Resist

There is a man who lives and works in one of the most prestigious houses in the free world.
In my opinion, he is totally unfit for the job and unworthy of living there.

Like all those on opposing sides of an issue we do have something in common.
We are both humans born in The United States and eligible to vote for those that we want to represent us in public office.

I never brought into his campaign rhetoric because the words that he spoke convinced me that this is not someone worthy of my respect.
Looking at him or listening to him speak, turns my stomach.
My body rejects what he stands for with every molecule of my being. Because of this, I cast my vote against him.

Since his election, I have given him the gift of my resistance [1]to his position in Washington.
He has earned my resistance to himself and All the Kings Men [2] who serve with him in forwarding his political agenda.
As this band of men and women are working to dismantle America, a unifying force of people all across the country are coming together in solidarity to stop them. This election has mobilized its citizens to activism and this activism has spread throughout the USA and the world.

All of us working together in our resistance to the demagogue.

Resistance for the sake of what is good and necessary to the uplifting of human beings is the correct action to take in respond to this unrighteous bully pulpit.
The American people, have never gained anything by lying down and playing dead to the aggressive stance of the brutally ignorant. None of the worlds people ever have.
In fact, the women of Liberia, both Christian and Moslem Prayed the Devil back to Hell [3] and brought peace to their country that had been at war for years.

They were brave and courageous and we are too.
We the people are standing our ground, taking action and doing the same.
We have to continue to mobilize ourselves and use our combined strength to save us all from this demagogic [4] rule in Washington.
The king has gathered all his men together to enforce his will. They are not there to serve the Citizens of the USA.
We are not serfs, slaves or subjects to be ruled with a fist of iron.
We are free people.
And so will we live.

Free, Gregory Porter [5]!

Resist [6] and do not be silent.

Who March the World? Girls. | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee [7]

 

 

Links:

  1. Resist by Albert Burneko in The Concourse. Deadspin.com
  2. All The Kings Men Trailer. Youtube.com
  3. Pray The Devil Back To Hell Documentary. Youtube.com
  4. When Washington Goes Low, We Go Local. EcologyCenter.org
  5. Free, song by Gregory Porter from the album Liquid Spirit. Youtube.com
  6. United Resistance video. UnstoppableTogether.org
  7. Quiet, song from MILCK with vocal groups GW Sirens and Capital Blend. On Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

 

 

History Repeating

Last night, I said my prayers and went to bed at 1 in the morning.

I prayed again when I woke up shortly before 6 am and began my day.

It is 5:38 pm as I write these words.

I am disappointed with the Election results.

That’s a fact.

8:37 am: Has I took off my coat in school today, I was asked by a young man, a refugee from the city of Aleppo, Syria:

“What is wrong with your fellow Americans?

Why would they elect someone like Trump?”

What’s wrong with America?

Only God can give a truthful answer here.

Not a demagogue who manipulates “the uncivilized mob” that have falsely named themselves “the people”.

These election results have jarred more people awake to the truth of life in America for non-whites than ever before.

Hopefully none of the newly awakened with ever fall asleep like this again.

All of us will be experiencing the next 4 years together, and we need each other to stand for truth and justice wherever we see unrighteousness occurring.

Time, as it always does will make plain who was on the right side of history and who simply got it all wrong.

The USA is a country that is undergoing an internal change in identity.

Questions of who belongs to America? As well as who has the right to call themselves a citizen of these United States are just two of many that we the people need to answer for ourselves now.

If we fall to do this, then those who are still closed-off to the truth will give their uninformed answers to these questions.

History is repeating itself not to harm or to hurt us even if this is the intention of those who have chosen to walk a path opposed to that of righteousness.

History is repeating itself because more of us are ready to speak truth to hate and injustice.

My good people, history is repeating itself to help us to become One True Nation of a United States.

It is time for you to stand up and speak up.

Beginning now.

Because,

History is repeating…

(Watch, listen to the video)

Seriously – This American Life, Sara Bareilles, and Leslie Odom, Jr.

 

 

America in Progress!

It is the night before the 2016 US-Presidential Election and I am wondering what the country’s people will have decided when the last vote is counted.

A few months ago I took a pledge not to become involved in the political bickering that has marred this Election year. I chose to remain silence in lieu of a better way of expressing my anguish and unbelief at the “behavior of a certain political candidate and his supporters”.

This article is not about this aberrant behavior.

By writing this I am asking the people of my country to really spend the night in reflection about the country that they want to live in and then to vote accordingly.

I am an Expat and I have experienced this Election Year through the lens and filter of one living abroad. As an Expatriate, I have followed as closely as I dared the news of my home country. But I also have had the added visual of seeing how the USA is thought of in the various international media outlets, by my friends, associates and others that I encounter on a daily basis.

The key question that I am asked?

