc.” y en español

 

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Very Best News: Aung San Suu Kyi’s party comes to power at last in Myanmar (Burma) and a law is proposed to make her the “president’s boss.”  Since she cannot, due to illegal maneuvers by the generals of the old regime, become president.  Here is a woman, like Malala of Pakistan, like Celia Sanchez of Cuba, who demonstrates womanism at its best.

Muy buena noticia: el partido de Aung San Suu Kyi llega al poder por fin en Myanmar (Birmania) y una ley se propone convertirla en “jefa del presidente”. Esto se debe a que ella no puede, debido a maniobras ilegales de los generales del antiguo régimen, convertirse en presidenta. He aquí una mujer, como Malala de Pakistán, como Celia Sánchez de Cuba, que corroboran el “mujerismo” (la esencia de ser mujer) en su mejor forma.

 

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Happy Birthday and Thank You to a Great Spiritual Leader, Rev. Eloise Oliver  (April 1) of East Bay Church of Religious Science (See YouTube interview on Empathy)

Feliz cumpleaños y gracias a un gran guía espiritual, el reverendo Eloise Oliver (1 de abril) de la Iglesia de Ciencia Religiosa en East Bay. (Vea la entrevista en YouTube sobre empatía)

March 2016

Happy Birthday to a Great Artist of Music, Tracy Chapman, March 30

Feliz cumpleaños a una gran artista de la música, Tracy Chapman, 30 de marzo.

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Why does the US media lie so much?   (Cynthia McKinney and the questions that matter…)

Cynthia McKinneyAfter serving in the Georgia Legislature, in 1992, Cynthia McKinney won a seat in the US House of Representatives. She was the first African-American woman from Georgia in the US Congress. In 2005, McKinney was a vocal critic of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina and was the first member of Congress to file articles of impeachment against George W. Bush. In 2008, Cynthia McKinney won the Green Party nomination for the US presidency.

Article Source URL  | More RT from Cynthia McKinney

 

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Either by omission or by commission, the US media actively misinforms the public on crucial issues that matter. The reason they do this is because they legally can.

My mentor and dissertation committee member, Dr. Peter Dale Scott, recently wrote on his Facebook page: “Inadequate decently priced housing is one of America’s most urgent domestic problems, with developers vacating neighborhoods to build third and fourth homes for the one percent. It is a symptom of what’s wrong that Cynthia McKinney, one of the relatively few former members of Congress with a Ph.D., has to go to RT to discuss a crisis that is so under-reported in the US media.”

And therein lies the problem with US media: The news is so filtered and in some cases propagandized that it bears little resemblance to the day-to-day intellectual needs of the average US citizen. It fails to provide solutions, let alone information that allows US citizens to cast informed votes. Either by omission or by commission, the US media actively under-, ill-, or misinforms the public on crucial issues that matter! The reason they do this is because they legally can. Media in the US has at least one court ruling that allows them to knowingly lie to the public…

Continue Reading, Why does the Media Lie So Much? by Cynthia McKinney y En Español Tambien 

 

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WHAT MAKES US FAMILY? WHAT MAKES US BELONG TO EACH OTHER?

Acceptance Speech: The Mahmoud Darwish Award For Literature:  March 10, 2016

©2016 by Alice Walker

It is a distinct honor to receive this award that is named for the brave and brilliant Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish.  Mahmoud Darwish wrote from the very heart of dispossession, cruelty, oppression and terror.  That his own heart eventually gave out, and that he died at a relatively young age, is testament to his sufferings as a highly conscious, well educated and well traveled Palestinian.  When I think of him I am reminded of how many of us, especially in these dark times, live mainly by the will of our deep love of our peoples, our cultures, our memories, ourselves – as the expression of thousands of years, and more, of existence on this extraordinary planet.

I believe the issue of Palestine and its liberation to be the defining Movement for Freedom and Autonomy of our time.  It is often possible to tell almost everything one needs to know about a person by how they perceive what is happening to the Palestinian people.  Though many still claim ignorance of Palestine’s history of dispossession under Zionist Israeli rule, more and more of the world has committed to study the real history, as opposed to the contrived, and can see clearly what has been, and is still, being done:  The bombing of cities, the stealing of land, houses and businesses, the unconscionable battering, incarceration and murder of Palestinians of any age or sex, but especially the hunting down and killing of children.  Every day in my Inbox I am informed of these child murders, which, as a mother, but really as a human being, I find almost unbearable. …

Continue ReadingWHAT MAKES US FAMILY? WHAT MAKES US BELONG TO EACH OTHER?

 

From:  A Lover From Palestine, by Mahmoud Darwish

In the briar-covered mountains I saw you,

A shepherdess without sheep,

Pursued among the ruins.

You were my garden, and I a stranger,

Knocking at the door, my heart,

For upon my heart stand firm

The door and windows, the cement and stones.

I have seen you in casks of water, in granaries,

Broken, I have seen you a maid in night clubs,

I have seen you in the gleam of tears and in wounds.

