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right here with you, bigtree

i have never been to ferguson. but, i have faced 12 aimed and ready rifles held by sheriffs at 2 am one morning - in my robe, holding my 2 month old, my dog growling at the aggressive "officers". they were after a high school age young man - who had fled a fender bender at the local 7-11. he had parked his vehicle in the driveway to our home.

they threatened to shoot me and/or my baby if i moved! they threatened to shoot my beautiful eurasian dog 'moses' who was protective of me and the baby! it was crazy! for a fender bender?

the young man had fled on foot into the woods across he road. it was not until later we realized they thought the young man was my 16 year old brother. we are a brown and red mixed family. the sheriffs thought they were justified in pursuing the fender bender with loaded rifles aimed at anyone connected to their target? they would not have pursued a white suspect the same way. for a measly fender bender? no.

what is happening in ferguson is CHANGE. it has to change because the african americna people of ferguson and generations to come deserve to live in just community. until 2 weeks ago, only the citizens of ferguson were aware how ugly and offensive the hatred and dehumanization of african americans had insidiously permeated every aspect of the ferguson white community and government. it has been shocking to see the white hatred toward people of color still persist to such a putrid level.

it is going to take all of us who believe in humanity and justice supporting the african american community of ferguson. it must STOP.

we must never still our voices in our battle for justice. never.

What can we do today to oppose global atrocities and violence?

it isn't just the crisis in the middle east - horrible things are occurring all over the world!

to end my own nightmares of insignificance, i am committing to act against the atrocious genocides, bombing, maiming, raping, and pillaging of innocents going on around the world.

today i begin sending a ripple of compassion, dignity, respect for the victims of the ongoing terror and violence in the middle east and elsewhere. honestly, i am upset by ALL of it EVERYWHERE and on every continent - including the disrespect for all creation and the earth.

intent is everything when affecting change. ripples can become waves of nonviolence across the world. the intent of my action is to honor and respect the dignity and sanctity of those suffering in war torn areas. i see the whole picture. human actions of violence and hate have escalated and are perpetuating on many levels. it must stop now.

i commit to doing the following and anyone may also act as an individual who has similar concerns and who is willing to contribute a ripple of change ~ anytime:

# for one hour - one can observe an intentional silence and respect for the suffering and the dead on both sides of violence.

# for one day - one can abstain from purchasing items - other than those needed in cases of emergency or medical supplies.

# for one week - one can turn off the lights in the evening. one may interpret the significance of this action accordingly. for me, it symbolizes acknowledgment of those who are suffering for lack of common needs. and to bullies it says, nope, tonight you do not get my $$.

it seems too many leaders across the world have priorities far above preserving the sanctity and dignity of humanity on this planet. rather than act in the best interests of humanity or responsible utilization of the earth's "resources", they obfuscate, lie, and perpetuate violence on innocent people, animals of the land and sea, and the earth for money and to "prove a point". as symbols of obliteration, missiles, fracking, and gigantic mechanical earth movers come to mind.

perhaps a withholding of our dollars spent on electricity, fuel, and shopping may speak to them.

i do not understand the karma that is being played out ~ but, the unending attacks on innocent children, the disabled, and the elders - and all living things along with the withholding of water and basic human rights by bullies on every continent reflect the very behaviors that have destroyed civilizations.

anyone can join me to create a ripple of compassion and nonviolence - at least with intention and awareness.

peace, hopemountain

#one hour, one day, one week

"never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ margaret mead

feel free to copy this post and share

p.s. to those who are particular about grammar: i was taught no one thing is above another. everyone and everything has a part and those parts are all of equal value. we cannot have one without the other. thus, the lower case.
Posted by hopemountain | Fri Aug 1, 2014, 12:16 AM (7 replies)

perhaps we do know but have forgotten

and now we are remembering which is why the truth of it resonates so deeply to our own heart and emotions.

the elephants, whales, horses, dolphins, cats, dogs, wolves, bears, deer, and many types living creatures are helping us remember because many more of us are opening up and listening.

wait until you can hear the plants and the waters, the mountains, and the rocks. i hope it is not too late.

thank you for the recommendation, joanbarnes.

mitakuye oyasin!
Posted by hopemountain | Tue Jul 8, 2014, 03:03 PM (0 replies)

thank you for the olive branch

it is beautiful.

united we stand, divided we fall.

