Originally posted on Speaking With A True Heart:
This September Leonard Peltier celebrates his 70th Birthday! His actual birthdate is September 12, 1944. We think 70 is an awesome birthday to celebrate so we’re going to CELEBRATE Leonard ALL Month long and we’d Love to have you join us! This is an action-oriented virtual global event from whatever device you use to access the Internet. Our Birthday wish for Leonard is “FREEDOM”! There is ONLY one person in the World who can release Leonard from his unlawful imprisonment. That individual so designated by the United States Constitution is the current sitting President of the United States. Until January 2017, that individual is President Barack Obama! It is up to those of us who care about and support Leonard to focus our Positive Energies to President Obama and [respectfully] demand that he grant Executive Clemency to Leonard! You do not have to like our…
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PART ONE: THE WORD I GAVE WAS A JOYFUL PRAYER. / CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2014
PART TWO: NO ONE WILL EVER BELIEVE YOU / CLAIRE O’BRIEN 2014
PART THREE: FUCK YOU
PART FOUR: PRESS RELEASE
FROM: THE BARBARIANS.
AT: THE GATES
The despised and the crazy, the last secret kings,
the underground flyers without any wings,
the sidewalk sleepers, dumpster creepers,
desert walkers, subway talkers.
Some who stink and some who crawl,
the face of God down every hall.
Perfect boys with basketballs:
radient beauty trampled down
fallen stars upon the ground.
They need to know the world is good :
We’re here to get their childhoods.
.Those who work all night for crack
turning tricks across the tracks
kicked like dogs, knocked out and smacked:
We are here to pay them back.
Mountain people with no teeth:
Cartoon men of ancient speech
They have not eaten for a week.
They don’t demand their equal due.
That’s why we are coming through
and why we’re headed straight for you.
It’s funny how much people hate
to see me standing at the Gates,
presuming I can give expression
to real, system-wide oppression.
To them I say,” Well you tell me
why nothing here applies to me.
Why every fundamental right
applies to everyone in sight
except for those you single out
as people who just do not count.
Although the feds made it a crime,
lawyers do it all the time.
No one has to give a shit
about the bottom of the list:
That is what the bottom’s for -
you’re not a person anymore.
Some people learn this lesson, then live it every day
“No matter what you, do, no matter what you say.
No matter if the work you do gets better everyday,
No matter all the damage caused by lies that others say -
There is nothing you can do to change the role you play.
We took you down forever, and down is where you’ll stay.”
If you don’t see stigma as oppression in every single way
or understand the world I lost, and lose anew each day,
Then consider four years later, as I hold my breath and pray
for a few unbroken promises that won’t just fade away.
And let us call out bigotry, for that’s its real name -
as ugly as it sounds and as worthy of the shame,
as global and destructive as any tyrant’s reign.
Stop Israel at the Port
Zionism isn’t welcome on our Coast!
West Coast Blockade of the Israeli Zim Ship
Port of Oakland
Saturday, August 16th
5am – meet at West Oakland Bart and march to Berth 57
Reblogged this on Electrica in the Desert. Thank-you, Stacia.
Originally posted on stacia l. brown:
I don’t want to talk about the boy and the sneakers peeking out from the sheet crudely draped over his corpse in the street, because I have been happy this month and it is so rare that I’m happy and that you, at age 4, don’t have to touch my knee or shoulder or face and say, “What’s wrong, Mama? You sad?”
I don’t want to think of who will go out on her hands and knees to scrub what’s left of the boy’s blood from the concrete. It will probably be a loved one, her hands idle after hours of clenching them into fists, watching what used to be her breathing boy lie lifeless, as she waited and waited and waited for the police and the coroner and the county to get their stories straight and their shit together and their privilege, sitting crooked as a ten-dollar wig, readjusted till it was firmly intact…
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Come you masters of war -
You that build the big guns,
You that build the death planes,
You that build all the bombs.
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks.
You that never done nothin’
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it’s your little toy
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain.
Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness?
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul.
And I hope that you die
And your death’ll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I’ll watch while you’re lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I’ll stand over your grave
‘Til I’m sure that you’re dead.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
I don’t want to pray for Palestine. I don’t want to send good energy to Palestine. I don’t want to meditate thoughts of peace for Palestine. I don’t want to send charity to Palestine.
I want to fight for Palestine.
Just as International Brigades of workers converged on Spain from all over the world to try to defeat fascism prior to World War Two, I want to fight NOW, before it is too late. It may already be too late.
“We could have stopped the bastards. We could have stopped them”
Member, Abraham Lincoln Brigade (U.S.A.)
THIS IS GOD:
Tiny Haitian child, dancing / Photo info unknown.
NOTE: The use of excerpts from Masters of War by Bob Dylan is intentional.
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Originally posted on Kushite Kingdom:
History has consistently shown that slavery has diminished the quality of life for African Americans and simultaneously enhanced the quality of life for White Americans. From institutionalized racism to blocked social and economic opportunities, African Americans are often excluded of African Americans.
Apologies cannot compensate an entire race of people for all of the social and economic ills they face as a result of their enslavement. They cannot address the residual effects of slavery. They cannot provide job opportunities to a race of people who are experiencing high unemployment rates. Apologies without action from the very systems they helped to create. Had it not been for slave labor, many corporations would not be where they are today and for these companies to acknowledge their involvement in slavery and then simply say ‘Oh, I’m sorry”, is to downplay their role in perpetuating the degradation are nothing more than a futile attempt…
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