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.
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.
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.
WE LOVE YOU
by Alice Walker
We love you.
If we had known you
In a time of peace
We would have loved
Your quiet so deep
It did not hear
We missed our chance.
We love you.
In a time of war
We love your ferocity.
We love your vigilance.
We love your impatience
We love your hatred
Of the deaths of our people.
We love your hatred
We love you.
We love your beauty.
We love your style.
We love your hats,
And various lengths
We love the passion
In your body.
The fury in your eyes.
When you smile
We are amazed.
We love your loyalty
Your attention to
And the voluptuousness
Of the countryside
Which will be ours
We love your memory
We love that you do not intend
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
Happy Birthday, Beloved! 26th September.
An inspiring example of the passion of caring. -AW
Video Source: The Sane Progressive
Never Give Up: Even when the way of Peace is sabotaged or difficult to read….
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)…
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I thank Thich Nhat Hahn
I thank him more.
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.
Cornel West: Why I Endorse Green Party’s Jill Stein Over “Neoliberal Disaster” Hillary Clinton
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.
And we should know. This is why I salute you, my dear sister. Corporate media has played a fundamental role in the making of Donald Trump—$2 billion free time. They made big profits. They put their profits ahead of the public interest. They covered every speech, every word in Twitter for the last 14 months, just to make big money. Even this convention, even this—they can’t wait. They’re salivating for the profits. And what do they do? They throw out this mediocre, dumbed-down xenophobic-speaking brother, who—I mean, he’s a human being like anybody else, so, I mean, you know, he’s made in the image of God, in terms of my own Christian faith and so forth, but he’s a neofascist in the making. And corporate media is going to have to acknowledge the tremendous responsibility they have of making sure Donald Trump was center stage. If Bernie Sanders had received one-half of that kind of attention, we’d be in a very different place. If they would put more stress on what Jill Stein is saying, the unbelievable fairness, subtlety of analysis, moral passion of Sister Jill—corporate media won’t touch her with a 10-foot pole, for the most part. But it’s changing. It’s going to change.
AMY GOODMAN: What does Dr. Jill Stein represent? What—why are you drawn to the Green Party platform, now that Bernie Sanders has conceded?
CORNEL WEST: Well, one, in the language of Coltrane, she’s a major force for good, accenting the role of poor and working people being center stage. She’s green in terms of trying to save the planet in the face of corporate greed. She’s fundamentally concerned with issues of racial justice, legacies of white supremacy as well as male supremacy. She’s concerned about empowering working people. She opposes TPP, trying to make sure we don’t have the corporate reshaping of the world economy—the kind of policies, of course, Democratic Party has supported, President Obama has supported. It’s hard to find somebody at the national level who provides a certain kind of hope, given the unbelievable spiritual decline and moral decay. And by spiritual decline and moral decay, I mean greed and indifference and contempt in the driver seat among our elites vis-à-vis all working people and poor people. It’s just sad to see so many fellow working people and fellow citizens supporting a pseudo-populist and neofascist like Donald Trump. They’re in pain. The pain is very real, but they’re moving in a right-wing direction.
AMY GOODMAN: What happened with the Democratic platform? You were one of the people on the committee. A lot of people don’t know how this stuff is made, how the sausage is made. Explain what happened. What did you win? What did you lose?
CORNEL WEST: Well, I was blessed to be put on the committee by Brother Bernie Sanders. We had wonderful deliberations. Brother Elijah Cummings was very fair. He was the chairperson. But we lost TPP. We lost Medicare for all. We lost, of course, Israeli occupation and Israeli settlements included within the platform, keeping track while precious Palestinian brothers and sisters—
AMY GOODMAN: What about them? You lost—what do you mean, you lost them?
CORNEL WEST: We lost them, in that we made the case, and we lost the vote.
AMY GOODMAN: What were you looking for?