it is my understanding the president has followed a long held (since Lincoln) belief that choosing persons of other parties to hold positions in their cabinet to be an expression of true democracy and protection of our constitution. however, now such thinking is proving to be folly because the corporatists and republicans are blood and guts deceivers. they seem to only see our government and our citizens as their "precious" gold mine.they do not care for the people much less our environment. it is all only a means to an end - a big fat bank account.

as for the xl pipeline, president obama has said that he will not support anything which endangers the safety of our environment and people's lives. yet, there are those in high government offices who are interfering with investigations which have uncovered evidence of contamination & who are shutting down these very investigations.

we, the people who care about these issues cannot shut up nor let up at this point. sometimes i think the president hears us and other times, i'm not so sure. he heard us about climate change - but then signed for added drilling off our coasts. ???? wtf? yes, i am upset about this - having grown up in santa barbara and having witnessed our coastline dotted with oil platforms - and the horrible oil spill washed up on our beaches. i was in high school and a budding activist/environmentalist.

the environment is an important issue. did you know the head of the usda is former monsanto? along with toxic dna in our food supply, i see fracking and reckless mining of natural resources as destructive to the future of our loved ones and our planet.

many people in government & across the country have their hands in the financial pot, perhaps even our potus (i hope not !) through their investment portfolios. if you know folks with 401k's or 401c3's, they may not be fully aware of exactly where their retirement funds are invested (but they should!). when i had mine, i went green. not many investment firms offer this option. but i chose one that did.

as for my personal situation, it is not good. but i'm grateful because it could be worse. in fact, i know it would be worse if another goper was our potus.

back at you, vanje

to honestly question and even to offer pertinent or even critical consideration of another is one thing. but to disparage, curse, disrespect, or harshly criticize another without having even heard their explanation for their actions is an unjust form of judgement.

yes, let's keep on keep'in on!

"never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - margaret mead

those folks are

not my choices either.

why do you think the president would select them? i questioned the appointments as well as you may have, and since i cannot ask him directly - nor receive a direct response, i did the same research, perhaps, you have also conducted, and am still questioning. there is nothing i can really do about by myself. so i move on and focus on what i can do.

right now, i am focused on stopping the xl pipeline and monsanto because safe, clean water & safe soil & a healthy food supply without heinous genetic altering are critical to our health and quality of life.

i make phone calls & write letters on many issue to my legislators and to the president expressing my thoughts , feelings, beliefs, & the realities challenging many folks hard hit by the recession such as myself & family. but, i'll be damned if i am going to ruin my life by being a squalling chicken and sulking & pissing and moaning and shitting all over my life because everything isn't perfect or done right now (dammit!) like i want. this just isn't how life is anywhere.

and just as president obama is certainly not a king nor royalty, nor a magic man, many, many have a hand in the decisions made to govern our country. so, i do not have him on a pedestal. but i do respect him and i appreciate that he is willing to listen and hear us, the people.

there have been brilliant, informative posts

on the bog pages -
and what is wrong with being positive?
there is evil everywhere - but why focus on it? if i were to do so, i'd never get out of bed for f'k sake... i probably wouldn't even want to live another day.

i've paid my dues with enough shit in my life and i find being positive and respectful works for me as a person and in my relationships. so what if we want to be positive.
sheesh. you think we are not aware of the reality of negativity? exactly why i CHOOSE being positive - it helps me to stay focused on finding a better way, a good way for me and those in my community.

bog is about respect

of president barack hussein obama and the office he holds as leader of our country.

i proudly post there, neither blindly nor pretending to be anything more than what i am.


7 minutes and 17 seconds of affirmation: President Barack Hussein Obama - the right person at the right time. he has a very tough spine and is very focused in what he believes - and the best part, he believes in doing what he does for all of america with integrity...not ego - neither his nor anyone else's.

i wish i could meet the man, shake his hand, and tell him i have his back. that is all.

Tuesday, August 20th - Assad's attack with chemical weapons

during the night on his people was clearly a despicable, heinous act aimed at innocent people, but at the UN, our country and our president. Reports from first responders followed on Wednesday, August 21.

ABC news reported President Obama's statement last year - August 20, 2012

“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized,” the president said a year ago last week. “That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”

Posted by hopemountain | Tue Sep 3, 2013, 07:32 PM (0 replies)
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