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Adoption, Prison, Slavery: Oscars 2015

By Lara: I didn’t watch every minute of Sunday’s Oscars since it’s veered off from being a dignified award show to a show of egos of the Hollyweird. Last night’s shining moment was the song GLORY.

After Glory, Selma actor in tears

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After receiving the Oscar for Best Song for “Glory” from Selma, John Legend gave an impassioned speech calling out the present-day state of affairs for African Americans. One line stood out: “We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today than there were under slavery in 1850.”

The totals: 1.68 million black men are under correctional control in the US, not counting jails. That’s over three times as many black men as were enslaved in 1850.

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In the News

 Uncomfortable Silences: Anti-Slavery, Colonialism and Imperialism

Joel Quirk | University of Witwatersrand | For Historians Against Slavery

Take up the White Man’s burden,
Send forth the best ye breed
Go bind your sons to exile,
to serve your captives’ need; To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild–
Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child.

Rudyard Kipling, 1899

In a major address to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2003, President George W Bush described the fight against contemporary slavery and human trafficking in the following terms:

We must show new energy in fighting back an old evil. Nearly two centuries after the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, and more than a century after slavery was officially ended in its last strongholds, the trade in human beings for any purpose must not be allowed to thrive in our time.

Few people noticed it at the time, but this statement contained a basic historical error. It has not been “more than a century” since slavery officially ended. While legal slavery in the Americas ended in the nineteenth century, in many parts of the globe legal abolition took place during the first half of the twentieth century. In the case of sub-Saharan Africa, which is my main focus here, slavery remained legal in Sudan until 1900, Kenya until 1907, Sierra Leone until 1928 and Ethiopia until 1942. This more recent history is important, because it leads to a series of uncomfortable and difficult questions about the motivations behind—and practical effects of—the anti-slavery cause, with the elephant in the room being the close relationship between anti-slavery, imperialism, and European colonialism.

Read more: http://www.historiansagainstslavery.org/main/2015/02/uncomfortable-silences-anti-slavery-colonialism-and-imperialism/

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130530-buckminster-fullerBy Lara/Trace

I’m still rethinking the model of adoption!  Years ago doing research for my memoir, I spoke with a friend in Austria who told me about SOS VILLAGES. I had never heard of this or such a concept. It’s so good it has spread to the US. READ HERE

We know that in Indian Country, taking children and placing them in adoptive homes was to assimilate them, erase them from tribal rolls, an act of genocide motivated by greed and for the taking of more land. We can’t change the past in North America. It has already taken place. We are the survivors, the adoptees, left to cure ourselves but also to see to it that this doesn’t happen to more children.

In 2015, I will say this: the adoption industry is like a very large building that employs thousands (if not millions) of people — real people who collect a paycheck. They are lawyers, judges and social workers.  History shows us that children needed more than an orphange and thus began the system we have today – tiers of bureaucracy, unregulated agencies rife with corruption and kickbacks, the trafficking of children internationally to meet the supply and demand here in the US and even the black-marketing of babies. Read about one evil baby trafficker here.

We have to invent something better here in the US. We can’t change what exists. We have to replace it and make the old adoption system obsolete!

If ONE TRIBE could make this happen and do this SOS VILLAGE concept in 2015, the word would spread and children would be saved. Children would not lose their tribe, culture or language. Isn’t that the purpose and the reason for adoption – saving children’s lives?

If someone wants my help to create this new reality in Indian Country, email me.

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READ THIS: The New Abolition: Ending Adoption in Our Time | Daniel Ibn Zayd | August 18th, 2012

I invoke this term fully aware of its weight as concerns the movement to abolish slavery, and to clarify this usage I define adoption as follows:

Adoption is, in and of itself, a violence based in inequality. It is candy-coated, marketed, and packaged to seemingly concern families and children, but it is an economically and politically incentivized crime. It stems culturally and historically from the “peculiar institution” of Anglo-Saxon indentured servitude and not family creation. It is not universal and is not considered valid by most communal cultures. It is a treating of symptoms and not of disease. It is a negation of families and an annihilation of communities not imbued with any notion of humanity due to the adoptive culture’s inscribed bias concerning race, class, and human relevancy.

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SOS Children’s Villages – In the SOS model, children do not “age out” of care. Instead, they enter transitional programs that help young adults find housing, academic programs, and employment opportunities. Between eighty-five and one hundred percent of SOS children graduate from high school, as compared to fifty percent of foster children in other types of care. See more at: http://www.sos-usa.org/about-sos/in-the-usa#sthash.CNVeR2IV.dpuf

****Aboriginal adoptees sue Ottawa for loss of culture, emotional trauma

“As an Indian, you have a spirit. That spirit has to come back home. “It’s not about the money. It’s about these kids that are dead out there.” SOURCE

A Universe of Words: A Note on Process

favorite words?

A Universe of Words: A Note on Process.

Shape and Nature Press is here where I live and wanted to share this project… OXOXO …Lara (bundled up waiting for more snow (urg) :-(

Who is running this planet?

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By Lara

What is that saying: “you can’t herd cats?”

I’m not sure it’s working on humans, either.

I read too much. Or maybe I don’t read enough. Just when I think I have figured out some of what is going on, I get smacked upside the head.

Anyone awake to almost any degree understands everything and everyone is interconnected.  It’s all these dots connecting to one another.

I don’t know about you but this MATRIX suddenly needs a recharge and reboot! Then I read it’s dissolving: READ HERE

Forbidding free speech, shooting civilians with no cause, obvious mega bullshit in the news, wars with no possible end, deliberate poisoning, starvation and dumbing down of populations? I mean, c’mon.

New England’s hidden history

You and I know freedom is an illusion anyway! We HAVE been waking up (and turning off the boob tube). Crazy smart to keep us so “occupied” with bullshit and ballgames! My husband says we are surviving and not living “free.” FREE always had a price.

Now I read this: Follow the Money BLOG

Brave Comment: What a sick and perverse world these people of science and technology and greed are trying to create for us all. A world as fake and phony as they are…artificial intelligence describes them to a tee….no brains – because IF they had a brain, a heart or a soul, they would see how very UNNATURAL this new world they are trying to create will be. I am really beginning to lean towards the idea that people like these, the Google crowd, Gates, the unelected world leaders like Kissinger who never go away….the one’s that call themselves ‘royals’ etc…. probably ARE the aliens living among us because their ideas and actions are for the most part, very inhumane, if not INSANE.

[“I believe Mind Clones will be humanity’s biggest invention. The market opportunity is limitless,” Rothblatt told Bloomberg News. “Ultimately – just like we all want a smart phone, we all want a social media account – we are all going to want a Mind Clone. It will make everything in our life more useful, more valuable. It will give us twice as much time to do everything.” ] Link

**********FUNNY MONEY & MALWARE – BIGGEST Heist of the century? –> Hackers may have perpetrated the biggest bank robbery of all time when they gained access to the computer systems of 100 banks in 30 countries. They may have gotten away with close to a billion dollars, report David Sanger and Nicole Perlroth for the NYT, but nobody can say for sure because “no bank has come forward acknowledging the theft.”

****Yet another use for the word Matrix when “thinking” makes you a terror suspect:

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Straight Talk

J Glenn Evans

J Glenn Evans

NOTE from Lara: When J. Glenn writes, I post since he does not have a blog. Please read and share. J Glenn will read your comments here, too.

By J. Glenn Evans

This is an essay of thoughts, ideas and personal opinions of the author that may seem arbitrary, but are meant to challenge your thinking about ways and means of making this a better world for us all.  As you read this, just think “Why Not?  It might work, but here is something better; here is my idea.”  The 1% will not save us.  Their greed will destroy us all, even themselves if we do not stop them.  What we have been doing is not working, so it is time for some radical thoughts that break established rules that no longer work for the people.  If you have some ideas please feel free to present them.  Perhaps we can use them in an addendum issue, but please indicate whether you wish author credit or to be treated anonymously.

