Archive for the ‘What I Want to Say’ Category

Arizona: The Land of the Free or the Home of Bigotry?

May 4, 2010

by Anna Volovik

The inscription on the second floor of the Statue of liberty reads:

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Unfortunately, as these “tired and poor” settled in, they have forgotten where they came from. Almost 50 years since the Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech and two years into the first United States presidency by an African American, Arizona is trying to stem the achievements of human rights supporters. It is clear that Arizona does not want anyone’s “huddled masses,” “wretched refuse,” “homeless,” or “tempest-tossed,” no matter what they yearn for.


Orange Wall

May 2, 2010

by Mwila Kapungulya

Every Tuesday evening when the door cracks open the wall smiles, so delighted it can almost touch the ceiling.

It counts every minute and second that goes by, dreading the time to come when it will have to say goodbye.

So on Tuesday night when the door closes shut, the wall cries. “The wall?” you ask. Yes, this is no ordinary wall.


Children of My Own

April 29, 2010

by “I.M. Wyzer”

Sitting in the grocery cart ahead of me in line was an adorable, curly-haired boy. Smiling at me, he reached over to grab a candy bar while his mother unloaded the cart. She saw the candy bar in his hand and said, “Not today, honey.” The little cherub responded by transforming into a wailing, flailing demon. I smiled at his mother in sympathy but thought to myself, “No child of mine will ever act that way in public”—and then I had children of my own.