Need I say more?
I keep coming back to this theme. Feminism must be rooted in anti-imperialist, anti-war consciousness and action. This is particularly important in an era when powerful women who are in or aspire to be in high government positions call on us to support them in the name of feminism. Do we want heavy hitting women in key political places if they encourage, support, or pretend not to see the wars the U.S. in inflicting on so much of the world’s population? Is war-mongering feminist? I don’t think so.
This is my internationalist women’s symbol. The many colored circles are united and rooted through the vertical multi-colored line. The cross bar represents terrains far and near.
I am happy to announce these three images are now available at Syracuse Cultural Workers in various formats. Solidarity and Night Sky are available as posters, postcards, buttons, and magnets. Night Sky is also a holiday card. Hands Off Iran is available as a free downloadable poster. Go to https://www.syracuseculturalworkers.com/products?text=leslie+dwyer&sort_by=search_api_relevance&sort_bef_combine=search_api_relevance+DESC
The U.S. needs to join the responsible human race and sign the United Nations nuclear ban treaty. For information, check out The nuclear ban treaty: a missed US opportunity that can be redeemed in September, by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists: https://thebulletin.org/2017/07/the-nuclear-ban-treaty-a-missed-us-opportunity-that-can-be-redeemed-in-september/
Remembering Earth Day 1970. The energy, excitement, determination. How have we done?
We need our forests to breathe. According to American Forests, two mature trees provide enough oxygen for one person to breathe over the course of a year. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Oh, wait. Forests also improve our health by removing dust, ash, pollen, and smoke. Check out other forest facts and spread the word. As we work to protect our forests, we also need to pay attention to the safety conditions of our forest workers who suffer nine times the fatalities of the general US work population. For more information on forest worker safety check out http://lohp.org/forestry-workers/
Imagine being 7 or 12 or 15 and being afraid to leave your house for school, play, errands, life. Imagine your parents equally frightened, desperate, being forced to leave you or send you away in a scramble to help you survive. No parent, no child would undertake the very dangerous journey across borders to an unknown, hazardly mounting a train called la bestia — the beast. Economic, political injustice pushes children out. Injustice sends them back.
Walking. It’s supposed to be good for us, if we are able. Supposedly, doctors recommend 10,000 steps a day. Let’s think about this. If you take 10,000 steps and multiple it by the number of people on the planet, even factoring differences in the walking capacities, maybe working in a formula for rolling, that’s a lot of steps. Now, the important question, how many of the sum total of steps taken all around the world would be done in safety? For how many people does walking turn out to be not so good for them because while they were walking they were in the wrong skin, wrong gender, believing the wrong things, loving the wrong people, living in the wrong place?