You are the other lung in my chest;

You are the sound on my lips;

You are water; you are fire.

¿QUÉ NOS HACE FAMILIA? ¿QUÉ NOS HACE PERTENECER UNOS A OTROS?

 Discurso de aceptación del Premio de Literatura Mahmoud Darwish, 10 de marzo de 2016

©2016 Alice Walker

Es un destacado honor recibir este premio que lleva el nombre del valeroso y brillante poeta palestino Mahmoud Darwish. Darwish escribió desde el mismo corazón de la desposesión, la crueldad, la opresión y el terror. El que su propio corazón finalmente cediera y él muriera a una edad relativamente joven testimonia de sus sufrimientos como un palestino altamente consciente, bien educado y que viajó mucho. Cuando pienso en él me viene a la mente cuántos de nosotros, especialmente en estos tiempos oscuros, vivimos fundamentalmente por la voluntad de nuestro profundo amor a nuestros pueblos, nuestras culturas, nuestra memoria y a nosotros mismos, como expresión de miles de años y más de existencia sobre este extraordinario planeta.  

Leer más en Español¿QUÉ NOS HACE FAMILIA? ¿QUÉ NOS HACE PERTENECER UNOS A OTROS?

 

De: Una amante de Palestina (A Lover From Palestine), de Mahmoud Darwish

En las montañas cubiertas de brezo te vi,

pastora sin ovejas,

perseguida entre las ruinas.

Eras mi jardín y yo un extraño,

tocando a la puerta, mi corazón,

pues sobre mi corazón se alzan firmes

la puerta y las ventanas, el cemento y las piedras.

Continue to read,  De: Una amante de Palestina (A Lover From Palestine), de Mahmoud Darwish

 

Never forget the blooming beauty that is ours; celebrate the human Spring. – AW
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February 2016

The Last day of a very short month!

Cornel West lashes out at civil rights icons after Bernie Sanders suffers resounding South Carolina defeat

“There’s no doubt that the great John Lewis of 50 years ago is different than the John Lewis today”

TOPICS: CORNEL WESTBLACK VOTESOUTH CAROLINAJOHN LEWISCIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTBLACK LEFTBERNIE SANDERSRACE2016 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY2016 SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARYHILLARY CLINTONREP. JIM CLYBURN

Cornel West lashes out at civil rights icons after Bernie Sanders suffers resounding South Carolina defeat

Bernie Sanders, Cornel West  (Credit: AP/John Locher/Richard Drew)

On Saturday, the Sanders campaign suffered what the candidate described as a decimation at the hands of Hillary Clinton in South Carolina, losing his third election by nearly 50 percentage points.

“In politics, on a given night, sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Tonight we lost,” Sanders gracefully conceded that evening, before moving on to campaign in the Super Tuesday state of Minnesota. But some of Sanders’ surrogates haven’t been so graceful in their concession of defeat after putting up a valiant fight for the African-American vote.

Cornel West told Vice News last week that he feared many of Clinton’s most prominent African-American supporters had lost their way. The vocal Sanders supporter singled out Congressmen John Lewis and Jim Clyburn repeatedly.

“There’s no doubt that the great John Lewis of 50 years ago is different than the John Lewis today,” West asserted. “He’s my brother. I love him, I respect his personhood, but there’s no doubt he’s gone from a high moment of Martin Luther King-like struggle to now [a] neoliberal politician in a system that is characterized more and more by legalized bribery and normalized corruption. That’s what big money does to politics. And the Clinton machine is an example of that.”

West argued that “most black politicians these days are neoliberal politicians, so it’s almost natural for them to side with Hillary Clinton.” West said that Clyburn and Lewis had become “too well adjusted to Wall Street” and are now a part of a system “in which politicians are well adjusted to injustice owing to their ties to big money, big banks, and big corporations, and turning their backs, for the most part, to poor people and working people. Poor people and working people become afterthoughts.”

The John Lewis I dedicated my novel MERIDIAN to all those decades ago could not be this one.  That is true and deeply sad. Return of the Dark Ages, indeed.

-AW

 

This month I will be communicating with readers via

https://www.facebook.com/authoralicewalker

in celebration of Black History Month

Alice Walker The Color Purple Broadway 2016

 

Thank you, Mondoweiss!

As Tel Aviv prepares to welcome Beyoncé, here’s a review of Israel’s atrocious record towards black people

Why “Womanism” Exists:  Hillary Clinton and the Old World Order

(Alice Walker Blog)

 Hillary Clinton’s Empowerment

by Kevin Young & Diana C. Sierra Becerra

Hillary Clinton isn’t a champion of women’s rights.

She’s the embodiment of corporate feminism.

 

Thank you, Michelle Alexander!

Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote

 

#SayHerName — #NatashaMcKenna

 

JANUARY 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – Tami Simon’s in—depth audio podcast interviews with leading spiritual teachers and luminaries.

