Thinking of Mother Palestine who adamantly refuses to die despite the spectacularized attempts of extermination directed towards her womb, a phrase of NU Professor of English John Alba Cutler at once sits on my soul and lifts it: Imáginas!(?)
“I’ll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe. What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes. Imagine; ten minutes; and your whole short history on the surface of Earth will be erased.” (Post by Suhel Nafar.)
Imagine, as a question and as a practice. A movement towards empathy: a politics emerging from fundamental questions of humanity, a politics of deconstructing humanity’s limits; Towards nowhere and everywhere: divinity; Towards noone and everyone: the you’s and I’s lost in the mystifying, sanctifying embrace of the unsung collective.
And one day we’ll sing out—in our own idiomatic ways—glory, Glory, HALLELUJAH: Another world is possible.
PEOPLE ARE DYING. TERROR IS ABOUT.
People have been dying. Families buried. Under the rubble of a fallen house. Holy airstrikes. Victims of a game of battleship, and who has all of the destroyers? Gather for the spectacle, don’t forget your lawn chairs, look over yonder, fireworks darling.
Terror has been and continues to be.
Remember. 'Patriotism' is too often used to coerce the body politic into consenting to war, invasion, and violence on the international arena, from native genocide to Iraq. Patriotism violently effaces indigeneity. It always has.
Remember; It’s not to get down. Let’s be with one another and love in the midst of it all. Lets love. Let’s celebrate the love that wakes us up — never without inaudible frustration — despite it all. Let’s love in spite of it all, above it all, underneath it all. Let’s love above it all because love is underneath it all.
- “All I know is you’re a ball player and I go away and suddenly you’re in musicals? *chuckles*”
- “Don’t worry, Mr. Atwood, I’ll STRAIGHTEN him out.”
"Now back to Shimon Peres’s statement…of course, his statement — calling Palestinian babies a so-called demographic threat — really reveals the Jim Crow-like racism at the core of this Zionist ideology that views the mere existence of Palestinian babies in their own native land as a threat to Israel. How can Palestinians ever possibly recognize or give legitimacy to an entity which views their mere reproduction as human beings as a mortal threat?"
- Ali Abunimah
International Human Rights Activist Michael Simmons offered these words (via Facebook) in response to the May 3, 2014 New York Times’ “Fight Against Sex Assaults Holds Colleges to Account” article. (via kenyabenyagurl)
The violation of women is treated less seriously than the theft of her belongings. From this, we can gather that our physical and mental well-being is not considered to be as valuable as tangible property.
In other words, women are *less* important than objects.
The Movement, book cover, 1964
Cover photograph: Danny Lyon
This and many other civil rights-era graphic items are on display at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as part of the For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights show.
How could you invest so much money into hosting the World Cup when you have so many hungry people? This mural paints a dark picture of the real meaning behind this event.
"Anyone who visits occupied Palestine cannot help but be impressed by the carceral technologies all around" - Angela Davis May 19, 2014 @ Northwestern University
[Image taken from Palestine TV.Palestinian children passing security checks on their way to school.]
Pre-lecture discussion with Angela Davis. Feeling #empowered and #inspired after an evening with such a strong, brilliant, and critical woman.