mother’s day proclamation!

05/08/2011 § Leave a comment

happy mother’s day to my mom, kimie tanaka, and to all the double-duty mommas that make our world go round.

and while mothers day has become a hallmark holiday (im down w flowers n treats), let’s also raise its history as a Civil War era call by women against war, for racial equity and for women’s leadership.   pieces feel particularly relevant today:

“..Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.”

Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1870
-Julia Ward Howe 
Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts, Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!                

Say firmly:

“We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs.”

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GJ is back

05/01/2011 § Leave a comment

“Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, 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.” – Dr. King

my heart is in the east

03/10/2011 § Leave a comment

mona eltahawy on palestinian self determination and the inspiration of egypt tunisia and non violent movements.  via justin mcintosh FB

qt on egypt

02/11/2011 § Leave a comment

after all the speculation, i was sad today that mubarak didnt step down

but then there’s the adorbi hapa japanese bebe w the historical materialism

liberation sq

02/06/2011 § 1 Comment

women of egypt tunisia position papers

youth spark egypt

02/02/2011 § Leave a comment

see this video of Asmaa Mahfouz of the April 6 Youth Movement – a dominant youth & young adult front calling for regime change, human rights and democracy.

Mahfouz goes hard on sideline spectators, calling them traitors for their unwillingness to stand for freedom.  this video went viral and apparently helped move major demonstrations in tahir square on january 25th that sparked the uprising in egypt since.

reflecting a 21st century internationalist consciousness, April 6 Youth Movement adopted the same symbol as Otpor, the Serbian student led uprising that helped oust Milošević in 2000.

Mahfouz is compelling, courageous and inspiring.  those of us in the US that allow our government to support dictators like mubarek should find a fraction of her grit and demand that president obama stand with the democratic aspirations of the egyptian people.

or there’s always this..

A Guide: How Not To Say Stupid Stuff About Egypt

02/01/2011 § 1 Comment

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A Guide: How Not To Say Stupid Stuff About Egypt

via mary j FB by blog Sarthanapalos

The past few days I have heard so many stupid things from friends, blogs, pundits, correspondents, politicians, experts, writers that I want to pull my hair.  So, I will not beat around the bush, I will be really blunt and give you a handy list to keep you from offending Egyptians, Arabs and the world when you discuss, blog or talk about Egypt.  Honestly, I would think most Progressives would know these things, but let’s get to it.

  • “I am so impressed at how articulate Egyptians are.”  Does this sound familiar?  Imagine saying this about a Latino or African American?  You don’t say it.  So don’t say it about Egyptians.   Gee, thank you oh great person who is of limited experience and human contact for recognizing that out of 80 million people some could be articulate, educated and speak many languages.  Not cool.  Don’t say it.  You may think it, but it makes you sound like a dumb ass. « Read the rest of this entry »

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