Empowering Discussions, Poetry

Call To Action for the Promised Generation

Promised Generation

by Leah Oviedo

They promised our generation equality

Pulled hoods over our eyes to hide the reality

Work hard and you will reach the American dream

At any cost

They told us it was their fault when we failed

Does that sound familiar?

 

The real bad guys are still pale and rich

Stealing our tax dollars for oily, greasy power

Forget our schools

Forget our mentally ill

Cultivating poverty to keep us in check

Money will never buy happiness

Pull that hood off.

 

They said we can do anything a man could do

We can have it all

We are equal now

Except when they rape us

Except what they pay us

Pull that hood off.

 

Drug dealers and gangs roaming our streets killing our children

Lock away the bad guys, be tough on crime

Police are judge, jury and executioner

Jim Crow never went out of style

Just another form of slavery

Pull that hood off.

 

It gets better we’re told

Adults are mature, respectful

You can be out of the closet

Get married, be accepted

Unless you’re too flaming

Too gender bending

Pull that hood off.

 

The air is cleaner

We don’t need all these regulations

Don’t you want a new phone

A bigger car

Water turns our blood to cancer

Our mothers die

Mountaintops disappear and oceans turn to oil

Our fathers perish

Pull that damn hood off.

 

They are taking your jobs

Taking over your schools

They don’t deserve a living wage

Those people came here illegally

You think you did?

You think nobody civilized was here before you?

Pull that hood off.

 

Eat more chicken, less red meat

Pumped full of nutrients

Full of hormones and poison

Slaughter warehouse

Tortured to death

So you can have a 99 cent cheeseburger

Pull that hood off.

 

Terrorists are everywhere

Let’s kill them

On their own soil

Before they come here

Kill their children too

Just in case

Soldiers are disposable

We will honor them once a year

Pull that hood off your eyes

That suffocating, blinding, deadly hood.

 

Pull it off now before you don’t have any hands to pull with

It’s only uncomfortable at first

Then you feel the warm light

The light of a billion suns

Working together in solidarity

Not charity

Justice for sisters

Freedom for brothers

Healing our children

Who cares which bathroom you use

Opportunities for all abilities

Without borders

Respect Mother Earth

Open your eyes and look around at reality

Where is the equality

Pull that hood off and speak the reality.


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Book Reviews

FREE BOOK: Be Inspired By Leaders of Social and Environmental Change!

My book of interviews with people around the world, “How Will You Create Positive Change” is FREE today through Friday, December 16th.

This is book one in the Up To You project. Inside you will find sixteen people from around the world have shared their stories of how they created positive change in their communities. Each interview shows how they took action, what obstacles they overcame, and advice on how anyone can be an active participant in creating a better world.

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My New Book “We Will Create Sustainable Change” is FREE on Amazon Kindle

environmental books, books about the environment 2013 environment bookMy newest book “We Will Create Sustainable Change”(Up To You series) is published.  To celebrate it is free for Kindle until November 5th and as usual it can read online at Bookemon.

It’s the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the world you depend on. 

Eleven people from around the world have shared successful stories of sustainable environmental change. Learn about a variety of issues such as farming, sustainable urban areas, water conservation, animal rescue, and community partnerships. Each interview includes a blueprint for how they took action, what obstacles they overcame, and advice on how everyone can be an active participant in creating a better world. 

This is the second book and special environmental edition in the Up To You series that encourages people to solve problems and create sustainable solutions in their communities. Check out the first book, “How Will You Create Positive Change?” to learn about 16 people creating positive change in their communities on a variety of social issues.

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Inside this book you will meet the following environmental heroes:
Gemma Bulos – Global Women’s Water Initiative (GWWI)
Lisa Cahill – Tree People 
Birke Baehr – Future Farmer
Jane Davis and Patricia Kington – Perth City Farm
Olivia Bouler – Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf
Eliška Koderová & Martin Maška – International Forum of Social Studies (IFSS)
Khann Chov – Beardsley Community Farm
Victoria Whelan – Seed Festival (UK) 
Sushanta Bhandarkar – Empowering Word Change
 
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