REFUGEES


It’s easy for Americans to blithely say that people should not flee for refuge when in our lives, never has there been a need to flee for refuge. I would like to share the following written by

the writer is a British writer, poet, editor and teacher, who was born to Somali parents in Kenya. Her words “No one leaves home unless/home is the mouth of a shark”, from the poem “Conversations about Home (at a deportation center)”, have been called a rallying call for refugees and their advocates.

please do not read this alone: HOME
no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.

no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck
and even then you carried the anthem under
your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
pitied

no one chooses refugee camps
or strip searches where your
body is left aching
or prison,
because prison is safer
than a city of fire
and one prison guard
in the night
is better than a truckload
of men who look like your father
no one could take it
no one could stomach it
no one skin would be tough enough

the
go home blacks
refugees
dirty immigrants
asylum seekers
sucking our country dry
niggers with their hands out
they smell strange
savage
messed up their country and now they want
to mess ours up
how do the words
the dirty looks
roll off your backs
maybe because the blow is softer
than a limb torn off

or the words are more tender
than fourteen men between
your legs
or the insults are easier
to swallow
than rubble
than bone
than your child body
in pieces.
i want to go home,
but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the gun
and no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore
unless home told you
to quicken your legs
leave your clothes behind
crawl through the desert
wade through the oceans
drown
save
be hunger
beg
forget pride
your survival is more important

no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying-
leave,
run away from me now
i dont know what i’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here.
~ Warsan Shire

Thank you for reading this.

 

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TRUMP CLAIMS HE IS ABOVE THE LAW


We have seen this before- a president who claims that anything a president does is legal. Nixon claimed that in his infamous interview not long before he resigned in disgrace and only avoided prison because Ford pardoned him. The difference is that then the republicans in congress were ready to impeach him, unlike now when they are ready to cover up all that trump does and says.

How can we stop this? I don’t have an answer except to say that we can not stay silent.

THEY LOST OVER 1400 CHILDREN


That’s right, they lost over 1400 children who were taken from their parents at the border.¬† Making it even worse is the fact that they also say some were sold into human trafficking. How do they know this?

What kind of country do we now live in? The people coming across the border are trying for refugee status or amnesty or just a chance at a life and what does our country do? They take the children and put them in ‘holding cells’ and then give them to sponsors and then they lose them. How can anyone be okay with this?

Of course I have signed the petitions that are there and will be calling my senators and reps in congress, but will that help find these children? My heart breaks for the families and the children and my heart breaks that its my government doing this. Never did I ever think something like this would happen in our country.

Please join me in contacting those in congress and also contact the UN for investigations into this matter. Most of all, don’t be silent and don’t be complicit by your apathy.

 

THE AGE OF REALITY PRESIDENT


Not sure about anyone else but I find myself each morning checking all my news sources for the latest installment from our reality show president. It’s like watching a soap opera except we are all the extras in the show and there is no real storyline except for unlimited corruption.

Of course his endless tweets all add to the reality show atmosphere and social media just amplifies his audience. Will we be able to return to normality when this ‘show’ ends or are we to be stuck in reality show mode with twitter the only way for the president to talk?

Problem with this ‘reality show’ is you can’t just turn it off and watch a better program. Hopefully soon, this chapter in our history will end soon and with its demise bring about a new and improved chapter, one that doesn’t include twitter and fox news controlling the story line.

Since we can’t just turn it off, then that means we have to change the channel and elect into office a president and congress that actually want to work for we the people.¬† So, please everyone lets change the channel.

 

 

THE PRESIDENT LOVES DICTATORS


In case anyone had any doubts that our president loves dictators, the last few weeks have proved his approval and want to emulate  dictators.

First we have him saying that he found it great that the president of China is now president for life and how great it would be for him to be president for life. Next we have him wanting to be like other dictatorships and kill drug dealers and now today we find out that he called to congratulate Putin on his ‘win’ .

Our reality star president would love nothing more than to be a dictator and if had his way he would make it a reality.

Just more reminders why we must resist this administration.

WHAT WILL HISTORY SAY?


I was wondering the other day just how history will portray this time in history. Then my next thought was if there would be a country to portray as every single day seems to bring us closer to the destruction of our country.

There was another school shooting yesterday with one dead and two severely injured and the presidents reaction was to have a convening of video execs to discus the violence in video games and of course congress sent the obligatory thoughts and prayers. Talk about the real problem of too many guns with too few regulations- no.

Then there is the starting of a trade war started by Trump and the uncertainty that will bring. Of course all the allies and china and Russia are ready to retaliate and yet that seems to not matter to trump or his cult followers

The damage done to every single part of our government by the corrupt unqualified people put in charge of them may not be possible to undue. So, then it brings back the question- what will history.

 

HOW DO WE FIGHT THE CORRUPTION?


Its been at least a hundred years since we have seen this level of corruption in our government and in many ways it is much worse now. Never before has a foreign country had the influence that Russia has in our election process and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

We have a president that was in some ways illegally elected and once in office he lost no time in putting in place in all cabinet positions very corrupt very wealthy people who seem intent on destroying their departments.

Everyone sees it and everyone says its a problem but no one seems to have any idea how to fix it. Can we trust voting to fix the problem since we cant be sure they are free of foreign influence?

So, the real question is what can we as people do to fix this?