That’s not a chip on my shoulder. That’s your foot on my neck.  – Malcolm X

"We must never, ever give up. We must be brave. We must be courageous." John Lewis, activist, congressman. 1940-2020 

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ Dalai Lama

"Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public."  Professor Cornel West.

"Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat."  Audre Lorde

"The serious function of racism is distraction". 1995, Toni Morrison; Portland lecture, Playing in The Dark

“If I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me.” Nora Ephron

"Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership of that freed self was another." author Toni Morrison (1931- 2019)

“If I tell the story, I control the version. Because if I tell the story, I can make you laugh, and I would rather have you laugh at me than feel sorry for me”; Nora Ephron, author/comedian

"Make your story count". Michelle Obama

"Social pain is understood through the lens of racial animus". Researcher/author Sean McElwee writing in Salon, 2016

"We are citizens, not subjects. We have the right to criticize government without fear."  Chelsea Manning; activist/whisleblower

“My father was a slave and my people died to build this country, and I’m going to stay right here and have a part of it, just like you, And no fascist minded people, like you, will drive me from it. Is that clear?” Paul Robeson; activist/singer

“We have a system of justice in this country that treats you much better if you're rich and guilty than if you're poor and innocent”. from civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson

“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?” Frederick Douglass, WHAT TO THE SLAVE IS 4TH JULY? 07.05.1852 (full text in blog)

Senator Elizabeth Warren "We're a country that is built on our differences; that is our strength, not our weakness"

"We are more alike than we are different" ~ Maya Angelou

As a Black writer, I was expected to accept the role of victim. That made it difficult in the beginning to be a writer.      James Baldwin

I often feel that there must have been something that I should’ve done that I didn’t do. But I can’t identify what it is that I didn’t do. That’s the first difficulty. And the second is, what makes you think you’re it?   

         Harry Belafonte, activist and singe


It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble; It's what you know for sure that just ainst so.

Mark Twain


You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore


 You can’t defend Christianity by being against refugees and other religions

Pope Francis:


"I don't have to be what you want me to be". Muhammad Ali

"The Secret of Living Well and Longer: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure"  attributed to Tibetan sources

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The latest White House deal with Israel


by Barbara Nimri Aziz

Some refer to it as a bribe. But somehow that doesn’t adequately define the deal what Washington has just offered Israel: more weapons and even more political support in exchange for a further 90-day freeze on (some) Israeli settlement constructions in the West Bank. This we know from the large print. 

Forget about the cost—it’s just 2 weeks’ payout for ongoing US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and it’s a fraction of the cost of security measures that dismantle Americans’ civil rights, and expand surveillance practice across the US. Forget about what happens when the 90-day ‘freeze’ ends. Forget about conditions Israel demands with this gift (exclusion of Jerusalem is but one). And overlook the undeterred construction of tens of thousands of Jewish settlements and their infrastructure that for one reason or another are overlooked or exempt or viewed by the US as ‘not illegal’. You can even leave aside Washington’s promise of continued use of its UN veto on behalf of its ‘special friend’.  

What troubles me is the stance of the US administration—I mean the US president. Because this is a White House decision. The president did not receive a bill from the new Republican-dominated Congress to authorize this. Nor did he have a referendum from the American people for the deal. He and his secretary of state-- former presidential aspirant herself and darling of progressive American women-- laid this offer at the feet of the Zionist leadership. Then, in a response typical of Israel towards its lapdog, Netanyahu agreed to ‘consider’ the offer. 

I don’t know if the deal – we cannot use the term ‘gift’, since it seems to be a complex plan with onerous conditions and implications for US-Israeli relations—has yet been signed. I am unaware, moreover, of any fine print that may reveal that this deal is even more insulting than headlines show.   

However, just on the face it, this appears to be a foolish move by the US. Whatever power the Zionist lobby may wield on our election process, on the US Congress, and on the White House itself, this proposal cannot assure any ‘peace’ –no commentators suggest how it could possibly precipitate a resolution to the Israelis-Palestinian conflict – or somehow further enhance US and Israel relations. (Were they ever in doubt?) This administration had already indicated, and repeated, that there will be no change in the US’s largesse and support of Israel.  

So what will be the result of this ‘deal’? I shudder to speculate. It will have nothing to do with a sovereign or secure Palestine. No. I suspect there is something far more sinister in store for the American public and people across the globe who crave to see peace and justice in the Middle East.   

Meanwhile this troubling news of and the vote by the Israeli parliament to consolidate Israeli annexation of Golan and a part of Lebanon is eclipsed by coverage of the latest Wikileaks expose. Convenient. The American public and anyone hoping for peace in the Middle East will have to dig deep to find out the real costs of this blunder.   

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