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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! For now, I’ve returned from my Joiyssey to participate in the "revolution":I’ve been at many Occupy sites across the country:1st in D.C. Freedom Plaza I faced & challenged racism/white supremacy, sexism/patriarchy, classism, heterosexism & eventually was kicked off the island; then I offered workshops as I drove to CA:“Anti-Racism Geared for White Occupiers”; “NO DRONES” "Successes and Pitfalls of OWS"

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

sanitizing war

I walked today from my apartment to the office. It is the glorious, sunny slightly crisp clear day that boldly contrasts with the rain & fog of yesterday, making the day even more lovely. As I walk, I begin to find shoes tossed out with recycling along the side of the road. By the time I make it to the office, I have collected 5 ½ pairs of shoes.

I feel that bitter ironic taste, as I pick up these expectant shoes, sterile and even useable discards, about to morph into a rendering of those lives murdered…. no blood, no bits of guts or brain –just little flags fluttering black marks identifying a life so violated, so terminated, so dead.

On my way home, I find a milk crate full of shoes abandoned in yet another recycling heap. I cannot carry these with me.