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bootsThese are, hands down, the best pair of shoes I have ever owned in my life.

They helped get me through my thesis defense.

They helped me project a confidence I did not feel, the first time I presented at a conference.

They’re old friends. Solid, comfortable, hardworking boots who will get you to where you’re going.

So when Lisa at My Ecdysis issued the invitation to virtually lob shoes at Bush, I knew just the pair of boots for the job.

photo from arkibong bayan

photo from arkibong bayan

These boots are hurled at Bush, for Moro and Lumad children who have been displaced by violence and militarization, as the Bush-instigated War against Terror tears into Mindanao.

These boots are hurled for the eight children, aged four to sixteen, who were detained and subjected to psychological torture because their fathers were suspected Abu Sayaf sympathizers. For the thirteen-year-old girl forced to watch as members of the US-backed Special Operations Forces pointed guns at her father’s head and knives at the necks of other children. For the children who were dragged into the forest and ordered to dig their fathers’ graves.

child's drawing from arkibong bayan

child's drawing from arkibong bayan

Bush’s War against Terror has wreaked havoc on the lives of countless Moro and Lumad children in Mindanao, who suffer because of a war that they don’t understand. A war that has raged throughout their lives.

I wonder if Bush is even aware of these children, whose young lives continue to be destabilized by his shameful legacy.

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From Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Why I am opposed to the War in Vietnam,” April 30, 1967:

This is a role our nation has taken, the role of those who make peaceful revolutions impossible but refusing to give up the privileges and the pleasures that comes from the immense profits of overseas investments. I’m convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, militarism and economic exploitation are incapable of being conquered. . . .

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth with righteous indignation. It will look across the seas and see individual capitalists of the West investing huge sums of money in Asia, Africa, and South America, only to take the profits out with no concern for the social betterment of the countries, and say, “This is not just.” It will look at our alliance with the landed gentry of Latin America and say, “This is not just.”

The Western arrogance of feeling that it has everything to teach others and nothing to learn from them is not just. A true revolution of values will lay hands on the world order and say of war, “This way of settling differences is not just.” This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love.

Read the rest here.

Or listen here.

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Patalastas

Well, that was a fun reading break.

I think that the pleasure of taking real, actual time to read, is the best part of going back to school. Besides, I remember a blogger friend saying that reading makes us better writers and bloggers. (Ikaw ba yon, Teo?) I don’t know if it necessarily makes me any better at writing, but I do appreciate this privilege.

Here’s a fun project to get me back to writing. Am posting it especially for the Pinoys. Let’s take Lisa’s project to the Philippines:

shoes-copy

Read about how to join Lisa’s project here. Also, think about for whom are you throwing your shoes?

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