 

We have serious problems in our country and most of us know it.  They are not going to just go away by waiting.  To wait will lead to total destruction.  The destruction will not be limited to the economic system, but the environment and perhaps elimination of most of life, as we know it here on earth.  We have had plenty of warnings; just read the books and articles that are coming out.  If there is any life left in the future, many of the folks, now denigrated by the 1% and their media, will be called prophets.

Most of us know; that the corporate greed of banksters and big business have captured control of our government, not only of the legislative, but the executive and as well the judicial branch as high as the Supreme Court.  So what can we do about it?  First, we must realize that nothing is going to change until we the people have a change in mindset and develop the backbone of determination to break the power of those who are running things.  It is awesome, but we must face reality.  We cannot expect the governments of the world to make the necessary changes like stopping wars and start taking care of people’s needs.  They never have and they never will because there are too many powerful people that find war and conflict profitable.  Loss of lives mean little to them.  They have no use for people unless they can be used as cheap labor or as profit-making consumers.  They create money by manipulating values as has been done on Wall Street, banker dollar manufacturing with compound interest and government-financed cheap interest rates to bankers.  Then they stick it to us with debt enslavement and keep us chained to loan pits, rising rents and humbled with economic fear.

Our country started out with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all.  (See readers comment at the end on this thought.)  This has all been hopelessly destroyed by greed and corruption.  War crimes take place before our very eyes.  Our Constitution has been trashed by unconstitutional laws, such as Homeland Security Act, the Patriot’s Act, the Military Commissions Act, and the NDAA that allows the president to maintain a kill list that even includes American citizens without the benefit of a trial.  The present Supreme Court fails to act by condemning such laws as unconstitutional.  The system of Fascism, a partnership between big business and government, that we do not openly admit, has crept upon us.  The corruption between big business and government has gotten so bad it is beyond repair.

Great wealth is based on exploitation of the indigenous peoples, the laboring and creative people of the world.  Thomas Paine called them brigands.  Financial manipulators steal from the real creators of wealth.  Then with their ill-gotten wealth they outbid everyone else; drive them to the brink of slavery.  They buy control of our governments, and then change the laws to make their actions legal.  Resources of this world are for all life, not reserved for a few rich grabbers.  Why should one person accumulate enough for a thousand lifetimes and a thousand families go hungry and unsheltered.  This hogged-up wealth has not been created, but taken from others.  Food, shelter, health care, and public education of our young must be brought about for all of our citizens.

To break their power and save our world, we can start by building an alternate economy and bring our food production and processing close to home.  If you have some vacant land, grow food.  What you don’t need you can sell or give away.  We as individuals can start by shopping locally, dealing with locally owned and operated banks, credit unions, co-ops and farmers markets.  We must break up the large monoculture firms that are destroying our soil.  Put those engaged in parasitical industries to producing goods and services that people really need, as well as rebuilding and repairing the damage that unregulated capitalism has created.

Change will not come easy.  The 1%, who rules the world, will not give up without a fight.  The only way real change for the betterment of humanity can be made is just like when feudalism was replaced by capitalism, the power of those in control has to be broken.  We have all seen how great wealth is used to subvert our democracy.  Historically, gross inequality leads to revolutions, most often bloody.  We need a massive worldwide equalization tax that will take into public ownership all wealth accumulation that exceeds ten million dollars per individual ownership and tax annual income that exceeds one million dollars at the rate of 95%.  If the rich, such as Rockefellers, the CEOs and such can no longer support their mansions, they can always take in boarders.  Tax loopholes and shelters are to be eliminated.  They make a mockery of a fair and just tax system.

The Supreme Court in allowing unlimited and undisclosed private campaign finance has totally corrupted our election process.  On political campaigns and elections all private finance contributions that exceeds $5.00 per person to show public support must be removed from our elections.  People who can get 200 signatures of support with a $5.00 donation can draw a small stipend for campaign costs.  All media companies that utilize public airwaves must devote 20% of all time slots 30 days prior to election days to free use by qualified candidates as a royalty to the public for use of our airwaves.  Unless the Supreme Court withdraws this unlimited private finance of elections, we must tax campaign contributions that exceed $5 at a rate of 50% or higher if necessary and us the proceeds to public finance those qualified candidates who accept no greater campaign contribution then $5 per person or institution.  Election days should be declared holidays for those who actually vote.  No one serves in the same elected office more than two consecutive times.  If they leave public office they are not permitted to serve as lobbyists calling on their former associates prior to 4 years.

All the assets of the briber and all the assets of the public official accepting the bribe shall be taken into public ownership as a penalty for their crimes.  All banks must be taken into public ownership and if not, they are to be regulated as public utilities, without musical chairs played between the banking industry and the regulators.

Lobbyists who work to press their agenda on public officials are to be treated like any other private citizen and take their place in line to plead their case with public officials.  Bribes and perks offered public officials by lobbyists or any other persons or institutions are treated with the same stringent penalties as any other briber with confiscation of their assets and even jail time.

A thorough re-examination of all people in prison is to be made and those deemed not a danger to society are to be released to halfway houses for rehabilitation to society.  When qualified for release, they shall be granted their freedom with full citizenship rights and with assistance in finding satisfactory employment based on their talent and ability.  Incarceration is a state responsibility subject to control of elected officials and no longer delegated to private industry to profit on the misery of others.  The death penalty is abolished worldwide; the state does not give life, therefore, it shall not take it.  Incarceration for crimes shall lean toward rehabilitation rather than vengeance.  Except for a modest personal stipend for work expended while incarcerated, value produced shall go for their upkeep and to compensate victims of their crimes.

Why should one owe allegiance to a government that denies their right to vote?  Every citizen of legal age shall have a vote, both in and out of prison with severe penalties on those who thwart this right.  When laws are made that affect all our lives, voting is a right, not a privilege.  If state legislatures and the federal government do not take steps to open up the right to vote for all citizens of legal age, we the people have a right and a duty to organize and elect people’s legislatures and a people’s congress with universal voting right to all citizens of legal age and to make these legislative bodies that have become owned and controlled by the 1% superfluous because they no longer represent the people.

We the peoples of the world shall set up an International Parliament with representatives subject to recall by those who elected them.  Representatives in turn shall elect the executives to carry out the laws and functions to protect human rights as called for in the UN’s International Declaration of Human Rights for all people regardless of race or gender, settlement of international conflicts and holding state criminals to account.  National sovereignties may not subvert the rulings of this international body, but may request a vote of membership of this international body on the ruling of the executive administration at the next annual meeting of that body.  During the meantime they must desist in the outlawed action.  All national armies are to be abolished, except for limited national guard for internal emergencies and subject to call by the International Parliament in protection of human rights and maintain international peace when abuses of power come into being.  No nation shall maintain weapons of mass destruction.  If such weapons exist, they shall come under the ownership and control of all.

World populations must be brought under control or we all will perish from destruction of environment and wars for resources.  Peer pressure and taxation should limit offspring to no more than one child per couple during their lifetimes at least until world population declines to a sustainable level.  There should no purchase of breeding rights permitted from others who do not produce offspring.  If peer pressure and taxation do not work, then more severe measures must be taken.  Perhaps draconian, but what can be more severe than war and destruction of all.

Our local police shall be subject to public oversight and police brutality shall become a thing of the past.  We must have a highly trained police force that operates with integrity in protecting the citizens and maintaining the peace and laws of the land.  We have had presidents assassinated with the complicity of members of government, mass murder by the likes of 9-11, peace and environmental activists prosecuted and criminalized by the present ruling regime and the present system not holding to account those responsible for these crimes.

There is no turning back.  We the people must act.  We will replace our corporate toadies in office with people who will truly represent the people and bring corrupt officials to justice.

The ruling few along with international Zionism have usurped and used our government to the neglect of our own people for their own private interests and for the benefit of Israel.  Remember the USS Liberty, Rachel Corrie and 911 triggering the Iraq war.  They have turned our government into an international bully that is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity that would be punishable by a Nuremberg type trial if we did not have our present military might.  Those who hold dual citizenship of US and Israel or any other country should not be permitted to hold public office here in the US.

