Arthur Wesley Dow - Moonrise
Love is a verb. Love is as love does. Love is an act of will. It is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth. Will implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love. — bell hooks (via ynannarising)
Pa'lante Siempre: Calling all Comrades! -
Occupy the Farm! Liberate the Land!
THIS SATURDAY, MAY 11!
Meet at 12 Noon. Sharp.
Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave
Come prepared to farm and occupy!
Despite 15 years of fierce resistance from community groups the university still plans to pave over some of the best farmland in the urban…
All my cells are sleeper cells
I whisper to their ear:
Please open up
Please dream for me
Close all the chapters that need to be closed.
This is how to let go:
By breathing in fire.
By breathing out blood.
By breathing in water.
By breathing out mind.
By permanently fixing the gates of the heart open
so that nothing gets trapped there.
(I think I could want you,
but I want spring instead).
Close all the chapters.
When I say “letting go” I mean burning up.
When I say “letting go” I mean standing up.
When I say “letting go” I mean speaking up.
When I say “letting go” I mean blooming in spite.
When I say “letting go” I mean seeing.
When I say “letting go” I mean healing.
If were gonna talk about Assata and say she’s a ‘cop killer’, let’s be completely honest and put such accusations into perspective. Everyone wants to forget that in the 60s and 70s the FBI and police declared War on the Black community and organizations that formed in the community to end oppression. The police and FBI went all out to destroy Black leaders and these organizations with undaunted impunity. The reason why you had BPP (Black Panther Party), SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) and BLA (Black Liberation Army) was because they responded to police terrorism. They were tired of seeing the police come into our communities and take them over like an ‘occupying army’, if I may quote Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale. These groups formed because they were tired of seeing police and FBI with white supremacist attitudes, assassinating, brutalizing or jailing Panthers and members of other Black Power organizations left and right for little or no reason..They were tired of seeing government forces foster the killing of Black leaders like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. So if we’re gonna talk about Assata, let’s talk the police and FBI murders of unarmed Fred Hampton and Mark Clark? Let’s talk about the murder of Lil Bobby Hutton. Can we say COINTEL-PRO? — Assata Ain’t No Terrorist. She’s the One Who Fought Terrorists (via blackcyborgs)
The “Light-Skinned” Men Threat to America -
Timothy Koechlin sets the gold standard for brofiling! Check out the intro to his terrific article here:
After the explosion in West, Texas, witnesses across the country report having seen groups of “light skinned” men plotting to endanger innocent Americans.
There is mounting evidence that the explosion of a fertilizer plant in West, Texas — which killed 14 and injured more than 200 — was the result of “deregulation” and other extremist policies advocated by an extensive and powerful network of white men. This cabal of white extremists (many of them also intolerant proponents of “Christianity”) has reportedly infiltrated America’s most powerful institutions – including the supreme court and both houses of congress — in large numbers, spreading their anti-government, anti-union, free-market “gospel.”
Memories come to mind like excavated statues
that have misplaced their heads. — Wisława Szymborska, from “Travel Elegy” in View with a Grain of Sand, trans. Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh (via proustitute)
Khamra National Park along the River Machu, Tibet 2012 by reurinkjan on Flickr.
An Article about Gentrification in Oakland That Isn’t Going to Make You Feel Good about Yourself -
The Book of Life, by David Kracov
David Kracov’s breathtaking sculpture entitled The Book of Life will really give you butterflies. The metal sculpture, which stands at around half a metre tall, is a tribute to the extraordinary life of Rabbi Yossi Raichik, director of Charbad’s Children of Chernobyl organisation. Each of the hand-painted butterflies represents the 2547 children that escaped Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster and, with the help of the charity, have been given a chance at a new life. Butterflies are a prominent feature in Kracov’s work who believes they represent ‘the delicacy and value of a child’s life’.