Keeping Quiet is NOT Sexy, Raising Your Voice IS...
Raise Your Voice Against Global Apartheid & Be SEXY...
To Be SEXY, Raise Your Voice Against Global Apartheid...
These are several titles that I thought of before deciding on the final one. Who knows, perhaps then I can get somebody interested in reading what I write!
Reading Aviva Chomsky's “Undocumented” was such a relief. I finally found a prominent person outspoken about immigration and talking about it in terms of questioning the ideas we take for granted, not arguing from an economic point of view.
The entire immigration apparatus is based on the presumption that we know where people belong and we need to legislate their mobility.” Aviva Chomsky
This needs to be written in capitals and starred all around to attract attention.
Let's admit that our discriminatory laws are unjustifiable. Let's abolish the category “illegal” and give everyone the right to exist. We would solve the problem of illegal immigration with the stroke of a pen.” Aviva Chomsky
Yes YES YES!
Yes, let's give people a right to breathe. Let's internalize the motto “Live and let live.”
Dear Followers and “Friends”
I'm almost only retweeted by sex girls, it's depressing. I'm quitting Twitter at the end of the year. (Unless I miraculously get a real 1000 followers and/or some main sponsor backs me up on this mission.) I'm also “quitting” Facebook. As if I ever was active on it! My husband had attached Twitter to Facebook and that was it. My posts get a like or two if they ever do; no shares, no interaction there either.
I seriously am not interested in followers, what do followers serve unless they read you and pass your pieces on? I'm not interested in “friends”, so called friends, who do not even bother to write a sentence to share their thoughts. There are also those who ask for friendship on FB, I don't even know who they are. I mean I'm open to being friends with anyone, I like it so much that children can say “Let's become friends” and start playing. But at least, it's common courtesy to introduce yourself. I understand you're interested in me and what I'm doing, thank you for that. But I'd like to get to know you too. I shouldn't be obliged to scramble through your posts and read irrelevant details about your life, which are no concern of mine; but I'm sure interested in what you think of my ideas. Please have the courtesy to say hi and comment on why you'd like to be a “friend” if you are asking for friendship to someone whom you do not know. By the way, if you're only interested in my travels and not the ideas behind it, sorry, I'm not interested in you.
I'm not interested in likes either. What does “like” serve me unless the idea is passed on to others to spread the message? The movie Zeitgeist may have got almost 25 million views... but obviously that's not enough in a 7 billion world. Okay, it has made a change, a dent in the mental curves of some people. Still, to me, it's no use unless the proposal is realized. We need to work to bring change. And change can only happen through the change of mindset, of concepts; we need a certain number to get to the tipping point.
I've got perhaps two people -and those are people I already know and call friends as in friends- who really care about what I'm doing and support it. That's a pitiful number given what I'm trying to do, and given the graveness of the situation with so many people dying, so much suffering, being right in the center of the current news, and given how majestically unacceptable this discrimination by nationality, this injustice at birth is.
If they're not after cute kitten photos and videos, people go after local politics. They keep propagating whatever is on the media. If the topic does not get media coverage, if an argument does not fall into one of the perspectives of the media coverage, they're deaf. I cannot explain this total indifference to such a huge global injustice any other way.
At Chomsky's university, they were discussing accepting undocumented students openly and organizing a public event about it or just opening some back doors quietly. Some suggested the latter, claiming that doing it openly would endanger the undocumented students. There is truth in that. But we cannot act in fear. Then, they will have “won.” I know governments always win, but still...
One person retorted at the suggestion of doing it secretly: “Do you know of any historical example where social change has come about by people keeping quiet?”
That sentiment resonates with me. This Injustice At Birth as I call it, or be it Global Apartheid, Discrimination by Nationhood, Citizenship or Birthplace... Whatever you call it, this needs to become a SEXY topic. Of course with that I do not mean sex girls retweeting me! I mean more people openly saying the things I and Aviva Chomsky are saying. Yeah, I did that, I put Aviva Chomsky together with myself. It feels so good.
“I've got Aviva Chomsky on my side, I've got Aviva Chomsky on my side,” I sing hopping in the corridor.
Politicians and media personalities cannot risk to say this openly lest they lose their voter or fan base, but we, the ordinary people, should be saying it out loud:
Defining people by the imaginary line they're born in, what's more, defining their radius of movement again by that imaginary line is nothing but madness.”
Start repeating these lines and BE SEXY like Aviva Chomsky and me.