I'VE SETUP A GROUP BLOG where anyone can join as an Author. It's called Signs of the Times, and its purpose is simply to collect short, simple anecdotal stories, jottings, blurbs, fotos, fears, thoughts, hopes, sightings, single sentences (or more) about symptoms of the collapsing economy, and in one place.
Browsing all posts from January, 2009.
ALL OVER THE NATION, communities are clamoring to be heard. In this worsening economic landscape, migrant communities are being terrorized by violent raids, families are destabilized, wage earners are jailed or detained, and xenophobic pundits continue to fuel a rising wave of hate crimes against Latinos. The stakes could not be any higher.
THE XOLAGRAFIK THEATER is open and this week we take a look at the Conservative, pro-war, anti-protest, anti-abortion messaging in Battlestar Galactica, as well as how race plays into the portrayal of the Cylon characters. Film production is also discussed, in terms of cinematography choices.
WE ALL LOOK TO THE NEW SEASON of politics with hope and with relief and many of us, joy. But as much as we want to simply admire the new bloom and leaf and ray of sun, let us remember (and Never Forget) that you do not plant a garden in active rot if you want a healthy harvest.
ON SEPTEMBER ELEVEN or shortly thereafter, we lost our national mind. We were told by our government—which had just let us down and failed to do as much as scramble fighter planes while we were being attacked—not to trust anyone. The madness rolls on, clearly.
THE GENOCIDAL MOVEMENTS by imperialist colonialist powers against the indigenous all over the world—at least where they might be living in lands with rich resources or access to them—rolls on, and on, and on. A few words from Russell Means, Lakotah Indian.
A VLOG featuring various headlines on current Immigration News. Border Guards sentence commuted, violence in Mexico now even disturbing economic bloggers, Immigrants and allies march on ICE headquarters—with original footage of the march itself.
I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING NEWS FROM MEXICO for a few years now, and as I'm sure you know, most US media ignores Mexico, and to our detriment. This is baffling to me because our cultures, our land, our labor, and our peoples are so intertwined as to be two parts of one whole. It is easy to forget this in the midst of much rigid talk of maps, borders, and walls. But reality is knocking at our door.
HERE IS A TEXTUAL TREAT for those who love Sci-Fi, Mister Spock, Battlestar Galactica, film analysis using a socio-cultural/racial/feminist lens, or some combination of all of these. Oh, and pass the popcorn already. Bogart.
ONE OF THE THINGS that hit me in a "real" place about bush—aside from my protesting him and getting locked up over it—was watching him gut programs like the one that helped local teenage girls who were pregnant and needed housing. A fire lit in me that day that threatened to eat my heart alive.
THE WORLD IS ALIGHT (and Twitter, too) with talk of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama, and it has all caught me a bit off rhythm. Not that I don't think it's fantastic and exciting, of course it is. History is clearly being etched across our slate, and it's amazing. Yet—
HERE IS A SHORT VIDEO I put together for The Media Consortium, highlighting issues like the DREAM Act, the new TV show Homeland Security USA, and Attorney General Michael Mukasey's latest swipe at any visible legal protections for today's undocumented population.
IT IS AS IF WE GET COMFORTABLE and forget our own histories. The tales of struggle and dreaming and working and persecution—is this not America? Are these not our stories? Would we throw our own past into prison?
THE NEW YEAR RUSHES UPON US with momentum born of crisis and necessity. In every direction one looks, change is needed—and not cosmetic alteration, but deep, structural repair. The issue of immigration is no exception.
DO YOU REMEMBER your childhood dreams? What if you worked hard...went to college, studied...and then someone told you 'You can't make your dreams come true!' What would you do?