“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”—Pablo Neruda (via venebelle)
Understand that the police and laws are part of a system that is anti-poor, anti-women, anti-people of colour, anti-queer, and anti-people with disabilities. Understand that to truly be free, to truly do what you are trying to do, which is resisting the laws that allow some to be rich and powerful and for the rest to live at their mercy, you must resist racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and disableism. You must resist the very structure every one of these laws is based on — you must resist colonialism.
Understand that to truly be free, to truly include the entire 99 per cent, you have to say today, and say every day: We will leave no one behind. We will leave no one in jail. We will leave no one in the clutches of immigration enforcement. We will leave no one when they are strong. We will leave no one when they are weak. We will support the decisions people make, to do whatever they feel necessary to survive and to resist. We will support those that fight in the courts, and we will support those that fight in the streets.
“Were I to personify Justice, instead of presenting her blind, I would denominate her the goddess of fire… Of unbending integrity Justice should feel, hear and see; but truth alone should be the polar star by which she should shape her movements, and equity only should constrain her determinations”—Judith Sargent Murray (Universalist, author, critic)
“The insistence of Black women’s self-definitions reframes the entire dialogue from one of protesting the technical accuracy of an image…to stressing the power dynamics in the very process of definition itself. By insisting on self-definition, Black women question not only what has been said about African American women but the credibility and the intentions of those possessing the power to define. When Black women define ourselves, we clearly reject the assumptions that those in positions granting them the authority to interpret our reality are entitled to do so. Regardless of the actual content of Black women’s self-definitions, the act of insisting on Black female self-definition validates Black women’s power as human subjects”—
“There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning, and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.”—Anaïs Nin - my favourite female writer whose mind ever graced this earth. (via thewhole-hearted)
“We find the Negro woman, figuratively, struck in the face daily by contempt from the world about her. Within her soul, she knows little of peace and happiness. Through it all, she is courageously standing erect, developing within herself the moral strength to rise above and conquer false attitudes. She is maintaining her natural beauty and charm and improving her mind and opportunity. She is measuring up to the needs and demands of her family, community, and race, and radiating from Harlem a hope that is cherished by her sisters in less propitious circumstances throughout the land.The wind of the race’s destiny stirs more briskly because of her striving.”—
On July 26, 2011, Andy Mathe was deported back to South Africa. President Obama personally received 5,000 petition signatures to stop Andy’s deportation the day before but chose not to act. Instead, Andy was deported to South Africa, a country his family fled after receiving death threats and an attempted kidnapping of Andy’s younger sister.
Andy is currently in hiding in South Africa and needs our help so he can move to an undisclosed location where he can be safe. The money fundraised will go directly to the “Save Andy” fund, as well as cover the Mathe family’s legal expenses.
if i could go back to speak to the girl i was, as the woman i am, i don’t know what i would say to her. if i would hold her hand. kiss her forehead. or sing her songs of who she would become. would i pray her to sleep? or dance her awake? tell her the reason for the sun at dawn, when no one can…
“Oh soul, you worry too much. You have seen your own strength. You have seen your own beauty. You have seen your golden wings. Of anything less, why do you worry? You are in truth the soul, of the soul, of the soul.”—Rumi (via jarfullofdreams)
“What does music mean to me? I don’t think I would really be much without it, without it coming through me. It’s my means of communication, my means of growth, my means of transportation from one point in my life to another.”—
If some African-Americans really think that there is no distinction between African-Americans and continental Africans, or Black people in other parts of the world, that’s just ridiculous. We are *not* all one big monolithic family without distinctions. We have different histories, different…
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary
“Let me tell you what it feels like to stand in front of a white man and explain privilege to him. It hurts. It makes you tired. Sometimes it makes you want to cry. Sometimes it is exhilarating. Every single time it is hard. Every single time I get angry that I have to do this, that this is my job, that this shouldn’t be my job. Every single time I am proud of myself that I’ve been able to say these things because I used to not be able to and because some days I just don’t want to.”—
“The Negro wants to be everything but himself… He wants to integrate with the white man, but he cannot integrate with himself or with his own kind. The Negro wants to lose his identity because he does not know his own identity.”—
being able to take time off from work/school (especially for long periods like w/ occupy wall street), being able to get arrested without getting deported (which is what happens to non-citizens when they get arrested), not having disabilities that prevent you from being there, not having children to take care of
you get the idea
sometimes i get annoyed with activists who assume that everyone can go to these things
“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go.’”—
URGENT: Rodrigo, a bright 16 year old, will have to check in with ICE with a one way ticket back to Mexico in hand on October 4th. Please take immediate action to stop his deportation!
Rodrigo was brought to the United States when he was only 10 years old. Now 16, he is a sophmore at Harding University High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has big dreams of graduating from high school and going to college to study International Relations. He is also an active member of his church. As a Boy Scout, he volunteers to coach soccer to young kids.
Rodrigo was arrested for “larceny” and accused of shoplifting at the mall. The criminal charges were dropped but ICE still wants to deport him. Please take action now to stop his deportation!
I think I just want to drop out of college, forget about studying journalism, and just work on my real craft full time. Become a spoken word poet and just write for a living. Shit if life was that simple. Moms always told me I would grow up to be a starving artist, but then…
“The prison industrial complex is a system situated at the intersection of government and private interests. It uses prisons as a solution to social, political and economic problems. It includes human rights violations, the death penalty, slave labor, policing, courts, the media, political prisoners and the elimination of dissent.”—Huey Freeman (via draggabeats)