The people yes. The people will live on. …
In the darkness with a great bundle of grief
the people march.
In the night, and overhead a shovel of stars for keeps, the people march:
“Where to? what next?”
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We never anticipated that the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis would cause worldwide protests. Nor the sacking of parts of the city. That Trump would call for the senseless arrest of nonviolent protesters in some form and place, which happened on the streets of Portland, is a more predictable action. Because of a huge uproar from officials and citizens, he has not been able to carry out his threat of sending troops to cities nationwide.
Here are some words I wrote shortly before the election in 2016:
We the people continue to rise up and resist in many ways — To paraphrase Winston Churchill, we shall fight on the streets, we shall fight in the courts, we shall fight in the schools and universities, we shall fight in the cities and in the towns, we shall fight in the hills, the desert, the fields, the mountains…we shall fight throughout the land, we shall never surrender…
We have not surrendered. We continue to resist.
We stand at a crossroads: We can choose a government by the people and for the people or we can choose a non-democratic form of government controlled by a few for their advantage. Trump represents a system driving us toward an authoritarian regime built on hate, on violence of many kinds against people at home and with endless wars abroad and a war against the environment and planet.
I also wrote those words before the 2016 presidential election. But we had no real choice. In his new book How Trump Stole 2020 Greg Palast explains:
America, you can stop hiding your face in shame: you are not guilty. Trump didn’t win in 2016. And I’m not talking about Trump losing the popular vote.Trump lost the Electoral College. That is, he lost if you count all the votes burgled, jacked, swiped, shoplifted, purloined, filched, fiddled and snatched from citizens not of a whitish orange hue. Unless we wise up, 2020 will be déjà vu all over again.
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