Yesterday the invocation of the spirit of resistance at Standing Rock was inaudible at the #NoDAPL protest at Civic Center. This beautiful video stands in for that omission.
We don't have anyplace else to go ...we didn't matter. .. Our spirit is called to act. .. We have to make sure that this black snake is killed. We have to look in our hearts to ask how far are we willing to go...What is your spirit telling you that you want to do? ...
When our ancestors went into battle, we didn't know what the consequences were going to be for our children. All we knew was that if we did nothing, things were not going to go well for our children. Don't operate out of fear. Operate out of hope .... The only thing that keeps me going is prayer. I have to have faith that my prayers are being heard. ... We must show the rest of the world how to live ...
This San Francisco purveyor of graffiti has it right. When times are bleak -- when country and planet sink under the barely restrained sway of greed, raw power, and fear -- it's time to restate what matters.
I write here to preserve and kindle hope for a national and global turn toward multi-racial, economically egalitarian, gender non-constricting, woman affirming, and peace choosing democracy that preserves the habitability of earth for all. There's a big order -- but what else is there to do but struggle for this? Not much.
Topics range from the minuscule to the transcendent to the global, from dire to delightful. I am not an optimist, but I refuse to allow myself to wallow within the easy bias that everything is going to always be awful. Good also happens; love lives too.
I've been yammering here about activism, politics, history, racism and other occasional horrors and pleasures since 2005. I intend to continue as long as the opportunity exists. In this time, that means activism and chronicling resistance. Perhaps it always has, one way and another.
I'm a progressive political activist who runs trails and climbs mountains whenever any are available. I've had the privilege to work for justice in Central America (Nicaragua and El Salvador), in South Africa, in the fields of California with the United Farmworkers Union, and in the cities and schools of my own country. I'm a Christian of the Episcopalian flavor; we think and argue a lot. For work, I've done a bit of it all: run an old fashioned switch-board; remodeled buildings and poured concrete; edited and published periodicals, reports and books; and organized for electoral campaigns. Will work for justice.