8/10 talk. If you’re depressed about the state of the world .. here’s a glimmer of light! “Transformation and peaceful rebellion for change” is being demanded world wide but we are voting strategically from “fear, of what we don’t want and NOT for what we DO want” – Dr Jill Stein.
#feesmustfall #studentdebtmustfall #rhodesmustfalleverywhere
Stein a breath of fresh air. So HOW do we bring about CHANGE for those that are fed up to the back teeth of the preditory system/politics/leaders /corporations etc that support the 01?% who hold all the power and wont let go of it. How actually does the system work?! Stein lays it out nice and succinctly for my cluttered mind to grasp!
3 cheers tor The Oxford Union hosting USA Doctor Jill Stein. I love her!
Stein talks about GREEN politics in America, the “election farce” how it works, / free education/ free medical health/ predator banks, government & corporations/ agri transformation/ bad worsening health caused by fossil fuel pollution /pesticides in air water soil/ Cuba health radical improvement thanks to oil embargo/ climate change /unexpected faster ice break up Norway Greenland / harbours, ports and major towns/ cities populations affected by 5-10meter water level rises [Cape Town and Mitchell’s Plain wil be under water?] next 20/30 yrs not in a thousand. Displaced people and migration and food and institutions/ infrastructure like courts, wont be functioning etc etc If we don’t act NOW.
Crippling Student debt, of an entire generation can be wiped out by Steins’s Green party if Students knew this, they would get out there and vote the green party in they promise to do it. The numbers/statistics show it is possible to radically change the system only if we have the numbers. How to educate people to knowing that they actually have power.
” the bottom line is we have the power. Alice Walker said ‘the biggest way we give up our power is not knowing we have it'” Stein
[This is why social media is such a great tool for spreading ideas and good news or bad, to our friends who in turn pass it on to theirs [exponential numbers, 10 friends pass it on to 10 who do the same etc etc Sharing to public allows their friends to see it too. take action Now its urgent!]
I urge you to watch this Video and share it on all platforms! If you agree with her analysis of course.
Education is power!
Stein statistics :
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8/10 podcast BBC Thinking Allowed : Eviction/s (starts @11.45mins) Its mostly women & children. NO one is up in arms! Why?
#gentrification UK USA & #capetown
photo by Odette Herbert
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The real struggle of the 21st century will not be between civilizations, nor between religions. It will be between violence and non violence. It will be between barbarity and civilization in the truest sense of the word.”
● Quote by Buddhist Philosopher Daisaku Ikeda
Photo: Table Mountain, Cape Town South Africa – Milnerton Beach, as far as the eye can see – plastic bottles, from who knows where
LINK -Daily Quotes
LINK – Non-violence
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I am a kind word uttered and repeated
By the voice of Nature;
I am a star fallen from the
Blue tent upon the green carpet.
I am the daughter of the elements
With whom Winter conceived;
To whom Spring gave birth; I was
Reared in the lap of Summer and I
Slept in the bed of Autumn.
At dawn I unite with the breeze
To announce the coming of light;
At eventide I join the birds
In bidding the light farewell.
The plains are decorated with
My beautiful colors and the air
Is scented with my fragrance.
As I embrace Slumber the eyes of
Night watch over me and as I
Awaken I stare at the sun, which is
The only eye of the day.
I drink dew for wine and hearken to
The voices of the birds and dance
To the rhythmic swaying of the grass.
I am the lover’s gift; I am the wedding wreath;
I am the memory of a moment of happiness;
I am the last gift of the living to the dead;
I am a part of joy and a part of sorrow.
But I look up high to see only the light,
And never look down to see my shadow.
This is wisdom which people must learn.
Photography by Odette Herbert
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I have a problem with the word imperialist.
From time imperial can be synonymised
with Regal, majestic, and sovereign –
You can go ahead and miss me
with that imperialist bull quick
Because Rhodes didn’t ‘regally’ rob my people.
Neither did he ‘majestically’ murder the masses of bodies now lying in unmarked graves.
Identities turned into commodities to feed your steeples.
Blood money from slave roads, hell –
Colonies built your paved roads.
But please…tell me…
What deity died to give you the audacity,
To claim to have sovereignty over my people?
Rhodes said he prefers land to niggers,
Guessing that’s why he and colonizers like him
Ploughed the black earth of our skin, making fertile his colonial legacies.
It wasn’t enough that the world was his chess board
See he got bored and had to pilfer all the pieces too.
Rhodes must fall for every diamond encrusted tear that was stolen.
Every home and black body that was ever broken
Used as a token
All under the banner of empire.
So let’s just tell it how it is, and the truth is, is this:
Rhodes was a glorified murderer.
And only a few words more that I was never raised to utter.
