The Big Picture

The Big Picture RT

 

In June of 216, Thom Hartmann’s interviewed with David Daley on The Big Picture on RT America.  Good overview of the basics outlined in RATF**KED: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy.  Take a look.

(If you cannot see the video, click here to view on line.)

At the end of the show Dave and Thom have the following exchange:

When you have our democratic institutions that aren’t responsive to the ballot box, you have to ask if they are even democratic institutions anymore.”  Dave Daley

“Right, as in small d democratic. And that is reflected in the frustration of the people. And that is reflected in these insurgent campaigns on left and right–of Bernie and Trump and everything else. Boy, what a mess.”  Thom Hartmann

I am looking forward to our conversation with Dave next month.  We’ll be exploring gerrymandering and how the REDMAP plan fits in with the party uber alles framework that has run amok in American democracy.  A framework that effectively works to exclude and minimize the voice of the American people, especially independents who are now 44% of the electorate. The issue we face and work on every day, is how can the American people regain control over our democracy.

*Reminder*

Conference Call with David Daley

Author of RATF**KED

Sunday, June 4th at 7 pm EST

Call: 641-715-3605
Pass code: 767775#

 

 

Ego Tripping, by Nikki Giovanni

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Michelle McCleary brings us today’s poem.  Michelle is a long time activist in the independent movement and President of the Metro NY Chapter of the National Black MBA Association.

Here is what Michelle writes about “Ego Tripping”:

Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni is one of my favorite poems.  The poem reminds me of the power and beauty of women: not only do we figure out how to make a way out of no way on a daily basis, but we carry and give birth to other human beings!!  I just wish that women could remember this as they/we doubt ourselves, stay silent or act dumb in the presence of men, and compete with each other for crumbs.  We deserve the whole cake!!”

 Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni

 

I was born in the Congo

I walked to the fertile crescent and built the sphinx

I designed a pyramid so tough that a star that only glows every one hundred years falls

Into the center giving divine perfect light

I AM BAD

I sat on the throne drinking nectar with Allah

I got hot and sent an ice age to Europe to cool my thirst

My oldest daughter is Nefertiti the tears from my birth pains created the Nile

I am a beautiful woman

 

I gazed on the forest and burned out the Sahara desert

With a packet of goat’s meat and a change of clothes

I crossed it in two hours

I am a gazelle so swift, so swift you can’t catch me

 

For a birthday present when he was three

I gave my son Hannibal an elephant

He gave me Rome for mother’s day

My strength flows ever on

 

My son Noah built new/ark and

I stood proudly at the helm

As we sailed on a soft summer day

I turned myself into myself and was Jesus

 

Men intone my loving name

All praises, all praises

I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard

My bowels deliver uranium

The filings from my fingernails are semi-precious jewels

On a trip north

I caught a cold and blew my nose giving oil to the Arab world

I am so hip even my errors are correct

I sailed west to reach east and had to round off the earth as I went

The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal

I cannot be comprehended except by my permission

I mean … I … can fly

Like a bird in the sky

 

Our celebration of National Poetry month continues throughout April with poems chosen or written by P4P members.  

Listen to the Declaration

As we prepare for our conversation with Danielle Allen, I wanted to offer this recording of the Declaration of Independence.  It runs for just over 10 minutes. The Declaration is a remarkably short document at 1,137 words.

As you listen, be thinking of your questions for Dr. Allen.  What lessons does the Declaration hold for us today?  What have you been thinking about Dr. Allen’s thesis, put forth at the start of her book– “Equality and liberty–these are the summits of human empowerment; they are the twinned foundations of democracy.   What fragile foundations they are!”

 

 

Book Club Conference Call with Danielle Allen

Sunday, October 19th at 7 pm EST

Call in number 805 399-1200

Access code 767775#

Alex Myers on Revolutionary

Here is a short video of Alex Myers talking about Revolutionary.   I think you will really enjoy hearing Alex speak about his journey to create a fictionalized look at the life of Deborah Samson.

Give it a look.

Alex Myers on Revolutionary

 

Our conversation with Alex is Sunday, April 13th at 7 pm.  Shoot me a note about your thoughts as you are reading the book.

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