Reminder to self.

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Guante - “Quicksand” (Saint Paul Poetry Slam)

BRAND NEW POEM captured by buttonpoetry

This is called Quicksand, and though it was inspired by #ferguson, it’s also more broadly about how we respond to injustice, especially when we are not directly affected by that injustice.

A million years in the future/
alien archaeologists are digging up the Mall of America

When I’m dead, find the richest man in Minneapolis/
and poison his dinner with my ashes.

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The #Ferguson solidarity rally in MPLS tonight was big and inspiring. I posted some photos and updates over at http://www.twitter.com/elguante. So many powerful people in attendance. As all the speakers said, this is just a stepping stone— if you want to do more, dive in, get involved with an organization; links and resources here: http://www.guante.info/2014/08/this-is-not-think-piece-turning-outrage_27.html

This has been on my mind a lot lately. A poem about media, culture, whiteness and Minnesota.

I’ve seen a number of “I care about ‪#‎Ferguson‬ and about building a movement for police accountability but I don’t know what to say or do” posts lately. And that’s fine, that’s healthy.

I just like to remind myself sometimes that “speaking out” doesn’t have to be about *you* being brilliant— it might be about sharing a relevant link and/or amplifying someone else’s voice. On Twitter, I’d definitely recommend checking out Elon James WhiteDream Defenders, Feminista Jones, PrisonCulture, Syreeta McFadden & Ta-Nehisi Coates, plus locals like Nekima Levy-Pounds, Justin Terrell, Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) &TakeAction Minnesota.

As for those who want to ACT, I’m working on something now drawing together the different organizations, events, and movements involved in police accountability work here in the TC, and specifically highlighting how people can plug into that work. There’s a big event on 8/28 coming up, and even more beyond that. Should have something to post pretty soon; if you have any thoughts, feel free to leave a comment.

NEW VIDEO: 
SIFU HOTMAN: FIRST AVE FUNERAL

Me, deM atlaS and Rube made this video for Adam J. Dunn’s #LAAB series. Hope you like it.