May 22, 2014
Long before I was a member of a college audience listening to Anne Sexton, stunned by her brilliance, even after so much vodka, sad that little was left of her life; and even before reading Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" and the "Death of Socrates;" and even before I listened to the woman who survived the bombings of Hiroshima or Nagasaki; I knew racism, sexism, homophobia, age-ism, domestic violence, sexual predation, religious hatred, war, poverty and more. I see them all as aspects of one terrible, much denied reality of inequality and injustice--denied by many perpetrators and just as many of those who suffer it. I have also known throughout my life, nearly from the beinning, through all the exclusions and associated harm, that I am a student of life, that I can learn and that I can reject marginalization, survive and stand. I stand as a witness, a social commentator and a constantly researching, reporting analyst. I work to confront these circumstances, bring about change, document events and strategies and cross-teach with whoever I can. I work to be free in my lifetime which requires working for the freedom of all. This is what matters to me every day. I am hear to learn, to share what I know, and to share the comfort and satisfaction that comes with each achievement. "Freedom," wrote another insightful author, "cannot be divided. Either we all have it, or none of us do." This is my focus.