N a p a l m H e a l t h S p a : R e p o r t 2 0 0 7
We were riding a boat down the
Seinelooking at the unforgettable architecture
of homeless-encamped tents
when news of the 650,000th Iraqi death was announced over
the amplified radio.
The French-accented announcer promised this would be the last time
that figure would ever be mentioned in English.
We ran into the Louvre as fast as we could & sat cross-legged in a corner.
Were we planning to meditate or paint, Vivian, I can't remember?
One of Mona Lisa's guards found us behind a bulletproof pink canvas
and dragged us into the medieval exhibit
where an iron statue was already built for our fired Defense chief.
The eyes carved into the hall of tombs were videotaping us
As we opened our subway maps to plan a route to a more modern
temporary hiding place.
With 4th anniversary of Iraq War approaching,
Bush has asked new Democratic Congress for
$100 billion in emergency funds "with no strings
attached"–doesn't he have a single science advisor
who can tell him current quantum theories say
all matter in universe is made of tiny strings? In Sunday's
New York Times, I read an article about young women
who are among fastest guitarists in today's rock
& roll. Is Bush asking Congress to keep these guitarists
off stage? Do families of 600,000 Iraqi war dead use steel
or nylon strings to tie up the loose newspapers of
their lives? With doctors and nurses fleeing across
borders, what color thread remains on the looted shelves
's endlessly flowing hospital wounds? Iraq
The Times said that these new rock guitarists
are called shredders but that seems more appropriate
to the fashion designers of these new wars. How many
strings would it would take for the Democratic Party
to weave itself a stronger spine? After Scooter
Libby conviction, the attorney general scandal, Katrina's
exposed wounds, mice chewing up vet hospital floors,
will the president finally be forced to pull his own strings?
There are loose threads everywhere on my living
room carpet; is there a mainstream presidential
candidate who will accept this futuristic donation?
Enough of this war funding! No more feeding
Bush's addictions with Afghan poppy & mid-east oil!
These censored yet still dire pseudo-government heat
stroke reports contain more than enough scary adjective
strings to let us know we're approaching a real tipping point
problem! Quantum physicists say the vibrational pitch
of subatomic strings helps determine the shape of
objects. Hey, you guitarists & bass players, can you change
the pitch emanating from Bush's war phone? Patti Smith was
inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame–I'll second her
NY Times op-ed & say I, too, have no interest in files of
celebrity, but better to be remembered for playing the strings
of protest than igniting the flames of cities burning.
Congress, grab those strings! The people are ahead of you,
but we need your help.
Why I Did Civil Disobedience at Wall Street
with the War Resisters League
With over a half million Iraqi civilians killed as result this catastrophic war &
occupation, four million others forced to flee their homes, it doesn't seem right
whoops or wails daily about consumer overconfidence second-home-sales bull-markets business-as-usual. America
When I got to Wall Street holding my aching back from previous day's march, I wasn't
sure whether I was well enough to join in, but an electric impulse at base of
spine seemed to surge me forward & urge me to sit.
A recent poll showed most Americans believe under 10,000 Iraqis have been killed–
which home planet's TV reality shows are those purple patriots watching?
I was holding an anti-Halliburton sign and thinking of new chants, "the people are hollerin', no more deaths, no more dollars"–maybe it was the off-rhyme giving me extra spinal energy?
's soldiers come back homeless & wounded, Halliburton execs make America
millions & move their castles to
–will someone please introduce a bill Dubai
outlawing private contractors making more money than the troops?
In his essay on civil disobedience, Thoreau said "Let your life be a counter-friction
to stop the machine!"
Everyone knows the Democrats were elected to Congress to stop the war, but it seems
like most of them are still wandering lost in the basement halls.
I love MoveOn.org, but their calls for peace vigils only mentioned honoring
dead American troops & not Iraqis buried under depleted uranium-covered
earth, and I felt a stronger nonviolent statement ought to be made.
occupation serves as recruitment tool for extremists and as blood-boiling U.S.
pot for hundreds of thousands families that've lost loved ones since 3/19/03–
and all suspect rightfully Bush wants oil rights & permanent military bases!
In the police van heading to the holding cells, there was a great spirit of comraderie
among activists meeting for first time in plastic handcuffs, coming from a
dozen different traditions to the same stock-exchange street-corner sit-down
In near-secret nooks and crannies of the Internet, one reads reports of Iraqi children
born with leukemia birth defects from uranium weapons
won't admit is a U.S.
problem. What will it take to bring this emergency health & war crimes issue
into mainstream light?
Under current levels of chaos & destruction, seven hours in police vans and holding cells
seemed like a small form of existential penance an American could pay on the
4th anniversary of the war.