Alice Walker: Led by Spirit

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Alice Walker is a poet, essayist, and New York Times-bestselling author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. With Sounds True, Alice has released the audio program My Life As My Self, which vividly recounts her personal, professional, and spiritual journeys. In this episode of Insights at the Edge, Alice and Tami Simon speak on what it means to step into the line of fire and receive criticism for what one believes. In this vein, Alice explains her role as an activist in locations such as Gaza and the Congo—and how standing up for one’s principles brings an ineffable lightness to the heart. Finally, Alice and Tami discuss stepping into the role of a societal elder and why it is imperative that we reconnect with the whole of the Earth. (55 minutes)

Transcripción de la Alice Walker : Guiada por el Espíritu

Alice Walker es una poeta, ensayista y autora con éxito de ventas según The New York Times, que ha Ganado los premios Pulitzer y Nacional del Libro. Con Sounds True (Suena verdadero), Alice ha dado a conocer el programa de audio My Life As My Self (Mi vida como yo misma), donde reconstruye vivamente sus experiencias personales, profesionales y espirituales. En este episodio de Insights at the Edge (Perspectivas al borde) Alice y Tami Simon conversan de lo que significa meterse en la línea de fuego y recibir críticas por lo que uno cree. En este aspecto, Alice explica su papel como activista en lugares tales como Gaza y el Congo y cómo la defensa de nuestros principios brinda una inefable libertad al corazón. Finalmente, Alice y Tami debaten sobre el adentrarse en el papel de adulto mayor social y por qué es imprescindible que nos reconectemos con la totalidad de la Tierra. (55 minutos)

 

 

The New Dark Ages

©2015  by Alice Walker

for M

As we slip into the new Dark Ages

you become more dear to me.

Your face, your smile

that carefully trimmed

never to turn gray hair.

We may not emerge from this darkness

in my lifetime.

And yet, I think of you

so often smiling,

or laughing outright;

your sturdy frame gallant

and ready for the fight.

Though it is true

you left home

like the Buddha

to find a way for all of us,

leaving your wife and children

to suffer

a most peculiar loneliness;

and yes,

the children, some of them

would be lost.

Still,

We miss you.  Dreadfully.

As we miss

so many others

who left us with this one

desire:

that no matter how deep the fall

into obscurity and obscenity this new age

portends

Life might permit us

to remain standing

if only on the inside;

smiling and laughing

with you

among the solemn army

who went out

into the darkness

all those years ago,

always singing,

to examine the path

and be the light.

 

La Nueva Edad de las Tinieblas

For M

© 2015 by Alice Walker

Mientras rodamos por la Nueva Edad de las Tinieblas

te vuelves más querido para mí.

Tu rostro, tu sonrisa

ese pelo cuidadosamente arreglado

para que nunca se vuelva gris.

Quizás no salgamos de estas tinieblas

durante mi vida.

Aun así, pienso en ti

tan frecuentemente sonriendo

o rotundamente riendo.

Tu fuerte complexión gallarda

y lista para la pelea.

Aunque es verdad

que dejaste tu hogar

como el Buda

para hallar un camino para todos

dejando a tu esposa e hijos

que sufrieran

una muy extraña soledad

y cierto,

de los hijos, algunos

se perderían.

Sin embargo,

te extrañamos, terriblemente

como extrañamos

a tantos otros

que nos dejaron con

este deseo:

que no importa cuán honda es la caída

en las tinieblas y la obscenidad que

esta Nueva Era presagia,

la vida puede permitirnos

permanecer en pie

aunque sea en lo interior,

sonriendo y riendo

contigo

en medio del solemne ejército

que partió hacia

la oscuridad

todos estos años pasados,

siempre cantando,

a explorar el sendero

y ser la luz.

 

Israeli radio: the 13 year old terrorist was neutralized. no one was hurt.

 

And I say: Lie still sleep becalmed little girl. you have joined your little sisters today in the kingdom of dead children.  All of you are the victims of heartless politicians and ruthless generals.

N P-E

CHILD HUNTING

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelWC/videos/845722762185213/?pnref=story

 

https://www.facebook.com/mostafa.milaniamin.9/videos/139558306404161/?pnref=story

http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=769932

 

https://www.facebook.com/JewishVoiceforPeace/videos/10154494997964992/?pnref=story

 

Israeli forces kidnap 3 Palestinians, wound 5 others

http://www.daysofpalestine.com/news/israeli-forces-kidnap-3-palestinians-wound-5-others/

 

Israeli authorities revoke IDs of 4 Pal prisoners

http://www.daysofpalestine.com/news/israeli-authorities-revoke-ids-4-pal-prisoners/

 

https://www.facebook.com/DaysofPalestine/videos/1853702461523147/?pnref=storCHILD HUNTING

https://www.facebook.com/IsraelWC/videos/845722762185213/?pnref=story

Al-Qeeq: Hunger Striking Journalist Writes Testament

http://www.imemc.org/article/74781

 

Hares Boys – 5 Palestinian teens – sentenced to 15 years in Israeli prison

http://samidoun.net/2016/01/hares-boys-5-palestinian-teens-sentenced-to-15-years-in-israeli-prison/

 

INSIDE ISRAEL’S KANGAROO COURTS, WHERE CHILDREN ARE HELD & SENTENCED

http://www.middleeastrising.com/inside-israels-kangaroo-courts-where-children-are-held-sentenced/

 

Extra funding for Jerusalem schools to switch from Palestinian curriculum

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/23644-extra-funding-for-jerusalem-schools-to-switch-from-palestinian-curriculum

 

Note: In East Jerusalem schools receive PA textbooks heavily censored, with half of the pages completely blank and the stamp of the PA deleted.

Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan

telefax: ++972-(0)2-5700112

Mobile: ++972-(0)547-578703

Subject: Israeli woman faces jail for refusing to serve in IDF over Palestinian kids, occupation — RT News

 

https://www.rt.com/news/330541-israeli-woman-kaminer-idf-prison/

The movement for Palestinian rights grows more creative and dynamic every day, yielding so many achievements that it can be hard to keep up! At the US Campaign, we maintain a growing list of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) victories nationwide, which total more than 150 to date! Visit www.endtheoccupation.org/usbdsvictories for the inspiring list of BDS breakthroughs!

 

 

DECEMBER 2015

 

 

Is Celie Actually Ugly?

©2015 by Alice Walker

for Cynthia Erivo

Is Celie actually ugly?

Asks the charismatic star playing her

on Broadway.

How many times over the years

I have explained

this.

Celie and her “prettier” sister Nettie

are practically identical.

They might be twins.

But Life has forced on Celie

all the hardships

Nettie mostly avoids: a hazy anxiety surrounding

the lynching of her father when she was very small, repeated rape, a mother’s withheld love that morphed

into 

distrust and disdain,

her children, for all she knows,

murdered by

the rapist psychopath who claims

to be her father.

Endless labor that would

demean and soon obliterate

the observable loveliness

of the most queenly slave.

I wanted us to think about

how superficial is our understanding

of beauty; but, also, how beauty

is destroyed.

And how, to bear our own disgrace

these hundreds of years

we’ve taught ourselves

to laugh at anyone

as abused and diminished

as we feel.

It is Celie’s designation

as “nigger of the universe”

by heartless sufferers around her

that makes her “ugly” to them;

they who cannot see, until Love of Herself

lights the dreariness of Celie’s existence,

that

the beauty of her

resilient spirit

has become one

with

the 

compassionate

loveliness

of

her face.

 

¿ES CELIE REALMENTE FEA?

©2015 Alice Walker

Para Cynthia Erivo 

¿Es Celie realmente fea?

pregunta la carismática estrella que la encarna

en Broadway.

¿Cuántas veces durante años

he respondido

a esto?

Celie y su hermana “más bonita” Nettie

son casi idénticas.

Podrían ser gemelas.

Pero la vida ha impuesto a Celie

todos los sufrimientos

a los que Nettie normalmente escapa:

una confusa ansiedad en torno al linchamiento de su padre

cuando era muy pequeña,

reiteradas violaciones,

el negado amor de una madre

que se transforma

en recelo y desdén,

sus hijos, hasta donde sabe,

asesinados por

un psicópata violador

que afirma ser el padre.

Trabajo interminable

que degrada y pronto borra

la manifiesta belleza

de la más regia esclava.

Quería que todos pensemos

en lo superficial que es nuestro sentido

de la belleza, pero también,

cómo se destruye la belleza

y cómo, para soportar nuestra desgracia

por estos cientos de años

nos hemos enseñado

a reír de cualquiera

tan maltratado y despreciado

como nosotros.

Luego que llamen a Celie

“negra del universo”

los inmisericordes que sufren en torno a ella

es lo que la hace “fea” para ellos;

ellos que no pueden ver, hasta que el Amor Propio

ilumina la lobreguez de la vida de Celie,

que la hermosura

de su fuerte espíritu

se vuelve una con

la encantadora belleza

de su rostro.

New York Times: The Actress Cynthia Erivo Rises With ‘The Color Purple’

Airline Workers At JFK, LaGuardia To Go On 24-Hour Hunger Strike For Higher Wages

by Emma Whitford in  on Nov 24, 2015 12:10 pm

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BAD NEWS ABOUT GOOD PEOPLE

©By Alice Walker

December 8, 2015

 

IT IS ALWAYS SAD TO HEAR BAD NEWS ABOUT GOOD PEOPLE.  I’M OVER SEVENTY AND IT STILL MAKES ME FEEL LIKE CRYING.

IN THE MORNING I AM SCHEDULED TO FLY TO NEW YORK CITY FOR THE OPENING OF THE COLOR PURPLE ON BROADWAY. IT IS BASED ON MY NOVEL OF THE SAME NAME THAT I WROTE OVER THIRTY YEARS AGO.  I AM SCHEDULED TO FLY A PLANE OWNED BY JetBlue.

