stay-vigilant

have you ever noticed that the second half of the word broccoli sounds eerily like “collie”?

and that collies have famously helped people who have fallen in wells. 

“wells” rhymes with “yells”. 

that’s what people do when they are trying to get help.

and you know what? yell is how the super cool kids shorten the word yellow, like in “that banana is totally yells”

this is where it gets weird guys. yellow has two “ll”s.

you know what word also has two “ll”s?

broccolluminati

are you paying attention?

are you seeing the signs?

stay vigilant, stay in school.

to anyone going to tatinof

in light of the recent gun shooting attacks in the US - both the devastating shooting of christina grimmie and now the latest shooting of at least 20 innocent people at an orlando nightclub, PLEASE I beg you all to stay safe, be vigilant and cautious. keep eachother good company and be there for eachother. i hope dan and phil’s security has been upped to ensure their own safety, because i don’t want them getting hurt. 

and lastly to @danisnotonfire and @amazingphil please stay safe sons :( 

Stay mad. Stay hungry. Stay vigilant.

Wondercon will be the first of many attempts to demean Clexa and downplay the importance of their relationship.

From here on out, Jason will be doing everything he can to make people forget about Clexa and our movement and what he’s done.

DO NOT play in to his game. We WILL NEVER FORGET what he’s done to us.

Always be on the look out for contradictions in his words or actions. He spent the past year building up a false facade and now he’s doing a 180 to try and save his show. But guess what? You can’t hide from your own shadow. He will mess up with all his lies and when that happens, we will be there.

This fight isn’t over, Clexakru. This fight is far from over.

Oson gonplei stei nou odon

the Black Lives Matter Korea March and Vigil pt. I

as you guys know, the Black Life Matters Korea march and vigil was two weekends ago, on December 13th.  i asked Sherita Rogers, the woman responsible for initiating and spearheading this event, about the creation of the march and vigil, and how it was put together:  

“I was talking to friends the Friday of the 5th and I saw Seoul’s Michael Brown Vigil was scheduled for that Saturday and realistically I would not be able to financially make a trip up there. So I reached out to three people plus a friend who’s wife (who is over Brown and Busan, the Org, I planned the Awareness March and Vigil through) was in the hospital giving birth at the time. They are Tony (Courtney) Wong, Christy Swain, Rachel Werz and Marit Turner. I did it, because I was tired of just posting the wrong I was seeing on facebook, I was tired of being a silent voice and I am ultimately tired. I also realized I struggled with see what was tearing my group apart at home while I was living abroad.

I also know Busan has a large community of Expats and a good percentage of minorities that are still unknown to the Korean Community, so I wanted to 1. Put my face out there for them to see and 2. Express that the images they may see on television aren’t the whole picture of black population in the US.” 

those who came met at Table Talk English Cafe in KSU to make posters [which i sadly missed].  after that, everyone assembled outside where Sherita got on the megaphone and gave us some instructions as to what we were going to do, reminded us we wanted to accomplish, and with the help of a Korean volunteer taught us one of the Korean chants, “소중한 흑인 생명”.  

in a facebook post the day before, Sherita told us:

 "This is NOT A PROTEST, it’s a March and Awareness Vigil. It’s intention is to bring an awareness to the community abroad about what is happening in the United States. It’s intent is to show a unified community against inequality. We have the cooperation of the police and the community, and an agreement the participants will have a peaceful demonstration throughout the event". 

i met the others outside of the cafe feeling really vulnerable, feeling like i was on the edge of breaking down.  as we began to walk side by side, chanting and raising signs and voices i started to warm up and feel stronger, that i wasn’t alone.  employees and officers with the Busan Police department marched in front, and alongside us, stopping cars and holding traffic on the side streets so that we could cross together as one group.  

many people just stared on, possibly because they couldn’t understand what was going on, or they were just surprised to see a group of foreigners walking down the street in a march, but not all of them did.  there were some 아줌마’s and 아저씨’s standing on the side of the road, on scooters waiting for us to cross the street, and peeking out of stores who silently acknowledged us and what we had to say.  a head nod, a smile, and even one older woman who pumped her fist along with our chant.  one young woman stood to the side and yelled “화이팅!!” as we passed by.  i think it meant a lot to us, that our message was being received, and accepted by locals.  

we eventually made it to the beach and started the vigil.  Sherita read us some facts about percentages of people sent to jail, frisked, and searched based on their race/ethnicity.

“Police killings by race: 1.47 million whites, 31.17 million blacks between the ages of 15 and 19 [according to a federal study from 2010 to 2012].”

after that, some volunteers came forward to read poems, excerpts, and shared their personal thoughts.  afterwards, we lit candles and had a moment of silence for 4 minutes and 30 seconds, to represent the 4 and a half hours that Mike Brown’s body lay on the ground after he was murdered.  when the moment of silence was finished, two children came forward, and with Sherita read the names of innocent Black victims of violence from 1955 to today, including Emmett Till.  afterwards we blew out our candles, and those who stayed shuffled over to HQ to warm up and talk about the events of the day.  i’ll post the videos i have of the vigil on here within the next week after editing them.  

overall, i think we accomplished our goal.  there was a good number of people who came together considering the event was put together in about a week, and we did attract quite a bit of attention.  it was uplifting seeing some positive responses and support for our message, and i think when everything was said and done, our hearts felt a tiny bit lighter.  

In meditation practice, you might experience a muddy, semiconscious, drifting state, like having a hood over your head: a dreamy dullness. This is really nothing more than a kind of blurred and mindless stagnation. How do you get out of this state? Alert yourself, straighten your back, breathe the stale air out of your lungs, and direct your awareness into clear space to freshen your mind. If you remain in this stagnant state you will not evolve, so whenever this setback arises, clear it again and again. It is important to be as watchful as possible, and to stay as vigilant as you can.

Dudjom Rinpoche.

Photo by Danny Burton.

The situation is still extremely hazardous out there for those yearning and huddling masses staying vigilant while working towards a better, more just tomorrow for us all. A socio-economically just and functioning democracy is not something that should need to be fought tooth-and-nail for, but in times when it’s challenged, we ALL need to pull together and fight. 

It might seem hopeless right now, but the Winds of Change are blowing and there are a lot of tough people working in concert now on the ground and through social media; we don’t know what’ll arise in the coming weeks, but this is a movement that’s only going to keep growing until something gives.

Wherever you are, keep yearning, don’t put up, and be safe in whatever you do! Good luck out there today!

  • Activist Goyim on Tumblr:Educate yourself! The mainstream media may distort the truth or fail to report stories regarding racism, sexism, LGBTQ discrimination and violence, etc., so it's imperative that you stay vigilant and do your research! Seek out social action resources and spread stories of injustice like wildfire! Never let up!
  • Activist Jews on Tumblr:Yes! But, hey, can we just ask: Why don't you ever post anything about acts of antisemitism when you expose hatred and advocate for social justice?
  • Activist Goyim on Tumblr:Antisemitism? Hmmm. I mean, I'm not saying it doesn't exist, but idk it's not really covered in the mainstream news, so I just never hear about it ¯\_(ツ)_/¯