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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"

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Do you want an ocean?

Did U.S. Americans stymie or at least reduce our oil consumption since 9/11 and the subsequent launch to invasions?

Do the math. How many fewer miles have you driven this year than last year, then the year before, going back 9 years?

How many less plastic bags are you now using? How much plastic have you refused to purchase?

How many petroleum-based products including toiletries, cleaning products, etc., have you refused to buy?

If war, torture, rape, destruction of other people's countries and the U.S. soldiers who are the perpetrators of violence hasn't dissuaded you from participating in our oil gluttonry, how about saving the ocean?

What oil products are you willing to forego in order to have an ocean???

People: what are you thinking? Even the ocean is expendable as long as we have our houses, our jobs, our careers, our 2.5 kids, our schools? Don't look around for the poorest of this nation. I'm talking US.

Is this the thing that will inspire YOU out onto the streets saying NO to oil, to the attacks on life especially humans, to the destruction of our mother earth???

I'm leaving on a 60th year Joiyssey! Reason #1

My mother died at the age of 52; my sister died at the age of 57 - both from breast cancer.

I'm turning 60 this year and I just can't believe it. And I'm cancer free!!!!

I have decided for this reason - and many more to follow - I will convert part of my truck into a living space and then head south as far as I can drive!

I am installing solar panels, propane, stainless steel water tanks, stove, fridge, desk, bed, sink, shower. I put in windows, a door, sky lights. Almost everything I've installed and built is used and recycled. Before I go further, I mean my dear friend, brilliant and amazingly skilled womon Shazam is doing most of the work. I hand her the tools and question everything.

I am studying Spanish - Rosetta Stone, which I highly recommend. Make sure your public library has it on line! I also intend to do an Spanish immersion month when I arrive in Mexico.

I just can't take it anymore

The practice to add billions of dollars for services that the people of this country NEED to war supplementals HAS to be outlawed. It is unconscionable, immoral, anti-human, and ought to be illegal.

It also gives those congressional people (are they "people" when they act so anti-people?) an excuse to vote for war funding when they KNOW the people of this country (and the world) are SICK of our horrific attacks and occupations of other nations.

How DARE we the people of this country accept this congressional practice? How DARE congress be so immoral as to attach funding critical to the people of this country to funding the murder and destruction of other people?

Congress is perfectly capable of presenting resolutions for funding without adding it to war supplementals.

I just can't take our silence, our compliance any more.