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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, December 16, 2008

The (Non) Violence of Shoe Souls

Some main stream media types are saying the holding up and hurling of shoes might not be a non-violent action.

My understanding of showing the soles of your shoes to someone is symbolic of extreme disrespect. The genocide we are perpetrating on Iraq STILL after 8 years demands our deep disrespect at the very least.

In my chosen culture, ‘disrespect’ of someone is morally compulsory when that person is acting in a way I cannot respect.

We are trained to be so polite, at all costs, in our society; especially as women we are to act with “respect” toward male authority, as poor people to “respect” rich authority, as children to “respect” adult authority, as civilians to “respect” military authority, and so on and so on.

I personally believe respect – and disrespect – to be accorded is that which is earned by actions not by social standing.

I personally highly treasure the act of showing one’s soul through the soles of shoes! (much better than mooning).

I saw a bumper sticker once that said the purpose of religion is to ensure the poor do not rise up and murder the rich.

I am so deeply despairingly sick of the continued torture, murder, rape, occupation – in our name and for the sake of our lifestyle – and our mammoth overriding concern with our comfort level and lifestyles, as the irrupting blood and screams of Iraqis (and U.S. soldiers) continue.

Let us bare our souls/soles at the very least – those of us who feel comfortable doing such – for I see the baring and hurling of soles as extreme acts of defiance, which some folks are called to this day.

The (Non) Violence of Shoe Souls

Some main stream media types are saying the holding up and hurling of shoes might not be a non-violent action.

My understanding of showing the soles of your shoes to someone is symbolic of extreme disrespect in Arab countries. The genocide we are perpetrating on Iraq STILL after 8 years demands our deep disrespect at the very least.

In my chosen culture, ‘disrespect’ of someone is morally compulsory when that person is acting in a way I cannot respect.