Quotes

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home…places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

It starts at home

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I think sometimes it helps in these discussions to get down to the bare bones and say it like it is. And that is that people are scared of black and brown people coming into your country. That’s essentially what it is. And once you take it down to the bare bones, when you talk about things like the dole, and they’re coming to take our jobs, they’re coming to take our money, all of these incredibly toxic ideas people have, and it is at the end of the day about racism. It’s about people who don’t look like us. But in a country like this you have to ask, who is us? And who made us, us? And what did you do to the people who were there before us became us? And are you ok with that?
—Mona Eltahawy on Q&A, March 31st, 2014, Australia.

On Immigration and Us (Australia)

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Resurrections

The grave is empty again.
Together we walk in the still dawn time
before the earth turns golden
and green, brown and blue.

These wounds, those fires of rage and despair
are now cool to the touch, a keloid brooch,
weightless and pale next to your pierced side;
memory of chafed shoulders and stricken heart.

I have lost it all and gained the world
You smile.
Chafed shoulders and stricken heart
Made new.

Resurrections…

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And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.
God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.
Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

God Knows by Minnie Louise Haskins

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God Knows

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”
And he replied:
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.
So heart be still:
What need our little life
Our human life to know,
If God hath comprehension?
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low,
God hideth His intention.
God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision,
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him,
All time hath full provision.
Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes,
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail,
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

– Minnie Louise Haskins

God Knows

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