thank you and goodnight.
thank you and goodnight.
i would like a short vacation/break. not that i have it so bad. just that my body wanted a rest, it got sick in an attempt to tell me to rest a bit, and but i couldn't. and then-- new years will come and what happens then? MORE WORK! immediately, alas. starting on jan 4, the bulk of the month is full of job stress and work up to my chin and etc and when do i get to collapse and watch movies in bed? february, possibly. i think i am not living in a feng shui way. new year's resolution #1: figure out a way to not be so busy. to prioritize the people and activities i love --and exercise! and writing! and walking in the park!-- without wrecking my body's immune system or my tiny spirit.
lots of love from the desk i might be at for the rest of my days...
good night and good luck.
keep a look out, while watching, for the folks fighting to keep the underground railroad houses in downtown brooklyn from being knocked down by real estate developers -- they are working with FUREE. FUREE just recently won a small victory, in the effort to fight off the developers, but need support to make sure that the city doesn't ultimately succeed in knocking these buildings down.
the video is at http://video.on.nytimes.com/?fr_story=7d
here's the info about FUREE's victory and future work:
I just wanted to pass on the very exciting news that we have won a huge victory in our fight to stop the City from using eminent domain to seize almost a whole city block in Downtown Brooklyn to build an underground parking garage and “plaza.”
The property that the City wants to take includes 7 homes on Duffield Street widely believed to have been safe houses on the Underground Railroad and hotbeds of Abolitionist activity, and three apartment buildings where over 40 low-income immigrant families have been living in rent-stabilized apartments for 20 years.
Yesterday, our lawyer got a call from the City announcing the City has withdrawn its eminent domain findings and there will be a new public hearing.
This is a TERMENDOUS victory, and provides hope for FUREE member Joy Chatel and Lew Greenstein – two of the property owners on Duffield Street who have essentially dedicated their lives these past 4 years fighting to preserve their homes as a museum paying tribute to the history of freedom seekers in Brooklyn.
It is a huge relief and to the families at Albee Square (all FUREE members), including Lidia Campos, who worries that if evicted from her Albee Square apartment, her family will become homeless because they can’t find affordable rent.
It is also a testament to the power of combining strong organizing with legal tactics - Jenifer Levy at South Brooklyn Legal Services, who filed two petitions on behalf Of FUREE, Joy Chatel and the Albee Square tenants deserves huge credit for her work. Candace Carpenter also filed a petition on behalf of three artists in the same eminent domain area.
It’s not over yet - we now have an amazing opportunity to build for the hearing and to create the level of political pressure and public awareness that will make it impossible for the City to move forward with their plans. The hearing date is to be determined - please contact me if you want to stay informed, and if you want to be part of this fight.
anyhow, i thought i'd post a poem of grace's that i like in here, in tiny honor of a very very important woman who is no longer living (although the poem completely condemns the memories i just wrote above, in a thoughtful, tragic way):
the poet's occasional alternative
i was going to write a poem
i made a pie instead it took
about the same amount of time
of course the pie was a final
draft a poem would have had some
distance to go days and weeks and
much crumpled paper
the pie already had a talking
tumbling audience among small
trucks and a fire engine on
the kitchen floor
everybody will like this pie
it will have apples and cranberries
dried apricots in it many friends
will say why in the world did you
make only one
this does not happen with poems
because of unreportable
sadness i decided to
settle this morning for a re-
sponsive eatership i do not
want to wait a week a year a
generation for the right
consumer to come along