Cut to the political heart of a U.S. holiday on the brink by Roxanne Amico

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by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spiritmorph Studio
Nov. 25, 2010

This is a post I wrote on “Thanksgiving Day.” [Before that is this very important reminder that “natural gas fracking” (DRILLING) has already been proven lethally dangerous to all land, air, water, food, and the communities living nearby.  So, there is a protest about it on Thursday, December 9th. Info about that is below.]

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Finding common ground in these times by Roxanne Amico

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by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spiritmorph Studio
Sept. 13, 2010

Earth, Air, Water, Energy, Food, Shelter…. Everywhere I look and listen, I know many of us are thinking and talking about these and how, with so much to attend to, where do we start and how do we work together, with so many in need and with so many talents, and with more of us having great difficulty making it in these times? I found the following interesting…

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Oil leaks = wikileaks by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spiritmorph Studio
July 28, 2010

Updated: July 29, 2010

Remember Sesame Street? Remember the song, “One of these things is not like the other” ? On that theme, I’d call this post, “One of these things is just like the other!”

Since the Wikileaks story about the US gov’t’s failed criminal war on Afghanistan broke this past weekend, I’ve been following the trail of the “truth hemorrhage “… Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks said, in this der Speigel interview, “…There is a legitimate role for secrecy, and there is a legitimate role for openness.

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Day 91: Bev’s take + Our stake in the story by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spiritmorph Studio
July 20, 2010

Today is DAY NINETY-ONE in the BP crimes against our planet and people.  The corporatacracy of US-BP wants you to believe that because (they SAY) the “leak” is capped, the story is happily ended. NOT. First, the leak is NOT stopped.  Second, the story of their lies and murderous ways continues below.  Below first is a quote apropos to this post, and then my commentary, and then another installment of (33) excerpts and links about what’s going on a mile below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean, while the ticker tape tells us more tricks… [NOTE: I’ve been aiming for shorter more frequent posts with fewer links, but since my last post, my car has given me serious headaches and taken up a lot of energy and time.  I don’t like when my job and personal life derail my work, but sometimes I just have to ride that wave…Thankfully, writing is one of my rafts on that river…]

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Day 76: SOLIDARITY in the spirit of ’76 by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
July 4, 2010

This morning a friend alerted me to the fact that today is day 76 of the Bleeding of the Earth in the Gulf of Mexico, while the U.S. “commemorates” July 4th, ’76… Hence the title of this post, beginning with two QUOTES:

1. “Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies, you too will die.” — John Hollow Horn, Oglala Lakota

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Day 72 – linking what the world needs now by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
July 2, 2010

“…The questions I keep coming back to are these: in this time, as countless multitudes of humans & nonhumans suffer 4 the profits & luxuries of a few, & as species go extinct at rates greater than any in the last scores of millions of years—as large-vertebrate evolution itself is being halted—what does the world need? What does the world need from me?…” —  Derrick Jensen

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This isn’t the post I was going to write. I’m actually working on three others at one time, but this one came to me in a conversation I had yesterday… This is a very short post, anchored on an inspiring essay from Orion, including a few creative ideas about what others do to stop the systemic destruction of the only home we have. First a short commentary from me, and then that essay, and then excerpts and links linking what the world needs now….

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Day 65 – Heart in hands – Issues at hand by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
June 25, 2010

It’s been 65 days since the assault on the Gulf of Mexico started showing signs of a fatal wound a la BP and BP’s alliance with the US Gov’t… Over and over again, it’s the same old story: BP, like all colonizers, in the wake of their destruction, elicit the same question asked by the living communities from which they steal: “Maman Tuwa, an elder of the isolated Palawan tribe from Mt Gantong, fears that mining will destroy his community. ‘If our mountains are deforested, how are we going to survive? What are we going to plant if the soil of the uplands will be washed down to the lowlands? How are we going to feed our children? We’ll surely die’.” ——->That is a quote from one of 20 articles excerpted and linked below… NOTE: The way I have links in this post organized is these topics in this order: 1. What We Are Up Against 2. What Is At Stake 3. What We Can Do To Stop This. I may keep that format for the future, but I’ll see how it works out… [AND, for those who asked, the link to Saturday’s “Hands Across the Sands” is also included in this post, again…]

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BP is burning sea-turtles in the Gulf of Mexico… by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
June 24, 2010

[PREFACE: This is (another) *short* post with a mere 11 short excerpts with accompanying links. I’ve decided I need to do more frequent and more brief posts now. Partly because the longer ones always take a long time–Each about 8 hours, just to write and put together (and that’s after the days of reading and archiving the information and sources). If what I do can make any difference at all, then it cannot wait and I cannot wait to find out. I don’t often enough have such large stretches of time to sit here, and when I do, I try to use that time for recharging from my job, and working in my studio.]