CORNEL WEST: We were looking to include them within the platform, so at least it was on paper. Now, of course, putting it on paper is different than putting it in practice. A declaration is different from the execution. But we lost over and over again, because the Clinton people lined up and voted against it. That’s why I, of course, abstained, initially, at the move from writing the draft, and then we took it to the platform committee in Orlando. I was also a member of the platform committee. And I had to abstain again, because—even though they didn’t allow for abstention; it was just no or yes. But there’s no way, based on moral grounds, those based on my own moral conscience, that I could support that platform.
And once my dear brother moved into his endorsement, his strong endorsement of the neoliberal disaster that Sister Hillary represents, there was no way that I could stay with Bernie Sanders any longer, had to break with the two-party system. The duopoly has to come to an end. I was hoping we could bring the neoliberal era to a close, because a year ago, populist, Bernie Sanders; neofascist with Trump, or neoliberalism limps on with Hillary Clinton. Right now the Democratic Party still run by big corporations, big lobbyists and so forth, from AIPAC to a host of other lobbyists of big money, and it looks like they want to hold on for dear life. And it’s a sad thing to see, because the country is having a nervous breakdown. And you just hope that there can be enough people with compassion and courage to hold onto justice, keep the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Edward Said and Dorothy Day alive.
AMY GOODMAN: Finally, when you look at what Donald Trump is calling for—the wall on the border with Mexico, banning Muslims from coming in—barring Muslims from coming into the country, hesitating to disavow the support of the white supremacist David Duke and other issues—for those who say it’s only Hillary Clinton who could defeat that, what is your response?
CORNEL WEST: My response is, and when you actually look at the mass incarceration policies, when you actually look at the reinforcement of the new Jim Crow and the segregation of our educational systems and so forth, that occurred under Democrats. It would persist under Hillary Clinton. What Donald Trump talks about in the abstract has actually been concretely enacted under neoliberal regimes of the Democratic Party.
Same would be true in terms of foreign policy. Foreign policy, for me, is very, very important in terms of the no-fly zones in Syria that can lead toward war, the kind of encirclement of Russia. I mean, can you imagine Russian troops in Mexico and Canada? What would the U.S. response be? Oh, my god. Well, that’s very much what NATO troops are vis-à-vis Russia. Now, we know Russia is run by autocratic Putin, but that kind of provocation for Russia, who has nuclear arms, is the kind of thing that Hillary Clinton, of course, supported. And her connection to the Robert Kagans and Henry Kissingers, of course, are just frightening in regard to militaristic orientations.
And so, this idea that somehow we’ve got to opt for a neoliberal disaster as the only option vis-à-vis the neofascist catastrophe, as a blues man, I appreciate you playing that blues, said I can deal with catastrophe, not by panicking and being driven by fear, but I can look the catastrophe in the face and still tell the truth and still go down swinging with a smile and, most importantly, love, Coltrane’s love—and for me, Jesus’s love—at the center of how we proceed.
AMY GOODMAN: We’re going to leave it there, but we’ll be talking to you through the week, Dr. Cornel West, professor at Union Theological Seminary. He endorsed Bernie Sanders for president last summer and was appointed by Sanders to serve on the Democratic platform committee, author of a number of books, most recently Black Prophetic Fire, now is endorsing Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate.
This is Democracy Now! When we come back, we go to Istanbul and stay right here to talk about the attempted coup over the weekend. Stay with us.
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 DNC. Watch 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.
Josh Ruebner, Policy Director
Tamar Ghabin, Government Affairs Associate
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.
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
Thanks Belvie Rooks (and brother D).
Thanks William Lee, all the way from China!
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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.
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.
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-
For he is certainly gorgeous
and he is certainly where whiteness
to your disbelief
has not wandered off
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
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
holds it all
Three deep bows to a beautiful son.
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
An optimistic local out for a stroll
Copyright © 2016 by Alice Walker
If gentrifiers do not despoil it
which means getting rid of poor
and black and people of color
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
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
of the gift of suffering.
