This piece was written after the Israeli massacre of Palestinian youth at the Lebanese border with Palestine on the Day of Return, May 15, 2011.
In 1987, after the First Intifada started, I remember sitting in a coffee shop in New York and overhearing words that stung and burned and never left me. I wrote down my thoughts in a sketchbook at the time, but never brought them forward; I forever regret not having said anything at the time. Last Sunday, two-and-a-half decades later, I took part in the debut of the Third Intifada in Maroun Ar-Ras at the border between Lebanon and Palestine. I recall these words now, updated as the occasion warrants.
I wrote this on the last day of the July War 2006 in Lebanon. I dedicate it to Palestinians especially those in Gaza now under attack. The diaries written during that war are still up, and still apply. [link to diaries]
Yesterday I made my way from Bayonne to 1-4-5 and St. Nick’s in Harlem (thank God for public transportation) where I met up with Ayman El-Sayed (aka “the Lebanese Ether”) and Nancy Mansour (aka “Harrabic Tubman”) the hosts of the radio show “Existence is Resistance”. We drove up to Damatrix Studios [link to studio web site] in the Bronx where each week Ayman and Nancy give us heavy doses of cultural and political resistance in the form of music and discussion of the situation in occupied Palestine and Southwest Asia. On a lighter note, they also expose the myth of “Israeli” food by prank calling “Middle Eastern” restaurants, as well as force guests to guess translated-into-Arabic song lyrics (I failed miserably here) just for a dollop of fun with your political hommous….all in all a great balance, as well as a great honor and privilege for me to appear as a guest on their show.
Posted in Adoption resistance
Tagged adoption, Apartheid, Ayman El-Sayed, BDS, Beirut, Big Pun, Damatrix Studios, Existence is Resistance, Israel, Juan Fuentes, Nancy Mansour, Palestine
Excerpted from the art and design blog, Design Altruism Project [link to blog]:
This is a movement for global justice, both political and economic. It focuses on the various levels of displacement, dispossession, and disinheritance that formed the active undergirding of globalizing capitalism as represented by apartheid South Africa, and today, apartheid Israel. This is not a “singling out” of one nation or one people; this is instead the focus on an offense against human rights and decency that becomes representative of all struggles worldwide for equality and dignity for all.
The article is illustrated with posters produced by the Beirut-based artists’ collective Jamaa Al-Yad [link to web site].
The following is the full decree from President of Malawi, Dr. Joyce Banda, concerning a VIAP (Very Important Adoptive Parent), aka “Madonna” [link to full text]:
Claims and misgivings have been expressed by Pop Star, Madonna and her agents, against the Malawi Government and its leadership for not giving her the attention and courtesy that she thinks she merits and deserves during her recent trip to Malawi.
I’ve been lamenting (for want of a better term) the lack within the various domains that undergird adoption in no small way (social work, psychology, psychiatry, etc.) of any “radical” alternative for adoptees to follow to find some sense of mental and physical well-being. Many argue theoretically that this is a given of these areas of study, that they aid and abet dominant power structures, and thus offer no solace to an adoptee who understands implicitly the devastating contradictions of her dispossession, displacement, and/or disinheritance, and yet cannot find societal acknowledgment of her state of mind.
Two years ago I presented at the Adoption Initiative Conference and I was blown away by the energy and force of those attending and presenting. I’m happy to now be on the Conference Committee, and am looking forward to next year’s event—I hope many of those who read here might consider attending. Registration is now open.