Drew Dellinger, speaker, poet, teacher, and activist, has rocked mics and inspired minds at hundreds of conferences, colleges, rallies, and protests across the U.S., addressing issues of justice, ecology, democracy, and anti-racism. His poems have been published widely and in 1997 he received Common Boundary Magazine's national Green Dove Award for his work. Drew has studied cosmology with Thomas Berry since 1990 and currently teaches at Naropa University in Oakland and Prescott College in Arizona. He is founder of Poets for Global Justice, a project building movements for social and ecological change by unleashing the poetry in everyone. Drew recently released his first collection of poems, Love Letter to the Milky Way. He lives in Oakland, CA.
Here, from "Democracy @ a Crossroads," is Drew rapping for justice from the Justices in their black robes,
Democracy's at a crossroads
of lost dreams and lost votes!
So yes, I'm contesting the election requesting
the rejection of invalid blocks at the ballot box.
Weakass leaders speak as cheaters seek
to eke out victory; bend the laws in their favor
and reality bites like the jaws of a gator.
And, the corporate, right-wing, pathetic,
mainstream media tries to confound it
when the issue at hand is thousands of votes
that couldn't be cast or haven't been counted
The combination of this and the lies meant disenfranchisement!
Are bloggers poets? Rappers? Activists? Much more interesting a set of issues than whether they are pundits, or part of the perception management industry. Maybe it is a matter of what we choose to do with words.
She is also the co-founder of Code Pink: Women for Peace, a women's group that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq. CODEPINK is pushing for a reorientation of budget priorities in the US to focus on heath care, education and housing, not war. Code Pink now has over 100 chapters throughout the United States.
You have to ask why such figures are not better known. Can we humble bloggers tear our eyes from the Society of the Spectacle long enough to bestow attention and link love on those who have earned it by their good works? The news won't. We can do that, if nothing more. (Medea's a pretty good dancer, too. Had a chance to mix with her friends at a conference recently. She wore jeans and one of these t-shirts, you can get one for yourself.)
A profound transformation is happening. The framers of our nation never imagined what could happen if big government, big publishing, and big broadcasters ever saw eye-to-eye in putting the public’s need for news second to their own interests—and to the ideology of free-market economics.
Nor could they have foreseen the rise of a quasi-official partisan press serving as a mighty megaphone for the regime in power. Stretching from think tanks funded by corporations to the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch’s far-flung empire of tabloid journalism to the nattering know-nothings of talk radio, a ceaseless conveyor belt—often taking its cues from daily talking points supplied by the Republican National Committee—moves mountains of the official party line into the public discourse.
George founded the Haymarket People's Fund and the Funding Exchange. He worked for seven years as Development Director of the National Jobs with Peace Campaign, and received a master's degree in political democracy at the Kennedy School of Government. He is active in voting rights, election reform, and policy development with MassVote. I was recently introduced to George by Tracy Gary. How to spread the word that good people are hard at it? You would never know it from the public media. Maybe we should do our best to acknowledge and encourage one another. His lifetime of voluntary service inspires me.