Yvonne Gougelet

A heartbreaking letter from an activist & writer in #Syria. Please read about their government crackdown and mass killings!

This was copied and pasted from InterOccupy:

Letter from my friend Khaled Kalifa, a fiction and TV writer who lives in Damascus, Syria — I became friends with him when I was teaching at the University of Iowa and he was in the International Writer’s Program. Please read and stand with him:

Letter From khaled khalifa to his friends around of the world

My friends, writers and journalists from all over the world, in China and Russia, I would like to inform you that my people is being subjected to a genocide.

A week ago the forces of the Syrian regime stepped up its attacks on the rebellious cities, especially in the cities of Homs, Zabadani, the suburbs of Damascus, Rastan, Madaya, Wadi Barada, Figeh, Idlib and villages of the Zawiya mountain. In the past week, up until the moment in which I am writing these lines, more than a thousand martyrs fell, many of them children, and hundreds of homes were destroyed on top of their inhabitants.

The world’s blindness encouraged the regime’s attempt to eliminate the peaceful revolution in Syria, with an unrivaled repressive force. The support of Russia, China, Iran and the silence of the world in the face of the crimes committed in broad daylight, has allowed the regime’s killing of my people for the past eleven months. But in the last week, since February 2cd, the features of the massacre were made clear. The scene of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who took to the streets of their towns and villages on the night of the massacre of Khalidiya, the night of last Friday to Saturday, raising their hands in prayer and in tears, is heart breaking and puts the humanitarian tragedy of Syria in the center of the world. It is a clear expression of our feeling of orphanhood, resulting from our abandonment by the world, which is content by political and economic sanctions that do not stop murderers or restrain blood bathed tanks.

My people who faced death with bear chests and songs is being, in these very moments, subjected to a cleansing campaign. Our rebellious cities face sieges unprecedented in the history of world revolutions, preventing medical personnel to attend to the wounded, as field hospitals are being bombed in cold blood and destroyed. The entry of relief organizations is also prevented, phone lines are cut, and food and medicine are blocked to the extent that the smuggling of blood bags or Satamol tablets into the affected areas is considered a crime worthy of imprisonment in detention camps, the details of which will shock you one day.

In its modern history, the world has not yet seen valor and courage such as those displayed by the revolutionary Syrians in all our towns and villages, as the world has not yet seen such a silence, that is now considered a complicity in the murder and extermination of my people.

My people is the people of peace, coffee and music, that I wish you will taste one day, roses the fragrances of which I hope you will breathe one day, so that you know that the center of the world is today exposed to a genocide, and that the whole world is an accomplice to the spilling of our blood.

I can not say more in these difficult moments, but I hope you will take action in solidarity with my people, through whatever means you deem appropriate. I know that writing stands helpless and naked in front of the Russian guns, tanks and missiles bombing cities and civilians, but I have no wish for your silence to be an accomplice of the killings as well.
thedailywhat:

Breaking Prop 8 News of the Day: In a split 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco today declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage — known as Proposition 8 — unconstitutional.
“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” said the court in its ruling.
Proponents of the ban are expected to appeal today’s ruling either before a larger 9th Circuit panel, or skip that step and go straight to the Supreme Court.
The 9th Circuit Court’s decision was unlikely to have an immediate impact on similar bans in other states. Additionally, California’s ban of same-sex marriage remains in place while the appeals process is ongoing.
[latimes: 1, 2 / @kcbs / photo: getty via zimbio.]

thedailywhat:

Breaking Prop 8 News of the Day: In a split 2-1 decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco today declared California’s ban on same-sex marriage — known as Proposition 8 — unconstitutional.

“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” said the court in its ruling.

Proponents of the ban are expected to appeal today’s ruling either before a larger 9th Circuit panel, or skip that step and go straight to the Supreme Court.

The 9th Circuit Court’s decision was unlikely to have an immediate impact on similar bans in other states. Additionally, California’s ban of same-sex marriage remains in place while the appeals process is ongoing.

[latimes: 1, 2 / @kcbs / photo: getty via zimbio.]

(Source: thedailywhat)

37 drafts…

I haven’t *really* written on here in months. I have 37 different drafts of stories begun, but never ended. It’s pretty much like I have writer’s blue balls. I may start finishing some of them soon. They are long, about last year, the wars, revolutions, intuition, depression, enlightenment, the government, occupy wall street, & a non-existent love life…

I’d like to finish writing about last year so I can move on and tell you things are currently good. Over coming my worst depression yet. Writing performance art pieces, performing Burlesque, working three jobs, living in Miami during the Winter, instead of cold ass NYC. Maybe I’ll have time to write here soon. I have a performance this week, plus the three jobs. We shall see.

