EMILY YATES FOR BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT
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Imagine you’re being forced to flee your home. Not just your home, but your country, and not just for now, but forever.
Imagine you can only pack one carry-on sized bag, weighing no more than 50 pounds, from which you must rebuild your entire life. Everything else stays behind.
Imagine getting to your new, foreign home, only to discover that your funds are nowhere near enough to live on, your education and work skills don’t translate into a local job, and you’re immediately in debt to the government for the flight that brought you to safety. You have no health care, the culture you’re now immersed in is entirely unfamiliar to you and every day is a struggle to adjust to a life you never thought you’d be living.
Now imagine the reason you must do this is because the United States military … Read More
The essay I wrote after returning from Standing Rock in December has just been published in O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of the Veterans Writing Project. You can read it here: https://o-dark-thirty.org/2017/08/01/we-are-not-at-war/
A brand new patriotic music video for America’s most explosive holiday, Independence Day, in honor of those for whom this has never been the “Land of the Free.” (Note: it includes content relating to police brutality that some may find triggering.)
Have a safe 4th of July! And remember, before setting off fireworks, please consider the people in your neighborhood who may have been previously exploded in a war or elsewhere.
Videography & editing by Bryan Edward with concept/production by Kristina Rusch, who also plays a mean assailant.
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Photo: Julie Stanley
A song that’s kind of but also not about Star Wars.
(Lyrics & credits below, also at EmilyYatesMusic.com)
Words/music/art/sketch videos by Emily Yates
Performance video/audio recording & video editing by Sobokeh
Originally written for and performed at Tourettes Without Regrets, Oakland CA
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