Dr Vandana Shiva, Rights of Nature and Earth Democracy
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Pablo Neruda (from Odes to Common Things)
A chair in the jungle:
under the severe lianas
a sacred tree trunk creaks,
tangles of vines press high,
in the shadows
bloody beasts cry out,
majestic leaves descend from the green sky,
the rattles of snakes
quiver like bells.
A bird spanned the sprawling greenness,
like an arrow shot through a flag,
and branches hoisted high their violins.
pray in stillness,
seated on their wild bouquets.
Feet sink into
the black sargasso
of the watery jungle,
into the rainforest’s tumbled clouds.
I only request one thing
for the stranger,
for the desperate
a chair in the tree of chairs,
disheveled and plush,
the velvet of a deep easy chair,
eaten away by creepers.
loving the universe,
for the walkabout man,
Behind thirsty tigers,
bands of bloodthirsty flies,
behind the black expanse
of ghost-ridden leaves,
behind the low waters,
the thicket like iron,
in the middle
of the thunder,
a chair not
only for the weary body’s
but also for everything,
and for everybody,
to renew lost strength,
and for meditation.
War is wide like the light-starved jungle.
“Which Story, What Story, and Whose Story Is Being Told?” Massa’s Gaze: Screenings & Discussions of the Depictions of Slavery in Film & Television (NYC)
“12 Years a Slave Fails to Show Resistance”, Guardian
“The Horrors 12 Years a Slave Couldn’t Tell”, Aljazeera America
“Why I Wouldn’t See 12 Years a Slave With a White Person”, The Atlantic
“How 2013 Became the Year of the Slavery Film”, Daily Beast
‘The Good White Folks of the Academy” Aljazeera America
Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New-York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853 (Electronic Edition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997).
† Criminal InJustice is a weekly series devoted to taking action against inequities in the U.S. criminal justice system. Nancy A. Heitzeg, Professor of Sociology and Race/Ethnicity, is the Editor of CI. Kay Whitlock, co-author of Queer (In)Justice, is contributing editor of CI. Criminal Injustice is published every Wednesday at 6 pm.
For Fred Hampton (August 30, 1948 – December 4, 1969)
by nancy a heitzeg
“Nothing but a Northern Lynching”…
Eyes on the Prize – 12 – A Nation of Law?, 1967-1968
“By the late 1960s, the anger in poorer urban areas over charges of police brutality was smoldering. In Chicago, Fred Hampton formed a Black Panther Party chapter. As the chapter grew, so did police surveillance. In a pre-dawn assault by the police, Panthers Hampton and Mark Clark were killed. The deaths came at a time when movement activists were increasingly becoming targets of police harassment at both the local and federal levels through COUNTELPRO, the FBI’s Counter Intelligence Program. During this same period, inmates at New York’s Attica prison took over the prison in an effort to publicize intolerable conditions. During the police assault which ended the takeover, several inmates and guards were killed. For some, Attica came to symbolize the brutality of a hardened political regime.”
History Is A Weapon: “Power Anywhere Where There’s People”