I’VE ALWAYS LIKED JetBlue, I THOUGHT THE COMPANY STOOD FOR SOMETHING MORE EGALITARIAN,  CHEAPER, MORE HUMANITY CONSCIOUS THAN OTHER AIRLINES.  I LIKED NOT HAVING A SPECIAL SEAT.  I LIKED NOT BEING SERVED BREAKFASTS AND DINNERS; I LIKED INSTEAD TO ENJOY THE PEANUTS AND THOSE GREAT BLUE POTATO CHIPS.

NOW I LEARN, ON THE MORNING BEFORE I LEAVE SAN FRANCISCO FOR NEW YORK, THAT A COMPANY THAT JetBlue CONTRACTS TO SUPPLY THE LABOR USED TO CLEAN THE PLANES IS REFUSING TO PAY THE WOMEN AND MEN INVOLVED $15 DOLLARS AN HOUR.  THAT THESE PEOPLE, WHO MAKE SURE MY SEAT AND THE AREA AROUND ME ARE CLEAN AND FRESH WHENEVER I BOARD A PLANE, ARE BEING PAID STARVATION WAGES, IS SHOCKING.  NOBODY CAN BE EXPECTED TO MAKE ENDS MEET ON LESS THAN $10.00 AN HOUR.  CERTAINLY NOT ON AS LITTLE AS $6.75.

HOW CAN ANY OF US WHO FLY LET THIS BE?   WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT?

I THINK THAT FIRST, WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THE RESISTANCE TO OFFERING WORKERS A MINIMUM WAGE OF $15 AN HOUR AS A REMNANT OF THE SYSTEM OF OUTRIGHT ENSLAVEMENT OF POOR PEOPLE, WHATEVER THEIR ETHNICITY OR COLOR.

WHAT IS THE ROOT OF THIS DESIRE TO IMPOSE SUCH SUFFERING ON PEOPLE WHO WORK SO HARD JUST TO LIVE?

 

Continue Reading… Bad News About Good People, Airline Workers Hunger Strike

 

MALAS NOTICIAS SOBRE BUENAS PERSONAS

© Alice Walker, 8 de diciembre de 2015

Siempre es triste oír malas noticias sobre buenas personas. Paso de los setenta y todavía me hace sentir con deseos de llorar.

Por la mañana tengo programado volar a la ciudad de Nueva York para el estreno del musical El Color Púrpura en Broadway. Está basado en mi novela de igual nombre, la que escribí hace más de treinta años. Está previsto que vuele en un avión perteneciente a la compañía JetBlue…Lee Mas en Español

 

NOVEMBER 2015

 

 syrian families seeking refuge from war torn country alice walkers garden

DO UNTO OTHERS…..

A Message from Avaaz:

They’re fleeing terror… running from violence just as vicious as the attacks that have shaken Paris, Beirut, and Bamako. Yet they risk becoming tragic scapegoats unless we act now.

More than ever, thousands of women, men, and children are piling up at Europe’s doorstep — hungry, exhausted, sick… only hoping that someone soon will just open one door, and the nightmare they’re fleeing from will be over.

But harsh weather is setting in, and the prospect of a chilling winter of death isn’t moving governments to act. On the contrary, they’re building more and bigger fences to keep refugees out.

Now we, people, remain the key source of hope for those trapped by Europe’s shameful walls.

From the Slovenian forests to the Greek Islands, to the streets of London and Berlin, teachers, fishermen, pensioners and the young, including many Avaaz members, have stepped in to throw a lifeline to tens of thousands of refugees — the unsung heroes of this unfolding tragedy.

And if enough of us each chip in a small amount now, we can fund a UN project to protect and transport thousands of people stranded along the border in the freezing cold to safe centres, and campaign to help shelter hundreds of vulnerable refugee families throughout the winter.

This is one of the best ways to tell the extremists that the world will remain undivided. There’s no time to lose. Join in to bring hope behind the fences.

DONATE NOW

to AVAAZ.OrgThese folks have hearts behind their muscle.  As endangered humans on this planet we have only ourselves and each other to turn to. Never doubt that we can be sufficient.-AW

HACER POR LOS OTROS…

Un mensaje de AVAAZ:

Ellos huyen del terror… Escapan de una violencia tan atroz como la de los ataques que han estremecido a París, Beirut y Bamako. Sin embargo se arriesgan a convertirse en trágicos chivos expiatorios a menos que actuemos ahora.

Más que nunca antes, miles de mujeres, hombres y niños se están amontonando a las puertas de Europa; hambrientos, exhaustos, enfermos, solo esperan que alguien pronto les abra una puerta y que la pesadilla de la que escapan termine.

Sin embargo las duras condiciones climáticas se imponen y la perspectiva de un gélido invierno de muerte no mueve a los gobiernos a actuar. Por el contrario, están levantando nuevas cercas más elevadas para impedir la entrada de los refugiados.

Ahora nosotros, los seres humanos comunes, quedamos como la única fuente de esperanza para aquellos atrapados en los vergonzosos muros de Europa.

