Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Open Letter: Keystone XL ("Failure" a poem by annienomad-cyberpoet)

Open Letter to President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Congress…


Max Baucus (D-Mont.)
John Hoeven (R-N.D.)
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska)
John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
John Boozman (R-Ark.)
Kay Hagan (D- N.C.)
John Cornyn (R-Texas)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.)
Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
Mary Landrieu (D-La.)
Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Mark Pryor (D-Ark.)
Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)
Jon Tester (D-Mont.)
David Vitter (R-La.)
Mark Warner (D-Va.)

by Sharee Anne Gorman

To defy authority
and the measure of its success. 

To embrace uniqueness
in a moment of clarity. 

To inhabit a land
without depleting its resources. 

To love a mate
and not take your fill on the side. 

To run for office
only to choose the People over Power. 

To understand,
that the only way to “win”
is to simply not play the game. 



It appears more and more that in the halls of Congress, "success" is measured by what those in positions of power seek to exploit...but I reject that measure of success.

Tar Sands oil, and the mechanisms of its extraction, are toxic. Period. 

Whatever your rationales are: whether it is commerce and profit, energy supremacy and/or some death chess game with China…you have lost your way. Your strategies are NOT worth poisoning your people and the land that you and I are charged with protecting. 

EVOLUTION means MOVING FORWARD when we have DEVELOPED THE TECHNOLOGY to do so...for the BENEFIT of (and to PROTECT the FATE of) mankind.  

Fossil fuels are dead. And so too are our children if we do not acknowledge that wind, sun and steam are alive, renewable, easily harnessed and non-toxic. 

Stop digging in the ground and embrace the sky. Elevate us out of the hole you have dug us into. 

If this deal goes through I’m afraid we, the people, must insist that you change your job description from Civil Servants to Civil Sell-Outs. 

But don’t listen to me. 

I’m just...a failure.

At least, that's the way it seems to me...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Eye On The Sparrow - The Global Suggestion Box

Why I Created "Eye On the Sparrow - The Global Suggestion Box"

My name is Sharee Anne Gorman (annienomad-cyberpoet) and I created "Eye on the Sparrow - The Global Suggestion Box" to establish a place where citizens around the globe could offer a suggestion for Social Change and voice their concerns about the direction in which our world is headed.

The idea for "Eye On The Sparrow" occurred to me after a petition I authored to implement a Global Labor Treaty for Living Wages wasn't receiving the signatures it needed to get folks excited about starting a movement that assures a foundation upon which to grow just and stable societies - humane labor practices.

I have to admit, it pissed me off:) Then it wore me down, and it nearly broke my heart. But a thought emerged from all that disappointment and frustration. Admittedly, a pretty simple one. It was the realization that what we really need most right now is to get everybody on the same page.

I know...duh. The world is run and manipulated by advertising and PR execs who are trying every trick under the sun to accomplish that very thing.

So, yes, I am aware of my own hubris. Obviously, no one person or organization can save the world. We can't be everywhere at once, or know all things. But I recently remembered something from my youth and it seemed to be the very thing that is needed..."God's Eye is on the Sparrow".

Of course, there are many interpretations of "God". And many arguments that he doesn't exist. There are even some downright angry individuals who have a few choice words for Him/Her about the nature of our existence (which they fully plan to air if they ever get the opportunity). But it occurs to me that if GOD, or at the very least Conscious Thought, is in all of us then isn't "God's Eye on the Sparrow" every time we turn our attention and best intentions toward solving the problems that injure, harm and enslave us?

There are many ideological roadblocks to everyone being on the same page, especially when it comes to religion and political affiliations. There are overwhelming work schedules, or personal and financial strife eating up our energy and sapping our hope...not to mention all the countless digital distractions our modern world has to offer. But, in this age of technology, we really don't have an excuse anymore for not moving forward on our most pressing issues, not when an idea can travel around the planet in the blink of an eye.

The problem is not - that humans have all the right information but just can't seem to reach a consensus. The problem is - that it's almost impossible to get good information through the lock-down of a rigged game. A game that has sent the whole world hurtling toward what some might call "critical mass".

I created "Eye on the Sparrow - The Global Suggestion Box" because I don't believe I'm the only one who feels that if decisive steps aren't taken soon we will look up from our digital distractions to find we have passed the point of no return.

I believe what we desperately need is a return to simple compassion and a letting go of willful blindness. We need to find our common ground and not just ask for, but seriously set about creating, the solutions that could mark a change in our perception and free us from our dated, cultural and societal assumptions.

Perhaps "God's Eye is on the Sparrow" when we "keep our eye on the ball" by protecting this amazing planet. "The Global Suggestion Box" is a place where we do not have to be separated by different departments, specialized degrees, social-strata, divisive political parties or warring religious factions. It's just a place of Good Will where we can get the conversation rolling.

When we accept our differences and work together to steer ourselves away from greed, aggression, domination and ego....it's not just a win/win. It's a win/win/win/win. For you. For me. For the present. And for the future.

If Conscious Choice is what sets us apart from the automatic world, then let us work together to pull back from the brink of our destruction.

Please check it out if you get a free moment:) I invite you to leave a suggestion of your own, or just show support for an idea you feel would make a difference. 

Eye On the Sparrow - Global Suggestion Box
It was just launched, so the box is pretty empty right now - but I figure that just gives it more space to grow!
At least, that's the way it seems to me,
Sharee Anne Gorman