Links Roundup 11/11/16: Darkest Timeline Edition

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The wives from Mad Max: Fury Road, Text reads "We are not things."

We seem to have entered the Darkest Timeline. I really don’t know what else to say. I have been oscillating between rage and sorrow since late Tuesday evening.

I thought we were better than this, America. I was wrong. We aren’t.

Human rights are not negotiable and they aren’t something we can “agree to disagree” on.

Most of these organizations will accept monthly donations as small as $5/month. If you can’t give money, many of these organizations have local chapters that could probably use volunteers.

Write to your local and state representatives. Hold their feet to the fire. They work for all of us.

“Believe the autocrat. He means what he says.” Don’t allow yourself to be lulled into thinking everything is normal. It’s not. We survive together, not alone. Resist.

And fellow white people? We have work to do.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

“Anthem”Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

 

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Let America be America Again: Election Day 2016

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2016 Vote

I voted today and I hope if you’re able to vote in the U.S., you do. If you don’t know where your polling place is, here’s a handy place to look it up.

And how about a little Langston Hughes to get us through today?

Let America be America Again

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the black man bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young man, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!

I am the farmer, bondsman to the soil.
I am the worker sold to the machine.
I am the black man, servant to you all.
I am the people, humble, hungry, mean—
Hungry yet today despite the dream.
Beaten yet today—O, Pioneers!
I am the man who never got ahead,
The poorest worker bartered through the years.

Yet I’m the one who dreamt our basic dream
In the Old World while still a serf of kings,
Who dreamt a dream so strong, so brave, so true,
That even yet its mighty daring sings
In every brick and stone, in every furrow turned
That’s made America the land it has become.
O, I’m the man who sailed those early seas
In search of what I meant to be my home—
For I’m the one who left dark Ireland’s shore,
And Poland’s plain, and England’s grassy lea,
And torn from Black Africa’s strand I came
To build a “homeland of the free.”

The free?

Who said the free? Not me?
Surely not me? The millions on relief today?
The millions shot down when we strike?
The millions who have nothing for our pay?
For all the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung
And all the hopes we’ve held
And all the flags we’ve hung,
The millions who have nothing for our pay—
Except the dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—
Who made America,
Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,
Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,
Must bring back our mighty dream again.

Sure, call me any ugly name you choose—
The steel of freedom does not stain.
From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives,
We must take back our land again,
America!

O, yes,
I say it plain,
America never was America to me,
And yet I swear this oath—
America will be!

Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death,
The abuse and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies,
We, the people, must redeem
The 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

Links Roundup 11/04/16

http://www.pretty-terrible.com/2016/11/04/links-roundup-110416/

http://www.pretty-terrible.com/?p=6534

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I love the muted colors and calmness of the larger figure juxtaposed with the energy and brighter colors of the figures around her head. So evocative!

Only one election-related link this week, one that I believe everyone can agree with:

And finally, Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks, slaying:

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