“What is wrong with America that someone like Trump can become a Presidential Candidate?”

After asking this they always laugh in unbelief. Always!

I been living in a Country that has had their first female Chancellor – Angela Merkel since 2005. She is now into her third term in office. Her political experience dates back to the Revolutions of 1989.

Yes, it took time for some of the people to adjust to her being Chancellor. Other politicians have done their best to malign her. The People however, have generally given their approval to her leadership.

The US Presidential Elections have at times resembled a horrible farce where blame is the name of the game.

When Barack Obama was running for the Presidency I was asked for my thoughts about him and what he could accomplish for the USA. Having an idea of the type of racial hatred he was facing and would continue to have to stand firmly against to do the work that he was elected to do, I simply answered, “That I didn’t know what he would accomplish but that he was the right person to elect to office.” The racially motivated political fallout was just the beginning of the ripping off of the hastily stitched together wound of race relations in the USA. All the festering under formerly applied bandages, showed in the refusal of elected officials to do the job that they were sent to Washington to do on behalf of the people.

This stink of racial hatred has not died. The pus of America’s racial wound has continued to fester. It is visible daily. We hear it in the language that’s been used for these last eight plus years and we hear and see it now in this election.

Still because of this things have changed.

What some Americans are has been show and all can see this clearly if they choose not to be blind.

President Obama’s time in office has shown us that we as a United People, have, can and must continue this process of reconciling our past in order to truly be one.

On the night before the Elections my questions for you are simple.

What does America mean to you?

What are you willing to do to continue to form America into a true home for all of us?

Whenever a person is elected to public office our (your) responsibility does not end with the casting of our votes.

We must be watchful to see if that person is doing the job that we elected them to do to the best of their ability.

If they are not, then we have to call them out on this.

We can write letters and/ or call their political office directly and band together to demonstrate our wish for them to be responsible to their Oath of Office.

I want to leave you with some two quotes  and a stanza from a poem that I read today:

 

“Indeed, it is precisely in a period of great spiritual and societal hunger like our own that we most need to open minds, hearts, and memories to those times when women and men actually dreamed of new possibilities for our nation, for our world, and for their own lives. It is now that we may be able to convey the stunning idea that dreams, imagination, vision, and hope are actually powerful mechanisms in the creation of new realities — especially when the dreams go beyond speeches and songs to become embodied; to take on flesh, in real, hard places.” –Vince Harding Is America Possible

 

 “What shall they do with the idea of an America in process, an America that is not a finished, sharp-edged block of white granite but is instead a malleable, multicolored gift of clay; still seeking, taking, giving shape, purpose, and direction?” .” – Vince Harding Is America Possible

 

We, the people, must redeem
Our land, the mines, the plants, the rivers,
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again. – Langston Hughes

Elect those who will do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with their God

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The civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965  Peter Pettus, photographer

 

Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.- Letter from Birmingham Jail

(Written while he was alone and isolated in Birmingham jail.)

 

Let us march on ballot boxes, march on ballot boxes until race-baiters disappear from the political arena.
Let us march on ballot boxes until the salient misdeeds of bloodthirsty mobs will be transformed into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.
Let us march on ballot boxes until the Wallaces of our nation tremble away in silence.
Let us march on ballot boxes until we send to our city councils, state legislatures, and the United States Congress, men who will not fear to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with thy God.
Let us march on ballot boxes until brotherhood becomes more than a meaningless word in an opening prayer, but the order of the day on every legislative agenda.
Let us march on ballot boxes until all over Alabama God’s children will be able to walk the earth in decency and honor. There is nothing wrong with marching in this sense.
How Long, Not Long

(Martin gave this speech on the steps of the State Capital in Montgomery, Alabama after the successful completion of the Selma to Montgomery March on 25th of March 1965.)

 

Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.

  • Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort from the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice.
  • Let us be dissatisfied until those who live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.
  • Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family will live in a decent, sanitary home.
  • Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality integrated education.
  • Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity.
  • Let us be dissatisfied until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not on the basis of the color of their skin. Let us be dissatisfied.
  • Let us be dissatisfied until every state capitol will be housed by a governor who will do justly, who will love mercy, and who will walk humbly with his God.

Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream. Let us be dissatisfied until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid. Let us be dissatisfied. And men will recognize that out of one blood God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth. Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout “White Power!” — when nobody will shout “Black Power!” — but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power. Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?

(Written while living in isolation in Jamaica, this book is an assessment of the priorities that America has and a warning that they needed to be re-ordered and more. Dr. King also addressed “the deep questions” – Who are we? Who are we meant to be? This question of identity is something that “America” still struggles with. )

 

For Terence and Others of a Darker Hue

How long Lord? How long?

What needs to be done so that people of different skin colors can look at each other in the eye and see character or the lack thereof?

