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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

From Immigration Activist To Poet - John Randolph

Hello all!
Since 2008 many people from all over the world have logged onto my blog.  Although the heartbreaking, global immigration nightmare has only gotten worse, I have shifted my focus or energy to writing Haikus, which deal with the problem on a personal  - rather than a governmental - level.  God bless you all.

Haiku #1  Profoundly In Love (In honor of Domainne Du Fan Retreat, Richard Moss 8/2016)
Oh how you move me
Bittersweet tears - open heart
Profoundly in love
Haiku #2 Behold!  Heart Beating

Behold! Heart beating
Life force presence through our veins
Giving and pausing


Haiku #3 Oh To Love One's Self
Oh to love one's self
Who is it who is seeking?
Feel - don't think - Being


Haiku #4  Day Born Silently
Day born silently
Cool breezes caress the face
Soft light touches eyes


Haiku #5 Fluffy Pillow Flight
Fluffy pillow flight
Faces, animals galore
The gods are watching


Haiku #6 Habitual Judging
Habitual judging
Feigning protection inside
Feel the opposite? !


Haiku #7  Love Is Choked By Thought
Judging constriction
Mental habit - closes heart
Love is choked by thought


Haiku #8 Grace Nudges Awake!
Self involvement - talk
Judgments of others - love blocks
Grace Nudges Awake!


Haiku #9 Reflections of Grace
Flowers bloom your light
Oh Lord - are we not the same?
Reflections of Grace


Haiku #10 Close Heart - Love Grows Dim
Close Eyes - movie runs
Close Mouth - chatter box - full on
Close heart - love grows dim


Haiku #11 Welcome Self Attack!
Welcome Self Attack!
Consciousness is key
Equally sacred


Haiku #12  Love Relationship
Love Relationship
Ego's Crucible of life
Burn to perfection


Haiku #13 A Lesson Not Taught In School
We are not our thoughts
A lesson not taught in school
Discover to know


Haiku #14 How Can We All Learn?
Taught - are we not all
Believe that (which they don't know)
How can we all learn?


Haiku#15 Nighttime Clouds Passing
Nighttime Clouds passing
Blessings for countries and homes
Guardians of peace


Haiku #16  A Heart Wide Open
May I go forth God
In your timing one request
A heart wide open!


Haiku #17  Go Divine Unknown!
That which makes me tick?
Life force calling! Ready, set
Go divine unknown!


Haiku #18  Positions of Hate
"You" stories, drama
"We" justify - recreate
Positions of hate


Haiku #19  Take The Time to Feel
Take the time to Feel
Feel what is inside of you
And beside you too


Haiku #20  A Warm Bath and Food
Wish all had a bed
A window to look out from
A warm bath and food


Haiku #21  Cherish Divine Gift
Dog spelled backwards God
Companionship, love, laughter
Cherish divine gift


Haiku #22 Stories About Pain
Stories about pain
Perpetuate pain inside
Avoiding closure


Haiku #23  Blah Blah Blah Blah Blah
Insane asylum
Inside head - Observe? Indulge?
Blah blah blah blah blah


Haiku #24  Distracted By Thoughts
Distracted by thoughts
How can I see you my love?
God - how can I feel?


Haiku #25  It Happens To All
Leaf turns yellow; falls
Each season - or - eighty five
It happens to all


Haiku #26  To Love and Feel Grace
To love and feel Grace
Is this not the only way dear?
To live and be free?


Haiku #27  Open hearts look - feel!
Hurtful thoughts looping
Grace is awareness and love
Open hearts look - feel!


Haiku #28. Those Willing to feel
Those willing to feel
A gift of transformation
Observe - disappear


Haiku #29  Observe Everything
Observe Everything
Thoughts, talk, felt experience
Act, react, God's love


Haiku #30  Lost and Unaware
Lost and unaware
Forgetting our state of grace
We wander in vain


Haiku #31  Living From The Past
Living from the past
Replaying as the present
Seeks resolution


Haiku #32 Remind All To See
Grace - our precious gift
Remind us of who we are
Remind all to see


Haiku #32  Like The Clouds Above
Like the clouds above -
Formations shifting; changing
Here - and then - not here


Haiku #33  Dare To Look - Dig Deep
And last - but not least
Loving ourselves - each other
Dare to look - dig deep


Haiku #34  Open Love Open
Teardrop forming, falls
From the depth of heart- it calls
Open love, open

Haiku #35  Early Morning World

Early morning world
Spacious, joyful awareness
Hear our hearts beating

Haiku #36 Look From Where They Come!

Breathing; hearts beating
To where do you go when done?
Look from where they come!

Haiku #37  Open There's More To See

Dreams - some worlds away
Cryptic themes - visit to say
Open - more to see

Haiku #38  Observe When It's Not
To feel God's presence   
Then miss this beautiful Grace
Observe when it's not


Haiku #39  You Are Not Thoughts  Love

Thinking of you Love
Void from experiencing
You are not thoughts Love

Haiku #40 In Honor of May May (Mary) Maynord

Childhood memories
Neighborhood families so dear
Lives honored;  cherished

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Please read John Ackerman's article below. Washington turns a blind eye to its corrupt, cartel-run NAFTA trading partner.