Peace~~~~

joelipari:

Silence is Betrayal… Martin Luther King Jr. anti-war speech  #MLK #USA #TweetThePress 

(Source: twitter.com)

When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.

—Martin Luther King, Jr. Southern Christian Leadership Conference Presidential Address, 16 August 1967. This is literally my favorite quote of his (probably true for many people), and that’s saying something because he was such a brilliant and incredibly quotable man.  The long arc of the moral universe line is a reference to a line from Theodore Parker’s sermon “Of Justice and the Conscience (1853)” (available here as part of an ebook). (via thepoliticalnotebook)

Obama signed the #NDAA today. Obama is like Santa. He’s real, only if you wish to believe.

Obama signed the #NDAA today. If you don’t know what this is, or what this has done to our constitution, please take some time to learn.

At Occupy DC I asked a young teenager how he liked the protest. He said, “Well, I like some things, but I don’t like other things.” I asked him what he didn’t like so I could help him. He said, “Well, some people don’t like Obama.” I said, “Remember when you learned about Santa?” He looked at me with big eyes, “What about Santa?” He was a teenager, I figured he must have heard the news. I said, “How do you feel about Santa?”, because his eyes were too excited for a youth who knew the truth. “He’s great,” he said. I said, “Well, yeah, Santa IS great,” and quickly changed the subject. Whew. Almost ruined that for him.

Moral of the story: OBAMA IS LIKE SANTA. He’s real, only if you wish to believe.

I just got back to NYC after visiting four other Occupations.

I just realized I haven’t really written at ALL over the past couple of months about my journey to other occupations. I’ve been to four other occupations besides OWS, experienced enlightenment, booked a role in a film (random!!), and am now back in NYC.

Brief update:

After sleeping in Zuccotti Park the very first night, and watching OWS become what it has become, I took off to Occupy DC for the big Keystone Pipeline protest, where we circled around the White House holding hands, telling Obama to Say NO the the Pipeline and say YES to Clean, Green, Alternative, Renewable energy. There was a BP protest the next day too. We made it on the cover of the NY Times. I ended up falling in LOVE with Occupy DC. It was a complete shit show, just like OWS, but I felt like I needed to be there, so I ended up staying for a week!!! I miss it so! (more deets on each occupation soon!!)

Then I get a call that I have an audition for a movie in Clearwater Florida for a big indie movie with Matt Dillon and Naomi Watts, with a big up and coming Golden Globe nominated female director. I answer the phone, “Uhhhh, I’m in the middle of a revolution!” But I took the trip down to Florida anyway. It was an hour away from my family’s house, so I figured, why not? Even if I didn’t get the part in the film, I knew I couple put some meat on my bones, because it’s damn hard to eat at OWS, or Occupy DC being a vegetarian.

On the drive home I experienced enlightenment. Real enlightenment, I felt like I was falling into myself, then floating. And I was SOBER. It was crazy. (I will discuss much further later.)

I get to Florida, my co-pilot, this amazingly beautiful soul/spirit/face Dandelion and I stop by Occupy Jacksonville and Occupy Tampa. More on that later, too. (This is a summary, so I don’t forget my past two months!)

I end up booking the film, I’m in a nice scene with Matt Dillon, more on this later too. I spend lots of time with my family, Thanksgiving. It’s also a shit show at home. My mother is disabled and in severe pain, and she is on a lot of medicine, she has been for 16 years. Shit show, I tell you.

I took off to Miami, spent some quality time at Occupy Miami. It is intoxicating there. I saw a bunch of old friends, slept on a boat, got some sun, and was offered a job down there during the winter, that I might take. There are a lot of auditions for TV and film down there….. but the revolution is still calling me.

I made it back to NYC and go to a charity event Tuesday night, then to a holiday party. I was hungry and everyone said “Go next door, it’s a vegetarian/performance space.” Sounded RIGHT up my alley. The door guy next door says, “No food tonight” It looked like a performance was happening, so I said, “I’ll just go in a watch.” He says, “No performance tonight. Occupy Wall Street is having a meeting.” Hahhhahahahahahahahah. I randomly stumbled into the very first Occupy Wall Street in door General Assembly, that I didn’t even know was happening. OF ALL THE PLACES IN NY-FUCKING-CITY, I stumble in to the GA!!!!!!!! My first night back home, after visiting four other occupations……..

