#FeelTheBern

So, ya, I’m power-posting Bernie messages today. If you’re undecided, I hope you’ll check out a few of them.

I know a lot of my FB connections might be sick and tired of my posts (maybe even tuned me out from their feeds), but this is something I am deeply passionate about, and those that know me know I can be kind of a force of nature when I truly believe something is right. So love me, or block me…but if you love me, please know that I will continue posting and sharing, and pass along some of these messages to others. I‪#‎FeelTheBern‬ and I can’t hide it.

I felt passionate about Obama, too, in the ’08 election, but quickly became disillusioned by him, when one of the first things he did once in office was to send more troops to Afghanistan, and later signed the NDAA allowing US citizens to be held, without representation, even on US soil. I even considered giving up voting when I became truly conscious of just how corrupt our Congress is, and how little our vote actually affects policy.

Instead, I decided to get active, to do what I could to make a difference. It’s when I went to DC with Oriah, and lived in an Occupy encampment in the middle of winter. After all, it is my children –all our children– who will end up having to live with the mess that WE created, with our apathetic lack of involvement in our own government … you know, the gov’t that is supposed to be Of the People, By the People, For the People? And by doing this I was showing the next generation what it takes to make positive change in our country: WE take control of it.

I’ve met Bernie. I’ve shook his hand, asked questions, and gotten real answers. I’ve had reason to call his VT office, as a constituent, to ask for help for a friend, and for myself, and his dedicated staff “got ‘er done” in record time for both of us. I’ve seen him in action as a representative of the people of VT since he was the Mayor of Burlington –I didn’t live in Burlington at that time, so I couldn’t vote for him then, but i would have. I have, however, voted for him ever since.

Unlike Obama, I know he actually does what he says he’s gonna do. He has an integrity that is unmatched and unparalleled by any other candidate. He’s tried, tested and true, where Obama was not. Where Hillary definitely is not. While they accept money from the very monster we are rebelling against, Bernie has not, and will not. And when he says he’s going to fight for something, he does, with every ounce of his being. And unlike Trump, he represents all of us, without the hate rhetoric, demeaning misogyny, and racist speech.

Bernie won’t build walls. He’ll build bridges and roads.

Bernie won’t allow Big Pharma and Insurers to take more and more, raising prices to the highest anywhere in the world, while we get sicker and sicker, for lack of ability to pay for healthcare.

Bernie won’t decrease taxes on the rich, while the working classes take home less and less in order to support tax cuts for the 1%. He’ll take off the caps on the wealthiest Americans –those that can afford it and will still remain filthy stinkin’ rich (seriously, do you think that if Waltons of Walmart paid -say a Billion- in taxes they’d be unable to buy a small nation, a few yachts & a jet or two, plus 100 spare Mazeratis -in case one broke down?? Would they really have to raise prices or decrease wages to put gourmet food put on their tables every night?)

Bernie won’t enact any policy that sends the the bulk of profits of your labor UP to the top few hundred wealthiest American, while your standard of living continues to go DOWN.

Bernie won’t allow the gov’t to take YOUR social security earnings to pay for more war. He’ll increase your benefits, and secure that future payments are there, by demanding the wealthiest to pay into the system at the same rate –no more caps.

Bernie won’t allow massively wealthy corporations to claim they’re American businesses when they avoid paying their fair share of taxes by hiding it in other countries, and sending our jobs to countries without workers’ rights -Human Rights!- and disasterous environmental policies. Instead, he’ll demand that US corporations behave like the rest of us: pay their fair share, uphold Human Rights/Workers’ Rights, and set real goals to mitigate the damage to our environment (so our children have air to breathe in the future, water to drink, etc. ya know? like actually have a future to live?)

Bernie won’t give billions to “bail out banks” (ie, paying themselves multi-million dollar bonuses with your tax dollars) while our youth are going bankrupt with student loans, and families lose their homes. Bernie will see that the real Big Bank criminals are prosecuted with more than a slap on the wrist, and break up those “too big to fail” Oligarchs. Banks should serve the financial interests of their communities, not their fat-cat corporate CEOs.

Bernie won’t become one of the corporate puppets, getting rich off campaign contributions, slick “gifting” by corporations in exchange for doing what they want. Instead he’ll fight for publicly funded campaigns and funding limits, returning the power of our vote to us in full measure.

