goodbye bess

i just read that the original bess from Porgy & Bess passed away. i have a deep relationship with this music, and the songs were written around the voice of this woman, soaring, soulful soprano. its not easy to express grief as a soprano. try and find her version of “My Man’s Gone Now”. she died in oslo, where she moved after hitting the race ceiling in the u.s.

this week i have been organizing and cleaning out parts of the ruckus office. we’ve been trying to find a way out of it for months, such a costly burden. and now that we’re leaving the nostalgia is big.

tonight i begin the journey to bermuda. it’s my first time there, and i am very excited! some beautiful people from there have been inviting me for over a year to come down and support them jumpstart some action organizing. i finally said yes and found some time, and now it’s really blowing my mind to be able to work this deeply with what is basically a whole nation. they are already thinking as a community, cross issue. all we have to do is drop in some core action skills with a sprinkle of targeting, scouting, and decisionmaking.

earlier today i got to tour the david brower center, which i was on the board of for 3 years. its amazing – the latest innovations for heat and light and cooling. building a building is a crazy thing to do, and it’s taken a while, but its an awesome structure.

i also got to pre-record an interview for KPFA on alternative ways to resource our work during this economic moment. got me all verklempt.

ok gotta finish packing, will try to blog from bermuda – should have time since it’s supposed to be raining while we’re there!

Author: Adrienne

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The Indian activist Gandhi led many peaceful rebellions against oppressive governments, first in South Africa and later in British-controlled India. At first he called his strategy "passive resistance," but later disavowed that term because it had negative implications. He ultimately chose the Sanskrit word satyagraha, meaning "love force" or "truth force." "Truth ('satya') implies love," he said, "and firmness ('agraha') is a synonym for force. 'Satyagraha' is thus the force which is born of truth and love." According to my reading of the astrological omens, Virgo, satyagraha should be your word of power in the coming weeks. Your uprising against the forces of darkness has got to do more than say "no." A fierce, primal yes should be at the heart of your crusade.

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