What do electoral politics have to do with democracy?

People who disagreed would cite very close elections and say, “Look. Every vote counts.” I never doubted that. But what does every vote count for?

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Sister Antonia and Jose

In November, I got an email from an old classmate at Marycrest High School in Denver. She wrote:

I don’t know if you were at MHS when Sr. Antonia was teaching. We older classes had her for English and journalism. She was involved in a car accident last week and succumbed to her injuries over the weekend.

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The Politics of Rage - 45 Years Later

A few of us who were active in the years around 1967 will talk about what we were trying to do then and what we have learned since. What does a life committed to radical change look like? How do we act effectively today? What about the politics of rage and the turn to violence?

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October 15, 2011

This movement is a living thing, resilient, self-organizing, connected globally at the individual level. It is clear that we know what we are doing, and we do have a message. We have named the problem, and we are taking up our power to work on it.

We have woken up. We have thrown off paralysis and hypnosis and gathered in public squares everywhere to tell the truth.

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The Terrorism of War

On September 1st, I sat on a panel of four former terrorists who had renounced violence. Each of us talked about acting out in ideology, rage, and alienation, and of coming to see clearly the deadly outcomes of our actions.

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Warren Buffet, the Super-Rich, and Survival

In the colonies where the fast paced organisms dominate, they eventually poison the environment and the whole colony dies. It turns out that pure selfishness is only a successful strategy in the short run.

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Evening Walk, High Summer

My walk through the nearby woods usually includes a stop by the heronry where no less than 20 great blue herons have built nests high at the top of the dead trees in the wetland. In the spring I can watch as they fly back from their hunting to feed the heron chicks, scrawny and screeching, all stretched necks and begging beaks.

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I watched Werner Herzog’s new film, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, about the 35,000 year-old cave paintings in Chauvet, France, today and was reminded of the experience of writing this poem.


You knew—
You knew and you drew on rock wall
By guttering lamplight
The true shape of beasts in flight

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About Katherine Power

I didn’t set out to be a terrorist. As a student activist, I moved from protesting the war in Viet Nam to waging guerrilla war to overthrow the government….

Recent and Upcoming Appearances and Publications
11/13/18 A Journey from Guerrilla to Grandmother, Lifelong Learners: An Independent Collaborative, Temple Shir Tikva, 141 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778
10/10/18 Provincetown Women’s Week Reading from Doing Time:Papers from Framingham Prison, AMP, 432 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA
4/6-9/2018 The Nature of Change, Radical Imagination Conference, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
1/15/2014 Complexity and Social Change, Occupy Radio
10/31/2013 Surrender, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
10/25/2013 Surrender, Taos Community Theater, Taos, NM

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