Change is an awesome task, but we must not lose hope and we must not shirk the responsibility to our kids and grandkids and those who follow.  Again, I repeat, resources of this earth are for all life and not reserved for a few rich grabbers.  Why should one person accumulate enough for a thousand lifetimes and a thousand families go hungry and unsheltered?  I believe like the Jewish activist, the late Abe Osheroff, often said, “If you believe you are right, even if you know you are going to lose, you keep trying.”  Others who come later may pick up the gauntlet and carry on the fight for justice.

 Copyleft 2015  J. Glenn Evans  (Feel free to copy and distribute as broadly as possible)

J. Glenn Evans: Founder of PoetsWest and Activists for a Better World, hosts PoetsWest at KSER 90.7FM, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show, and is author of four books of poetry: Deadly Mistress, Window in the Sky, Seattle Poems and Buffalo Tracks, author of three novels, Broker Jim, Zeke’s Revenge and Wayfarers with The Last Lumber Baron as a works in process.  Evans is a former stockbroker-investment banker.  Part Cherokee, native of Oklahoma.  Lived in Seattle 54 years and since December of 2014 has resided in Olympia, Washington.  Worked in a lumber mill, operated a mining company and co-produced a movie, Christmas Mountain, with Mark Miller and co-starring Slim Pickens.  Evans, an award-wining poet and in addition to poetry books and novels, has written numerous political essays and is the author of several local community histories including a history of Seattle’s Pike Place Market.  Has been published in many literary Journals.  Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

 

Books by J. Glenn Evans

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THOUGHTS AND COMMENTS BY OTHERS:

“Our country started out with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all…”

No, this nation did not start out “with ideals of freedom, high hopes and aspirations of opportunities for the good life for all.” It started out by genociding several million indigenous people and stealing their land and enslaving them along with several million Black Africans. Our nation was born in genocide and slavery. Then we stole a good part of Mexico, slaughtered the people of the Philippines, then later in the 20th century A-bombed two civilian populations in Japan (the greatest two terrorist crimes of the war), & not long afterwards slaughtered millions of Koreans and then millions of Vietnamese while we kept murderous dictators as our surrogates in Latin America and Haiti, assisted the genocide of East Timor, the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, and most recently have destroyed Yugoslavia, the Libyan nation, Afghanistan and Iraq. No, this nation has never in its history been on the side of popular egalitarian democracy. You are living a myth—Anonymous-(did not indicate whether he wished to be identified)

 

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Harvard Classics: Charting the future

harvard classicsBy Lara/Trace Hentz

I am not writing this for pity or praise. I am writing this because the Harvard Classics were precious to me, filled with words and wisdom I’m still grateful for, then they were …lost.

Let me explain.

Many years ago, in northern Wisconsin on the Arrowhead of Lake Superior where I grew up, we were MILES from any library. We were not stranded by any means but our house was out in the country, outside the city limits of Superior. I’d need to walk two miles to get to the bus stop. I might ride the bus to visit a classmate, but not often. Mostly I’d ride my bike on Saturday to clean my grandma’s house. Rose lost her sight and needed a cornea transplant. (Sadly, the Mayo Clinic never called.) I’d clean for her and we’d talk all afternoon then I’d ride my bike home. That was pretty much a routine when I wasn’t in school Monday-Friday.

Maybe because of money, or because priority was attending Mass every weekend, I didn’t go to museums or the library on Saturday like many other kids. (We had very few class trips at my Catholic grade school.)  At some point my adoptive mom Edie did belong to a book club and cookbooks, Kona Tiki and a few other hardcovers laid around, but they were not interesting to me, not at that age. My adoptive dad Sev read hunting and fishing magazines. Good Housekeeping and other ladies magazines arrived in the mailbox too. Mom had invested in a set of Funk and Wagnall encyclopedias that we’d need to do homework in the 60s and 70s. (Remember this was long before computers and yes, I did read books from the school library.)

Then something brand new came by mail: THE HARVARD CLASSICS, green hardcover volumes full of philosophy, history, big new words and utter brilliance!  A world beyond Wisconsin in those 20 volumes changed my life.

I don’t know what Edie and Sev thought I’d make of my life but I was not expected to go to college. My parents didn’t have degrees so they didn’t offer to send me to college (obviously for lack of money).  So like any stubborn person, I decided I would go anyway… Maybe I was expected to stay in Wisconsin, work a railroad job, marry and have kids. That was what many of my classmates did, and I’m not saying that’s bad, but that really wasn’t MY plan.

My adoptive mom came from a big family and my cousins in Illinois were city kids who had access to lots of amenities, like museums, libraries and all expected to go to college. When my cousin Bobby was in seminary to become a priest, he told mom about the Harvard Classics. And slowly but surely, the Harvard Classics arrived at our door, one by one. (I don’t know what those books cost her but it wasn’t cheap.)

I spent days reading these classics: probably the most notable and memorable to me was this volume: Plato, Epictetus and Marcus Aurelius (see photo). The world was much bigger than Wisconsin because of these philosophers, these authors… I knew I could not go to Harvard but I could read. I could expand my own mind on my own time.

Fast forward: I traveled to Wisconsin in 1996 because Edie had a short bout with breast cancer and it was resolved with a minor surgery. After a few days home, mom asked me if I’d live there again, in northern Wisconsin, since my divorce had happened in 1995. I was free to live anywhere. I hesitated because I was not sure this was a good choice for me career-wise, but I said, “Sure, Mom!”  She was happy. She cried. I cried. This was not an easy decision to make after living in places like Seattle and Portland. They were bursting with museums, libraries, book talks and culture!

Trapped in Wisconsin blizzards, some lasting four days or longer, I started to read the Harvard Classics again.  And slowly but surely, they worked their magic on me again and helped me see things in a new light. I looked for work as a writer-journalist and did find work as an editor pretty quickly. (There were very few jobs.) (I worked for a weekly first then a national Native newspaper, News From Indian Country.) By 1999 I moved to Connecticut for an editor job at the Pequot Times! (Mom pushed me to take it. I really didn’t want to leave her again.)

By 2006, it was very hard when I found out Edie was losing her memory. It could have been dementia or Alzheimers or Lyme Disease. Nothing was going to bring Mom back from that hellish descent. I spent as much time in Wisconsin as I could.

One trip home I could not find the Harvard Classics. They were not in the living room. They were gone. Someone had taken them. Mom couldn’t remember who. I asked her best friend and he had no idea. Mom refused to move out East to live with me, despite this condition getting worse. (Eventually she was moved to Oregon and lived out her final days there and died in 2011.)

Losing her is still hard, still hurts.

A few weeks ago, I found 20 volumes of Harvard Classics on EBay. I bid on the exact same green hardcovers, barely used. They are beautiful. They are here.  They are HOME.

They are more than books to me. I’ll admit I hugged a few of them.

I have two young grand girls. I can’t wait to share the Harvard Classics with them.

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(In case you hadn’t noticed I write once a week. I’m going to post early in the week because :-) this seems appropriate! And lots more interviews are ahead – so please follow by email…)

And if you have a chance, please visit THE MIX, a blog I co-edit with the brilliant Carol A. Hand on humanity’s mixed ancestry. We post on Wednesdays too! The essays are incredibly good. One thing I am sure of:  we must use our voice and our stories to embrace our collective future as humanity… We are all related! We truly are.

If you want me to interview you, don’t be shy! Send me an email: larahentz@yahoo.com

Familial estrangement

Lara/Trace:

Once an adoptee, always an adoptee.

Originally posted on Lucy Sheen actor writer filmmaker adoptee:

I’ve just finished reading this article:

Why Some Grown Kids Cut Off Their Parents

Could their estrangement be caused by how we raised them?

nottalkingtoyouThe reason that I read it was because it posted to a transracial adoption group. It was noted that whilst this article isn’t about adoptees it is, or might be relevant to adoptees and adoption circumstances.

