Updated my face with the Extinction Rebellion logo because I'm a true believer in what they stand for and how they're doing it. And for a girl who's got spear tats on both sides of her head, what's one more? One of the things I like is how they support their "arrestees and rebels." If this new world-wide interest in saving Gaia is to work, people got to know someone has their back if things go wrong. And trust me, when confronting Power, things will go wrong. I encourage everyone to take up this nonviolent challenge. Don't do as the New Seminole did. Do it this way-- like Greta does-- and no one should get killed.
LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI was 88-years-old when he published his prose book: Poetry as Insurgent Art. Celebrating his 100th birthday this year, Ferlinghetti's long life as a poet/bookstore owner/publisher began when he published Allen Ginsberg's Howl in 1956 through his City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. When it was ruled obscene in 1957 by Uncle Sam, Ferlinghetti was arrested, stood trial, and was later exonerated by the California Supreme Court when it found the poem had "redeeming social importance." Never afraid to face down authority, his opening words to his 2007 book are as relevant today as ever. And Greta Thunberg immediately comes to mind when we see or hear them. At 16, she embodies those words, and with her actions inspires us to do the same.
Also, don't mess with our Greta! There are reports of the Right ganging up on her with ugly personal attacks because it can't argue against her warnings about climate collapse and the fast approaching extinction of a million animal and plant species. It's an ugly and dangerous world out there, Greta. Be careful. Be very careful. Hopefully you have a Nokosee somewhere to protect you from its evil.
When I first introduced the song "Ave of the Indians" by Susan Cowsill* to Nokosee, I didn't realize the title alone was considered politically incorrect to most Native Americans, people we use to call... Indians-- with no ill will ever intended. Talk about getting all prickly and bent out of shape. Surprisingly his dad, Busimanolotome Osceola, the founder of the New Seminole, wasn't as uptight. He just laughed, shrugged his big he-man shoulders and said, "Hey, just don't call me late for dinner, leetle girl."
And then there was the egregious idea of Indians-- excuse me, Native Americans-- making forts. In this case, Busi was the first to remind me that "his kind" don't build forts in trees or anywhere else because of the bad memories it brings them re an association with a genocidal past where Uncle Sam had a nasty habit of stealing their lands, building forts on them, and then imprisoning them inside or riding out from them to "kill us all."
Although that was a few years ago before I had learned the swamp politics of the NS, when it was still a threat to big bad Uncle Sam and most of us were still alive, I still love this song. It reminds me of my life as a kid growing up in trees and building tree forts. And it makes me think of our little girl Haalie. I wonder if she will ever experience such fun. According to Greta the Great, we only have eleven years to curb global warming, otherwise we can kiss our collective asses goodbye.
Now with Haalie walking between us, holding our hands as we walk along the Ave of the Indians somewhere in the Everglades, I narrow my eyes and try to see that tree house up ahead, undulating in the heat waves rising up from the pavement. I want it to be there for her so she can dream and laugh.
*Susan Cowsill is the youngest member of The Cowsills, a group of brothers, one sister, and a mom who had a few hits back in the day. And believe it or not, if you read my books, you know big bad Busi Osceola loved them. Said the Flower Girl was his kind of woman, someone with flowers in her hair who kept on smiling while sitting in the rain. On the other hand, Mrs. O, aka my Cuban mother-in-law, thought the girl was an idiot for sitting in the rain.
Love their attitude. Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to achieve radical change in order to minimise the risk of human extinction and ecological collapse. It's first public moment occurred on Halloween 2018 when it announced its "Declaration of Rebellion" against the UK government in London. Expecting only a couple of hundred, 1500 showed up. In the next few weeks, their numbers grew exponentially and examples of their civil disobedience did too from closing down bridges over the Thames to Super-Glueing themselves to the Buckingham Palace gates. Its double entendre rallying cry "Rebel for Life!" is muy worthy and so is its art.
I wish them, Greta Thunberg, and others like them well. Hopefully politicians will take notice. The New Seminole should have started out this way but we skipped that step and went directly into armed confrontation. If you read my books, you know it didn't work and we were beaten badly. Most of us are dead in the Everglades, scavenged by gators, buzzards, and panthers. The rest are on the run. Me? I'm stuck in the Miccosukee Embassy in Miami doing Sanctuary, waiting for Nokosee to rescue me and our baby girl Haalie from Uncle Sam's wrath.
Oh, but how I wish I was with you all on the front lines fighting to save Gaia.
Harvard professor Erica Chenoweth discovered it only takes 3.5% of a population to change their world through nonviolent protests. For the U.S., that's 11 million people. She compared those stats to successful violent interventions (26%) and discovered war and armed insurrection came up short to non-violent resistance which had success rates of over 50%.
Wish the New Seminole had known that when we took on the Outside. A lot of people would be alive right now if we had. Perhaps Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg's weekly Climate Change Strikes are the way to go. But back then, no one was paying much attention to the "State of the Earth" and the vocal majority that were, wanted us hunted down and killed.
Hopefully "giving peace a chance" will save the day but according to our favorite environmentalist, Greta the Great, we have less than 11-years to pull that off.
Good luck with that. Really.
*Based on the current world population of 7.7 billion.
I want my daughter Haalie to grow up and be just like Greta. Listen to her recent emotionally charged speech at the European Parliament on Climate Change. What a contrast it is in comparison to anything Trump says or writes-- and this 16-year-old writes her own material, too. She is so worthy. And we are so lucky to have her speaking on our behalf for the future of our planet.
This 24-minute interview is in English and well worth the watch. She is beyond special. The youngest nominee for a Nobel Peace Prize, I suspect God or Gaia or both sent her to get us to act now to save our planet.
Listen to Greta Thunberg's stirring acceptance speech for a Golden Kamera award in Berlin yesterday. She is muy worthy. Hopefully those who see this will join her in the cause to save us all.RSS Feed
Apparently last year's Florida algae blooms can make dolphins and us stupid.
Scientists have discovered that toxic chemicals found in algae can cause Alzheimer's-like brain disease in dolphins. Fish tainted with the toxin can pass it on to those who eat them, like us. These algae blooms are directly related to climate change as the earth warms up. In Floriduh, a state held captive for two decades by Republican climate change deniers-- and the sugar cane/agri/chemical lobbies that finance their election campaigns-- 150 dolphins died during last year's Gulf Coast algae bloom. Unfortunately, I suspect nothing will be done by the state until people start dying. Especially Republican voters.
You can learn more here.
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