Posts Tagged ‘Take Back the City’

3P-002 President Obama, Listen to your Mother!

President Obama, Listen to Your Mother: features Thanksgiving poems blessing the farmworkers, an update on the global food crisis, and the Declarations of the Via Campesina from their 5th annual conference in Maputo. It ends with an open letter to the President-elect called “Obama, Listen to Your Mother!”

Poems:

  • Grace by Raphael Jesus Gonzalez from In Praise of Fertile Land
  • I Will Not Thank God by Tereza Coraggio

Music Videos:

  • Take Back the City by Snow Patrol
  • Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova from the soundtrack “Once”
  • Behind the Barricades by David Rovics

Topics:

  • Global Food Crisis from FoodFirst! backgrounder
  • David Barsamian’s Alternative Radio interview of Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved
  • The Declarations of the 5th conference of the Via Campesina
  • Grassroots International’s Food Sovereignty curriculum

Excerpt:

Everyone seems to be writing letters to Obama. Julie Mertus, author of Bait and Switch: Human Rights and US Foreign Policy, outlines four steps for him to repair our tattered reputation. Rosa Anaya, daughter of assassinated Salvadoran human rights lawyer Herbert Anaya Sanabria, reminds Obama that there are 35 sovereign countries in the Americas and almost 200 in the world. To be a good US president, he must not try to be President of the World. The Indigenous Councils of Columbia write, “By transforming life into merchandise, by making sacred the accumulation of wealth, by enshrining greed, we believe our societies have entered a crisis, including the economic crisis currently faced by your country.” They ask that together, we create the conditions for a new history. Alice Walker cautions him to relax and enjoy his family, and remember that he didn’t create this mess, while Garrison Keillor says not to play golf or get a dog. So now I’ll add my two-cents.

Dear President-to-be Obama,

Lesson One – Sometimes Everyone Needs a Time Out