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Work 4 Peace,Hold All Life Sacred,Eliminate Violence! I am on my mobile version of the door-to-door, going town-to-town holding readings/gatherings/discussions of my book "But What Can I Do?" This is my often neglected blog mostly about my travels since 9/11 as I engage in dialogue and actions. It is steaming with my opinions, insights, analyses toward that end of holding all life sacred, dismantling the empire and eliminating violence while creating the society we want ALL to thrive in

Wednesday, December 09, 2015


A stunning thing happened 2day: I went 2 get passport pics taken in Berkeley. The womon didn't ask 4 $$$, didn't ask my name, nothing, she just found out what I needed the pics for and then she simply sat me down on a bench in front of a large white screen & flicked on the 2 spotlights beaming down on either side of me. She plugged in her camera, directed my chin a little 2 the left, my eyes looking at her, & no smile on my face.

After flashing twice, she left me on the bench & retreated around the corner 2 her computer.

Several seconds later, she called me over BY NAME: "Miss Joi" she said, "ur photos r ready".

She had a machine that read my eyes & identified me.

Ufb - NOT.

And yes, I am and have been an activist. I've seen the police and military with cameras, filming in front of me or from rooftops. I've been arrested, fingerprinted, photoed & booked. I expect the government, military, police, 'home'land 'security: all can identify me - hopefully I've been that successful fighting capitalism/misogyny/racism wars.

But I don't expect a small business that takes passport photos in one corner and does nails in the opposite corner to have the ability to identify me simply from my eyes or face recognition.

When I left the business and entered the street, the warm sun, freshly washed air, the afterglow of the rain we so desperately crave, the soft breeze caressing my face, contrasted so violently with the knowledge of this violation of me, I wanted to be 95 years old, I didn't want to have maybe 30 more years of seeing what the humans of this country are capable of doing and will do - while the other humans of this country will accept or be crushed under these implemented means of churning out obedient walking dead people.

This glimpse into the future here already leaves me mourning for humanity, the rest of humanity that has no idea - or wants to have no idea - how far this handful of ugly humans will go to control everything on the planet.