October 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm (art, culture, education, entertainment, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, history, humor, Independent film, Indigenous People, journalism, life, Native Americans, random, satire, Uncategorized)
Tags: 'bad indians', 1491s, abuse, Christopher Columbus, Columbus Day, culture, education, exploitation, film, genocide, greed, healing, history, humor, Indigenous, inspiration, Issues, journalism, languarge, love, Manifest Destiny, news, poem, poetry, protest, rape, reality check, RT, Ryan Red Corn, Taino, The Big Picture, To the Indigenous Woman, video, violence, woman, women
It’s 14, October, 2013. Some people are celebrating what might be called a myth or a lie of epic proportions about a fellow named Christopher Columbus. Shall we discuss irony? Manifest Destiny? Greed? The profit motive? Slavery? Genocide? Rape? Murder? Torture? Yeah, the man did it all according to his own words and those of his companions. So what exactly is being celebrated? I’m at a loss–unless it’s an extremely sanitized delusional story, because the truth would scare the pants off all the little children if it were told in classrooms. Oh but excuse me, schools are not supposed to be about truth or reality. Nor are books. Certainly not poetry. so what. Here’s some historical truth, some current ugly reality and some poetry that deals with both.
Oops, “Reality Check.”
To the Indigenous Woman – A poem by the 1491s (short version)
Bad Indians, a poem by Ryan Red Corn
was told by those old ones
that every song has a special time and a place where its sang
this is our song
and this our time
they used to say the only good indian is a dead indian
i must be a no good at being indian
cuz I feel alive and kicking
we are the bastard reject children of manifest destiny
the offspring of fornicating aimsters
raised by our grandparents who told us
not to confuse being warriors with gangsters
the edward curtis groupies get jazzed by anyone fitting the bill
and America gets jazzed by every Bury My Heart at Walmart film
here i stand before you
this crowd of nations
this life of sanctions
an awkward patience
like five hundred BIA buildings vs. a fathers’ unfiltered hate
right next to the IHS building with a two and a half week wait.
a cinderblock battlefield where few are left standing
and the people its failing, its’ marginalized estate.
i am armed to the teeth with words from the ivory tower
and those good indians told me its borrowed power if…
if i talk loud enough
if i talk clear enough
that i would be heard
that for some talking is singing
that for some singing is praying
but i guess that depends on who is doing the talking
and i guess that depends on who is doing the listening
…so understand me in english,
you have been robbed of your tongues
the taproot of thought
in the middle of resisting
the language got caught
and she only shows her face during ceremony
like she’s ashamed of her scars
like what she has to say is never really heard. at all.
and the violence she knows is enough to never sing again
but i killed the cameraman and stripped him of his lense.
i photographed the body and asked him to forgive.
forgive me as i cut out your tongue
forgive me as i put you in this powdered wig
forgive me when i put your body in a museum
forgive me of all my sins
for not being a good indian
the balls of your forefathers will be traded for whiskey
to fuel the molotov cocktails to be tossed at your cities
and the breasts of your mothers severed and bloody
will be sold to the freak show for the revelers money
your children will witness their whole world collapse
as kidnapped siblings must erase names off maps
so forgive me of all my sins
for not being a good indian
i was taught better than that
i have more respect than that
there is no history book with my story
there is no newspaper to give me my glory
because no one has heard this language in years
cept kokopelli, dream catchers and a trail of beers
my voice is a small pox blanket
that spreads like fire on the prairie
infecting both fist and hatchet
in the spirit of fucking crazy
Lest you get the wrong idea with all this negative press, let’s end on a positive note from “all my relations”:
Indigenous Love Words Project
We asked one simple question: How do you say, “I Love You”, in your Indigenous language?
This is a crowd-sourced project organized by The 1491s. All footage was submitted by fans and supporters from throughout the world.
We say thank you to all those who submitted videos!! We are working on a succinct credits list, to be posted here, soon!!!!
Music Credit: “Kodi Track” by Frank Waln – https://soundcloud.com/f_waln_35/fran…
October 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm (art, journalism, life, nature, photography, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: activists, Arctic, culture, environment, France, gas, Gazprom, greed, Greenpeace, help, influence, inspiration, life, money, Paris, people, Petition, photo, photograph, photography, politics, protest, Russia
BREAKING: This morning Greenpeace France activists protested peacefully at Gazprom’s offices in the center of Paris, while their friends on the Arctic Sunrise are detained in Russia for peacefully protesting Gazprom’s reckless plans to drill in the fragile Arctic.
