Where is the Peace Movement?

On any given day 70-150 people die of gun shot, averaging well over 30,000 Americans per year for the last 30 years.

President Obama can’t even get the tiniest changes in gun laws to prevent the criminally insane or those ALREADY on the “potential terrorist” list to be permanently banned from buying guns.

AK-47s and other automatics, and pistols.  WHO THE F*** hunts with these things?  Right, they are people killing weapons.  Can’t we ban at least THOSE?  Sure it would mean surrendering certain types of guns, so?  I mean look at our gun deaths compared to ANY NATION YOU WANNA NAME that doesn’t allow citizens OR EVEN POLICE to carry guns except the police can in case of an emergency, like the British Tube bombing.

Hillary is now painting Bernie as a gun lover, YET, his ideas for how to make the USA safer from gun attacks are STRICTER than hers or Obama’s.  Then she says Bernie can never get single-payer health care through because it didn’t pass BEFORE.  Come on lady.  If Bernie gets the nomination it will be a win for grass roots over money.  If Hillary wins…GOD FORBID.  Why?  She never ONCE voted against any part of the illegal wars Bush 2 committed, and look what happened while she was Secretary of State.  The middle East Wars went from 2 countries to 8.

Enough said.

 

 

#Chapelhill is About Peace (and brotherhood movement)= CHAPS

Deah with, from left, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha

in a Facebook image.

Let’s all be chaps. I mean friends,not some division of the underpaying, overcharging Ralph Lauren Polo products. First, another prayer (we all pray to the same God ok?) for Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; her husband, Mr. Barakat, 23; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

The real enemies, if anyone at all, are those decimating the earth, getting a major profit from the hard work of underpaid labor in Asia, South America, and, um the USA, not to mention India and the Middle East in Specific.

People of all denominations and spiritual beliefs need to come together to save the earth, demand a living wage, replace the hogs at the top of the status quo, and use democracy (when available) to change the laws to create a system of social safety nets and RESOURCE PRESERVATIION everywhere from the Amazon rain forests to the entire oceans of the world.

Why not take the world’s massive underemployed and unemployed population and have them scoop plastic out of the ocean.

Why not ban plastic, not just plastic bags?  What’s wrong with glass?

The chance now, to not just honor the lives of the victims, but to use this to unite EVERYONE on the planet in a movement to save the planet and create *peace* for everyone not just the gated community people.

For international reader: There is no place better than Chapel Hill to start an NGO, to start an activist movement, to take back the planet for everyone.

Massive changes of laws must occur for this to work out. GATT 2, GATT 1,NAFTA and almost any other free trade agreement is set up to profit from cheap labor.

Labor unions which brought us the best pay and best working conditions and best lives possible, are now powerless as any strike can be met with “ok then we will just move the entire line of manufacturing abroad.”  No More strike ,and no more jobs at all in the USA.

Everyone except the shareho0lder class has been hurt by these pernicious WTO rules which supplant national sovereignty with “all-the-money-to-the-rich” schemes that resemble feudalism.

Fundamentalsim is scary in the Christian world and not exactly helpful anywhere else.  Fundamentalism means “my way or the hiway” or “my way or death to infidels” but that means perpetual war, and the USA has attacked 91 times since World War II, notably in Korea, Vietnam, Nicaragua, Serbia, Iraq (1,2,3) Afghanistan, Pakistan, (where next, Ukraine or Korea again?)

As an American I’m willing to give up my time to prove that as human beings we are as nice as anyone else, and that it is our GOVERNMENT that smells out loud.

This is true for everyone I’ve met either on the International Peace Walk in Russia in 1987 and again in the USA in 1989 or in my work in South Korea, or in the 31 other countries I’ve been in.

But this is about the movement, that should be larger than Occupy because the goals are even more radical in the face of this divided world.  DO NOT LET THE BIG WIGS AT THE TOP DIVIDE US ANY LONGER!

It’s our PLANET, God help us make CHAPS a reality.

Genocide, Slavery, Greed

We cry for the slavery that led to such wealth,

This is not just  the land of the free.

We witness genocide all over this earth.

What can we do to end greed?

We cry for the land, full of modified crops

We must work to save human life.

What will our grandchildren have to live through

Since our appetite causes such strife?

The oil wars that started a decade ago

Have moved toward the Caspian Sea.

We are the dissidents, loud, without fear,

Even if we are cut at the knees.

We cry for the news they keep off TV,

The grapevine could snap any day.

Disinformation is the age we live in,

So who’s going to show us the way?

The answer is simple, we grow as a team,

A new brotherhood in the light.

We must build the village, invite all your friends,

This is no time to give up the fight!

They have all the bombs, the juntas abound,

Monsanto is spraying the poor.

We must dig our hands into arable land

Or genetics will foul every spore.

Profit mongers have sucked the earth dry,

We must reclaim all that we can.

Industrial China, the last frontier,

Soon money will own every man.

The kids on the streets are locked-down together,

Push a bike, and you could get ten years!

All this is forced because we stopped caring,

Yet some offer blood, sweat and tears.

