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2nd Sunday Jihmye Poetry- Open Mic
2nd Sunday – Jihmye Poetry – Open Mic 06/10/22
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2nd Sunday is in solidarity with 100,000 Poets For Change, The San Diego/Tijuana Chapter of the ReEvolutionary Poets Brigade, Black Lives Matter, Seed the Vote, The New Georgia Project, The World Beat Center & Activist San Diego.
Monday, July 10, 2022, 3:00 PM on Zoom
Zoom ID: 990 814 5215
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Jim Moreno is an Artist-in-Residence...
She didn’t cheat us!
Lady Ruby say your name with pride.
Of course he cheated us!
He cheats on his wife.
He cheats on the Constitution.
He cheats on the border.
He cheats on his taxes.
He cheats on the election.
He cheats on (your choice here)!
He cheats in golf
He cheats in checkers.
He cheats on tweets.
He cheated hundreds of thousands
of us who died from Covid.
Seeing Takes Time: Ver Toma Tiempo
by Jim Moreno
Sois toda mi gente. Eres toda mi América
You are all my people. You are all my America!
The border is a belt that is too tight, holding things up but making it hard to breathe. The border is a rusted hinge that does not bend. The border says stop to the wind, but the wind speaks another language, and keeps going. The border is a brand, the “Double-X” of barbed wire scarred into the skin of so many. The border, the word border, sounds like order, but in this place they do not rhyme. The border is a handshake that becomes a squeezing contest.
Alberto Rios First Latino Poet Laureate of Arizona
Seeing takes time. Slow down. La Migra, you are not seeing us. You are not listening to us. Your ears seem to be broken. The People of both nations are sacred. Look how you compress time into a few savage moments. Sound bites, shattered dreams of family love in a disjointed border. You squeeze the life from the wishes of a presidents wife who, as she dedicated this park in1970, wished for no fence to part the waves of the Pacific, she wished to plant a circle of trees rooted in both nations. So we are here to remind you, you’ve been directed to listen to community, when you listen to us, we are community. You are also listening to a president’s wife. When we listen to you we hear a creeping soulful litany of stiffness that echos from the lips of a seditious presidential pretender. We rejoice that he is now out of office and may soon be prosecuted for many crimes against democracy, against us.
Your website says you serve the American People. I’m an American person, the people here raising our voices about years of your empty promises are American persons. You are not serving us. Closing Friendship Park for the past 2.5 years is not serving the wishes of Pat Nixon as you push this spit in our faces 30 foot fence. You detained a prince of peace for accepting a business card through the fence. Made him kneel on his knees with his hands on his head for a business card? We have photos too you know… You have bulldozed and destroyed our Binational Friendship Garden and said what? You said Whoops? Did you ever apologize to Dan Watman for any of your limitations? Your myths hold no words, Choiceless awareness means nothing to us.
When I served our country in Vietnam I was in the rivers of the south, I survived mortar and rocket attacks before you were born. I served my country in harms way in far better ways than you are serving me or us with this petty attempt to implement policies of a seditious disgrace posing as a president with his car of clowns and his misassigned, mendacious kangaroo court.
You are far from the integrity and patriotism of the bipartisan January 6th committee, you are far from the honor and bravery of Mr. Pottinger, Ms. Matthews, Ms. Hutchinson, Officer Edwards, Shay Moss and her mother Lady Ruby. But there is a way to close that gap between us…
Poetry says Mexican, You say Mexican’t, Mexican’t visit peacefully with each other at Friendship Park.That does not serve us. It’s not spelled that way. Let’s begin to amend our troubled history with you, tomorrow. Let’s all of us together create unity, magic, and art at La Frontera: the unity of one heart, one mind, the magic of the fresh air of freedom, and the art of flexible diplomacy over the stiffness of bureauacracy.
Poet Alberto Rios wrote: The border is mighty, but even the parting of the seas created a path, not a barrier. This poem today is about your duty tomorrow to empower the letter and the spirit of the law, not to tell us what you’ve decided, but to work with our voices and our wishes, our community, as part of your policies of protection, to respect our lawfully elected current president who ordered a stop to all border wall construction, & you… refuse to revive the specter of the Berlin Wall in our land of the Americas, you… help create a path of unity where we help you to protect & serve American persons, and you help us create a culture of friendship and respect that protects all humanity, all colors of skin, here at the playas.
President John F. Kennedy said when power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations, when power narrows the areas of man’s concerns, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
We consider your 30 Foot Border wall passive incarceration. This is the land of freedom Somos Uno. Somos Uno. Mañana, le daremos la mano. ¿Nos darás la mano y no exprimirás la libertad?Tomorrow, We’ll shake hands with you. Will you shake hands with us and not squeeze freedom?
Si se puede! Si se puede! Si se puede! La Migra, We are not going away! Tomorrow or any day! Siempre…
Jim Moreno Summer 2022 Friends of the Binational Friendship Garden
37 laws were waived in construction of walls around Friendship Park! Waived is a nice way to say ignored, circumvented, or broken. We say these laws were broken because they protected flora and fauna, MotherEarth, birds, animals, AKA our relatives. Who made the decisions, 37 decisions,to ignore protecting endangered species and the land. Let’s follow the money…We are not going away and more are joining us in stopping this 30 foot blight on our freedom to peacefully visit our neigbors in the South. The archaic root of circumvent is deceit.
The National Environmental Policy Act.
The Endangered Species Act.
The Coastal Zone Mangagement Act.
The Clean Water Act.
The National Historic Preservation Act.
The Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The Clean Air Act.
The Administrative Procedures Act.
The Archaeological Resources Protection Act.
The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act.
The Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988.
The National Trails System Act.
The Safe Drinking Water Act.
The Noise Control Act.
The Solid Waste Disposal Act (RCRA)
The Comprehensive Environmental Response,
Compensation & Liability Act (Superfund).
The Archaeological & Historic Preservation Act.
The Antiquities Act.
The Historic Sites, Buildings, & Antiquities Act.
The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act.
The Farmland Protection Policy Act.
The Wilderness Act.
The Federal Land Policy & Management Act.
The National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act.
The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act 0f 1997.
The National Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956.
The Fish & Wildlife Coordination Act
The Wild Horse and Burro Act.
Public Law 106-398.An Act To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2001 for military activities of the Department of Defense,…for military construction, and for defense activities…
The Otay Mountain Wilderness Act.
The California Desert Protection Act.
The Rivers & Harbors Act.
The Eagle Protection Act.
The Native American Graves Protection & Repatriation Act.
The Indian Religous Freedom Act.
The Relgious Freedom Act.
The Migratory Bird Conservation Act.