The revolution needs me. I need the revolution. We need revolution. Because the mass majority of people have evolved and know that Profit over People is unjust and we must keep up the fight. I want to continue to merge my passion of performance, with my activism. Performance activism. Or Actionism. (New phrase) But where do I go? Do I stay in NYC? Do I go to Miami for a little bit? It’s all up in the air, but the Universe will guide me, like he always does, because Mother Earth needs me. She needs me, and we need her.

Fight on, brothers and sisters. More updates soon. Peace~~~

I love RSA’s videos. Very informative, enlightening videos on modern civilization, consciousness, etc.

mothernaturenetwork:

Diver Yang Yun was part of a competition to hold her breath for as long as possible in a pool of beluga whales in China. The dive was going smoothly until she tried to move her legs and she couldn’t. That’s when Mila, one of the beluga whales, came to her rescue. Sensing something was wrong, the animal immediately swam to the drowning diver, took Yun’s leg in her mouth and lifted her to the surface to breathe, saving her life.10 animals that saved human lives

mothernaturenetwork:

Diver Yang Yun was part of a competition to hold her breath for as long as possible in a pool of beluga whales in China. The dive was going smoothly until she tried to move her legs and she couldn’t. That’s when Mila, one of the beluga whales, came to her rescue. Sensing something was wrong, the animal immediately swam to the drowning diver, took Yun’s leg in her mouth and lifted her to the surface to breathe, saving her life.
10 animals that saved human lives

(via thedailyfeed)

Man  arrested for refusing to leave while protesting the National Defense  Authorization Act on December 21, 2011 in front of the White House. #OWS #OccupyDC #Global REvolution
{This  photo was downloaded from Twitter and taken by a citizen journalist;  there is a near blackout on this ongoing protest.}
Man arrested for refusing to leave while protesting the National Defense Authorization Act on December 21, 2011 in front of the White House. #OWS #OccupyDC #Global REvolution
{This photo was downloaded from Twitter and taken by a citizen journalist; there is a near blackout on this ongoing protest.}

A brief recap of what our psychotic Congress has been up to this month…

I’m a little tipsy at the airport, about to fly back home to NYC (after a long, unexpected trip) and I just went through some key things that pissed me off about Congress this month, and I decided to write a quick little recap of what they have been up to. Ya know, so we’re all on the same page here about how psychotic they are…

In less than one month Congress has:

*Passed the National Defense Authorization Act, with a slight adjustment, the government now has the ability to arrest an American Citizen, on American soil (or in the World) and hold them in a prison, WITHOUT TRIAL….. INDEFINITELY, removing our constitutional right of Habeas Corpus.

*Passed a bill making pizza a vegetable, well, half a cup of tomato paste— which is ridiculous because not only are tomatoes FRUIT, tomato paste is filled with the toxic chemical BPA linked to cancer.

*Congress allowed a lobbyist for billionaires (Grover Norquist) to control the Super Committee by forcing them to sign a pledge agreeing to NOT raise taxes on the rich (even though they are paying RECORD LOW taxes— some millionaires and billionaires paying less than their secretaries), which caused their debt deal to fail.

*The House Energy and Commerce committee voted to allow corporations to poison our air/water with toxic chemicals known to cause cancer (arsenic, heavy metals, and industrial mining operations). Uhhhh, yeah, uhhhhh, yeah. I got nothing. Shit is so fucked up right now.

*And, annnnnnd, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (run by members of Congress) were busted trying to discredit one of the Commissioners, when in reality, they were trying to allow the nuclear industry to have less safety regulations, while Fukushima Japan is still dealing with their nuclear meltdown.

I’m sure I missed something. I didn’t write about SOPA because apparently that is still up in the air and so is the Keystone Pipeline. I’m about to hop on my flight. I have a LOT of writing to catch up on, but thanks for reading if you did.

OCCUPY THE FUCKING PLANET. LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE~~~~ ;)

#OWS #OccupyDC #MargaritasBeforeMyFlightWasAGreatIdea

Hanging with my little brother in Tampa :)

Hanging with my little brother in Tampa :)

Obama speaking OWS’s language.

barackobama:

“The average income of the top 1 percent has gone up by more than 250 percent to $1.2 million per year … For the top one hundredth of 1 percent, the average income is now $27 million per year. The typical CEO who used to earn about 30 times more than his or her worker now earns 110 times more. And yet, over the last decade the incomes of most Americans have actually fallen by about 6 percent.”

—President Obama speaking in Osawatomie, Kansas, yesterday about what he calls a “make or break moment” for the middle class