WHERE LIES OUR TRUE FIGHT? With people of different skin tones? With people who use different word sounds to express their dreams, their pain, their hope, their hunger? Or with those who move hugely and cloaked over with flag and legal document, drawing blood worldwide?
Browsing all posts from November, 2009.
I AM PRETTY SURE most can guess this one without much effort. But isn't that original label sweet? And the song, it nearly goes without saying, is a timeless reminder of the true size of the universe. Aaaand of how badass George Harrison's guitar sound will always be.
THE WEEKLY DIASPORA wishes you and yours a satisfying holiday season, whether you are fasting or feasting. May you be safe and with loved ones.
HERE'S A BIT OF GALLOWS AND HOLIDAY HUMOR, Addams Family style, addressing the fallacy of Thanksgiving fables.
THIS THANKSGIVING, like every other day, we should keep in mind the agricultural system that brings food to our tables. It is a system of people, after all. Let us give thanks to the low-wage workers, many of them immigrant and refugee, who make it possible to have such feasts.
ULTIMATELY, who benefits from these well-practiced fables? Who makes gain from the false lessons instilled? Who are the myths of Thanksgiving designed to benefit? What are the truths they are meant to obscure?
AS THE UNITED STATES prepares to send tens of thousands more young men and women into the "Grave of Empires," as Afghanistan has long been called, the violence wrought by war begins to infect the human and global state in unexpected ways.
CRIMES IN LINE WITH THE DOMINANT PARADIGM are not seen as criminal. Others rouse fury and command milkbox galore. As Noam Chomsky said about terrorism being a simple distinction on which direction the guns were pointed in, so goes the justice system and media in the USA when it comes to people of color and whites.
IMMIGRATION ADVOCACY GROUPS, activists, and various politicians are gearing up to move immigration reform forward. Meanwhile, xenophobic restrictionist paranoiacs lie about numbers because their turnout is dismal.
AMERICANS come from everywhere. In such a nation, to war on the world is to self destroy. United we stand, divided we fall is not a nationalist motto, but a blueprint for our global survival.
CONVENIENTLY, this one skips just as the name of the refrain sounds out the title. But come on! You should know this one, right? You lived through the 80s! Can you guess the band and song?
THIS STORM is unfolding as it will, and we are yet to see how it will end. The electricity feels threatening at times. But here is a chance, now, finally to talk about the things we need to talk about. Which means the chance to make real change.
THESE VIDEOS HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH much of what I write about here, except in the sense of the topic of media and the messaging that comes across to those who absorb it. Otherwise, they are good for a break in the heavy flow of our normal content. And a laugh!
WHEN TERROR STRIKES the hearts of Right Wing punditry, the result too often is a demonization of communities of color. Be they Mexican or Arab or Muslim or Chinese or Japanese, it's an age-old reflex. It's time to think smarter, broader, and find the root causes of the nation's troubles.
ART, ACTIVISM, AND TECHNOLOGY MAESTROS will wield the paintbrushes that splash a poetic hue of dawn over the cracking and flaking façades of injustice that today, stand, smoking, hulking, and hovering over la tierra y nuestra primavera!