eating snow by the fistful
snow from the tops of the
tallest trees clapping
within the joy i found peace
exhaling birds through coral
peace known only by wind
i saw the seasons change
all at once
my hands spanned open
as if the whole world
was awaiting my arrival
but i was here all along
and like nothing but sleep
drifted away from the light
— Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (translated by S. Mitchell)
Don’t confuse your comfort with your safety
Talk to strangers
Imagine other cultures through their poetry and novels
Listen to music you don’t understand*Dance to it
Notice the workings of power & privilege in your culture
Know how your lettuce and coffee are grown: wake up
and smell the exploitation
Look for fair trade and union labels
Help build economies from the bottom up
Acquire few needs
Learn a second(or third) language
Visit people,places, and cultures – not tourist attractions
Learn people’s history*Re-define progress
Know physical and political geography
Play games from other cultures*Watch films with subtitles
Know your heritage
Honor everyone’s holidays
Look at the moon and imagine someone else,
Somewhere else, looking at it too
Read the UNs Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Understand the global economy in terms of
people, land, and water
Know where your bank banks
Never believe you have the right to anyone else’s resources
Refuse to wear corporate logos: defy corporate domination
Question military/corporate connections
Don’t confuse money with wealth, or time with money
Have a pen/email pal*Honor indigenous cultures
Judge governance by how well it meets all people’s needs
Be skeptical about what you read
Eat adventurously*Enjoy vegetables,
Beans and grains in your diet
Choose curiosity over certainty
Know where your water comesfrom
and where your wastes go
Pledge allegiance to the earth;question nationalism
Think South, Central, and North-
There are many Americans
Assume that many others share your dreams
Know that no one is silent though many are not heard
Work to change this
“Big L be lightin niggas like incense, getting men lynched to win tits, I’m killin infants for ten cents…”
Inspectah Deck- Triumph
“I bomb atomically, Socrates’ philosophies and hypothesis can’t define how I be droppin these…"
Cam'Ron- Come home with me intro
"Yo I advise you to step son, before i fuck your moms and make you my stepson.."
Nas- It ain't hard to tell
“It ain’t hard to tell, I excel, then prevail. The mic is contacted, I attract clientele”
Lauryn Hill- Lost Ones
“It’s funny how money change a situation, miscommunication leads to complication”
He must have had this Wall Street gentry in mind, or at least their prototypes, for in every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor
E. V. Debs' Canton, Ohio Anti-War Speech
DEMANDS. why demands? OWS is not a functioning democracy. it is a social gathering of those who are voiceless in the current government. its main function is to bring social justice issues into the mainstream political conversation which would otherwise go ignored. buttttt these are pretty good:
1. Break up the monopolies. The so-called "Too Big to Fail" financial companies – now sometimes called by the more accurate term "Systemically Dangerous Institutions" – are a direct threat to national security. They are above the law and above market consequence, making them more dangerous and unaccountable than a thousand mafias combined. There are about 20 such firms in America, and they need to be dismantled; a good start would be to repeal the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and mandate the separation of insurance companies, investment banks and commercial banks.
2. Pay for your own bailouts. A tax of 0.1 percent on all trades of stocks and bonds and a 0.01 percent tax on all trades of derivatives would generate enough revenue to pay us back for the bailouts, and still have plenty left over to fight the deficits the banks claim to be so worried about. It would also deter the endless chase for instant profits through computerized insider-trading schemes like High Frequency Trading, and force Wall Street to go back to the job it's supposed to be doing, i.e., making sober investments in job-creating businesses and watching them grow.
3. No public money for private lobbying. A company that receives a public bailout should not be allowed to use the taxpayer's own money to lobby against him. You can either suck on the public teat or influence the next presidential race, but you can't do both. Butt out for once and let the people choose the next president and Congress.
4. Tax hedge-fund gamblers. For starters, we need an immediate repeal of the preposterous and indefensible carried-interest tax break, which allows hedge-fund titans like Stevie Cohen and John Paulson to pay taxes of only 15 percent on their billions in gambling income, while ordinary Americans pay twice that for teaching kids and putting out fires. I defy any politician to stand up and defend that loophole during an election year.
5. Change the way bankers get paid. We need new laws preventing Wall Street executives from getting bonuses upfront for deals that might blow up in all of our faces later. It should be: You make a deal today, you get company stock you can redeem two or three years from now. That forces everyone to be invested in his own company's long-term health – no more Joe Cassanos pocketing multimillion-dollar bonuses for destroying the AIGs of the world.
many onlookers ask 'but what are the demands?'
What are we protesting against?
The movement is not confined under one banner
rather, it is a clear display against financial elites,
which are propagating endless war, unemployment,
and taking away the future of the middle class and environment.
The 99% refuse to be oppressed by the 1% with a quarter of the nation's wealth.
Specific causes isolate groups and are ultimately divisive.
As we see in NYC and in solidarity gathering across the country, the 'lovely disorganization' of occupywallstreet makes everyone feel like they can be part of it, and it is out of this spirit of youth that a populist mass uprising can thrive.
Each day the war goes on the hatred increases in the hearts of the Vietnamese and in the hearts of those of humanitarian instinct. The Americans are forcing even their friends into becoming their enemies. It is curious that the Americans, who calculate so carefully on the possibilities of military victory do not realize that in the process they are incurring deep psychological and political defeat. The image of America will never again be the image of revolution, freedom and democracy, but the image of violence and militarism.
If you want someone to be ignored, then build a life-size bronze statue of them and stick it in the middle of town.
Some of the major contributors to the national memorial include Disney, AT&T, and Verizon. If King were active today he would likely have urged people to support the strike against Verizon to protect worker's rights. Verizon made $20 billion in profit in recent years, avoids paying corporate taxes, and is proving itself anti-union and anti-worker's benefits.
Hopefully the memorial will serve to reopen and expand public interest in civil rights and the peaceful strategies of civil disobedience.
your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is a light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
Philosophy stares, but brings no reasoned solution, for from nothing to being there is no logical bridge
I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that