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A Movement of Many

What gives the Occupy movement such a unique edge is the powerful voice of their protesters.  The people that make up the movement are fighting for similar goals and have the same type of values.  However, each person contributes in a way that may not be the same as the other, or may be a slightly different idea to bring progress to the movement.  This video gives a good sense of the voice of the Occupy protesters.



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This link provides a nice overview of some of the major events in the life of Frederick Douglass.  It gives you a nice way to put the time period and specific dates Douglass lived in context.

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Blogger’s Block

What I have found most challenging about contributing to the blog is getting past the fear of putting your words out there for everyone to see.  Although most times I write about a different subject not connected directly to myself, I have trouble letting go and just putting my thoughts out there without hesitation.  Especially in the poems I write, I find myself wondering, “what sort of response will I get?”, or “is this ready to be put up?”.  What I have found is that this process of continually putting your work in a position like this makes you a fearless writer.  It also causes you to think a little more deeply about your work before you post it.


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54th Massachusetts Regiment

What I ask of these men,

hated by their country,

robbed of identity, owned

in the black skin they were birthed;

I ask now for death,

the only promise to be kept,

as I gaze into their eyes

and see the glazed stare

that awaits a broken future,

left lifeless on the battlefield.

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99% vs. 1%

I exist beneath

the shoes of the rich.

Surviving paycheck to paycheck,

bent backwards with the weight

of taxes, rent, and tuition.

I am forced to work

two jobs, still struggling

to put food on the table.

I watched my father

die of pneumonia, unable

to afford proper healthcare.

I wonder each day

how much longer I can endure.

I am the 99%.

No longer will I live

in silence as the gap grows.

My voice will be heard.

From the top,

the view is unobscured,

and yet sickening all the same.

I watch as the herds

of low class citizens cram

their way into the streets,

screaming and yelling,

painting me as the villain.

I am to blame for your

lack of ambition?

For your laziness?

The unemployed always

are eager to throw

blame in the direction

of the prosperous.

But when the noise ends,

I will remain at the top.

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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Here is the site of Frederick Douglass’s home in Washington D.C.  Some really interesting insight in the photos here about the time period and how he lived.  Check it out!




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A Cry for Justice

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin, an African-American teenager, was walking back from the store when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.  Trayvon was a good natured kid, eager to crack jokes and always in high spirits.  Trayvon’s killer, Zimmerman, claims that he acted as he did in self defense.  All Trayvon was carrying was a bag of skittles.  Bad enough that this young man was killed merely for looking suspicious, Zimmerman remains uncharged.  In Sanford Florida where the incident occurred, relations between the police force and African-American residents have been tense for a while.  Residents have complained about past instances of failed communication efforts as well as lack of urgency when they report to the police. Trayvon’s parents created an online petition to get the attention of Florida’s District Attorney to bring about an investigation.  Over the past few weeks this petition and Trayvon’s story has been circulation through social media sites such as Facebook like wildfire.  So far, the petition has gained nearly 2,000,000 signatures.  Without the coverage of these sites, this tragic story would have still been highly publicized and debated nationwide, but would there have been such a powerful and swift response in support of justice?  I think not.  I encourage all readers of the blog to take a stand and sign the petition for justice.  Click here to sign.





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