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A Professor Died in Poverty

A professor died in poverty
Today
You might wonder how
That can be
And I wonder with you

You see more than
Half of all professors
Get paid poverty wages
So, it is little wonder
That one dies in poverty

I wonder if god exists
Where a college president makes
Half a million per year
And half his employees
Scrape to pay for heat

All powerful, you say
The wonder of the heavens
How can that be
When not just professors
When so many die
In poverty?

To Turn Away (From Politics)

to turn away from politics
is not succumbing to apathy
as some would have you believe

there is more than politics

to turn away from politics
is turning away from
pointing at someone else

they are not your problem

to turn away from politics
is turning away from
the superficial arguments

the superficial blinds them

to turn away from politics
is turning away from
false differences

we are not so different, and

to turn away from politics
is to focus on
our lives, our culture

history is produced by us

to turn away from politics
is to focus on
family and friends, careers

the true work, our lives

Protest Video from Canada – Casseroles – Montréal, May 24, 2012 on Vimeo

There are many laws in the USA that are deteriorating our freedoms.  Through the National Defense Authorization Act (or NDAA), the U.S. government is incrementally making it illegal to protest.  For example, it is through this law that it is illegal to protest near government officials,  the very people who need to hear the protests regardless of what those protests might be.

In Quebec, Canada, the government passed an “emergency law.”  This law makes it illegal to protest without permission from the government.  People can be fined extraordinary amounts for protesting without government permission.  So,what did Canadians do?  They took to the streets.  It didn’t matter that the protests that caused the laws were perhaps not agreed upon by everyone.  Tens of thousands of people went into the streets to protest the infringement of their rights.  You can see it in the video below.

What do we do in the USA?  Go back to sleep…

Casseroles – Montréal, 24 Mai 2012 on Vimeo on Vimeo

via Casseroles – Montréal, 24 Mai 2012 on Vimeo.


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