We couldn’t stop bosses from shipping our jobs,

The replacement is for-profit jails.

Our schools are rotting, so teach if you can,

Where it counts, not Harvard or Yale.

The time is upon us, united as friends

We can make anything grow.

Come join the party, sing and dance all the day,

Tomorrow we get out the vote.

We cry for the genocide, slavery, greed

That persists after thousands of years.

It’s late, but there’s time, if we really work hard

We can stop the torrent of tears.

Article 9 a.m.

Article 9 a.m.

At nine a.m. this group of twelve waits at Makuhari.
Inside the air-conditioned hall dust floats over chairs.
Speakers will again insist on peace within and everywhere.
A train leads to a monorail, but the ladies ask where are we?

They are asleep, in fear and rage, refusing to take part,
or mired in over-studying to avoid another day of hate.
But now, alone together, will they realize it’s not too late?
Or will green jealousies again arise to squelch their hearts?

The ladies who are of an age to have seen it all
arrive an hour early so they can sit on the front row.
On day one they waited in the rain, only to be told no.
So the main attractions repeated their words out on a grassy mall.

Multitudes flee guns these days, arms never solved a thing.
A new type of globalization erupts when witnesses testify.
A photo or two from Abu Graib is enough to expose the lies.
Aiden and Cora speak about what our actions could bring.

Youth is missing at this event, it’s enough to make you scream.
As the earth devolves into war over depleted food and oil
children play at computer games, knowing nothing of the soil.
Optimists persist: we teach, we sing, we hug, we dance, we dream.

 

 

 

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This is Not the Time

This is not the time for Mr. Blake, or Keatsian love ditties, romantic puffery, academic poems that continue the careers of faded thinkers, nor siree Bob, this is the time for plain talk, purely polemic, purely in the face. Our kids have no Dylan to turn to, (please live forever Billy Bragg, Michael Moore) no anti anti anti beat crowd to Kerouac down the road with, no siree, those folks don’t get the time of day anymore. The biggest protest now is to buy a ton of handbags, a la Paris Hilton, and bankrupt daddy BEFORE you hit college. So, here goes, one place at a time: Argentina: first JP Morgan and Fleet Bank purchase the central bank, then they talk the IMF into austerity measures so the Peso and Dollar can eventually trade one for one, thus saving their stupid loans. this causes up to 70% unemployment, just in time for a new trade agreement, and yankee-sponsored “jobs” that pay about 1 dollar (peso?) per hour, with good floating north on oil-fed boats, and importat tariff free. This lowers the value of our own labor just to the point of revolution, but not past it. Sudan: Ah, another genocide, but who gives a fuck, it’s only Muslims, oh, I mean, only Africans, uh, oh, I mean, well, there’s overpopulation now anyway. Columbia: 17 years of bombing and spraying, and still those pesky campesinos won’t get off the land so we can drill for oil. Damn them! Afghanistan: UNOCAL needed a pipeline to the Caspian, and by golly we delivered. Iraq: We won’t leave until the very last drop of oil has been stolen, after all we have to balance the books at Halliburton somehow. New Orleans: Quick, oh, uh, not so quick, let’s call Halliburton and see if they can convert the lower Ninth Ward into high-rises for the rich. East Timor, let’s see, start a revolution because they are growing a far-too educated middle class that is becoming restless, blame the thing on more radical Muslims, step in and have them kill each other, then go back to the Nike days of cheap labor. US of A: cover lies with more lies, blame it on Scooter and/or Karl, thus saving the leaker, who pretty much had to be Cheney. Tell me, why isn’t Novak in Jail? If he helped the prosecutor, then the prosecutor let him off, why isn’t the prosecutor in jail? Are any of you apathetic drug addicts taking notes, or doesn’t any of this matter, as long as you have your comfy life to settle into? There’s nobody even to be pissed off at this shit anymore. Why isn’t everyone upset? Never thought the propaganda wing could have done such a plu-perfect job of it. DAMN.

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Oxford Commons Remain

Oxford Commons Remain

Ten years later, it hasn’t changed:
A few small cafes with hippy sippers.
Punks have added youthful spirit,
But their unwashed brothers
“Fight for peace” then smash bike riders,
Not keeping the spirit once conceived.

Belinda carries special feelings,
Treat her well, but expect great things.
Do not let her off so lightly,
Keep her moving in the green.
Keep in her path and learn to listen,
She is aware, her path is clean.

Be all you can be, work for peace,
But brothers don’t go smashing heads.
Sit on cemented blocks, rousted nightly
By the city’s finest: blue patrol
With walking sticks. Belinda ducks
Such foolish swings, not smiling.

Listen to the drunken minstrel,
Laugh when when selfish people enter.
Gather, but don’t stay too long.
Grab a hunk of what is needed
Then spread the word amongst the young.
Knowledge kept is shameless greed.

Settle for no less than perfect,
Develop space that is your own.
Keep that which puts asunder
Violent trends within your group.
Let the mean boys wander off,
Become the village of your dreams.

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