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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, December 29, 2011

Let us remember...

... we are talking about foreclosures, about torture, about police brutality, as if these are new phenomenon and not the legally and intentionally accepted way of life in this country - from the very beginning, when the first white European set foot on this land.

We talk about Guantanamo, as we should, but how about the 25,000 to 80,000 prisoners held in solitary confinement in the u.s.? How about the U.S. Prison Industrial Complex has been enslaving black and brown people and poor white people since the 1800's, when overt slavery was allegedly 'outlawed'.

I can't stand us talking about torturing as if it is a new phenomena that started w/Bush and this recent war/invasion against Afghanistan/9/11... or about foreclosures, no health care, etc.etc.etc. as if this is something new in our country, when in reality it is newly hitting white people who thought they were immune, who thought it was okay, acceptable, even what 'those' people deserved, as long as it was happening to black and brown people... grrrr

Trans what? to be continued...

When I was struggling out of the clutches of both white privilege and misogyny to gain consciousness, I fought fiercely with other womyn to CHANGE the definition of what it means to be "woman" as well as "man".

We fought NOT to accept what society says is "woman", this is "man", but we fought to make the definition be shaped by us, not to shape us, not to cut our body parts off to conform to society's definitions; but to give women the strength, the wisdom, the power to define for ourselves that exactly who we ARE, exactly the way we exists, THIS is what it means to be a woman - or a man.

We fought to smash society's defining our roles as women, what we were to wear, how we were to look, to act, to speak, to be in order to be considered "woman".

We fought to rescue that amazing force of women, to free her from the confines at best that society bestowed on us, on our mothers and grandmothers; to honor and value every womon exactly as she is, unshaped, unbent, unaltered by social restrictions and definitions.

We risked everything, stood ridicule at best, murder at the other end, to say WE ARE WOMEN: whether we wear pants or skirts, paint our nails or have no nails, get our hands filthy dirty or make them softer then our babies' bottom.

We refused to allow society to say "women are...." and "men are...", but by our very birth, we said "this is what a womon is".