Wednesday, February 15, 2017

William Carlos Williams & Charles Bukowski

From Asphodel That Greeny Flower by William Carlos Williams.


the problem, of course, isn't the Democratic System,
it's the
living parts which make up the Democratic System.
the next person you pass on the street,
him or
her by
3 or 4 or 30 or 40 million
and you will know
why things remain non-functional
for most of
I  wish I had a cure for the chess pieces
we call Humanity...
we've undergone  any number of political
and  we all remain
foolish enough to hope
that the one on the way
will cure almost
Fellow citizens,
the problem never was the Democratic
System, the problem is

Charles Bukowski

American Flag In Dumpster (artist unknown)

Photo by S.A. Griffin

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Free American Carnage postcards by S.A. Griffin

The front, featuring Trump Thing as he emerges from his billionaire swamp filled with 24 karat Crocs.

The back side, featuring the poem American Carnage by yours truly.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Million Woman March 2017: Los Angeles

Patti Smith, People Have the Power

S.A., Cyndi and Lorraine, downtown L.A. at  the Million Woman March.

Lorraine, our friend Cyndi and I joined millions around the world for the Million Woman March on January 21, 2017. I have been to many a march and have never seen such crowds! It took us almost two hours just to get there. The Metro was so jammed with riders that they were literally pressed up against the glass. Train after train at the Sunset/Vermont station was so stuffed that nobody, not one person, could get on board. After awhile, passengers were boarding the trains in the opposite direction toward N. Hollywood and then keeping their seats and cramped spaces as the trains turned around and came back. Not a bad idea, but I don't think that any of us were much interested in such claustrophobic conditions, so we opted to hail an Uber driver to get us as close to Pershing Square as we could. We had heard thru others that by 10a.m. downtown was already so packed that nobody could move, so packed, that it was no longer a march, but a protest with people jamming the entire route from the beginning point at Pershing Square to our final destination at City Hall. When we were dropped off at about 2nd and Hill St. we immediately encountered marchers moving in every direction. Couldn't wait to join them. It was an amazing event. Not only were the streets teeming with women, men and children from every background, there was no police presence to speak of. It was the most civil and peaceful event I have ever attended. News reports put the total attendance anywhere from 100,000 to 750,000 in Los Angeles, so let's meet somewhere in the middle and say that half a million people filled the streets of Los Angeles that day to send a clear message to the White House: Grab this!! Sadly, I would imagine that this will be the first in many, many actions inspired by this new administration that continues to traffic in "alternative facts".

As of this writing, the Grabber In Chief has signed an executive order to defund Planned Parenthood internationally.

"Teach, your children well...

... and feed them on your dreams..."

In Brazil, the Goddess Iemanja is considered the ocean's spirit. Every drop of saltwater bears Her imprint and calls us back to Iemanja, our ancient mother and home. 

"Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights." Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1995.

"Women's rights are human rights."

The Fallopian Dudes, "I'm With HERS!"

First daughter Ivanka might remind him, that even the Combover In Chief had a mother.

 "Men of quality respect women's equality."

Channeling the sprit of Mommie Dearest ~ Joan Crawford! from the not so distant past. We must not allow this to happen!!

No more reality, please... you're fired!!

Saw this gentle soul just as we entered the 2nd Street tunnel walking home. Told him that I liked his sign. He said that it would be funny if it weren't so damn true. No argument here.

"Empowered women empower women."

"Be kind to women too."

"I'm changing the things I cannot accept." ~  Angela Davis 

"You're so vain, you probably this this march is about you." (Grabber In Chief)

Our Lady Queen of Angels!!

A flock of angels.

This little chingona is one smart cookie, don't want to mess with this cool little kitten. A future U.S. president that will walk on glass.

The truth Kelly Ann Wrongway and Sean Spice Girl, not the "alternative facts".

Signs o' the times... 

"Earth 2 Trump...

...demand climate justice!"

Superwoman, superwomen!

Lorraine and Cyndi walking and rocking. 

"Pussy bites back"

Smart gals rule!!

The teacher and the librarian as Frieda Kahlo looks on.

Getting close to City Hall... 

The small black thread you see above City Hall is a plane with a congratulatory banner for the new president. Fan mail from some flounder?

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, "Leave it to the professionals".

Left our apartment at 9:30 in the morning and finally made it to the beautiful gathering at City Hall in time to hear the final speaker. From the starting point at Pershing Square to City Hall was wall to wall people!

Power to the people!!

"Stronger together!"

"Silence is not an option!"

"We rise, we rise, we rise..."

Trump Dog Billionaire.

From my birthday sister Risa Mickenberg in NYC. She doesn't know who the child and father are, or who took the photo, but it couldn't be said any better than this!

Leslie Gore and Dusty Springfield, You Don't Own Me

Love, Lorraine and S.A. Photo by Cyndi Dickson.

Photos, S.A.