The Ever-Evolving World Through Her Eyes

This is for Saying Yes
April 15, 2009, 1:50 am
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What else is there to say to this, other than I feel completely inspired and full when I listen to this. I want to embody this very poem because this poem embodies so much of how I feel and what I believe in. I hope you enjoy it. I hope it rejuvinates your day, or night, or week, or year. I hope you find hope in it.


COP 14 International Youth Delegation

So here it goes, the unveiling of the Global Youth Climate Movement’s work in Poznan, Poland, for COP 14 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

To Download this video click here. It’s the video labeled COP14 (Say What You Want).

And the other video:

To download this video click here. It is labeled COP 14 (teardrop)

In the Name of Love

Today, as I sat next to my parents, on our living room couch, eyes peering up at the television, we listened to Singers, Actors, and prominent American Figures, including the president-elect himself, on the “We Are One, Inauguration Concert.”

To be very honest, I voted for Ralph Nader, mainly because I do not believe in a two party political system, and Ralph’s policies were much more sound to me than Obama’s. But one thing I always knew was that this man inspired hope and change in the people who mattered most- you and I. President-elect Obama is always reminding us, even today, that we must get involved and stay active, keeping him informed of what we, the American people think, what we want to see as ‘the change.’

My eyes filled with tears on many occasions as I saw, these artists come together in a manifestation of what we want to see on a larger level, on a local level, ingrained in our every day selves. It is Love. While it was in the limelight, yes, and the world always shows it’s harsher edges after the glamor has faded, it was still something truly remarkable. And let me say this, it is beauty that never fades, it only changes.

I think the moment that caught me off guard, other than when Stevie Wonder came on stage and I jumped up screaming and dancing, was when Bono from U2 sang to the President. He sang his famous song, written in 1984 for Martin Luther King Jr, Pride. As the song neared it’s close he said these words.

“This is not just an American dream, but also an Irish dream, a European dream, an African dream … an Israeli dream and a Palestinian dream,” Bono said in the middle of U2’s performance of their 1984 hit “Pride (In the Name of Love).”

This was beauty. For so long, the issue of Israel and Palestine has been taboo, especially when any positive light is shown on the Palestinians. And, especially when the issue is in congress. It is time to stand up for justice, of our people at home who live in poverty and in the face of racism, and in the middle-east, where we have financed 1000 times over ongoing massacres in Iraq, Lebanon, and the Palestinian Territories.

Tears streamed down my face as I heard, what Bono had said, and I looked over at my parents, my Lebanese mother and my European father; they too were crying. These two people who created six mixed babies, all of us trying to make this world more just, peaceful, and sustainable. I owe everything to them, and I owe everything to all of you.

2+2=4, Violence in Gaza= War Crimes

On the 22nd day of unabated violence in Gaza, with 1,203 people dead- including 360 Children, and 5,320 people injured of which are 46% Women and Children, Israel has said “The aims of our operation have been met.” Is that the sound of a ceasefire? Even after, Israel turned down Hamas’ deal on a Palestinian state of the 1967 borders, the deal that Israel said was the Palestinian people’s golden opportunity?

And, what were your aims Ehud Olmert? I’m confused because what happened over the last three weeks was not a nation protecting itself, but rather a government perpetrating fear within it’s borders, and the borders of a territory occupied and oppressed.

Frankly, I’m done with this, I am done hearing about the atrocities that you are committing, righteously, as if you were “entitled.” Entitled to violence, as if it were owed to you because of what your people have seen, and gone through. Let me say this, no one is entitled to violence, the history of people throughout this world is bloodied and conquered. When will it end?

Would the American government be so forgiving if African Americans rose up, took over New York or California, due to help from the European Union, and started perpetrating violence in the same ways that Israel does? While, the EU continued to funnel roughly 10 million dollars each day, even increasing funds while civilians were being slaughtered, as the US did a couple weeks ago. For some reason, I don’t think so. The institutions that are supposed to protect us, have been killing young black men for years. Look at the most recent cases of Oscar Grant and Adolph Grimes.