That’s true for most “conditions,” “syndromes,” or any other medical and emotional state that a human being could suffer from. Whether a person is a biological relative, child or sibling or an adoptive child we can all suffer the same or similar problems.

Lets look at familial estrangement, as it relate to the adult adoptee. As unacceptable as it might be for blood relatives, the reaction, the often violent recriminations and vitriolic disapproval and condemnation that the adult adoptee is subjected to, is something else entirely.
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Death by Big Pharma: Are we safe?

“Death by medicine is a twenty-first century epidemic, and America’s war on drugs is clearly directed at the wrong enemy.” –Dr. Joseph Mercola

 “Prescription pills merely treat, or should I say bandage, undesirable behaviors and sensations as opposed to addressing the underlying root cause of the problem.” –Shelly M White LINK

 

 

By Trace Hentz

I had measles as a kid. I had mumps and chicken pox too. When I worked in a Duluth high school after I graduated from college, it was mandatory that the staff all get vaccinated.

In the 1990s in Seattle I took a class in herbal medicine and was taught that once you’d had a bug-virus, your body builds an immunity to it.  It stays inside you dormant. That’s not to say you can’t get a cold again but our body is always fighting bugs and healing itself – without any drug or pill. You get a fever to kill the bug-virus then if your immune system is working properly, your cold goes away.

The questions I have (and some of you have) are:  Are we safe? Are vaccines safe?  Can we trust the drug companies who make them?  Can we really trust BIG PHARMA? Are they truly concerned about us —or their profits, their patents, their shareholders, and their bottomline?

If you watch the news, it’s hard to know who to trust.

The compounding pharmacy in New England killed 51 people by contaminated shots! READ

Why is there an autism epidemic now? One in 68 kids are autistic.

Some flu shots didn’t work since they were made for a different flu strain?

Are some vaccines responsible for some deaths? Apparently.

If you’ve heard of heavy metal poisoning, we need to ask why would some vaccine drugs contain heavy metals like mercury?

We all know that Big Pharma are powerful modern-day drug cartels and profit machines. But are they immune to prosecution?

We all have read about doctors who are given big gifts and big incentives to push new drugs on us!

In many ways the media caused this vaccine outrage – are they doing their job reporting on BIG PHARMA? For the record, according to Nielsen TV, ad spending by the pharmaceutical industry was $2.4 billion in 2011. Can media really report on Big Pharma since they are America’s BIGGEST ADVERTISERS? Aren’t the drug companies killing us with constant television commercials which cause people to take too many prescriptions?

Prescription Drugs Kill Over 100,000 People Each YearREAD

So how do vaccines work?

A vaccine contains a killed or weakened part of a germ that is responsible for infection. Because the germ has been killed or weakened before it is used to make the vaccine, it cannot make the person sick. (REALLY? I wonder about that…) When a person receives a vaccine, the body reacts by making protective substances called “antibodies”. The antibodies are the body’s defenders because they help to kill off the germs that enter the body. In other words, vaccines expose people safely to germs, so that they can become protected from a disease but not come down with the disease. (NY State Health Dept.)

So Just Who Is Big Pharma?

The medicine production industry is presided over by a handful of huge organizations. What were already only a relative handful of large corporations at the turn of the millennium have in recent years become further agglomerated into an even smaller oligopolistic group that literally controls production of the vast majority of the world’s ‘legal drugs’! 

Some major players in the Big Pharma league include:

(…Check the box on any current, or the next, medication you are prescribed and you’ll likely see one or other of these ‘Big Pharma’ names emblazoned thereon…and if, by chance, you don’t then likely it will be a wholly-owned subsidiary!)

These ‘Druggernauts’ are now too large, and too powerful to stop them from making many more multi-billion annual increments in their turnover figures! Annual ‘legal’ drug sales turnover is in the ball-park of $500 Billion and rising rapidly!

And in a world where money talks, be sure that that Big Pharma ploughs plenty (if still only a fraction of their profits) into paying not only an army of Reps as discussed to ‘butter-up’ the purveyors of pills, but also lobbyists to keep their agendas firmly in front of political decision makers.

KEEP READING

In 2007, the headlines were drug companies were moving their manufacturing to make more profits. What safeguards did we lose?

In Puerto Rico, costs send pharma packing

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Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced that it will be shutting down one of its three manufacturing plants in Puerto Rico but will shift the 100 full-time employees currently to another facility in the country.  The company said that it will shutter the plant at the end of 2015 because it produces small-molecule drugs, which only make up a minor portion of the company. Some of these drugs have seen their sales drop as a result of lost patents, according to the Indianapolis Star.The Puerto Rico site will soon be put up for sale, and the company will take a $170 million charge against its earnings in the fourth quarter of 2014 as a result of the shutdown. – More: http://www.biospace.com/news_story.aspx?StoryID=350432#sthash.51aV3njA.dpuf

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Systematic” –> Iraqi children are becoming the victims of “systematic sexual abuse, including sexual slavery” in areas controlled by the Islamic State, according to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. AFP reports that they also are being forced to serve as child soldiers.
Preventing the next outbreak –>  reports for the LAT that two California state lawmakers are proposing a bill that would restrict parents’ ability to opt out of vaccinating their kids. Details haven’t yet been released, and certain religious exemptions may still be allowed.

Press Release: Steve Dragswolf is the New Manager of Blue Hand Books

Lara/Trace:

BIG BLUE NEWS! Had to share!

Originally posted on Blue Hand Books:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Steve Dragswolf will take over managing responsibilities from retiring founder and manager Trace DeMeyer

By John Christian Hopkins

Steve Dragswolf, new manager of Blue Hand Books Steve Dragswolf, new manager of Blue Hand Books

February 2, 2015 – Steve Dragswolf, 31, is about to take on the biggest challenge of his young career – he’s heading up Blue Hand Books, a literary cooperative of Native American artists and authors.

Dragswolf is Hidatsa, from the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota, and grew up in Albuquerque, N.M. He will be taking over the manager position from Blue Hand Books founder Trace DeMeyer.

He has had a love for writing since elementary school, got away from it for a bit and then returned thanks, sort of, to the Lone Ranger.

“Early in college, I picked up Sherman Alexie’s short story collection “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven” and was brought so deep into those stories…

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Vero Rising: Propaganda Again? #adoption #validvoices

By Trace Hentz (adopted by strangers in 1958)

I have a few words about this: I was not chosen. I was delivered. Seriously. I was available and handed over. Chosen? No. And I am no angel or angelic, not even close. I am sitting here shaking my head, thinking that ADOPTION PROPAGANDA WON! They won for years and are still winning.

What do I mean? The movies. The incredible amount of movies that depict adoption as heaven-sent, a miracle, a privilege. I think about the movies Arthur, Juno, Annie. Think of who adopted? Jane Fonda, Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Bob Hope, and that’s right off the top of my head?  It’s hundreds of celebrities!  I think about tons of old movies that got buried deep in our subconscious. That my friends is propaganda. And some Hollywood Stars (true serial adopters) were adopting from the notorious baby-seller serial-killer Georgia Tann.

Read this if you don’t believe me.

Georgia Tann: adoption architect, child advocate, and baby killer

A single woman gives birth in a Memphis hospital to a healthy, blonde-haired, blue-eyed baby girl. The mother hears the baby’s cries but is so drugged she cannot respond; later, she requests to hold her child. “It was born stillborn,” says the nurse. “It’s been disposed of.” In reality a woman named Georgia Tann has taken the child, paid the nurse, and now the baby is in the care of Tann’s children’s home because a wealthy couple has requested a blonde haired, blue-eyed female. Scenes like this played out for almost 30 years in Memphis, Tennessee.

For years, Georgia Tann ran an illegal adoption agency; she stole, bought, sold, and abused children. She was never punished for her illegal activity.

