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My First Marxist Feminist Rhyme

October 14, 2012

Yesterday: amazing political art by Young Gifted and Black, Isis Rising, and all kinds of other phenomenal hip-hop and soul-flavored performances at the Life Is Living festival yesterday in West Oakland (including an extended Nina Simone tribute that, during Jennifer Johns‘s take on Sinnerman, evoked a cathartic tear or two from the wildly dancing audience). On my way out of the park I watched this rhyme unfold in my head.

It started with the tradeoff of wages and prices, then meandered to attacks on reproductive care (thanks for that presentation, Becca!), the false liberation of muslim women thru u.s. imperialist war, and nuclear energy and fukushima (shouts to Umi for alerting me to the feminist working-class issues there).

So here you go — an extremely extremely rough experiment, something that will probably never amount to anything polished. Still, it represents my gratitude for all that I’m learning, every day, from comrades, artists, thinkers, ancestors, and people in struggle.

lyrics
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what they give to us in wages
they take back in price raises
and when prices go down
ain’t no jobs to go around
class war is the struggle of haves and have nots
the haves got cops and the nots get locked up
knocked up
patriarchy ain’t always a black eye
it’s that guy
cuttin reproductive care statewide
stay wise
stay apprised
don’t believe in state lies
women’s liberation ain’t no bombs in the sky
ain’t no nuclear sites
claimin power for the people
but indigenous displacement
and radiation is the payment
that’s why i send love to mothers in fukushima
and the elders volunteering
for the deadly job of cleanup
5 Comments leave one →
  1. equayona permalink
    October 14, 2012 7:47 pm

    Well, my my my. Pretty damn good.

  2. October 14, 2012 7:50 pm

    awhy thank you! ;) miss you!!!! how’s autumn over there? i imagine toasty socks and multicolored hand-knit scarves and hats.

  3. October 14, 2012 11:49 pm

    GET IT!
    -your biggest fan ;)

  4. October 16, 2012 9:58 am

    mutual fandom. :)

  5. October 16, 2012 4:56 pm

    …a joy to hear: lyrical, imaginative, inspirational!!!

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