It is true as some
that it is a crucible
in which the gold of one’s spirit
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
I have been weeping
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
Feb 20, 2011 – Uploaded by kaotikkalm
“My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother, or some darker people, or some poor hungry people in the …
One of the few athletes who loved us more than we loved him. -Mungu Sanchez. Thank you, son.
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.
See reminder below:
A Research Collaboration on the History of Slavery and Sexual Violence
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.
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.
Papa Hemingway In Cuba
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…
The Battle Over Boycott: the next great frontier. See link below.
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)
“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
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
“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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
Why does the US media lie so much? (Cynthia McKinney and the questions that matter…)
After 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.
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
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 Reading, WHAT 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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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”
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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.
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Why “Womanism” Exists: Hillary Clinton and the Old World Order
(Alice Walker Blog)
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!
#SayHerName — #NatashaMcKenna
Tuesday, December 29, 2015 – Tami Simon’s in—depth audio podcast interviews with leading spiritual teachers and luminaries.
Alice Walker: Led by Spirit
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)
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
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
a most peculiar loneliness;
the children, some of them
would be lost.
We miss you. Dreadfully.
As we miss
so many others
who left us with this one
that no matter how deep the fall
into obscurity and obscenity this new age
Life might permit us
to remain standing
if only on the inside;
smiling and laughing
among the solemn army
who went out
into the darkness
all those years ago,
to examine the path
and be the light.
La Nueva Edad de las Tinieblas
© 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
una muy extraña soledad
de los hijos, algunos
te extrañamos, terriblemente
a tantos otros
que nos dejaron con
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
en medio del solemne ejército
que partió hacia
todos estos años pasados,
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.
Israeli forces kidnap 3 Palestinians, wound 5 others
Israeli authorities revoke IDs of 4 Pal prisoners
Al-Qeeq: Hunger Striking Journalist Writes Testament
Hares Boys – 5 Palestinian teens – sentenced to 15 years in Israeli prison
INSIDE ISRAEL’S KANGAROO COURTS, WHERE CHILDREN ARE HELD & SENTENCED
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
Subject: Israeli woman faces jail for refusing to serve in IDF over Palestinian kids, occupation — RT News
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!
Is Celie Actually Ugly?
©2015 by Alice Walker
for Cynthia Erivo
Is Celie actually ugly?
Asks the charismatic star playing her
How many times over the years
I have explained
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
distrust and disdain,
her children, for all she knows,
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
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,
the beauty of her
has become one
¿ES CELIE REALMENTE FEA?
©2015 Alice Walker
Para Cynthia Erivo
¿Es Celie realmente fea?
pregunta la carismática estrella que la encarna
¿Cuántas veces durante años
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,
el negado amor de una madre
que se transforma
en recelo y desdén,
sus hijos, hasta donde sabe,
un psicópata violador
que afirma ser el padre.
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
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
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?
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
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.
to AVAAZ.Org. These 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.
THE WORLD IS STANDING UP FOR PALESTINE
©2015 by Alice Walker
The world is standing up
I realized this today
when I discovered a book group
from my own
decided to offer
a “humorous” book
to its readers
Honestly, by now
it is an almost impossible
to think “humorously”
There is something
about the deliberate targeting
of children’s eyes
young people’s bright hopes
and killing of women
the indiscriminate battering down
of old and young men,
and the seemingly
unending bombing of hospitals
that keeps us from
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
to a packed house
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
Me percaté hoy
al descubrir un círculo de lectores
en que la gente
de mi propio
ha decidido ofrecer
a sus lectores
un libro “humorístico”
Honestamente, hasta ahora
es casi una imposible
en la deliberada selección del objetivo
en los ojos de los niños,
en las brillantes esperanzas de los jóvenes,
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
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
a una casa abarrotada
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,
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
* Sharon and My Mother-in-Law (Sharon y mi suegra), la celebrada autobiografía de la escritora y arquitecta palestina Suad Amiry.