Georgia Tann was probably one of the most prolific child abusers, murderer, and baby thief in United States history. The repercussions of her work have had a ripple effect for decades. Tann was able to buy, sell, steal, and murder children without punishment, making millions of dollars in her lifetime. She did not work alone; she bribed and paid off judges, law enforcement, media, attorneys, medical personnel, and the Memphis Mayor known for his political shadiness and illegal activity: E.H. “Boss” Crump. These people assisted in arranging illegal custodies, skirting adoption laws or creating loopholes from which to operate, changing birth and death certificates, and falsifying background information. Tann employed “spotters” to scout for children to steal and parents to scam.

Tann and her crew stole newborns from hospitals, kidnapped and abducted children from their homes or on the street, and tricked single and widowed mothers into signing over their parental rights. From the 1920’s into the 1950’s it is impossible to know how many children went through Tann’s Tennessee Children’s Home Society. Many children died as a result of neglect and abuse; in 1945 it is estimated 40-50 children died in less than four months while housed in the illegally operated home. Children were starved, beaten, molested, mentally abused, and received no medical attention. Pedophiles were employed at the home, including Tann. She sold the children without conducting background checks on the adopters. She falsified records and extorted adoptive homes. She used the children as pawns; for example, she adopted out children to politicians, and then threatened to take the child back if the political families did not support legislation in her favor. Children were sold or given away like prizes in Memphis newspapers. “(We have) the merchandise in hand and in stock to deliver to you” a 1944 letter read to a prospective client. “We can never tell when we can fill an order,” another letter explained (source). There seemed to be no limit to what the Tennessee Children’s Home Society could do.

Georgia Tann dealt with only white children.

Blonde hair and blue eyes brought the highest price. She lied about the child’s intellect and health to fit the adoptive parent’s desires. People ordered children as if they were ordering furniture, and Tann gladly supplied the demands, charging astronomical figures. She sold children to known molesters, abusers, for labor (one child toiled in a field at 18 hour days, eventually running away). She sold a baby to replace a dead baby. If the adoptive family angered her or would not bend to her extortive demands, she would remove the child. Her client list included Joan Crawford, June Allyson, Pearl Buck, Lana Turner, politicians, sports figures, mobsters, and those in societies “upper crust.” Her victims were poor, desperate, or worst. A few reporters bravely penned the truth about Tann; they were taken to state lines, beaten near death, and run out of town.

In public, Georgia Tann spoke out loudly against child abuse, baby selling, corruption, and advocated child welfare reform. (Sure she did!) — In private she sexually, physically, and mentally abused her charges, some of which were buried in the yard due to neglect.

Tann was never punished for her deeds. Some of the practices she utilized are still part of the adoption process today. Many adults, sold as children, continue to seek out their siblings, family members, and birth parents and reveal horrific memories of abuse. It seems the evil done by Georgia Tann will never be undone.

And we always have new books and movies to contend with – like adoptees as the Chosen One. Not one word about child trafficking, or how people who will do anything to buy a baby, or how someone has to lose their baby so someone else can adopt… (sigh) The fact that across American laws exist that prevent adoptees from receiving their adoption file or their original birth certificate is also a sign that ADOPTION PROPAGANDA won – at least in all but 14 states so far. There are too many secrets – it’s those who adopt who don’t want the truth to be told or known…

Laurice Elehwany Molinari’s Vero Rising hits February 4th, the book that debuts “The Ether” series. It’s an action-packed fantasy wrapped in the magical adventures of twelve-year-old Vero Leland (adoptee) reminiscent of the award winning “Harry Potter” books, a series readers of all ages will identify with and want more of.

REVIEW:

Veteran Hollywood film and TV writer Laurice Elehwany Molinari bursts into the children’s book world with an outstanding debut novel, The Ether: Vero Rising—a fantastical middle grade story on good vs. evil.

As a baby, Vero had been left abandoned at a hospital. Under very unusual circumstances he was adopted by a loving family, Nora and Dennis Leland and their daughter Clover. Although his mother, Nora, does her best to provide the most normal family experiences possible, it is clear that Vero is anything but. Throughout his childhood, Vero has had the most incredible sense that he can fly. When the urge becomes so strong that he steps off the roof of his house, his life changes forever as his destiny to become a guardian angel begins to manifest. After some dangerous and otherworldly experiences, he finds himself in a surreal place known as the Ether, the spiritual realm that surrounds Earth, where he must go through training and practice skills like flying and listening to his inner voice. While these activities sound angelic and blissful, competition between budding guardian angels (fledglings), battles against mythical creatures, as well as demons known as maltures, keep Vero and readers on the edge of their seat challenging the spiritual and moral mind.

Molinari does a wonderful job building tension, drama, and suspense as Vero is transported back-and-forth between the Ether and Earth. With her carefully plotted storytelling, readers come to realize that there is a connection between what Vero needs to accomplish in the Ether and in his life on Earth if he is to become fully actualized as a guardian angel—and possibly not just any guardian angel, but a Chosen One meant to fulfill an even bigger prophecy.

This is a book for children that live for action and excitement. Molinari has created a well-developed protagonist to connect with, and kids ready to take on Vero’s spiritual journey will not be disappointed—they’ll be more than ready for the next book in what’s shaping up to be an exciting series. -Children’s Book Review

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you feeling this too?

By Lara Trace

I don’t know about you but I’m tired. It’s dark out there.

(BAM) … we see madmen/madwomen scurrying around everywhere, literally everywhere we look – people in panic mode and fear!

I am known as optimistic about everything. I am, actually. Even as an adoptee, even as a traumatized child, even as a journalist who has witnessed some pretty horrific stuff, even as a splitfeather with a foot in two worlds, I’ve never lost my hope for the future.

But I sense a foreboding darkness descending on the planet. We humans are all entering into this. I don’t imagine we have to be “dark” ourselves (as in depressed) but it’s hard not to notice all the upsetting news, arrests and protests, grim predictions, earth changes, as we’re experiencing a tumultuous time of great unrest and change. We all have feelings and those feelings are collectively affecting the weather, the planet and the climate. We are being traumatized by this time period…we truly are.

Imagine if you are “down” how that can travel like a wave – and if many are feeling the same way, it can be seen as a “flow” of sadness/depression/trauma/fear, and with so many humans feeling that same “down”…this can transmit and will travel like a dark wave.

I know and you know that human beings are sensitive. Really sensitive! And what we perceive around us can and does actually affect us. How do we not experience this?

We will experience it. We cannot not experience trauma. We are in touch with this physical realm if we are living and breathing. (Trauma literally cracks you open…)

But but but… it hurts…. how might we avoid it? We don’t. We can’t. And we must not be afraid! (Some do believe that power thrives on collective fear. They use fear to control.)

How we can lift ourselves is truth, with humility. Speak truth to yourself, to your mate, to your kids, to your friends. Be completely truth-full. Be mind-full. Then be kind to yourself and to others!

Look around you. What’s not right for you? Admit what you don’t need and let it go. What can you do to make it better? Feel what you feel – but please don’t bury it or deny it.  See it. Feel it. Release it and let it go…

You don’t have to fix the world. You only have to fix YOU! (and if you do fix you, you can change the world and that wave.)

I tell myself: Be grateful you are feeling. Be glad you are not a psychopath or narcissistic. Be glad you are able to know what is happening and this collective human trauma is necessary to break us free (as in we are birthing a new world). Whatever darkens our path doesn’t need to darken us!

If I could reach through the ethers and hug you, I would. Trust me. It’s gonna be alright. Eventually.

