Sorry I’ve been absent here—I’ve been active on Facebook but not good at being here as well. I’ll do better starting now. The following is from my author’s page this morning.
New Year’s Resolution.
So long 2015—all your surprises, twists and turns, heartbreak and hope are behind us now. Whatever was possible is done; fresh surprises are up ahead, and new vistas are opening—do you see that small figure gesturing wildly from that distant and indistinct shore? Let’s dive into the wreckage and swim as hard as we can in the direction of our dreams. Let’s stay all the way human.
I’ll try hard in 2016 to be guided by the rhythm of activism: Open your eyes and pay attention; be astonished at the beauty and the ecstasy as well as the unnecessary pain and suffering all around; do something about it, say something about it, act out, write it down, rise up; doubt, rethink, and start again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
I’ll try to talk to strangers every day; knock on doors; read everything; distribute information; display my politics in the public square; listen as hard as I can with the possibility of being changed and speak as clearly as I can with the possibility of being heard; learn from my mentors; follow the young; take to the streets; fight the power; encounter art; eat only what I need; house the homeless; stand up for joy and justice, peace and love.
Another world is surely coming, but there are no guarantees that it will be a better world—work camps and slave states are possible, and nuclear war is possible. But so is peace and freedom. The choices are stark: socialism or barbarism, chaos or community, the end of capitalism or the end of the earth. We had better get busy.
I’ll do my best in 2016 to build the movement for peace in this Spartan military garrison, for racial justice and freedom in this bastion of white supremacy, for economic justice in the heartland of predatory zombie capitalism, for women’s equality and gender justice in this male supremacist bazaar. And that’s not all…
Black Lives Matter!
Women’s Full Equality!
Save the Planet!
Full Rights for Immigrants!
Education Matters—Free Minds/Free People
Children’s Rights are Human Rights!