Tag: activism

JOY ….  in poetry/arts as activism; reading poetry to children; and, “The BeZine” September issue and virtual 100TPC

JOY …. in poetry/arts as activism; reading poetry to children; and, “The BeZine” September issue and virtual 100TPC

Joy, The BeZine
Behind the scenes people all over the world - including those of us at The BeZine - are getting ready to promote poetry and other arts as game changers. Words can have legs after all and 100,000 Poets (and friends) for Change (100TPC) puts "act" into activism and community involvement.  Under the direction of Cofounders Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion, the focus for 2018 Global is on reading poetry to children. From all over the world 2,000 individuals and groups have committed to participate in this initiative from March 24 - 29. Dear Poets and Poetry Lovers, Will you read a poem to a child on September 29 as part of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change Global initiative “Read A Poem To A Child?” This seems to be an important year to highlight the significance of childr
JOY  IN SPEAKING TRUTH to power,  a crucial role in the face of political and media rhetoric designed to obscure, manipulate, or worse

JOY IN SPEAKING TRUTH to power, a crucial role in the face of political and media rhetoric designed to obscure, manipulate, or worse

Joy, Resistance, social justice
OVER THE PAST WEEK, I've been inviting all Facebook friends - and this post is an open invitation - whether you are poets or not - to Like 100,000 Poets (and friends) for Change 2018 GLOBAL EVENT. Of course, there's no obligation to do so, however given the state of the world at this time, it's important to throw our energy and support behind this effort. It sends out a message to those who . . .  use their power to harm people, culture and environment, to the folks on the run who don't know we care, and to each other that we are together - have one another - in support of PEACE, SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE. Really I think we outnumber the bad guys. We just don't get the press. We have to make our own. FROM MICHAEL ROTHENBERG: "Do you want to join other poets, m

Are You Seen, Acknowledged, Respected In Your Totality?

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"Each of us has a deep and profound desire to be seen, to be acknowledged, and to be respected in our totality. There is a unique kind of pain in being unseen. It's a pain that cuts deep by diminishing and disempowering, and whether done intentionally or unintentionally, it's an experience that leaves real scars." -Sarah McBride, author of Tomorrow Will Be Different- Today I am grateful for these words from Sarah McBride who is a transgender woman who is an American LGBTQ rights activist. I recently started reading her book called Tomorrow Will Be Different when I came across this paragraph. It blew me out of the waters because it explains me to a perfect t. I know I have a deep and profound desire to be seen, acknowledged AND respected as a trans nonbinary United Methodist Christian. W