Bernie wants an educated, healthy, industrious nation of involved citizens; an economically sound and secure country in which all its citizens have access to healthcare, education, a healthy environment and a livable wage.

So do I.

But he can’t and won’t do all this on his own: WE will do it, by making sure we put him in office, and like-minded representatives in the House and Senate. Other countries are already doing all of this, and have a citizenry that values its democratic system (hell, they VOTE to raise their own taxes so their society will benefit!)

We can do all this, and so much more. Because we’re Americans and that’s just how we roll, when we put our minds to it.

When I couldn’t afford to donate to his campaign, I had a tag sale and donated 50% of the net proceeds to his campaign. I still can’t afford to spend money outside of my own family’s immediate needs, so when I really, really needed a seasonally appropriate jacket, I bought a Bernie zip sweatshirt…that way my investment in a much needed jacket also supported his campaign. I’m still broke, but I have a phone, and I have a laptop. These are the tools available to me that make it possible to stay involved in doing what I believe is the right thing to do, for the future of this country, and for the future of my children.

That’s how much I #FeelTheBern

Take time to really understand what WE are doing in OUR political revolution.

www.BernieSanders.com

How We End the Corporate Corruption of Congress

Make History. Restore Democracy.

Today is the day to get involved in Wolf-Pac.com!  Please join your State’s Wolf Pack. Each State has it’s own Google+ group, by which one stays connected to other volunteers in the state,  gets information about actions, and follows the progress of the Resolution in that state. Aside from speaking to one’s own State Representatives and Legislators, the most active participation is in making phone calls to the voters (in your state, and helping do the same for other states); this involves each signing up for short periods of time (an hour or two), generally during the evening, to makes phone calls to the constituents (the voters) within a particular Legislator’s district. The purpose of doing this is inform voters of the Resolution, its purpose, and to seek their support for it. Those that agree with our efforts are then asked to contact their local Legislator to demand their support as well.  A script is provided, as are all the phone numbers you’ll be calling.

Experience has shown us that these calls truly do have a tremendous impact on the way a State Legislator votes. When a Legislator receives even a few calls (less than 10) about a particular agenda, they begin to pay more attention. But Legislators who receive 15, 20, more calls from their personal constituency have changed their vote from a No to a Yes, in direct correlation to those calls. This is because, on the State level, we still have some semblance of Democracy that remains; our Legislators are still beholden to the voters, rather than to the Koch Bros, or Big Oil donors, etc.  They can be swayed to vote according to our demands.  When they receive a few phone calls or emails from their voters, they know that there 100’s more who didn’t call, but want the same thing. And if they want to keep their jobs, they will act accordingly.

The Resolution itself is a statement: only People have the rights of “Personhood” (you know, those things called Human Rights?), NOT Corporations. Further, because our Congress is so thoroughly corrupt as a result of the the influence of “dark money” and other lucrative donations, each State’s Resolution must demand to engage in a Constitutional Convention of the States, as described by Article V of the Constitution.

The purpose of a Convention is for the States to override the powers of Congress. In the simplest of terms, Article V states that when our Congress becomes too corrupt, threatens our Democracy and endangers the Republic that is the United States, it is the duty of the People of each State to correct the problem, by holding a Convention of the States. A Convention of the States is, in effect, the States acting as Congress should, making the changes needed, and necessary, to our Constitution, in order to restore the Democratic process in our Government.  To do so, at least 34 States must pass similar/same Resolutions that propose participation in this Convention, and 36 (or 37? 38?) to Ratify it (to make it a Constitutional Right, and binding).

In this case, it is the powerful influence of money in DC that we must change, the all-encompassing power of money that currently holds sway over the voting patterns of our Legislators in DC.

We have got to remove the ability of the Corporate elite to pad the pockets of our Congressmen and Congresswomen –thus ensuring their compliance in creating laws and regulations that bow to the whims and desires of corporations– and by denying them such, we return to a Representative Democracy, in which the power of our government resides with the People, and is expressed on a ballot in a voting booth. Once we pass such a Resolution in a majority of our States, and add it to our Constitution, corporations will no longer have the power to use their financial influence in our government. They will no longer be able to simply buy the votes of our Congressmen and Congresswomen in DC. In other words, we will dismantle the current Oligarchical system of government in which we currently reside.

