Monthly Archives: January 2010

We have lost a gift, which having received it, all of us might become.
Photo: @1991 by Jean Weisinger
©2010 by Alice Walker

On hearing the news of his death.

Me: Howie, Where did you go?

Howie: What do you mean, Where did I go? As soon as I died, I went back to Boston.

I met Howard Zinn in 1961 my first year… Continue reading

©2010 by Alice Walker

Dear Ones,

I realize you and your mother have been hurt and embarrassed by the infidelities and bizarre behaviors of your father. This is a common problem for many. Because your father is famous, you may feel exceptionally exposed, but be assured there are millions of wives and children feeling as sad, confused, angry and distraught as you do. I know… Continue reading

© 2010 by Alice Walker

If I was President
The first thing I would do
is call Mumia Abu-Jamal.
if I was president
the first thing I would do
is call Leonard Peltier.
if I was president
the first person I would call
is that rascal
John Trudell.
the first person I’d call
is that other rascal
Dennis Banks.

I would also… Continue reading

©2010 by Alice Walker

All this time, silenced, speechless, grateful for my meditation cushion, I have been thinking about the writer, Edwidge Danticat, whose writing for me, so pure and grounded and wise, is the quiet stream flowing in the background of the present chaos and noise in Haiti. Danticat explores with acute attention and tenderness the complex reality of Haiti and its people, and… Continue reading

Sasha Kramer sent a message to the members of Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL).


Subject: Kouraj cherie: Update from Port au Prince

This afternoon, feeling helpless, we decided to take a van down to Champs Mars (the area around the palace) to look for people needing medical care to bring to Matthew 25, the guesthouse where we are staying which has been transformed into… Continue reading