GIVE ME THE WIND, the water, and the touch of someone close. And give me stories. Stories of clear-eyed humans, of paths lined with golden wheat that sways in the sun, trod by brave souls undertaking important journeys.
MEMORIES OF SEPTEMBER. Featuring the latest racist talking point from the GOP, plus recollections on post 9/11 New York City, and how those who would use this event for political gain are truly lost, not to mention abusers.
AN ANTIDOTE to the mental, emotional and spiritual chaos that today's politics bring upon us, especially today's Republican party. Featured: The "Terror Babies" meme.
THIS WEEK, News With Nezua touches on the Republicans' inane "debate" on rescinding birthright citizenship in the USA (14th Amendment), the Democrats' $600 million bill for drones and "military style bases" on the Mexican border, and Felipe Calderón's War on Drugs that has claimed almost 30,000 lives since 2006.
FROM L.A. TO CHICAGO TO ARIZONA, protests, rallies and civil disobedience marked the passing of the "Papers, Please" law in Arizona. Here are a few scenes.
IT WAS PAINFUL ENOUGH for the community when the Minuteman Defense League murdered two members of the Flores family. And that was before we knew the FBI could have prevented it.
AN INTRIGUING VIDEO into the very-possibly rigged election for president of LULAC and what might be the motivations behind that....
FANTASTIC NEWS for the officially-recognized indigenous of this nation, who still suffer so much assault, degradation and lack of public interest. A bill allotting more resources for tribal communities to fight crime has passed.
FEATURING the Netroots Nation 2010 Immigration Checkpoint mock ICE action. A group of friends and myself staged a mock immigration checkpoint where we racially profiled European immigrants and their descendants, and required them to show papers that proved they had a right to trespass on native land. Some were puzzled, many laughed, and a couple were furious. What made the difference in these reactions?
THE NATIONAL MOOD AROUND IMMIGRATION grows darker, as the government neglects to champion the vulnerable undocumented population. Racists and White Supremacists show no such hesitance to engage the issue, and the ground is defaulted to them by a lack of legislative action as politicians worry about elections and polls and have forgotten their own humanity. Highlighted this week: The Utah Hit-list.
I'M LEEEEAVING ON A JETPLANE! I don't know when...oh. Actually, I'll be back in three days.
As an age of nationalized narcissism comes to an end in the USA, the illusion of hyper-abundance meets the limits of physical reality. To protect the illusion, those in power gird their stance, the government grows more fearful, and the police state more powerful. Actions that benefit the people, weaken our dependence upon the state and/or strengthen communal bonds are made illegal. Given this trend, will all righteous acts one day be illegal ones?
When powerful entities like politicians, oil corporations, cops and banksters break the law, they are rewarded or overlooked. When less empowered entities like the poor, minorities, or the undocumented break the law in order to thrive in an unjust system, the powers that be "make an example of them" so that the law can be "respected." Critiquing this hypocrisy as well as others on Obama's recent speech on immigration.
FOR THOSE WHO CRY OVER 'LOSING THEIR COUNTRY,' here is a simple way to take it back!
SEMANTIC GAMES DO NOT MAKE CHANGE. What a person stands for, acts for, works toward, and feeds is what and who they are. Given the dodging games and general misunderstanding of the terms Racism and Racist, are there clearer ways to assess and describe what harm someone is aiding, or what justice they are fighting for? Yes.