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Rachel Corrie, CODEPINK and the Persistence of Memory

I just received an email from CODEPINK, which I have posted below so you can all read it and access the links they provided.

10 years ago I, along with a lot of other people, was shocked, horrified and dismayed to hear that a man driving a bulldozer-in the process of bulldozing Palestinian peoples houses to make way for a “security wall” had purposefully run over and killed a young American woman who was in Palestine as a Peace Witness, Rachel Corrie.

I have never understood how bulldozing houses that people are living in can be allowed in a so called civilized country. I never understood why the horrors of occupation can go on for so long and the majority of people worldwide simply turn away and ignore it. Here in St Petersburg we have a Holocaust Museum, and the oft repeated refrain of “Never Again” is applied to such treatment of human beings-while it goes on every day in Palestine.

How can that be? How can people say it is wrong to treat people as tho they have no right to safety, dignity or decency and ignore it happening right now?

As usual, when the courageous young woman was murdered, it was swept under the rug, excuses were made and the bulldozer driver faced no punishment. The country of the murdered girl made no diplomatic sanctions on the country where she was murdered, no ultimatum, no fine or anything to acknowledge the value of her young life, summarily snuffed out.

It is true however of Rachel Corrie, what Robin Hood once said about another hero, in another age. She “Is not forgotten, Nothing is ever forgotten.”

The Universe has a long memory, every particle that has ever been in contact(if you believe the Big Bang theory that would mean EVERY particle there is) remembers that contact and is able to affect every other particle it was once in contact with.

That is a really long winded way of saying that everything is always connected, All Is One.

So, like all those whose names we do not know, whose lives have been stolen by oppressive regimes with their endless excuses down thru history into the present-from the small dark haired people whose descendants still live in Brittany, Cornwall, Scotland, Ireland and Wales mixed among the waves of conquerors starting with the fabled Celts, to the Calusa, the Blackfoot, the Shoshone and Anishinaabe, the Maya, Aymara, Tupa, Maori and a thousand more, to those in Palestine today; Rachel Corrie is not forgotten.

Her name, and all of theirs are written in flames in the heart of the world and very soon those flames will burn away the vestiges of the system of power over that made such oppression possible.

If you want to add kindling, to fan the flames or maybe pour some gasoline on;-) then click the links below, read more about what is really going on, and get involved in whatever way works for you.

Oppression and murder of those who stand against it are wrong-no matter who is the oppressor, and who the victim.

When we the people of the Earth stand united in our refusal to accept it, to stand by and passively watch or ignore as others are harmed and killed for someone’s monetary benefit (because that is ALWAYS why) then it will end.

Those who harm and those who ignore harm and allow it to go on, can never escape the truth of their actions, and inactions.

~~~~ Nothing is Ever Forgotten. ~~~~

President Obama is preparing for his visit to Israel on March 20th, just four days after the anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s death. March 16, 2013 marks 10 years since the brutal killing of Rachel Corrie by a Caterpillar bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza, as she tried to prevent Israeli forces from demolishing a Palestinian home. As the Rachel Corrie Foundation marks the 10th anniversary of her death with a call to action, we urge people to continue her legacy by staying educated and engaged.

Staying educated can be as simple as watching a movie, such as the award-winning films 5 Broken Cameras or Budrus. Both cover the nonviolent resistance efforts in the West Bank and are conveniently available on Netflix.

Prefer to read? Learn the history of the conflict with Ilan Pappe’s The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, available for instant download on kindle. Stay current with Ben Ehrenreich’s article in the NYTimes, Is This Where the Third Intifada Will Start? and Joseph Levine’s On Questioning the Jewish State.

In Rachel’s words, “The international media and our government are not going to tell us that we are effective, important, justified in our work, courageous, intelligent, valuable. We have to do that for each other, and one way we can do that is by continuing our work, visibly.” So let us now work together, stay educated and involved, and value each other’s work, to bring about justice in Palestine.

In loving solidarity,
CODEPINK

P.S.- Find an event near you to commemorate Rachel Corrie’s stand in Gaza, or create your own event and submit it to the Rachel Corrie Foundation.


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Warbling in the Wetlands | Serenity Spell

Warbling in the Wetlands

by FeyGirl on March 15, 2013

A bird doesnt sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. Lou Holtz

Which is why Im constantly running to Nature, and to these wonderful creatures. That reminder to JUST BE (or in my words, Simmer Down). And our winters provide a more varied opportunity for observing different happenstances of this simple state of being the migrating birds make their residences in the area, even if it is temporary.

Palm Warbler, Florida Wetlands

A Wee Warbler in the Wetlands

A few Palm Warblers flit amid the trees; here, among a strand of young cypress. These tiny bright gems of songbirds adorable little shocks of yellow in our swamp and wetlands are easily missed if youre in a rush, or arent fully aware.

Palm Warbler, Florida Wetlands

Sing it!

Palm Warblers are common winter residents in our marshy natural areas, migrating in the late fall to the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. The species is comprised of two distinct sub-species, the Yellow Palm Warbler and the Western Palm Warbler. Those breeding in the eastern range are yellow underneath, while those inhabiting the western part of the range are duller in color, with whitish bellies. Palm Warblers primarily breed in wetland habitats east of the Continental Divide, across Canada and the northeastern United States. A distinctive feature of Palm Warblers is tail wagging, or pumping. More than other warblers, this bird forages on the ground for insects and berries.

Palm Warbler, Florida Everglades

Warbling in the Everglades

Click here to listen to the delicate song of these sweet little songbirds!

Palm Warbler, Florida Everglades

Holler.

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The Oracle Report Friday, March 15, 2013

Crescent Moon Phase – Moon in Taurus

You could say that today’s energy brings what is ripe to fruition. Earlier this week we discussed how this month was going to bring greater clarity and insight into our lives or enable us to see how to integrate something. We’re fitting the pieces of a bigger picture together and seeing how we fit in to a bigger picture. Of course, if you have been following this site for a while, you know that the bigger picture is the story of the goddess embodied as the planet and her creative vision-experiment of humanity. We are on the metaphorical playground with her, joining in what she wants to play and her joining with what each of us wants to play. Elements of who we truly are coming to the forefront for developement. This includes aspects of our destiny, latent talents, hidden desires, and urges to pursue. The inner voice is clear and strong under this energy. What type of imprint do you want to make on the human collective? We are doing it whether we know it or not, so why not consciously choose the way we want our personal energy and resources to affect the field?

This lunar month is ruled by the dakini Nairatmya. It is her second month to rule. This gives us another opportunity to understand her teachings and the way she delivers her teachings. How is she speaking to you?

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Cats are such amazing beings-they never let us take ourselves too seriously for too long. šŸ˜‰

Dear Kitty. Some blog

Cat paws

Photo: Emir O. Filipović

From Smart News blog:

March 12, 2013 1:51 pm

Centuries Ago, a Cat Walked Across This Medieval Manuscript

While pawing through a stack of medieval manuscripts from Dubrovnik, Croatia, University of Sarajevo doctoral studentĀ Emir O. FilipovićĀ stumbled upon a familiar set of splotches marring the centuries-old pages. Years ago, aĀ mischievousĀ kitty had left her ink-covered prints on the book. FilipovićĀ explains the finding:

My story line follows a simple path: I was doing some research in theĀ Dubrovnik State ArchivesĀ for my PhD, I came across some pages which were stained with cat paw prints, I took a few photos of this (as I do whenever I notice something interesting or unusual on any old book Iā€™m reading), and carried on with my work not paying too much attention to something which at that time could essentially be only a distraction.

Thanksā€¦

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