The Chokehold, the Submachine Gun and This Bit of Earth

10430824_10152534223225974_1683937324955662428_n.jpgHow did they persuade us that the inches of Earth, the sq millimeters of ground were we stand, the where-I-am-now... How could they threaten us and tell us to MOVE ON. Thank god the Ferguson brothers and sisters claimed their 50 ft. patch of sidewalk in front of the Ferguson police station. Thank you for shouting "Black Lives Matter" from that spot and you never let go. That's the courage that will keep us all going for years. You claimed that ground in that unknown township on the north side of St Louis and shouted until you were blowing up headlines. 

And Thank The Earth for Erica Garner laying down on the sidewalk in Staten Island, the ultimate die-in, inhabiting the last breaths of her dad, she drives the activism in us. We can do anything now! 

How were we EVER threatened into leaving our patch of Earth. We're supposed to believe that it's not public property or we are suppose to fill out a permit and wait six weeks? No it's FIRST AMENDMENT TIME! We're here on this Earth and we're not gonna get into the game of petitioning and lobbying and emailing in the distance somewhere from a computer. We're here on this ground and people on the street see us and free speech is magical and no cop or congressman or corporation can possibly move me off my spot. The longer we have our place the more our voices ring out! Now put down that submachine gun and let's talk about climate change and our kids. We're staying here on this Earth.