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I’m patching a wall hanging by upcycling denim (like this photo) – please make something you can look at and LOVE. Trust me! You will feel better when you create…

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Remembering assassination: the good die young

Martin Luther King,                            Jr. speaking at the University of Minnesota                            in St. Paul

Reposted on the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. King. MB

This will be a very short diary. It will not contain any links or any scholarly references. It is about a very narrow topic, from a very personal, subjective perspective.
The topic at hand is what Martin Luther King actually did, what it was that he actually accomplished.
What most people who reference Dr. King seem not to know is how Dr. King actually changed the subjective experience of life in the United States for African Americans. And yeah, I said for African Americans, not for Americans, because his main impact was his effect on the lives of African Americans, not on Americans in general. His main impact was not to make white people nicer or fairer. That’s why some of us who are African Americans get a bit possessive about his legacy. Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, despite what our civil religion tells us, is not color blind.
Head below the fold to read about what Martin Luther King, Jr. actually did.
I remember that many years ago, when I was a smartass home from first year of college, I was standing in the kitchen arguing with my father. My head was full of newly discovered political ideologies and black nationalism, and I had just read the Autobiography of Malcolm X, probably for the second time.
A bit of context. My father was from a background, which if we were talking about Europe or Latin America, we would call, “peasant” origin, although he had risen solidly into the working-middle class. He was from rural Virginia and his parents had been tobacco farmers. I spent two weeks or so every summer on the farm of my grandmother and step-grandfather. They had no running water, no gas, a wood burning stove, no bathtubs or toilets but an outhouse, potbelly stoves for heat in the winter, a giant wood pile, a smoke house where hams and bacon hung, chickens, pigs, semi wild housecats that lived outdoors, no tractor or car, but an old plow horse and plows and other horse drawn implements, and electricity only after I was about 8 years old. The area did not have high schools for blacks and my father went as far as the seventh grade in a one room schoolhouse. All four of his grandparents, whom he had known as a child, had been born slaves. It was mainly because of World War II and urbanization that my father left that life.
They lived in a valley or hollow or “holler” in which all the landowners and tenants were black. In the morning if you wanted to talk to cousin Taft, you would walk down to behind the outhouse and yell across the valley, “Heeeyyyy Taaaaft,” and you could see him far, far in the distance, come out of his cabin and yell back.
On the one hand, this was a pleasant situation because they lived in isolation from white people. On the other hand, they did have to leave the valley to go to town where all the rigid rules of Jim Crow applied. By the time I was little, my people had been in this country for six generations (going back, according to oral rendering of our genealogy, to Africa Jones and Mama Suki), much more under slavery than under freedom, and all of it under some form of racial terrorism, which had inculcated many humiliating behavior patterns.
Anyway, that’s background. I think we were kind of typical as African Americans in the pre-civil rights era went.
So anyway, I was having this argument with my father about Martin Luther King and how his message was too conservative compared to Malcolm X’s message. My father got really angry at me. It wasn’t that he disliked Malcolm X, but his point was that Malcolm X hadn’t accomplished anything as Dr. King had.
I was kind of sarcastic and asked something like, so what did Martin Luther King accomplish other than giving his “I have a dream speech.”
Before I tell you what my father told me, I want to digress. Because at this point in our amnesiac national existence, my question pretty much reflects the national civic religion view of what Dr. King accomplished. He gave this great speech. Or some people say, “he marched.” I was so angry at Mrs. Clinton during the primaries when she said that Dr. King marched, but it was LBJ who delivered the Civil Rights Act.
At this point, I would like to remind everyone exactly what Martin Luther King did, and it wasn’t that he “marched” or gave a great speech.
My father told me with a sort of cold fury, “Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south.”
Please let this sink in and and take my word and the word of my late father on this. If you are a white person who has always lived in the U.S. and never under a brutal dictatorship, you probably don’t know what my father was talking about.
But this is what the great Dr. Martin Luther King accomplished. Not that he marched, nor that he gave speeches.
He ended the terror of living as a black person, especially in the south.
I’m guessing that most of you, especially those having come fresh from seeing The Help, may not understand what this was all about. But living in the south (and in parts of the midwest and in many ghettos of the north) was living under terrorism.
It wasn’t that black people had to use a separate drinking fountain or couldn’t sit at lunch counters, or had to sit in the back of the bus.
You really must disabuse yourself of this idea. Lunch counters and buses were crucial symbolic planes of struggle that the civil rights movement used to dramatize the issue, but the main suffering in the south did not come from our inability to drink from the same fountain, ride in the front of the bus or eat lunch at Woolworth’s.
It was that white people, mostly white men, occasionally went berserk, and grabbed random black people, usually men, and lynched them. You all know about lynching. But you may forget or not know that white people also randomly beat black people, and the black people could not fight back, for fear of even worse punishment.
This constant low level dread of atavistic violence is what kept the system running. It made life miserable, stressful and terrifying for black people.
White people also occasionally tried black people, especially black men, for crimes for which they could not conceivably be guilty. With the willing participation of white women, they often accused black men of “assault,” which could be anything from rape to not taking off one’s hat, to “reckless eyeballing.”
This is going to sound awful and perhaps a stain on my late father’s memory, but when I was little, before the civil rights movement, my father taught me many, many humiliating practices in order to prevent the random, terroristic, berserk behavior of white people. The one I remember most is that when walking down the street in New York City side by side, hand in hand with my hero-father, if a white woman approached on the same sidewalk, I was to take off my hat and walk behind my father, because he had been taught in the south that black males for some reason were supposed to walk single file in the presence of any white lady.
This was just one of many humiliating practices we were taught to prevent white people from going berserk.
I remember a huge family reunion one August with my aunts and uncles and cousins gathered around my grandparents’ vast breakfast table laden with food from the farm, and the state troopers drove up to the house with a car full of rifles and shotguns, and everyone went kind of weirdly blank. They put on the masks that black people used back then to not provoke white berserkness. My strong, valiant, self-educated, articulate uncles, whom I adored, became shuffling, Step-N-Fetchits to avoid provoking the white men. Fortunately the troopers were only looking for an escaped convict. Afterward, the women, my aunts, were furious at the humiliating performance of the men, and said so, something that even a child could understand.
This is the climate of fear that Dr. King ended.
If you didn’t get taught such things, let alone experience them, I caution you against invoking the memory of Dr. King as though he belongs exclusively to you and not primarily to African Americans.
The question is, how did Dr. King do this—and of course, he didn’t do it alone.
(Of all the other civil rights leaders who helped Dr. King end this reign of terror, I think the most under appreciated is James Farmer, who founded the Congress of Racial Equality and was a leader of nonviolent resistance, and taught the practices of nonviolent resistance.)
So what did they do?
They told us: Whatever you are most afraid of doing vis-a-vis white people, go do it. Go ahead down to city hall and try to register to vote, even if they say no, even if they take your name down.  
Go ahead sit at that lunch counter. Sue the local school board. All things that most black people would have said back then, without exaggeration, were stark raving insane and would get you killed.
If we do it all together, we’ll be okay.
They made black people experience the worst of the worst, collectively, that white people could dish out, and discover that it wasn’t that bad. They taught black people how to take a beating—from the southern cops, from police dogs, from fire department hoses. They actually coached young people how to crouch, cover their heads with their arms and take the beating. They taught people how to go to jail, which terrified most decent people.
And you know what? The worst of the worst, wasn’t that bad.
Once people had been beaten, had dogs sicced on them, had fire hoses sprayed on them, and been thrown in jail, you know what happened?
These magnificent young black people began singing freedom songs in jail.
That, my friends, is what ended the terrorism of the south. Confronting your worst fears, living through it, and breaking out in a deep throated freedom song. The jailers knew they had lost when they beat the crap out of these young Negroes and the jailed, beaten young people began to sing joyously, first in one town then in another. This is what the writer, James Baldwin, captured like no other writer of the era.
Please let this sink in. It wasn’t marches or speeches. It was taking a severe beating, surviving and realizing that our fears were mostly illusory and that we were free.
So yes, Dr. King had many other goals, many other more transcendent, non-racial, policy goals, goals that apply to white people too, like ending poverty, reducing the war-like aspects of our foreign policy, promoting the New Deal goal of universal employment, and so on. But his main accomplishment was ending 200 years of racial terrorism, by getting black people to confront their fears. So please don’t tell me that Martin Luther King’s dream has not been achieved, unless you knew what racial terrorism was like back then and can make a convincing case you still feel it today. If you did not go through that transition, you’re not qualified to say that the dream was not accomplished.
That is what Dr. King did—not march, not give good speeches. He crisscrossed the south organizing people, helping them not be afraid, and encouraging them, like Gandhi did in India, to take the beating that they had been trying to avoid all their lives.
Once the beating was over, we were free.
It wasn’t the Civil Rights Act, or the Voting Rights Act or the Fair Housing Act that freed us. It was taking the beating and thereafter not being afraid. So, sorry Mrs. Clinton, as much as I admire you, you were wrong on this one. Our people freed ourselves and those Acts, as important as they were, were only white people officially recognizing what we had done.

