Sunday, May 1, 2016

Connecting Racial Justice & Environmental Justice

Q. Early on, you linked the death of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore riots, and the environment. Why?   
A. Before we even learned about the incinerator, we were learning about our basic human rights. When we found out the incinerator was proposed to be built in our community, it violated every single value, belief, and basic human right that we had. When it come to the death of Freddie Gray, when it comes to incinerators, when it comes to the crisis in Flint, Michigan, those issues are different, but they’re not separate. They’re all issues of injustice — of systematic injustice, which we’ve been fighting against.
Q. What about environmental justice in particular? What do you think grassroots activists should understand about winning campaigns against big polluters? 
A. When polluting developments are proposed, they’re usually in poor neighborhoods. They’re proposed in places where it’s perceived that our voices aren’t very strong, that there won’t be a public outcry, or that there isn’t a lot of power and so there won’t be a lot of pushback or resistance. And a lot of times, those are communities of color. It always comes down to who or what has power. When we’re resisting against an established system that creates developments like the incinerator, it’s really important to have power in communities if you are to win.

Hélène Cixous

Precepts under "Our Performance": Here, for me, in safekeeping.

Esme Patterson

Here's a song I discovered today by an artist I discovered today (thanks KCRW!). It's really good.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Christopher Logue

from War Music, Odysseus to Achilles:
    They do not own the swords with which they fight,
Nor the ships that brought them here.
Orders are handed down to them in words
They barely understand.
They do not give a whit who owns queen Helen.
Ithaca’s mine; Pythia yours; but what are they defending?
They love you? Yes. They do. They also loved Patroclus.
And he is dead, they say. Bury the dead, they say.
A hundred of us singing angels died for every knock
Patroclus took — so why the fuss? — that’s war, they say,
Who came to eat in Troy and not to prove how much
Dear friends are missed.
Yes, they are fools.
But they are right. Fools often are.
    Bury the dead, my lord,
And I will help you pitch Troy in the sea.
[excerpted in a review by Michael Robbins in Poetry]

Monday, April 25, 2016


Here are some poems my friend translated. They're really good.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Danez Smith

"history is what it is. it knows what it did."