Code Pink Journals CodePINK Journals

Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels across country in my mobile billboard truck as I attempt to engage in dialogue with people in hopes to wake us up and inspire action to change our country and communities and selves. And it is froth with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society and life we want

Monday, September 02, 2013

The world's 1%

No one wants to talk about how most of us here in this country, are part of the 1% of the world.

No one wants to really unravel the threads of war, enslaving people, genocide, exploitation are part and parcel of the american dream.

I couldn't even get 1 in 10 people today to take a flyer to call their congress people to say NO WAR on Syria.

I even had a couple of white men, of course, express their opinion we should bomb Syria; two other white men also mentioned we're not going to war, but like Kosovo, we're just going to strike for a few days.

One young sharply dressed, clean-cut bi-racial man - he appeared to be maybe Asian and white - even claimed we were not going to bomb civilians, because american doesn't kill civilians.

I was flabbergasted. When I mentioned the 250,000 civilians we killed with one bomb, he justified that by saying we were at war.

When I asked him about the Indigenous people white people murdered to take over this country, he reluctantly admitted, maybe then. I continued with the list, millions of Africans, 2.5 million Vietnamese, 2.5 million Koreans, he hastily grabbed the flyer and promised he'd read it.

I'm trying not to despair. There are just too many people to talk with and not enough of us out in the streets doing the talking.

Racism in Berkeley

I was on the bus today, returning from the labor day occupy protest in the city - which was pretty pathetic, really.

As the bus driver, driving down College Ave toward the campus, approached the stop on Alcatraz, a young man with a back pack on, was the wrong side of the street waving the bus down. The bus stopped for the light & the man ran in front of the bus, signalling for the driver to open the door.

The driver refused to open the door, refused to pull over to the stop, much to the young man's disbelief that was written all over his face and flooding his body language.

The young man refused to move away from in front of the bus and the bus driver threatened to call the police.

I was flabbergasted. I didn't know what to do. Of course the bus driver was an older white man, the passenger a younger Black man.

I rang the bell and moved to the back door, demanding the bus driver let me out. He wouldn't but picked up the phone to call the police.

The young man finally shrugged his shoulders and moved off, shaking his head. I got off at the next stop and walked back but he was gone. No police were there. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Where's our freedom and democracy????

I guess we've been so busy taking freedom and democracy around the world, our soldiers musta left them there!

Despair...

I don't think I will be able to breathe again if the people of this country allow Obama to bomb Syria.

We don't need no fucking jobs....

Again, I'm sick of our call for "jobs"!

We need MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT that exploits neither the land nor her people!

We need free healthcare, free education, free housing.

Fuck jobs. Jobs are merely the work of the empire, requiring people to be the cogs in the wheels of genocide, oppression, exploitation.

We need MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT!