March 22nd, 2006

Post an anti-war poem, you say?

There are many to choose from, but only one that really envelops my disgust for the cavalier sacrifice of youth by those who sit secure in power, and the reckless propogandizing of same.

Wilfred Owen

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Ms. Fire Thunder and the Oglala Sioux Planned Parenthood

I called the Office of the President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of Pine Ridge, and spoke with Ms. Fire Thunder herself. (In case you haven't seen it, this is in reference to http://www.indianz.com/News/2006/013061.asp)

If you want to mail donations to the reservation, you may do so at:

Oglala Sioux Tribe
ATTN: President Fire Thunder
P. O. Box 2070
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

OR: and this may be preferred, due to mail volume:

ATTN: PRESIDENT FIRE THUNDER
PO BOX 990
Martin, SD 57751

Enclose a letter voicing your support and explaining the purpose of the donation. Bear in mind, the Pine Ridge Res is not exactly dripping with disposeable income, so do consider donating funds directly to the tribe as well as specifically for this effort.

ETA: Make checks out to OST Planned Parenthood Cecelia Fire Thunder. This will ensure that the funds get routed properly.

For email contact, you can contact the president at:

firethunder_president AT NOSPAM yahoo DOT com
cc:vbush AT NOSPAM oglala DOT org

That is Ms. Fire Thunder's personal email address; I have received permission to post it here. For the sake of record keeping, do cc: the listed address on all correspondence; that's her official secretary.

She was frankly kind of surprised that a white girl from Seattle was calling to express support, and even more surprised that the news had spread so far so fast. She's likely to get deluged with screaming hate mail soon, so get your support in fast. Send email with good thoughts if you can't send money.

ETA: Yes, please, dear God, link it anywhere and everywhere!

ETA: OK, folks, before you all go off half-cocked, read the disclaimer. If you want to argue, do it somewhere else.

Jesus H.

174 comments already, and it's been posted over half the world. OK.

Coupla quick points, here:

1) I'm not endorsing or organizing any kind of fundraising drive for EITHER the Pine Ridge Res or for Planned Parenthood, though I heartily support both causes. The point of the post was merely to provide a point of contact.

2) Debates about abortion or the Pine Ridge financial situation are really not so much appropriate here. Take 'em somewhere else.

3) While I believe strongly that President Fire Thunder and her council are good and honest people, there have been charges of fraud and malfeasance levelled against her in the past. She was found not guilty of all those charges, and unanimously reinstated to the presidency after the investigation.

4) Do your homework. Don't send money blindly off to an address because some Internet yahoo said to. Yes, I am trustworthy and yes, the source for these addresses (snail and e) is President Fire Thunder herself, but do some independent confirmation _anyway_. Thankfully after the whole city_glitter fiasco, people are a lot more cautious, but still.

5) Welcome, y'all! This journal is incredibly boring. Seriously, I think the macaroni and cheese recipe is the most exciting thing to come across here in a month. ginmar I ain't.