When the States act as Congress, it will be for the sole purpose of proposing this Amendment. The Amendment will solidify our Human Rights, and deny those Rights to the non-living Corporate entities. Only Human Beings will bear the the right to elect representative  leaders, without the overwhelming influence of Corporate elitist financing, or massive 1% “campaign contributions” (ie, bribes).

We are snipping the puppet’s strings, and returning the Power of our electoral process to the People.  With the Oligarchy defeated, we can restore Democracy to its rightful place: into the hands of the People.

This is HUGE! We now have 4 States committed to this effort. Dozens more are gaining traction.  But we need YOU to help. This is YOUR Democracy. YOU have to do your part. Please, do your part –participate, donate, and share. Start by clicking here:

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Battle For The Net

Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.

the internet's spinning wheel of death

the internet’s spinning wheel of death

Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?

On February 26th,  just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.

If you still don’t understand what Net Neutrality is all about,* Last Week Tonight comedian, John Oliver, explain:

If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here:

 Countdown for Net Neutrality tools

Everyone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown:

Join the Battle for Net Neutrality

Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net on February 26th!

via Battle For The Net.

*shared for educational purposes only

The Arrests on Inauguration Day and the pride of Vermont, Ms Shela Linton

I read a wonderful article on a blog today, the Vermont Political Observer, entitled, A passel o’ peevishness on Inauguration Day (Part One) written by John Walters, in response to yesterday’s protest at the Vermont Statehouse.  The action, organized by the Vermont Workers’ Center, was a direct result to Gov Shumlin’s recent announcement that he would no longer be working to formulate a budget plan to support Act 48 –the law passed in 2011. This law made VT the first State to declare that Health Care is a Human Right, and as such will be publicly financed, and made available to all VT residents beginning in 2017. (In fact, it was the cornerstone of Mr. Shumlin’s promise to us that garnered our support, and got him elected.) The only point in this article, however, with which I disagree, is in his assessment of Ms. Shela Linton, the Field Organizer for VWC for Windham County, saying she should receive his “whiny award”.

What he did not realize –because the cameras did not capture softer spoken words of police to her, and details hidden, but seen by others to each side of her– is that the police began to apply their “motivate-with-pain” techniques within moments of their request for her to leave. Other passive-resistant arrestees (those who went limp) did not have their arms jacked up behind their backs, while their wrists were also being twisted in an opposite direction, to a pain-inducing degree. While Ms. Linton was still seated, an officer was beginning to apply this “motivation”, yanking her arm, bent at the elbow, upwards, and slightly into her body (which causes the arrestee to lean forward slightly, to force compliance) she stated, three times, and calmly, “you’re hurting me”. The officer then said something to the affect of “I’ll stop when you behave”. They proceeded then to haul her upright, and continued to apply even more pain inducement, which, as seen in the video, caused her to crumple to the ground. All the way to the processing room, they continued using the arm and wrist pain-technique; this was unwarranted and abusive. And it led to her need of emergency medical care.

The other woman of color in the sit-in circle, on whom less than professional and painful tactics were used, was also the only person to be placed in handcuffs, despite the fact that she had remained passive.  And, another person of color, there to support the sit-in protesters, was also handled, without cause, by a Statehouse officer, who then tried to deny his actions when the man protested having hands placed on him; except there was a witness, who spoke up and described to the officer exactly how he had placed his hands on the gentleman in an attempt to control the man’s movement while questioning him.

As for the arrestees, however, not a single other passive-resistant protester was “encouraged to comply” with the use of cuffs or with applied pain. The white arrestees were allowed or assisted to stand, or carried like a swing by the arms and feet, or simply dragged part way until another officer caught up to pick up the arrestee’s legs. Simply denying such discriminatory behavior–intended or not– does not erase the fact that it happened. And it won’t end until it is first acknowledged.

Remember, too, that this was an action of non-violent Civil Disobedience; all members who risked arrest had to agree to be peaceful, and non-combative during any potential arrest before being allowed to participate. In fact, this request was brought up to the group of protesters again, just prior to the start of the arrests, and all the members of the group reaffirmed their commitment to non-violent conduct if arrested. Even later, during the processing of arrestees, as one gentleman was expressing himself with more aggressive language, he managed to calm his expressive demeanor, when reminded by another arrestee in the room that his conduct represented everyone involved.

