Month: April 2015

The Lost Wars:  Poverty, Drugs, Slavery – Headlined by Mon 4/20/15

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Hanging Tree Lest We ForgetShould we invite her in, Wisdom proves a most dutiful senior partner.

Are you shocked at academics who’ve just discovered descendants of slave owners and the enslaved are still waging war, or that corporate owned media has suddenly cast itself as Captain Renault – shocked, shocked to find that police brutality is going on in here, the Land of the Free, when, in the Home of The Brave alone, man’s inhumanity to humans of color has been going on in here, since our forefathers lied to, stole from and murdered the first Native American.

After our Civil War transformed us into superficial emancipation, warmongering turned its sights on subtler means of class-warfare.  Though the Gettysburg Address was a conscious attempt to fill in historical gaps in our Declaration of Independence, women remained second class citizens without the right to vote and former slaves, propped up as pretense of equality, served at the pleasure of We Built That carpetbaggers – as prelude to LaPierre’s Demographically Symbolic.

Celebrating the Civil War’s 150th and WWI’s 100th or seventy-four years since Pearl Harbor; or fifty-two since JFK while forty-seven for King & Bobby; Kent State Four 45th, twenty since Oklahoma children, fourteen since 9/11 and two since Boston Marathon — has commemorating violent death and destruction brought us to an appreciation for Article 1 Section 8 Clause 12 of the U. S. Constitution, or are we a canvass for campus Open Carry?

Wars, like hearts and minds, are not won by blood in our streets; nor by profit manipulated multiplication of prison populations, militarized law enforcement and Corporatism’s need to empower the good life on the backs of the new slavery:  harvesting food, sweat shops and minimum wage.

In a region replete with ancient animosities, a NATO ally in the war against ISIS has probably massacred (1822-1904) well over a quarter of a million people.  Few nations, including our own, are blameless in a world where poverty and war claim the ignored lives of millions, even as they try to flee Africa aboard inadequate boats for the chance of both life and safety, in the west.

Yes, all lives matter; words matter; ideas matter; mutually created solutions matter.  However, if we are to progress from repeating past human peculiar institutions, militarized police and failing to connect the dots between community intimidation, drug lords, obese poverty and government arms deals, we must retire rhetoric and employ listening to the truth of reconciliation.

I beg academic writers, commissions and study groups to pause long enough to listen to those we claim we are saving, before producing any more textbooks, findings and whitepapers of half-truths, because the whole truth is, we know much too little about the Middle East to invest so much war power to educate such a culturally complex region, in slavery and torture western style.

Better to listen to our own bully targets tell their stories of teen induced suicide by other teens.  Give the mic to beaten wives and girlfriends.  Grant those who know firsthand the horror of rape a chance to speak without condemnation.  Give Stage to those who have directly suffered from human trafficking, kidnapping, wrongful imprisonment, gun violence and lynching.

With unprecedented undivided attention, acknowledge all historically enslaved people:  Native Americans, Chinese & Mexican immigrants, Immokalee Farm workers, Japanese-Americans remanded during WWII – in addition to Africans brought here against their will, to be bought & sold as property.

Offer a listening challenge to both the decedents of irreparable damage and those instilled with the expectancy of privilege and entitlement, still benefiting from the Jeffersonian model of institutional slavery:  having it both ways.

Now, Anywhere USA: Open Minds share Open Mic.

Bullying: Race, Religion, Rape and Police – Headlined by Sun 4/12/15

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AppromatoxWhen I recapture the buoyant sculpturing of humanitarian dreams of grandeur — nothing as miniscule as Reagan’s borrowed City of Light Upon a Hill, but rather a majestic, magical refuge, an international resort of equality for all under the sun — without daughters consigned under sons — there’s America:  the gem of the oceans, doctors and parents keeping the entire rainbow of children safe from the pot of gold greed of the money changers.  But…

When I witness skewed visions of patriotism or trivializing that which our mothers, grandmothers and teachers filled our childhood;

When I hear California drought blamed on Environmentalists; or loving God and Country claims while hating Americans of different POV;

When governments, overflowing with tax collectors, fail peace but finance war, while cutting taxes on bankers weighing down our future with student loans – I hope forward — to when news media is immersed in investigative follow the money reporting, devoid of repetitive “We Don’t Know That Yet,” but we’ll be right back after this indoctrination from Corporatism owners of Media truth, to tell you again what we speculate about, what we just discovered, has been going on since 1865, when the second phase of Civil War began.

And yet, I see through a glass darkly the light of our possibility:  when big brothers include equal sisters on city councils, a social media embracing both friend and foe as close as tears and laughter, fusing Left & Right to Center.

Yes, I see us in

  • wearing yellow for Seth
  • the face of both inventor and child recipient of 3-D prosthetic hands
  • a black looking President (when he’s not fast tracking TPP)
  • police officers caught on camera helping citizens in need
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand
  • The life of basketball player Lauren Hill

See:  because we are involved with mankind, any disguise, feigning freedom laws, diminishes us just as a Land of the Free, because of the Brave cliché is no more patriotic than, The Patriot Act.

Bravery is not found in billionaire bombs blowing up the Middle Class for perpetual bottom line battles.

Courage is in the pursuit of ever renewable renewables, like transferring our sweat shop dollars from ignorance to freeing higher education.

Heroism is found more in a single creative artist than a Cheney corporate cover up of human torture and environmental oil rig murders.

America is exceptional to the extent it produces We the People like Deborah Samson, Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, Rosa Parks, Gloria Steinem, Alzheimer’s Association Sue Friedman & Maria Shriver, Senator Elizabeth Warren, People Demanding Action Andrea Miller, Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center Andrea Douglas, ERA Eileen Davis, NOW Diana Egozcue, Lauren Hill and Maya Angelou.

Because of them, we have decreased American lynching, shackles, and state sponsored murder, but we have yet to overcome voter intimidation, private prisons, and the bullying of our children and rape of women, by those unable to self-control the adrenaline of a little power is a dangerous thing.

We are America The Greatest Generation fought and died for, when CEOs, CFOs and Directors on both Main and Wall Streets, stand united in support of Constitutional Gender Equality, affordable healthcare & education, a livable minimum wage, All Lives Matter Due Process — in addition to LGBTQ Separation of Church and State — for this is both definition and challenge of “….government of the people, by the people and for the people….”

Like the 1991 LAPD news at eleven of Rodney King beating, we have video of a suspect on the ground, hands behind his back, handcuffed after being tasered, being beaten by a number of California police.

What happens next is our answer to, Do you think the country is moving in the right direction?