Archive for July, 2011

This short play was written by May Day. It takes place with no actors on the stage below. The stage set is by anonymous.

A voice is heard. (gruff as ranting, loud questioning.)

Who stole our food and left us hungry? Who took away our homes? Who sent our sons to die in wars? Who filled their pockets, leaving ours torn and full of holes? Who talks about freedom but doesn’t tell us who this freedom is for? Who casts us out like enemies and embraces those that hate. Who slaps us down so we can’t get up. Who spies on us, tells lies on us and jails us?

Who stole our history and made it theirs? Who forced us to read between the lines?  Who stuffed us in straight jackets, never our own?

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Rich white gay and lesbian.

Posted: July 30, 2011 in Music Series

Music for this week is a great song by Adhamh Roland.

 

 

For more about Adhamh click HERE.

While less than a week ago, the current heat index in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is 100 degrees F.  The prisoners in solitary confinement at the federal penitentiary are not sheltered from the heat.  The prisoners have to sleep on the floor at night to get some semblance of relief.

We received word today that Leonard now has to share his very small isolation cell with another prisoner.  We’re told that the cell next to Leonard’s cell is currently occupied by three prisoners! 

Recently, a prisoner in solitary at USP-Lewisburg attempted suicide. 

The situation at USP-Lewisburg is critical.  Please take action.

Amnesty International designated Leonard Peltier as a political prisoner a long while ago.  Amnesty International’s Secretariat, based in the UK, is responsible for the majority of the organization’s research and leads AI’s campaigning work.  Please contact AI and urge that organization to immediately take an active hand in this crisis:

Telephone: +44-20-74135500
Fax number: +44-20-79561157
Address:
1 Easton Street
London
WC1X 0DW, UK
Web Form:  http://www.amnesty.org/en/contact

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Launched into cyberspace by the
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND  58106
http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info

Hey gays and Lesbians

As you’ve been marching and singing for your rights to do the dirty, nasty, war mongering just like the straight boys and girls, Emma Furbird Jr. has to remind you again, as she said a few things about this subject today at breakfast. Here is Furbird Jr. short speech.

1. You have no right to kill others.

2. Others have a right to live freely.

3. You have no right to maim a person.

4. Its hard enough getting around now.

5. You have no right to destroy any person’s home, house of worship, school, or market place.

6. We need these places for our survival just like you do.

7. You have no right to burn others corn, wheat, rice or vegetable garden.

8. We need to eat.

9. You have no right to destroy our culture, or our country.

10. How would you like it if someone did it to you?

11. Your excuses why you do such things are meaningless to the damage you inflict on others.

Mattilda

Check out Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s  new piece over at her blog Nobody Passes. The piece We Die, You Get Married is a wonderful piece and explores thinking in the circles of queerdom. 

A few words from Mattilda>

“The gay marriage movement does just the reverse: enforces  a single-issue politic at the cost of broader social change, literally funneling tens of millions of dollars into the drive for gay legitimacy while the needs of queers (and everyone else) with the least access are ignored. It’s the gay marriage movement, with its stranglehold on resources – political, intellectual, emotional and financial – that is preventing the kind of activism represented by ACT UP. The popular ACT UP chant, “We die, you do nothing” might now be rephrased as “We die, you get married.”
 
Well you know that is right up our alley and again we thank Mattilda for putting all of this into words. While you over reading this piece check out Mattilda’s other works. A young thinker that stole our hearts many moons ago.  Thanks Mattilda. 

Report from Libya:

      – U.S. war in Africa 

Hear former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney, recently returned from leading a delegation to Libya during the U.S. bombing  and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Akbar Muhammad & other leading opponents of the U.S. war on Libya along with VIDEO footage.  

More than 120 days of U.S./NATO bombing of Libya

1 cruise missile could pay 10 teachers for a year.

We need jobs, health care & education, not budget cuts, prisons and war. 

The national 15-city educational & fundraising Report from LIBYA tour with Cynthia McKinney is organized by International Action Center, www.IACenter.org in coordination with many antiwar and community organizations from July 7 to August 24, 2011. (more…)

I want to share a story—a travesty that illustrates why CA farm workers so desperately need a law that would allow them to protect themselves. Please read the story of 16-year old farm worker Nicholas Chavez and send your message to CA Governor Jerry Brown. **Please be sure to add your own subject line and original paragraph to the letter as unique letters have a much bigger impact.
Nicolas, his mother Carmen and father Emiliano, were working night shifts in the bell pepper fields in Bakersfield, CA. Even in the evening, the weather was hot with temperatures reaching 106 degrees. Nicholas told us, “There is not enough water and what they had was warm, the bathrooms were 1/2 mile away. The foreman treated us with a lot of pressure, threatening those who stayed behind, saying that if you do not rush do not come tomorrow.” (more…)