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Seattle, April 10, 2006

It was thrilling to be part of this historic event in Seattle yesterday.  Was it about immigration?  Or about solidarity and visibility and the end, forever, of business as usual in white supremacist America?

"You can vote this…up or down; quite frankly, it doesn't make any difference to me. I think you are acting as people of your class and tradition have always acted. And you know what? It won't matter, because we've survived much worse than this. Back when I was in school, we had a saying that if things didn't go the way you liked them in the classroom, we'd meet you outside at 3:15. And so, white males of the world, it is now 3:15. I represent the majority of people on this planet who are women, the majority of people on this planet who are of color, and you cannot have your sovereignty any longer. Why? Because I say so!"

–Monica Faith Stewart, Black Chicago legislator, immediately following defeat of the ERA on June 22, 1982, in Going Out of Our Minds:  the Metaphysics of Liberation, by Sonia Johnson.

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