The proper way to remove a non-combative, but passive-resistant protester, in such a way as to minimize harm to both protester and officer, is thus: two officers stand side by side and in front of the arrestee; in concert they bend at the knee -in order to use leg muscles rather than strain back muscles- the officers loop his/her arm that is closest to the arrestee, under the arrestee’s armpit. Each officer uses bicep, shoulder and leg strength to lift the protester. The protester is then easily and safely be dragged backwards, without causing pain and minimizing potential injury. I saw this used many times during my time with the Occupy protest encampment on Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC (a good example here. Start at the 5:10 mark).

It is unfathomable to think that our own Vermont police ranks have not been taught this method. It seems they were aware of it, and were capable of implementing it with other, even larger sized, but white, protesters, as seen in contrast with the two videos here.

I know that, years ago, VT police were made aware of no-pain methods of removing protesters. I know this because, in the beginning of my own NVCD activism in which I risked arrest (and subsequently was), the resultant outcry over the abusive use of pain-inducing methods led to then-Governor, Madeleine Kunin publicly demanding that all non-combative protestors be arrested without the use of force. Further, she demanded that all police troops immediately be trained in non-pain inducing techniques to remove non-combative, non-violent civil disobedience protesters.

So I have to wonder: Why, in the face of such historical knowledge, did the police opt to use pain –and actual harm–in this instance? And why, specifically, were these methods used on the only protester whose skin coloring is darker than the greater numbers of obvious Caucasian NVCD protesters? The behaviors of the officers involved just stinks of outright racism, and must be addressed immediately. We are Vermonters, after all. We are better than that, and our police forces should reflect the highest kind and quality of non-discriminatory character that we strive for in this state. (Yes, I am sticking my Vermonter nose upwards, with obvious pride for my home state.)

Another unknown thing is how the police behaved after Ms Linton was loaded into the ambulance, crying, and cradling her arm.  When I asked to go with her, or to have another person close to her go with her in the ambulance (her own daughter, perhaps?), the police responded rudely, with a forceful, “No!” A crowd of released arrestees began to gather behind the parked ambulance, demanding that a person with close, personal ties to Ms. Linton, be allowed to ride in the ambulance with her. Suddenly, about a dozen other officers rushed out of the building, obviously prepared to engage with us in a perhaps not-so kindly manner.

Thanks to the quick thinking of Kate Kanelstein, another VWC organizer, who announced that she was being allowed to ride in the ambulance with Ms. Linton –after getting easy permission from the ambulance driver instead of the police– the crowd drew back. However, in some final angry verbal exchanges between police and protesters, one officer loudly proclaimed that “None of this would have happened if you’d just behaved yourselves and never showed up here in the first place.”

Uh, excuuuuuussse me?? Please tell me our police have, at the very least, a basic understanding of the US Constitution, and are aware of the fact that NVCD is one of the very highest forms of civic duty a citizen can, and should commit, to address, and change, the wrongs we see committed by our Government. And, ultimately, it is their duty to protect the citizens so that they may do so. (If they are not there to protect us, then what, really, are they for?)

For now, Ms. Linton, who was recently recognized as a “Women of the Year” in Glamour magazine, for being one of “50 Phenomenal Women of the Year Who Are Making a Difference”, is recovering, with her arm in a sling as a result of the injury inflicted on her.  I have no doubt that she will continue her work, fighting for Justice and the Rights for all people, but especially for the people of Vermont, regardless of race, religion, orientation, ability or social status. She is just that kind of woman. She is just that kind of Human Being.

The media is most certainly likely to “spin” the story in various ways –undoubtedly, mostly negative–but I hope and pray that her efforts, as well as the efforts of the members and activists of the VT Workers’ Center, will meet with the successful end for which this action was intended: getting our legislature to have a public discussions on the different financial formulas that can, and will, support the implementation of Act 48, Health Care For All, starting in 2017.

And as for Ms. Linton herself, Vermonters should just be damn proud to claim a woman of her caliber –strong, outspoken, passionate, open-minded, intelligent, kind, and, oh ya, black— as one of our own. She is an amazing representative of Vermont’s tenacity, courage, and leadership in choosing to do what is best for all people, no matter how difficult the presented challenges may be. Personally, I am honored to call her “friend”.

