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Let’s start a Revolution!

I am a child of the revolution, born in May 1959 as Cuba became a socialist/communist country, born to parents who had to immigrate to the U.S., born from parents who had to emigrate from Turkey, born to ancestors who had to emigrate from Spain. My ancestors have been roaming all over trying to find a safe place to live and now here I am, in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the year 2013, and I am not going anywhere.

I live here with my son, in this city that is hostile to boys who look like my son. I’m ready to kick off a Revolution – but I can’t do this alone.

Will you join me?

Let Marge Piercy inspire you if I haven’t yet:

The Low Road
What can they do 
to you? Whatever they want. 
They can set you up, they can 
bust you, they can break 
your fingers, they can 
burn your brain with electricity, 
blur you with drugs till you 
can’t walk, can’t remember, they can 
take your child, wall up 
your lover. They can do anything 
you can’t blame them 
from doing. How can you stop 
them? Alone, you can fight, 
you can refuse, you can 
take what revenge you can 
but they roll over you.

But two people fighting 
back to back can cut through 
a mob, a snake-dancing file 
can break a cordon, an army 
can meet an army.

Two people can keep each other 
sane, can give support, conviction, 
love, massage, hope, sex. 
Three people are a delegation, 
a committee, a wedge. With four 
you can play bridge and start 
an organization. With six 
you can rent a whole house, 
eat pie for dinner with no 
seconds, and hold a fundraising party. 
A dozen make a demonstration. 
A hundred fill a hall. 
A thousand have solidarity and your own newsletter; 
ten thousand, power and your own paper; 
a hundred thousand, your own media; 
ten million, your own country.

It goes on one at a time, 
it starts when you care 
to act, it starts when you do 
it again after they said no, 
it starts when you say We 
and know who you mean, and each 
day you mean one more.

–Marge Piercy 
Copyright 2006, Middlemarsh, Inc.



by Rachel Dangermond

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