Radical Ritual In Trump Tower

Our Radical Ritual at Trump Tower is free writing gatherings on the 5th floor where the city mandated a public garden. We express our intimate privacy in the shadow of Evil. This may be the seed of all change, of revolutionary change. Emma Goldman reminds us that just a few people sitting and talking begin the process of basic change.

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Charlottesville

20861785_10154657517205974_9197984636243243427_o.jpgA big bunch of cowards from Trump down to local pols and cops - let a torch-burning KKK and Nazis parade for the world. So public policy results in psychological cruelty to people for whom lynchings are fresh in mind. I'm thinking of African-American children most especially.

If we could surround the KKK with thousands of peaceful people - that seems ideal. But let's be realistic, there are some of us who will be suckered into the same violent self-righteous as the hard right we face. If we had the battle of Charlottesville in a hundred cities, that's not better.

We should go in the other direction. Much of the 36% of the country that still support Trump are just libertarians who watch too much TV. To quote Nelson Mandela, "People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love..." We need to engage with them. We need to learn to talk and listen with everyone we can, and find a way to reverse our fear of The Other. This would be those with different religions and skin color and cultures, but also other living beings of the Earth.

The Earth's crisis tells us that we can't waste time with unproductive anger. Not now. We need to self-cultivate a radical forgiveness that encourages the same in others. Learning to talk across class and race and gender lines, standing at a front door, with something better to offer than a Democratic candidate. Let's talk about saving each other. Let's talk survival. This is what the Earth is asking us to do with her fire and flood.

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KKK and new-nazis

20728292_10154648220935974_8884794186663241793_n.jpgWe are in Maine at a dear friend's wedding. Many of the people in the wedding party are from Charlottesville, Virginia where last night a torch parade constituted a direct death threat to African American citizens, with the memories of lynching so painfully fresh. Last night and again today that town will be the site of a march by KKK and neo-Nazis and so called "alt-right" (white nationalists).

If you know our work, then you know that we are devoted to the First Amendment, have created a gospel version of it, and have gone to jail reciting it too loudly. But the racist ritual in Virginia is nothing like freedom of assembly or free speech.

The mayor of Charlottesville is defending the open torch march on the basis of the First Amendment. This is a travesty. The holocaust of lynching of African Americans, thousands of legally unresolved murders in open view... How can't this be banned? And when will politicians condemn it appropriately?

There is a larger statement that is made by this march and it is a terrible setback. There are people who think this Nazi march balances as an issue with Black Lives Matter. It does not. The Nazi's are saying "We can kill you." The black activists are saying "Stop killing us."

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