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The Foolishness of Captivity

An Open Poem for Who the Shoe Fit

Copyright © 2011 by Alice Walker

Younger brother,
it is plain as day to those who love you
that you have fallen into the devil’s hands.
It can happen, all too easily, to good people;
look at Jesus: He fell and has kept falling
for over two thousand years;
that is… Continue reading


The World Social Forum Free Palestine:

‘It is an expression of the human instinct to unite for justice and freedom and an echo of the World Social Forum’s opposition to neo-liberal hegemony, colonialism, and racism and will be a global encounter of broad-based popular and civil society mobilizations from around the world. We call on all organizations, movements, networks, and unions across the globe… Continue reading

November 10, 2011

To Whom It May Concern

With Special Attention to:

  1. The Prime-Minister of Israel
  2. The Attorney General of Israel
  3. MK Reuven Rivlin, Speaker of the Knesset

From Alice Walker, American Author and Jurist for the Russell Tribunal, Cape Town, South Africa
November 5-7, 2011.

It is with grave concern for MK Haneen Zoabi that I write to you today.  It is my… Continue reading

Empathy Is a Wave: The Banning of Palestinian Children’s Art  (From the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland)
Copyright © 2011 by Alice Walker


I was injured as a child; my brother shot me in the eye with a pellet gun, causing disfigurement and loss of sight.  The incident itself, as well as the trauma surrounding it: my father was unable to… Continue reading


And So Our Trails Continue

Copyright © 2011 by Alice Walker




Nella Larsen

On the boat to Gaza – as we waited day after day to sail – I met a doctor from Scandinavia who was going with us, to take care of us if we were harmed.  The very thought drew me to her.  I liked her calm,… Continue reading

Uri Avnery at a check-point demonstration in 2002


My own work has been banned a lot. In fact, there is a book about that called Alice Walker Banned that fascinates me to this day.  In one instance my work is banned because I am accused of being “anti-meat eating” and in another I am said to be “anti-religious.”  That I permit young… Continue reading

Hi Penny,

Can you pass on these photos to Alice Walker when you get a chance? They are of a mural that the Maia Mural Brigade painted at the kindergarten in Beit Hanoun where MECA installed a water purification and desalination unit  …… several years ago.

Here’s the message from the Maia Mural Brigade about it:
Today we painted a mural at the… Continue reading


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… Continue reading

US Boat to GAZA The Audacity of Hope

Auntie, I Simply Can’t Imagine It!

Joining the Freedom Flotilla II To Gaza, Aboard The Audacity of Hope
June 20. 2011  —  ©2011 by Alice Walker



Why am I going on the Freedom Flotilla II to Gaza? I ask myself this, even though the answer is: What else would I do?  I am in my sixty-seventh year, having lived already… Continue reading

©2011 by Alice Walker

My desire
is always the same; wherever Life
deposits me:
I want to stick my toe
& soon my whole body
into the water.
I want to shake out a fat broom
& sweep dried leaves
bruised blossoms
dead insects
& dust.
I want to grow
It seems impossible that desire
can sometimes transform into devotion;
but this has… Continue reading