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“I am a man”

In 1879, Chief Standing Bear of the Ponca people successfully argued that Native Americans are “persons within the meaning of the law” with the right of habeas corpus. The result of case, held in a U.S. District Court in Omaha, meant that Chief Standing Bear became the first Native American judicially granted civil rights under U.S. law. 

Nebraska recently unveiled a statue of Chief Standing Bear in the U.S. Capitol. A recent story about the statue and Standing Bear in The Washington Post story quotes Standing Bear’s affirmation of common humanity during his trial:

On the second day, Chief Standing Bear was called to testify, becoming the first Native American to do so. He raised his right hand and, through an interpreter, said: “My hand is not the color of yours, but if I pierce it, I shall feel pain. If you pierce your hand, you also feel pain. The blood that will flow from mine will be the same color as yours. The same god made us both. I am a man.”

“I am a man.” – Sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennesse.

“Ain’t I a woman,” – Sojourner Truth.

“I am a person. I am a human being.” – Countless people in countless situations.

Again and again, people have had to make that assertion as they struggle for civil rights and human rights in the face of oppression, discrimination, and prejudice.  The struggle continues today. It is shared across all social identities as structures grant privilege to some but  not to all. Key to creating and maintaining that privilege is denying the humanity of other people. When will we ever learn that everyone – everyone – is a human being entitled to basic human rights? When will we ever learn to treat one another with respect and love?

For Chief Standing Bear and Sojourner Truth and the sanitation workers of Memphis, may we renew our efforts to eviscerate, in the word of the CoInspire Conference, racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, homophobia, and all systems of privilege and oppression.

Learn more about Chief Standing Bear:

The Trial of Standing Bear – a PBS film

Chief Standing Bear: The Trail Ahead

The Story of Chief Standing Bear (.pdf)

“I Am a Man”: Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice

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29 July 2019

Treadmill. Gym at the Shire.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.
The Load Out/Stay – Jackson Browne
Calling All the Children Home – John McCutcheon
Home – Karla Bonoff
Bright Path – Jack Gladstone
O Little Town of Bethlehem – The Roches
I Hear a Symphony – Motown: The Musical
The President Sang Amazing Grace – Joan Baez
The Pony Man – Gordon Lightfoot
Finale – Come from Away
Raise You Up / Just Be – Kinky Boots
Waltzing Matilda – Seona McDowell
The City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Eileen Ivers
Third Movement of the Violin Conocero by Aram Khachaturian – Sean Koenig
Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel

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Eeyore Knights of Valor

Not alone, we stand together,
for alone one could not stand.

Not alone, we stand together,
soul to soul and hand in hand.

Not alone,  we stand together,
aching hearts, but spirits strong.

Watching, waiting, working,
when others turn away;

seeing, hearing, feeling,
what others would avoid.

Not alone, we stand together,
wounded,
surely wounded,
sorely wounded,
wounded all, yet still we stand.

Not alone, we stand together,
laughing, weeping,
bound by hope
and filled with love.

Not alone we stand together,
for alone we could not stand.

26 July 2001
Colorado National Monument, Fruita, CO and Orem, UT
revised 15 February 2019
Manhattan, New York 

with thanks to Diana Cheifetz

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A promise I am thankful for

PROMISE USE THIS ONE - NOV 24

The promise to share life leads to other promises.
In 2018, the promise to go together to Alaska was fulfilled.

Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home has provided a gift of the November 2018 Gratitude Every Day calendar. I am using it as an opportuity to revisit photos and post them as they speak to gratitude.

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Purple flowers, Denali 9

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17 July 2018
Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska

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Purple flowers, Denali 8

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17 July 2018
Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska

 

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Purple flowers, Denali 7

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17 July 2018
Denali National Park & Preserve, Alaska

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