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In the News

 

Former slaves built new lives in Maine

Historian Candace Kanes tells about the impact of freed slaves in Maine following the Civil War.

By Keith Edwards | Kennebec Journal |  Portland Press Herald | January 20, 2015

RICHMOND — Leeds native Gen. Oliver Otis Howard helped bring hundreds of escaped and freed slaves to Maine to find new lives as free men and women, though for many that meant toiling on farms or in quarries for low wages in rural communities where they were often the only black people in town.

Howard, historian Candace Kanes told about 50 people at the Southard House Museum on Monday, helped numerous former slaves start new, free lives, both during the Civil War and after, when he was commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau, a federal government agency that aided freed slaves after the war.

Read more: http://www.pressherald.com/2015/01/20/former-slaves-built-new-lives-in-maine/

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 Mauritania activists jailed as police quash resurgent anti-slavery protests

 Monica Mark | West Africa correspondent | The Guardian | 17 January 2015

Police used teargas to disperse protesters, after three anti-slavery activists – including a presidential runner-up – were jailed amid a resurgent anti-slavery movement in the nation with the world’s highest rate of the practice.

Biram Ould Abeid, the head of an anti-slavery group, who came second in presidential polls in Mauritania last year, was handed a two-year jail sentence alongside fellow human rights defenders Brahim Bilal and Djiby Sow.

Himself the son of freed slaves, Ould Abeid and seven others were arrested in November, after they began criss-crossing the desert country to raise awareness of land rights among Haratines, or black Mauritanians, who were historically enslaved by lighter-skinned compatriots. Haratines are often forced to give up a portion of their crops to the traditional masters.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/jan/17/mauritania-anti-slavery-activists-jailed-biram-ould-abeid

A Chat with PoetsWest founder J Glenn Evans

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J Glenn Evans

By Lara Trace

Thanks to the world-wide-web, blogging can connect people to past, present and future in brand new ways… and we make new friends who become our relatives.

As promised, I’m interviewing some of my most inspiring friends. One of them is renown Seattle poet J. Glenn Evans (Cherokee). He’s contributed to this blog numerous times over the past five years. J Glenn and I first met online after my memoir came out and we soon discovered we have a mutual friend — the legendary Seattle record label exec JERRY DENNON, my old boss/employer at Jerden Records back in the early 90s.

Jerry Dennon is best known for producing hits like “Louie Louie” when he was The Kingsmen’s producer thirty years earlier… I spent about a year working as Mr. Dennon’s right- hand-assistant and helped him on his third incarnation into the music business when SEATTLE GRUNGE was just hitting its stride with bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam… I loved living and working in downtown Seattle… Dennon was going to reproduce some of his catalog and I helped him do that.

Jerry and J Glenn met as investment bankers/stock brokers.

By synchronicity then years later I meet J Glenn who is a truly prolific writer and poet and community organizer. It’s a small world and it just keeps getting smaller!

Here’s a bit about this trailblazer’s background and career:

Part Cherokee, and a native of Oklahoma, J Glenn Evans has lived in Seattle over 54 years beginning in 1960 and now resides in Olympia, Washington.  He worked in a lumber mill, operated a mining company and co-produced a movie, Christmas Mountain, with Mark Miller, starring Slim Pickens.  Evans, an award-wining poet, has written numerous political essays and is the author of several local community histories…

Now for some questions:

Where did you grow up and what was that experience like?

J Glenn Evans: I was born December 21, 1930 in Wewoka, Oklahoma, the capital of the Seminole Nation.  Many of my classmates were Seminole, including Amelia Brown, great-granddaughter of the famous Gov Brown, chief of the Seminole Nation around the Civil War period.

The 1930s were the days of the Great Depression and Dust Bowl.  I remember playing out in front of the house when my mother came out, grabbed me by the arm and yelled, “Come, we’ve got to get inside.”  I looked back and saw a wall of sand as high as I could see bearing down on us.  When we got inside the angry sand beat the windows and streamed under the doors.

We were sharecroppers and I was tired of Biscuits and Gravy all the time.  I asked my mother, “Could we have some eggs?”  She said, “We don’t have any.” I said, “I seen some in the icebox.” She said, “Those are Mr. Looneys. We sold ours to buy you school books.”

Those times were hard, but neighbors seemed to help each other.

Do you recall the first time you wrote something (story or poem) and knew it was good, or even great?  How old were you?

J Glenn: The earliest writing I did was a filler called “Expecting A New Baby” that was published in The American Baby and they paid me $5.00 for it.  Today that would be equivalent to $100 (a nickel candy bar then now sells for almost a buck).  This was a story that parents should prepare their children to expect a new brother or sister so they will not be jealous of the new baby.  At that time I was age 15.  I went on to write for the high school newspaper called the Little Tiger.  I wrote a story about two buddies and I camping out in the woods near the Wewoka Creek and being stalked by a cougar.  We’d seen what looked like cougar tracks on the creek bank earlier in the day and really believed that we had been stalk by a cougar.  With a little age I suspect it was our imagination.

Tell us about PoetsWest?  How can people hear the podcasts?

J. Glenn: I was writing lots of poetry and hosting three different poetry venues we called PoetsWest when a fellow member of Seattle Free Lances suggested that I contact the local radio station and propose a program on poetry.  She knew Ed Bremer, the manager of KSER90.7 FM of Everett, WA near Seattle.  She referred me to him. His reaction was “Who in the hell listens to poetry” but he said, “I’ll give you 30 minutes a week,” and he scheduled us on a remote Saturday afternoon when there were few listeners.  After two months he moved us up to his prime time, every Thursday at 6:30 pm on his Road Home show.  This was right before Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and has kept us on prime time for the past seven years.  You can listen to the two most recent program on our website.  Here is the link: http://www.poetswest.com/radio_programs.htm

You recently had to relocate from Seattle to Olympia.  What happened?

J. Glenn: After living in Seattle 54 years and in our apartment for 27 years, the Panorama House was sold to some eastern investors.  They gave us notice that we must vacate within six months.  If we wanted to return after their remodel job the rents would essentially double.  We told them and Seattle to “Go Jump” and moved to Olympia where we got the same square footage for $960 a month against $1400 we were paying that would have doubled to about $2800 if we returned.  To reflect our outrage I wrote an essay called, “We Have Moved” (read essay below). We will miss our lovely city of Seattle that we have called home for so many years and getting to see our close friends often, but Olympia reminds us of Seattle when we first came to Seattle in 1960 when the tallest building in town was the Smith Tower.

You asked me about having more than one name and you have this same issue. Care to explain?

J. Glenn: I too have had multiple names.  My original name was “Jackie Johnny Junior Glenn.”  My birth father’s name was John Glenn, whom my mother stayed married to only one year then they split. My mother was only 16 years of age.  My birth father, John Glenn, kidnapped me when I was one year old and took me to the Gulf of Mexico.

My mother re-married to Jefferson Davis Evans when I was four years old.   He went by J. D., being raised a southerner, when he was in the U.S. Marines.  He was the only father I knew until high school.  My mother never used my birth certificate name, but always called me Jackie Ray Evans.  When I was a teenager, I had an aunt who was a legal secretary.  She helped me to change my name legally to Jackie Ray Evans and as I grew up I used “Jack R. Evans.”

My mother’s brother, Uncle Harvey, raised my mother as she was only two years old when her own mother died in the 1918 flu epidemic.  This grandmother was where I got my Cherokee heritage.  She was a quarter Cherokee.  Mother knew her grandmother who was a half-breed Cherokee, but she never told me much about her.  Her last name was Harjo. I wish I had information on my great-great grandparent, who was a full blood Cherokee, but I guess that will never be.  But I honored him with my poem, “My Grandfather Spoke,” in my book, Buffalo Tracks. Although, my percentage of Indian is small, I have become more Indian in spirit than white.

