MANY AMERICANS OF JEWISH DESCENT find themselves torn in two by the tyrannical and cruel actions Israel levels upon the Palestinians. Perversely, for these people, it is not so much rampant Anti-Semitism that causes us shame at our roots, but the actions of the Israel state. I am one.
Browsing all posts from May, 2010.
WITH THE REPUBLICANS OPPOSING EVERYTHING except war, torture, and the upward redistribution of wealth; the Democrats addicted to capitulation and impotence, and the immigration advocacy groups in disarray, it is the children who shall lead the way.
THE PASSING OF ARIZONA'S SB 1070 stirs up an already simmering pot of cultural conflict, just as a steady beat of enforcement rhetoric and punitive fearful talk about Mexicans lends itself to increased tension and eventually, violence. Democratic politicians and advocacy groups don't help matters, even as they pose as champions. It's you and me and community. We simply cannot depend on anything or anyone else.
TAKING A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS AND LIVES of Tam Ngoc Tran and Cinthya Natahlie Felix, a couple of beautiful human beings who recently lost their lives in a car accident.
IN POLITICS, PHRASES ARE HURLED ABOUT with a repetition that becomes a song; a pattern of mouthsounds spelling out a sonic shape with a predictable, recurrent, and lulling rhythm. Mind, you, the message is a lie, but the beat is so on time, that we find our feet stepping along in a shuffling, delusional line.
A TIMELESS TACTIC practiced by the oppressor is to burn the pages of all your history books. To shatter your statues and to destroy your icons of hope and power. Today in Arizona, these age-old methods play out yet again. But they cannot stop us, nor the truth of our peoples.
FROM THE CONFERENCE IN MIAMI, I came away with two different sides of the same, rich, multi-layered story. I've written a little bit about one. Added to the other side, the yield is deeper and richer than it would be by looking at either aspect alone.
A LAWBREAKING, RACIST POLICE OFFICER sheds tears of humiliation at being exposed. Serendipitously caught on video stomping an innocent man and threatening to "beat the fucking Mexican piss out of him," he is temporarily suspended from the force until the public looks elsewhere, at which point he will be reinstated and treated to fresh Starbucks.
Miami Debriefing; The Intersections of Race, Class, Journalism, Activism, Croissants, and Immigration.
BACK FROM MIAMI AND LITTLE HAITI, where I attended an international symposium on Immigration Coverage in Media and met a host of fantastic people as well as experienced numerous interesting, challenging, exciting, and enlightening moments.
JETTING OUT MIAMI WAY to attend an international panel on immigration, and how it is covered in the US ethnic media vs. Europe's ethnic media vs both mainstream media systems. Thanks to the French-American Foundation.
BUT THEY SOON REALIZED. . .
WE OWE ARIZONA OUR THANKS for passing a series of persecutory laws over time that finally culminate in today's cultural crisis. Boycotts, civil disobedience, and righteous outrage are sweeping the country as this self-proclaimed nation of immigrants is engaged in a fight over its heart and soul.
WALLS IN THE MIND, WALLS IN THE DESERT. Ritual and roles. Bodies and souls. You can contain another's with a show of force, but it will be at the cost of imprisoning your own.
LA MARCHA on May Day in Salem, Oregon, where we showed up and made joyous noise to call for the repeal of SB 1070, protest racial profiling, and show support for immigration reform.
IT'S MAY DAY 2010! We take to the streets to support the fair treatment of all, to share strength, and to reject SB 1070 and all similar attacks on our communities. Also, happy birthday to UMX!