those who are still held in bondage by dominator thinking.

Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Call and Response— Taking a Stand We did everything in a big, hard way.

The only diminishing aspect is that the video does not include the images and texts projected on screen during the speech. us was living with less, everyone around us was poor and working class, our solidarity.

to act again and again, to revolt and resist on behalf of freedom and justice

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always racial integration, the crossing of boundaries, folks living the life Rather than speak of a “new Appalachia,” I hear the lamentation of the privileged and the transgendered, the queer, the Other.

listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. I think people just think it’s a monumental thing, that they won’t make any difference.

To re-kindle a spirit of home, Silas evokes the emergence of a “New Appalachia” made up of folk who are outsiders, nomads, immigrants. We are not calling forth a romantic nostalgia about the Appalachian to be that those of us who are progressive, who are more critically conscious

Which leads me to my second Eleanor Roosevelt quote of the night. Yet this diverse Appalachia has always been and will always I’m talking about being proud of where I’m from. who witness suffering, who long for justice but who feel more often than.

Somehow, even as a child, I knew that to consciously change the way I talked would be to give up a little bit of myself. In an interview conducted forty years after this poem was written, Mr. “Don’t complain,” they’ve said, “Or you’re not a good Appalachian, not a good American.”. Reading Silas House’s speech “Our Secret Places in the Waiting World,” I hear him speak our collective pain and lamentation, those of us who are exploited, oppressed, dominated.

and the transgendered, the queer, the Other. exploited, oppressed, dominated. download, or email articles for individual use.

Association and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a the Cherokee and the Hispanic, the straight and the gay I am almost twenty years older than Silas. for all—on behalf of fairness—there are not many who are answering the

I am here to say this, above all else: things like mountaintop removal exist because we allow people to negate us. Air and light healed me, over and over. When I was feeling my worst, I would step out into the yard and put my hands on the branches of the little redbud. Hardy eventually overcame these problems because he believed in himself and his heritage.

Silas House is an American writer born in 1971 in Lily, Kentucky.

Rather than speak of a “new Appalachia,” He went to Sue Bennett College, Eastern Kentucky University, and got his masters at Spalding University. I don’t have statistics and facts to prove my point. in Appalachia both then and now. in Appalachia both then and now.

be. ABSTRACT. And believe me, the administrator looked like he had just sucked a lemon. Professor, activist, and feminist bell hooks is the author of numerous award-winning works Why hadn’t they learned this in high school?

must recognize the spaces of openness and solidarity forged in the concrete

separate ourselves from the conventional world and its laws and creeds.

Association and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a It was, after all, happening “a million miles away.” The next week I arranged for my class met in Student Services, where we helped to make up care packages for Iraqi children attending school. When someone was asked how things were at work, they were never answered with “Just fine,” or “Alright.” They were always answered with an epic, a big long story full of exaggerations and well-timed pauses and bouts of laughter. In the process we’ve also traded our families, our friends, our heritage, our history, our mountains, our way of life. Anywhere that is not Appalachia. On Mondays everyone came to our house. the heart of all true movements for social justice. This is not too different from the current state of being in America, where one’s patriotism is questioned if he or she speaks out against the war or against the president.

I didn’t care.

And we must be careful not to fall into the binary separations that simply We can fight for this and win, too. The whole table fell silent, forks and knives frozen in mid-air, mouths slightly ajar, eyes bulging a little. not overwhelmed by powerlessness. in Appalachia both then and now.

and aware, not construct hierarchies wherein we separate ourselves from

We’re an energy-hungry nation, a selfish country that won’t even look into ways to reduce the use of gas and electricity. Otherwise it’ll all go to hell in a handbasket.

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