A tribute to Anna Deavere Smith

From time to time I have occasion to once again dwell in the incredible land of Anna Deavere Smith – a playright, actress and activist whose work ranks among my very favorite!  Today was one of those occasions, and since this, my personal blog, has been sadly neglected lately, it  occurred to me that this is the perfect place to share a couple of my favorite clips.  Her work is significant for its implications for nursing – including her significant role in the TV series “Nurse Jackie” (see Sandy Summer’s reviews of several episodes here).

These episodes focus on healthcare – the scripts for each character Smith portrays are verbatim excerpts from her interviews of the actual individuals, exporing experiences and viewpoints of a wide diversity of people who encounter the system in some way.

 

 

 

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Disrupting Traditional Nursing Education

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Guidelines for Resistance

It has been one week since we posted the Nurses Declaration of Solidarity and Resistance, and today we registered 833 signatories, and still counting!  But what matters is that nurses are not only …

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An Anthem Affirming Truth!

Thank you to Monica Pasqual and Blame Sally for this haunting anthem resisting the attempt to normalize the behavior of lies from those who recently came into the Executive Branch of the U.S. government.  Monica composed this song 16 years ago …. but so timely for today.

Lyrics (copied from https://blamesally.bandcamp.com/track/if-you-tell-a-lie):

If you tell a lie again and again
it does not become the truth in the end
If your voice is loud and your lies are well heard
still it does not mean transformation has occurred

Water isn’t wine, brass isn’t gold
One day you’ll account for all the lies that you told

If you take the forest, if you steal it tree by tree
If you blacken the river, if you desecrate the sea
You can wave your arms,
You can shout out from on high
But the truth is still the truth
and a lie is still a lie

Water isn’t wine, brass isn’t gold
One day you’ll account
for all the priceless things you sold

You can speak of God
while you lead your Holy War
As if your hands weren’t stained
by the oil you adore
More innocents will die
and more soldiers will fall
You name your church for God
but it was greed that built those walls

Water isn’t wine, brass isn’t gold
One day you’ll account
for all the lives that you stole

Two faced yes fool
Pin striped suit ghoul

You can make a promise
and some people might believe
That you are not beholden to the power,
to the greed
But if they should fall ill,
or their schools should fall down
Should they fall on hard times
Well I doubt you’ll be around

Water isn’t wine, brass isn’t gold
And it’s wrong that we should pay
for a crown that you stole
Water isn’t wine, brass isn’t gold
One day you’ll account
for all the lies that you told

credits

from Severland, released May 8, 2007
Words and Music: Monica Pasqual
© 2007 It’s Not Her Fault Music, ASCAP

Blame Sally:
Pam Delgado: Percussion, guitar, vocals
Renée Harcourt: Guitar, bass, banjo, harmonica, vocals
Jeri Jones: Guitar, bass, dobro, mandoline, vocals
Monica Pasqual: piano, keys, accordion, melodica, vocals

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Mystery “Home” post – Rebellious Nurses in the Bay Area

The post that came through yesterday was actually a mistake that happened as I was setting up the new website and blog for the Bay Area Rebellious Nurses group!  Sarah Koster is the actual “engine” making this happen – she has been tirelessly prodding a small group of us in Oakland and the Bay Area to get together and take action!  We met yesterday, determined to move forward!  Of course part of what is driving us is our deep concern about the new US administration, and commitment to resist in every possible way to do our part to protect justice and equality in healthcare.

So we set up the website and blog, set a time and place for a monthly gathering, and are starting the process of sharing resources, information and notices about actions that we can take as individuals and as a group. Sarah has connections with many other activist groups in the area, many of which we, as rebellious nurses, can and will collaborate with in the months ahead.  One important resource that everyone needs to have on hand is the Indivisible Guide – check it out!

Interested in Rebellious Nurses nationwide? Visit our national Rebellious Nursing website to see what else is happening around the U.S. – and perhaps even worldwide!

 

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Making the Facts Louder than Opinions!

In the wake of the US elections, I have been focused on finding all the ways that I can stand on the side of equality, justice and health for all, and resist the many trends threatening these values.  There are big, major, highly visible and important ways to do this, but there are also the little, less visible and extremely important ways to do this – one being to pay attention to the trends that have resulted in “fake news” and develop habits that protect us from being “caught in the trap.”  Any of us can succomb to being misled. Our only protection is knowing how to sort out fact from opinion, reputable sources from disreputable sources.

So I was thrilled to discover (by way of a post on the Scholarly Kitchen) an amazing video by Weather.com, posted on December 6, 2016, showing meteorologist Kait Parker delivering a message titled “Note to Breitbart: Earth is not cooling, climate change Is real and please stop using our video to mislead Americans.”  Her main message – “let’s make the facts louder than opinions!”  So many kudos to Kait and to the Weather Channel! Your message is a gift to the earth and to all of us on it!

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Grieving for my country

There is no other way to say this – the U.S. election of Donald Trump as President has gripped me with grief, and fear.  As each day passes, further news of the dys-function of this man, and …

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Cassandra in Cleveland history preserved at Ohio State University

Sharon Deevey, a good friend and member of Cassandra:Radical Feminist Nurses Network in Cleveland, just notified me of the archive of Cassandra materials at the Medical Heritage Center, Prior Health Sciences Library, The Ohio State University 376 W. 10th Ave. Columbus, OH 43210.  Here is a PDF that shows details of the collection!

Cassandra only existed as an active entity for about 8 years.  We had 3 national gatherings and published a newsletter three times a year for 7 years!  But the spirit of Cassandra persists in many forms!  I co-authored an article with Elizabeth Berrey (also from the Cleveland Web) about Cassandra that was published in Sinister Wisdom in 2014, and you can also download all of the newsjournals from the Cassandra page on this website!

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