I did not get to meet my birth father until I was in high school.  I liked him very much, though it did not lessen my love for my stepfather who raised me.  He had three boys and a girl so I discovered a new family.  He was office manager of the Loftland Drilling Company, a large oilfield supply company out of Oklahoma City.

When I shucked my career as a stockbroker and became a full time writer, I adopted the professional name of J. Glenn Evans, because I wanted to also honor my birthfather.  It worked out well.  There are hundreds of “Jack Evans” but only one or two J. Glenn Evans when you Google that name.  More people now know me as J. Glenn Evans than ever knew me as Jack Evans.  So with my names changes, you see how I can respect your selection of various names.  Thank God, I didn’t get stuck with Jackie Johnny Junior Glenn.

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WILL YOU BE NEXT?

You live in a neighborhood of educated, articulate, intelligent, and artistic people, or maybe just good old common folks.  These are your neighbors, relatives, people who have become dear friends over the years.  Then suddenly an outside force without any notice or negotiation comes in and says you all must all move; you have six months to get out.  Gone are your neighborhood and friends, a community destroyed.

This happens again and again and government does nothing to stop it.  With Panorama House in Seattle it is reported that the new owners paid in the range of $74 million for the property and budgeted up to $20 million for remodeling and upgrading.  According to present tenant laws, what happened to the people in Panorama House is legal. When Panorama House was constructed in 1962, the project was funded by the government and repaid by the tenants over the years.  Therefore, the tenants, not the former owners, paid equity into the building.  Laws that deeply favor the landlord must be changed to provide a more favorable balance between the owners and the tenants.  The tenants, who are being forced to relocate against their will, should be paid at least a $10,000 relocation fee, an amount that more favorably reflects what are the true costs of this unsettling.  This cost would only require another $2 million or 2% added to the budget.  The new buyers could have negotiated with the former owners to pay half of these costs in the deal.  After all, they have had a free ride all these years, receiving annual profits and a fabulous capital gain all paid for and earned by the tenants, who received nothing.  It’s time for new thinking about tenant’s rights with properties being hogged up by big corporations.

Speculative money is forcing long-term citizens/tenants out of their homes as in the recent sale of the Panorama House.  Some tenants have lived here over 40 years and many more over 20 years.  This has caused the destruction of a community of people who have contributed to the vitality of Seattle.  Many of these folks, who are now elderly, have been advised that if they want to move back in after remodeling, rents will essentially double to reflect market rates, an impossible cost for many of them.

Well, the market be damned.  It’s a capitalist tool of speculators, developers, bankers and money manipulators who artificially create their funny money that is used to push honest hardworking people to the brink.  Modern society must come to recognize that shelter, like food, healthcare and education, are not commodities to be manipulated by speculators who give the outrageous excuse that this is the market.  It’s time these vital necessities be treated like utilities and have their prices regulated based on costs and a reasonable profit, not manipulation and speculation.  Otherwise, these productive functions should be taken into public ownership and operated for the common good and not for personal private profit.  We need rent control to be regulated by the local communities, not prohibited or regulated by the state.  Local factors vary too much for the state to be involved in such regulation.  We also need a massive program of public housing that is sheltered from market manipulation.  Otherwise the heart and soul of our city will die.  Taxing the new construction projects that are crowding out and killing our older communities can finance this.

Rent control is not the only major problem our society is facing.  If the legislators do not change the laws to close the tax loopholes, take private money out of elections, provide a fairer, economic, social, criminal justice and wipe out this outrageous inequality by new tax laws, then we must change those who represent us.  They must also quit funding predatory wars, quit trashing our Constitution with unconstitutional laws that allow the so-called leaders to commit war crimes and violate international laws.  They must desist in interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and manipulating or destroying democratically elected leaders.  They must cease and desist in accepting corruption money from lobbyists and other bribers.  If these actions are not taken then we need to change our elected representatives before it becomes necessary for the people undertake stronger measures that they and their rich friends are blindly driving us to.

Due to the gross inequalities that have developed with mega capitalism, we need to devise a new system.  Socialism does not have all the answers, but frankly, I think it is time we take a realistic look at Socialism where rents are stable; healthcare is provided without bankrupting the citizens; our young folks are educated without a lifetime of debt hanging around their necks; everyone able to work is employed; everyone is cared for and provided food and shelter.

The resources of this earth are here for all life, not reserved for a few rich grabbers.  Why should one person have enough for a thousand lifetimes and a thousand families go hungry and unsheltered.  After seeing what big concentrations of money is doing to our democracy, we need an equalization tax.  Any private corporate ownership in the hands of one individual or institution, regardless of where they are headquartered, that exceeds $10 million should be taken into public ownership and any income that exceeds $1 million per year should be taxed 95%.  If the Rockefellers, Wall Street tycoons and CEOs can’t afford to keep up their mansions, they can always take in boarders.  Mega Buck psychopaths did not earn that wealth.  They get it by manipulation and speculation in casino gambling on Wall Street.

WHAT HAPPENED AT PANORAMA HOUSE MUST NOT HAPPEN AGAIN—WE MUST CHANGE THE LAWS OR THE LAW MAKERS WHO HAVE NOT ADDRESSED THIS PROBLEM

RENT CONTROL AND MORE PUBLIC HOUSING, GO GREEN!!  OR LET’S RECYCLE THE LEGISLATURES AND CITY COUNCILS WHO DO NOT ACT!!

SUPPORT THOSE WHO STAND STRONG FOR RENT CONTROL; SOMETHING WE MUST HAVE IN SEATTLE UNLESS WE WANT OUR ONCE WONDERFUL CITY TO BECOME KNOWN AS A SOULLESS GREEDSVILLE.

Copyleft 2014 J. Glenn Evans

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Broker JimJ. Glenn Evans, founder and director of PoetsWest, is the author of two novels, Broker Jim, and Zeke’s Revenge, and four books of poetry, Window In The Sky, Seattle Poems, Buffalo Tracks, and Deadly Mistress. His poems appear in the Poets Table Anthology (SCW Publications, 2002) and in diverse other publications. Under his real name, Jack R. Evans, he has authored several local community histories and two biographies. Click on books for a list of his publications, including a history of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. J. Glenn Evans was awarded the 1999 Faith Beamer Cooke Award by Washington Poets Association in recognition of service to the poetry community of Washington and the 2003 Seattle Free Lances Award for literary achievement. Evans is also the host and co-producer of PoetsWest on the air, a weekly program of poetry, music and interviews broadcast from KSER 90.7 FM in Everett, Washington. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.  J Glenn is past president of the Seattle Free Lances, AKCHO and the past vice president of the History Guild. His books can be purchased at the links above.

My deepest thanks to J Glenn for being a supporter of my poetry chapbooks and my memoir. He is a good friend and a true inspiration… Lara/Trace

Shoot first, ask later: Why the concept of “reasonable fear” is anything but reasonable

Shoot first, ask later: Why the concept of “reasonable fear” is anything but reasonable.

Up My Nose

Lara/Trace:

Important words from a friend who has taught me so much… Thank you Von.

Originally posted on The Life Of Von:

truthApart from those mothers 0f loss I deeply respect, have contact with and exchange views with, I stay  away  from mothers, because I have found it unproductive, irritating and unhelpful to engage in  any communication or discussion, it seems for them as well as for me. Here’s some of the reasons why it doesn’t work for me-

1) I have been an adoptee for over 70 years and will not be treated like a naughty or recalcitrant child

2) I will not be treated as if I am totally ignorant about adoption

3) I will not be patronised, ridiculed, bullied or misrepresented

4) I will not be told I’m doing something I’m not

5) I will not be preached at

6) I will not be told I’m making a mountain out of a molehill when I articulate part of my experience – as in ‘ she didn’t bring you up so what there is a…

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When Words Matter: An interview with poet Kim Shuck and artist Marcer Campbell