Desde los bosques de Eslovenia pasando por las islas de Grecia hasta las calles de Londres y Berlín, maestros, pescadores, jubilados y jóvenes, incluyendo muchos miembros de AVAAZ, han dado el paso al frente para lanzar una cuerda de salvación a decenas de miles de refugiados, los héroes no reconocidos de esta tragedia en desarrollo.

Y si, en buen número de nosotros, cada uno contribuye ahora con una pequeña cifra podemos fundar un proyecto de las Naciones Unidas para proteger y transportar a miles de personas varadas a lo largo de las fronteras en el helado frío hacia centros seguros y hacer una campaña para ayudar a dar alojamiento a cientos de vulnerables familias de refugiados durante el invierno.

Esta es una de las mejores formas de decir a los extremistas que el mundo permanecerá intacto. No hay tiempo que perder. Únete para llevar esperanza a quienes están detrás de las cercas.

Haz tu donación ahora a AVAAZ.Org. Estas personas tienen corazón en el pecho. Como seres humanos en peligro en este planeta solo nos tenemos a nosotros mismos a quienes recurrir. Nunca dudes de que podemos ser suficientes. A.W.

 

 

Suad Amiry - Alice Walkers Garden Alicewalkersgarden.com

Suad Amiry

THE WORLD IS STANDING UP FOR PALESTINE

©2015 by Alice Walker

The world is standing up

for Palestine;

I realized this today

when I discovered a book group

where people

from my own

hoodwinked

country

have

decided to offer

a “humorous” book

to its readers

about Palestine.

Honestly, by now

it is an almost impossible

human endeavor

to think “humorously”

about Palestine.

There is something

about the deliberate targeting

of children’s eyes

young people’s bright hopes

the beating

and killing of women

the indiscriminate battering down

and slaughter

of  old and young men,

house demolitions

and the seemingly

unending bombing of hospitals

and schools

that keeps us from

actually

laughing.

Yet, I happen to know

this book they are offering

and it is very funny.*

I met the woman who wrote

it and listened while

she read from it

with zest

to a packed house

in Ramallah.

She cracked us up.

And that is the spirit

our own country people

are awakening to,

standing up for,

recognizing at last:

for it is a grace

some lucky ones of us

have read about

and even witnessed

or even practiced

in our own diseased

and ripped moral landscape

of no repair.

***

*Sharon and My Mother-in-Law, the acclaimed memoir by Palestinian author and architect Suad Amiry.

 

EL MUNDO SE ESTÁ LEVANTANDO POR PALESTINA

©2015 Alice Walker

El mundo se está levantando

por Palestina;

Me percaté hoy

al descubrir un círculo de lectores

en que la gente

de mi propio

país

engañado

ha decidido ofrecer

a sus lectores

un libro “humorístico”

sobre Palestina.

Honestamente, hasta ahora

es casi una imposible

tarea humana

pensar “humorísticamente”

sobre Palestina.

Hay algo

en la deliberada selección del objetivo

en los ojos de los niños,

en las brillantes esperanzas de los jóvenes,

la golpiza

y la matanza de mujeres,

el indiscriminado derribo a palos

y el asesinato

de hombre jóvenes y viejos,

la demolición de hogares

y el aparentemente

interminable bombardeo de hospitales

y escuelas

que impide

que realmente

nos riamos.

Pero casualmente conozco

este libro que ofrecen

y es muy gracioso.*

Conocí a la mujer que lo escribió

y la escuché mientras

leía de él

con entusiasmo

a una casa abarrotada

en Ramallah.

Nos mató d la risa.

Y ese es el espíritu

al que la gente de nuestro propio país

se está despertando,

alzándose a favor de él,

reconociéndolo finalmente:

pues es una gracia

de la que algunos afortunados

de nosotros han leído

e incluso presenciado

o incluso practicado

en nuestro propio paisaje

enfermo y moralmente roto

sin arreglo.

* Sharon and My Mother-in-Law (Sharon y mi suegra), la celebrada autobiografía de la escritora y arquitecta palestina Suad Amiry.

 

 

Eiffel Tower photo - Alice Walkers Garden

Wherever You Are Grieving

©2015 by Alice Walker

It does not matter to me:

Wherever you are grieving

Whether Paris, Damascus, Jerusalem, Bamako,

Mexico or Beirut or New York City

My heart, too, is bruised

And dragging.

There used to be such a thing

As melodrama

When feelings could be

Made up,

But now there is bare pain

And sorrow,

A sense of endlessly missed

Opportunities

To smile and embrace

“The other”

Before the change.

We mourn the loss

Of goodness

That was so divinely

Ordinary:

Babyhood

Youth

The blessings of maturity

And of old age.

All sacrificed now

Almost predictably

To the same Greed

Our histories

-Every one of them-

Could have warned us against

If only we knew them.

DONDEQUIERA QUE SUFRAS en Español

 

Photo: by Manuel Vejar Castañeda

 

To Have Once

©2015 by Alice Walker

For years I meditated

Peacefully

In this small ruined retreat.

It was whole until the hurricane.

All around it now are fallen trees,

Broken limbs,

Broken windows

Broken doors.

