The Stakes (a poem)

by remysaverem

environmental justice snip guardian

The stakes

have never


so high.

It sounds


but who can deny?

Every generation has its moment —

“Ism”s are endemic.

But now, they all foment

Amid global pandemic

and disintegration

of entire ecosystems.

Every day,

another symptom.

We’ve fought genocide before,

in World War Two,

and made it stop.

But there are ecocidal tipping points,

and we are way past the top.




Not when police are killing us.

Not when our next breath could be

a ticking time bomb, 2 weeks hence.

Not when ecological protections

Are being undone by Trump and Pence.

Which will kill us first? Genocide? Ecocide?

I hate sitting in suspense.

We can no longer


those still sitting

on the fence.

Time to make a stand.

Feels like “end times” are at hand.

I really would have enjoyed feeling safe to live a long life.

That luxury would have been grand.

Now, sometimes, that chance feels blown away,

like a beach’s random bit of sand.

Our vision is clear.

We see through the lies.

Only in collective activity

to revolutionize

are we likely to see

a community

able to live to be

old and wise.

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Most charges will not be prosecuted against Portland BLM activists, says brand new Multnomah County DA

4-page policy released today outlines presumptively declining to prosecute most lower-level charges, and taking tumultuous circumstances into account for most higher charges. The new DA is an ally who acknowledges that most charges were unnecessary, exaggerated, and context-derived.

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