Tuesday, September 18, 2007

THE PAINFUL SYMBOLISM OF THE NOOSE HANGING IN THE TREE IN JENA...


"...you caught me on the loose
fighting to be free

now you show me a noose
on the cotton tree

"entertainment for you"
martyrdom for me



96 degrees in the shade
real hot in the shade



some may suffer and some may burn
but i know that one day my people will learn
as sure as the sun shines, way up in the sky
today i stand here a victim the truth is I'll never die


96 degrees in the shade
real hot in the shade".

--Third World




If your heart can take in the pain of viewing these pictures depicting how "the noose" and lynching was once a form of entertainment and worse yet - post card sharing:


Without Sanctuary

THE NOOSE: An American Nightmare


CNN PRESENTS:
It’s a symbol of hate and terror… For some, a tool to intimidate and oppress. CNN’s Kyra Phillips investigates the noose’s violent history and the recent incidents across the nation.

Tune in Thursday, November 1st, 8 p.m.

ETSaturday & Sunday, 8 p.m. & 11 p.m. ET•

Special Report:

THE NOOSE: An American Nightmare



Want to help?

Justice for the Jena 6 Petition


RALLY & MARCH FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
DATE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2007 - JENA, LA


GO... IN PEACE.

Monday, September 10, 2007

FROM YOUR PLANETARY SISTER



I am still in New Orleans!

Since the 29th of August, I have taken time off from blogging and focused primarily on volunteering as I had the help of someone who had to work off 16 hours of community service. Also, blogging every night, volunteering full-time by day, and photographing for those 29 days before the anniversary really took a toll on me at all levels - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. (Especially as I do not have wireless in my apartment, and had to drive to a coffee house to work on each posting!)

I am now, since this past weekend, taking some time off from both blogging and volunteering and resting.

I hope to be back soon. I am pretty weary and need to honour the inner voice that tells me to "rest".

Until then...

PEACE.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

WHEN CAPITALISM OVER-RIDES HUMANITY


It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti




If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

--Mother Teresa


Resources:

Killing rate surges since Katrina
Crime Statistics for New Orleans


hu·man·i·ty – noun.
"..3. the quality of being humane; kindness; benevolence."

Synonyms 3. sympathy, tenderness, goodwill.
Antonyms 3. inhumanity, unkindness.


May we find peace. May we find our humanity before it is too late.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

FROM YOUR PLANETARY SISTER

For those who may check in regularly to what I have been posting, you may have noticed that I have not posted on the blog since the 29th of August.

I have been resting and also this week, especially, it feels to me to be a time of sacred mourning. So very many people during this week died so traumatically. Others were in trees waiting for to be rescued, in attics dying alone, on roofs waiting for up to a week without food and water to be rescued. Many watched beloved family members young and old die, neighbors dying and witnessed horrible scenes of death and destruction.

I feel the intensity of this shared trauma by the community here - emotionally and energetically. There is mourning and grief in the air, in the trees, in the shells of homes that sit like tombstones marking a once loved home, lives of a family, and neighborhoods.

Many people continue to deal with despair and depression, those whom I speak to revisit with regularity, the trauma of this week for them 2 years ago. Some speak of how their love ones died, many whom were elderly, dying a few months after from the trauma and stress associated with being flooded and waiting...

This week for many survivors of the flooding, is a time of traumatic remembrance. And for me, a time of silence. The words will come again.

For now, their is solidarity in quietness, remembrance, and love.

IN PEACE.
Your Planetary Sister.