When I saw the video of Terence Crutcher my heart broke to see him with his hands in the air, moving slowing and it still was not enough to save his life.

The comments made by the police that he looked like a bad dude were horrible.

Assumptions are spoken very easily by “racist” all-knowing white people. In fact, they are mumbled, casually placed in conversation, stated as factual and screamed with hate by those of „other races“ toward black people simply because they believe it to be true.

I have wondered how people can work so hard to denigrate a group of people just to make themselves feel superior.

(Why have they have chosen to not know that Black Lives Matter?) Continue reading “For Terence and Others of a Darker Hue”

The Middle

 

middle adjective | mid·dle | \ˈmi-dəl\
1 : equally distant from the extremes: medial, central
2 : being at neither extreme : intermediate  (1)


Long pauses are sometimes good if they give you a chance to rest. These breaks in routine can also be used to look over your inner map and track the progress that you have made. Hopefully, there is progress of one type or another that can be seen with your mind‘s eye.

Personally, as I look back over the distance that I have covered this year, I spent a little extra time in removing my lenses of doubt, fear and unbelief.

This year, intangible things have had their knotted roots untangled so that their growth patterns could be seen. That‘s why I hesitated in seeing myself truly as I am now because my inner core is not the same as it was at the beginning of the year. Being stuck in a moment was hard. Not being able to find my way out was harder still.

The person that has emerged is both familiar to me and at the same time she is a stranger.

At my core I have always truly known her.

But similar to the time it took for me to get used to wearing and caring for my hair naturally, she is a stranger that I have had to reintroduce myself to.

I am no longer at the beginning of trying and I am not at the end of having become myself in total fullness.

The middle is where I am.

The middle of beginning and ending.

In the middle of knowing and becoming that which is fully me.

Having begun surely and rightly, I can continue on this path making the necessary adjustments when needed. Or forced too to correct a wrong action.

I will arrive because God has promised.

And this promise is all the assurance that I need.

Love to you,

Patricia
(1) Definition by Merriam-Webster

(2) Stuck In a Moment

 

The Heroine from Sweden

I have a new Heroine and her name is Tess Asplund!

Every once in a while when someone does something so utterly morally right simply because their whole being knows it’s should be done is when I find myself shouting my approval from the sidelines.

What Tess did to show her defiance of hate was a spontaneous act of unmitigated bravery.

“We live in a Europe where far-right ideas are becoming more popular, and there is also a reaction against them. It is a time when people are longing for something to channel their urge to resist the Europe that builds borders against refugees, the Europe that cannot cooperate anymore. Tess has captured one of the conflicts of our time,” -Daniel Poohl of Expo, the anti-racist foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

Last Friday I had a crazy-looking woman shout at me “to get out of the way of a person who is a jobholder” as I wrote my bike down the street of a very multicultural neighborhood where she looked to be out-of-place actually. Continue reading “The Heroine from Sweden”

Ystävänpäiva = Happy Friend’s Day

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Today I received this message from my sister:

“Happy Valentines Day Pet I love you”

It made me smile despite the typo (Pat) and helped to settle my mind about the meaning of love for today.

Just thinking of her taking the time to quickly type a message to me on her smartphone before going to bed to be sure that I didn’t feel alone when I read it in another country thousands of miles away, motivated me to sent out a few messages of my own to women that I care about.

I’m glad I did and I hope that they felt the love conveyed within my individual messages to them.

Today I learned that Finland celebrates “Ystävänpäivä”, or Friend’s Day.

There, close friends will open cards and gifts that they have sent to each other.

Wouldn’t it be a lovely thing to send a message to someone that you care about. You could even pick up the phone to call them just to say why you cherish their role in your life.

Love is not just about Valentine’s and Chocolates with red roses from those who love you. You can decide to make it a day where you tell those women and men who may be a little lonely somewhere in the world that they matter to you.

“Ystävänpäivä”, to you all!

Love, Pat

The Faces of Santa Ana

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Sometimes, what’s written leaves a lasting impact upon us. In fact, some words can motivate us to reach out to others who are living within the straits of difficulties beyond their control. This was the experience of Brian Peterson who decided not to just look past the needs of those without housing in Santa Ana California. In this Q & A he shares what lead him to begin the Faces of Santa Ana project. Continue reading “The Faces of Santa Ana”

Epitaph

There are not many of us who get out of life without being something good and something bad.

The other day I read through an article [1] that decried David Bowie as being a rapist and sex-abuser. I had never heard of anything liked this being said about him before so, I read through the article. What I retain from it is that a member of the author’s family had been abused and she alone wanted nothing else to do with the abuser, etc. She did write a few lines about David Bowie alleging to something that happened sometime in the past. If it is true or not I can’t say. Continue reading “Epitaph”