Post by J. Corey Connor
I'd love to discuss a poem with you.
I don't want to have to go to your site
to read a poem in order to discuss it
with you here. It makes me feel dirty.
Sorry to hear that. I used to post my own and others' poetry to Usenet.
Where is it? Who can find it? Who ever reads it (besides, of course, the
trolls that go looking for early drafts of work to try to embarrass me)?
It's all lost, buried in the great midden that Usenet has become. That
wasn't why I began the blog -- that was to publish a long poem, "Penny or
Penny's Hat", that was too long to be posted here -- but after I'd finished
posting that, I realized that I could do the same thing over there.
Now the poetry I write, and a great deal of the poetry I read, is properly
archived, where anyone can find it. As a bonus, it's editable, unlike here;
if I spot a typo, or wish to change punctuation, I can do so without
reposting the whole thing. I can even see the number of visits (40,000) and
page views (120,000) at my blog, whereas I couldn't tell, here, who besides
those who replied had even seen what I posted.
I'm not averse to discussing poetry on Usenet, but there's so much else to
do; so much that can be read, not just by the one I'm discussing with, but
anyone who comes along later. And that just can't be done here. There's just
no permanent value. At least with the blog, and now the wiki, I get the
feeling (however illusory) that I'm building something that will last, even
after my death.
*** I know what you mean, mostly... but these Usenet posts do survive for
quite a long time, and there's no reason to think that this post and others
aren't being built to last even after our deaths.
Or, for example, Pete Seeger's death.
Today on another newsgroup, I read the claim that Seeger had "renounced
politics" before his death, and had to respond that it must have been quite
late in his life, as when Pete Seeger last performed in this area, he was
still quite political, and there was a post I'd made 11 years ago right
there, waiting for me to use to make my point:
Pete Seeger renounced politics?
Post by J. Corey Connor
Pete had to renounce his politics first.
When did Pete Seeger "renounce" his politics, in the last 5-6 years?
When he performed down here at the Fort Benning border for School of
Americas protesters in 2005 or 2006, he still seemed pretty fired up
Well, make that about 11 years ago, but still, relatively recent for us
Post by J. Corey Connor
Pete Seeger will perform Saturday afternoon at the protest.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NOVEMBER 11, 2003
CONTACT: School of the Americas Watch (SOAW) http://www.soaw.org
Crossing the Line: Thousands to Speak Out Against Terror Training at
Convergence and Mass Civil Disobedience Action at Fort Benning,
Georgia, November 22-23, 2003
COLUMBUS, GA - November 11 - Thousands are planning to take nonviolent
direct action to close what they call a terrorist training camp on
U.S. soil - the School of the Americas, renamed Western Hemisphere
Institute for Security Cooperation (SOA/WHISC), a combat-training
school for Latin American soldiers. On November 22-23 thousands will
gather at the gates of Ft. Benning, Georgia, site of the school, to
expose a double standard. SOA grads continue to be implicated in
egregious acts designed to terrorize and coerce civilian populations
throughout Latin America.
The gathering will culminate on Sunday, November 23 with a solemn
"funeral" procession to the gates of Ft. Benning. Many will negotiate
a barbed-wire fence to enter the military base in an act of nonviolent
civil disobedience. Since protests against SOA-WHISC began over ten
years ago, over 170 people served or are now serving federal prison
sentences for civil disobedience.
The weekend's program will feature music and speakers from Latin and
North America, including Pete Seeger; Llajtasuyo; Francisco Herrera;
Jon Fromer; Amy Goodman from Democracy Now!; Sister Helen Prejean,
author of Dead Man Walking; Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness;
Bob King, VP of the United Auto Workers International; and many
SOA graduates return to their countries to utilize their training
domestically and are consistently cited for atrocities against their
own people. Critics say President Bush used this same argument against
Saddam Hussein to leverage an invasion of Iraq, while ignoring U.S.
culpability in gross human rights violations throughout Latin America.
Among those targeted by SOA graduates are educators, union organizers,
religious workers, student leaders, and others working for human
rights and economic justice. Hundreds of thousands of Latin Americans
have been tortured, raped, assassinated, "disappeared", massacred, and
forced into refuge by SOA graduates.
There has never been an impact-assessment of the training offered at
the school. SOA-trained soldiers have returned to their countries to
commit atrocities, both as soldiers and as renegades, forming
paramilitaries, death squads and drug trafficking operations. A few
weeks ago the Mexican Secretary of Defense revealed that SOA-trained
ex-soldiers, once part of an elite Mexican army division, are now
working as highly trained hired assassins for the Gulf Cartel.
Organizers of the convergence in Georgia are working in solidarity and
coordinating with organizers of the protests to oppose the Free Trade
Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Miami (Nov. 19-21). Critics of the
SOA/WHISC argue that the school's underlying purpose is to clear the
way for U.S. corporate interests.
"The SOA is part of a corporate-hijacked foreign policy that's making
us a lot of enemies," said Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of SOA Watch.
"If we want lasting peace and security we need a foreign policy that
reflects our values of justice and democracy."
Rest in Peace, Pete Seeger.