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Life as an activist and photographer

Because Its Happy Indigenous Day ( No I do celebrate Columbus Day ) Its been a busy month for this activist… I went and gave a talk at a local YMCA that was about the Rover pipeline.  A few of went to tell some of the workers that we were not happy with their work….  there phone camera’s came out … I waved to a couple I recognized … it was nice to see a little bit of shock on their face… Oh crap it’s her again….  Wavey wavey boys…. Also went up to Lansing and hung out at the … Continue reading Life as an activist and photographer

The Fight for African American Civil Rights is Not Over

Originally posted on Blind Injustice:
When my brother and I went through the educational system, we were taught that the big fight for African American civil rights was in the 1950s and 1960s…and then there was nothing on that fight after then. That is somewhat understandable, because several of the most significant court decisions and pieces of legislation on African American civil rights in the history of the United States happened/passed in the 1950s and 1960s. However, the fight for African American civil rights is far from over, and in fact, in a number of ways, the United States has… Continue reading The Fight for African American Civil Rights is Not Over

The Fight Is Where Love Is: Saying Goodbye to Lisa Leggio

Originally posted on Transformative Spaces:
Lisa and her son walk along Lake Michigan in the summer of 2014. When something’s weighing on me, words are my steam valve, my shelter, my hiding place, and sometimes, my weapons — whatever’s called for, there’s a good chance I can bend and twist some words around and feel that I’ve at least expressed myself. Words have failed me lately, mostly because I want to speak to how wonderful my friend Lisa “Lala” Leggio, AKA Brooklyn, really was, and I keep coming up short. On the heels of Lisa being taken from us, I… Continue reading The Fight Is Where Love Is: Saying Goodbye to Lisa Leggio

Life as an Activist … and heartbreak

I have gotten quite use to heartbreak and dealing with death of residents and friends from the oilspill. But recent deaths of activists that I knew and adored made me stop and question why we do this ?? Life as an activist is not easy and depending on who or what your battle is … well there is various degrees of difficulty. Of the four deaths one a murder, one a health issue, and the other two we are still waiting to see. Several of the fellow activists reached out and I to them as the deaths rolled in… Most … Continue reading Life as an Activist … and heartbreak

The peoples will continue in struggle against the Morelos Integral Project

Originally posted on Chiapas Support Committee:
[This struggle in the Mexican state of Morelos has become the CNI’s (National Indigenous Congress’) focal point for resistance to the government’s megaprojects.] Protest against the Huexca thermoelectric plants. By: Gilberto Lopez y Rivas Manipulated consultations, marked by a political crime, like the one that took place on February 23 and 24 [1] in some arbitrary chosen or vetoed places in Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala, are not enough to bend the people’s will to stand against the death projects, like the one that it intends to impose in these three states with a thermoelectric… Continue reading The peoples will continue in struggle against the Morelos Integral Project

Raúl Zibechi: “What the progressive governments have done is deepen capitalism”

Originally posted on Chiapas Support Committee:
Raúl Zibechi [Part 1 of a two-part interview] By: Gloria Muñoz Ramírez “The result of the progressive governments in Latin America is negative,” Zibechi concludes in an interview with Desinformémonos, after participating in a series of meetings with social and indigenous movements of Chiapas and Oaxaca, during a brief tour through Mexico in which he presented his most recent book: Los desbordes desde abajo [The overflows from below]. Raúl Zibechi is a Uruguayan journalist, writer and an accompanier of different social movements on the continent for more than 30 years. Regarding the arrival of Andrés… Continue reading Raúl Zibechi: “What the progressive governments have done is deepen capitalism”

The Government Shutdown Screws Over the Poor

Originally posted on Blind Injustice:
While I touched on the government shutdown in last week’s post, I felt that it was really important this week to dedicate a full post to the government shutdown. The task of dedicating a post to the shutdown, admittedly, was tremendously difficult because there are just so many injustices surrounding the whole debacle. There are environmental consequences of trash piling up in parks. There are national security consequences, as organizations responsible for our safety and security aren’t being paid (with all the stress, decrease in morale, and subsequent compromising of national security which comes along… Continue reading The Government Shutdown Screws Over the Poor