Rosa Parks Essay Reveals Rape Attempt... →
dopegirlfresh: NEW YORK (AP) — Long before Rosa Parks was hailed as the “mother of the civil rights movement,” she wrote a detailed and harrowing account of nearly being raped by a white neighbor who employed her as a housekeeper in 1931. The six-page essay, written in her own hand many years after the incident, is among thousands of her personal items currently residing in the Manhattan...
White women drug abusers are far more likely to receive counseling, treatment...– Sikivu Hutchinson (rest of the article here)
My soul’s been absorbed with Diallo’s case. I’ve worked as at domestic worker—I...– Andrea Plaid, BAAD ASS FEMINIST ACTIVIST Read the interview in its entirety. http://whereisyourline.org/2011/07/badass-activist-friday-presents-andrea-plaid/
True freedom is realized when we develop the internal capacity to not be the...– Gina Sharpe
Conquer yourself, not others, discipline yourself and learn true freedom. One...– The Dhammapada
…Were it not for the Buddhadharma, I’m convinced that, as a (B)lack American and...– — Dr. Charles Johnson, Seattle, July 2002, Turning the Wheel: Essays on Buddhism and Writing
…The longing to be fully known and still loved…– Cherie Moraga as told to bell hooks in remembered rapture: the writer at work
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in...– Buddha
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving...– Buddha
Awareness is our true self; it’s what we are. So we don’t have to try to develop...– Charlotte Joko Beck; “Nothing Special”, p.87 (Remarkable how she cuts through. Thank you, dhammanovice)
Missing Detroit 5 year old Mariha Smith
myworstthoughts: “Mariha was last seen sleeping at home on the morning of July 24, 2011. She may be wearing a black short sleeved shirt with pink flowers and blue jean pants. She was last seen with pink beads in her hair.” - Source and For More Details From a CBS News Report
For Half of a Century, (Black Lesbian) Love... →
“…Jean is in her 70s and Thelma is 82. They are both African-American women. They have a gentle nature but possess subtle personality differences that clearly complement each other. Their love took root while they were in their late 20s and early 30s, and together, over the past fifty years, they have seen the world change: They’ve watched economies bottom out and rise again and...
The maid's first interview about the DSK case →
Nafissatou Diallo breaks her anonymity and speaks out against Dominique Strauss Kahn
Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “You owe...– Hafiz (Reflecting upon what we think people owe us because of our *usually, conditional* love -most appropriate with familial and romantic relationships…)
A Black Woman Speaks of White Womanhood by Beah...
In response to the insulting book and now the wretched film “The Help,” I was reminded of Beah Richards’ most appropriate, poignant, and (unfortunately) TIMELESS poem, written 60-years ago. (Thank you Barbara Kellom) For my known and unknown maternal and paternal BlackWomen ancestors who both slaved and worked (for barely liveable wages) in White folks’ homes for...
Compassion and Love are not mere luxuries. As the source of both inner and...– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in...– Albert Einstein
There are those who discover they can leave behind destructive reactions and...– The Dhammapada
LOVE with EQUANIMITY is more than the expression of deep emotion or the pull to...– Gina Sharpe, practitioner and teacher of the Dharma/Dhamma.
If you have come to help me, please go away. But, if you have come because your...– Aboriginal Activists 1970s
Meditation isn’t freedom from the storm. Meditation is freedom in the...– Gina Sharpe, Dharma practitioner for over 35 years and teacher for over 15 years.
You are perfect as you are, and you can use a little improvement…– Suzuki Roshi
You can hold back from the suffering of the world, you have free permission to...– Franz Kafka
Slavery is cruel and inhumane wherever it is found. Whether it is rehearsed in...– Rev. Dr. Mitzi J. Smith, “An’ be-fo’ I’d be a slave. I’ll be buried in my grave; An’ go home to my Lord an’ be free: The Bible and Slavery? God and Slavery?”
There are two kinds of suffering: the suffering which leads to more suffering,...– Ajahn Chah
Alice Walker Exclusive Interview on Smiley & West →
Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple and more recentlyHard Times Require Furious Dancing, gives an exclusive account of her sabotaged flotilla mission to Gaza. “It is great that women of Color have publicly joined the struggle to end the occupation. If we believe in freedom and justice for everyone. We must end the apartheid regime in Palestine like we did in South Africa and in the...
Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.– Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918)
Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got...– Nelson Mandela
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made...– Nelson Mandela …HAPPY 93rd Birthday!!! VIVA MADIBA!!!! (Thank you Dear Sista Malaika Adero for the reminder!!!)
You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it.– Albert Einstein Vipassana Meditation is one path (of many) that can lead to self-transformation through self observation. http://dhamma.org
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is quoted, it is a powerful love that will...– Gina Sharpe Click here to read the link to Dr. King’s quote If you live in or near Philadelphia, Gina Sharpe will be leading a non-residential retreat on Friday, July 22, 2011 (open to all), and Saturday, July 23, 2011 (for people of color only). Click here for more information
We call someone a ‘pussy’ for being weak, even though the vagina contains...– Benjamin Law, Frankie Magazine Issue 40. (via raphmike)
If you’re silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.– Zora Neale Hurston (via wllc)
Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is...– Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Better is to live one day wise and meditative than to live a hundred years...– Dhammapada 111
Harry Potter is about doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is...– ~~Stephen King Found this on Twitter. (via secretarysbreakroom)
The unlearning of White (or any form of) privilege is very difficult and hard...– Gina Sharpe interviewed by Kate Johnson for the Interdependence Project Podcast
Our suffering stems from ignorance. We react because we do not know what we are...– S.N. Goenka, Master Vipassana Meditation Teacher
If the same-sex marriage advocates, straight or queer, can use a family values...– Gay Marriage In New York: Progressive Victory or GOP Roadmap? by Kenyon Farrow
There are no limits to your being, only those you ascribe to yourself. There...– Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
When we give our creative being it’s proper place in our lives, we have a...– Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
To bring the sublime into the mundane is the greatest challenge there is.– Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan