Friday, 31 October 2014
Happy Samhein/ Calan Gaeaf
As Octobers, splendour surrenders,
coalesces and dissolves,
and the veil lifts again on the earth,
poets try to communicate,
the sliced magic of things once witnessed,
to breathe a little life out of thougths which grow within.
Near the rivers edge, time moves in slow motion,
bubbling invocations leave their notation,
as words slip and slide, on thresholds rotation,
planting seeds from beneath skin,
this night of divination, allows us to keep searching,
with seas of ink and love, to replenish the earth with feeling.
Minds flying full of cobbled webs and threads,
follow the hubble bubble of exchange,
scribbled echoes and dreamscapes cast free,
to tunnel our breaths with light and shade,
verses shaking loose undercurrents of imagination,
tides sweeping letters adrift on seas of navigation.
Our arrows shoot far into the sky,
pierce the night and its shadows,
from bright gatherings, noursishment,
gets released into air,
resonating with human care,
keeps this grinning manic world,
spinning with the afterglow of reason.
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
Assata Olugbala Shakur was born JoAnne Deborah Byron on July 16, 1947, in Jamaica, New York. a descendent of slaves. Adopting an African name, she took on Assata, meaning 'she who struggles,' Olugbala, meaning 'love for the people,' and Shakur, meaning 'the thankful.' The first woman to be placed on the FBI's Most wanted Terrorist list, Shakur was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black liberation Army in the late 1960' and 1970s.In the early 1970', several false criminal accusuations for murder, robbery and kidnapping were bought against Shakur. All except one were later acquiitted or dismissed. In 1973, Shakur and two other friends were cornered by state troopers on the New Jersey Turnpike, and became involved in a shootout where she was severely wounded, apprehended and charged for the murder of Werner Foerster, a New Jersey State Trooper. Although Shakur protested her innocence, and subsequent medical and forencic evidence indeed proved it was not possible for her to have shot the state trooper, she was however convicted of the murder. She was incarcenated in several prisons throughout the 1970' until she managed a daring in 1979, and has managed to live in exile in Cuba since 1984.She is recognised by the Cuban Government as a revolutinary fugitive in exile, at once venerated by supporters, the Cuban Government continue to contribute to her living expenses, and is regarded as an icon by many others, as a living link to a revolutionary era.
The FBI's animalistic hunting of her resumed after nearly 40 years when it labelled her a terrorist, offering $2 million for her capture, still reminding the world, and becomming a symbol of America;s gaping racial divide, reminding us that the oppresion of Black women by America is far from over and to many the world over she continues to remain an inspiration to all lovers of freedom, as a courageous fighter, liberator and hero, and is defended by many who do not want to see her returning to a prison cell.
She has since continued to dedicate her life to challenging injustic, advocating on behalf of those persecuted using her skills as a writer, artist and poet. In 1987 she published a powerful memorable book 'Assata Shakur - An Autobiography' where she outlines her beliefs, and the book contains many of her poems, two of which I include here. In this book she also writes from a perspective whose life continues to be on trial.
Long may Sister Assata Olubala Shaker retain her freedom and we carry on breaking down the chains.
Affirmation - Assata Shakur
I believe in living
Ibelieve in the spectrum
of Beta days and Gamma people.
I believe in sunshine
windmills and waterfalls,
tricycles and rocking chairs.
And I believe that seeds grow into sprouts.
And sprouts grow into trees.
I believe in the magic of the hands.
And in the wisdom of the eyes.
I believe in rain and tears.
And in the blood of infinity.
I belive in life.
And I have seen the death parade
march through the torso of the earth,
sculpting mud bodies in its path.
I have seen the destruction of the daylight,
and seen bloodthirsty maggots
prayed to and saluted.
I have seen the kind become the blind
in one every lesson.
I have walked on cut glass.
I have eaten crow and blunder bread
and breathed the stench of indifference.
I have been locked by the lawless.
Handcuffed by the haters.
Gagged by the greedy.
And, If I know any thing at all,
it's that a wall is just a wall
and nothing more at all,
it can be broken down.
I believe in living
I believe in birth
I believe in the sweat of love
and in the fire of truth.
And I believe that a lost ship,
sneered by tired, seasick sailors,
can still be guided home
Love is Contraband in Hell - Assata Shaker
Love is contraband in Hell,
cause love is a acid
that eats away bars. But you, me, and tomorrow
holds hands and makes vows
that struggle will multiply.
The hacksaw has two blades.
The shotgun has two barrels.
We are pregnant with freedom.
We are a conspiracy.
It is our duty to fight for our freedom
It is our duty to win.
We must love each other and support each other.
We have nothing to lose but our chains.
Reprinted from :-
Assata An Autobiography (1987/2001)
Here is a link to a campaign that continues to support and defend her:-
Assata Shaker in her own words
Posted by teifidancer at 12:30
Sunday, 26 October 2014
On October 30th, 2014 the UK Parliament will host a debate on the country's drug policy. To ensure your MP represents you at the debate and works to support evidence-based drug laws in the country. visit here:-
Posted by teifidancer at 12:00
Friday, 24 October 2014
Blog Stuck in rut
Blog unable to upload photos or videos at moment in time, I hope it's temporary, any suggestions please?Also missing a dear friend, but that's another story. Meanwhile between 13 and 26th October a joint police Operation called 'mos maiorum' takes place in nearly all European countries to identify, imprison and finally deport illegallised migrants. Thousands of people will be subject to so called ' racial profiles ' and will be harassed and criminalised upon those criteria.
The following site tries to document the actions that are part of 'mos maiorum' and to make these effects visible to everyone.
Please contribute to document public police checkpoints or identify checks throughout the European union.
Posted by teifidancer at 15:43
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
48 years ago a on Friday October 24, 1966 , 9.06 a. m shortly after school assembly many tons of collier rubbish swept down the sides of Merthyr Mountain as a result of a conflict of financial interests, verses financial ones, that sadly still happen today, which saw the death of 144 people, including 115 children, many of whom were between the age of seven and ten long with, five of their teachers, in what is now known today as one of one of Wales worst mining disasters in it's history, not forgetting Senghennydd which I've written about previously when in 1913 over 400 were killed. But The sores and wounds of this disaster is now forever stored in the memories and feelings of the people of Wales because of the whole collective loss of a generation that it wiped out. So today again we try not to forget the children and adults who died, this human tragedy, that many say could easily have been prevented .And today we still try not to forget, we remember this people grief and how they carried on,
Today we remember the people of Aberfan, and hope still that lessons learnt from that today can be learnt for tomorrow, and especially today where this bitter legacy still continues, and continuing social and economic problems in the South Wales valleys because of successive govermnents have made lives a contining source of discomfort. People before profit. Lest we forget.
Posted by teifidancer at 16:56
Monday, 20 October 2014
Hundreds of police officers attack Occupy Democracy participants because they don't want them to sit on tarpaulins. This was after Occupy Democracy broke away from the TUC march on Saturday and headed to Parliament Square for an open Assembly, wardens had asked protestors to leave under an old by law, then sent the police in, and then their was a total overreaction, on behalf of the police and a standoff lasted till yesterday. What was witnessed was a scene that had reminiscences of Hong Kong, less freedom seen in Parliament Square. The protestors sound system was confiscated and tents and sleeping bags were not allowed into the camp. The massive overpolicing and attempshut down this democratic forum is truly shocking and outrageous. The protestors plan to occupy the square for the next week. Viva freedom.
George Orwell on the police ;-
" I have no love for the idealized 'worker' as he appears in the bourgeois mind, but when I see an actual flesh and blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ak myself which side I'm on."