Dr. Spencer Reid.
I am such a huge cynic, and THIS is still cute as fuck to me..
I want to thank all of you for your efforts and dedication to Human Rights and Human Kindness, in the past year I have experienced such emotion, joy, sadness and never ending faith. It is because of all of you that I am alive today, as I look at my sister Martina I am marveled by the love she has for me and of course I worry about her and her health, but as she tells me she is the eldest and she will not back down from this fight to save my life and prove to the world that I am innocent of this terrible crime.
As I look at my mail from across the globe, from places I have never ever dreamed I would know about and people speaking languages and expressing cultures and religions I could only hope to one day see first hand. I am humbled by the emotion that fills my heart with overwhelming, overflowing Joy. I can’t even explain the insurgence of emotion I feel when I try to express the strength I draw from you all, it compounds my faith and it shows me yet again that this is not a case about the death penalty, this is not a case about Troy Davis, this is a case about Justice and the Human Spirit to see Justice prevail.
I cannot answer all of your letters but I do read them all, I cannot see you all but I can imagine your faces, I cannot hear you speak but your letters take me to the far reaches of the world, I cannot touch you physically but I feel your warmth everyday I exist.
So Thank you and remember I am in a place where execution can only destroy your physical form but because of my faith in God, my family and all of you I have been spiritually free for some time and no matter what happens in the days, weeks to come, this Movement to end the death penalty, to seek true justice, to expose a system that fails to protect the innocent must be accelerated. There are so many more Troy Davis’. This fight to end the death penalty is not won or lost through me but through our strength to move forward and save every innocent person in captivity around the globe. We need to dismantle this Unjust system city by city, state by state and country by country.
I can’t wait to Stand with you, no matter if that is in physical or spiritual form, I will one day be announcing,
“I AM TROY DAVIS, and I AM FREE!”
Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!
As With Most Men by Mark Gonzales
As with most men, it is easier for me to give hugs than to accept them,
Lest the truth be known that men are nothing more than emotional skyscrapers,
built with glass infrastructures, spray painted the color of steel and nicknamed “Strength”
Strange, isn’t it?
What walking contradictions are we called men…
Men are taught to colonize at the age of 5 through games like cops and robbers, cowboys and Indians
At the age of 8 we are given helmets and told to hit each other on the head with it,
Bleed but do not blink,
Cut but do not cry,
Be a man, join the military,
Die for your country, and if death comes to you,
Look it in the eye and say:
Bring it on, motherfucker, I fear nothing
When it comes to intimacy men quiver like fault lines, crumble like cities
What walking contradictions are we called men…
Men sign peace accords while abusing their wives,
Accept the Nobel Peace prizes while reducing health care,
Pledge to rid the world of terrorism while simultaneously denying government aid to any country that defends a woman’s right to choose
During the 1970’s the US government forcibly sterilized an estimated fifty percent of the indigenous population of America’s Mid-West telling them the process was reversible
Can you say biological terrorism?
In a global war against terror, maybe testosterone is the real terrorist
And if so, how many of these Star Spangled singing, flag waving citizens would continue to do so
If terror was not racialized, but gendered?
Would the US military turn its guns on itself for its sex crimes throughout Southeast Asia, Africa and the Americas?
Would MTV be firebombed for it’s objectification, hyper-sexualization of our women of color’s bodies?
Would we stop looking towards the Muslim world for misogyny and instead
turn our sights to Madrid,
And I understand my sisters when they say
every woman has a story that’s been told a maximum of one soul, maybe less
And that is why you’ll never hear me call a woman slut, bitch or a dyke,
No matter what she does, because I do not blame her
I blame the men who have emotionally and physically raped her,
I blame these corporations whose images tell them they hate her,
And I put my arms on her shoulder and tell her how grateful I am to God that SHE created her
Men, take note, this is how you give love,
This is how you receive hugs.
Press flesh to flesh ‘til breasts crumple,
Like emotional origami.
That’s ‘cause they fell in love based on the Stockholm syndrome.
With a back massager I saw at the Stampede (@ the BMO Centre).
But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. $200 my ass…