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Below the surface of oil hemorrhage, Part 3 by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
May 25, 2010

This is the 3rd installment in my collection of information about the oil gushing into the oceans from the Gulf of Mexico, a la BP. There are a total of 115 links here. (Sure hope it all fits into this here page!) There have been far more than this that I’ve read since the last installment. But these are the ones that I thought were most relevant, with the least amount of repetition, and the most complimentary.

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Oceans of Oil by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
May 22, 2010

[Listen to Roxanne’s powerful words: Spiritmorph Studio]

This is a 3 minute 19 second Radio Roxanne experimental audio piece about the one-month-old oil hemorrhage in the Gulf of Mexico, for Friday, 21 May, 2010. It’s experimental in that it’s not my standard linear journalistic narrative style, and instead is an experiment in the use of my voice as an instrument. I thought originally I would be composing a more complicated piece, with multi-tracking and music. For reasons known to my muse, the composition went in another direction…

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Below the surface of oil hemorrhage by Roxanne Amico

by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spiritmorph Studio
May 15, 2010

This post is an update of the post about the Gulf of Mexico 25-days-old oil hemorrhage post I did nearly two weeks ago.  This time, I worked to organize it into a comprehensive and coherent collection for easier access of specific information.  I tried to be chronological, but that didn’t work and I decided that didn’t matter, since this is so urgent.  This is not a hobby…  And although it is an obsession, (there are 89 articles / sites linked here) the basis for it is this:  To be an active participant in the revolutionary work necessary to stopping the destruction of the world I love, I have to know what is being done, and what the direction of events with a given incident is.  Without that information any planning and strategizing for that new culture is useless…  This oil volcano that BP caused has impacts we must try to comprehend in executing our intentional work for a better world. Continue reading

Radio Roxanne: Earth Day 2010 – The Allegheny Defense Project

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by Roxanne Amico
Dandelion Salad
Spirit Morph Studio
April 22, 2010

This is a link to a 3 minute Radio Roxanne Earth Day 2010 audio post… Please listen, and share it with others. Also below is information about actions to take outside. Given that this is Earth Day, and there are plenty of celebrations everywhere to commemorate the 40th anniversary of this, I’m strongly encouraging taking the sentiment to real world actions and sustaining protection of the earth beyond one day. There’s a forest out there who needs us! The text to my commentary is below…

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Radio Roxanne: women in black, NYC-Palestine & Israel

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1.27.09

This is a 20 minute Radio Roxanne audio clip with an interview of Women in Black (WiB), NYC–With one NYC Jewish woman who helped found NYC’s WiB, and one NYC Jewish woman whose personal transformation prompted her to join WiB’s weekly vigils, and then went to Palestine and Israel to learn firsthand about what are the living the conditions there. The link to the audio at my website is here: http://www.spiritmorphstudio.com/radioroxanne1-26-09.html and at the end of the written back-story (–not a part of the audio narration, which is a different text only contained in the audio, nor the interview–) to my encounter with them… I hope that this post goes some way to shattering the wall of lies regarding what’s really going on in Palestine and Israel, at a time of precarious “cease fire”. There are also some links to more information at the end, including a few actions you can take.

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Banned from the BBC – Gaza Aid Appeal Video + George Galloway at Protest for Gaza

Jewish Peace News: Henry Siegman: “Israel’s Lies”

Over a dozen university occupations for Palestine + The Yellow Army + 14th day of hunger strike

Israel-Palestine-Gaza-Occupation

Gaza Crisis Appeal

Derrick Jensen & Radio Roxanne: Premise One Civilization is not and can never be sustainable

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This post is a link to a 27 min. 59 sec. Radio Roxanne audio interview with writer and environmental activist Derrick Jensen.  This is the 1st in a series of 20 interviews based on his 20 premises from his 2 volume book, Endgame.

At a time when the whole world is reeling from a collapsing economy, it’s a good idea to ask what is the relationship between the economy and the planet, when every eco-system is also in collapse.  And to ask:  What is worthy of saving from collapse, “the markets”, or the planet we call our home?  (And to recognize we can have one, or the other, but not both.)  Yesterday I posted a Naomi Wolf video calling for direct action regarding the criminals in the white house.  It’s a place to start, but it doesn’t end there…. Continue reading

Stop Making the Bed by Roxanne R. Amico (+ audio link; Impeachment)

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Roxanne R. Amico
Tuesday, 6 November, 2007

This is the 4min 33sec audio clip of the “stop making the bed” from last blog post. In playwriting, there’s a phrase “coming off the page” to describe the translation process from the written word to the stage.

I think the audio comes off the page on this piece better than most I’ve done. For my friends who cannot for a variety of reasons, listen, thank you especially for reading , and as you do, just imagine me and Cheney on stage, with his teeth baring grimace nose to nose with mine. ONLY: I am NOT acting.

Thank you for reading and for listening.

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Stop Making the Bed

Roxanne R. Amico
Tuesday, 6 November, 2007

Dennis Kucinich’s resolutions of impeachment of Vice President Dick Cheney, are recognition that Cheney lied about reasons for war on Iraq and is lying with regard to Iran. I write with an urgency I’ve kept at bay for many years; an urgency that’s not my learned way of being an activist. In 44 years, more than twenty have been under the occupation of radical forces I underestimated, against which I fought in a variety of ways including self-congratulatory-lifestyle change, community organizing, anti-war activism, prisoners’ rights, and electoral politics… Like all activists, I felt an early emphatic sense of justice. I learned from mentors to temper the urgency for the long haul; internalized the metaphor that great cathedrals are built over several generations, and many—(even Michelangelo)– knew they wouldn’t live to see completion of “the big picture”; saw change take a long time—and that in many contexts, it should, because I knew that even on a personal level, change challenges, so it takes time to integrate new ideas, ways of living, and experiences… This is what I’ve learned about pacing change…

What I also learned: Things change—and what I learned over these decades is no longer appropriate for these times. –You know, the times my nieces and your nieces and nephews and children and grandchildren and their offspring, and all nonhuman communities on which their lives depend, are facing… Urgent times.

In 1983, the movie “The Day After” was made to illustrate the urgency of acting against nuclear war. Lately I find myself appealing to my friends’ and families’ sense of the danger ahead, with little hope of being heard above the lockstep of routines, unable to act with passion, unless some immediate loss visits. Even when I get calls for immediate action, unless it’s from a friend–I delete or ignore. Crude— maybe even rude by some interpretations— but true. I have a job that demands my full-bodied-fitness and attention. On EVERY given day, I live at a pace of emergency already. EVEN my down time is imperative: I’m an artist living in a culture that devalues the work of artists and we sell our time to maintain the status quo, rather than being paid for shaping a better culture. Another way to put this is that when I am not working for food, I am working for love. THAT is a reason I am an activist–To change the culture that generates this unnatural, non-stop fight to live a life of choice.

Which is exactly the urgent matter of this writing. The US government is occupied by insane criminals who’ve tortured and terrorized both the people and the land of this continent and other lands. They stupidly presume themselves to be above the law, endowed with the right to destroy the US constitution and International Declarations of Human Rights. We must use every tool within our disposal to resist them. If we do not stop them, they will kill many more– with their lies, aggression, profiteering, spying, kidnapping, and unlawful arrests– as journalist Naomi Wolf elucidates in a recent Huffington Post article.

Two points here: First, what the US government does to the US populace and to the land does not stay in the US land, air, and water, just as what they do to other people and other lands does not protect the people or land here from others’ expectation that WE are accountable. I think of so many who’ve cited Germany, during World War Two, when others eventually attacked after having enough of Hitler’s brutalities. Likewise, there are those who will not tolerate the destruction caused while too many US citizens hang on to delusions of non-urgency. Second, being an activist means knowing that impeachment is a minute piece of what’s needed to repair the damage the US has done here and abroad. I’ve all but given up on the elections, after the last two stolen and now that democratic processes have been corporatocracized. I know that my nieces will not have clean water, clean air, nor safe food either in terms of supply or land to grow it. It is inconsolable that in the lifetime of the youngest child, there are many living beings that are being killed in the time it takes to write this sentence. But being participant in life also means knowing that some small things can add up to some positive measure and the impeachment of these small-minded bullies will be a piece towards convicting them for the criminals they are.

Even if the earth and all inhabitants were not in distress, life is short. Once asked in an interview why I do art, I learned that the question is akin to “why am I alive?” As witness to these crimes against communities of life of every biosphere, my art and activism are my tool, weapon, language—indeed my life—to serve others to share their stories. I urge all who love this world to act now to take some radically different action in acknowledgment of the dangers ahead.

In an opening scene of the film “The Day After”, a woman’s family tries to stop her making the bed. A “normal” task, except that it’s the day upon which they awakened to the news that a nuclear bomb was detonated. Unable to face the implications of this state terrorism, she loses her mind and continues doing what worked on any other day. It’s time to stop making the bed. To paraphrase the Australian rock band “Midnight Oil”: “…[no] sleeping while the beds are burning… The time has come…” I emphatically support the impeachment of the entire Bush Administration, after which they should be tried for treason and all crimes.

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DFA Must Be Royally Pissed + Calls for Impeachment Hearings

Impeachment 2007 – A Constitutional Duty (Hersh; 2006; over 18 only)

Naomi Wolf: Impeach, Prosecute and Save America! (video)