We Know Why the Caged Bird Screams
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I've been a columnist for 20 years, a poet for 40 and a nut for as long as I can remember. This is a collection of current events and poetry from the Martian side of my brain. Enjoy!
Fuel on the Fire: Veterans and Farmers Under Siege
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The problem today is that society has an unrealistic view of food. The spirituality, nutrition and lifestyle associated with growing food, harvesting food, preparing and cooking food have become so... More > disconnected that we often have trouble remembering that food has a purpose: to sustain our bodies and keep us healthy. We also have an unrealistic view of what war, as a foreign policy can accomplish. War and food production intersect in two ways: first, soldiers and farmers deal with oft-obstructive bureaucracies, and second, the farm is increasingly becoming a healing lifestyle for our wounded vets.< Less
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This book was inspired by 4 generations of cantankerous relatives on both sides of my family, the miners, farmers, domestics, recluses, misogynists, teachers and dreamers who never stopped hoping. It... More > is a fictionalized account of family history on my father's side of the family, tracing my great-great grandfather's legacy as a black Cherokee union organizer.< Less
Land, Legacy and Lynching: Building the Future in Black America
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A century ago, the segregated South had a deep secret--black farmers owned the majority of farmland in the region. Then came the 1910 Census results along with an organized effort to drive black... More > farmers off the land. Through lynching and intimidation, and predatory use of federal farm loan programs, hundreds of thousands of black farmers, 90% of African-American farmers, were driven from the land through a 60 year orgy of lynching, murder, intimidation and theft. Many found refuge in factory towns and became middle class through factory work, especially in the auto industry. Others gathered in segregated ghettos in the nation's urban hell holes and continue to fuel the nation's prisons. Many claim the goal of federal farm policy is to drive family farmers out of business in favor of corporate agri-businesses.< Less
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