SEE NAOMI KLEIN WINS SYDNEY PEACE PRIZE – A.M. AFTER I POSTED THIS BLOG, below
This scene from Chatham, Massachusetts, which I call “Tethered Steeple” could also be titled “Tethered Flag.” This morning I passed the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, en route home from having kayaked to the Fishing Bridge and back. Our firemen had created their Memorial Day sign: “HOME OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.”
Tethered Tower, Chatham, Mass.
Regular NJWILDBEAUTY readers know my grave concern for citizens’ rights in our land. My immediate thought, upon seeing that noble firehouse sign this morning was, “Well, they all seem to have died in vain.”
1776 1876 American Flag from Internet
I worry a great deal about what our Founding Fathers must think of vanished liberty in so-called America. About everyone’s being treated as a criminal in airports, and now even in museums and theatres (Manhattan, not yet in Princeton).
Lawrenceville Fire Department Mailbox
I am particularly devastated that land, –even that preserved in perpetuity-, is being punctured already with PIPELINE pipes of hideous yellow – color of 21st-Century tyranny.
PIPELINE: “We have met the enemy, and he is …” Fossil Fuel Corporations.
This land is no longer OUR LAND, as the lovely song insisted when we were fighting our own government to end the Vietnam War. “…and all around us, a voice was singing, this land was made for you and me.” Reality seems to me, “this land was made for fossil fuels!”
Cape May Point Flag at Half Mast in Gale
The fossil fuel industry would have it otherwise, as would many so-called ecological organizations, significantly funded by those whose motto is “Drill, Baby, Drill!”, (referred to by the brilliant author, Naomi Klein, as ‘Big Green.’ (This Changes Everything — Capitalism vs. the Climate”.)
Bay Head New Jersey Flag at Ocean where Sandy Landed, in high wind of April 2016
I don’t know what the rest of you do to counter these dire trends. What would George and Ben and John and Abigail and Thomas (Paine) and Thomas (Jefferson) have done, faced with the restrictions and constrictions of liberty in our times?
Nearby Town of Revolutionary Fervor, including only home owned by the rightfully fiery Thomas Paine
Please note how many of my excursion pictures seem to be taken in high winds… We should stop blaming the situation of ‘climate change’, and begin accurately targeting fossil fuel magnates, politicians bought by them, the organizations founded by and funded by them, who permit the continued ruination of our country, our Planet.
Chatham Light and Flag in Wild Pre-Storm Wind, 2015
Memorial Day used to be called ‘Decoration Day.’ It was created to honor Civil War dead, and there were supposedly two different such days, — one for the North and one for the South. Somehow they were, –after a suitable lapse of time–, merged into Memorial Day.
Maine Cemetery, Harpswell, Old Headstones in Late Light
As children, families went to the family graveyards, honoring deceased relatives. We did not, but many did, [and in Salem and Cumberland Counties of New Jersey, many still do], have a memorial meal at the grave site. When we visited, we cleaned the graves, weeded, watered, brought new flowers, and parents reminisced. Our ancestors lived on through these rituals.
“O, Say, Can You See?” at Chatham Fish Pier, October 2015
Turns out we were ‘doing it wrong,’, as this day is supposed to be about honoring those who died in war for our country.
Starry Stars “Old Glory” from Internet
Land of the Free, Home of the Brave – Lawrenceville’s 9/11 Heroes
“HOME OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.”
Let’s KEEP it that way. Write legislators, editors, heads of ruinous Fossil Fuel organizations. There is a Women’s movement, called “Take Back the Night.”
We need to pledge OUR lives, OUR fortunes, OUR sacred honor, if there is any such entity in these troubled times.
We need a TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY mentality. Our land needs to be OUR land again.
Full Glory, Rhinebeck NY: Beekman Arms Inn and Tavern – Oldest Continuously Operating in America – since Pre-Revolutionary Days
Naomi Klein awarded 2016 Sydney Peace Prize.
We are very proud to share the news that Naomi has been awarded the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize by the Sydney Peace Foundation.
Naomi will be travelling to Sydney, Australia in November to accept the award and attend an array of events organised by the Sydney Peace Foundation.
Tickets to her award speech at the Sydney Town Hall on November 11th are available here.
We hope this will be a powerful opportunity to continue to bring conversations around social justice and climate change into the discourse in Australia as well as support the work of social movements across the region.
We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Naomi and look forward to welcoming her to Australia in November.
Edward Said London Lecture
Fossil fuels require sacrifice zones: they always have. And you can’t have a system built on sacrificial places and sacrificial people unless intellectual theories that justify their sacrifice exist and persist: from Manifest Destiny to Terra Nullius to Orientalism, from backward hillbillies to backward Indians. – Naomi Klein Edward Said London Lecture May 2016.
On May 3rd Naomi delivered the Edward Said London Lecture – if you haven’t had a chance yet I urge you to read or watch her powerful address.
Alex for This Changes Everything team