Monthly Archives: June 2016


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… Continue reading

en español

Jesse Williams’  BET Awards Speech

Here is part of the problem right up front:  we have to endure a MacDonald’s add before Jesse Williams’ speech.  Surely there is a better way to honor our people than by encouraging them to believe such a corporation cares about what they eat, unless it makes money for them. In any case, it interrupted… Continue reading

en español

In these times of woe, trust in what you love that loves you back

©2016 by Alice Walker

And though I’ve been there only once, for such a brief visit (!) I have a warm place in my heart for Brazil.  It is its people, first and last, who seem to me different in some quite unidentifiable but definitely encouraging (of humanity)… Continue reading

en español

A thoughtful piece on our dilemma. 

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

I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical……It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government. — Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to… Continue reading

Miko with Alice WalkerMiko Peled and Alice Walker

In this post, Miko Peled, author of The General’s Son, Journey of an Israeli in Palestine, laments the death of Muhammed Ali and wishes he had stayed a while longer with us.  I feel the peace that comes when a person who has given his or her all in the cause of what is right passes away and is… Continue reading


A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.

Another novelty introduced by the campaign of Democratic Party
presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in his bid to win voters for his
candidacy is the complaint made about the sad role of candidates and
the media interested in sharpening antagonisms between candidates
based on purely personal or trivial… Continue reading

Loving Oakland
Copyright © 2016 by Alice Walker

If gentrifiers do not despoil it
which means getting rid of poor
and black and people of color
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… Continue reading

The Long Road Home

©2016 by Alice Walker

I am beginning to comprehend
the mystery
of the gift of suffering.
It is true as some
have said
that it is a crucible
in which the gold of one’s spirit
is rendered
and shines.
you represent all of us
who stand the test of suffering
most often alone
because who can understand
who or… Continue reading



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“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… Continue reading