by Richard Spisak
Sisters and Brothers, I watched brother Michael Moore’s movie, with the sad knowing eyes of an activist who has been in the struggle for 1/2 Century. I grew up in a town with a statue in its downtown streets to massacred workers who struck for a living wage a century ago and were shot in the street for the crime of defending their families.
I have no illusions about our struggles. I know about reservations and barrios and ghettos. I know about Nazis and Klansman and coppers that think that summary execution is justice. I know about pollution and nuclear waste in our rivers and streams and streets. I know about mine waste and factory farms and massive floating isles of plastic choking our vast oceans. Knowing all that I watched Michael’s movie with knowing eyes.
Brother Moore’s Movie reminds us what’s at stake, and reminds us we are not alone in the struggle. Reminds us that we have brave brothers and sisters who stand with us EVERYDAY.
YES, THE DECK IS STACKED AGAINST US.
BUT WE HAVE BRAVE SISTERS AND BROTHERS STANDING BESIDE US.
I WEEP FOR THE CHILDREN, I WEEP FOR THE BRAVE ONES WHO WILL NOT JUST LIE DOWN AND DIE.
I AM MADE STRONG! BY THE BRAVE CHILDREN OF PARKLAND!
I AM MADE STRONG BY THE BRAVE TEACHERS OF WEST VIRGINIA!
I AM MADE STRONG BY THE BRAVE BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO STAND UP IN FLINT!
AND I GIVE THANKS FOR THOSE BRAVE ONES WHO TAKE A KNEE IN SOLIDARITY!
Go see Michael’s movie. You will weep and also you will get stronger!