But you continuously fail to recognize your classy lies,
Cause your utopia was built on the hands of the fallen.
So you think you can smirk in my face,
Reflecting your ignorance to the plight of my race,
When I tell you we should decolonize Oxford.
But like I said –
Go ahead and miss me with that imperialist bull quick.
Now let’s move onto the movement.
Society would have you believe we’ve moved on from colonialism.
Nobody wants to understand that it’s a structural prism.
See some mentalities are built on the privilege you were given
Others are built on the realities of the privilege you weren’t living
Till you’re perpetually stuck in your society’s prison.
Oh it’s easy to acknowledge Oxford is steeped in tradition,
But when you’re in it,
Not so much to accept that it’s a one-sided rendition.
A narrative told from a magnifying glass ceiling.
Hear the quick call to decolonize our education.
See the fighting white tears to keep our miseducation.
So a further ignorant few say we’re erasing history,
But I’d like to point out our restoration
Of an unspoken narrative erased from the fabrication of his story
As a ‘benefactor’ and a ‘politician’.
A man with a singularly ‘business minded’ mission.
Just type Rhodes into your search bar and
Let me show you
How we’ve created
New roads of discussion.
Opened the book on a history never spoken.
If there are two sides to every coin
Well then here’s a little heads up
Cause we’re flipping the tale and
Flipping the switch
Onto the side of a truth unspoken.
RHODES MUST FALL IN OXFORD! [England, UK]
Image : “Punch Rhodes Colossus” by Edward Linley, wikipedia
Imperialism: a policy of extending a country’s power and influence through diplomacy or military force.
Imperialist: relating to, supporting or practicing imperialism
Colonisation is the forming of a settlement or colony by a group of people who seek to take control of territories or countries. It usually involves large-scale immigration of people to a ‘new’ location and the expansion of their civilisation and culture into this area. (skwrk)
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Failure is an instrumental part of every success. Whether our life has been a triumph or tragedy can only be judged at its very end.
LINK – Success
Photo by Ann J P
click on image to see her magnificent work
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Look to this day
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities
Of your existence
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of beauty
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision
But today, well lived, makes every yesterday
A dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore to this day
Such is the salutation to the dawn.
Kālidāsa [600 – 1200 AD ]
[Sanskrit poet and dramatist]
LINK – more about Kālidāsa
LINK – Dale Carnegie [1888 – 1955]
LINK – How to Stop Worrying and Start Living 1948 [!] [excellent & funny & charming – an other amazing person – Dale Carnegie]
LINK – Photo Webcam – Cape Town dawn – South Afreeka – November 5ish
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How to disrupt white power & white privilege & white arrogance?
This is our task as white people. It doesn’t mean being apologetic about being white. We are who we are. Facing who we are and facing it with humility forcing ourselves and other people to recognise the REALITY of the conditions in which we live, that we don’t live in a rainbow nation, the nation that was envisaged in the constitution, its a long way away from that.. most white people think the change has happened, in 1994. Black people are still waiting for change to happen… we don’t live in a rainbow nation. How do we disrupt this notion that most white people have? … [paraphrasing Budlender’s conclusion]
16th September 2015
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Basically the South African white community is a homogeneous community. It is a community of people who sit to enjoy a privileged position that they do not deserve, are aware of this, and therefore spend their time trying to justify why they are doing so. Where differences in political opinion exist, they are in the process of trying to justify their position of privilege and their usurpation of power.
With their theory of “separate freedoms for the various nations in the multinational state of South Africa” the Nationalists have gone a long way towards giving most of white South Africa some sort of moral explanation for what is happening. Everyone is quite content to point out that these people -meaning the blacks -will be free when they are ready to run their own affairs in their own areas. What more could they possibly hope for?
But these are not the…
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Wow! Impressive lecture/discussion with Prof.Achille Mbembe, 29Apr, organised by UCT:Rhodes Must Fall collective (RMF).
Decolonising #africa #america.
Video/recorded see: #rhodesmustfall YouTube
RMF in Conversation with Achille Mbembe
Part 1 https://youtu.be/g-lU4BCsL8w
Part 2 http://youtu.be/mc4RSN_05ow
Videographer : Wandile Kasibe
Via facebook: UCT: Rhodes Must Fall
Collage by #odetteherbert
#AchilleMbembe #uct #decolonise #institutions #spaces #mustbedone #RhodesMustFall #imperialism
# # #
David Adjaye Associates took 11 years to visit all African countires and document its architecture.
I hope they invite him to give a talk/lecture on decolonising architecture.
I was shocked at the inside of UCTs Computer science building where the lecture took place. It looked like a drab old state hospital. Get the art/design students in to give it a make over. Hideous! Universities world wide, Mbembe mentioned will soon be a thing of the past!
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