This is war crimes. In the “Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977” under Article 51, the protection of civilians Israel has committed War Crimes. According to Point 4 – the definition of Indiscriminate Attacks, section (c), Continue reading

Sometimes You Just Have to Laugh
January 8, 2009, 7:25 pm
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Send Generation WE to Poland to Save their Future

We are the generation, inheriting this mess, this beautiful earth, violated along with its peoples. We are stepping up, taking on the challenge . We need your support.

Support My Generation Today

To hear more about what my generation has to say, watch the video below.

dsc_0029_2_2Generation WE: The Movement Begins… from Generation We on Vimeo.

Let Us Build the New Economy Let Us Build Community

The economy slides down one of those yellow slip and slides, those slippery slopes people are always talking about. Usually in reference to the once you start you just can’t stop activities like sex, drugs, and tasty food, rarely to our ‘stable’ economy or our government.

I think back to eight years ago, I was fourteen years old and felt terribly robbed that I couldn’t fully participate in the democratic process. Although, Kids Against Pollution, the organization I was National Spokesperson for at the time, was running their Vote 4 Me campaign, which registered people to vote for my generations future. While we were too young to vote others weren’t and we wanted to make sure they were taking into consideration the things we thought were important like the environmental records of each candidate. I remember the night of the election, I passed out around two in the morning not knowing what my future held, and woke to the grim news that the entire country still didn’t. There was a recount and more speculation. I felt sick as I walked the halls of my school, while other middle-schoolers postulated over whom was making out with whom, or what was for lunch; I couldn’t get the election off my mind. The process continued to be hijacked, as our democracy eroded way like a pressure hose to scraps on the ground, the last remnants washed away. As shocked as I was, as scared as I was, I still had no idea what was to come.

Endless cuts in taxes that benefit the already wealthy and privileged, two wars that target minorities on both sides of the fighting, the reversal of twenty years of forward steps on environmental and medical care policies, not to mention the complete overhaul and the re-funelling of money for our national public education system to those oppressive wars. What a record, and that’s the the least of it.

Surprisingly, through it all, I’ve lived comfortably. I guess that’s the key, the gradual decline in the quality of life and civil liberties. Don’t just yank things out of reach, distract them so they just forget until it’s too late.

But it’s not too late. Our economy, yes, is in shambles, global warming is less than stable, and the patriot act looms in the background like George Orwell’s 1984, but we are the one’s we are waiting for.

So let’s stop waiting and start shaping and creating our future. Let us take back the streets that used to be the centers of our communities.

For example, City Repair, the Portland, Oregon’s community based organization, started out by creating a central sustainable community gathering place. Then one evening in their celebration, literally the neighborhood took to the streets and converted their intersection into a public square. Technically this was done illegally, but they soon had the city of Portland on their side, as this was what the community wanted and needed. Now, after twelve years of work, City Repair is a central neighborhood organization that has transformed the way Portland inter-acts with it’s community,

By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.

Or the Power Vote Pledge which seeks to mobilize one million young “climate voters” to elevate the issue of climate change in the 2008 election. This pledge commits young voters to holding our candidates accountable to our vision of a sustainable future, which includes creating millions of green jobs for middle to low income folks, investing in this clean energy economy, cutting global warming pollution, and so much more.

Check out what 350 has been up to, launching a new campaign to invite the new President, whoever that may be, to rejoin the world’s fight against the climate crisis at the UN Climate Negotiations in Poland.

Get involved, find a local community organization that you can give back to and in turn will serve you and your family. Re-claim your civil power and create the future you want to see. Maybe time is scarce, maybe money too but we need you more than ever for when we remain separate, time is scarce and so is money.

When we come together regularly in collective support, we can change this idea of scarcity to a reality of abundance. By realizing our own power to take our future into our hands, we become apart of the decision making process.

We are taught that these activities are too grand for ordinary people, which is why we elect someone else to make those decisions and changes for us, or we wait for someone else another Ghandi, another Alice Paul, another Martin. But those people were ordinary people with a vision and through some catalytic steps started working for the betterment of our community, our world.

We are all connected. We need everyone. Start today.

Sign the Power Vote Pledge and the Invitation to our Presidential Candidates, for starters, and then take this moment to find another way to become locally involved with creating change.