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
There used to be such a thing
When feelings could be
But now there is bare pain
A sense of endlessly missed
To smile and embrace
Before the change.
We mourn the loss
That was so divinely
The blessings of maturity
And of old age.
All sacrificed now
To the same Greed
-Every one of them-
Could have warned us against
If only we knew them.
Photo: by Manuel Vejar Castañeda
To Have Once
©2015 by Alice Walker
For years I meditated
In this small ruined retreat.
It was whole until the hurricane.
All around it now are fallen trees,
Many roofs in the neighborhood
And in the pueblo, both palapa
And tile, are gone.
Everything is trashed…
THEY WILL ALWAYS BE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU
©2015 by Alice Walker
They will always be
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 straight their backs.
How even the littlest ones
Stood their little ground.
Hunched as a cobbler
In your absurd
Like a crazy person,
Your face contorted
From what would be
With or without
Your lethal weapons
A bullying brow
And feral chin.
but especially children,
In your own mind;
As you crunch bones
Beneath your boot
That are still
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
They tell each other. And for this moment
They are right.
They are not.
But what does this mean
For broken humanity?
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/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…
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.
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, 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.
A film that brings our peril into focus and what we might learn from despair. -AW
Be On YouR
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!
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.
Meanwhile, at home: Democracy Now, October 1, 2015
Palestinian Rights Activists in U.S. Routinely Harassed & Censored
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”.
©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
© 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,
Away from their favorite
You are guilty America
Of arming the world:…
The world Rising
©2015 by Alice Walker
The world rising
Can put an end
The murder of children
Get up. Roll over
On that part
That will not
Or even see
©2015 by Alice Walker
Here is what I believe
Will be the hardest thing
That we have
It is so quiet
It might flash
Our dullest days
Only once or twice
In a lifetime.
That it is there:
Just the certainty
He aquí lo que creo
será lo más duro
Es tan callada
y casi no
días más grises
solo una o dos
veces en la vida.
Que está ahí:
solo la certeza
nuestra estrella polar.
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
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.
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
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
en mis sueños
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.
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
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
Little one, they have captured you…
“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 1940-2015
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
We were all so young,
And so hopeful
In our solidarity.
I stumbled over some of the words
In the new to me
If you want to live
your soul, find
a friend and
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.
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.
(Vea Other People´s Everything, Inc. “Todas las cosas de otra gente” en la barra de menú.)
Revised Dash Cam Video Shows Arrest of Alleged Suicide Victim
Nation of Change, July 23, 2015
For me, only Stevie Wonder’s voice helped. ISN’T SHE LOVELY! ISN’T SHE BEAUTIFUL! Try it. Weeping goes better with love.
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
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,
I was enchanted to see
My mother’s magic
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
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
They are not done because
There is a threat
To our sad, empty, treacherous
Way of life…
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.
WHAT DOES THE AWAKENED PERSON DO?
Watch Badass Woman Scale Statehouse Flagpole, Take Down Confederate Flag
—By Mother Jones | 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.
What Does the Awakened Person Do?
Stitching Korea Back Together
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
Shall We Go Down Asleep?
©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!
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
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
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.
Peace and Blessings,
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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.
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.
WATCH: Relatives of Missing Mexican Students Say U.S.-Backed Drug War Is Fueling the Violence
Exclusive: Father of 1 of Missing Mexican 43 on How Drug War Aid “Being Used to Annihilate Students”
Exclusive: Father of Missing Mexican Student Calls on Obama to Stop Drug War Aid
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
Hillary the Hawk
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?
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
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.
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
This Indian Village Plants 111 Trees Every Time a Girl Is Born
AMANDA FROELICH 0SC ON MARCH 28, 2015
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
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?
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
That will leave your brain injured.
Try as I might, your lonely walk,
Blind justice not even stumbling
Or anywhere in the neighborhood
Will forever haunt me:
As you face two, three, four,
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
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
That is what teachers
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
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,
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
Para eso están
* 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!)
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!