John Walters’ article, by the way, concluded with what I felt was a sign of hope for the Act 48 activists of the Vermont Workers’ Center, and Shela Linton. It was with a quote from the Speaker of the House, Shep Smith, and with who’s words I, too, shall conclude:

“I think this was an incredible example of the openness of our democracy,” he said. “In the people’s house, people are allowed to petition, and I would expect that over the coming weeks, we’ll talk with people about setting up hearings.” [emphasis added, mine]

Now I think I’ll go back to that blog, to read Part 2.


Special thanks to:

The Commons Independent, Non-Profit Source of News and Views from Windham County, Vermont Image by Shanta L.E. Crowley/Courtesy photo, featured on The Comons Online http://www.commonsnews.org/site/site05/story.php?articleno=11304&page=1#.VLCIS_nNGPs

other referenced links:

Seven Days Vermont’s Independent Voice: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/OffMessage/archives/2015/01/08/massive-protest-disrupts-shumlin-inauguration

For more information about the work being done by The Vermont Workers’ Center, and to learn how you can help, please go to: http://www.workerscenter.org  Your tax-deductible contributions are appreciated, too!


Your considerate responses are most welcome, and appreciated.

Act 48 is the LAW, Gov’ner.

I am a member and volunteer for The Vermont Workers’ Center, which is leading the fight to enforce Act 48, the Vermont Law, passed in 2011, that says all residents of Vermont have the right to receive publicly financed, high quality medical care– in other words, Universal, or Single-Payer Health Care.  My membership with the VWC  means I’ve attended an Orientation (and am now trained to lead New Member Orientations), paid my annual dues –albeit, a shamefully paltry sum, but it was what I could afford– and I agreed to do at least 5 hours of volunteer service for VWC, or any of its affiliated organization. I think I’ve done more like 500 hours in the last few months, but that’s because, unlike folks working full-time jobs and more, I have a more flexible schedule, and volunteer work is my way of earning what has been given to me; giving me a sense of purpose, and of being a valuable, contributing member of my community, despite my disabling conditions.

One of the things my community has contributed to my life is medical care, with very small co-pays on medications. Without it, I would possibly be dead by now.  Without certain medications I would undoubtedly be confined to a wheelchair, probably screaming and/or crying constantly, and incapable of giving anything to anyone, let alone be capable of parenting.  Still, the various limitations in coverage prevent me from accessing alternative methods of care that I prefer; namely, naturopathic care. Continue reading

Rural White Folks Need to Speak Out against Racism in our Communities

Thank you for such a beautifully written and elegant commentary. I have been struggling to find ways to more fully understand my own white privilege and I continue to seek ways to break its hold, to become more humble, open, accepting, aware, and conscientious of what it means to be a racist. My cultural DNA dictates that I am, in fact, a racist, but how it gets expressed in my life is up to me. I, too, live in a more rural state (VT), bI’ve also been told that disagreeing that something is a racist microaggression is another curse of white privilege. but what is happening here is, in some ways perhaps, more insidious. My town is all about “Tolerance” (gadz, I hate that word). Employers have their workshop on tolerance, our schools have 0 tolerance rules, etc., and yet the undercurrent is dragging everyone out into the deepest of depths and drowning us all in racism. It’s microaggressive racism. Anyway, all I know for sure is that a)White people cannot lead this movement, we must follow and learn and b)White people must talk and talk and talk about it, no just with other white people, but with people of color.

COUNTRY QUEERS : a multimedia oral history project documenting the diverse experiences of rural and small town LGBTQIA folks in the U.S.A.

December 13, 2014

If you are a white person living in a rural and predominantly white mountain community today, on this National Day of Resistance, you may be confused about how best to participate in the Black Lives Matter movement.  I have no answers, I have a lot of questions, and I know that it is inappropriate for white folks to take up public space processing our place in this movement.  However, what is also inappropriate and outright dangerous is for white folks in rural places to disengage completely from this movement and from conversations about racism and white supremacy in our communities, or to only engage in these conversations when it is a “hot topic” in the news.  I am not writing this as any kind of expert.  I am not writing this as someone who has been doing a good job of being engaged and active.  I am…

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MicroAggression -V- White Privilege