Many roofs in the neighborhood

And in the pueblo, both palapa

And tile, are gone.

Nothing,

It appears,

Has remained

Unscathed.

Everything is trashed…

Continue Reading To Have Once  and  Leer este poema Tener Alguna Vez

 

October 2015

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THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU

©2015 by Alice Walker

They will always be

More beautiful

Than you

The people you are killing.

You think it is hatred

That you feel

But it is really envy.

You imagine if you destroy them

We will forget

How tall they stood

How level

Their gaze

How straight their backs.

How even the littlest ones

Stood their little ground.

Meanwhile

You stand

Hunched as a cobbler

In your absurd

Killer’s Gear

Yelling

Like a crazy person,

Your face contorted

Dripping sweat

From what would be

With or without

Your lethal weapons

A bullying brow

And feral chin.

Killing everyone

but especially children,

For sport.

Looking cool

In your own mind;

As you crunch bones

Beneath your boot

That are still

Forming.

Conquering.

II

Don’t forget the entertainment value

Of your daily work

For the folks back home.

Who witness from the hillsides

In their lounge chairs.

What beautiful fun!

We are not like

Those people being broken

Over there

They tell each other.  And for this moment

They are right.

They are not.

But what does this mean

For broken humanity?

 

Selfie this.

Leer este poema "ELLOS SERÁN SIEMPRE MÁS HERMOSOS QUE TÚ" en español
 
Prof. Nurit Peled-Elhanan writes,

Watch how an Israeli soldier beat a palestinian dad in front of his children and wife!  And after the beating the soldiers took him in a closed tent and began to beat him even more!!  ‎

https://www.facebook.com/TheEyeOfPalestineDK/videos/1035666289790086/?pnref=story

arresting children

https://www.facebook.com/mahmmood.arafaat/videos/681155138765041/?pnref=story – After attacking this Palestinian child by Israeli soldiers and causing some injuries to his leg under the pretext of throwing stones, look how Israeli forces treat him!  #‎WakeUpWorld  #‎FreePalestine   #‎We_Demand_Justice  #‎ChildAbuse

Two Palestinian children…

Continue reading They Will Always Be More Beautiful Than You Palestinian CHILDREN Israel Video

Palestinian child George Kanaan 14 years old killed 2015 Alice Walkers Garden

Fourteen year old child George Kanaan murdered in a church in Palestine. Could any young man anywhere be better looking?  Get a grip, people. Also Google the lucrative traffic in body organs.

Chief Joseph Nez Perce by David Frances Barry Alice Wakers Garden

Chief Joseph Nez Perce

Countless Native American children murdered by US Calvary supporting hordes of unwashed settlers in a genocidal war against Native Americans. The remnants of once whole peoples chased off their lands, like Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Nation. You can be sure the various Custers* didn’t have this depth. Not to mention the sense of style.

Google *General George Armstrong Custer of Custer Died For Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto fame by Vine DeLoria, Jr.

Emmett Till Alice Walkers Garden 2015

Emmett Till, another 14 year old child murdered in the American South in the Fifties by white men who tortured him before his death.  Handsome, beautiful, full of life. He was accused by his unreliable (one would think) murderers of whistling at one of their wives.  However one wonders if the killers’ unexamined rage stemmed from anger that the child would not have been interested in whistling at one of them. Tortured and lynched black men in the South were almost always mutilated genitally. How was that supposed to work?  Let us look under all the rocks.

 

This-Changes-Everything Film Poster

This Changes Everything Film Website

A film that brings our peril into focus and what we might learn from despair. -AW

 

 

 

RISEUP, OCTOBER!

Be On YouR

Side.

                    End Police Terrorism

             Embrace Black Lives Matter

Release All Political Prisoners

 Stop the War on Children

SUPPORT JUSTICE OR ELSE!

DEFEND OUR EARTH MOTHER

RESPECT THE FEMININE AND YOURSELF

HONOR THE FAMILY, FRIENDSHIPS, AND THE HOME

MESSAGE FROM THE ANCESTORS:  DON’T GIVE UP!

-AW

Flotilla2 US Boat Athens Audacity Hope Alice Walkers Garden

First look! US Boat to Gaza, Flotilla II blockade runner The Audacity of Hope

Eric Verlo, June 29th, 2011

Flotilla US Boat Athens Audacity Hope Alice Walkers Garden

PALESTINE:  REVISITED POST WITH NEW MATERIALS:  AT SEA ON THE AUDACITY OF HOPE, 2011, ATHENS, GREECE. (And Why Some Humans Will Never Give Up: See end of post and Roger Waters’ letter to Bon Jovi and band, coming soon to Tel Aviv).

© 2011, 2015 by Alice Walker

Today is, I think, the 31st of June (Friday?)or is it the 1st of July?

We have been in Athens since the 21st – trying to get to Gaza. Many impediments orchestrated by the Israeli government. But what a wonderful group of humans.

Therefore: We’ve won. We’re in Gaza. To be in Gaza is to feel this love. To know there is always a part of humanity that is awake even though the overburdened or the bewitched remain sleeping.

