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Why i write…

I am realizing that part of why i write is for the same reason that i am engaged in social change work.  I am trying to save a life – my own.

Book review: The Other Wind

Author: Ursula K. Le Guin

Publisher: Ace Books, 2003

Every Earthsea novel has its principal protagonist (not necessarily the s/hero); the one through whose eyes we see into the world of the isles (Earthsea is made up of hundreds of islands and isles with various regions, cultures, languages, beliefs, folklore).

The Other Wind spreads itself out over several characters. I think this weakened the strength of the story a little, there not being enough development of the newly introduced characters to get us to care particularly for what they experience. This story follows Alder, Tenar, and Lebannen at a point of great change in Earthsea.

Alder is the reluctant herald of this change. A village sorcerror with a talent for mending objects, he has no great powers of wizardry. But he regularly has frightening dreams about the souls of the dead who call out to him from across the wall that he sees in his dreams; a wall that divides the land of the dead from the land of the living.

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Silly tourists…

Hilarious post from the website of Kenyan Indian diaspora poet Shailja Patel:

Click here

Tourists ask the darndest things. Here’s an on-line Q&A from a Kenyan tourism website:

Q: Does it ever get windy in Kenya? I have never seen it rain on TV, so how do the plants grow? (United Kingdom)
A: We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around watching them die.

U.S. Social Forum Blogs

I feel so behind.

Anyway…the U.S. Social Forum is a national get-together of folks working to address systemic inequalities, oppression, and broken social/economic institutions. No government or corporate sponsorship has been sought or accepted since “the gubmit” and corporations are notorious for trying to water down proposals or shutdown conversations about things that they deem too controversial. The U.S. Social Forum is also meant to be a place for people from the community, from grassroots organizations, and from “green businesses” to get together as a direct contradiction to the idea that people need elected (or supposedly elected) politicians to speak for them. There is no particular organization that is allowed to dominate the conversations.

This is the first event of its kind in the United States, but it is based on organizing models developed in the global South: Mumbai, India; Porto Alegre, Brazil, and Karibu, Nairobi have been sites of past global social forums.

However, since i was not at the U.S. Social Forum i have no personal reporting to give you. Instead i refer you to the following blogs:

♦ brownfemipower’s Women of Color Blog. Day-by-day updates and some speech summaries by fierce WoC leaders at the Forum.

♦ Un blog bilingüe (de un peruano)

♦ National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights has Migrant Diaries

♦ Third Wave Foundation’s blog

♦ Monthly Review Foundation’s blog has lots of links to participating organizations

Enjoy! I will soon review the last edition of Left Turn magazine, which contains lots of stuff about the USSF.