Writings

Equitable Internet Initiative (EII), – Building their own wireless networks

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red text that says what is community technology?, and a red illustrated building with a router on topPublished on Nov 16, 2017

When it comes to the internet, our connections are generally controlled by telecom companies. But a group of people in Detroit is trying to change that. Motherboard met with the members of the Equitable Internet Initiative (EII), a group that is building their own wireless networks from the ground up in order to provide affordable and high-speed internet to prevent the creation of a digital class system. Check out CNET’s channel for more: http://bit.ly/2gpeXdr Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherboardtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://motherboardtv.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/motherboardtv More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo

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Dig – Angela Jones – 2009

 

In DIG poet Angela Jones, now 24 and on her way to the Peace Corps in Peru, shares with us the identity she has forged for herself from being in and with Detroit Summer since she was 14. It is from imaginations like hers that will come answers to the many fundamental interconnected and demanding questions with which this essay began.

 

There are forgotten truths in this soil

And I’m going to dig for them

But don’t give me those tools that my brothers used

To extract diamonds from a land

That they once called home

Oh ,no, I’m going to use my hands.

 

I’ll scar the ground and scrape the stones

In desperation

Digging for a truth that is buried down deep

Buried with a purpose

I’ll scratch with my nails and punch with my fists

Shaking the earth with their urgent blows

Until I hit some solid surface

The surface of a revelation so true

It’s too true to bear witness to.

 

These violent secrets unveiled that are dirty

Like t he dust on my knuckles

Angry and clenched in a fretful pose

This earth is not a lake, where I can dip palms in

And let drops drip from my fingertips

No, these secrets are too painful

And the earth is unwilling

So I will make my hands of metal

Digging through the cracked cement to excavate

Skyscrapers

 

Finding tombs of wombs that bare the fruit

Of privileged elite

In moth-eaten purple pin-stripe

My destiny is to dig for doubtless truths

Shattering dogmas with jackhammers

And hiding jailhouse files in my raised fist

To file away the bars of steel mines

And copper mines

Freeing ancestors of mine, and y ours

From slavery, indentured servitude,

And minimum wage.

 

This earth that hides the headlines and hellraisers

Of old revolutions

Is that same earth that bore me into a kingdom

Of corrupt kings and cruel intentions

This institution is not amorous

It knows its sins – now I shall know them, too.

 

This dirt is soaked with nuclear test sites

Ghetto mounds of grass-covered garbage

Where children run through mutated weeds

This dirt is carried on the wind

Gets in your eyes and blinds you

From the internment camps that were once there

In this soil rests the sullen graves of adobe huts

And in their place grow reservation HUD houses

And welfare cheese

Barrio booze and CIA-sold street crystals

All picked from the same genetically modified tree

Grown in the closet we hide our skeletons in.

 

The deep, dark depths of the earth

Hide the secrets to shame and bad decisions

What’s fair is often forgotten

And you can’t find freedom from a flag

You have to dig for it.

 

So dig for your freedom

Fragile figures of history’s failures

Or I’ll dig for you

For those fools of fortune I’ll plow through

The lies and muck of middle-earth

Turning stock shares into ploughshares

Giving campesinos back their poly-cultural crops

I’ll worm my way though the holes in this planet

To other kingdoms and freedoms forgotten

Because t his earth is not rotten

It cleanses itself every other empire

By hands that dig for the truth

 

Through old tragedies and fallen legacies

We must keep the past in mind and at hand.

To seize that chance to begin anew.

 

 

Jobs aren’t the Answer by Grace Lee Boggs written 2011

LIVING FOR CHANGE

Jobs aren’t the Answer

By Grace Lee Boggs 2011

The continuing Jobs crisis is an opportunity to go beyond protest organizing for more Jobs and begin imagining Work that frees us from being the appendages to machines that we have become because of our dependence on Jobs.

Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times

Instead of looking to politicians for programs that will provide millions of Jobs, we need to encourage the creation of Work that not only produces goods and services but develops our skills, protects our environment and lifts our spirits.

In a letter read recently to hundreds of activists at an Environmental Justice gathering, University of Michigan Professor and futurist Bunyan Bryant explained the thinking needed for this visionary organizing.

It begins, he said, by making a distinction between Work and a Job as outlined by Mathew Fox (The Re-Invention of Work)

“A job is similar to slavery in that one is forced to perform actions in return for some sort of compensation for one’s labor.  Therefore the rewards are extrinsic, and without such extrinsic rewards people cannot be forced into a job they dislike.  To tolerate or compensate for these job conditions often times people will engage in excessive consumerism or self-medicate to counteract the boredom that comes from a job or to make themselves feel better.

“Work, on the other hand, is defined as activities that one enjoys.  To be compensated with money is not important because of the pleasures and satisfaction of work. Therefore the rewards are more intrinsic.

A Society that Works

“ I envision a multi-racial society where people perform the requirements of a job three days a week.  Jobs are designed to perform the basic functions or necessities of society.  The other four days of the week are devoted to work activities of teaching, learning, and healing the earth. It would also be a time to spend more quality time with family, friends and to pursue one’s hobbies and special interests.

“Full employment can be defined as 90 percent unemployment. People will devote their time to build a green economy and one that is compatible with the Earth’s life-cycle. People will be liberated to participate in community-based research projects to help the poor and to protect the environment.

“Every six years people would get a two year paid sabbatical to travel to distant parts of the planet to help people in need and to work for healthy environments, green economies, peace and prosperity of the mind, body and spirit. In order for this to happen requires a skillful use of technology and a commitment to the future.”

Bunyan’s vision of a Society that Works reminds me of the               {r} evolutionary transformation that Jimmy Boggs envisioned nearly 50 years ago in The American Revolution as automation and Hi Tech eliminated the need for human creativity and energies to make things. Those energies and that creativity, Jimmy said, could be used to make politics and a better world — without war and without global warming.

REIMAGINING WORK: A conversation in Detroit, sponsored by over 15 community organizations. Oct. 28-30, 2011. !!!!!