2 years ago
by Steven Jesse Bernstein
This clouded heart where the rain begins and the traffic dies. We cry a little because of the bricks showering from the broken buildings, the windows divided into pieces of pictures, the incomplete dirt and sallow gardens. There is a girl, she doesn’t know what her breasts are for and hold them up curiously with her fingers. Her eyes are two wagons gone off down different sidewalks pulled by boys with playing cards in their pants, who can’t read their hands, who’s goodbye mouths sail higher and higher. The souls of their shoes are virgins. This is a neighborhood of padded mud, wheels gone all the way, kisses like the electric wires inside eels, nervous knives, pretty pistols, mothers, gods, fathers, cops, leaning with shame.
“As so we tell our stories. One by one, slowly with no interruptions, no sanitized versions, no omissions. We tell how we grew up, how our parents failed us, how we first entered the life, how we felt turning tricks, and how much we hurt on the inside because we couldn’t really explain it to anyone…when it comes to my turn, I just tell is raw and true.” (via Not Oprah’s Book Club: Girls Like Us)
We want to disempower them, leave them in fear and most importantly crush what they are trying to build. Not only did we win the physical battle by a mile, but given the goal at hand, they were completely defeated.
What we’re going to do is shake this country up from below, pick it up and turn it on its head.Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos
ALF // no more mink, no more death.
It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.Emiliano Zapata
Comandante Ramona Chiapas, 1959-2006. Indigenous Tzotzukna. One of the most outstanding representatives of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN). She fought to defend the rights of indigenous women and craftswomen, for the right to education and the valuing of craft work. She went to great effort to demand the creation of hospitals, markets where craftswomen could sell without middle-men, crèches, diners, against racism and discrimination, for the freedom to choose a life partner, for freedom and access to the use of contraceptives, because this ends the traffic in women. Comandante Ramona participated in the composition of the Revolutionary Law of Women, approved in 1993.