Category: The World We Live In

Gabby Douglas and The Meaning Of The U.S. Flag

  “We must acknowledge that there is diversity in the oneness promised to us in the pledge of allegiance.” Countries create symbols to express beliefs and values. These beliefs and values change over time. It is crucial to re-examine symbols

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Chants Against Hatred

Hatred is treason against all life. It is to turn toward a living target and shoot. Internalized hatred is treason against oneself. It is to hold the gun to your own head or to the heads of those who look

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Who is not Haitian?

Contemplating a journey and a calling………. Who is not Haitian? Everywhere is Haiti. Our past, present and future of catastrophe, silenced screams of the poor dying beneath the rubble of hurricanes and earthquakes that are both weather conditions and the

Posted in Poetry & Prayers, The World We Live In

Who’s Horror?

I have been afraid to speak on the Israel and Gaza horror. But I can’t be silent on what hits me so hard that I am afraid to speak . What I have to say has nothing to do with

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Burying the Bones: Rituals for Loss of Life, Land, and Culture

Burying the Bones Rituals for Loss of Life, Land, and Culture (photo of Batik people) We need to create symbolic burial rituals for those whose lives were taken to confiscate the land in which they lived and preserved culture or

Posted in Indigenous Traditions in Healing, The World We Live In

Murder in Oakland:What Happened to Kieasha Brooks?

One day alongside the racket of the BART train going by I walked toward a street shrine with dried up flowers, airless balloons, and unfinished candles.  As I approached the silver lamp pole at 59th Street and MLK Way, the

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