Fahrenheit 11/9

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!

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Richard Spisak
Richard began writing political satires for a radio comedy called Pandemonium which was a live broadcast radio show for 15 years on WLRN-FM Public Broadcasting in Miami. He was also one of the two founding broadcast engineers for the Community Broadcasting Station WDNA-FM, which survives today. Working as an Environmental Reporter in commercial radio stations, Richard undertook a series of Investigative reports on subjects ranging from agricultural chemical waste, toxic chemical pollution of South Florida waters, electromagnetic field pollution, and nuclear power safety issues. His essays and political cartoons have been published across the United States and in Europe since the 1980s.

Richard began producing Progressive News Network in 2011 wanting to create a platform to share insight and provide a vehicle for progressive and scientific voices that are largely absent in commercial broadcasts. Each week over the last seven years we have brought the finest regional and national voices to audiences from Bangalore to Brisbane and Swansea to Sevastopol and of course across the Americas.

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