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Motivation Monday IX

Motivation Monday IX

This week’s Motivation Monday comes to us from a group that started after the wake of 9/11 to protest the course that the administration was taking the country. Not in Our Name (NOIN) disbanded in 2008 but “The Statement of Resistance,” written by Saul Williams and StarHawk, speaks to the sentiments of growing numbers of people across the world today. The video includes clips from supposed “black block” members in San Francisco and fires started in Oakland by a similar group. Make the pledge, decide that violence should never be done in your name. http://www.notinourname.net/

NOT IN OUR NAME: THE PLEDGE TO RESIST

 

We believe that as people living
in the United States it is our
responsibility to resist the injustices
done by our government, in our names

Not in our name
will you wage endless war
there can be no more deaths
no more transfusions of blood for oil

Not in our name
will you invade countries
bomb civilians, kill more children
letting history take its course
over the graves of the nameless

Not in our name
will you erode the very freedoms
you have claimed to fight for

Not by our hands
will we supply weapons and funding
for the annihilation of families
on foreign soil

Not by our mouths
will we let fear silence us

Not by our hearts
will we allow whole peoples
or countries to be deemed
evil

Not by our will
and Not in our name

We pledge resistance
We pledge alliance with those
who have come under attack
for voicing opposition to the war
or for their religion or ethnicity

We pledge to make common cause
with the people of the world
to bring about justice freedom and peace
Another world is possible
and we pledge to make it real

by StarHawk and Saul Williams

About karololesiak

Karol Olesiak served on the USS Ronald Reagan CVN 76 from 2002-2006. He is a plankowner and a graduate of The New School in New York. In 1986 his family escaped Polish Communism by way of Greece due to Polish Martial Law. Karol and his family have been covered by the Christian Science Monitor and appeared on Good Morning America twice. Karol's book, co-written by his brother, containing poetry and short literary fiction entitled "Cold War Kids," is due for release soon.

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