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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"

Friday, December 02, 2011

Dismantle the Military and Prison Industrial Complex

My grandmother, who was in her 40's when she escaped Hitler and the Germans who were silent, and who was 99 early in the Bush regime, rushed to grab me, shaking me, tears streaming, repeating like the rotation of a steam roller "it's happening again, it's happening again, it's happening again."

If you look back over these years of my not-so-faithful journaling, I can't count the number of times I would report hearing of some outrage, some atrocity occurring in our country, in our name, to our people, to human life around the world, to the mother earth and I would rush to the window, sweep back the curtains, and peer onto the streets just KNOWING people would be spilling into the streets to halt this atrocity.

But no, after all we are U.S. Americans: the people so focused on stacking up our "things", so deeply believing we have what we deserve and worked so hard for, so committed to making the maintaining of our 'life style' the one and only priority that we are blind and numb to the roaring pain we are contributing to and ensuring the continuation of.

The NDAA, as in National Defense Authorization Act, should have every thinking, feeling, still human person out onto the streets. The fact that only SEVEN of our so esteemed 100 Senators bothered to vote against this unspeakably horrific and blatant plunge into fascism should have us roaring over cell phones, twittering like a zillion hummingbird wings, advancing to D.C., to our Federal Buildings, to Occupies - which should be called "SHUT DOWN, TAKE OVER" - to SHUT DOWN the Military and Prison Industrial Complex.

What will it take?