Micro-aggression is considered a form of “unintended discrimination”.  It is depicted by the use of known social norms of behavior and/or expression that, with or without intent by the user, still has the same effect as conscious, intended discrimination.  A simple illustration of the meaning of micro-aggression can be seen by the use of pronoun “He” which, in its use is meant as a congregation of all, but which, by its inherent nature, actually segregates and demotes the feminine, “She”. Attempts to use opposite gender pronoun in the same situation as “He” has the unintended consequence of limiting the power implied in the original situation. It is our culturally conditioned response to accept that the masculine is assertive and that the feminine is passive; that “She” is a lesser part of the whole that is “He”.  This is equally true where He and She are replaced with White and Black. Continue reading

a chanting poem for white and black

I’m going to a solidarity event on Friday, in hopes of creating awareness of White Privilege. Most people in my community are white, and I believe a great majority would make the claim that they are not racist. That statement, on its own, is proof of still being racist, but also that the issue of racism itself has become an undercurrent issue: unseen on the surface, but powerfully active and very damaging underneath.  We will be racists until white privilege disappears.

Anyway, I agreed to come up with some chants but, I sure could use your help! I want to break free from the typical protesting chants (What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!).  I want to bring in a sense of empowerment that says “we can fight this, we can win this,” and I want something that honors the memory of so many who have been killed, due to the color of their skin.

Can you help? Make some suggesting in the comment box below. Remember, please keep it clean, keep it constructive. Take a look at my Polling Page, too! Thank you!

a chanting poem for white and black

Eric,’ Michael ‘ and Trayvon
say something still ’ is going on
It’s ignorance,’ fear and that hate !
Real issues of racism’ we must debate
Listen! Listen! ‘ They speak from their graves
challenge your Privilege’, Be brave, be brave!
Listen! Listen! ‘ They cry from their graves!
For it may be ’ a Human life that we save!
It’s not the tone ’ or shade of the skin
that shows a heart’s merit ‘ from within
We take it for granted,’ so cozy in White
but it’s heart and soul’ that carry our Light.
Our actions they speak ’ louder than a word
So break free today ’ from the Racist herd
Listen! Listen! Their deaths not in vain ’
Racism like Slavery ‘
We must break the chain.

A Recovering Racist for Justice for Mike Brown

UPDATE:

JUSTICE DEPT RULES THAT MICHAEL BROWN’S DEATH WAS A HOMICIDE

It found that Brown — who was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9 — suffered “severe injuries of the skull, brain and right chest” and appeared to have been shot in the hand at close range. “The manner of death is homicide,” the Justice Department’s medical examiner ruled.

The fact that Mike Brown was MORE than 130 feet away from Officer Darren Wilson when he was shot –NOT the less-than 35 feet as told in MSM–should have been all the evidence necessary to indict Wilson for murder. What more can I say? The higher percentage of whites making the decision, in an area that is nearly 70% black, predisposes the possibility of any true Justice by a majority white jury —skymama65

Dear Readers,

Right now I feel ashamed of my skin tone. I am outraged that yet another so-called “Peace Officer” has gotten away with murdering an unarmed black man. I’m so angry I’m still shaking from the injustice of it all. I’m so angry that I’ve come here to vent.

Before I say anything else, however, I need to admit something about myself that is very important for you to know about me:

I am a Racist.
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an Activist Mama: a brain draining, unedited freeflow of thoughts

entering the mind of the Conservative, I crack…

Ultimately, it’s about the future we create for our children and the generations to come…if they come at all. Sometimes it seems as if there is no hope; we’ve poisoned our soil, cut down or ripped up more than half of our our forests and jungles, spilled vast quantities of toxins into our drinking water supply, poured garbage and oil into our oceans and dispersed particles of pollutants and radiation into our air. None of it has been by accident.

Our largest world industries, bent on building empires of unthinkable wealth, only at the tippity-top of the food chain of humanity, continue to grab resources produced by our beautiful planet –heedless of the warnings we little people drum, march and cry out about, and with reckless disregard of even the most minimum of protective regulations that we’ve place around them for our own safety. It is unfathomable to think that those in power don’t think of their own children’s future well-being, or how they can’t see and believe that their poisoning power is really causing damage.  How can they not believe it? Do they really not see it?

And, if they do, how can they not care? That is the most unfathomable part; the idea that they simply do not care. I can’t seem to wrap my head around that thought.

Sometimes, in trying to accept that thought, I try to understand how those in power –the Oligarchs– must think. How do their thoughts actually process what they see when evidence –real and honest, factually based evidence– is put before them? I do this because I know that the only way to really change something is to work it from the inside. So, into those brainwaves I dive. I’m falling….falling…into the abyss… Continue reading