I cling to the image I have of myself
& cling to the image I have of you
you do the same in relation to me-
and in this way we destroy the life we proclaim to value in ourselves & others.
GAZA CITY : Five Palestinian men sit on August 20, 2014 next to a destroyed bus and houses in front of a house that was completely demolished after it was targeted by Israeli airstrikes late on August 19. Hamas said on August 20 that an Israeli air strike killed the wife and child of its Gaza military chief, as a temporary ceasefire went up in smoke and Cairo truce talks froze. AFP PHOTO/ ROBERTO SCHMIDT
UNITED STATES, FERGUSON : Retired Captain Ray Lewis (R) of the Philadelphia Police department display a sign during a peaceful protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on August 23, 2014, two weeks after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. AFP PHOTO / Michael B. Thomas
Above all else, they stressed a developmental style of politics, one in which the important thing was the development of efficacy in those most affected by a problem. Over the long term, whether a community achieved this or that tactical objective was likely to matter less than whether the people in it came to see themselves as having the right and the capacity to have some say-so in their own lives.
- Charles Payne on the Mississippi Freedom Struggle (via theyearofselfeducation)
August 11, 2014
An open message to the early morning driver of the Honda Pilot in the right side lane:
You joined me on my morning commute down Palm avenue not long after crossing Shields. I remember because right before your arrival, I had contemplated stopping at the taqueria on the southwest corner of Shields and Palm to purchase a delicious gordita de chicharron for lunch later today. I idled at the red light and noticed that stuck to the taqueria door was a lime green paper board with what at first glance I could only make out as thin black scribbles. I scrunched up my nose, lowered my glasses, and squinted my eyes into slits, the sign read “CLOSED”. The light turned green and I continued on my way to meet you - carb overload averted.
You watched my car make it’s way up the street and we locked eyes briefly as I passed. A few seconds later you flew by in a hurry to catch the red light. I didn’t pay much attention to you after that. I was preoccupied with the music app on my phone; which despite my setting it to shuffle insisted I needed to listen to the same 2 songs on a loop.
When we met again near the intersection of Barstow and Palm, I had already given up on the music. I hummed as I drove and began taking notice of my surroundings, the coolness of the early morning, the joggers, the well tended lawns, neighborhood dogs taking their humans for a walk.
At some point you happened to turn your gaze my way. You found me leaning against my steering wheel, smile on my face as I tried to stay in my lane while simultaneously looking up towards the sky. We came to a stop at another red light and I turned to bend over the passengers seat window to get a different view, and there you were. You were bent over your own steering wheel, searching for whatever it was that was captivating my attention. You looked and looked but you didn’t see, you couldn’t. Our gaze met again just as the light turned green. I smiled at you, and you politely smiled back before rushing off into a sea of cars.
I’d like you to know that I was simply admiring the mesmerizingly beautiful morning sky, taking note of the vivid contrast between the royal blue and the white that filled it this morning. Putting to memory the particular patterns of the clouds so that I could later relate it to the cloud info-graphic I recently saved on my phone. I snapped a picture just in case you happen across this message, although a picture doesn’t do it justice, and a memory isn’t necessary in order to create that sense of awe. It’s always up there to be experienced, waiting patiently for us to slow down, to pause a minute or two, to look up & take it all in.Sincerely,
The wreckless driver of the Honda Fit who puzzled you during your morning commute.
Flier being distributed at the protest in Ferguson. Text reads as follows:
Ad Hoc Committee for Justice on Behalf of Michael Brown
- The officer involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown be IMMEDIATELY identified.
- The same officer should be immediately fired and charged with murder.
- The Ferguson Police Department “Protocol Handbook” be distributed throughout the Ferguson community.
- The racial composition of the Ferguson Police Department should reflect the racial demographics of the community.
Upcoming Action Items:
- Keep calling the Ferguson Police Department demanding justice for Michael Brown at 314-522-3100
- On Tuesday August 12th join us in front of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch’s office located at 100 South Central Avenue, Clayton Missouri 63105
Tasheed Youth Organization, Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), New Black Panther Party (NBPP), Moorish Science Temple, Coalition Against Police Crimes & Repression, Nation of Islam - Mosque 28, Universal African Peoples Organization (UAPO) and more to follow!
Our demands: Treat us like humans