Voice your support to peaceful activism to protect the Arctic. SIGN and SHARE: www.greenpeace.org/freeouractivists/?fbgpi9oct1
Russia is pressing charges against the peaceful activists that could land them in prison for 15 years. Is this political insanity at work? Power running amok for sure.
September 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm (culture, history, Independent film, journalism, life, movies, politics, random, Uncategorized)
Tags: Citizen Koch, control, culture, education, film, freedom, greed, information, issue, Kansas City, KCPT, Koch, life, media, money, movies, news, PBS, Petition, politics, power, public television, random, television, video
We, your viewers, really want to see “Citizen Koch.” It should not have been pulled off the air. The public has a right to see the documentary and the station should not be fearful of upsetting the Koch brothers.
Public television should be used to inform us; that was the purpose of Independent Lens, was it not?
If you watch PBS, please call for the national showing of this important documentary.
That’s why I signed a petition to KCPT Public Television Station, which says:
“I think the public has a right to view the film “Citizen Koch.” We are requesting you to please show this film. Koch money shouldn’t influence what we can or can’t see aired on our PBS station.”
Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:
The people of Wisconsin have not given up. Why should the rest of us?
Raise your voice, Tweet, Facebook and reblog at will. Please help fight media control.
August 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm (culture, ethics, exploring interconnectedness, food, history, life, music, politics, random, Uncategorized, Writing)
Tags: 1912, 29 Auust 2013, Bread and Roses, culture, exploitation, Fast Food, food, greed, history, industry, Issues, Judy collins, labor, life, living wage, Low Pay Is Not Okay, money, music, pay, poem, poetry, politics, profit, random, song, strike, work, workers
1912 to 2013 and the issues are rising again like bread and roses
Yeast and water
Soil and sun
Bread and Roses
Women and men to the streets again
Will this cycle never be done?
They’re not asking for your mansions, your jets, your yachts, your limos, your Rolex watches or you pearls
They’re asking for food, heat, housing and flowers.
Why do you have a problem with that?
Without workers there would be nothing made anywhere, anytime, anyhow.
Wait, this is America–the land of the outsourced company to other lands of work till you’re dead opportunities.
Let’s outsource those burgers and fries and see how the toilet flushes then.
Why do those who profit most refuse to support those who make the profit possible?
If you cleared $ 5.5 Billion in profit what would you do with it?
Yeah, everyone has got to eat. What if you couldn’t get fast food for eight weeks straight anywhere? Would you be OVER the fast food addiction?
Low Pay is NOT okay! http://lowpayisnotok.org/about-us/
There is a petition to sign for support. http://lowpayisnotok.org/home-0819/
The Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 began in January in Lawrence, Massachusetts when textile factory workers walked off the job and into the streets for weeks and weeks. History –> http://breadandrosescentennial.org/node/77
fair warning bootrappers
prepare to be strapped
September 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm (culture, entertainment, history, humor, journalism, life, politics, random)
Tags: Arrest, Bloomberg, bullhorn, culture, Economy, entertainment, ethics, events, greed, history, life, Mayor, media, New York City, news, opinion, people, politics, protest, random, telephone, video, Wall Street
"One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy..."
Oh the joy of telephones of all ilk. Use a minute of your time and give Mayor Bloomberg a call to let him know you’re “watching” how his fair city is treating the peaceful protest of Wall Street Greed that has made life miserable for so many Americans and people around the world. It’s very easy and there’s a very nice Lady answering the phone. Be nice and polite as she patiently listens to your concerns about police actions against the people giving Wall Street a piece of everyone’s minds about their rampant unabashed greed.
212-341-2009 or 212-772-1081 x 12006
It’s an “easy” way to show support and speak your mind too. And the RICH just might be paying a little attention. They must be considering all those police officers doing their duty in and around “Liberty Park” confiscating gas and tarps and cardboard signs. Are they being paid overtime? Who is paying for that overtime? Wall Street?
Who really occupies Wall Street?
The protestors? The police? The suits? The squirrels?