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Everyone knows that I'm a big fan of Van Jones, and it's not just because he's hot. That's not why I chose to participate in 99% Spring, however.

I'm not one of those people who goes around worrying allot about co-option. I assume that if we all have the same goals, it doesn't matter much. [I was looking forward to non-violent training. I like the idea that there might be a more structured option that allows individuals to engage with the 99% movement. I went into this with an open mind.] I didn't think that 99%Spring was out to co-opt Occupy Wall Street.

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Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 07:50 AM PDT

Beautiful Sunday at Occupy Wall Street

by resa

On Sunday, I arrived at Liberty Park around 4:00 with another friend and her daughter who was eager to visit Occupy Wall Street. We dragged down my 800 pound djembe so that she could join the drum circle. I dropped them off there and went over to the other side of the park where I found members of #OccupyTheHood carrying on intense discussions.

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During the interview, the reporter asked him if he had talked to many people who are very angry. "There are no angry people here", he told her. "What about the people holding up the signs and yelling"? "That's not anger", he said, "that's passion".

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Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 08:10 AM PDT

Why is Joe Six-Pack afraid? Why am I?

by resa

I am around the same age as Obama.  Like Obama, my parents were mixed race. My father was an Anthropologist, as was Obama’s mother; I lived in another country as a child.  Like Obama, I grew up with a wider viewfinder than many Americans yet I’ve always thought that I was an American. Like America, I was the ultimate melting pot. I am descended from early white colonists and from slaves. I am descended from Europeans who immigrated to the United States in the 19th century.  I am not Joe Six Pack.

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I know that this diary may not get much attention but I couldn't live with myself if I didn't make the effort to remind people that this situation is still taking place. If I got you to look, I am pretty sure that I can speak for many people sitting in prison right now, "Thank you". Some of them have been suffering from untreated 1st degree burns resulting from the use of pepper spray.

Update: Please check out this great diary by doctorscience!

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Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 05:34 PM PDT

Are we paying attention?

by resa

Right now many of us are concentrating on whether or not VP nominee Gov. Palin has a baby that is her baby. In the meantime serious civil rights violations are taking place right under your nose. It's going to get worse.

It happened in 2000. It happened in 2004. It is happening now. It happens at the RNC, but it happens at the DNC too.

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You may believe that because Obama is now the democratic nominee for president that racism is dead. It isn't.

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Sun May 11, 2008 at 08:28 AM PDT

[Updated]Why My Mother deserves respect.

by resa

I've seen more than enough posts bashing those "older" HRC supporters.

My Mother was born in 1938. She was a child during WWII. She was a white woman and she married my black father in 1958. Many of her family members turned their backs on her. In the late 60's, my Mother joined the feminist movement.

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Sat Apr 19, 2008 at 05:09 PM PDT

Join a CSA!

by resa

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.

It's a day late for Earth Day, but this will be short and sweet. CSA's reduce the distance that your food is transported, support family farms, and allow you to get organic or minimally treated produce at a reasonable price. CSA's also have the advantage of providing nutritional alternatives to low income communities and individuals where fresh vegetables are hard to find or afford.

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The film "King Corn" will be aired on PBS this week. I'm looking forward to it. I love corn. I just don't like what we do with corn. In honor of "King Corn" I came up with some reasons to just say NO to corn.

What do the cost of food,  the food riots, overweight Americans, drug resistant disease and possibly the die off of bees all have in common?

Disclaimer: This is a biased post. I am pro small family farms and I am pro honey bees.  I belong to a CSA. I am a lifetime honey eater. I go through a large jar of the stuff every month. I am firmly opposed to High Fructose Corn Syrup.

Update: Here is a link to a more thorough diary on corn written earlier this week by CSI Bentonville:

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Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 07:00 PM PDT

Yes, it does matter...

by resa

Let me tell you a secret...

Many black people and many of us in between do not really believe that a black man can be elected as president in America. We don't think that America is ready.

Let that sink in.

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