My throat is sore from breathing the tear gas that drifted into our hotel windows, as Greeks, mostly young, battle police, their brothers and sisters who are paid to keep them in line. This is the tragedy… Continue Reading PALESTINE:  REVISITED POST WITH NEW MATERIALS

Palestinians killed October-December 2015 and the circumstances of their deaths.

http://staatvanbeleg.com/docs/victims_october2015_green.html

 

http://staatvanbeleg.com/docs/schendingen/overzicht_december201501_FB.html?m=73

Meanwhile, at home:  Democracy Now, October 1, 2015

Palestinian Rights Activists in U.S. Routinely Harassed & Censored

Meanwhile, a new report has documented hundreds of cases of Palestinian rights activists in the United States being harassed, disciplined, fired, sued, censored or threatened for their advocacy around Palestine. Eighty-five percent of these cases targeted students or scholars. The report was issued by the nonprofit organization Palestine Legal. Nashiha Alam of the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at Loyola University Chicago spoke about facing harassment.

Nashiha Alam: “Administration at Loyola often subjected members of Students for Justice in Palestine to FBI-style interrogations which lasted hours.”

And This Is Why Some Humans Will Never Give Up:  We Could Not Live Without the Beauty  of Soul Expressed in This Letter to Bon Jovi by Roger Waters

 

Letter to the rock group Bon Jovi.

 

Dear Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Tico Torres.

 

Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli governments apartheid policies by performing in Israel. Having read Jon’s comments last week in Yedioth Ahronoth, I won’t waste my time.

 

So the die is cast, you are determined to proceed with your gig in Tel Aviv on October 3rd.  You are making your stand.

You stand shoulder to shoulder

With the settler who burned the baby

With the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie

With the soldier who shot the soccer player’s feet to bits

With the sailor who shelled the boys on the beach

With the sniper who killed the kid in the green shirt

And the one who emptied his clip into the 13-year-old girl

And the Minister of Justice who called for genocide

 

You had a chance to stand

On the side of justice

 

With the pilot who refused to bomb refugee camps

With the teenager who chose 8 prison terms over army service

With the prisoner who fasted for 266 days until freedom

With the doctor banned from entry for saving lives

With the farmer who was cut down marching to the wall

With the legless child growing up in the rubble

And the 550 others who won’t grow up at all

Because of the missiles and tank shells and bullets we sent

 

The dead can’t remind you of the crimes you’ve ignored. But, lest we forget, “To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all”.

Roger Waters

 

September 2015

The Pope and Fidel Castro 2015 Alice Walker AliceWalkersGarden.org

Imagine

©2015 by Alice Walker

We can only imagine

What these two-

Francis and Fidel-

Really had to say

To each other.

The Pope wondering

Who really is the Holy Father here,

Since everything he’s

Preaching as holy

Fidel has already

Fulfilled.

Fidel

Seeing humor…

Continue Reading the poem Imagine in English and en Español

Let us eat tanks

Refugees

© 2015 by Alice Walker

They would not be running to us

If we were not chasing them

With the guns and bombs and rockets we sold

To crazy people:

Out of their houses

Out of their schools

Out of their mosques,

Churches,

Synagogues

Away from their favorite

Prayer trees.

You are guilty America

Of arming the world:…

 

Continue Reading Refugees y en Español

 

The world Rising poem by Alice Walker Sunrise image

The world Rising

©2015 by Alice Walker

The world rising

Can put an end

To anything:

The murder of children

Whales

Elephants

Forests

Oceans.

Get up.  Roll over

On that part

Of you

That will not

Welcome

Recognize

Encourage

Or even see

Our rise…

Continue Reading The world Rising y en Español

Alice Walkers poem Loadstar image of white feather against black background

 Lodestar

©2015 by Alice Walker

Here is what I believe

Will be the hardest thing

To do:

To remember

That we have

A soul.

It is so quiet

The soul

And weighs

Almost nothing.

It might flash

Across

Our dullest days

Only once or twice

In a lifetime.

That it is there:

Just the certainty

Of knowing

Must be

Our lodestar.

ESTRELLA POLAR

He aquí lo que creo

será lo más duro

de hacer:

Recordar

que tenemos

un alma.

Es tan callada

el alma

y casi no

pesa nada.

Puede alumbrar

por nuestros

días más grises

solo una o dos

veces en la vida.

Que está ahí:

solo la certeza

de saberlo

debe ser

nuestra estrella polar.

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

Although they have tightly bound my arms and legs,

All over the mountain I hear the song of birds,

And the forest is filled

With the perfume of spring-flowers.

Who can prevent me from freely enjoying these,

Which take from the long journey

A little of its loneliness?

HO CHI MINH 

 Source Ho Chi Minh: EARTH PRAYERS, From Around the World: 365 Prayers, Poems, and Invocations For Honoring the Earth.  Edited by Elizabeth Roberts and Elias Amidon.

 

 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

Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting In New York

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.

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