Mexico is massacring its citizens and nobody seems to have noticed

Three Amigos Summit the perfect time to hold President Enrique Peña Nieto accountable for human rights violations
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, with U.S. President Barack Obama, center, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, last year. The Three Amigos are meeting in Ottawa this week.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto, left, with U.S. President Barack Obama, center, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, last year. The Three Amigos are meeting in Ottawa this week.  (Susan Walsh / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)  
This time it is impossible to look the other way. The Mexican government is normally adept at managing public opinion so the responsibility for the violence and human rights violations ripping apart the country falls on the shoulders of local officials or organized crime groups. But on June 19th that narrative was broken under the heavy weight of the facts.
The press originally reported a “clash between teachers and police” in the town of Nochixtlán in the southern state of Oaxaca. The authorities claimed their agents were unarmed and the protesters had fired on them first. The new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Roberta Jacobson, was carefully neutral in her first public evaluation of the incident, stating simply that she “lamented the loss of human lives.”
But during the ensuing days the awful truth has trickled out. Thanks to the reports of journalists on the scene, the Mexican government has been forced to accept that the police were in fact heavily armed. And the evidence now points to the commission of a brutal massacre by federal forces against peaceful protesters. These forces are under the command of Mexico´s President Enrique Peña Nieto and receive significant funding from the United States government under the Merida Initiative.
It all began when a group of rural, elementary school teachers closed a highway that runs through the small, mostly indigenous town of Nochixtlán. They were protesting the government´s neo-liberal education reforms and in favour of the release of two top teacher union activists, who had been taken as political prisoners a week earlier.
Instead of negotiating with the protesters, or using limited force to liberate the highway, the federal government decided to violently quash the uprising. Peña Nieto sent hundreds of masked police officers armed with high-powered automatic rifles and tear gas to run off the protesters. In response, the surrounding communities called for reinforcements. Church bells ran, a form of SOS call to the surrounding villages, and hundreds of residents appeared on the scene in support of the peaceful teachers. Although some of the reinforcements did throw rocks and launch fire crackers at the riot police, none of the protesters were armed nor were the lives of law enforcement officials put at risk.
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The police acted with desperate vengeance. According to eyewitness accounts, plain clothes police first set fire to buses and cars in order to create the impression of chaos and thereby “justify” the upcoming brutal attack. The uniformed agents then opened fire on the innocent crowd. Nine protesters were killed, dozens wounded and many others arbitrarily arrested by law enforcement, who grabbed anyone they could get their hands on. Amid the chaos, the police even interrupted a family funeral taking place in the town cemetery to haul off to jail dozens of the attendees who had no connection to the protests.
The federal police also indiscriminately launched dozens of tear gas canisters from land and air during the assault. One of them landed in the patio of a health clinic, which was attending to the wounded, forcing it to close down and thereby putting numerous lives at risk.
Such attacks by Mexico´s highly militarized federal police on the civilian population are not rare. Excessive use of force has become commonplace in recent years, especially since the beginning of the Peña Nieto administration in December of 2012. Civilian deaths are normally presented as the result of frontal combat with narcotraffickers or “criminals.” In fact, local and international government and non-governmental organizations have unveiled the systematic abuse of human rights by security forces in Mexico.
But this time the violation of human rights is particularly glaring. The victims cannot be presented as “criminals” even by the most creative imagination. They were all peaceful protesters, teachers and community members, standing up for their rights. In response, the government turned a sleepy, rural town into a war zone.
Mexico has erupted in protest. Teachers have taken to the streets throughout the country, even in regions such as Monterrey where such activism is rare. Tens of thousands of students and doctors have also mobilized in solidarity. The indigenous communities of Oaxaca have taken action and highways remain blocked throughout the state. This Sunday there was an enormous protest march in Mexico City organized by the principal opposition party, Morena. The international solidarity movement, in Argentina, Spain, France, England, Canada and the United States has also jumped into action. Both the National Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Human Rights Commission have initiated investigations of the attack.
Meanwhile, official diplomatic circles in the United States and Canada have remained silent, pretending as if nothing has happened. This is particularly worrisome given the fact that this Wednesday Barack Obama, Justin Trudeau and Enrique Peña Nieto will meet in Ottawa for their first “Three Amigos Summit.”
Obama has been an adamant defender of the Mexican President and has not dared to call him out once for the grave human rights violations and corruption scandals, which have marked Peña´s presidency from day one. Trudeau has made the positive step of offering to remove the visa requirement for Mexican visitors to Canada imposed by Stephen Harper in 2009, but also seems to be disconnected from what is actually happening on the ground in Mexico.
In the face of the silent complicity of the U.S. and Canadian governments, civil society in all three countries should use the opportunity of this week’s summit to make their voices heard. They should forcefully condemn the violent repression and democratic breakdown taking place in Mexico and reach out a helping hand to their brothers and sisters south of the Rio Grande.
John M. Ackerman is a professor at the Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), editor-in-chief of The Mexican Law Review and a columnist at Proceso magazine and La Jornada newspaper. www.johnackerman.blogspot.com , Twitter: @JohnMAckerman