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!)
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
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
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
abuela, me ofrecí,
nosotros también estamos dondequiera.
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…
PEACE AS THE INTELLIGENT OPTION
By Manuel E. Yepe
A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.
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…
All The Fast Car Ads Look Crazy Now
2015 by Alice Walker
Do you notice how all
The fast car ads look
There she is, blonde,
Hair color (if from a bottle)
Polluting the environment
And affecting her brain
But copied by some of the most
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
To the “free” world?
Suppose she’s really poor
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
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
They never seem to think
And the warehoused defective
Children in Russia
Nor do they appear worried
And the plumes of radiation
In air and ocean
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
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
Of your slow
But larger than screen size
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
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
en algún sitio hay gente
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
Nunca parecen pensar
y los lacerados niños almacenados
Ni parecen preocupados
y las motas de radiación
en el aire y el mar
que se devoran a California
Canadá y México.
el auto que manejan es veloz.
Ellos son veloces.
Todo está bien en su mundo.
El anuncio está hecho para venderte
Ese mundo de libertad, velocidad
y falta de preocupación
pretende parecer enorme.
Pero en verdad
no es mayor que tu pantalla.
Atiende a tu motocicleta,
el roto farol afuera
de tu ventana,
de tu lenta
pero más grande que la pantalla
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.
THE SMOKING GUN STILL IN HAND: SPYING ON, AND CENSORSHIP OF WRITERS OF CONSCIENCE
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
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
From NATION OF CHANGE
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.
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 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:|
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:
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:
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
Nigeria: two suspected child suicide bombers attack market (The Guardian)
UNOWA Briefing and Consultations
Nigeria’s Jonathan Slams Paris Attack, Ignores Baga Massacre (Bloomberg)
Nigeria’s Boko Haram: Baga destruction ‘shown in images’ (BBC)
Uniting Against Boko Haram (BloombergView)
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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
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
What might this change?
Is an energy
That crosses mountains and deserts
And continents and seas
And is never stopped
Nor even slowed
At its destination
As a blessing
That says: I feel- though it is but
A shadow of your sorrow -
That has befallen
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
Prayer is the beginning: when
We don’t know
What else to do.
It is in this
Of awareness and near impotence
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:
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:
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”.
Nigeria: dos supuestos niños bombas suicidas atacan mercado. (The Guardian)
Reunión informativa y consultas de UNOWA (Oficina de Naciones Unidas para África Occidental)
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
de la oración.
sobre lo profundo
me mantenía desprevenida.
¿Cómo podía la pasión del corazón
echada a volar hacia otros
mediante humildes palabras
¿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.
a su destino
como una bendición
que dice: Yo siento (aunque solo sea
una sombra de tu dolor)
que te ha
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
todos los demonios
que te estén haciendo
La oración es el inicio: cuando
qué otra cosa hacer.
Es en este
de conciencia y casi de impotencia
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
BREAKING THE SILENCE:
IDF SOLDIER CALLS AMERICA TO STAND UP TO ISRAEL WAR CRIMES
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 WalkerIIIIDarkness is gaining.Winter in Gaza.Babies freeze to death.Soldiers shoot childrenAiming for their eyes.Light a candle for us all.Light a candle for the children.Light a candle for blind justice.Light a candleFor the deathof hopein Saudi Arabia.And though it is hardto lookand harder to let ourselvesfeel:thinking: What canI do?Light a candleAnd say a prayerFor 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
y más difícil permitirnos
pensando: ¿Qué puedo
Prende una vela
y di una plegaria
por este hombre.
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
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
Sisters keep your heads up.
I also feel compassion
For the old man.
How can I not?
I love old men,
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
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
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
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
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
y es por eso que el mundo
está fuera de control.
Han perdido un amado ídolo
querido por ustedes, ¿cómo recuperarse
Yo andaría de rodillas sobre piedras
para restablecer el corazón de ustedes.
Pero eso es magia que ninguno podemos hacer.